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Courage is a trait that both pirates and captives have in Tropico 2.

Pirate courage

Courage is important to all pirates. Higher courage makes Captains more likely to pursue an enemy ship, while officer and crew courage helps keep them fighting longer in battle. The Notoriety of the opposing captain will reduce the courage rating of the pirates on ship.

Pirate courage can be increased by outfitting them with a parrot from the Parrot Aviary. Additionally, certain Pirate King traits can increase this.

Captive courage

Captives also have a courage stat, which is used to determine their likelihood to incite or join a rebellion against their pirate captors, or to attempt to escape the island.