The Barbarian is a heavy unit of the Early Middle Ages. It is encountered on the campaign map in three bonus provinces- Galgenschlucht, Todespass and Steilsturz. It has ability Last Stand, which gains attack and defense bonus for every allied unit with Last Stand that is killed. When these units with last stand ability are killed, every remaining unit with Last Stand will be stronger. It also gains bonus on rocks and has a unit bonus vs light units, but is still vulnerable to both ranged and artillery units.
In battle, it looks like a Berserker.
Currently, the player can obtain the Barbarian only if he/she is in possession of an Early Middle Ages Timeless Dojo Lvl 5, an Early Middle Ages Royal Bathhouse or an Early Middle Ages Governor's Villa level 4 or higher.
The best way to fight barbarians is to use their low defense to your advantage. Use Mounted Archers and Catapults to bring them to low health (but don't kill them). Once their turn is passed to yours use your ranged units to pick them off one by one until none are left. This allows you to easily complete the provinces with EMA units.