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Pazaak is a card game resembling Blackjack. Playing is optional, but it can be a good way to get credits (particularly for light side characters) and some other rewards.

Pazaak Rules[edit]

This is activated when you acquire a Pazaak deck from one of the following characters:

World Area Source Cost Persuade Force
Taris Upper City Cantina Garouk 50
Dantooine Jedi Enclave Sol'aa 100
Tatooine Cantina Furko Nellis 100 0 0
Kashyyyk Czerka Landing Port Fodo Medoo 75 0 0
Manaan West Central Jolan Aphett 200
Ahto West Gonto Yas 100
Yavin Yavin Station Suvam Tan 100 0

Since some characters can be persuaded using skill or the Force to give you a Pazaak deck for free, there's no real need to buy one on Taris (50 credits may be a trifling sum, but so are the amounts you can wager there) unless you want to minimize travel between worlds.

KotOR Icon Journal.png Journal Entry Added: Pazaak Rules
Basics: The object of the game is to have your face up cards total higher than your opponent's hand without exceeding a total of 20. If a player's total is greater than 20 at the end of a turn (a 'BUST'), the opponent wins the set. A player must win 3 sets to win the match and collect the wager.

Equipment: Pazaak is played with a 40 card main deck made up of 4 of each card numbered 1 through 10, and a side deck of up to 10 cards with values ranging from -6 through +6.

Rules of Play:
  1. Each player draws 4 random cards from their side deck to form their HAND. These cards are available to the player for all the sets of the match. Each hand card can only be played once per match.
  2. The first player draws a card from the main deck and plays it face up to begin their turn.
  3. After drawing a card, a player has the option of playing one of the cards from their hand. Playing a card from the hand is optional.
  4. Only one hand card can be played each turn. REMEMBER: A player's 4 card hand must last through all sets of the match.
  5. The player now has the option to STAND or to END TURN. A player who stands cannot draw again or play any more cards from their hand during the set. When one player stands, the opponent can continue to take turns until they either stand or bust.
  6. If a player chooses to end turn they will automatically draw another card at the beginning of their next turn. After one player chooses to stand or end turn, the opponent draws a card to begin their next turn.
  7. Players continue to alternate turns until both players choose to stand, or until one player ends a turn with a total greater than 20 (a 'bust'). REMEMBER: You only lose if you are over 20 at the end of your turn. A player can draw a card from the main deck that puts them over 20, then play a negative card from the 'hand' that brings the total back under 20.
  8. In the case of tie, another set must be played. No new cards from the side decks are drawn.
  9. A player can never have more than nine cards in play during one set. (This includes cards from the hand as well as cards dealt from the deck.) Once you have nine cards in play you automatically stand.
  10. A +/- card played from the side deck must be declared as a positive or negative when played. Once played it cannot be changed.
  11. The first player to win 3 sets wins the match and the wager.

This 'quest' is completed when you play a game of Pazaak for a wager, although you receive no experience for doing so. However, before wagering you should really acquire better cards for your side deck, since the only available cards from which to choose initially are two of each from +1 to +5. Obviously and ideally, you want a side deck of ten +/- cards, some of which can be purchased from merchants:

Card ±1 ±2 ±3 ±4 ±5 ±6 -1 -2 -3 -4 -5 -6 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6
Cost 200 150 125 100 75 50 100 75 25 25 12 5 100 75 50 25 12 5

Cost gives some indication of the usefulness of each card, although with your initial side deck you shouldn't waste credits on + cards (with the possible exception of +6, although there are obviously much better cards).

World Merchant ±1 ±2 ±3 ±4 ±5 ±6 -1 -2 -3 -4 -5 -6 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6
Taris Uriah 2 1
Igear 1 1 1
Dantooine Crattis Yurkal 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sol'aa 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 5 2 2 3 3 4 5
Tatooine Junix Nard 2 2 2 2
Manaan Shady Rodian 1 1 2 3 1 1 2 2 4 5 2 2 3 3 4 5
Korriban Mika Dorin 1 1 1 1

Igear sells for 25% less, Mika Dorin for 50% more (but he can only do so once you escape the Leviathan, having been brought on board after leaving the planet on which you found a fourth Star Map). Cards can also be acquired for free elsewhere (after leaving Taris, this is usually via a final wager after defeating your opponents a certain number of times):

World Area Source ±1 ±2 ±3 ±6 -2 -3 +1 +2 +3
Taris Lower Sewers Weapons Locker 1 1
Black Vulkar Base (Garage) Garage Head's Desk 1 1
Davik's Estate Footlockers 1 1 1
Dantooine Jedi Enclave Sol'aa 1 2
Kashyyyk Czerka Landing Port Fodo Medoo 2 2
Manaan West Central Jolan Aphett 1 1 1
Leviathan Prison Block Contraband 1 1 1

Any cards acquired before you have a Pazaak deck aren't displayed in Inventory, and afterwards they're simply added to its side deck, so you cannot sell unwanted cards.

You can replace your entire initial side deck of + cards with the equivalent +/- cards before leaving Dantooine, giving you a much better chance of winning when your opponents draw 4 random cards from the following decks:

Deck ±1 ±2 ±3 ±4 ±5 ±6 -1 -2 -3 -4 -5 -6 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6
1 2 1 2 1 2 2
2 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1
3 2 4 2 2

Unless otherwise stated, all tutorials and practice games just use deck 1. Most opponents stop playing once you've won a certain number of wagers, or switch to a higher deck as the wager increases. Final wagers aren't always for credits, and can sometimes be for Pazaak cards or another reward:

World Opponent Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Taris Niklos 40 (defeats + 5, 6 consecutive)
Gelrood 40 (∞)
Dantooine Sol'aa 120 (5), ±2 ±3 ±3
Tatooine Kudos 75 (4) 200 (4) 50 (2) + Vibration Cell, 50 (∞)
Furko Nellis 50 200 500
Kashyyyk Fodo Medoo 75 (4) 200 (4) 600, ±1 ±1 ±2 ±2
Manaan Jolan Aphett 200 (10) ±1 ±2 ±3
Gonto Yas 200 (10)
Korriban Toll Apkar 100 (∞) 100 (∞)
Yavin Suvam Tan 750 (10) + 20% discount

Although you can normally wager for as little as a single credit, it resets to maximum at the start of each match so it's best to wager for the maximum amount. However, even after you replace your entire deck with +/- cards to match opponents using deck 3, you're still at a significant disadvantage: you always draw first from the main deck at the beginning of each set, which means you'll most likely be the first to stand, go bust or use a card, all of which make it more likely that you'll be defeated. It may be exploitative, but you can save game before playing and after winning, and load game after losing to offset this (although there's no need once the wager isn't for credits).

Taris[edit]

Niklos[edit]

World Area Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Taris Upper City Cantina 40 (defeats + 5, 6 consecutive)
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Niklos: I'm going to enjoy relieving you of your credits almost as much as I'm going to enjoy humiliating you. Ha ha ha.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-40 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-40

Once you've defeated him five more times than he's defeated you, he accuses you of cheating and will no longer play (if you play a consecutive game after this occurs then he doesn't accuse you until it has been played, regardless of the result):

If you quit before wagering then this counts as a defeat while costing you nothing, which can allow you to play Niklos indefinitely. However, you can do likewise with Gelrood without needing to keep track of outcomes. The only reason to play Niklos is to unlock dialog.

Gelrood[edit]

World Area Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Taris Javyar's Cantina 40 (∞)
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gelrood: Excellent... my funds were getting somewhat low.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-40 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-40
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gelrood: You did well in our last match. But I think your luck may be about to run out. So, do you want to play again? KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gelrood: You played well in our last match, but luck just wasn't with you. Do you want to play again? I'm sure you'll do better this time.

In either case you can say you'll play or you'll be going now, but if you've been defeated then you can say you think he's cheating first:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. I think you're cheating, Gelrood!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gelrood: How dare you accuse me of cheating! It's not my fault you lost – I'm just a good player with a strong deck. Maybe you just need more practice. Or maybe you just need to buy some better cards. Go talk to Uriah over there. He can sell you some cards to improve your deck. Unless you want to play again right now?

Although you can play indefinitely, you can do likewise later with Toll Apkar in Dreshdae's cantina on Korriban for 2.5 times more (he may use a better deck, but your deck should also be much better at that point).

Dantooine[edit]

Sol'aa[edit]

World Area Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Dantooine Jedi Enclave 120 (5), ±2 ±3 ±3

If you acquired the two +/-1 cards freely available on Taris, buy a +/-2 card, two +/-4 cards and two +/-5 cards from Sol'aa for 500 credits in total and then defeat him six times, then you can replace your entire initial side deck of + cards with the equivalent +/- cards before leaving Dantooine: this gives you a realistic chance of defeating Suvam Tan on Yavin Station ten times as early as possible, winning a 20% discount that can save you thousands, if not tens of thousands, of credits.

If you don't want to 'waste' credits buying more cards, then after defeating Sol'aa you can win more from Fodo Medoo in Kashyyyk's Czerka Landing Port, or from Jolan Aphett in Manaan's West Central.

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sol'aa: Let's get started then.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-120 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-120
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sol'aa: That last game was closer than it seemed. Want to try it again?

After defeating him five times:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sol'aa: I seem to have run out of funds... If you wish to play again, I could wager these cards instead. Do you wish to play?

After defeating him a sixth time:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sol'aa: You are truly a great Pazaak player. I don't see how I could possibly beat you.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sol'aa: As a token of my appreciation for games well played, please take these cards. Perhaps it will serve you better than they did me. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Sol'aa: Rest assured that one day I will, though. Is there anything else you wish?
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Sol'aa
  • Pazaak Card +/-2
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Sol'aa
  • Pazaak Card +/-3 (2)

Tatooine[edit]

Kudos[edit]

World Area Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Tatooine Hunting Lodge 75 (4) 200 (4) 50 (2) + Vibration Cell, 50 (∞)
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Kudos: I'm up for it. I haven't played you before so let's go slow to start. Low wagers, just to see how we measure up.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Kudos: Bet what you wish. I prefer the sport to the reward.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-75 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-75

After defeating him four times, you make this for moderate stakes and he switches to deck 2:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Kudos: We'll make this for moderate stakes, just to keep it interesting.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-200 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-200

After defeating him four more times (eight times in total), you bet far less but he switches to deck 3:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Kudos: Feel free to bet an interesting amount. It can add to the thrill of the game.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-50 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-50

After defeating him a tenth time:

KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-50 KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Kudos

You can play him indefinitely, but you can do likewise with Toll Apkar on Korriban for double the wager against a lesser deck:

You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-50 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-50
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Kudos: I shouldn't be surprised. After all, you have proven your skill many time over by now. It's a pleasure to play you. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Kudos: A surprising outcome considering how well you've done in the past. You're capable of far better.

Furko Nellis[edit]

World Area Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Tatooine Cantina 50 200 500
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Furko Nellis: Well, since you have never beaten me, we'll make this for a paltry 50 credits. No bargaining now. This is serious. To be fair, I'll use my practice deck as well. I don't want to scare you off, you understand.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Let's go. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. I can't pay that. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 3. I've changed my mind.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Furko Nellis: Ha ha! Very good. Now, don't worry if I beat you too harshly. It is a learning experience. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Furko Nellis: That is unfortunate. Please, feel free to return when you can. I'm sorry, but I prefer the thrill of the payoff. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Furko Nellis: All right, but remember that there isn't much fun on Tatooine that isn't life threatening. Come back if you'd like a game.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 50 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 50

If you defeated him, then he switches to deck 2 and ups the stakes:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Furko Nellis: Hmm... you have some rudimentary skills. I think I'll use my second best deck this time and up the stakes. 200 credits will be the wager. I trust you will have the money on hand?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. You're on. Let's have at it!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Furko Nellis: You won't be so eager in a moment. I promise you.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 200 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 200

If you defeated him, then he switches to deck 3 and ups the stakes again:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Furko Nellis: Well... you have proven quite the opponent, but I think the time has come to end this. You will not win again. I usually only use this deck at tournaments, but I think you're worthy of it. Shall we say... 500 credits on the outcome?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Bring it on.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Furko Nellis: Yes... well then, 500 credits on the line. Heh... here we go.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 500 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 500

After defeating him a third time, if you have another game then you don't have any wagers, but he continues to use deck 3:

Kashyyyk[edit]

Fodo Medoo[edit]

World Area Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Kashyyyk Czerka Landing Port 75 (4) 200 (4) 600, ±1 ±1 ±2 ±2
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Fodo Medoo: Sure, let's go. Just a small wager to start, though, because I don't know how good you are. It's kind of a courtesy to new players.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Fodo Medoo: Low stakes for now, but we'll raise them later.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-75 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-75

After defeating him four times, you make the stakes interesting and he switches to deck 2:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Fodo Medoo: We'll make the stakes interesting, but not too high. We're not playing at that level yet.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-200 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-200

After defeating him four more times (eight times in total), you can bet what you want but he switches to deck 3:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Fodo Medoo: Bet what you want. It's not like I can spend my money anywhere else on this planet.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-600 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-600

After defeating him a ninth time:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Fodo Medoo: You've been beating me a lot lately... I don't know how much longer I can last against you. I don't really even have any more credits left to play... but if you want, I could put a few of my cards as my wager... You up for that?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Sure, let's play. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Maybe some other time.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Fodo Medoo: Let's see if I can't turn this around... KotOR Icon Dialog.png Fodo Medoo: Sure. Come back if you want a last game or two.

After defeating him a tenth time, he leaves and gets back to work:

KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Fodo Medoo
  • Pazaak Card +/-1 (2)
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Fodo Medoo
  • Pazaak Card +/-2 (2)

Manaan[edit]

Jolan Aphett[edit]

World Area Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Manaan West Central 200 (10) ±1 ±2 ±3
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Jolan Aphett: Less talk, more Pazaak.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-200 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-200
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Jolan Aphett: That was a good game. It was closer than I'd have thought. You interested in another?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Sure. Let's play.

After defeating him ten times:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Jolan Aphett: You've just about cleaned me out... I have no more money... but I do have a couple of cards I could wager if you want one more game.

He switches to deck 3. After defeating him again:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Jolan Aphett: You're just better than I am. I have to concede. I can't play against you if you always beat me like this. Here, take this. My old Pazaak mentor Daoy gave them to me when I started playing. Maybe they'll do you more good than they have me.
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Jolan Aphett
  • Pazaak Card +/-1
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Jolan Aphett
  • Pazaak Card +/-2
KotOR Icon Item(s) Received.png Item(s) Received: Jolan Aphett
  • Pazaak Card +/-3

Gonto Yas[edit]

World Area Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Manaan Ahto West 200 (10)
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gonto Yas: So lay your credits down - we ain't here to play for fun.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-200 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-200
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gonto Yas: You got lucky that last game - but luck doesn't last. You got the guts to play again? KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gonto Yas: Hey, don't give up. Even you losers get lucky sometimes. Maybe this next hand is your chance to shine - though I doubt it. Want to play again?

After defeating him ten times:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Gonto Yas: I never seen someone win at Pazaak so often with such little skill. So leave me alone okay, I can't afford to bet with someone as lucky as you.

Korriban[edit]

Toll Apkar[edit]

World Area Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Korriban Dreshdae 100 (∞) 100 (∞)
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Toll Apkar: Excellent. Let us begin.
You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-100 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-100

If you defeat him and express the intent to demonstrate that it wasn't luck, then he switches to deck 3 for the next game, otherwise he continues to use deck 2:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Toll Apkar: A lucky hand. I will have to try a little harder next time if I am going to beat you... and I will, I am quite sure. Shall we try again? KotOR Icon Dialog.png Toll Apkar: Ahhh, it is a good day, sentient, is it not? I always find the vindication of my skill to be pleasing. You have my condolences.
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. You think it was luck? Let's do it again! KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Deal the cards - I'm not leaving just yet!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Toll Apkar: Excellent. Let us begin. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Toll Apkar: As you wish. I certainly can always use the credits.

Yavin[edit]

Suvam Tan[edit]

World Area Maximum wager (wins)
Deck 1 Deck 2 Deck 3
Yavin Yavin Station 750 (10) + 20% discount

Although you can win up to 7500 credits in total, given his prices and the desirability of his inventory, the 20% discount is potentially worth a lot more...

You have defeated your opponent! You have been defeated.
KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Received: 1-750 KotOR Icon Credits.png Credits Lost: 1-750
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Suvam Tan: Hm... you're good, I have to admit that. KotOR Icon Dialog.png Suvam Tan: Hah! I still got it!
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Suvam Tan: But I still think I can beat you a couple more times. You interested? KotOR Icon Dialog.png Suvam Tan: But don't feel bad, kid, it happens all the time. Heh. Interested in another game?
KotOR Icon Dialog.png 1. Let's play. KotOR Icon Dialog.png 2. Some other time.

After defeating him ten times:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Suvam Tan: I can't keep up with a player like you. You're just too good. But I respect that. Tell you what, I'll give you a discount on anything in my store 'cause of that. Special deal just for you. Here, have a look.

This deal is four times any cut using the Force (20% vs 5%), and replaces it. If you ask if he's interested in a hand of Pazaak afterwards, he'll only play practice games using deck 1:

KotOR Icon Dialog.png Suvam Tan: Sure, if you want. You've already proven that I'm no match for you, but if you want a few free games just to play...
KotOR Icon Dialog.png Suvam Tan: That was a good practice game. Interested in another?