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Source Interstellar Species pg. 158
Throughout the galaxy charlatans run countless cons, scams, and tricks, from small scale to large, from harmless to downright dangerous. Although their methods, modes, and goals vary, charlatans are nearly always selfish, greedy, and unscrupulous. Occasionally, a charlatan uses their skills to entertain, inspire, and astound—or to rip off oppressors, villains, and faceless mega corporations—but they’re the exception, not the rule. The following charlatans represent a diverse array of con artists, scammers, and impostors.

Aliens in the "Charlatans" Family

Con Artist1/2
False Prophet8

Charlatans, Con Artist

Source Interstellar Species pg. 158

Con Artist CR 1/2

XP 200
CN Medium humanoid (vlaka)
Init +1; Senses blindsense (scent) 30 ft., low-light vision; Perception +9


HP 12; RP 3
EAC 10; KAC 11
Fort +0; Ref +0; Will +5
Resistances cold 5


Speed 30 ft.
Melee survival knife +2 (1d4 S)
Ranged pulsecaster pistol +4 (1d4 E) or smoke grenade +4 (explode [20 ft., smoke cloud 1 min., DC 15 + 1 per previous check])


STR +0; DEX +1; CON +0; INT +1; WIS +2; CHA +3
Skills Bluff +9, Computers +4, Culture +9, Diplomacy +9, Sense Motive +9*, Stealth +4
Languages Common, Vlakan (signed, spoken, and tactile), up to 1 other
Other Abilities buoy , cooperative , practiced liar
Gear flight suit stationwear, pulsecaster pistol with 2 batteries (20 charges each), survival knife, smoke grenade (2)

Special Abilities

Practiced Liar (Ex) When a con artist attempts a Bluff check to lie, they can spend 1 Resolve Point to make the DC of their Bluff check equal to 10 + the target’s total Sense Motive bonus, even if the target is suspicious of the con artist. The con artist also gains a +2 circumstance bonus on such a Bluff check.


Con artists are small-time scammers who bilk the gullible of credits by convincing them something false is true. The street corner psychic spins fortunes for credits, the down-on-their-luck billionaire needs a favor, and the lawyer requests banking information to transfer a distant relative’s inheritance. Most rely on fast talk, quick wits, and a well-told lie, but others excel in technological scams.