Charon (Dungeons & Dragons)

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Game background
Title(s) Boatman of the River Styx
Home plane The River Styx
Power level Altraloth
Alignment Neutral Evil
Design details

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, Charon is a powerful altraloth, a lord of the yugoloths, reportedly transformed into a more powerful creature by the night hags of the Gray Waste. Charon's role is to provide travel on the River Styx, but he always charges a steep price and kills those who cannot or will not pay. Charon commands a legion of marraenoloths who provide the same service.

Charon's name comes from Charon.

Publication history[edit]

Charon is named for Greek mythology's boatman of the River Acheron.[citation needed]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition (1977-1988)[edit]

Charon (The Boatman of the Lower Planes) first appeared in the daemon entry in the original Monster Manual II (1983).[1]

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition (1989-1999)[edit]

Cerlic, also known as Charon, appeared as one of the altraloths in Dragon Annual #2 (1997).[2]

Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition (2000-2007)[edit]

Charon appeared in Dungeon #149 (August 2007).[3]


Charon appears as a large, skeletal humanoid wearing dark robes, with glowing green eyes.

Other publishers[edit]

Charon (Boatman of the Lower Planes) appeared under the "daemon" heading in the Tome of Horrors (2002) from Necromancer Games.[4]

Charon appeared in Paizo Publishing's book Book of the Damned, Vol. 3: Horsemen of the Apocalypse (2011), on pages 10–11.[5]


  1. ^ Gygax, Gary. Monster Manual II (TSR, 1983)
  2. ^ Bonny, Ed. "Pox of the Planes" in Dragon Annual #2. 1997
  3. ^ Baur, Wolfgang. "Enemies of my Enemy." Dungeon #149 (Paizo Publishing, 2007)
  4. ^ Green, Scott; Peterson, Clark (2002). Tome of Horrors. Necromancer Games. pp. 53–54. ISBN 1-58846-112-2. 
  5. ^ Stewart, Todd. Book of the Damned, Vol. 3: Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Paizo, 2011)