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Cannot be attacked
-100 Health, -20 Sanity
5-10 seconds after entering complete darkness, and 5-11 seconds after previous attack
Special Ability
...Make your jokes. I'll be seeing you soon...


Charlie, otherwise known as the Darkness or the Night Monster, is a hostile damage source unseen to the player in-game. She only attacks when the character is in complete darkness, unable to see. (Characters will state when they are vulnerable, e.g. "It's so dark!"). When being stalked, the character will become alarmed, exclaiming things such as "What was that?", followed by a loud "whoosh" to signal her approach. Moments later, a slashing sound is heard and the character will take 100 damage and 20 Sanity loss. The first attack will happen 5 to 10 seconds after the character enters complete darkness, with the character being stalked when 60% to 20% percent of this time is left until the attack. The attacks will continue every 5 to 11 seconds until the character finds or creates a light source in order to see. Most characters can survive a single attack, even without armor.

In the lore, Charlie was previously Maxwell's female assistant for his magic shows. After the two of them were brought into the realm of the Shadow Creatures (also referred as "Them" by Maxwell), it is believed that Charlie was transformed to have the demonic traits and personality to become the night monster. It was later revealed that she is also the younger sister of Winona, who she mentions in both of her letters to Maxwell in the William Carter Puzzles. In the A New Reign cinematic video, her night monster form was visibly depicted for the first time. While she still has a human conscience, it seems that she's partially controlled by evil forces and has little control over her violent actions. She is the secondary antagonist of Don't Starve and its DLCs Reign Of Giants and Shipwrecked, and the main antagonist of Don't Starve Together.

Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together

Main article: Cyclum Puzzles

Charlie sitting down on her new throne after combining her two personalities.

In Don't Starve Together, Charlie serves as the main antagonist of the world, carrying on after Maxwell's reign while still being the night monster. After the events of Adventure Mode take place in which Maxwell and Wilson swap places, Charlie approaches Wilson as her human self and frees him from the Nightmare Throne. But after the demonic night monster version of her personality overpowers her, she attacks Wilson to absorb the powers he obtained from the throne and sends him back to the wilderness with Maxwell.

After removing Wilson from the throne and absorbing the power, Charlie changes the throne area to her will. Her human and demonic personalities constantly fight each other over how the throne area should look. Eventually, both personalities morph into one balanced form as she sits down on the new throne.

After Wilson and Maxwell finish building the Jury-Rigged Portal to bring other characters into their part of the realm, Charlie destroys it and replaces it with her own version, the Florid Postern, marking her new reign in the Don't Starve world.

Light Sources

The following light sources will prevent Charlie from attacking:

Speech File Comments

Comments from Charlie could be found in Maxwell's and later Winona's DST speech files around and after the time of the Cyclum Puzzles and ANR. Currently known ones are listed here, underneath the corresponding quote:


  • Maxwell (generic)- "What a dapper fellow!"
  --Pride... Arrogance... Conceit...
  • Maxwell (NPC)- "Looking good!"
  --This was your fault...
  • Maxwell's Head- "Hey, handsome."
  --You did this...
  • Maxwell's Light- "Aw, it remembers me."
  • Nightmare Lock- "It keeps the master in the chair."
  • Nightmare Throne- "It's less painful than it looks. Barely."
  --You haven't escaped its pull...
  • Maxwell Statue (DST)- "It seems silly now..."
  --Your hubris... Maxy... it was always your weakness...

Maxwell (cont.)

  • Maxwell's Tooth Trap- "I'm... sure I had my reasons when I placed this."
  • Maxwell's Mosquito Mine- "Maybe I shouldn't have put that there."
  • Gramaphone- "That accursed thing!"
  • Florid Postern- "Always did have a flair for the dramatic..."
  --...Make your jokes...I'll be seeing you soon...


  • Maxwell Statue (DST)- "So THIS is 'Maxy'."

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Charlie is referenced as Grue in the game files. This is a reference to the iconic monster from the game Zork. In Zork, the Grue only attacks players in pitch darkness after a line of warning, just like in Don't Starve.
  • Her gender and humanity were first revealed by Kevin Forbes (Klei's lead programmer) on the Caves livestream.
  • The first time her name was made known was in the Underground update, in which Maxwell started referring to the Night Monster as Charlie. Her former human version was later shown in some of the solutions of the William Carter Puzzles.
  • The Moggles and Werebeaver's night vision render the player immune to Charlie. This suggests that Charlie is not averse to light itself, but rather the ability to perceive her.
  • According to a letter written by Charlie found in one of the William Carter Puzzles, it is implied that Charlie did not think that the shadows were real until things started going wrong during Maxwell's final performance.
  • Since Charlie used to be Maxwell's assistant while he was toying with questionable magic, it is assumed that she was transformed into the night monster after the events of Maxwell's Final Act.
  • When killed by Charlie, the cause of death listed in the Morgue is "Darkness"; except for Maxwell, whose cause is listed as "Charlie".
  • In a poster, Charlie is shown holding a book. It is believed that the book is the Codex Umbra. When Maxwell inspects the Codex Umbra, he says, "I'm so sorry Charlie".
  • As seen in the A New Reign cinematic, Charlie has the power to put out lights when she is fully present in an area (shown when Maxwell's Lights turn off at her approach).
  • According to character quotes in Don't Starve Together, Charlie smells like flowers, namely roses.
  • According to Winona ("My sister was afraid of the dark."), Charlie used to be afraid of the dark.
  • When exiting Don't Starve Together, a popup will say "Charlie will miss you!" before quitting.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • If a player enters a Worm Hole just before the night sets, Charlie will not attack when the character comes out of the other side. (This bug is stopped when going into light and then back into darkness again.)
  • If the player pauses the game when the sound of Charlie attacking begins and resumes right before the sound ends, Charlie will attack early.
  • If the player is killed by Charlie while surfing in the Shipwrecked DLC, the Morgue will list "Shenanigans" as the cause of death.

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