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Charlie (Night Monster)
Damage 100
Attack Period Random
Insanity aura -20 on hit
Special Ability Omnipresence
Loot Can't be killed
DebugSpawn None
It'll be dark soon. Charlie will be waking up.


Charlie, otherwise known as the Night Monster, or (unofficially) the Grue, is an invisible hostile damage source. 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. These attacks will continue every few seconds until the character finds or creates a light source in order to see.

Most characters can survive a single attack, even without armor.

Not much is known about Charlie, but what is known is she was the female assistant of Maxwell when he was a magician before the main events of the game's story. Her gender was first revealed by Kevin (lead programmer) on the 'Caves' livestream.

Light Sources

The following light sources will prevent Charlie from attacking:

Placeholder Trivia

  • The nickname Grue is a reference to the iconic monster from the game Zork. In Zork, the Grue only attacked players in pitch darkness after a line of warning, just like in Don't Starve.
  • Since Underground, Maxwell refers to the Night Monster as Charlie.
  • The Moggles and Werebeaver's night vision renders the player immune to Charlie. This suggests that Charlie is not averse to light itself, but rather the ability to perceive her.
  • Charlie was Maxwell's assistant and it is speculated that she was transformed in an accident during a ritual.
  • When attacked by Charlie while playing as Maxwell, he will say "Charlie? It's me! Maxwell!"
  • When killed by the Grue, the cause of death listed in the Morgue is listed as "Darkness", except for Maxwell, whose is listed as "Charlie".
  • On the picture "Charlie" is 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."
  • Contrary to popular belief, Klei does use the word "Grue" in reference to the Night Monster; the file coding the damage behaviour is named such as well as the code within.  It is not a name that started from the fans.

Mosquito 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.

Gold Nugget Gallery

Hostile Monsters BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork BishopClockwork RookClockwork KnightDangling Depth DwellerDepths WormFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (Red Hound / Blue Hound) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big Tentacle, Baby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk • (Birchnut TreeguardVarg Reign of Giants icon)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard (BeargerDragonflyGoose Reign of Giants icon)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey (BuzzardCatcoonVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird (Moleworm Reign of Giants icon)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwellPig King

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