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Charon is the boatman of the river Styx, responsible for ferrying deceased souls across the river and into the underworld. In Greek mythology, he required a single obol - placed into the mouth before burial - as payment for his services, or else the soul in question would be left to wander the banks of the Styx for a hundred years.
Charon's services in-game are, unfortunately, much more expensive; he functions as the game's shopkeeper, selling Zagreus various power-ups, healing items, and boons in return for the obols he collects throughout his escape attempt. He can be found in chambers with a preview showing a brown sack, usually around the mid-length of each biome before a mini-boss encounter and at the penultimate chamber of a biome, before the boss encounter.
He also operates the Wells of Charon which can be randomly found throughout the Underworld.
He doesn't say much, communicating only in groans of various intonations, which Zagreus appears to either understand or enjoy interpreting in humorous ways. Zagreus often expresses annoyance that Charon apparently either cannot or will not simply ferry him up to the surface in his boat.
In the hub room in the Temple of Styx, Charon sells the last Hermes boon for the run, a Diamond or Titan Blood, and a random mix of 4 Poms, Centaur Hearts, or boons; 2 of which will be more expensive and have improved quality.
Affinity[edit | edit source]
Codex entry[edit | edit source]
|'...The Stygian Boatman is a lot of things, although I am afraid he isn't much for conversation; I have tried, though perhaps not persuasively enough. I wonder where he finds the time to mill about as sometimes he is prone. His duty as the shepherd of the recently deceased must keep him very busy, overall, yet even still he finds the time to collect trinkets and to sell them back to us, for reasons only he could understand. He seems to have a certain motive of his own; but it cannot be fathomed, nor can the boatman's manner be deciphered by one such as I. I choose to think he serves a purpose higher even than the Master's own.'|
Wares[edit | edit source]
Before Styx[edit | edit source]
The following offerings are available in Charon's Shop in Tartarus, Asphodel or Elysium:
Darkness (25 )
Food (+50 )
Pom of Power
Temple of Styx[edit | edit source]
Charon's Shop in Temple of Styx has 6 offerings in total.
- 1 offer of either:
- 1 offer of Hermes' Boon with boosted raritysee below costing 500 .
- 2 offers of the following:
- 2 offers of the following:
- 1/3 chance: a non-Hermes, non-Chaos Boon with boosted raritysee below. Costs 450
- 2/3 chance: a super Pom of Power that can increase level of a boon by 2. Costs 300
The boosted rarity for higher priced Gods' boons are:
- Chance to be Legendary: 10%
- Chance to be Epic: 25%
- Chance to be Rare: 100% -- this means the rarity would be at least Rare and never Common.