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race: Ghoul
affiliation: The Ninth Circle
role: Bouncer
location: Museum of American History
appearances: Fallout 3
quests: Hired Help
karma: Neutral
SPECIAL: 6ST, 7PE, 5EN, 3CH, 3IN, 6AG, 5LK
derived stats: Hit Points: 240 → 315 → 365 (Broken Steel only)
tag skills: Explosives: 51 → 100
Small Guns: 49 → 100
Sneak: 49 → 100
level: 1 → 20 → 30 (Broken Steel only)
actor: Mike Rosson
base id: 000156F6
ref id: 0002B8E1

Charon is a possible ghoul companion NPC in Fallout 3.



Charon resides in the Underworld as a bouncer in The Ninth Circle. The player can purchase his contract for 2,000 caps from Ahzrukhal, or, with a Barter skill of 50 or more, for 1,000 caps. It is also possible to receive Charon's contract for free by completing the unmarked quest Hired Help.

He is noticeably larger than other human or ghoul characters, standing a full head taller than a normal NPC. Brainwashed as a child, he is blindly loyal to the holder of his contract.

Charon is the only NPC (along with Dogmeat) who will join the player regardless of karma. His very first act as your new employee will be to have a "chat" with his former employer, ending with Charon blasting Ahzrukhal's head off.

Daily schedule

At The Ninth Circle, he is the bouncer. He stands in the corner until needed.

Interactions with the player character

After acquiring his contract, he will become a follower.

In Vault 87 you can request Charon to retrieve the Garden of Eden Creation Kit for you. The radiation is not a problem for him. If you already have Fawkes going to get it for you, he will decline, stating that the task is not part of his contract. Once the player is whisked away by Colonel Autumn to Raven Rock, Charon will be waiting in Underworld.


Quest: Take It Back!

Main article: Take It Back!

With Broken Steel installed, Charon can be ordered to activate the purifier.


Apparel Weapon Other item On death
Leather Armor Charon's Shotgun
Charon's Combat Knife
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  • Charon's Employment Contract in the Pip-Boy reads, "Note - A piece of paper with some writing on it."
  • Be careful while trying to loot/steal from Underworld with Charon in your party. If you do so, Charon will immediately attack you, and any other NPCs in your party will attack him for attacking you. If the player attacks any Underworld citizen in his presence, he will shout "No!", but will not attack the player because he is blindly loyal.
  • Firing Charon after committing karma-reducing crimes will make him hostile to you, attempting to kill you as he did with his former owner. After longer periods of time after committing crimes or after gaining karma, firing him will make him react normally.
  • Firing Charon will make him say that you still have his contract, but he will be in the Underworld. He will be in the Ninth Circle.
  • If Charon is made to wait for too long (seven in-game days) he will return to the Ninth Circle. The player will be notified by a pop-up message to this effect. But Charon will wait indefinitely if he is left inside the player's house.
  • Although Charon is bound by his contract to be blindly loyal to anyone who holds it, he still seems to hold some sort of moral system. Stealing in Underworld results in him attacking the player. If you kill a good NPC in Charon's present, Charon will become upset and will when fired become hostile. This can be avoided if the player attacks any good NPC but let Charon kill him/her. This is also evident by his killing of Azrukahl. If questioned, Charon will answer Azrukahl was "an evil bastard" and will indicate that he has done justice.


  • "Talk. To. Ahzrukhal."
  • "What's the matter, can't stand the sight of your own blood?"
  • "Physical violence on your part invalidates our contract."


Charon (Fallout 3) only appears in Fallout 3.

Behind the scenes

  • In Greek mythology, Charon was the ferryman of Hades who carried souls of the newly deceased across the river Acheron, which divided the world of the living from the world of the dead.[1]
  • Charon tells you that he "Finds happiness in a warm gun" - an allusion to the Beatles song "Happiness is a warm gun."


  • If you attack Charon in V.A.T.S. and get a visit from The Mysterious Stranger, The Mysterious Stranger will not attack Charon. (confirmed Xbox 360)
  • When buying Charons contract from Ahzrukhal a bug can occur during their interaction that leaves one or both of them unable to respond to the player (ie, Charon will not follow you, Ahzrukhal will not talk to you. (Confimed on all platforms). An update for the Xbox 360 version fixes this issue and it can be solved on the PC by using the in-game console command "resurrect" to reset the problematic NPC.
  • Randomly dies if you enter the Outcast base in Operation: Anchorage. (Confimed on all platforms).
  • Sometimes after firing Charon, he will not appear in the Ninth Circle and will disappear alltogether. (Confirmed Xbox 360)



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Followers in Fallout 3

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