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Kraken screenshot.jpg
Type Creature
Behaviour Hostile
Location Ocean

The Kraken is a massive, many tentacled squid-like creature that can attack any size ship in the Sea of Thieves. The Kraken was available in the original launch of Sea of Thieves, was disabled for a time and has received a minor overhaul in the Shrouded Spoils update.

Summary[edit | edit source]

The Kraken spawns under a ship, darkening the water into an inky-black pool and slowing the ship to a crawl and multiple tentacles rise from the waves. The tentacles attack by sucking players up to the tentacles, wrapping around the hull and/or slapping the ship. The Kraken's blood splashes are poisonous (counting for poison death in the Ferry of the Damned) and, when you swim in the darkened water, drowning speed is dramatically increased. The Kraken appears to be a timed encounter where the amount of loot spawned depends on the number of limbs defeated during the fight. A kraken will despawn shortly after all ships in the ink are sunk, so if a crew wants to take on another crew's kraken, they cannot just sail around the ink, but have to actively go in to get the Kraken's attention.

Tips and Tricks[edit | edit source]

  • There is a musical cue and the water around your ship darkens when the Kraken attacks. Ship movement in the dark water is minimal, but not halted, so you can eventually move out of the dark water. As such, if you want to be sure not to move out of the Kraken encounter, raise your sails or drop your anchor.
  • There are 4 "types" of arms to the Kraken:
    • "Inhaler" arms make a wind graphic on the deck and suck a player up into the arm. To avoid getting sucked in, go below deck or do damage to the open, inhaling "mouth" on a nearby tentacle. Once trapped, you can still do many things, including swing your sword at parts of the Kraken, shoot your guns, eat bananas and so on. Keep your health full, as the Kraken will occasionally slap you on the water's surface, doing a large amount of damage. Eventually, the limb will throw you into the water a little ways from the ship.
    • "Tangling" arms wrap around the body of your ship, causing a large number of holes over time and pulling the ship lower in the water, so that second deck holes are also dangerous. This tentacle is the most immediately dangerous arm of the Kraken, as it can sink your ship very quickly if left intact. Gun and sword damage will make it release, though each hit splashes poisonous Kraken blood on nearby attackers, so be careful or ready with bananas. It has been reported that one of the splayed out "heads" of the tentacles coincides with this arm and can be shot to make it release faster. The Brigantine and Galleon can suffer the most in this phase if the Kraken grabs over the entrance to the lower decks, making it impossible for crewmates to get up or down. It is important to prioritize shooting the nearby tentacles in cannon range if this is the case.
    • "Slapping" arms impact hard against the side of the ship, causing movement and damage similar to an explosive barrel. No special action is required against them, as they attack once and go back to normal. One slap generally creates around 3-5 holes.
    • "Target" arms just float around sticking straight up for you to shoot.
  • If a Kraken tentacle grabs you and you have a Cutlass equipped, you can lunge out of its mouth.
  • You begin drowning immediately under the dark water, so aim up and swim to the surface to get back to your ship.
  • The easiest way to avoid a Kraken fight is to try not to panic, turn your ship a 180° and try to sail out of the inky area as quick as possible. This still requires some luck and supplies as the Kraken may tighten its grip around you and the larger ships like the Galleon and the Brigantine slow down to a crawl in the ink, making it much harder to get out of the ink and not get pushed around by the tentacle lashes.
  • When too low on supplies to swim out of the inky area, having a rowboat is the next best thing as the rowboat's speed isn't as inhibited as the speed of the ships in ink. Swimming above the inky water will not damage you, giving you a chance to collect your supplies onto the rowboat and paddle into safety. The only danger here is either the sharks that cannot be seen in the inky water or when the tentacles try to suck a player in. Apart from dragging the player down in the water, being sucked in by the tentacle does not damage the player too much, when fought free from.
  • Shooting the open "mouths" on the tentacles seems to be the fastest way to defeat them, either getting more chances at loot, or dealing quickly with the more dangerous limbs.
  • When the Kraken is defeated, the inky water rapidly retreats away toward a horizon.
  • The Kraken, like the Megalodons, appears to drop loot pulled randomly from every other type of encounter in the game, so it can vary wildly from a castaway chest or crate of sugar, all the way up to a skull fort chest for each limb!
  • When cooking Kraken meat, the easiest way to tell when it's fully cooked is to look at the outer skin with the suckers.
  • The Kraken leaves a ship very vulnerable as it is very easy to be sabotaged and sunk by other ships. Not only can they stay out of the ink and shoot you with cannonballs from afar, sneaky pirates can also swim a bit below the surface to board your ship and even blow it up with a Gunpowder Barrel. Be very mindful of your surroundings when attacked by a Kraken.
  • Skeleton Ships can also target a Kraken if nearby. In this situation, the Kraken has been reported to wrap itself around the Skeleton Ship, trying to sink it.
  • As of Update 2.0.2, players can rescue other players from a Kraken's clutches with the Harpoon.
  • The Kraken will take longer to defeat based upon which ship it attacks. A Sloop only needs to kill around 2 to 3 tentacles, the Brigantine 5 to 6 tentacles, and the Galleon 7 to 8 tentacles to make the Kraken leave you alone.
  • Evidence suggests that the Kraken only spawns while there is no active Skeleton Fort or Skeleton Ship Battle, i.e. no fort or ship cloud in the sky.
  • The Kraken spawn chance is a global check. Apparently only one crew at a time will be chosen to be attacked. However, the Kraken can trigger again on the same crew it last attacked.
  • Tentacles can be damaged by both Cannonballs and Weapons. As with any other encounter, one Cannonball hit equals 5 Eye of Reach hits.
  • As with other open world Encounters, the Kraken must be hit with at least one Cannonball from your ship to count towards defeat commendations.
  • A Kraken has been observed attacking swimming pirates on a rowboat after their ship sank, but it is unclear whether this is a normal behavior or occurred due to a glitch.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Like Skeleton Ships and Megalodons, Kraken tentacles can drop virtually anything (e.g Treasure Chests, Trinkets, Bounty Skulls, Mermaid Gems, Trade Good Crates or a Message in a Bottle) with the exception of Chest of Legends or a Box of Wondrous Secrets. Each tentacle drops 1 piece of Kraken Meat and 1-2 pieces of loot . The loot will drop at the exact location where the tentacles were slain and can usually already be spotted during the fight. Starting with the Seabound Soul Update, Krakens also have the chance to drop an Ashen Chest.

Commendations[edit | edit source]

Kraken Commendations
Name Requirement Reward Title Other Reward
Kraken Hunter Defeat the Kraken 1 Time
Kraken Hunter Unlocks Ability to Purchase Kraken Capstan
Master Kraken Hunter Defeat the Kraken 5 Times
Master Kraken Hunter Unlocks Ability to Purchase Kraken Helm
Legendary Kraken Hunter Defeat the Kraken 10 Times
Legendary Kraken Hunter Unlocks Ability to Purchase Kraken Cannons

Cooking and the Hunter's Call[edit | edit source]

As of the Anniversary Update, each defeated Kraken tentacle drops a piece of Kraken Meat. This meat can be cooked and eaten or sold to The Hunter's Call. Like Megalodon Meat, cooked Kraken meat can be eaten twice, replenishes 100% health and gives half a circle of health regeneration. Under-cooked Kraken meat replenishes 90% health without giving regeneration and Burnt Kraken meat only restores 10% of the pirate's health. Kraken meat takes about 2 minutes to fully cook. Selling 50 pieces of Kraken meat at Seaposts earns the player The The Hunter of the Monstrous Beast Commendation for The Hunter's Call, which unlocks a Kraken Themed Facepaint Makeup for purchase at any Clothing Shop.

Raw Under-cooked Cooked Burnt

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Many players in the community call the Kraken "Karen." This is also an internal nickname at Rare.
  • At this time, there is no body or head on the Kraken, so don't bother looking. It's all arms. Yes, Rare knows we would like a body.
  • Art found in the Art of Sea of Thieves promotional book implies inspiration for multiple types of Krakens, at least during the planning phase of game development.
  • Krakens were shown in Sea of Thieves promotional images to be similar to the Krakens of sea folklore, being giant squid-like creatures that attack ships from under water with their enormous tentacles. While the material released concerning the Kraken have been short and largely obscure, it appeared to be greater than the size of some of the larger ships in the game, possibly as large as the Galleon, or even larger.
  • Originally, the Kraken would only attack Galleons, did not drop loot and did not have the "slap attack."
  • Krakens did not spawn in any of the pre-release versions, including the Final Beta, but were shown in teaser trailers for the full release.
  • Kraken skulls and skeletons can be found throughout the Sea of Thieves, but more frequently in the Wilds.
  • At 6:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. a roar can be heard throughout the Sea of Thieves. The sound is believed to be produced from the Kraken. It also appears to mark the beginning/ends of day and night.

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