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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 as up to eight tentacles rise from the waves. The tentacles may attack by sucking players up into their mouths, wrapping around the hull, 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.

Encounter[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. The inky slowness also affects rowboats, but does not affect swimming pirates.
  • 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. Your crewmates can attempt to free you by damaging the tentacle or harpooning you out of its mouth.
    • "Tangling" arms wrap around the body of your ship, with the head of the wrapped tentacle popping out of the water close to either side of the ship or laying onto the deck of the ship. The wrap immobilizes the ship and causes holes in the hull over time and pulls the ship lower, causing some holes to take in water faster. Damaging the head of the wrapping tentacle is the quickest way of releasing the wrap. Gun and sword damage will cause it to splash poisonous Kraken blood on nearby attackers. Damaging the main body wrap on the deck can also release the wrap, but takes longer and may subject you to poison damage. Although rare, tentacles will sometimes wrap over the entrance to the lower deck, cutting off access to supplies and preventing crew from being able to bail water.
    • "Slapping" arms impact hard against the side of the ship, causing movement and damage similar to an explosive barrel. One slap generally creates around 3-5 holes. There is no good defense against slapping tentacles, as they attack quickly after popping up out of the water.
    • "Target" arms just float around sticking straight up for you to shoot.
  • You begin drowning immediately under the dark water, so aim up and swim to the surface to get back to your ship.
  • When the Kraken is defeated, the inky water rapidly retreats away toward a horizon.

Tips and Tricks[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • It may be that the Kraken is more likely to pick the ship with the most Treasure on board.
  • 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.
  • The Kraken will not attack individual players who are off the ship or are on a Rowboat, but can still target players in the ink with the sucking attack even without a ship.
  • Tentacles can be damaged by both Cannonballs and Weapons. As with any other encounter, one Cannonball hit equals 5 Eye of Reach hits.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If a Kraken tentacle grabs you and you have a Cutlass equipped, you can lunge out of its mouth.
  • As of Update 2.0.2, players can rescue other players from a Kraken's clutches with the Harpoon.
  • 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 with other open world Encounters, the Kraken must be hit with at least one Cannonball from your ship to count towards defeat commendations.

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. The easiest way to tell when it's fully cooked is to look at the outer skin with the suckers. 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.
  • According to the Tall Tales' Lore, there was once a massive Kraken, assumedly the mother, that once it was slain awoken the smaller present Krakens into the Sea of Thieves.

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