Kraken Royale

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Kraken Royale
S3 Weapon Special Kraken Royale.png
Category Special
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Introduced Specifications
Base damage 60 (Jump)
120 (Charge)
Base duration 8 sec
Ink consumption
Base range
Rate of fire
Muzzle velocity
Base accuracy
MPU effect
SPU effect
SPU effect
Other variant
For the variant appearing in Splatoon, see Kraken.

The ​Kraken Royale is a special weapon in Splatoon 3. It transforms the user into a nearly invincible giant squid/octopus that is capable of jump attacks and charge attacks.


The Kraken Royale transforms the user into a huge squid or octopus. Its tentacles are longer and its head is larger. Its body is slightly darker than the user's ink color, with lighter patterns at the end of its tentacles and head. Unlike its Splatoon counterpart, Octolings can use the special as well, transforming them into the octopus equivalent, which also has longer tentacles and a much bigger head.

Splatoon 3

The Kraken Royale was first added to Splatoon 3 in Fresh Season 2023 (Version 3.0.0).

The Kraken Royale is very similar to its predecessor. While active, the user constantly remains in squid form, can swim on top of enemy ink unobstructed, and inks ground by moving over it, although they cannot submerge in ink. By jumping, the user performs a spinning attack that can splat a foe in two hits. The Kraken Royale is also invincible to enemy fire, although it can be knocked back.

A new ability of the Kraken Royale is a charge attack, similar to a horizontal Squid Surge. After holding for a brief period, the user can move forward at a greatly improved speed, inking the ground and instantly splatting any foe in the way (similar to a Reefslider without the explosion). This ability also helps greatly reduce knockback.

Notably, the Kraken Royale leaves the player briefly vulnerable before and after transforming, far more so than its predecessor.

This special is one of the nine available specials in Salmon Run Next Wave.

Special Power Up

Main article: Special Power Up

Equipping Special Power Up with Kraken Royale increases its duration.

Version history

Version Adjustments
  • Made it easier for a player to be pushed back by an enemy attack in Tower Control mode when the player is on the tower.
  • Made it so that a player will drop all their clams and power clams wherever they are when they use this special in Clam Blitz mode.
  • Fixed an issue that enabled players to do a Squid Surge or Squid Roll during the period when player actions were supposed to be disabled after the effects from the Kraken Royale wore off.
  • Movement speed while not charged is now roughly 11% faster.


Behold - the Kraken Royale! Activate this special to transform into a giant squid or octopus with the power to splat and scatter enemies left and right. You can jump to trigger a wide-ranging spin move, or hold and release the Button to unleash a one-shot charge attack!

Notice a moment of vulnerability before and after transforming - contrasted with total invincibility while transformed! Still, attacks slow you down, so get slippery with jumps, charges, Squid Surges, and Squid Rolls to reach your target.

— @SplatoonNA on Twitter[1][2]
Transform into a gigantic squid or octopus and chase down your enemies with the Kraken Royale special weapon - coming to #Splatoon3 in Fresh Season 2023!
— @NintendoEurope on Twitter[3]
If you ever wanted to become a giant squid or octopus, this weapon is for you. While transformed, you can move around and repel enemy attacks. Jump and splat your enemies with powerful spin moves, or hold and then release to charge forward aggressively.
— In-game description


Weapons with Kraken Royale in Splatoon 3
Main #ID Sub Special Special Points Level Price Class Introduced​​​
S3 Weapon Main .96 Gal Deco 2D Current.png .96 Gal Deco 81 S3 Weapon Sub Splash Wall Flat.png Splash Wall S3 Weapon Special Kraken Royale.png Kraken Royale 210p 23 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Shooter.png Shooter Version 3.0.0 (Fresh Season 2023)​​​​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Bloblobber Deco 2D Current.png Bloblobber Deco 3031 S3 Weapon Sub Angle Shooter Flat.png Angle Shooter S3 Weapon Special Kraken Royale.png Kraken Royale 200p 23 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Slosher.png Slosher Version 5.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2023)​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Custom E-liter 4K 2D Current.png Custom E-liter 4K 2031 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Kraken Royale.png Kraken Royale 200p 20 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Charger.png Charger Version 7.0.0 (Fresh Season 2024)
S3 Weapon Main Custom E-liter 4K Scope 2D Current.png Custom E-liter 4K Scope 2041 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Kraken Royale.png Kraken Royale 200p 28 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Charger.png Charger Version 7.0.0 (Fresh Season 2024)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Heavy Splatling Deco 2D Current.png Heavy Splatling Deco 4011 S3 Weapon Sub Point Sensor Flat.png Point Sensor S3 Weapon Special Kraken Royale.png Kraken Royale 200p 15 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Splatling.png Splatling Version 4.0.0 (Sizzle Season 2023)​​​​​​
S3 Weapon Main Krak-On Splat Roller 2D Current.png Krak-On Splat Roller 1011 S3 Weapon Sub Squid Beakon Flat.png Squid Beakon S3 Weapon Special Kraken Royale.png Kraken Royale 180p 7 Sheldon License 1 S3 Icon Roller.png Roller Version 3.0.0 (Fresh Season 2023)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Main article: Badge#Special Weapon Wins

Winning a certain number of battles with the Kraken Royale will reward the player with special badges that they can use on their Splashtag.

Kraken Royale Badges
S3 Badge Kraken Royale 30.png 30 wins with Kraken Royale
S3 Badge Kraken Royale 180.png 180 wins with Kraken Royale
S3 Badge Kraken Royale 1200.png 1,200 wins with Kraken Royale



For competitive tips about the Kraken Royale,

Click to view the strategy for Kraken Royale. View the strategy page.



Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese テイオウイカ
teiō ika
Emperor squid[a]
Netherlands Dutch Monstermorfose Monstermorphosis[b]
CanadaFrance French Kraken royal Royal Kraken
Germany German Tintentyrann Ink Tyrant[c]
Italy Italian Kraken reale Royal Kraken
Russia Russian Тираннокракен
SpainMexico Spanish Calamar imperial Imperial Squid
China Chinese (Simplified) 帝王鱿鱼
dìwáng yóuyú
Emperor squid
Translate logo.svg Internal SpCastle[4] Sp for special weapon. Castle has been localized.

Translation notes

  1. A reference to ダイオウイカ daiōika, the Japanese name of the original Kraken
  2. From monster and metamorfose ("metamorphosis")
  3. A reference to Tintentitan, the German name of the original Kraken