Kraken

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Kraken
Kraken HQ.png
Type Special
Damage 160
Points to Fill (p) 200
Base Duration 5s
Sets 15

The ​Kraken is a Special Weapon in Splatoon. The Inkling Squid amiibo provides single player challenges that involve using the Kraken with a limited amount of time on different levels.

Description

For a short period of time, the player will change into a monster-like squid form. It can move freely on enemy Ink while leaving its own trail. Jumping into an enemy will splat them instantly, and the user is immune to all damage. However, Krakens are affected much more by knockback, and can be splatted by falling into water or out of bounds.

Swim speed in Kraken form is the same as that of normal squid form. As such, its speed is affected by Swim Speed Up, Comeback, and Ninja Squid. However, Krakens are still fully visible even with Ninja Squid, so the only change is the speed reduction.[1]

Notes

Activating Kraken transforms your character into a large, invincible squid for approximately six seconds. While in Kraken form, you can swim around a stage (including all inked and non-inked surfaces) leaving behind an ink trail your team can utilize to push deeper into enemy territory. You can also jump, taking out opponents in your path. You must jump to perform a lethal melee strike—simply bumping opponents will only push them around, inflicting no damage. But just like swimming in squid form, you can’t cross over mesh walkways or grates while Kraken is active. If you attempt to swim over a grate, you will just fall through. This is an excellent way to avoid a pursuing enemy Kraken—rush over a grate to escape.
— Splatoon Prima Guide

Tips

  • When damaged or cornered, it is recommended to use Kraken as it grants invincibility from incoming attacks for a short time. Though it may not be the most strategically smart choice in a given situation, it would be better to use it to stay in the battle than to lose it by being splatted.
  • A Kraken can be used in a pinch to avoid being splatted by Special Weapons, such as an Inkstrike or Killer Wail.
  • Equipping Swim Speed Up can slightly increase the Kraken's speed, allowing the player to chase opponents more easily. Likewise, Ninja Squid slows down the Kraken's speed, so stay away from that ability.
  • Like the Bubbler, the Kraken can be used in Tower Control to sit on the tower without taking damage. However, the increased knockback can make it difficult to stay on if enemies hit from the right angle.
  • Super Jumps can still be performed as a Kraken if there is a need to escape.

Countering

  • The activation of a Kraken makes a unique noise, alerting nearby players of its presence. If this sound is heard and no teammate has used their Kraken, it may be wise to leave the area or find a place to hide.
  • Speedy targets such as the Inkbrush can be fast enough to escape the Kraken.
  • Krakens' only method of spreading Ink is with the small trail behind them, so they cannot cover a large area like normal players can. Because of this, hiding in one's own Ink, no matter how small the puddle, may cause the Kraken to swim right by without even noticing as long as they did not see the player before they hid.
  • Since Krakens are considered "squid forms", they can still go through grates. Opposing players can try to lure the Kraken onto a grate, making them fall and breaking their pursuit.
  • Krakens are immune to damage, but can still be splatted by falling into water or out of bounds. This can be used to one's advantage in stages with either hazard, such as Mahi-Mahi Resort.
    • In Arowana Mall, there is a grate above the water. Try luring them into falling through the grate and into the water, where they'll splat themselves in the process.
  • Krakens are very vulnerable to knockback, which can be used to keep them out of melee range. Very fast weapons, such as the Aerospray and the Inkbrush, can even allow the user to simply stand in front of the Kraken and just keep shooting (or flicking) at it to keep it away, provided they have enough Ink.
  • After coming out of Kraken form there is a moment in which the player cannot use any weapons. This can be taken advantage for an easy splat if one is quick enough.

Sets

Main Sub Special
Weapont Main Aerospray PG.png Aerospray PG Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Custom Jet Squelcher.png Custom Jet Squelcher Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Krak-On Splat Roller.png Krak-On Splat Roller Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Octobrush.png Octobrush Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Custom E-liter 3K.png Custom E-liter 3K Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main .96 Gal Deco.png .96 Gal Deco Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main L-3 Nozzlenose D.png L-3 Nozzlenose D Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Custom Range Blaster.png Custom Range Blaster Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Custom E-liter 3K Scope.png Custom E-liter 3K Scope Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Fresh Squiffer.png Fresh Squiffer Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Heavy Splatling Deco.png Heavy Splatling Deco Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Neo Sploosh-o-matic.png Neo Sploosh-o-matic Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main N-ZAP '83.png N-ZAP '83 Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Permanent Inkbrush.png Permanent Inkbrush Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken
Weapont Main Slosher Deco.png Slosher Deco Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken


Version history

1.3.0

  • The Kraken can now be pushed back by firing directly at it to add counter play towards it.

2.2.0

  • Increased the amount of turf needed to be inked for filling the Special Gauge: 180p → 200p
  • Added a period of 0.75 seconds before players can attack again after using Kraken.
  • Increased the area that Kraken takes damage according to the size of its body.
  • Increased the amount of knockback when Kraken users are hit from above or below.

2.9.0

  • Base duration: 6 seconds → 5 seconds


Trivia

  • There are no Kraken sets with the Seeker or the Disruptor as their Sub Weapon.
  • Krake means "Octopus" in German, which is considerably odd, since Inklings are based off of Squids.
    • The word Kraken is based off of Krake; as such, many tales and legends recount the Kraken to be an octopus, not a squid.
  • Modding the game shows that Octolings have a unique Kraken design with curled tentacles instead of straight.

Gallery

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
FlagJapan.svg Japanese ダイオウイカ
daiō ika
great king squid (species of squid)
FlagFrance.svg French Kraken Same as English
FlagGermany.svg German Tintentitan ink titan
FlagItaly.svg Italian Kraken Same as English
FlagMexico.svg Spanish (NOA) Kraken Same as English
FlagSpain.svg Spanish (NOE) Supercalamar Supersquid

References

  1. YouTube Squids Next Door: Kraken Speeds With Abilities


Weapons in Splatoon
Main Shooters Weapont Main .52 Gal.png .52 Gal(Deco) · Weapont Main .96 Gal.png .96 Gal(Deco) · Weapont Main Aerospray MG.png Aerospray MG(RG, PG) · Weapont Main Dual Squelcher.png Dual Squelcher(Custom)

Weapont Main H-3 Nozzlenose.png H-3 Nozzlenose(D, Cherry) · Weapont Main Jet Squelcher.png Jet Squelcher(Custom) Weapont Main L-3 Nozzlenose.png L-3 Nozzlenose(D) · Weapont Main N-ZAP '85.png N-ZAP '85('89, '83)
Weapont Main Splash-o-matic.png Splash-o-matic(Neo) · Weapont Main Splattershot.png Splattershot(Hero, Octoshot, Tentatek, Wasabi) · Weapont Main Splattershot Jr..png Splattershot Jr.(Custom)
Weapont Main Splattershot Pro.png Splattershot Pro(Forge, Berry) · Weapont Main Sploosh-o-matic.png Sploosh-o-matic(Neo, 7)
Weapont Main Blaster.png Blaster(Custom) · Weapont Main Luna Blaster.png Luna Blaster(Neo) · Weapont Main Range Blaster.png Range Blaster(Custom, Grim) · Weapont Main Rapid Blaster.png Rapid Blaster(Deco)
Weapont Main Rapid Blaster Pro.png Rapid Blaster Pro(Deco)

Rollers Weapont Main Carbon Roller.png Carbon Roller(Deco) · Weapont Main Dynamo Roller.png Dynamo Roller(Gold, Tempered) · Weapont Main Splat Roller.png Splat Roller(Hero, Krak-On, CoroCoro)

Weapont Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush(Nouveau, Permanent) · Weapont Main Octobrush.png Octobrush(Nouveau)

Chargers Weapont Main Bamboozler 14 Mk I.png Bamboozler 14 Mk I(Mk II, Mk III) · Weapont Main Classic Squiffer.png Classic Squiffer(New, Fresh) · Weapont Main E-liter 3K.png E-liter 3K(Custom)

Weapont Main E-liter 3K Scope.png E-liter 3K Scope(Custom) · Weapont Main Splat Charger.png Splat Charger(Hero, Kelp, Bento) · Weapont Main Splatterscope.png Splatterscope(Kelp, Bento)

Sloshers Weapont Main Slosher.png Slosher(Deco, Soda) · Weapont Main Sloshing Machine.png Sloshing Machine(Neo) · Weapont Main Tri-Slosher.png Tri-Slosher(Nouveau)
Splatlings Weapont Main Heavy Splatling.png Heavy Splatling(Deco, Remix) · Weapont Main Hydra Splatling.png Hydra Splatling(Custom) · Weapont Main Mini Splatling.png Mini Splatling(Zink, Refurbished)
Sub Weapon Sub Burst Bomb.png Burst Bomb · Weapon Sub Disruptor.png Disruptor · Weapon Sub Ink Mine.png Ink Mine · Weapon Sub Point Sensor.png Point Sensor · Weapon Sub Seeker.png Seeker
Weapon Sub Splash Wall.png Splash Wall · Weapon Sub Splat Bomb.png Splat Bomb · Weapon Sub Sprinkler.png Sprinkler · Weapon Sub Squid Beakon.png Squid Beakon · Weapon Sub Suction Bomb.png Suction Bomb
Special Weapon Special Bomb Rush Splat Bomb.png Bomb Rush · Weapon Special Bubbler.png Bubbler · Weapon Special Echolocator.png Echolocator · Weapon Special Inkstrike.png Inkstrike · Weapon Special Inkzooka.png Inkzooka · Weapon Special Killer Wail.png Killer Wail · Weapon Special Kraken.png Kraken