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


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
  • Maximum extra duration added by Special Duration Up: 40% → 60%

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


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

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

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

S Weapon Main Inkbrush.png Inkbrush(Nouveau, Permanent) · S Weapon Main Octobrush.png Octobrush(Nouveau)

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

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

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