Kraken Royale

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Kraken Royale
Category Special
Special points
Special depletion
Fire rate
Charge speed
Ink speed
Added in 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 swim form, can swim on top of enemy ink unobstructed, and inks the 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. It was added to Salmon Run along with the Triple Splashdown special in Version 6.0.0. It is able to pierce through armored enemies such as Drizzlers, Steelheads, and Flyfish with its jump and charge attacks.

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.
  • Made it so that Super Jumping to an ally using Kraken Royale will Super Jump to the location where that ally started using Kraken Royale rather than the ally's current position.


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​​​
.96 Gal Deco 81 Splash Wall Kraken Royale 210p 23 Sheldon License 1 Shooter Version 3.0.0 (Fresh Season 2023)​​​​​​​​​​
Bloblobber Deco 3031 Angle Shooter Kraken Royale 200p 23 Sheldon License 1 Slosher Version 5.0.0 (Drizzle Season 2023)​​​​​​​
Custom E-liter 4K 2031 Squid Beakon Kraken Royale 200p 20 Sheldon License 1 Charger Version 7.0.0 (Fresh Season 2024)
Custom E-liter 4K Scope 2041 Squid Beakon Kraken Royale 200p 28 Sheldon License 1 Charger Version 7.0.0 (Fresh Season 2024)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Heavy Splatling Deco 4011 Point Sensor Kraken Royale 200p 15 Sheldon License 1 Splatling Version 4.0.0 (Sizzle Season 2023)​​​​​​
Krak-On Splat Roller 1011 Squid Beakon Kraken Royale 180p 7 Sheldon License 1 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
30 wins with Kraken Royale
180 wins with Kraken Royale
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
South Korea Korean 로열 크라켄
royeol keuraken
Royal Kraken
 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