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.
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.
|“||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.
|“||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
|“||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
- Main article: Badge#Special Weapon Wins
|Kraken Royale Badges|
|30 wins with Kraken Royale|
|180 wins with Kraken Royale|
|1,200 wins with Kraken Royale|
An Inkling's Kraken Royale
An Octoling's Kraken Royale
The Kraken Royale on the Fresh Season 2023 catalog cover
For competitive tips about the Kraken Royale,
|View the strategy page.|
- Unlike its predecessor in Splatoon, Kraken Royale is unaffected by most gear abilities other than Special Power Up, and cannot Super Jump.
- All of the first three Kraken Royale weapons were weapons whose Splatoon counterpart had Kraken and their corresponding sub weapon.
- As of Chill Season 2023, the Kraken Royale and Ink Storm are the only specials who still haven't been paired with a bomb as their sub weapon.
Names in other languages
|French||Kraken royal||Royal Kraken|
|Italian||Kraken reale||Royal Kraken|
|Spanish||Calamar imperial||Imperial Squid|
|Internal||SpCastle||Sp for special weapon. Castle has been localized.|