There are many dangers in Sea of Thieves – from pirate crews to skeletons to deadly storms. The most frightening among them, however, is the Kraken, a giant sea monster that tries to sink ships and eat pirates.
The octopus is not so much a boss that you chase because it is a danger that acts randomly and attacks ships with its huge tentacles. When that happens, the crews have to drop everything and make a big concerted effort just to save their ship and their lives. The octopus is tough and can be deadly. Normally, your goal should just be to do enough damage to get out of their clutches and escape. That said, it’s not invincible ̵1; you Can defeat Kraken. A crew working together can ward it off and force the beast to retreat into the depths.
We already have guides to get you started, teach you how to sail, fight other crews and support you as a lone pirate in Sea of Thieves. Here’s everything you need to know about how to escape from and even kill the Kraken.
Look out for the inky water
You can not go hunting for the Kraken, but you can prepare for the fight if you know what to look for. The kraken attacks ships seemingly randomly, but it seems preferable to break down galleons – crews of three or four – rather than sloops, smaller boats with one or two players. Keep an eye out for the water around your ship turning black while sailing. When the water turns ink, you know you are going to be attacked. The warning gives you a few seconds to prepare when it stops your ship. If you see the sign, you want to quickly load cannonballs, planks and bananas and change the pistol for the sniper rifle.
It is generally a good idea to constantly replenish resources every time you visit an island. This is one of the many reasons why.
Blow up the tentacles
When the Kraken attacks, you see a number of tentacles appear around your ship. Blowing them up with your cannons is your primary way of damaging the Kraken. When a tentacle takes enough damage, it will retreat underwater – when you get rid of them all, the Kraken leaves your ship behind and returns to the deep.
At any time, some of the tentacles will swing in near your ship to attack you, while others hang back further out into the water. To keep your teammates alive, you generally want to focus on shooting them closer, more active as they sweep in to catch you and your crew.
You can hit the tentacles anywhere to damage them, but each tentacle has a “head” at the end of it, and as it approaches your ship, the head often opens to reveal a “mouth” inside. Tentacles take significantly more damage and pull faster if you hit them in the head. Cannons, of course, do the most damage, but they are difficult to use precisely to nail the tentacles. If you have trouble nailing tentacle heads with a cannonball, you should replace your pistol with a sniper rifle from your ship’s gun shop. Shooting the Kraken with a gun does not do much harm, but a shot to the head seems to make sense. Working together to do as much damage as possible is the key to surviving the attack.
Note that powder kegs work on Kraken, but we do not suggest using one unless you are desperate. It is more or less impossible to explode a powder keg on your ship without damaging everything around. This means that the best thing is to throw a powder keg into the water and shoot it as it approaches a tentacle, something that is difficult to perform without practice, especially in the chaos of battle.
Counteract Kraken’s attacks
When the Kraken appears, its tentacles will surround the ship. They are dangerous in a number of ways, and you must do everything you can to mitigate the damage to your ship and crew. Fortunately, the Kraken tentacles have only two attacks, and both can be countered with concentrated attacks by your entire team.
First, it uses its mouth to suck up a member of your crew and take them off the ship’s deck. You are injured while in the mouth of the tentacle, and it can also throw you far into the water or slam you down against the ship’s deck. If one of your crew members gets caught by a tentacle, it’s a good idea for the crew to turn their attention and release it – if you do enough damage, Kraken will release them. You cannot use your pistol on a tentacle when it is in your mouth, but you can hack it with your sword.
Secondly, the Kraken goes after the ship itself and strikes a tentacle over the bow to damage your hull. When this happens, it is again best for the whole crew to turn their attention to the attacking tentacle and complain about it. You can cut the tentacles with your swords when they are on deck to damage them, and it is best to load them with everything you need to get rid of them quickly.
Watch out for swimming on the surface
Chances are pretty good that at least part of your crew will be in the water sometime during a Kraken attack. When that happens, you have to be careful. While Kraken’s tentacles do not follow you while you are in the water, you will take continuous damage from the ink that spreads over the attack area. To minimize damage, swim below the surface as much as possible. The ink floats on top of the water, so you only need to take damage when you get up for air or get back on your ship.
Stay up to date with repairs
The battle with the Kraken can be dangerous when you find tentacles that appear or disappear under the waves. With crew members caught by tentacles and thrown overboard, it can be easy to forget that your ship itself is under attack. Make sure your crew often ends up under the deck to correct leaks. It may even be wise to appoint a member of your crew specifically to prevent your ship from sinking throughout the battle. The crack can do a lot of damage, and if your attention is lost, it can take you down to the depths with it.
Make your escape
If it was not clear before, we want to make sure you know: You do not have to kill the Kraken! Even if you want to, it’s a matter of pride, though. We understand – but you should be prepared to cut bait and escape instead of standing up for it.
Depending on whether you lose crew to attacks or take huge damage, it may be the best way to stay alive to make an escape (and keep what treasure you have on board). You can simply sail away from the Kraken when you strike out enough with the tentacles, and it is worth noting that if you are attacked while traveling, your sails will still be down and anchored so that this can happen even by accident. . If you can sail out of the inky water, you will escape the wrath of Kraken, so blow away at the tentacles until you can start moving again.
If you are consciously following Kraken, you may not want much change while doing so. If there is a change on board, it is a good idea to prepare your rowing boat with the most important changes so that you can be ready to release it and row away while the Kraken is distracted by your ship.
Shrouded Spoils update
The Shrouded Spoils update for Sea Thieves made some notable changes to the Kraken encounter that adventurers should be aware of. First, the overall difficulty of all Kraken encounters increased, making the monster harder to defeat (in our experience, only experienced teams are really fit to survive a Kraken attack now).
Second, the Kraken can now attack any type of ship or crew. It does not matter if you are sailing in the slopes – Kraken can still attack. But the meeting is now balanced based on your crew size, so you can expect the battle to be easier if you sail alone.
Thirdly, Kraken now has a slightly changed pattern and a completely new stroke that can do great damage. Some players have found that the Kraken can now be wrapped around the stairs in smaller ships and completely block access to under the deck and essentially sentence the ship to sink. If this happens to your crew, try to saber charge as much as possible at the tentacle to drive it away in time.
Your tentative rewards
The Kraken fight is tough, but it’s not really a boss fight. (The people at Rare describe it as more of a force of nature, like a storm.) The good news is that prey is dropped based on tentacles, so you only need to defeat one tentacle to get at least a small prize, as long as you escape with your life and the ship intact. Each tentacle released will release some Kraken meat and a few pieces of valuable prey. Down many tentacles, and your reward can be extensive. You will also unlock the “Kraken Good Job” performance for your problems.