Sea of Thieves Kraken: How to find, spawn and kill the Kraken, and Kraken loot explained

The Sea of ​​Thieves Kraken is one of the most formidable enemies you’ll face in the open sea.

Fortunately, how to find the Kraken is a little easier said than done, but once it appears, you’ll want to know how to kill the Kraken so you can live to tell the tale.

This page explains everything you need to hunt (or just survive) a Kraken, from how to track it to what to do when it decides to wrap those nasty tentacles around your poor little boat.

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If you want to learn the essentials of Sea of ​​Thieves, take part in the Maiden Voyage first and read more about sailing and naval battles.

How to find and spawn the Kraken in Sea of ​​Thieves

In short, you don’t find the Kraken; the Kraken finds you.

Like the Megalodon and skeleton ships, the kraken is what Rare classifies as an “emerging threat” and will appear randomly to attack a ship while sailing through deep water. The kraken can appear on any type of ship, be it sloop, brig, or galleon, although the encounter is considerably less difficult on a sloop, and you will immediately know of its arrival when the water around your ship turns inky black.

Although the kraken will choose a random crew to attack when it appears, there is a neat trick you can use to know when it will appear, if not who it will appear on. This can be useful if you’re trying to increase the odds of finding him to complete related compliments, or even if you’re actively trying to avoid finding him for whatever reason.

Here’s how it works: the kraken will only appear when there are no active cloud events on the map. If you’re trying to increase the odds of an encounter, be sure to sail in deep water when there isn’t a Skeleton Fort skull cloud or Skeleton Fleet ship cloud visible in the sky. Conversely, if you’re trying to avoid it, only head toward the water when any of the clouds are visible.

How to kill the Kraken in Sea of ​​Thieves

When the Kraken attacks, it’s best to start with the basics of naval combat that we outline in our Sea of ​​Thieves sailing guide.

Basically, that means coordinating and dividing tasks between you, Adam Smith style, to make you the most efficient team possible.

But don’t worry if you’re playing solo or on a sloop; While the battle against the kraken is mechanically identical for all ships, it is trivially easy to complete on a sloop if you understand the basics (the tentacles have much less health and deal considerably less damage) and can be finished in a matter of minutes.

It’s worth noting from the start that the kraken’s dark water will drastically slow your ship (and deal damage to pirates who fall into it). However, your boat will continue to move forward during the match. As such, if you are actively trying to defeat the creature, you may want to lower anchor at the first sign of the beast so as not to accidentally leave its attack area while the battle continues. Of course, if this happens, you can simply turn around and sail back into the water to resume the attack.

It’s also worth noting that it’s possible for multiple pop-up creatures to appear simultaneously; If you’re really unlucky, you could find yourself facing a kraken, a skeleton ship, and a megalodon all at the same time. However, if this happens, don’t panic and remember that both the megalodon and the kraken will try to attack skeleton ships and vice versa, which means that the NPCs will take some of the pressure off of you during the battle, assuming you don’t engage them with gunfire.

How you choose to divide tasks during the fight with the kraken will depend on the number of crewmates you have available. In general, though, you’ll want at least one person manning the cannons and another below deck focusing on repairs at all times. On larger boats, repairmen should prioritize repairing holes first and then bailing out water; Bailing is also a good way to save time if you run out of wooden planks and need someone else to come and deposit some in storage. On a sloop, water builds up so slowly below deck that it is entirely possible to simply keep the water bailing out a window and then fix it once the fight is over.

Larger crews must remain flexible against the kraken, switching between tasks (attack, repair, and lead) as necessary. As always in Sea of ​​Thieves, good communication and crew coordination are key, so it helps to have a player designating tasks. That player should also keep an eye on the horizon for enemy ships, as the last thing you want during a kraken attack is to find yourself in the middle of a PvP encounter unprepared.

Once the encounter with the kraken begins, its tentacles will emerge from the water and you can immediately begin attacking with cannons and ranged weapons. You can attack any tentacle sticking vertically out of the water, although you’ll obviously find it easier to target the ones closest to your ship. Focus on the open “mouths” at the tip of each tentacle to deal more damage.

At certain intervals, the kraken will initiate one of three different attacks, so you must learn to read the signals and be prepared to respond appropriately.

The sound of strong wind means that a tentacle is trying to suck a member of the ship’s crew into its jaws. All crewmates must IMMEDIATELY stop what they are doing and go below deck until the sound has subsided. If a crew member is knocked off the ship, he must begin attacking the tentacle with his sword until it falls into the dark water. Alternatively, those still on the ship can use cannon shots to free them, or even pull them back on board with a well-aimed shot from the harpoon at the front of the ship. Note that this suction attack can also target crewmates in a rowboat.

If a tentacle ducks underwater and reappears near the side of your ship bent in a tight arc, the kraken is preparing to hit the side of your ship. This will likely spin the ship on its axis, so you’ll need to realign your cannons quickly, using the wheel to adjust the angle if necessary. But what is more serious is that the attack will create a large number of holes in the lower deck of your boat. As such, have as many crewmates as you can head down in preparation for quick repairs.

Finally, the kraken could choose to wrap a tentacle completely around the ship’s hull. Depending on a number of factors, this can prevent movement between the upper and lower decks, so larger crews should always try to keep a member below deck to carry out repair work; Failure to do so can cause the boat to sink quickly. Don’t panic, though: this tentacle is much easier to remove than it might appear at first. Simply look for the second tentacle on either side of the ship that is standing vertically with its mouth wide open, then unload as much damage as possible into its jaws. Soon enough, the tentacle’s grip will loosen and the fight can resume.

To complete the battle and banish the Kraken to the depths from which it came, you will need to defeat 2 to 3 Tentacles on a Sloop, 5 to 6 on a Brig, and 7 to 8 on a Galleon.

Kraken Loot Explained: What do you get for killing the kraken?

Each defeated tentacle will drop 1 or 2 pieces of loot at its base, which is one reason why it can be beneficial to drop anchor at the beginning of a kraken encounter if you’re confident in what you’re doing: you’ll win. There is no need to browse around looking for treasures that you may have passed by long, long before. Rewards come from extremely large loot, so you can expect anything from treasure chests of all kinds to trinkets, skulls, and gems.

Additionally, each defeated tentacle will drop a piece of Kraken meat. This can be cooked and eaten to improve health, but you may prefer to give it to a representative of the Hunter’s Call trading company at any sea post. You will be rewarded with XP to increase your position with Hunter’s Call and receive up to 450 gold for a perfectly cooked piece of meat.

The first season has arrived! Learn about all Season 1 Battle Pass rewards and everything else added in the Sea of ​​Thieves patch notes. New to the game? Learn what to do in Sea of ​​Thieves and take part in the Maiden Voyage tutorial, which teaches you the basics of navigation and naval battles. It is also useful for beginners to know how to survive fights with skeletons and kraken. Elsewhere we have tips on how to get gold and doubloons easily, complete skeleton forts and The Shroudbreaker, participate in fishing in Sea of ​​Thieves and on Sea of ​​Thieves island maps.

What praise can you receive for killing the kraken?

There are several commendations and related rewards associated with defeating the kraken:

  • Defeat 1 Kraken to earn the Kraken Hunter Commendation and earn 10 Doubloons.
  • Defeat 5 Kraken to earn the Master Kraken Hunter Commendation and earn 20 Doubloons.
  • Defeat 10 Kraken to earn the Legendary Kraken Hunter Commendation and earn 50 Doubloons.

These commendations will respectively unlock the Kraken Capstan, Kraken Wheel, and Kraken Cannon to purchase from any carpenter.

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