Kraken/Strategies

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A player battles the Kraken after disturbing its slumber.

The Kraken is a Slayer boss and can therefore only be killed while on a Slayer task to kill (cave) kraken. The Kraken is located in the Kraken Cove.

It is recommended to use the Magic attack style to fight the Kraken, as it is highly resistant to Ranged and immune to Melee, due to the fact that it cannot be reached by Melee attacks. As there are no complex mechanics when facing this boss, the Kraken is a popular boss. Therefore it may be hard to find an empty world. Players can alternatively create an instance for 25,000 coins, which lasts until the player leaves or logs out.

Requirements[edit | edit source]

  • Level Slayer 87 to deal damage against the Kraken.

Recommendations[edit | edit source]

  • High combat stats. Although not required, see the skill levels below for an indication of the advised stats:
    • If using Magic:
      • Level Magic 75 or higher to equip the correct staves.
  • Partial completion of Quest points Fairytale II - Cure a Queen for access to the fairy rings network.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

The Kraken is located in a separated section of the Kraken Cove. The quickest way to get to this dungeon is via fairy rings:

  • Use the code AKQ, then run west to the dungeon entrance.

Run north after entering the Kraken cove to find the entrance to the Kraken's lair.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Releasing the Kraken[edit | edit source]

Without a fishing explosive, players must disturb the four smaller whirlpools before they can successfully release the Kraken.

To disturb the Kraken and start the fight, the player must use a fishing explosive on the large whirlpool, or attack the four small whirlpools and then attacking the large whirlpool.

When using explosives, the impact audio cue indicates the Kraken is active, and attacks will register even if it has not emerged visually; any attacks made before the cue will produce no response.

The smaller whirlpools will change into four Enormous Tentacles, while the central whirlpool will change into the Kraken itself.

Attack styles[edit | edit source]

During the fight, the player will be attacked by four Enormous Tentacles and by the Kraken itself:

  • The Kraken only attacks with a typeless magical ranged attack:
    • 'Typeless' means that protection prayers will not have any effect.
    • 'Magical ranged' means that the attack accuracy is decided by the ranged attack bonuses of the Kraken and the magic defence bonuses of the player.
    • The max hit of this attack is 28.
    • The attack isn't very accurate and has an attack speed of 4 (i.e. every 2.4 seconds).
  • The Enormous Tentacles only attack with a typeless magical ranged attack:
    • 'Typeless' means that protection prayers will not have any effect.
    • 'Magical ranged' means that the attack accuracy is decided by the ranged attack bonuses of the Enormous Tentacles and the magic defence bonuses of the player.
    • The max hit of this attack is 2.
    • The attack is very accurate and has an attack speed of 4 (i.e. every 2.4 seconds).

Tips[edit | edit source]

Instance[edit | edit source]

The Kraken is a popular boss, therefore it may be hard to find an empty world. To combat this, players can create a private instance for 25,000 coins.

An advantage of a private instance is that dropped items stay on the ground for a longer period of time. Normally, items disappear after two minutes upon being dropped and other players can see it after one minute. However, this is not an issue if instancing, as dropped items disappear in 30 minutes within the Kraken Cove instance. As the Kraken regularly drops a generous amount of food in the form of 5 edible seaweed or 5 sharks, the instance makes it a lot easier on the player to juggle these food sources before they disappear.

When exiting the instance, either by leaving, dying, or logging out, all items on the ground will be permanently lost. If a player dies, all items carried will be moved to a gravestone outside the instance.

Prayer[edit | edit source]

As the Kraken and its tentacles use typeless attacks, the protection prayers have no effect. Players that bring an imbued heart should pray Preserve. Players with low Magic and/or Defence may consider praying Augury or Mystic Might to increase their magical defence.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Magic[edit | edit source]

Slayer helmet (i).png
Imbued saradomin cape.png
Occult necklace.png
Rada's blessing 4.png
Harmonised nightmare staff.png
Ancestral robe top.png
Tome of fire.png
Ancestral robe bottom.png
Tormented bracelet.png
Eternal boots.png
Ring of suffering (i).png
Fishing explosive.pngPrayer potion(4).pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Shark.pngShark.pngShark.pngShark.png
Volatile nightmare staff.pngImbued heart.pngRune pouch.png
Nature rune.pngWrath rune.pngAir rune.png

This is the best-in-slot available equipment for maging the Kraken. The set up shown in this section currently costs approximately 1,190,927,708 coins. See the table below for an overview of equipment alternatives in case this setup is not accessible or too expensive.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Casting fire spells with a charged tome of fire equipped will increase the spell's damage by 50%.
  • The occult necklace (+10%), tormented bracelet (+5%), imbued god capes (+2%) and ancestral robes (+2% each) increase the maximum hit of the player's Magic spells.
  • Rune pouch to hold rune drops.
  • The Imbued heart will increase your damage and reduce the damage you take considerably.
  • 1-2 Prayer potions or Super restores for using the Preserve prayer to keep imbued heart stats up.
  • Dramen staff for fairy ring akq, if elite Lumbridge diary is not completed. Alternatively, Piscatoris teleport can bring you near the kraken cave and save an inventory slot.
  • Explorer's ring 4 for high alchemy if not bringing runes.
  • Eldritch nightmare staff's special attack will restore your prayer, allowing you to keep Augury and Preserve on for the imbued heart boost to maintain high magic defence.
  • The Toxic blowpipe offers a much cheaper option for those who do not want to spend money on the Eldritch/Volatile nightmare staffs. One may consider using its special attack on the Enormous Tentacles, as they have a slightly lower +270 ranged defence bonus compared to the Kraken's +300. However, although the Kraken takes heavily reduced ranged damage, the blowpipe special attack will still grant the full health replenishment. Despite having a +270 (or +300 for Kraken) ranged defence bonus, you will still hit often because the Kraken and its tentacles have a level one base defence level. This is especially useful when wearing Karils or Armadyl armour.
  • The Volatile nightmare staff is a good special attack option if you're looking to farm Kraken as fast as possible.
  • The Elysian spirit shield does not work against the Kraken's attacks, as they're typeless and are able to hit through prayer. However, the passive effect greatly reduces damage taken from Kraken’s tentacles.[1]

Equipment upgrades and downgrades[edit | edit source]

SlotItem (most effective → least effective)
HeadSlayer helmet (i).pngSlayer helmet (i)Black mask (i).pngBlack mask (i)Saradomin halo.pngAny halo (1 Defence )N/AN/A
NeckOccult necklace.pngOccult necklaceAmulet of fury.pngAmulet of fury3rd age amulet.png3rd age amuletAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/A
BackImbued god capes.gifImbued god capeGod capes.gifGod capeInfernal cape.pngInfernal capeCapes of accomplishments (trimmed).gifCapes of accomplishments (trimmed)Ardougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak
BodyAncestral robe top.pngAncestral robe top[2]Armadyl chestplate.pngArmadyl chestplateKaril's leathertop.pngKaril's leathertopBlessed body.gifBlessed bodyBlack d'hide body.pngBlack d'hide body
LegsAncestral robe bottom.pngAncestral robe bottom[2]Armadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirtElite void robe.pngElite void robe / Void knight robe.pngVoid knight robeBlessed chaps.gifBlessed chaps
WeaponHarmonised nightmare staff.pngHarmonised nightmare staff in combination with Fire Surge and tome of fireSanguinesti staff.pngSanguinesti staffTrident of the swamp.pngTrident of the swampKodai wand.pngKodai wand or Staff of the dead.pngStaff of the dead in combination with Fire Surge and tome of fireTrident of the seas.pngTrident of the seas
ShieldTome of fire.pngTome of fire (if using Fire Surge)Elysian spirit shield.pngElysian spirit shieldSpectral spirit shield.pngSpectral spirit shieldDragonfire ward.pngDragonfire wardOdium ward.pngOdium ward[3]
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4God blessing.gifGod blessing
Rada's blessing 3.pngRada's blessing 3/2
N/AN/AN/A
GlovesTormented bracelet.pngTormented braceletBarrows gloves.pngBarrows glovesInfinity gloves.pngInfinity glovesRegen bracelet.pngRegen braceletCombat bracelet.pngCombat bracelet
BootsEternal boots.pngEternal bootsInfinity boots.pngInfinity bootsBoots of brimstone.pngBoots of brimstoneSilly jester boots.pngSilly jester boots
Bloodbark boots.pngBloodbark boots
Mystic boots.pngMystic boots
RingRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Seers ring (i).pngSeers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringLunar ring.pngLunar ringBeacon ring.pngBeacon ring
Special attackVolatile nightmare staff.pngVolatile nightmare staffEldritch nightmare staff.pngEldritch nightmare staffN/AN/AN/A
  1. "It does not work on attacks that hit through prayers like that kraken boss attack." https://twitter.com/jagexash/status/635867849970442240?lang=en
  2. 2.0 2.1 Only use Ancestral robes in combination with a Harmonised nightmare staff, a Sanguinesti staff or a Trident of the swamp and Arcane spirit shield.
  3. For players without these shields, the next best off-hand items are the Ancient wyvern shield, Mage's book, Malediction ward, God d'hide shield or Black d'hide shield. See Shield slot table and organise by magic defence for more options.