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]

Disturbing the Kraken[edit | edit source]

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 first attack the four small whirlpools and then attack the central larger whirlpool.

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]

Despite the in-game warning that suggests otherwise, items will be placed in a gravestone upon death in an instance.

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

Another advantage of this 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.

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
Kebbit bolts.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
Hunters' crossbow.pngPrayer potion(4).pngShark.pngShark.png
Ava's assembler.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 1,306,151,099 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]

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 furyAmulet of glory.pngAmulet of gloryN/AN/A
BackImbued god capes.gifImbued god capeGod capes.gifGod capeFire cape.pngFire capeCapes of accomplishments (trimmed).gifCapes of accomplishments (trimmed)Ardougne cloak 4.pngArdougne cloak
BodyAncestral robe top.pngAncestral robe top[A 1]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[A 1]Armadyl chainskirt.pngArmadyl chainskirtKaril's leatherskirt.pngKaril's leatherskirtElite void robe.pngElite void 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 shield
Spectral spirit shield.pngSpectral spirit shieldDragonfire ward.pngDragonfire wardTwisted buckler.pngTwisted bucklerOdium ward.pngOdium ward[1]
Ammo/SpellRada's blessing 4.pngRada's blessing 4
Kebbit bolts.pngKebbit bolts (If using the Hunters' crossbow to disturb the Enormous Tentacles)
God 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 bootsMystic boots.pngMystic boots
RingRing of suffering (i).pngRing of suffering (i)Seers ring (i).pngSeers ring (i)Brimstone ring.pngBrimstone ringLunar ring.pngLunar ringN/A
Special attackVolatile nightmare staff.pngVolatile nightmare staffEldritch nightmare staff.pngEldritch nightmare staffN/AN/AN/A
  1. 1.0 1.1 Only use Ancestral armour in combination with a Harmonised nightmare staff, a Sanguinesti staff or a Trident of the swamp and Elysian spirit shield.

  1. For Ironmen without these shields the next best off hand items will have +15 magic defence which are an Ancient wyvern shield, a Mage's book, a Malediction ward, a God d'hide shield or a Black d'hide shield. View this page and organise it by magic defence to see more options https://oldschool.runescape.wiki/w/Shield_slot_table.