Kraken OSRS Guide [2021]: Best Strategy To Defeat The Kraken

Within the wonderful expansive world of OSRS, there are a wide variety of creatures that realm the landscape, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, attributes, abilities, quirks, and personalities. Plus, most importantly their own personal loot drops make it worthwhile for hunters to go out and slay these beasts. There are tonnes of bosses and base creatures in this long-running MMORPG, to the point that keeping up with the masses of content can become a struggle.

The number of beasts to keep track of can be overwhelming and that is why we have put together a series of essential handbooks, breaking down each and every creature and boss within the OSRS universe and giving you all the info you could possibly need about them, such as related quest guides, strategies for taking down these beasts and the best equipment for the job.

In this guide, we take a look at The Kraken, a boss variant of the normal enemy type, the Cave Kraken. This boss is a water-based creature that offers a challenge for those on the upper end of intermediate in terms of skill level but with our guide, you make them look like a teddy bear. Without further delay, here is our essential handbook for the OSRS boss, The Kraken.

What is The Kraken In OSRS?

Kraken In OSRS

The Kraken is a boss that one can fight in OSRS. This boss is a stronger variant of the normal enemy type, the Cave Kraken, and offers a much tougher challenge. In terms of appearance, this monster looks like a giant octopus, minus about five legs. This huge sea creature kind of looks like a slug, with a body that looks slimy and takes on an unsightly snot green color. Then the underbelly is a grey color as are the three tentacles that protrude from the large body of the beast. The creature also has two large antennae on its head in place of eyes. It is a blind creature but uses its antennae to feel vibrations and smell its prey. Then the design is capped off with a huge round mouth with a collection of spiky teeth inside.

As for the stats belonging to this boss variant, players will need to have a slayer level of 87 to take on this beast, the Kraken has a combat level of 291, a max hit of 28, and offers the player 255XP for each successful kill. Here is a full rundown of the Kraken’s stats in OSRS:

  • Combat level: 291
  • Slayer Level required: 87
  • Max hit 28
  • Attack speed: 4
  • HP: 255
  • Ranged attacks: 300
  • Magic attacks: 130

Where is the Kraken Located in OSRS?

The Kraken is located in an area known as Kraken Cove. This Cove is located within Kandarin which is close to the Piscatoris Fishing Colony which is just located southwest of the cove. This Location is not only the home of the Kraken and Cave Kraken. It also plays host to Waterfiends, a combat level 115 foe that can also be killed as part of a slayer task. While this cove can be accessed at any time, it is best to go with the intention of killing the monsters within and to do so, you will need to have an active slayer task. Without this, an NPC called Lieve McCracken will stop you from harming the creatures.

You can obviously make your way here on foot but there are several ways that you can get to the cove in rapid time. The first is with the use of a fairy ring. With the code ADQ, the player will find themselves just to the east of the cove and they can walk over. Or alternatively, you can use Piscatoris teleport scroll to teleport to the aforementioned Fishing colony. Either will save you time and effort, making the upcoming fight less stressful overall.

Do You Need an Active Quest to Battle The Kraken?

Battle The Kraken

As mentioned, you do not need an active quest to travel to Kraken Cove and see the Kraken. However, to fight this beast, you will need to have an active slayer quest allowing you to take on this huge sea monster. You don’t need to have a specific Kraken task and as long as you have the active slayer quest set as Cave Krakens, you will be able to fight this boss variant. It is also worth noting again that you must be level 87 to access this slayer task and this also subsequently requires the player to have at least fifty magic.

Is This an Instanced Boss Battle?

This boss battle is a little bit of an anomaly as the player will have a choice of whether to play this battle out in an instanced arena or in a group server arena. The benefit of battling this boss in an instanced environment is that all the loot that is earned at the end of the battle is yours to keep as only you can access this area. However, the benefit of going as a group is that you can share the burdens of battle and you will be able to take down the Kraken much more quickly and efficiently.

Another benefit of the instanced battle is that your items will be stored in an unmarked gravestone outside the battle arena, meaning that even if you die, you won’t lose your items permanently. However, in a group environment, you will lose all but your three most valuable items upon death. So if you go it alone, there is less risk of losing your belongings permanently. However, it’s important to remember that items left in the grave when you die a second time will be lost for good, so don’t forget to track back.

Is There a Normal Variant of This Monster?

Yes, the normal variant of this boss is the Cave Kraken. These creatures have a combat level of 128, have a max hit of 13, have an attack speed of six and offer the player 125XP for each successful kill. The player will also need to have a slayer level of 87 to take on these beasts. Here are the stats for these underwater pests:

HP: 125

Defense: 150

Magic: 120

*other stats are 1 unless listed.

In terms of appearance, this creature is identical in color scheme and design when compared to the boss variant. The only difference is that Cave Kraken’s are only 2×2 tiles in size, making them much smaller than their boss counterpart. These creatures can only be bested with magical attacks as melee is useless and ranged attacks do very little damage. To fight one of these beasts, you need to disturb a whirlpool within the Kraken Cave. Then the monster will surface from the deep and attack. However, if you are keen on farming these monsters for loot, we would strongly urge against it as the cost of runes isn’t worth the loot available.

Does The Kraken Have Any Immunities?

Yes, the Kraken has an immunity to all poison attacks and not only does it also have immunity to venom attacks as well. It also converts these to poison and can use them against the player. So if you were planning to approach this battle with status effects and slow but effective strategies to whittle down the Kraken’s HP, we are afraid that it simply won’t work. Plus, you will be giving the Kraken ammunition to use against you. You really want to focus on magic attacks above all else but we will get to that in a moment.

What Stats Do You Need Before You Take on The Kraken?

Killing The Kraken

This depends on the way that you go about this fight. Firstly, we would suggest that you have reasonably high combat stats, however, these are not strictly necessary as the battle will only really involve you using magic attacks. What you do need is a level 75 magic stat that allows you to equip the right staves. Plus, it can be very helpful to have your prayer stat above 50 to help with dodging some attacks that the Kraken throws your way. However, you will need to have an imbued Heart to preserve prayers or use Augury or mystic light as Kraken’s moves are typeless.

Also, it is worth mentioning that having access to the fairy ring network is the best way to cut travel time when heading to Kraken Cove, so be sure to at least partially complete the quest, Fairytale II – Cure a Queen before you after the Kraken.

Here is a rundown of the key stats that you should aim for before you go after the Kraken:

HP: 70+

Defense: 70+

Magic: 75+

Prayer: 50+

How to Defeat The Kraken – Inventory

Provided you have met the requirements listed above, then you’ll need to know what sort of gear to take with you to Kraken Cove. For this battle, you need a setup that will allow you to tank hits, deal high DPS and also, replenish any lost HP when things go awry. So we will give you the cheapest option and the ideal option for each slot, meaning that all players are equipped as best as they can be for this encounter. Here is the list of the best gear to take below:

Helmet:

Best option: Slayer Helmet

Cheap option: Any Halo

Necklace:

Best option: Occult Necklace

Cheap option: Amulet of glory

Cape:

Best Option: Imbued God Cape

Cheap option: Ardougne cloak

Upper Body Armour:

Best Option: Ancestral robe top

Cheap option: Black d’hide body

Lower Body Armour:

Best Option: Ancestral robe bottom

Cheap Option: Blessed Chaps

Weapon:

Best Option: Harmonised nightmare staff w/ Tome of Fire + Fire Surge

Cheap option: Trident of the Seas

Shield:

Best option: Tome of Fire

Cheap option: Odium ward

Bracelet:

Best Option: Tormented bracelet

Cheap Option: Combat Bracelet

Boots:

Best option: Eternal boots

Cheap option: Mystic Boots

Ring:

Best option: Ring of suffering (i)

Cheap option: Beacon ring

Then lastly, as for the unequipped items that you take with you, we would advise that you bring at least one prayer potion, at least one super restore and then fill the rest of your pouch with high-quality food such as sharks or dried seaweed. These can be replenished from fight to fight as the Kraken will often drop these food items.

How to Defeat The Kraken – Strategy

Kraken

Now that you are kitted out and ready for the battle at hand, it’s time to discuss how to win this fight. To begin this fight, you will have to get the Kraken to rise from the depths. There are two ways to go about this. If you have a fishing explosive, if you place this in the largest whirlpool, the Kraken will rise up straight away and the battle will begin. However, if you don’t have an explosive to hand, don’t panic, as you can simply attach the four smaller whirlpools and then the largest whirlpool which will also be the fight.

It is worth mentioning that no matter which method you use to engage the Kraken, the four enormous tentacle enemies will still rise from the smaller whirlpools. These enemies have a combat level of 112, have a max hit of 2 and these enemies are very accurate, so even though they don’t hit hard, the damage builds up as the battle rages on.

For this reason, we would urge the player to take out these lesser enemies when the battle begins. This is to stop damage building up over time but also because the Kraken’s ranged magic attack isn’t very accurate and only happens once every four seconds, making it easy to anticipate and avoid.

Once you take out the Enormous Tentacles, move into the center of the room and focus on the Kraken. This monster will continually use its one typeless attack style throughout so there is no need to adjust your playstyle throughout. Simply equip your best magic-based attacks and go to town on the monster and eventually, they will fall.

In truth, this boss fight is one of the easiest intermediate challenges in the game. As long as you meet the requirements, bring the right gear and manage the lesser enemy threats effectively, this boss will give you no trouble at all. However, for this reason, this boss is a very popular one and it can be a real struggle to find an empty server that allows you to farm this creature.

To deal with this issue, consider using the aforementioned ability to make this battle take place in an instanced area. This will allow you to fight this beast alone, reap the spoils of battle with no other players hovering over your shoulder and will also mean that if you die, your items are somewhat protected. Just bear in mind that this will cost you 25,000 gold for the privilege but it’s a small price to pay for peace and quiet. Minus the raging sea monster of course.

What is the Best Loot Drops The Kraken Offers?

So if you followed the guide to the letter, you should be standing atop a pile of loot and the Kraken should be vanquished. However, you may be wondering what the best items that you can acquire from this sea beast are. Well, we hope to clear up this issue. Here are all of the best loot drops that the Kraken has to offer in OSRS:

  • Trident of the seas – 700K Gold
  • Kraken tentacle – 400K gold
  • Mystic Robe Top – 71,303 gold
  • Mystic Robe Bottom – 47,342 gold
  • Torstol seed – 97,646 gold
  • Magic seed – 132,988 gold
  • Battle staff x 10 – 80,270 gold
  • Raw Shark x 50 – 34,700 gold
  • Grimy snapdragon x6 – 51,720 gold
  • Sanfew serum(4) – 39,418 gold

Can You Get A Pet Kraken?

The Kraken Pet OSRS

Yes, as there is with many other bosses within OSRS, there is an opportunity to acquire a small, cute, and cuddly version of this boss as your own companion. The pet Kraken is a drop that is rewarded for beating the boss and the chances of receiving this reward are 3000/1. This is one of two pets that can be taken underwater and is currently the most owned pet in the entire game, undoubtedly due to the popularity of the boss fight. At the time of writing, about 70K players own a Pet Kraken.

How Many Times Can I Kill The Kraken In One Hour?

This depends on how skilled of a warrior that you are. However, assuming that you know this battle well and are of a decent skill level, you can expect to kill the Kraken about 60-70 times in one hour. However, with maximum efficiency and a very high skill level, you could potentially kill this monster 90 times within one hour. If you manage this, you would see an average profit of 1.5 million gold per hour.

A Kraken Good Time

As you can see from the information above, the Kraken is a very manageable boss for intermediate players, doesn’t have a lot of requirements to take on and best of all. This creature has some great loot to offer any warrior that dares to take them on. It’s a fun fight that is well worth the time and effort so if you haven’t run into this giant sea monster, maybe pop into Kraken Cove and say hello.

FAQ Section

If you have got to the end of this guide and you still have some questions without an answer, maybe our FAQ section can give you what you need. Check it out below:

Question: What is the Strongest Boss in OSRS?

Answer: Within OSRS, the strength of a monster is not determined necessarily by how tricky they fight with this boss is. Instead, this is dictated by the combat level that the monster possesses. There has been a change of the guard on a number of occasions. However, as of 2018, there has been an outright winner for the strongest boss in OSRS. Here is a list containing the five most recent ‘strongest bosses’ within OSRS:

Verzik Vitur: June 2018–present

TzKal-Zuk: June 2017–7 June 2018

Great Olm: January 2017–1 June 2017

Corporeal Beast: October 2014–5 January 2017

TzTok-Jad: February 2013–16 October 2014

Currently, the monster’s powerful beast is Versik Vitur, the Vampyre ruler of Ver Sinhaza. She boasts a tremendous combat level of 1520 and is one of, if not the most brutal challenges that players will face throughout their entire playthrough. So if you happen upon this devastatingly powerful queen, beware.

Question: What is The Most Expensive Item in OSRS?

Answer: What’s the reason why we do all these quests? For the loot, obviously. So with that in mind, it is always worth knowing what items you are striving for. We should always strive for the best and that often means the most expensive. So here are the five most expensive items on OSRS at this moment in time:

  • Twisted Bow – 1.07B gp
  • Elysian Spirit Shield – 847.39M gp
  • Elysian Sigil – 835.26M gp
  • Scythe of Vitur – 740.83M gp
  • 3rd Age Bow – 541.88M gp

At the moment, the only item that justifies a price tag of over one billion gold is the twisted bow. This bow is excellent for fighting against monsters with a high magic level and can use any projectile that the player wishes to use. This item can also be claimed as a reward from the Chamber of Xeric. This item is a very useful one and this has led to this item is one of the most desired on the marketplace. So save your coins and you might just get one someday.

Question: What Weapon Types Are Available in OSRS?

Answer: With all this talk of leaf-bladed swords and battle-axes, you may be wondering what types of weapons you can get in OSRS. While there are thousands of unique variants, these weapons all fall into certain categories. So let us put your mind at ease. Here are all the weapon types in OSRS:

Melee:

  • 2H Swords
  • Axes
  • Banners
  • Blunt weapons
  • Claws
  • Pickaxes
  • Polearms
  • Pole staves
  • Slash swords
  • Scythe’s
  • Spears
  • Spiked Weapons
  • Stab swords
  • Unarmed
  • Whips

Ranged:

  • Blasters
  • Bows
  • Composite bows
  • Longbows
  • Short bows
  • Chinchompas
  • Crossbows
  • Guns

Thrown:

  • Darts
  • Throwing knives
  • Throw axes
  • Toktz-xil-ul
  • Holy water

 

Question: What is the Strongest Boss in OSRS?

Answer: Within OSRS, the strength of a monster is not determined necessarily by how tricky they fight with this boss is. Instead, this is dictated by the combat level that the monster possesses. There has been a change of the guard on a number of occasions. However, as of 2018, there has been an outright winner for the strongest boss in OSRS. Here is a list containing the five most recent ‘strongest bosses’ within OSRS:

– Verzik Vitur: June 2018–present
– TzKal-Zuk: June 2017–7 June 2018
– Great Olm: January 2017–1 June 2017
– Corporeal Beast: October 2014–5 January 2017
– TzTok-Jad: February 2013–16 October 2014

Currently, the monster’s powerful beast is Versik Vitur, the Vampyre ruler of Ver Sinhaza. She boasts a tremendous combat level of 1520 and is one of, if not the most brutal challenges that players will face throughout their entire playthrough. So if you happen upon this devastatingly powerful queen, beware.

Question: What is The Most Expensive Item in OSRS?

Answer: What’s the reason why we do all these quests? For the loot, obviously. So with that in mind, it is always worth knowing what items you are striving for. We should always strive for the best and that often means the most expensive. So here are the five most expensive items on OSRS at this moment in time:

– Twisted Bow – 1.07B gp
– Elysian Spirit Shield – 847.39M gp
– Elysian Sigil – 835.26M gp
– Scythe of Vitur – 740.83M gp
– 3rd Age Bow – 541.88M gp

At the moment, the only item that justifies a price tag of over one billion gold is the twisted bow. This bow is excellent for fighting against monsters with a high magic level and can use any projectile that the player wishes to use. This item can also be claimed as a reward from the Chamber of Xeric. This item is a very useful one and this has led to this item is one of the most desired on the marketplace. So save your coins and you might just get one someday.

Question: What Weapon Types Are Available in OSRS?

Answer: With all this talk of leaf-bladed swords and battle-axes, you may be wondering what types of weapons you can get in OSRS. While there are thousands of unique variants, these weapons all fall into certain categories. So let us put your mind at ease. Here are all the weapon types in OSRS:

Melee:
2H Swords
Axes
Banners
Blunt weapons
Claws
Pickaxes
Polearms
Pole staves
Slash swords
Scythe’s
Spears
Spiked Weapons
Stab swords
Unarmed
Whips

Ranged:
Blasters
Bows
Composite bows
Longbows
Short bows
Chinchompas
Crossbows
Guns

Thrown:
Darts
Throwing knives
Throw axes
Toktz-xil-ul
Holy water

So that is our essential handbook breaking down the boss variant of the Cave Kraken, the Kraken. What did you make of this guide? Was this helpful and informative to you? What other OSRS guides would you like to see from us? Let us know in the comments section below and as always, thank you for reading.

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