Krakens are sea monsters of legend. Historically, any vessels that have dared to approach a Kraken for a closer look have been summarily crushed to bits, but thanks to recent advances in rowboat technology, it is now possible for the bravest and most enterprising of pirates to slip between the tentacles and sneak off with precious treasure.
A Kraken Sea Monster Map is required in order to chart a course to a Kraken lair. Kraken maps can be won from pillaging battles. Baghlahs are currently the largest ship that can safely chart their way to the Kraken.
Upon entering a Kraken lair, each pirate on board the ship will be placed onto their own individual rowboat to navigate. Battle navigation works normally, except that the turn timer runs slightly faster, and rowboats will receive a steady supply of free move tokens.
Various treasures can be found scattered about the Kraken board. Pirates can pick up chests, eggs, and ink by navigating their rowboats over these treasure spots. Once a rowboat has picked up a treasure, the pilot then needs to return to the safe zone in order to load the treasure into the parent vessel's booty and keep it. Beware the Kraken's tentacles that prowl the board, seeking to demolish rowboats. Unlike other Sea Monsters lairs, the Kraken is not a sinking zone, so the parent vessel is not at risk, but individual rowboats can be sunk. When a rowboat sinks, any treasure the rowboat was carrying at the time is lost, and the pirate will have to start over in the safe zone with a new rowboat.
In order to face the Kraken, a vessel must have one unit of the "lifeboat" commodity in the hold per pirate on board. These lifeboats will be consumed when entering the Kraken lair. If a vessel wishes to visit the Kraken lair multiple times, enough lifeboats must be stocked for each entry.
Lifeboat commodities are produced in Shipyards.
The available rowboat classes are listed below.
|Rowboat Class||Max Moves||Max Damage||Shot||Holds Treasure||Holds Ink||Rowboat Kit|
|Bumper Boat||3||Increased||None||Yes||Yes||Bumper kit|
|Chum Boat||3||Normal||Chum||Yes||Yes||Chum kit|
|Harpoon Boat||3||Normal||Harpoon||No||Yes||Harpoon kit|
|Powder Boat||3||Normal||Powder keg||No||No||Powder kit|
|Speed Boat||4||Decreased||None||Yes||Yes||Speed kit|
Rowboats can carry at most one unit of ink and one treasure chest/egg at a time. If a rowboat encounters a treasure chest or egg that is more valuable than the one it is currently carrying, the less valuable treasure will be thrown overboard in favor of the new one.
As indicated in the table above, some rowboats are restricted from carrying certain types of treasure at all. For example, the Harpoon boat can carry ink, but not treasure chests.
Rowboats do not take damage from colliding with other rowboats, but do take damage from rocks and tentacles.
All pirates entering the Kraken lair get access to the default "Rowboat" vessel class. In order to use the other rowboat classes, a pirate must have that rowboat's corresponding "Rowboat kit" in their inventory. Rowboat kits can be found under the "Rowboats" section of yer booty. A pirate's currently equipped Rowboat kit determines which type of rowboat they will pilot on entry. During the Kraken encounter, a player can change the boat they wish to use from the "Next boat" menu at the bottom of the screen. This menu will be populated with all Rowboat classes available to the pirate based on the kits they have in their booty.
Rowboat kits are produced by Furnishers.
Special shots can be fired normally by dragging their round shot token from the cache on the left of the battle nav controls to the slot of the move and side to be fired on.
Tentacles roam the board seeking to crash into and attack rowboats, causing them severe damage. They are not damaged by rocks or by collisions with other tentacles. Tentacles with the same name are "connected". So sinking a smaller tentacle will also cause the larger segments with the same name to sink.
The Kraken Head
The Kraken's head lurks somewhere on the board. Shooting the head with a powder keg will sink the head and all of the tentacles. The Kraken head will stay submerged for a few turns and only resurface after all of its tentacles have respawned to protect it. Upon resurfacing, the Kraken head sends out a massive wave that will instantly destroy any rowboats that are still within range.
Shooting the head with a harpoon or powder keg also releases a cloud of ink splotches onto the board near the head.
The Kraken head is accompanied by defender tentacles, "Defendacles", that will try to protect it from approaching rowboats.
Treasure chests that can be found on the Kraken board in order of increasing value:
|Name||Commodity Icon||Spawn Point|
Kraken eggs are essentially a special type of treasure chest.
When a rowboat passes over a pool of ink on the board, it picks up one unit of the Kraken ink commodity. As with chests, the rowboat then needs to return to the safe zone in order to load the ink into the parent vessels booty. It is rumored that Kraken's blood can be alchemically extracted from quantities of Kraken's ink.