Kraken

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This article describes the player-owned ship. For the NPC boss ship with the same model, see Kodiak. Note that the model has been changed.

The Kraken is a Torpedo-based Dreadnought with custom Turrets and powerful spinals. It is not to be underestimated.



Description

The Kraken used to only be obtainable by completing the quest Depthbreaker. It is black and grey in color with various neon parts. The ship's Torpedoes are so large that they jut prominently out from the front launching bay.

Appearance

The interior is a simple cockpit with a chair and computer with one of the thumbnails for the game on it. There is a very small box with the model creator's (probably) avatar on one of the sides.

Advantages

  • It can cause massive Hull damage and out-range Starbases with the Medium Torpedoes' incredible range of 10000.
  • Great for sieges due to its powerful DPS and long range.
  • Decent mobility and speed.
  • Very high combined health and small size for a Dreadnought make it potentially harder to destroy with heavy weapons.
  • Great at kill stealing with its Torpedoes.
  • Very small and manageable blind spot due to good turret placement and maneuverability.
  • Extremely high total damage output combined with high alpha damage makes this one of the most fearsome Dreadnought-class ships in the game, having the highest overall DPS of any ship in its class as well as the highest alpha damage.
  • The turret armament, maneuverability, spinal armament, size, and health of this ship makes for an absolute monster of a dreadnought that has few counters to it, outside of most Super Capitals, top-tier PvP Dreadnoughts like the Cyber Leviathan or Aberrant, and large swarms of small ships or fighters.
  • Balanced tank prevents vulnerability to shield or hull breakers.
  • Can still deal a relatively decent amount of damage without hitting its spinals.
  • Most downsides are balanced out by the sheer power of the ship in most combat situations.

Disadvantages

  • Needs good Spinal aiming skills to prove effective.
  • Without spinals, the ship loses about half of its damage output (however, this applies to most ships with spinals).
  • Very expensive compared to other Dreadnoughts, requiring a large warehouse, several artifacts, and expensive quest items to build.
  • No effective way of dealing with small ships like frigates, destroyers, or fighters besides warping underneath them, which may put you in danger depending on where you are.
  • Because of its cost and power, you will often be targeted.
  • Vulnerable underbelly
Listed costs for each of the quest items.

Version History

  • Added in .65a3.
  • In .65a6, it got its own custom Turrets.
  • In 65b, the requirements of obtaining it were increased from 4 Kodiak Armor Plates and 1 Kodiak Activator, to 10 Kodiak Armor Plates and 3 Kodiak Activators.
  • On an non-version update, the price got updated to 12 Kodiak Armor Plates and 1 Kodiak Activator (15 in total).
  • Torpedo count increased from 1 to 2 in .65b
  • Kodiak Plates and Activator removed in .66b, replaced with 265k total cost and a WH level of 18.
  • Removed from the build menu in version .69a1.
  • Received a remodel in version .70b2.
  • Turret placement changed in version .70c.
  • Medium Torpedo count increased from 3 to 4 in version .73d5
  • Shield health increased from 6500 to 6800 in unknown version.
  • Re-released to build menu with new additional material costs of 1 Weapon Part, 20 Kodiak Platings, 40 Armored Platings, and 1 Quantum Core in version .75a1(?).
  • Removed from Build Menu again in version .75a5.
  • Kraken Laser turrets changed for Kraken Multilasers, and Shield health increased from 6,800 to 7,000 in version .75a5.
  • Kraken released to the build menu again with a new extra material cost of 1 Advanced Systems, 1 Kraken Armor, and 1 Charybdis OCS; which are all items obtained via Quests, in version .75a5.
  • Explosion Size 400 ----> 800 .75a12

Strategy

  • The Kraken is decently maneuverable for a Dreadnought, but do not go against opponents who are smaller and faster than you.
  • The Kraken's Torpedoes have long range, longer than most Starbase Turrets, which make it a great ship for far-range sieging.
  • Warp in and easily steal kills with your 500 damage Medium Torpedoes and custom turrets, but take care when doing so.
  • If you get hulled, run as fast as you can.
  • If you dive a big target, you can hit it with your Torpedoes easily while it is docking.
  • Use the extremely high firepower to destroy other Capital Ships.
  • If you are able to, try to use this ship in a coordinated group of three of the same ship. This allows you to destroy most non-limited Super Capitals if they attempt to attack you alone, or defend your bases very well against sieges.
  • If necessary, bring support ships with you to defend against small ships your heavy weapons cannot defend against.
  • Learn how far ahead of your targets you need to fire your torpedoes to hit them, and adjust based on their speed. Torpedoes do a lot of damage and aiming them properly can help you destroy ships much faster.
  • Know when to warp away from a fight. The Kraken is very expensive for a dreadnought, and isn’t worth losing.
  • Use this with other ships with torpedoes such as stealth ships or the Avalon to outrange the bases you siege and quickly kill anybody trying to stop you.
  • When fighting ships smaller than you such as Battlecruisers or Battleships, warp underneath them and unleash your ridiculous alpha and DPS. Be sure to turn upward and hit your phasers and torpedoes if you can for more damage.
  • DO NOT overestimate your health, and always try to tank sustainably so you can keep destroying targets.

Trivia

  • Named after the Kraken, a gargantuan sea monster described as an octopus in folklore and fantasy, known to tear apart and sink entire ships.
  • Almost the same model as the Kodiak's.
  • Used to be the smallest Dreadnought in the game, having the same size as some large Battlecruisers, or Battleships; until the Mantid was released.
  • The model of this ship is based on the Kraken ship from Star Conflict.
  • This ship holds the record from switching between limited ship and normal ship status for a total of three times, if you include when it was first released via a quest reward.
  • After the quest to obtain it was removed, the Kodiak Activator and Kodiak Armor were not removed from the game, leaving them to waste space in a few people's warehouses.
    • They currently do not serve any purpose, Although it may serve a purpose when the quest returns.
  • Used to have a huge Torpedo.
  • The Charybdis OCS quest can be found in a hole in the side of Derelict Station, The Advanced Systems quest is found in the Mega Base’s library, and the Kraken Armor quest is given by what looks to be a Naga or Scourge wreck in Mega Base.
  • Potentially multiple X-0s and Kodiaks must be looted to get the materials for this ship.
  • Ironic to its stats and notoriety, the Kraken is often treated as a high-value target rather than a threat.
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