The Kraken is a boss monster fought in Golden Sun via mandatory encounter. This impressively sized and detailed squid-like monster is fought as the last of the four separate scripted monster encounters that occur during the voyage between Kalay Port and Tolbi Port across the Karagol Sea upon the Tolbi-bound Ship.
The Kraken is chief among the monsters that emerge within the Karagol Sea after the eruption of Mt. Aleph and the activation of Mercury Lighthouse, and these monsters have until that point never been sighted in the Karagol before. Prior to Isaac's wild ride on the Tolbi-bound Ship (but apparently after the ferry service transports Saturos' group of Adepts and hostages across the sea to Tolbi), the Kraken and other lesser sea monsters terrorize the ferry service between Kalay and Tolbi Ports on either end of the Karagol Sea, even going so far as to sink and destroy one of the vessels and claim its unfortunate passengers. This effectively grounds the entire ferry service, to the chagrin of many a tourist because this is occuring during the season when the annual Colosso tournament is held at Tolbi.
When Isaac's party of Adepts, in their pursuit of Saturos, is able to elicit a voyage on the Tolbi-bound Ship by agreeing to protect the ship from sea monsters as warriors, the turbulent ride that follows sees the ship attacked three separate times by minor sea monsters and knocking out three of the ship's oarsmen. Close to the end of the voyage, the Kraken climbs onto the front of the ship and attacks the ship itself, knocking aside the warriors Sean and Ouranos, (somehow) injuring a fourth oarsman, and keeping Kaja at bay. Isaac's group emerges from belowdecks to engage in an intense battle with the beast, eventually slaying it. With this, they save the lives of everyone on board and the ship arrives at its intended destination (or Crossbone Isle, depending on which four rowers Isaac chooses throughout the episode), but the ship has been stalled for time long enough that none of the warriors on the ship make it in time to register for the Colosso competitions (though Isaac's party is able to enter through other unique circumstances). Afterwards, even though the Kraken is gone, when Colosso is over none of the tourists from Kalay can return there because Kaja and the Tolbi-bound Ship captain are too wary of the Karagol's dangers.
As a boss
The Kraken, as previously stated, is fought as the last (and obviously most noteworthy) of the four separate scripted monster encounters that occur during the episode on the Tolbi-bound Ship. Defeating it is mandatory to progress through the main game, and once the boss is defeated the party gains 711 EXP, 5200 Coins, and a Water of Life. If you manage to fell it with the effect of an offensive Mars Djinni, its rewards increase to 960 EXP and 6475 Coins.
The Kraken features 2400 HP, which is markedly higher than the previous main boss the player fights in the game, the Manticore's 1700 HP. It also has 46 PP, 216 Attack, 60 Defense, 80 Agility, and 21 Luck. As it is a boss, it can act twice per turn, which is quite dangerous considering its commands:
- Dark Breath ("Dark Blessing" in the first game): Used 53 out of 256 times, this is a Monster Skill where the monster generates a thick inky breath at the party, dealing a Venus-based attack with a power rating of 70 and a range of 3 (the Adepts at either side of the specifically targeted Adept will only take 50% of the attack's force, instead of the normal 80%, however). The attack also has a chance of inflicting Delusion.
- Spinning Beat: Used 47 out of 256 times, this is a Monster Skill where the monster slaps a single Adept with a purple tentacle, dealing a Mercury-based attack with a power rating of 40 and a chance of ignoring 50% of the target's defense.
- Water Breath ("Water Blessing" in the first game): Used 41 out of 256 times, this is a Monster Skill where the monster generates a blue mass of watery yet gaseous matter at the party of Adepts, dealing a Mercury-based attack with a power rating of 100 and a range of 3 (the Adepts at either side of the specifically targeted Adept will only take 50% of the attack's force, instead of the normal 80%, however).
- Poison Beat: Used 35 out of 256 times, this is a Monster Skill where the monster slaps a single Adept with a green tentacle, dealing a Mercury-based attack with a power rating of 20. The attack also has a chance of inflicting Poison.
- Ply: Used 29 out of 256 times, this is a Psynergy spell that restores roughly 100 HP to the user. It consumes 4 of the user's PP.
- Drench: Used 23 out of 256 times, this is a Psynergy spell that rains an array of watery spheres onto the party, dealing a Mercury-based attack with a power rating of 60 and a range of 3. It consumes 10 of the user's PP.
- Froth Sphere: Used 17 out of 256 times, this is a Psynergy spell that summons an array of watery spheres that assault the party, dealing a Mercury-based attack with a power rating of 65 and a range of 5. It consumes 12 of the user's PP.
- Attack: Used 11 out of 256 times, this is this monster's standard physical attack.
In terms of resistance, the Kraken has a Mercury resistance rating of 175, a Venus and Jupiter resistance rating of 100 each, and a Mars resistance rating of 25, and in regards to its abilities it uses its available Mercury-based attacks with a Mercury power rating of 115 and its available Venus-based attacks with a Venus power rating of 95. To put this into perspective, summoning Mercury does ~75 damage, summoning Venus and Jupiter does ~110 damage, and summoning Mars does ~150 damage, and each Level 4 summon does roughly five times the damage of the Level 1 summon in its respective element. If you apply the rush-summoning tactic of summoning all four Level 4 summons on the first turn, the Kraken will receive about 2000 damage total, but your party will be very vulnerable to its repeated assaults and may all be downed before they can fell the Kraken unless the party is at a rather high level to endure it. Also, try having Mia unleash Mist in between castings of Wish/Ply. Even though the Kraken will have an obvious resistance to it, more often than not it will be put to sleep, buying a few free turns after the Summon rush tactic described previously. Or, you could gamble with Ivan's Sleep, but there is a much lesser chance of it being effective.
For those who do not favor rush summoning, a solid strategy is to have Garet attack with Heat Wave each turn, which can do around 130 damage, and have Mia use Wish every turn as well, while Ivan empties out his PP meter on Storm Ray and Resist and Isaac attacks with Ragnarok. (If you have the Vulcan Axe from Lamakan Desert, an alternative to Ragnarok is to equip Isaac with this weapon for this battle because this weapon's Unleash effect and even its normal attacks are of the Mars element, which capitalizes on the Kraken's low Mars resistance. Isaac unleashing its Barrage effect and Garet using Heat Wave each turn is a solid and effective damage plan to use for the whole battle.) Another method which is popular is exchanging Venus and Mars Djinn between Isaac and Garet so that they are both in the swift and hard-hitting Savage class, and having both of them use the Mars-based Planet Diver Psynergy-enhanced attack.
"This giant squid plagued the Karagol Sea, capsizing all ships that fell into its grip.
While sailing across the Karagol, the Warriors of Vale slew the vicious squid."
|Bosses in Golden Sun|
|Vault Bandits • Tret • Saturos • Killer Ape • Hydros Statue • Manticore • Kraken • Toadonpa • Storm Lizard • Tempest Lizard • Saturos and Menardi • Final boss • Deadbeard|
|Bosses in Golden Sun: The Lost Age|
|Chestbeaters • King Scorpion • Briggs and Sea Fighters • Aqua Hydra • Serpent • Avimander • Poseidon • Moapa and Knights • Karst and Agatio • Flame Dragons • Final boss • Valukar • Sentinel • Star Magician • Dullahan|
|Bosses in Golden Sun: Dark Dawn|
|Tangle Bloom • Dim Dragon • Dim Dragon Plus • Stealthy Scout • Sand Prince • Ku-Tsung and Ku-Embra • Ice Queen • Sludge • Mountain Roc • Blados and Chalis • Blados, Chaos Hound, and Chalis • Final boss • Ogre Titans • Ancient Devil • Star Magician • Dullahan|