See the user build section for builds using this weapon.
Kraken shoots two bullets in quick succession. Practice is recommended to fully master this weapon. Increasing the weapons rate of fire also decreases the gap between the bullets' firings.
One can drop their aim to negate the kick on the second shot. With practice it is possible to snipe ranged targets, hitting with all bullets. If the first shot is aimed for the chest region, the recoil will knock the second bullet up, resulting in a headshot.
Steady Hands can be used to negate the weapon's recoil, tightening the weapon's shot grouping per burst resulting in better accuracy at range.
Like the Sicarus pistol which also fires in bursts, timing is key to acquire maximum fire rate. Do not spam the fire button as the fire rate will be nearly half of what it should be. Instead, time your clicks accordingly to get the hang of when to correctly press the fire button.
There is a small delay after firing where reloading can occur, unlike most weapons, so usually tapping the reload button after firing will not work and you must either double tap or wait a moment before reloading. This can be very annoying, and it is the same for the Sicarus as well.
Since it fires faster than the Lex and the two shots combined deal greater damage, the Kraken might be considered a superior close-medium range alternative to the Lex.
Kraken's low critical chance is alleviated by having a high critical multiplier. Although the weapon is not ideal for a critically focused build.
The Kraken was released on the 14th of February, 2013 with update 6.3.
Kraken in Norse mythology are massive sea monsters which live off the coast of Norway and Greenland. They look like huge squids.
New Kraken reload animation (Click to watch GIF image)