The Kraken. Once a name that would strike fear into the hearts of the manliest of sea-faring sea-farers, in Warframe, it strikes fear into the hearts of anyone that needs to use it. Just kidding.
Or am I?
The Kraken has become a bit of a meme among the Warframe community, given it is a weapon of questionable Damage-dealing capabilities. Given it’s very easily come by early on in the game, it’s a weapon that likely every player has used at some point. Truth be told, when I was new, I LOVED the Kraken… at first. Soon after, I learned that there were a multitude of secondary weapons that were much better… Still, let’s look at what’s on offer, shall we?
How to Acquire
The Kraken Blueprint is rewarded as a reward for the Mars → Phobos Junction, but if you do “accidentally” sell it, you can reacquire the Blueprint from the Market for 20,000 credits. The Resource requirements aren’t much of an issue – hopefully, you’ll even have the 2 neurodes required to build it by the time you come across the Blueprint…
- Credits 25,000
- Neurodes 2
- Alloy Plate 200
- Salvage 750
- Polymer Bundle 120
All of that said, you SHOULD hold onto it once you have mastered it, as the Kraken itself is a requirement for the building of the Kulstar, which is a much better weapon. At least it goes to good use eventually.
The Kraken is a burst-fire Pistol of Grineer origin, with a predominately Impact Damage focus across 49 total Damage. This isn’t too bad, given it fires two bullets in each burst, so it initially feels pretty powerful for low-rank players. However, apart from the decent amount of ammo you can hold in reserve, this is the end of the positives. It fires slow, and it reloads incredibly slow, which means you absolutely have to use mod slots that focus on improving these stats to make it even feel good to use. This greatly limits its viability at later stages of the game.
Crit or Status?
Part of me wants to say neither, but if you feel like you need to put your focus somewhere, it does have a much higher Status Chance at 13%. Still, this is painfully low, so you pretty much want to keep an eye out for a Riven that can cover off some of the other issues the weapon has…
The Kraken isn’t a terrible weapon – especially for new players – but it’s certainly not “good”. It takes some time to get used to the kick, but once you get the hang of it, you might even enjoy it. At least until Jupiter. Then you’ll probably want something that can deal a bit more Damage.