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The Kraken is a giant sea monster living in the seas of Gnarled Forest.
When Captain Jack Knife and his crew of pirates sailed the Black Seas Barracuda with a cargo hold full of Maelstrom Crystals, the Kraken sensed the Maelstrom energies and attacked. The Kraken tossed the pirate ship into a tree at Pirate Cove, where the pirates were forced to make a Pirate Camp. Captain Jack Knife wrote about these events in his log.
The Kraken currently stalks the seas around Cannon Cove along with the Maelstrom Armada, causing trouble for the local pirates. During the Cannon Cove Shooting Gallery, the Kraken only emerges during the final round, where it is a challenging target to hit due to its irregular and random movements. Successfully shooting the Kraken will score 10,000 points, which can be increased with score multipliers from hitting numerous targets in a row.
Early concept art for the Kraken shows that it was originally intended to be a land-bound "Pirate Cannon" used for launching players. A storyboard sequence for the Kraken shows the giant squid being hosed down by a pirate as a player attempt to sneak past. The Kraken spots the player, sucks him into its mouth, and then spits the player out, launching the player into the air. It is likely but unconfirmed that the Kraken's role would have been to launch players to areas otherwise inaccessible.
In early beta testing, the Kraken's name was misspelt as "Krakken" in the Pirate Camp Nexus Force Plaque. This was corrected shortly after the misspelling was pointed out to developers.
- The Kraken is a mythical sea monster of Norse legend.
- The Kraken has appeared in other LEGO media, with its size and appearance varying between the sources. An early prototype for 7016 Viking Boat against the Wyvern Dragon included the Kraken instead of the Wyvern Dragon, and the Kraken appeared as a light-green squid with black tentacles. The Kraken is included in 6240 Kraken Attackin', but appears as a normal-sized brown octopus. In contrast, the Kraken's appearance in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Videogame models the Kraken's physical traits after its appearance in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, appearing massive, monstrous, and in various shades of green. The Kraken of LEGO Universe does not appear to be the Kraken of any of these continuities, appearing as a giant red squid.