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Kraken, also known as the Despot of the Sullen Maw, is an Infernal Demon resembling a gigantic aquatic creature. Making its first appearance in Bayonetta 3, Kraken uses it's sheer size and numerous tentacles to attack it's foes.

Book of Infernal Demons[]

A giant, cephalopod-like Infernal Demon said to live in the swamp known as Stygia, a swamp filled with the ichorous blood of demons and located on the far rim of Inferno.

Usually lurking at the bottom of the swamp, Kraken is said to only rise from the depths and appear on the "Day of Tears", a day that comes only once every thousand years when a rain of blood falls. However, no one has ever seen its full form.

It is believed to have ten tentacles, with two of them ending in sharp, anchor-like hooks that it uses to tear into prey, and that its body splits open like flower petals to reveal a giant, voracious mouth.

No witch has ever contracted this demon, contributing to the veil of mystery that surrounds it.


Bayonetta 3[]

Kraken appears in the Prologue during the Homunculi attack on New York City after they have summoned a gigantic storm and tidal wave. Aboard a wrecked cruise ship, Bayonetta and Jeanne are attacked by the demon and are forced to fend it off when it latches onto the side. Jeanne remarks that the demon has been summoned by someone, but the two witches are unable to guess on its presence further as it attacks.

During the battle, Jeanne is swallowed up by Kraken during an attempt to save Bayonetta from being snatched by its tentacles. Bayonetta responds by using her newly learned Demon Slave ability to wrench the beast from the side of the ship as it plummets into the ocean. Underwater, she then summons Madama Butterfly to pry Kraken's maw open and rescue Jeanne, leaving the demon to retreat into the depths in a burst of ink.

After Singularity is defeated, Viola realizes that Kraken had been summoned by Dark Eve and defeats both the demon and summoner as a final test.


Kraken takes the form of a gigantic purple octopus squid hybrid. It is adorned with gold ornamentation around its body and in its tentacles, two of which end in large claws that act as anchors. It has numerous red eyes and its head which can split apart into a gaping maw lined with golden teeth to swallow prey.


Kraken's primary method of attack is to use its numerous tentacles to swipe and smash at its prey. Two of the tentacles are used to anchor itself onto things to ensure it's stability and it is capable of secreting a thick ink that slows down enemy movements towards it. This ink can also be fired in blobs as projectiles or as high pressure jets, essentially serving the same purpose as a high pressure water-jet cutter. The creature can swim at great speed underwater despite its size, and float momentarily by spraying ink at high pressure downwards.

It is tied to the weapon Cassiopeia, giving its wielder a cephalopodian form through Demon Masquerade.



  • Diamond Maw (R)
    • Dives below enemies and swallows them whole, dealing damage.
  • Still Water
    • Grants resistance to flinching from taking damage.
  • Still Water II
    • Grants additional resistance to flinching from taking damage.


  • Onyx Stampede (Left Stick DownLeft Stick Up+Punch)
    • Swings anchor-tipped tentacles while rushing forward before slamming them down.
  • Spinning Spinel (Rotate Left Stick+Punch)
    • Spins anchor-tipped tentacles while spinning wildly, ending with a jumping splash.


  • Beryl Rip (Left Stick DownLeft Stick Up+Kick)
    • Sprouts tentacles around an enemy that attack and knock it forward.
  • Jet Sprinkler (Rotate Left Stick+Kick)
    • Sprouts tentacles around an enemy, spinning them and attacking multiple times.


  • Obsidian Beach (Left Stick DownLeft Stick Up+Shoot)
    • Fires sweeping ink streams from its tentacles.
  • Black Pearl Rain (Rotate Left Stick+Shoot)
    • Jumps into the air and hovers by spraying ink directly below. Move with Left Stick.



  • A kraken is a mythological sea monster and the subject of sailor superstitions as early as the 18th century. It is commonly depicted as a gigantic cephalopod.
  • Kraken being the Infernal Demon for Cassiopeia, rather than an Infernal Demon based directly on Cetus (as in the original Greek myth), references the 1981 Greek mythic fantasy movie Clash of the Titans.