Kraken is the stage 7 boss of Gradius Gaiden. He is a large core warship with two arms, three barriers in back, and four barriers in front.
Kraken is somewhat unpredictable, moving his arms to fire giant lasers, while firing smaller lasers as well. After a few shots, he starts using his arms to track you, firing two lasers in your general direction. When he's done doing this, he flips around (which is the only time you can hit his back barriers) and grabs a boulder from what's left of the stage to guard himself with. The boulder has minimal health, and will go down easily, however, Kraken will release it if you take too long. After this, he goes on as normal, except when he gets the boulder this time, it's HUGE! He'll sweep the boulder around, then face you. This bigger boulder has just a little bit more health than his barriers in front. After a beating, he'll go down. His front barriers have a moderate amount of health, and his back barriers have a moderate-high amount of health. His core has a low amount of health. Overall, watch his arms and you'll be fine.
|Ships||Vic Viper • Lord British • Jade Knight • Falchion β|
|Stages||Beyond the White Storm • Requiem for Revengers • Into the Crystal Cage • Ruins of Silence • Organic Fortress • Green Inferno • On the Event Horizon • Formidable Guardians • Fate...|
|Bosses||Blizzard Crawler • Grave • Nobil • Shining Core • Moai Dimension • Mad Skin • Stinger Kid • Hunter Fang • Giga's Rose • Kraken • Laser Tetran • DeathDouble • Parasite Core • Triple Core • Deltatry • Juggler Core • Neo Big Core • Heaven's Gate • Boost Core • Gunner Wall • Heavy Ducker • Sol • O.V.U.M.|
|Big Cores||Big Core MK I • Big Core Rev. 1.2 • Big Core MK II • Big Core MK II Kai • Big Core MK III • Big Core MK IV|
|Big Core variants||Beacon • Blaster Cannon Core • Bubble Core • Circle Core • Coreship • Crater Core • Crystal Core • Dellinger Core • Desert Core • Heaven's Gate • Juggler Core • Lizard Core • Neo Big Core • Perla Meralda • Rexion Core • Rolling Core • Rotating Launcher • Shining Core • Super Big Core • Terra Core • Triple Core (Life Force) • Vanishing Core • Viva Core • Genocide Core|
|Core-style bosses||Abandon Warship • Bubble Eye • Covered Core • Covered Core MK II • Dead End • Kraken • Mayhem Warship • Metal Slave • Misfit Warship • Queensrÿche • Riot Warship • Plate Core|
|Pseudo-Cores||Death (Gau) • Death MK II (DeathDouble) • Death MK III • Beta Core • Nobil • Triple Core|
|Tetran variants||Tetran (Zylom) • Covered Tetran • Crystal Core D-X02 • Laser Tetran • Tenny Rop|