The Kraken race was born many millennia ago. The exact date is unknown. The creature now most often lies dormant in the seas, but can be called into battle by the sounds of a special horn called the "Proteus Horn". In modern days, this Horn was found by the villain Attuma who stored it in his cave for later use, but never did use it. The horn was later found by the villain Andromeda, who blew the Horn and used one of the Kraken to attack Atlantis. The attack was diverted by the Atlanteans, who used their strength to destroy the entrance to Atlantis. The rocks that fell trapped the Kraken creature deep within.
During the Hyborian Age following the Great Cataclysm, a black kraken dwelled three days out from the Barachan Isles on the ocean floor (presumably a shallow region). While searching for the source of massive kidnappings of his people, Conan, then the king of Aquilonia, sailed into the area that was the kraken’s hunting grounds. Presumably influenced by the priests of Xotli, the kraken extended its tentacles up to the surface, reaching aboard the Cimmerian’s ship, and snatching away two of its crewmen. Conan was soon grabbed too, but used an axe to slash one of the monster’s eyes. The agonized kraken released its grip on Conan, who then blinded the creature’s other eye before swimming to the surface. Whether or not the kraken died from its injuries or continued to hunt by sense of touch is unknown.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Earth-6109)
The Kraken was an ancient sea creature kept in an Atlatean Colosseum. Loki, disguised as the recently defected Mandarin, called on the beast to destroy the Ultimate Alliance. The beast called on brainwashed Atlantean servants but its wild attacks destroyed the support beams to the structure they were in, and roof collapsed in on it, killing the Kraken.
2010s Marvel's Animated Universe (Earth-12041)
The Kraken was a monster sealed within the Underworld realm of Tartarus until it was freed by Ares with the Mace of War to set the Kraken and any other beasts that were to come out to rampage on Earth. That is until the New Avengers were able to push the Kraken back along with Ares and used the Mace to close the gates.
Namor and Emma Frost battled a Kraken (Earth-54210)
Pirate Reality (Earth-TRN603)
Due to the fragment of the Siege Perilous being spread across multiple realities, the Kraken was misplaced into the reality of Earth-12041 where it attacked Aunt May's House and also Spider-Man inside it. It was then pushed back by Iron Fist who sliced one of it's tentacles off, the Kraken was soon reverted back to its own reality.
- According to Conan, the symbol of the black kraken is an emblem of the old witch kings of Atlantis.
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