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Kanohi are masks that grant powers to their wearers. The word "Kanohi" translates to mask. Kanohi are magnetically attached to their wearers. The Matoran have always had need of Kanohi; the first masks were created by the Great Beings for the Matoran; afterwards, Mata-Nui taught them to make masks on their own. On Metru Nui, masks were made from Kanoka. On other islands they were simply made of Protodermis, however, only powerless masks could be created in this fashion

Matoran usually begin their lives with a mask - as Matoran are made by a machine, it is likely the machine makes Powerless Kanohi for the Matoran, or that their Kanohi are pre-made by others. However, if they collect other Kanohi, these can be stored at a Suva. When a Kanohi is stored at a Suva, the Suva's owner can access the Kanohi from almost anywhere.


Kanohi of certain levels contain a power that the wearer can access, which is done through focus and concentration. If these powered Kanohi are cracked or broken, they do not function properly or at all. The color of Great and Noble masks are decided by their wearers. When Kanohi are made originally, they acquire a silvery-gray color, and stays that way until someone puts it on. Once put on, the respective color that pertains to the wearer fills the mask. Matoran masks, having no power, will not change color at all, making it necessary to color the mask with a special type of paint. There are some special cases for very rare and important masks that have specific colors given to them already. It is not known precisely why only these masks have color from creation.

When a mask-wearer has their Kanohi removed they suffer weakness - Toa and other beings feel weak and dizzy, Turaga suffer extreme weakness, and Matoran lapse into a coma-like state if the mask is not replaced within an extended period of time. Kanohi have a tendency to keep an "imprint" of their owner within themselves for a short time after being removed, so any mask can be infused with great amounts of a life-force to resurrect a mask-wearer. However, after an extended period of time, the imprint will fade away.

Mask Making

Normally, Kanohi masks are made from Kanoka Disks. The type of Kanoka and its power level determined what kind of mask it would be, and the creators could also combine Kanoka to create different masks. The Kanoka would be melted down and reforged or carved into the desired shape. Masks on Metru Nui would be painted with a coloring additive after being made to differentiate power level. Matoran masks would usually have silver paint added to the top half, Noble black, and Great Masks would remain one full color.

Certain attachments can be added to Kanohi after the mask is made, such as a telescopic eyepiece commonly added to the Akaku as well as other masks. These additions can also later be removed without damaging the mask.

There are other ways to make Kanohi, as Kanohi were around before mask makers were. It is possible to make masks out of purified Protodermis and skip the Disk stage.

These are the steps for a variant of basic Mask Making without the use of Kanoka:

  1. Take some Protodermis
  2. Pour the Protodermis into a mold the shape of a chosen mask
  3. Choose a certain tube of a mask power
  4. Load the tube into a special mechanism
  5. Fire a ray of the chosen mask power at the mold to give the mask its power
  6. Let dry
  7. Remove mask from mold

The mask can have a different power than it's shape (ex: Hau shape with the power of a Calix), but this is not normally done, as to avoid confusion.


There are seven known power levels for a Kanohi:

  • The most common kind is the powerless masks worn by Matoran, and are made from level 1-6 Kanoka. The process used to make the mask causes the energy to leak out, which is why these masks have no powers. However, they are needed for Matoran to live and function properly. Matoran can customize their masks, doing such things as adding a scope. Matoran or Noble masks can become Great Masks when they come in contact with Toa Energy. This happens whenever a Toa is created from a Matoran.
  • Turaga wear Noble masks made from level 7 Kanoka, and have access to the mask's power. Although Matoran can feel the power in a Great or Noble Mask, they lack the mental discipline needed to access its powers.
  • Toa and other beings wear Great Masks, which offer a stronger mask power, and are made from level 8 Kanoka disks.
  • On Zypvera, Kanohi are crafted using Kanohi Stones.

There is also a powerful group of extraordinary Kanohi that possess powers far beyond a normal mask. These are known as Legendary Masks. Only 14 are known so far:

  • The Kanohi Vahi, the Legendary Mask of Time
  • The Legendary Mask of Creation
  • The Kanohi Ignika, the Legendary Mask of Life
  • The Kanohi Mimica, the Legendary Mask of Power Duplication
  • The unnamed Mask of Reality
  • The Legendary Mask of Space
  • The Kanohi Phiki, the Legendary Mask of Spirit
  • The Kanohi Zutekhae, the Legendary Mask of Victory
  • The Kanohi Inkari, the Legendary Mask of Memory
  • The Kanohi Gnihton, the Legendary Mask of Nothing
  • The Kanohi Zevak, the Legendary Mask of Death
  • The Kanohi Karhi, the Legendary Mask of Power
  • The Kanohi Sophicia, the Legendary Mask of Wisdom
  • The unnamed Mask of Universe

These masks are sought by many who want to gain wealth and power. It is impossible to create Noble or Matoran versions of these Kanohi.

Semi-Legendary Masks

These masks are in the legendary Kanohi Class, but have features, like coming in noble or matoran forms, that are not found in other legendary masks. Here are some:

  • The Kanohi Silmaris, the Legendary Mask of Command
  • The Kanohi Plaiixia, the Legendary Mask of Planets

Fused Kanohi

Sometimes, bearers of a Kanohi undergo changes, and their masks fuse to their faces. In some cases the wearer loses access to the mask powers. However, when Vavakx was mutated by the Pit Mutagen, his Guhjii kept its powers.

Rare Kanohi

A Rare Kanohi is any Great or Noble Kanohi, but one that exists only in very small amounts. They are considered extremely rare and valuable. Copper Victory masks were considered rare due to their status as an uncommon prize.

Fanon Kanohi

Great Kanohi Examples

Great Kanohi are the most powerful normal masks. They are made from level 8 Kanoka. They bestow great powers upon the user and can be in any shape or form, but throughout the BIONICLE world, mask makers have adopted specific shapes for certain powers, in order to not cause confusion if a Toa is in dire need of a mask from a pile of them.

Full List

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Mask of Confusion
Mask of Energy Manipulation
Mask of Protodermis
Mask of Hazard Protection
Mask of Awareness
Mask of Aura
Mask of Binding
Mask of Fatigue
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Mask of Distortion
Mask of Poison

Kanohi Nuva

Another level, more powerful than the Great Masks, is created when a Great Mask is immersed in Energized Protodermis, and becomes a Kanohi Nuva if it is destined to do so.

A Kanohi Nuva has differences from its regular version, such as: the user can grant his/her power to the ones surrounding him/her, and their powers are stronger and can last longer.

Komau Nuva
Komau Nuva,
Kanohi Nuva of Mind Control
Tama Nuva,
Kanohi Nuva of Galaxies

Unique Kanohi

Another group of extremely rare an unique Great Masks exists. They have different powers from other regular versions.

Vavakx Carzi
Mask of Duality
Mask of Dark Gates Dyadis,
Mask of Duality

Noble Kanohi

Noble Kanohi are made from a level 7 Kanoka and have weakened versions of the powers of their Great Mask counterparts. They are also formed when a Toa becomes a Turaga, during which their Kanohi transforms into a Noble one. There can be noble forms of any mask, except Legendary Masks.

Noble viomi
Mask of Animation
Noble Mask of Memory
Noble Mask of Intangibility
Noble Mask of Fusion Noble Mask of Animation

Legendary Kanohi

These Kanohi are vastly more powerful and harder to control than other masks. If destroyed, they would unleash their powers, resulting in the break-down of a fundamental force of the universe. Each contains a Legendary Element.

Kanohi Phiki
Mask of Reality Mask of Space Phiki,
Mask of Spirit
Mask of Nothing
Mask of Karhi
Mask of Shift Shaping
Mask of Wisdom
Mask of Power
Mask of Endless Power

Mimic Kanohi

A Mimic Kanohi is a copied (or cloned) varation of other Kanohi of existence, though only carrying half of it's predecessor's power. One can tell if it is mimicked, if it contains patterns of silver, and minor detail similarities.

Mimic Kakama Nuva
Mimic Kakama Nuva

Cursed Kanohi

Cursed Kanohi are any Kanohi which have been infected with a Makuta's shadow energy. It causes a "Shadow Plague" to spread on Matoran around the wearer, turning them into Shadow Matoran. The plague is spread into several stages;

Cursed Kanohi

Cursed Noble Kakama

  • Stage 1: The surrounding Matoran develop a hatred of the wearer of the cursed Matoran and shun them. Few progress past this stage.
  • Stage 2: The surrounding Matoran begin performing evil acts.
  • Stage 3: The surrounding Matoran become Shadow Matoran physically.
  • Stage 4: The surrounding Matoran completely transform into Shadow Matoran.

Cursed Kanohi can be any Kanohi - even legendary ones - as long as they are worn by a member of the Matoran species. The only known Cursed Kanohi is a Noble Kakama, worn by Avramus as an Av-Matoran. The effects of this kind of Kanohi are so devastating that the wearer's personality begins to change into a self-hating and depressed one. The only Makuta known to have been able to place a Makuta Curse was killed shortly after doing so, though whether or not this was because of the curse's placement.

Special Kanohi

Four of the six Origin Beings wear enhanced Kanohi : these are Kanohi created by the Great Beings which are similar to their Great counterparts, but possess much more powerful powers.

There are Special versions of :

  • Kanohi Kualsi : worn by Toa Iruini, this mask allows him to teleport to any place he knows with a speed unmatched in the whole Universe. He can take people with him.
  • Kanohi Iden : worn by Toa Matoro, this mask allows him to separate his spirit from his body. He can possess spiritless bodies, such as dead bodies and robots, and even attack the spirit of another person.
  • Kanohi Mahiki Hordika : worn by Toa Matau Hordika, this mask allows him to cast powerful illusions to fool his enemies. He can shapeshift into anything of any size he wants and trap his foes in a world of illusion, though he must remain very focused while doing so. The Kanohi Rode and Elda cannot see through these illusions.
  • Kanohi Faxon : worn by Toa Lesovikk, this mask allows him to mimic the powers of any Rahi he knows for a period of time that can be as long as a whole day. He can mimic more than one power at the same time.

Unnatural Kanohi

These Kanohi were created in unnatural ways, resulting in powers and levels of power that vary from normal Kanohi masks, and as such cannot be created using Kanoka disks. They are extremely rare, are often hard to control and have vastly differing power levels unfitting of Noble, Powerless, Great or Legendary. They include:

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