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"Round disks of protodermis used for both sport and defense in the city of Metru Nui."
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Kanoka
Great Disks.png
Object
Status Unknown
Location Spherus Magna
Users Matoran, Toa, Vahki (formerly), Dark Hunters, Rahi
Function To aid in battle, sport, various effects, creating Kanohi
Pronunciation kah-NO-kah


A Kanoka Disk is the basic tool and protection that the Matoran used on Metru Nui.

History

The technology to develop Kanoka was first invented in the Ko-Metru Knowledge Towers around 4,000 years ago. Kanoka, the Matoran word for "Disk," are made from purified Liquid Protodermis by forgers in all areas of the city, and contain different powers depending on the properties and purity of the Protodermis that is used. They are available at central reserve areas or various traders throughout the city. Kanoka disks were also made into Kanohi on Metru Nui by Ta-Matoran Mask Makers.

Kanoka were used in other parts of the Matoran Universe, including Stelt.

After the Great Cataclysm, the creation of Kanoka disks in Metru Nui stopped, as all the Matoran were trapped in Matoran Spheres. After the restoration of Metru Nui, Kanoka production began again; however, it was later halted after the forced evacuation of the Matoran Universe.

Properties

Digits

Digits serve to show the user what type of Disk is being used. There are three digits on each Kanoka, each individual number explaining where it came from, what power it has and how potent that power is. The way digits are read can be shown here:

  1. The first digit: The Metru from which that disk was created in (ex: Ta-Metru is 1).
  2. The second digit: The disk's type of power (ex: freezing disks are 2).
  3. The third digit: The disk's power level. The higher the number, the more powerful the disk is. Power levels run from 1 to 8. The absolute highest level is the number 9, which is for the Great Disks.

There are, however, exceptions to the first number. The Great Disks were numbered for the Metru they were going to be located in the future, and the Disk of Time was numbered by the Metru of the creator.

Powers

Vakama holding two Great Disks

There are eight main Kanoka powers:

  1. Reconstitutes at random - Temporarily scrambles the molecules of the target, resulting in a new shape.
  2. Freezes - Covers the target in a thick coating of ice.
  3. Weakens - Reduces the strength of a living or nonliving target. Can be used to bring down structures.
  4. Removes poison - Cures the effects of toxic substances.
  5. Enlarges - Causes target to grow. Rate of growth is tied to the power level of the disk.
  6. Shrinks - Causes target to reduce in size. Rate of shrinkage is tied to the power level of the disk.
  7. Regenerates - Can be used to repair a target, normally a structure or piece of equipment.
  8. Teleports - Moves target to another location. Range of teleportation is tied to the power level of the disk.

Different kinds of Kanoka, such as increase weight, levitation, and speed, are used, but it is from these eight that they are all made. Some Kanoka were originally brought to Mata Nui with the Matoran, but, as Kanoka wear out with repeated use, they became powerless over the years. Later, the Matoran made replicas of Kanoka out of Bamboo, but they were powerless and could only be used to strike things.

One unique thing about each Kanoka is where they come from, or are made. Kanoka could be made in any Metru, and disks from different Metru had different abilities. They were the following:

  1. Ta-Metru: Stronger, could knock obstacles out of the way.
  2. Ga-Metru: Could change direction in mid-air according to the user's thoughts.
  3. Po-Metru: Homed in on other Kanoka and deflected them from their course.
  4. Ko-Metru: Dodged obstacles to get to target.
  5. Le-Metru: Flew farther.
  6. Onu-Metru: Returned to thrower if diverted from course.

Kanoka Disks are created by pouring Liquid Protodermis into special molds. Frequently this procedure is performed repetitively before the disk is pronounced complete. The nature and level of the disk's power is influenced by the qualities of the Protodermis utilized, its purity, and the proficiency of the Matoran forging the disk. In spite of a great deal experience in smelting disks, Matoran still do not know how to guess the amount of power a disk will contain or what power it will possess.

During the disk-making process, multiple Kanoka disks can be combined to form disks with new and different powers. In some cases, Disk Makers can foresee the result of the combination. On other occasions, the Matoran has to experiment multiple times to produce the desired disk.

Games

Kanoka Disks are used in all sorts of games in Metru Nui, including Disk Surfing, Akilini, and Kanoka Toss.

Disk Dueling

Despite the extreme scarcity of physical violence on Metru Nui, Matoran with serious disagreements were known to engage in disk dueling. Standing on opposite sides of an Akilini field, Matoran threw disks at each other, with the first one to strike the other winning. Unfortunately, depending on the disks used, these duels could have very serious repercussions, exampled by the fact that once one Matoran was shrunken to such a small size that he was never found, while another was transformed by a Reconstitute at Random disk into something so grotesque he nearly ended up on exhibition as a Rahi in the Archives. In Metru Nui, disk dueling was highly illegal and guaranteed to bring prompt action from the Vahki.

Mask Making

Ta-Matoran in Metru Nui learned to soften disks and carve them into masks. Power levels 1-6 were made into powerless Matoran masks. Level 7 disks were made into Noble Kanohi. Level 8 disks were made into Great Masks. The six level 9 Great Disks were melted together, then made into the Disk of Time, which was then carved into the Vahi. By melting two disks together, new powers could be produced, allowing the Ta-Matoran mask makers to make Kanohi with many different powers.

Kanohi/Kanoka Chart

Listed below are all of the Kanohi with known Kanoka components:

A Ga-Metru Freeze Disk in set form
A Ko-Metru Weaken Disk
Mask of Power Respective Disk(s) Combinations
Kanohi Hau, Mask of Shielding Enlarge + Regeneration
Kanohi Miru, Mask of Levitation Teleport + Weaken
Kanohi Kakama, Mask of Speed Teleport + Reconstitutes at Random
Kanohi Pakari, Mask of Strength Regeneration + Enlarge + Removes Poison
Kanohi Kaukau, Mask of Water Breathing Regeneration + Shrink + Removes Poison
Kanohi Akaku, Mask of X-Ray Vision Regeneration + Teleport
Kanohi Mahiki, Mask of Illusion Reconstitutes at Random + Weaken
Kanohi Huna, Mask of Concealment Enlarge + Shrink + Freeze
Kanohi Komau, Mask of Mind Control Freeze + Weaken + Removes Poison
Kanohi Rau, Mask of Translation Removes Poison + Enlarge
Kanohi Ruru, Mask of Night Vision Enlarge + Teleport
Kanohi Matatu, Mask of Telekinesis Teleport + Shrink
Kanohi Kiril, Mask of Regeneration Regeneration
Kanohi Pehkui, Mask of Diminishment Shrink
Kanohi Kualsi, Mask of Quick-Travel Teleport
Mask of Growth Enlarge
Kanohi Garai, Mask of Gravity Disk of Gravity
Kanohi Olisi, Mask of Alternate Futures None
Mask of Mutation Reconstitutes at Random[1] + Unknown
Kanohi Kraahkan, Mask of Shadows None
Kanohi Avohkii, Mask of Light None
Mask of Creation None
Kanohi Vahi, Mask of Time Disk of Time (made from the Great Disks)
Kanohi Ignika, Mask of Life None

Set Information

A solid gold Kanoka disk

Kanoka made their first appearance with the 2004 sets, using the mold designed years earlier with the Bamboo Disks of the Matoran of Mata Nui. Every disk had an exclusive code on it that could be entered into the Kanoka Club website for points, used to buy rewards such as videos, animations, images, and games. However, the rare Disk of Time code featuring 199, which could be gained through the Exclusive Vahki Sets or Ultimate Creatures Accessory Sets, could not be used at the Kanoka Club as they rendered that combination an invalid code. The 2004 Toa Metru Vakama set came with Vakama's Toa Disk decorated with a Huna, the only Toa Metru to have such a disk released. A Kanoka Disk Launcher Pack came with two of fifty-one random Kanoka disks, eight from each of the Metru and three other disks.

The Disk of Time was primarily packaged with Target store-exclusive Vahki sets in 2004. It also released with the combined comics of Seeds of Doom and Enemies of Metru Nui in October, 2004. Prototype Disks of Time also exist; these Kanoka simply do not have the code printed on the disk. They were given to employees of LEGO.

A Golden Kanoka was used as a first prize for the 2004 BIONICLE Instant Win Game and speed build competitions at LEGO stores, March 22 through 28 in 2004. In September 2004, at the UK Fox Kids and UK Scholastic websites, three virtual Kanoka disks could be found around the site. Once found, an entry form for a contest could be unlocked. The contest featured several prizes, such as golden Kanoka disks. Finally, in November, 2004 in the United Kingdom, the LEGO UK magazine had a contest that gave one the chance to win one of ten gold Kanoka disks.

During the 2004 Comic-Con convention, an exclusive Kanoka disk was supposed to be produced and placed within five thousand Toa Metru Vakama sets, which the convention attendees could buy. However, due to a production error, the disks were never featured and only a few samples were made for publicity. The Kanoka had the Comic-Con logo printed on the front of it.

In Europe, a promotional Ta-Metru Kanoka featuring the code 175 was gifted with the combined comics of Rise of the Rahkshi!, At Last -- Takanuva! and Secrets and Shadows.

Employees of LEGO also received a special Kanoka disk called the "BIONICLE Kanoka" with the symbol of the Three Virtues printed on it.

A red translucent Kanoka disk was released as part of the promotional set "3259," which also included a black Kanoka Launcher. The set came packaged with a BIONICLE comic in France.

Kanoka were released in the following sets:

Kanoka Code Accompanying Set
None #3259 Disk Launcher
143 #8607 Nuhrii
226 #8608 Vhisola
685 #8609 Tehutti
373 #8610 Ahkmou
574 #8611 Orkahm
437 #8612 Ehrye
116 #8614 Nuurakh
225 #8615 Bordakh
555 #8616 Vorzakh
334 #8617 Zadakh
665 #8618 Rorzakh
447 #8618 Keerakh
638 #8622 Nidhiki
338 #8623 Krekka
199 Exclusive Vahki Sets, #8715 Ultimate Creatures Accessory Set

There was also a supplementary set, 8613 Kanoka Disk Launcher Pack. Along with a Disk Launcher in one of the six primary Metru Nui colors, it included two random Kanoka, which could have been one of the disks included in the Matoran or Vahki, one of the Great Disks, or one of the following:

  • 117, 125, 132, 171, 184
  • 212, 234, 253, 265, 287
  • 314, 326, 357, 361, 382
  • 416, 442, 468, 473, 485
  • 521, 536, 543, 548, 565
  • 631, 646, 654, 663, 677, 663

References

  1. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 29. September 2014