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"It is a Kraata... a part of the very substance of Makuta. You will find them inside the Rahkshi. But they have plagued Mata Nui since long before you arrived. They slither in the shadows, spreading Makuta's darkness wherever they go..."
Turaga Whenua, Rise of the Rahkshi!

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Kraata
Shadow Kraata.PNG
Brotherhood of Makuta
Powers Various individual powers, infecting masks, controlling Rahkshi
Status Wild
Location Matoran Universe (formerly), Spherus Magna
Pronunciation KRAH-tah
Set Number 8580


Kraata are slug-like creatures of darkness created from the essence of a Makuta.

History

A Kraata as seen in Mask of Light

Kraata have been in existence since the Makuta came into being. Makuta were able to choose which type of Kraata they created, although the means by which they created them was lengthy and yielded weak Kraata. Despite their weakness, the Kraata were used to create and power Rahkshi, which were used in the Brotherhood of Makuta armies. Following the Makuta's evolution from bio-mechanical beings to energy housed within armor, the Makuta found that they could create superior Kraata and in much less time, though creation of the slugs would weaken them for a short period of time.

When Makuta Teridax was harassing the Matoran of Metru Nui during their stay on Mata Nui, he utilized a number of Kraata to plague the island, and infect Matoran Kanohi. He also created six Rahkshi, and their necessary pilot Kraata, as a precaution in case his other methods failed. The Turaga captured many Kraata that they had found throughout the years on the island, and kept them in stasis in a cave in Po-Wahi. These Kraata were freed from imprisonment by Guurahk's Disintegration power, but were then sealed inside the cave by Tahu and Kopaka's combined powers.

Much later, Makuta Teridax, in control of the Matoran Universe, used a horde of Rahkshi of Heat Vision and many other kinds of Rahkshi to assault the planet of Bara Magna. Tahu, devolved back into a Toa Mata, used the power of the Golden Armor to incinerate the Kraata within the Rahkshi. After the Matoran Universe was rendered inoperable, the Kraata within Rahkshi later evacuated to Spherus Magna, where they went wild.

Alternate Universes

The Melding Alternate Universe

In this alternate universe, the Kraata yielded by the Makuta have some differing powers and do not have the ability to infect Kanohi, as the Makuta are affiliated with Light as opposed to Shadow. These Kraata have the power of telekinesis, but not darkness, fear, or anger.

Abilities and Traits

The Kraata resemble slugs and can infect Kanohi through contact, though a seventh-level Kraata can do so at a distance.

They have many variations and powers, though they rarely utilize the latter for fear of being noticed. Each Kraata variation has a specific power and coinciding color, for which each type of specifically-colored Rahkshi are created when the Kraata are exposed to Energized Protodermis. Kraata develop in seven stages, each stage progressively more intelligent and powerful than the previous. The general features of the Kraata changes with each stage, although the seventh stage can resemble any of the first six stages. There are forty-two different variations of Kraata, and in turn, forty-two different types of Rahkshi.

Stages

Image Stage Traits
Stage 1 Generic Kraata.PNG 1 Driven completely by instinct. With no real mind of its own, it slithers through deep, dark locations, eternally compelled to seek out Kanohi to infect.
Stage 2 Generic Kraata.PNG 2 Has little intelligence, but is aware enough to know to avoid Light and recognize danger.
Stage 3 Generic Kraata.PNG 3 Is capable of defending itself with its powers if necessary. It is also intelligent enough to typically avoid capture.
Stage 4 Generic Kraata.PNG 4 Can evade traps and withstand sunlight for a short while. They have also grown in intellect to the point where they can recognize Matoran and formulate a trap to infect their Kanohi via ambush.
Stage 5 Generic Kraata.PNG 5 Has developed its powers and knows how and when to use them best. These Kraata know the Makuta's will and actively seek out Matoran masks to infect.
Stage 6 Generic Kraata.PNG 6 Is fully aware of its mission and in control of its powers. Kraata at this stage are in constant communication with a Makuta to carry out their will.

Shadow Kraata

A Shadow Kraata in set form
The seventh stage of a Kraata's development is called the Shadow Kraata. Kraata can only evolve to this stage if they have a particular strain of genetic material. As such, Shadow Kraata are very rare. When Kraata evolve to this seventh stage, they turn purple and acquire the physical features of any one of the previous six stages. Although their color changes, they retain their original power and can still only operate Rahkshi of the same type. This extends to their transformation into Rahkshi armor. They are the most intelligent of the Kraata stages, having intelligence on par with that of a Matoran or Toa; they are even capable of speaking the Matoran language.

Shadow Kraata have a greater level of power than its previous stages, and gain the ability to infect masks from a distance of up to 100 yards (about 91.44 meters or 66.67 bio), though this power is useless if they are inside a Rahkshi or otherwise restrained.

Set Information

A Kraata Za fitted in the spine of a Turahk set.

Kraata were first released in set form in the later half of 2003. Each Rahkshi set contained one Kraata in the color of the Kraata whose power matched the Rahkshi in question.

Also released in 2003 was the "Kraata" set, a small canister, meant to represent a stasis container, including three Kraata bearing any of forty-two color combinations and any of the six stages of Kraata. Also contained were two randomly selected stickers from a set of twelve designs including Takanuva, Teridax, the symbol of the Three Virtues, a Kraata, any of the six Rahkshi sets, the graphic of the word "Rahkshi" used in promotional material for those sets, and the promotional image of the Avohkii and Kraahkan around a glowing Mata Nui that was likewise used copiously in 2003 advertisements.

Released somewhat later in the same year were six limited edition versions of the same six Rahkshi sets, this time each containing one purple Shadow Kraata in any of the six shapes rather than the Kraata of the color combinations previously featured in the Rahkshi sets.

Pairs of shoes with a Guurahk design released by Nike in 2003 were packaged with a non-canon transparent neon orange stage one Kraata.

Several Kraata were included in the Ultimate BIONICLE Accessory Kit, a tub of BIONICLE parts released in 2005.

Trivia

Kraata infecting the ground

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