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"Do not rely on your memory. Look beyond your history and see what is."
Turaga Lhikan, Legends of Metru Nui
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Kanohi Hau[1]
Tools Unknown
Status Transformed into a Toa
Pronunciation LEE-kan
Set Toa Lhikan.png
Toa of Fire
Affiliation Makoki Stone Guard Team
Toa Mangai
Kanohi Great Hau
Tools Fire Greatswords
Status Transformed into a Turaga
Pronunciation LEE-kan
Set number 8811
LoMN Turaga Lhikan.PNG
Turaga of Fire
Kanohi Noble Hau
Tools Firestaff
Shield (both formerly)
Status Revived[2]
Location Red Star[2]
Pronunciation LEE-kan
Set number 7216[3]

Lhikan was a Ta-Matoran who became the Toa Mangai of Fire and the leader of his team, and a legendary Toa who guarded Metru Nui. After sacrificing his Toa Power to create the Toa Metru, he became a Turaga, but was killed soon after by Makuta Teridax, saving Toa Vakama's life in the process. He has since been revived on the Red Star.



Around 17,500 years ago, Lhikan was a simple craftsman who at one point was rescued from danger by a Toa of Fire named Dume. About 7,005 years ago, Dume had a hand in Lhikan's transformation into a Toa.


While still a novice, Lhikan guarded the Makoki Stone in the Toa Fortress along with many other Toa. Following a raid by Vezok and Hakann who tried to steal the stone, the fortress was attacked by Frostelus. Lhikan was ordered by his team leader to abandon his post so there would be a survivor to tell what had happened. Being a novice Toa, he agreed, and became the lone survivor. Ordered to retrieve the Makoki Stone before escaping, Lhikan found that the stone was already gone, stolen by Vezok. Following the crisis, he vowed he would never run from anything again.

Kanohi Dragon

Lhikan eventually went to Metru Nui with ten other Toa to fight off the Kanohi Dragon. After a month long battle, the Kanohi Dragon was defeated. The Toa Mangai decided to transport the Rahi to Xia, delivering it to Roodaka when they arrived. The eleven Toa then decided to stay in Metru Nui and protect the city. After the Kanohi Dragon's defeat, the other Toa left on various missions, leaving only Lhikan and two other Toa on Metru Nui: Toa Nidhiki and Toa Tuyet.

Tuyet's Betrayal

A statue of Lhikan that once stood in the Coliseum

Around 3,500 years ago, several Matoran corpses were found with tablets reading 'Toa Tuyet'. Tuyet, a Toa of Water, revealed that she had once been in possession of a powerful artifact called the Nui Stone, sought by the Dark Hunters. Tuyet's home island had been threatened by the Dark Hunters, and Lhikan and Nidhiki realized the deaths were a Dark Hunter countdown. Lhikan and Nidhiki combated several Dark Hunters, and Lhikan took on Triglax and Gladiator. After they defeated the Hunters, another Matoran was found dead, proving that the Dark Hunters were not behind the killings. Lhikan then confronted Tuyet, and forced her to admit she had the Nui Stone. The two fought, and Nidhiki showed up to defeat Tuyet, who was using the Nui Stone. Lhikan and Nidhiki froze and battered down the water flow that Tuyet was sitting on in the air. She lost her grip on the stone, and Lhikan moved to catch her. Nidhiki tried to catch the stone, but a blast of fire from Lhikan destroyed it. Tuyet later disappeared from her prison in the Coliseum, secretly taken away by Botar.

Toa-Dark Hunter War

The Dark Hunters eventually declared full scale war, and Lhikan commanded an army of Toa to combat them. At one point, Lhikan led a group of Toa against the Dark Hunter Tyrant, and defeated him. Later, near the end of the war, he defeated Vengeance in a one-on-one duel.

During one of his evening patrols, Lhikan encountered Nidhiki, who he had assigned to guard Turaga Dume. He berated his teammate for abandoning his post, and sent him out to patrol other parts of the city.

The next day he sent the Toa of Air to meet supply boats, which were actually reinforcement Toa. When Nidhiki left without all of the necessary details, Lhikan followed him, and discovered him meeting with Lariska, one of the Dark Hunters, betraying the Toa. Lhikan was approached by Hakann, and the Dark Hunter struck a deal with the Toa; in exchange for the Makoki Stone, Lhikan would send a messenger to the Shadowed One and notify him of the Dark Hunter's defeat, and the Dark Hunters would then be allowed to leave the island city safely. Despite not wanting to let the Hunters leave, Lhikan could not forget what the Stone meant, and he eventually accepted the deal. He led over a hundred Toa to the Canyon of Unending Whispers upon Nidhiki's information the next day. There, when the Toa were ambushed, he gave the signal for the reinforcements of over two hundred Toa to show themselves. He also insisted that Nidhiki leave with them, banishing his former brother from the city.

Lhikan served as one of the guardians of Metru Nui for hundreds of peaceful years after the war. He continued to protect the Matoran even as the other Toa Mangai left, or were killed during missions.

Teridax's Plan

Lhikan giving Vakama his Toa Stone

One thousand and one years ago, Lhikan was serving as the lone protector of Metru Nui. Nidhiki, now a Dark Hunter, and his partner Krekka showed up intending to capture Lhikan on Teridax's orders. Knowing time was short, Lhikan began selecting six Matoran to become the new protectors of Metru Nui; the Matoran he originally chose were Nuhrii, Vhisola, Ahkmou, Tehutti, Ehrye, and Orkahm, and he recorded this decision in a journal. However, Teridax (deceived by the Order of Mata Nui into believing he was defying destiny by picking the Matoran with the least unity) implanted the names of six others, Vakama, Nokama, Onewa, Whenua, Nuju, and Matau, into Lhikan's head. Lhikan stole valuable stones from the Great Temple to use as Toa Stones. He encountered the two Dark Hunters there, narrowly escaping by leaping off a bridge and flying away on his hoverboard. He then traveled throughout Metru Nui, giving the stones to the six Matoran.

Upon delivering a Toa Stone to Vakama, the final Matoran, he was captured by the Dark Hunters, when Nidhiki forced him to surrender by threatening Vakama. Lhikan managed to save the Matoran, but was captured by the Dark Hunters, and taken to the Prison of the Dark Hunters in the Canyon of Unending Whispers. While in prison, he chose to become a Turaga, having fulfilled his destiny by creating the Toa Metru.[4]


Lhikan as he appeared in Vakama's vision

When three of the Toa Metru, Nuju, Whenua and Onewa, were captured and sent to the Prison of the Dark Hunters, Lhikan approached them, wearing a helmet to disguise his identity, and began training the Toa, teaching them to use their mask powers. Once Nuju had mastered his Kanohi Matatu's Telekinesis power and used it to create a hole in the wall of their cell, the three Toa Metru and Lhikan made their escape.

During Vakama's journey through Le-Metru, the Toa Metru of Fire was beset with a vision in which Lhikan appeared as a Toa. In the vision, Lhikan warned Vakama to heed the warnings of his visions, or else suffer the consequences of ignoring them.

Lhikan and his Toa Metru companions were traveling through an area of the Archives when they ran into Vakama, Nokama and Matau. Once the Toa Metru were reunited, Lhikan revealed his identity and asked Vakama if the heart of Metru Nui was safe. Vakama had misunderstood his first vision, thinking that this referred to Lhikan himself. Lhikan explained that the heart was the city's Matoran population. While Vakama brooded over his misinterpretation, he discovered the real Dume in a Matoran Sphere. Witness to this discovery, the Turaga's suspicion was confirmed that an impostor had taken control of Metru Nui.

Turaga Lhikan with his helmet

Turaga Lhikan and the Toa Metru made their way to the Coliseum, where they challenged the false Turaga Dume. Makuta Teridax, the impostor, exposed himself and began absorbing power from the Coliseum's power plant as the Great Cataclysm came into effect. Using a stolen Vahki Transport, the Toa Metru and Lhikan escaped the shadowed and crumbling city. As they reached the Great Barrier, Teridax caught up to them and a battle ensued over the possession of the Vahi, the Great Mask of Time.

During the battle, Lhikan threw himself in front of Teridax's Shadow Hand, in order to save Vakama. The dying Turaga gave Vakama his mask, and expressed his pride in the new Toa of Fire before he died.

After dying, Lhikan was reincarnated on the Red Star, as part of the Star's primary function.[2] Here, he was given a replacement Kanohi.[5] However, the return mechanism of the Star had since malfunctioned, and Lhikan was trapped in the Star, along with other revived beings.[2]


Shortly after his death, the Vahki Transport the Toa Metru took to Mata Nui was christened The Lhikan by Vakama. On their return voyage to Metru Nui, the Toa Metru built a second ship, this time christened The Lhikan II.

Turaga Lhikan dying

When the Matoran were awakened on Mata Nui, Jaller's mask was found to be broken and Vakama gave him Lhikan's mask as a replacement. Lhikan's imprint had long since faded from the mask, but upon being told of the history of his mask, it was cherished by Jaller. Lhikan's mask was stolen from Jaller by Karzahni upon entering his realm. Tahu has since recovered Lhikan's mask and it is now with the Order of Mata Nui.

While the Toa Inika were on their way to get the Mask of Life, an illusion of Lhikan appeared. He pondered how the Toa Inika turned out to be such strange looking Toa, and warned them to go back. The sight disturbed the Toa Inika, having been told of their time on Metru Nui. They responded to his warning by asking him if he would turn back if the weight of the world rested on his shoulders. He agreed he would not, but then reminded them of what happened to him because he had not. The deceased Toa then disappeared.


On Mata Nui, Vakama created stories of Lhii, a fictional Matoran based on Lhikan. He was said to wear entirely yellow armor and a Kanohi Pakari. Lhii was the Turaga's way of remembering Lhikan without revealing the truth about Metru Nui to the Matoran. According to the legends, Lhii was the greatest Lava Surfer in Ta-Koro, second only to Tahu himself. He was supposedly the leader of Jaller's clan of warriors within the village. This is homage to the fact that Jaller wore Lhikan's mask. However, one day he was involved in a terrible accident while surfing, and died. He was fondly remembered by all Ta-Matoran. But, after hearing the tales of Metru Nui, the Matoran now know that Lhii never existed.

Alternate Universes

Toa Empire Alternate Universe

In this alternate universe, Lhikan was killed by Nidhiki when the traitorous Toa of Air chose to ally with Tuyet instead of Lhikan. This led Tuyet to organizing almost all Toa into an empire, with herself as Empress, and ruling the Matoran Universe by force.

Abilities and Traits

Lhikan as seen in Legends of Metru Nui

Lhikan has command over the Element of Fire, and is able to create and manipulate fire. His many years as a Toa gave him great experience with his element; prior to his transformation into a Turaga, he was known to have very fine control over his powers, being skilled enough to burn tiny symbols onto Toa stones, while many Toa of Fire have less precise control over their element. When he became a Turaga, this power was greatly reduced.

Lhikan is known for his patience, demonstrated when he had to train three novice Toa within the Prison of the Dark Hunters. His caution was remarked upon by Nidhiki, when Nidhiki reminded him of how Lhikan once thought that smoke coming from something meant the return of the Kanohi Dragon. He also assigned several of his Toa to guard Turaga Dume during the Toa-Dark Hunter War instead of attacking the Dark Hunters directly. Lhikan does not shy from danger, a trait stemming from his abandoning of the fortress he originally guarded; he also dislikes speaking of this past.

Lhikan is known for his protective and amiable attitude towards the Matoran of Metru Nui. When he was not protecting the City of Legends from evil, he could be found settling disputes and listening to the problems of the Matoran. When Teridax took Dume's guise and became more reclusive, Lhikan began to manage the day-to-day affairs of the city.

Mask and Tools

Lhikan riding his Greatswords in hoverboard form

As a Toa, he carried two Fire Greatswords, which could be joined together to form a hoverboard. He used this to fly high above Metru Nui on the lookout for trouble. His Great Kanohi Hau allowed him to protect himself from foreseen attacks, but not from ambush.

As a Turaga, he carried a smaller version of his Greatswords, which he used as a shield. He also carried a small ceremonial Firestaff that he used as a walking stick and as his Badge of Office. He wears the Noble Mask of Shielding, which protects him from attacks, but is not nearly as powerful as the Great version.

Set Information

Lhikan on a Kikanalo in set form

8811 Lhikan & Kikanalo was released in 2004. Lhikan used forty-four of the set's 214 pieces, which included a special edition movie Hau in a gold color. He could optionally ride on the Kikanalo's back, although the two never appeared together in any media. Like in the movie, Lhikan carried Twin Fire Greatswords, which could combine into a hoverboard or large shield.

The Good Gold Guy set accepted as Turaga Lhikan

7216 Gold Good Guy was released as a promotional inclusion for Duracell batteries in 2006. The set was later canonized as representing Lhikan's Turaga form.[3]


"Go with them? But I'm a Toa, Lhikan. I'm your brother in arms!"
"No. No, you're not. You lost the right to call me 'brother' when you betrayed us all. Get out, Nidhiki – of my sight and of this city. Get out before I kill you."
— Toa Lhikan to Nidhiki, Birth of a Dark Hunter
"You lost the right to call me brother long ago."
— Toa Lhikan to Nidhiki, Legends of Metru Nui
"Faithful Matoran, Metru Nui needs you. A shadow threatens its heart. Prove yourselves worthy Toa and fear not. The Great Spirit shall guide you in ways that you could not imagine."
— Lhikan's message to the six chosen Matoran, Legends of Metru Nui
"Freedom and escape are different objectives... but both aren't easily realized."
— Turaga Lhikan to three of the Toa Metru, Legends of Metru Nui
"Without self-discovery, you will never find your Destiny."
— Turaga Lhikan to Whenua, Legends of Metru Nui
"You are so misguided, Toa Vakama. I am not Metru Nui's heart. The Matoran are."
— Turaga Lhikan to Vakama, Legends of Metru Nui
"No ... this is my lifetime's journey. Yours lies beyond. I am proud to ... have called you brother ... Toa Vakama."
— Last words; Turaga Lhikan to Vakama, Legends of Metru Nui



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  1. BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 28 March 2010 (archive)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 BZPower: GregF Answers, 13 November 2012 (archive)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chat with Greg Farshtey, 25 September 2014
  4. Chat with Greg Farshtey, 4 August 2014
  5. BZPower: GregF Answers 2, 28 November 2012 (archive)

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