"Each contained a portion of his consciousness and could function independently of his body as a whole. This allowed him to send parts of himself on the attack as a swarm, or fly, to evade physical attacks more easily, and to slip through spaces too small for an insect."
— Narrator, Legacy of Evil
The Protodites composing Zaktan dispersing
|Powers||Self-duplication after being struck|
|Known Locations||Throughout Matoran Universe (formerly), Spherus Magna|
A sample of Protodites was once held in the Onu-Metru Archives. While the creatures were being studied, a Kraawa's escape attempt rocked and shattered the Protodites' container. The Protodites quickly spread throughout the Archives, but their population was kept in check by the Archives Moles that preyed upon them.
When the Piraka Zaktan was exposed to the Shadowed One's disintegration eye beams, his body mass was transformed into a swarm of billions of Protodites. These Protodites never stopped moving, so Zaktan's body always appeared to be writhing. The number of Protodites making up Zaktan's body was greatly reduced when he was exposed to the Pit Mutagen, and they were all thought to be destroyed when Zaktan was seemingly killed by Teridax. However in truth Zaktan survived, and all of his Protodites later became part of the Skakdi Fusion.
After the Great Spirit Robot was critically damaged in the Battle of Bara Magna, the surviving Protodax left the Matoran Universe and immigrated to Spherus Magna.
Abilities and Traits
Protodites are microscopic in stature but are known to gather in swarms. When a Protodite is physically struck, it splits into two Protodites of equal size and strength. Archives Moles are the Protodites' only predator.
Protodax look identical to regular Protodites in form but are many times larger. Like Protodites, Protodax possess the ability to split themselves into two equally large and strong beings after being struck with a weapon or power. The Protodax were incredibly ill-tempered and acted with extreme hostility toward all other living things; it is unknown if Protodites naturally behave this way or if the Ignika altered the Protodax's personalities to make them better guardians.
At least one Protodax carries a Zamor Launcher taken from a being who unsuccessfully tried to claim the Ignika. The launcher can fire Zamor Spheres whose powers permanently shrink a target down to the size of a Protodite.
The Protodax can be built out of parts from the Piraka sets Hakann, Avak, and Zaktan using instructions included in the May–June 2006 issue of LEGO Brickmaster magazine. Its two heads each feature a battery-powered LED in their eyes, which are activated by pressing on the top of the head. The model was designed by Daniel Lipkowitz.
"That 'body made of multiple little pieces' thing is a neat trick. Must be lousy when you sneeze, though."
— Toa Nuva Tahu to Piraka Zaktan, Island of Doom
"The Protodax are violent beasts. They do not kill with honor – they simply kill."
— Umbra, Inferno
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