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The Tarakava are reptilian sea creatures that hunt in pairs and live near water regions.
On Metru Nui, Tarakava patrolled the seas around Ga-Metru, hunting fish to their pleasure. After Teridax caused the Great Cataclysm, many Tarakava fled to the island of Mata Nui, where they were soon placed under the control of Teridax. He used them to prevent the villagers of Ga-Koro from constructing their huts.
Soon after the coming of the Toa Mata, Teridax had a Tarakava sink one of the huts in Ga-Koro, trapping many of the Matoran and Turaga Nokama inside. Macku escaped and sought help from Takua, who managed to raise the hut. The giant lizard attacked the village, but was defeated by Toa Gali, losing it's infected mask in the process. Without Teridax's influence, the creature was much more docile, and was nursed back to health by Kotu.
While exploring the waters of Mata Nui, another Tarakava attacked Gali. The Toa of Water managed to trick the infected lizard Rahi into a cave and then covered the entrance with rocks to block its exit. After Gali had retrieved her Miru from the cliffs, more Tarakava attacked her, in conjunction with Nui-Jaga. Tahu dispatched the scorpions, while Gali took on the lizards. One Tarakava downed her with it's powerful limbs, and she landed in the water. These Tarakava fled while Tahu rescued Gali. Teridax later marshalled several Tarakava to attack the Toa Mata during their meeting, but these were defeated Tahu and Pohatu.
Later, while the Toa Mata were underground, attempting to reach Teridax, Tarakava assaulted Kini-Nui along with other Rahi. These were repelled by the Matoran millitary, and eventually retreated. Teridax released his hold over them after his defeat, and the Tarakava returned to the waters around Ga-Wahi.
A mutated, easily angered Tarakava with two heads was housed in the Metru Nui Archives, where it was encountered by Nuju and Whenua on their search for the Great Disks. This Tarakava specimen attacked a Ga-Matoran fishing boat, leaving only splinters. After its capture, it was placed in a holding tank because it is immune to stasis. Whenua told Nuju not to bother the Tarakava, but Nuju tapped the glass, and the Tarakava tried to attack him, cracking the inner layer of glass in the tank. Whenua found Nuju, and both of them left the angry beast alone.
Abilities and Traits
A Tarakava's primary hunting method is to lurk just below the water, stalking their prey, and then stun their victim with blows from their powerful forelimbs. Tarakava can stay underwater for long periods of time and are powerful enough to capsize large watercraft.
Two Tarakava (one blue, one teal) were released as a single boxed set in 2001. Altogether the two Tarakava had 411 parts. On each Tarakava's back two levers could be found, with which one could make the Tarakava model punch with its corresponding fist. This was advertised as a means for the Tarakava to battle each other or a Toa Mata set. When a Tarakava's mask was knocked off by another figure, its jaw would go limp and drop as if in injury. The two Tarakava could be combined to form a Tarakava Nui, the instructions for which could be found in the back of the instruction booklet of the teal Rahi.
A prototype set form was revealed for a subspecies, the Sand Tarakava. This was to be packaged with the teal Tarakava in place of the blue one. This set was never produced for sale, though five were created and purchased by LEGO collectors.
- BIONICLE Adventures 2: Trial by Fire (First Appearance of Two-Headed Tarakava)
- Comic 2: Deep into Darkness
- Comic 3: Triumph of the Toa
- BIONICLE Chronicles 1: Tale of the Toa
- Comic 14: At Last -- Takanuva! (Mentioned Only)
- BIONICLE Chronicles 4: Tales of the Masks (Mentioned Only)
- BIONICLE Legends 6: City of the Lost (Mentioned Only)
- BIONICLE: The Official Guide to BIONICLE
- BIONICLE: Metru Nui - City of Legends (Mentioned Only)
- BIONICLE: Rahi Beasts
- BIONICLE: Encyclopedia
- BIONICLE: Encyclopedia Updated
- Mata Nui Online Game
- BIONICLE: Quest for the Masks (Non-canonical Appearance)
- BIONICLE: The Game (Non-canonical Appearance)
- BIONICLE: Maze of Shadows (Non-canonical Appearance)
- 8549 Tarakava Building Instructions (Teal) on LEGO.com
- 8549 Tarakava Building Instructions (Blue) on LEGO.com
|BIONICLE Sets of 2001|
|Small||Standard||Vakama | Matau | Onewa | Nokama | Nuju | Whenua|
|Special||Huki | Onepu | Maku | Jala | Kongu | Matoro|
|Canister||Pohatu | Onua | Gali | Tahu | Lewa | Kopaka|
|Large||Manas | Muaka & Kane-Ra | Nui-Jaga | Nui-Rama | Tarakava|
|Collectible||Kanohi | Power Pack|
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