A multitude of Vehicles have been developed by the societies in BIONICLE, stemming from the various needs of the cultures. Some are used as simple means of transportation, while others arising in advanced technologies are designed for specific jobs, such as the Vahki Transports.
As great workers and Engineers, Matoran tend to construct mechanical vehicles that move using a series of legs as opposed to wheels. The Matoran of Metru Nui often use Kanoka in their inventions, such as using levitation disks in aircraft. In more rural parts of the Matoran Universe, Matoran have adopted simpler means of travel, such as kayaks and carts.
The Agori and other inhabitants of Spherus Magna possessed fairly complicated vehicles, some a result of the technology afforded to them by the Great Beings. Many were adapted for combat related tasks for the Core War, although the Shattering destroyed a large number of their vehicles. The surviving residents, most of them on the planet that became Bara Magna, managed to salvage some vehicles, and the machines were later put into use in Arena Matches. The disaster stripped them of their ability to create new things, but they kept their vehicles running by patching together things from other vehicles.
Even though engineered transport is possible, the inhabitants prefer to use animal transports, due to the fact that vehicles need maintenance from the toll that the desert sands take on them, and they cannot always stop to repair them, especially during the night.
As with many aspects of the Matoran Universe, most early transportation was made by the Great Beings. They also created the Matoran and other species with knowledge enough to understand this machinery and develop their own. Some species have a natural inclining into this work, like the Matoran and the Vortixx.
The majority of vehicles in the Matoran Universe use mechanical legs or alternative means of propulsion, instead of wheels. Wheels and gears were seen to be use on the Southern Continent, and have also been used on other vehicles like the Destral Cycle.
Due to the need to travel between islands, the Matoran Universe residents also developed a variety of different boats and seacraft, ranging from single, manned vehicles to barges for item transport.
When the Turaga and Matoran of Metru Nui migrated to the surface of Aqua Magna, they brought with them few vehicles from the Matoran Universe. The Matoran used their knowledge of machinery in order to engineer new vehicles that could better help them thrive in their new environment. The Matoran also made use of the planet's native inhabitant creatures and Rahi that followed the Matoran's migration.
When the Piraka arrived on Voya Nui, they brought with them and developed there some forms of transportation, such as lavaboards and specially-outfitted Lava Crawlers. In Mahri Nui, the Matoran had more access to the necessary resources and were able construct far more transports such as submarines, and were also able to tame some underwater Rahi, like the Stinger Whale.
|Bara Magna||Caravans | Baranus (Baranus V7) | Cendox (Cendox V1) | Kaxium (Kaxium V2 | Kaxium V3) | Skopio XV-1 | Thornatus (Thornatus V9) | Wagons|
|Mata Nui||Boats | Boxor | Lavaboard | Ussanui|
|Voya Nui||Lavacraft | Caravan Crawler|
|Mahri Nui||Mini-Sub | Sea Sled | Spider Crab | Stinger Whale | Toa Terrain Crawler | Underwater Submarine|
|Metru Nui||Airship (Cargo Hauler) | Archives Transport Cart | Chutes | Cargo Loader | Moto-Sled | Vahki Transport (The Lhikan (I and II))|
|Karda Nui||Axalara T9 | Jetpacks | Jetrax T6 | Rockoh T3 | Skyboard | Skyfighter | Swamp Strider|
|Others||Boats | Destral Cycle | Red Star | Toa Canisters | Visorak Battle Rams|
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