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"Most think it allows me to spread physical darkness, or breed a little rage here and there, but it's much more than that. My Kanohi lets me see the darkness inside everyone, all the nasty little things they hide in the shadows of their spirit."
Makuta Teridax, Prisoners of the Pit

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The Kanohi Kraahkan was the only Great Mask of Shadows in the Matoran Universe.


The Kanohi Kraahkan's image above Metru Nui

A mask of incredible power, the Kanohi Kraahkan was crafted from Protosteel in Artakha. It was then worn by Makuta Teridax for the next 100,001 years. During the Conflict of Takanuva and Teridax, when Teridax and Takanuva merged to form Takutanuva, their masks also merged into the Mask of Light and Shadow. However, Takutanuva and his mask soon split apart. When the Piraka went to the Great Barrier to raid Teridax's lair, Reidak tried to steal the mask. However, it blasted him with Shadow bolts when he picked it up, so he threw it into the Silver Sea. The Mask of Shadows was later retrieved by Makuta Icarax, who began to wear it.

Eventually, Teridax expressed interest in retrieving the Kraahkan at some point, but before he could do so, the Kraahkan was reduced to atoms and scattered across the entire Matoran Universe when Icarax was killed in mid-teleport in Karda Nui by Makuta Gorast and Vamprah.

Teridax later formed the stars above Metru Nui into the shape of the Kanohi Kraahkan when he announced the success of his plan to the whole Matoran Universe.

Another Kanohi Kraahkan appeared in the Matoran Universe when an alternate Teridax crossed over to the main reality.

Toa Empire Alternate Universe

In an alternate universe, the Kanohi Kraahkan was taken from Teridax by the Toa Empire and put in the Archives as a trophy. It was warded, so that if anyone touched it, the Toa Empire would know.

The Kingdom Alternate Universe

In a reality where the Great Spirit Mata Nui remained dead, the main dimension's Takanuva knocked the Kanohi Kraahkan off the alternate timeline's Teridax during the Battle at the Light Barrier. An alternate Toa Tanma then destroyed the mask.

The Melding Alternate Universe

In a reality where the Toa where created to heal Spherus Magna instead of Mata Nui, the Brotherhood of Makuta never rebelled and conquered their inner darkness. Teridax wears a gold Mask of Shadows, but its power is not associated with evil.


The Kanohi Kraahkan allows its user to access Makuta-level range and strength of power over anger, fear, and Elemental Shadow. It also lets the user see moral darkness in others. The Mask of Shadows will automatically send out Shadow bolts to attack non-Makuta beings who touch it whenever it is not being worn. Even though the mask grants its user Shadow powers, it does not boost any pre-existing Elemental Shadow powers.

Example Usage

In Legacy of Evil, when Reidak picked up the Kanohi Kraahkan, it automatically blasted him with Shadow bolts until he released it.



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Flash Hau-Kraahkan.png The Kanohi Kraahkan appearing as an Infected Kanohi Hau.
Kraahkan Set 2.pngKraahkan Set 1.png The first set form of the Kanohi Kraahkan

Set Information

The Kanohi Kraahkan has been released in four different forms. The first was released with the 2003 Teridax set. It was the first mask to feature two separate faces - one that fits over Teridax's head, and one that fits over a face like that of a Toa.

The second was released in late 2003 in the same set. This type was nearly identical, the difference being the number of slits at the bottom of the mask. This version had four instead of the earlier's six. It was again made available in the 2005 Tower of Toa playset in gold, used for the Kahgarak's head, and later in the Makuta Icarax set released in 2008. The gold iteration came in two shades depending on the time of production, with earlier models using a duller shade and later models using a brighter color.

The third form was released in the special edition Takutanuva set, and was advertised as a movie version. It was designed to look more like its movie counterpart.

The fourth version was released in the Ultimate Dume set and was also advertised as a movie version. This mask attached to the top of the head via two axles situated behind the head. It covered only the upper half of the set's face, like a helmet.

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