Light (Generation 1)

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"Light can do a lot of things. It can illuminate. It can welcome. It can warm. As it turns out, it can also make laser beams that slice through protosteel."
Toa Takanuva, Takanuva's Blog

Takanuva using the Kanohi Avohkii and Staff of Light
Elemental Power
Associated Kanohi Avohkii
Matoran prefix Av-
Associated colors Primary: White
Secondary: Gold

Light is an Elemental Power.

Species Wielders

Matoran Universe

In the Matoran Universe, Light is represented by the Matoran prefix Av- and the colors white and gold.[citation needed]


  • Av-Matoran represent the Element of Light and naturally appear as gold and white. Av-Matoran also contain a small amount of Elemental Light Energy, to the extent that they can change how others see their body colors. They can also channel Elemental Light through their hands. Av-Matoran have special light-based powers that can only be used when in contact with a Toa or a Makuta. Light is the only naturally occurring Element that allows for male and female Matoran, Toa, and Turaga.
  • A Toa of Light possesses the Elemental Power of Light, allowing him/her to create, control and absorb light. Their only real limitation is that when they run out of Elemental Light Energy, they must wait for it to recharge.
  • A Turaga of Light would possess small traces of Elemental Light Energy.


  • Umbra has a wide range of Light powers.

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Umbra turning into light
  • Creating light
    • Creating focused beams of light (lasers)
    • Creating solid or intangible holograms
    • Creating solid objects out of light (Solek-exclusive)
  • Controlling light
  • Absorbing light
  • Moving as fast as light (exclusive to Photok and Umbra)
  • Generating light as an energy source (Tanma-exclusive)
  • Turning oneself into light (Umbra-exclusive)
  • Unleashing a Light Nova Blast (Toa-exclusive)
  • Changing how others see one's body color


  • Beings other than Toa and the Krahka cannot combine powers of any sort to create a Protodermis cage. As long as each wields a different Element, and Light and Shadow are not included at the same time, any six Toa can create a Protodermis cage.


The Great Mask of Light, an Elemental Kanohi

The following beings/objects have/had the Element of Light and/or its sub-powers:

The following locations are affiliated with Light:

Balance of Light

All beings naturally have a measure of Light in them, with any deficiency of this Light referred to as Shadow. A being's balance of Light and Shadow is connected to their moral state: the more goodness they have in their hearts, the more Light they possess; while those lacking Light are prone to evil urges and partake in evil deeds. Ways have been discovered to completely purge Light from a being, leaving only Shadow to fill the void. The Makuta have done this through deliberate training and meditation. It is possible to do the same with Light, but Light's emotions are much harder to follow than Shadow's, so it has never been done in the Matoran Universe.

It is possible to forcefully drain a being's Light by various means: a Shadow Leech, a Kanohi Avsa, or Gorast's stinger. In these cases, the victim's heart naturally regenerates the lost Light that usually occupies them. However, if the Light is completely drained, then the victim will be psychologically incapable of restoring it (the Shadow Leeches were specifically engineered to instill this mental block first, therefore even partial drains cannot be regenerated by natural means). This mental block can be shattered by sonic waves of a specific duration and frequency. The screams of the Klakk are a natural cure for it.

The balance of Light and Shadow also has an effect on a being's other Elemental Powers. Any being unbalanced in either direction will gain the ability to use the corresponding element of Light or Shadow. In addition, any being who previously wielded an Elemental Power will now wield the new element instead. An element wielder who only partially lost his/her Light and cannot regenerate it will be able to wield both the native element and Shadow, although neither element may be used to its full potential. Takanuva, when suffering from such a drain, continually lost Light whenever he used his native elemental abilities and was instead filled with Shadow.[]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Chat with Greg Farshtey, 24. July 2014 (archive)

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