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"You're my friends, and this is my home. If those things are not worth fighting and dying for, what is?"
— Piruk to Garan, Island of Doom


Occupation Unknown
Kanohi Unknown
Tools Unknown
Status Rebuilt
Pronunciation PIE-rook

Occupation Spy
Member of the Voya Nui Resistance Team (formerly)
Kanohi Mahiki
Tools Shredder Claws
Status Alive
Location Spherus Magna
Pronunciation PIE-rook
Set number 8723

Piruk is a nervous Le-Matoran who acted as a spy for the Voya Nui Resistance Team.


Early life

Long ago, Piruk was sent to the realm of Karzahni along with hundreds of other Matoran, in order to be repaired. Karzahni's poor repair job made Piruk weaker, so he gave Piruk Shredder Claws attached to his hands[citation needed] to compensate. Karzahni then sent him and other "fixed" Matoran to the Southern Continent. During the Great Cataclysm, he was sent hurtling to the surface on the chunk of land that would become Voya Nui.[1]

Voya Nui

Piruk spent a thousand years with the other Matoran of Voya Nui, fighting for every day of survival. During this time, he tamed a Desert Burnak and took it as a pet.[VNOG, Ch. 3]

One day, Piruk found a canister washed up on the beach. Zaktan emerged and claimed to be a Toa here to help the Matoran. Piruk found Zaktan's cold voice and strange, shifting body disturbing and ran away, telling Zaktan he would get someone to help. Zaktan and his five comrades took over the island, and Piruk was assigned with Balta to oversee teams digging out reservoirs to collect lava from Mount Valmai. Zaktan's team then revealed themselves as Piraka and enslaved all but the newly formed Voya Nui Resistance Team - consisting of Piruk, Balta, Velika, Dalu, Garan and Kazi. The team sent Piruk to infiltrate the Piraka Stronghold, where he witnessed Zaktan speaking with the contents of the Antidermis vat and then attacking Avak, who had disturbed him. Piruk returned to the group's hideout with this information.

The Resistance Team then stole a Zamor Sphere from Vezok. While the group was hiding waiting for Balta to return with the Zamor, they noticed flashes of Ice and Fire which would soon be revealed as the Toa Nuva fighting the Piraka.[2] Distrustful of more "Toa," the team attacked the Toa Nuva until Balta arrived and stopped the fighting, explaining that the Toa Nuva were not more Piraka.The Toa and Matoran then joined forces and headed for the Piraka Stronghold. Outside, Piruk saw Reidak approaching while Tahu tried to burn the lock on the back door. The others hid while Lewa taunted Reidak until he accidentally punched the door down. Reidak ran inside, and the group followed. The Matoran and Toa reclaimed the Toa's Kanohi Nuva and Tools. They then burst into the virus chamber, where they found five of the Piraka and Brutaka. Brutaka then brought down all twelve heroes in a single attack.[1]

Piruk was interrogated with the others in the Chamber of Truth. They managed to escape and met up with the new Toa Inika. Together, they split up and headed in three teams to cure the infected Matoran of the Antidermis virus using Zamor Spheres filled with Energized Protodermis. Piruk went with Dalu, Jaller, and Hahli. They successfully cured several Matoran, and Piruk led them to safety.[3] When the Piraka and Brutaka attacked again, this time the Voya Nui Resistance Team separated and began to search for the Toa Nuva within the Piraka Stronghold. They found the Toa Nuva in a prison under the stronghold and freed them.[4]

Piruk and the other Matoran were later taken to the Nui Caves by Axonn for safety as the island of Voya Nui was submerged and returned to the Southern Continent by the Toa Mahri.[5]

After the death of Makuta Teridax and the debilitation of the Great Spirit Robot, Piruk and the rest of the denizens of the Matoran Universe immigrated to Spherus Magna.[OGDi: Apr 4 2010, 12:11 PM][OGDi: Apr 7 2010, 01:19 PM]

Abilities and Traits

Piruk in set form

Piruk is stealthy and quick. The Voya Nui Resistance Team often made use of these traits when the Piraka invaded and employed him as a spy. He can be rather cowardly at times, and has a bad habit of sharpening his Shredder Claws when nervous. Despite this, he is loyal to his friends and is more capable than he gives himself credit for.[2]

Piruk is also known to own a pet Desert Burnak.[VNOG, Ch. 3] The Burnak came with him into the Nui Caves and survived the descent of Voya Nui.[OGDi: Feb 4 2008, 12:10 AM]


Piruk carries a pair of Shredder Claws that can rip through almost anything, including solid metal. The claws are attached to his hands, thus he cannot remove them.[citation needed]

Set Information

8723 Piruk was released in early 2006 as one of the six small sets, consisting of twenty-five pieces. He could be combined with the Balta and Velika sets to make a Lava Hawk.


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