"Krika had told him once that it was a Makuta's fate to only be able to hold onto one dream — that of gaining more and more power. It was a dream Bitil embraced."
— Narrator, Swamp of Secrets
|Assigned region||West Southern Islands|
Nynrah Ghost Blaster
Approximately 100,000 years ago, Bitil was brought into being by the Great Spirit Mata Nui[MGttU, p. 1] using the substance known as Antidermis on an island in one of the southern chains of the Matoran Universe.[DW, Ch. 4] Like all other Makuta, he was created to be a member of the Brotherhood of Makuta, an organization tasked with maintaining order in the universe and serving the will of Mata Nui. Bitil created numerous breeds of Rahi beasts to populate the Matoran Universe,[MGttU, p. 1] one of which was the Niazesk.[OGDi: May 19 2008, 02:09 PM] While Bitil did have some talent in creating insect Rahi, he aspired to be a warrior.[MGttU, p. 83]
Shortly after Teridax assumed leadership of the Brotherhood, Bitil was the first of the Makuta to realize their species had changed from being muscle-based and biomechanical to being made of gas, and thusly no longer could feel pain or require eating or breathing. He had been discussing with Mutran how unfortunate it was that much of Teridax's plan was dependent on Kojol when he was suddenly unable to move his armor, prompting their discovery of the evolution. Teridax ordered the Nynrah Ghosts to come to Destral to modify the Makuta's armor to accommodate the Antidermis's new virus-like form.[TMC, Ch. 7]
Bitil and a team of several Makuta invaded Karda Nui in order to control the moment Mata Nui was awoken and to prevent the creation of any more Toa of Light by turning all of the Av-Matoran into Shadow Matoran.[BL9]
When the Toa Nuva arrived in the swamp, Bitil ambushed Onua and brought him to the Makuta's camp, keeping him under control with his Nynrah Ghost Blaster. Summoning some past selves to guard the Toa, they continued on to Krika's lair. At Krika's lair, Onua broke free and trapped one version of Bitil. Shrugging him off, the present Bitil used his mask to summon almost fifty versions of himself. Onua countered with an explosion of mud, shattering Bitil's concentration and banishing the duplicates. Bitil flew at Onua, only to be repelled by Onua's Ghost Blaster. Recovering, Bitil continued to chase Onua, eventually rejoining the other two Makuta in the swamp. However, seeing Chirox falling from the sky distracted the Makuta, and they did not notice as the Toa escaped.
Later, while guarding a Keystone, Bitil was hit by a timed blast from Gali, and while he and the other Makuta rushed out to investigate, the Toa snuck into their lair. Not fooled, the Makuta confronted them in their lair. Calling Tahu's bluff that the other Toa Nuva had the Ignika, Bitil sent a telepathic message to his allies, only to discover that Tahu was unknowingly telling the truth, and Icarax had already fallen to the Ignika. Following Krika's advice, the Makuta went to the Codrex to wait for the Toa. Lamenting briefly over the inconvenience of his mask power, Bitil's thoughts turned to the Brotherhood, whose plan he did not much care for, but his position in which he very much wanted to improve. Caught unaware by the Toa Nuva's assault, Bitil was unprepared when the mud opened up to swallow him. He freed himself and flew to attack Gali. Taking her down, he joined with his allies from the sky, who came to assist them, and they flew off for a final confrontation with the Toa.[BL10]
During the battle, Bitil and Chirox were ordered by Antroz to attack Takanuva. As Chirox used his Kanohi Shelek, Bitil used his Mohtrek to summon seven of his past selves. One of them almost killed the Toa when Kopaka, piloting the Jetrax T6, fired his Midak Skyblaster at him.[BL11] After much fighting, the Makuta in Karda Nui discovered the Energy Storms which would plague Karda Nui once Mata Nui was awakened. When the storms began, Antroz requested Bitil's help to fly him out, but he refused and left his fellow Makuta to die. Bitil made an attempt to flee, muttering how proud Teridax would be when he discovered that he had made it out. Seeing that the storm was gaining on him, he attempted to teleport out of Karda Nui, but the storm's energy waves kept him from doing so, and he was incinerated.[IC15]
Abilities and Traits
Bitil had control over the Element of Shadow and could produce Kraata, like all other Makuta. Bitil was extremely ambitious, constantly seeking more power, and he sided with Teridax to gain influence.[BL10, p. 89]
Although he was trapped in his insectoid form, Bitil was not mutated as dramatically as Gorast or Krika were because he left the swamp after seeing its effects on his two fellows.[MGttU, p. 83] This mutation left him without access to most of his Kraata powers. However, he could still use his power scream, density control, chain lightning, sonic, Heat Vision, Laser Vision, magnetism, Teleportation, and molecular disruption abilities. In addition to those powers, he could still use Telepathy.[BL10, p. 84-85]
Despite his abilities and powerful mask, Bitil was always sent to oversee barren islands and was kept away from important projects. He mistakenly believed that the other Makuta saw him as a threat, and he viewed the invasion of Karda Nui as a chance to prove his worth after years of being assigned to petty tasks. As such he was eager to personally defeat the Toa Nuva.[BL10, p. 89]
Mask and Tools
Bitil wore the Kanohi Mohtrek, the Mask of Time Duplication. The Mohtrek allowed him to summon past versions of himself. He carried a Nynrah Ghost Blaster and a pair of Longswords to Karda Nui, through which he could channel his shadow powers.
|STRENGTH: 15||AGILITY: 14|
|TOUGHNESS: 15||MIND: 11|
8696 Bitil was released in summer 2008 as one of the three Makuta Mistika canister sets. The set contains fifty-four pieces including two Longswords and a Nynrah Ghost Blaster. Bitil's Kanohi Mohtrek is blended from yellow and black plastic. A piece on his back serves as a connection point for any 2008 Matoran set, though no Shadow Matoran was released to correspond to him. Gavla is depicted in connection with him in advertising, but this has no story relevance, and is solely there to entice buyers to purchase the respective Shadow Matoran.
Bitil was also featured as a toy in a McDonald's BIONICLE "Happy Meal" promotion in late 2008. His Nynrah Ghost Blaster could be fired by pressing a red button on the side.
Instructions were released in early 2009 on BIONICLE.com to combine Krika, Gorast, and Bitil to create the Swamp Stalker.
"You against me? The odds are against you... because I never fight one on one... and time is on my side."
— Bitil, BIONICLE.com
"'Come back' indeed... what do I have to gain by saving them? When I make it out of here, Teridax will see that I am his most trusted lieutenant. He will see..."
— Bitil's last words, Mata Nui Rising
- BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 5 December 2008
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|Former Servants||Ahkmou | Brutaka | Exo-Toa | Fohrok (destroyed) | Karzahni (deceased) | Kraata (Shadow Leeches) | Kraata-Kal | Mana Ko | Manas | A Maxilos (destroyed) | Minion | Morbuzakh (deceased) | Nivawk (deceased) | Pridak | Rahi Nui | Rahkshi | Roodaka | Seeker | Shadow Matoran | Shadow Takanuva | Shadow Toa | Sidorak (deceased) | Takadox | Toa Hagah | Visorak | Voporak|
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