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"Carapar knew that the words 'stop killing everything' would sound to Ehlek like a foreign language."
— Narrator, City of the Lost


Ehlek's mutated form
Powers Electricity (formerly)
Tools Squid Launcher (formerly)
Status Alive
Mutations reversed
Location Spherus Magna[2]
Pronunciation AY-leck[3]
Set number 8920

Ehlek is a cautious and embittered Barraki warlord and a former member of the League of Six Kingdoms.


Early life

Ehlek and his aquatic species are native to the seas around the island of Zakaz. His entire species was modified in secret by the Order of Mata Nui to fight the Brotherhood of Makuta in case they ever betrayed the universe.[3][4]

League of Six Kingdoms

As a part of the League of Six Kingdoms, Barraki Ehlek ruled the western chain of islands of the Matoran Universe, as well as the island of Zakaz.[3][5] During this time, he used a specialized Breathing Helmet that permitted him to breathe while on dry land. He was present for a meeting between the Barraki and Brotherhood where Pridak demanded they be provided with Rahi for use in battle. When the League was defeated by Teridax, while attempting to seize Metru Nui, the Barraki were taken to the Pit by Botar, just before Teridax was going to kill them.

The Pit

Ehlek in Barraki: Creeps From the Deep

After remaining in the Pit for millennia, the Great Cataclysm broke the prison walls and the inmates of the Pit escaped into the surrounding sea. However, they soon were mutated by the mutagenic waters into water-breathers. As a result, Ehlek grew spines and gained the ability to emit electric shocks through them. However, unlike the other five Barraki, his respiratory system was unchanged since he was already a water-breather.[6][7]

Ehlek and his army of Venom Eels

The Barraki soon began asserting themselves as the rulers of the sea and began building new armies. Ehlek took control of the Venom Eels native to the seas, and also recruited fellow escapee Nocturn to serve as his lieutenant. Ehlek also built a fortress for the Barraki to rule from, but it was crushed when the city of Mahri Nui broke off into the sea, inciting Ehlek's hatred for the Matoran.

Ehlek, along with the other Barraki learned of the Ignika from Kalmah. Ehlek suggested the Barraki split up to search for it. While they looked, Ehlek decided to use the rumor for his own good and launched an attack with his eels on Mahri Nui. Carapar (on Takadox's orders) told Ehlek he might destroy the Ignika with his attack. Ehlek ceased the battle, after heavy persuasion, and went off with Carapar to Pridak's cave.

They went to search for evidence that one of the Barraki was a traitor, but instead found Brutaka. After a talk, they decided to work together to find the Ignika. However, the Ignika had enlarged one of Ehlek's eels into a 300-foot monster. Regardless, the two Barraki and Brutaka met Pridak and went to find Kalmah, who had cornered the Po-Matoran Dekar with the mask. After Brutaka tried to get the mask from Dekar, and was dragged away by a Giant Squid, Ehlek struck Dekar with bolts of electricity, causing the Matoran to drop the mask. After Pridak touched the Ignika and set off a beam of light, Ehlek was against the wall, babbling like a lunatic.

Soon after Pridak obtained the Ignika, Ehlek and the others ran into five of the Toa Mahri, at the Fields of Air. The Toa pretended to be prisoners of the Pit, and were led into separate caves guarded by the Barraki's Rahi.

After the Toa were dealt with, The Barraki had a fight about who, how and when they would get to use the mask. After the fight was resolved, Ehlek and Pridak entrusted the mask to Nocturn, along with a Squid Launcher. Later, Ehlek was injured and taken for interrogation by Pridak about where Nocturn went with the Ignika.

Ehlek's eels were trapped under the seafloor by Toa Mahri Hewkii and Nuparu, and Ehlek used his electrical powers to defeat the Toa. Afterwards, the Toa awoke and finished the job when Hewkii used his Garai to crush the eels that inhabited a trench with Pridak's army of Takea Sharks.

While Matoro and Maxilos were confronting Pridak and Takadox in a battle, Ehlek, assuming it was Pridak who damaged his army, led his eels to attack Pridak's sharks.

Days after, Mantax had summoned the other Barraki to the Razor Whale's Teeth to reveal the traitor who had betrayed the Barraki to the Brotherhood. After explosions, battles, and the revelation of the truth that Takadox was the traitor, Maxilos revealed he was Teridax, causing the Barraki to battle him and be downed. While Teridax handled Takadox, Ehlek gathered his army of eels to attack the Makuta, striking him along with the other Barraki's armies.

Soon after the Maxilos robot was destroyed, the Barraki went to chase the Toa Mahri in an attempt to regain the Ignika. While Ehlek and the other Barraki were beating the Toa in battle, Jaller prepared a Nova Blast. Just as all the Barraki and Toa Mahri were about to be destroyed, Matoro sacrificed himself to revive Mata Nui, and teleported the other Toa Mahri away to Metru Nui, to the bewilderment of the Barraki.

Order of Mata Nui

Shortly after this, he and Kalmah were captured and imprisoned by Hydraxon's replica. Later, Hydraxon, on orders from the Order of Mata Nui, gave Ehlek, along with Mantax, Kalmah, and Pridak, a choice between fighting against the Makuta in the Order of Mata Nui/Brotherhood of Makuta war for their freedom, or an even worse punishment than they already had. Pridak soon chose to fight against the Brotherhood of Makuta for the remaining Barraki.

Ehlek then accompanied Mantax and Kalmah to Xia, where they discussed with the Shadowed One an alliance between the Barraki and the Dark Hunters. After the deal was made, Ehlek returned to the sea to gather more troops.

Ehlek left the universe onto Spherus Magna as a consequence of Teridax's death, and his mutations were undone when Mata Nui was using the Ignika to restore the planet.[2][1]

Abilities and Traits

Ehlek emitting electricity

Ehlek, much like Pridak, is ruled by his emotions. He is extremely bitter and angry against the Matoran of Mahri Nui, blaming them for destroying his fortress as well as resenting them for hunting sea creatures. Ehlek used the search for the Ignika as an excuse to get revenge on the Matoran.

Ehlek used to be one of the harsher and more brutal dictators.[3] Now he has a very cautious nature, and is usually aware of everything around him. Ehlek believed that one of the Barraki had betrayed them all to the Brotherhood, and that Pridak knew who it was. As a creature native to the sea, Ehlek is rather alien to those around him, giving off a strange presence.

Ehlek's greatest enemy among the Barraki was Mantax, because he was unaffected by Ehlek's electrical discharges.[8]

After his mutation in the Pit, Ehlek gained the ability to send electrical shocks to a target from his spines. He often looked for, and collected Energy Stones, from which he drained power for his discharges.[8][9] This ability was lost when his mutations were reversed by Mata Nui. Unlike the other Barraki, Ehlek was a water-breather prior to his mutation. Despite this, when Mata Nui reversed his mutations, he gave him the ability to breathe air as well.[1]

Unlike most beings in the Matoran universe, Ehlek did not wear armor, as it would slow him down underwater.[10]


Ehlek wields Protosteel Tri-Talons given to him by the Order of Mata Nui, specifically made to tear and rend Makuta armor.[11][12] He also wielded a Squid Launcher.


Ehlek commanded an army of Venom Eels and electric eels during his time in the waters of the Pit. He also had a four-armed lieutenant named Nocturn, whom he recruited for protection.

Ehlek's original army in the League had more members of his own species than the other Barraki had of their respective species, since he severely distrusted anything that did not breathe water. The Dark Hunter Amphibax was originally a member of Ehlek's army until his banishment to the Pit. Stats


Set Information

Ehlek Set

Ehlek as a minifigure
Ehlek as a set

8920 Ehlek was released as a fifty-four piece set in the first half of 2007. The set included a pair of Tri-Talons, two Sea Squids which could be attached to his right hand via a pair of clips, and a Squid Launcher. His head and spines, the latter made of soft, rubbery plastic, were blended from yellow and transparent green plastic. One could squeeze his mandibles to make them pinch together.

An Ehlek minifigure was released in 2007 in the Toa Undersea Attack playset. In this set he featured a recolored Kalmah minifigure head with red eyes, since a minifigure head piece for him was not created.

The Ehlek set can be combined with the Carapar and Mantax sets to create the Pit War Tortoise.


"It's what you're doing to them that matters. Takadox says stop. He doesn't want them slaughtered ... yet. Says they have something we want."
"Yes. Lives. Breath. Futures. All of which I am going to take from —"
"What did I say? Did I say, 'Ehlek go ahead?' I didn't hear myself say that."
— Barraki Carapar and Ehlek, City of the Lost

"Of course, of course. Only we have a little problem reaching it at the moment — actually, a 300-foot-long problem. But maybe you can help with that?"
"You may have a bigger problem than that. If I am here... and the Mask of Life is here... then six Toa are not far behind."
— Ehlek and Brutaka, City of the Lost


  • When he was mutated, Ehlek was sometimes referred to as "The Eel."
  • According the 2007 Style Guide, Ehlek was the last remaining member of "the Pit's original species," so far as he was aware.[13]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Official Greg Dialogue", post 12012. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Ehlek." Encyclopedia Updated, p. 29.
  4. "Chapter 4." Federation of Fear.
  5. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 14428254. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on
  6. "Official Greg Discussion", post 7517. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  7. "Official Greg Discussion", post 7885. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  8. 8.0 8.1 BIONICLE: Barraki I. BIONICLE Games and Activities 3, p. 11.
  9. Barraki: Creeps From the Deep.
  10. "Official Greg Discussion", post 7198. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  11. "Official Greg Discussion", post 8006. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  12. "Official Greg Discussion", post 7293. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  13. "Ehlek of Mahri Nui". BIONICLE 2007 Style Guide. (archived on

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