Kanohi Nuva

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"I suggest we all keep an eye out for Kanohi Nuva masks. With our elemental energies gone, we will need all the help we can get."
Toa Nuva Onua, Powerless!

Kanohi Nuva
Manufacturer Artakha
Users Toa Nuva
Function Providing power(s) to their wearers and those near them
Status In use
Location With Toa Nuva or at Suva
Pronunciation kah-NO-hee NOO-vah

Kanohi Nuva are Kanohi masks that have been exposed to Energized Protodermis and transformed.


The first Kanohi Nuva were the Kanohi formed when the Toa Mata transformed into the Toa Nuva and the thirty subsequent Kanohi Nuva made by the residents of Artakha that were teleported to Mata Nui.[1][2] After the Bohrok-Kal's theft of the Nuva Symbols, the Turaga advised the Toa Nuva to seek out the thirty hidden Kanohi Nuva. With the Turaga's instruction, each Toa Nuva successfully obtained these masks, which remain at their Suva as secondary masks. Tahu's Kanohi Nuva were destroyed along with his Suva when Ta-Koro was destroyed by the Rahkshi.[3][4][note 1]

The Kanohi Rua Nuva was formed when Lewa, Gali, and Kopaka merged into Wairuha Nuva to battle the three Bohrok-Kal Gahlok-Kal, Lehvak-Kal, and Kohrak-Kal. When Wairuha Nuva was forced apart into the Toa Nuva who had formed him, the mask ceased to exist. The Kanohi Aki Nuva would likewise form if Tahu, Pohatu, and Onua were to merge into Akamai Nuva, although such a fusion never occurred.

Artakha later gave each of the Toa Nuva an environmentally shapeshifting Kanohi Nuva along with the rest of their new Adaptive Armor, replacing the Kanohi Nuva they had worn as their primary masks. Together with the 31 Kanohi Nuva previously obtained, these were the only Kanohi Nuva in existence.

When the Kanohi Ignika devolved Tahu back into a Toa Mata, his Hau Nuva was also transformed into a regular Hau.[6]


As Kanohi Nuva are more powerful than standard Kanohi, they have certain differences that set them apart:

  • They give their user(s) an enhanced version of the original mask's power.
  • They grant their user the ability to share their mask power with nearby beings (even Matoran, Rahi,[7] and Spherus Magna inhabitants[8]), but they cannot share powers without being affected themselves.[9] The range for this is limited and defined by a discrete radius, although nearby beings do not have to be in sight.[10][11] Multiple Kanohi Nuva users can combine their powers by sharing their effects between themselves.[12] Only the wearer determines what the mask does while sharing.[13] Participants of the shared mask power can each contribute their willpower to further boost the active effect.[14]
  • Beings with the ability to wear Kanohi, even Matoran,[15] can wear Kanohi Nuva, but only Toa Nuva can mentally trigger their power.

Known Kanohi Nuva

Only eight types of Kanohi Nuva are currently known to exist. They are:

Hau Nuva Kaukau Nuva Miru Nuva Kakama Nuva Pakari Nuva Akaku Nuva Aki Nuva Rua Nuva
Adapted to an aerial environment N/A N/A
Adapted to a swamp environment N/A N/A
Adapted to pilot vehicles N/A N/A

Set Information

The Kanohi Nuva were first released in summer 2002 in the Toa Nuva sets, each containing their usual mask in their primary color. In the same year the 8597 Kanohi Nuva & Krana Pack was released, featuring three random krana and two random Kanohi Nuva in any of the primary colors of the Toa Nuva.

Silver Kanohi Nuva (representing the masks of the Toa Nuva after the loss of their Nuva Symbols) were released in early 2003 in the 8599 Krana-Kal. This set featured three random krana-kal and two random Kanohi Nuva either in any of the primary colors of the Toa Nuva or in silver.

A special Hau Nuva, blended with red and green plastic, represents Tahu's Hau Nuva when poisoned by the Rahkshi. It was originally released with a compilation of the BIONICLE Chronicles books, but due to a shortage, Lhikan's Hau was included in later editions. The Poisoned Hau Nuva was later included in other promotions, such as an issue of the German BIONICLE magazine and a British promotions including several comics and Turaga Vakama.

Kanohi Nuva were released again in 2008, with Kopaka, Lewa, and Pohatu in their forms adapted to the skies of Karda Nui, and three more Kanohi Nuva were released with Tahu, Gali, and Onua in summer 2008, with their Kanohi adapted to the swamp environment of Karda Nui. The Miru Nuva and Kakama Nuva were also released once more in the summer, this time adapted to their forms while in vehicles.


  • If the Toa Nuva became Turaga Nuva, their masks would become Noble Kanohi Nuva. As with Great Kanohi Nuva, they would be able to share the masks' powers with others.[16]


  1. "Chapter 1: Artakha." "History." World, pp. 11-12.
  2. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 6358. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  3. "Official Greg Discussion", post 8006. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  4. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 9315. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  5. "Official Greg Discussion", post 2959. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  6. "Chapter 8." Journey's End, p. 42.
  7. "Official Greg Discussion", post 1583. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  8. "Official Greg Quotes", post 7. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  9. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 13238084. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  10. "Official Greg Discussion", post 266. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  11. "Official Greg Discussion", post 4205. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  12. "The End of the Toa?". BIONICLE 8, p. 15.
  13. "Official Greg Discussion", post 2094. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  14. "Official Greg Discussion", post 515. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  15. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 10612627. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)
  16. "Official Greg Discussion", post 5780. BZPower Forums. (archived on greg.thegreatarchives.com)


  1. Greg Farshtey initially stated that Tahu's masks were moved from the Suva, along with his Nuva Symbol, before its destruction.[5]