This page features content from BIONICLE Generation 1
External Image
From BIONICLEsector01

"The Toa of Air put the delay to good use, using his Mask of Illusion to take on the appearance of the Lohrak."
— Narrator, Web of the Visorak

Title Mask of Illusion
Powers Create optical illusions
Component disks Reconstitute at Random
Bearers Matau
Pronunciation Mah-HEE-kee

The Kanohi Mahiki is the Mask of Illusion. The Great version allows its user to create optical illusions and to take the appearance of another form.[1][2][note 1] There is a limit on the size of the form the user turns into.[11] The user can change the way others see them and imitate voices, but cannot copy any powers or abilities the original has.[12][13] While in another form, the wearer cannot use the illusion power and vice-versa.[14] The Noble version does not let the user change shape, only allowing them to create optical illusions.[1][15] The Kanohi Rode will see through its usage,[16] but the Kanohi Akaku cannot.[17] Unlike a Toa of Psionics' illusions, the Mahiki can fool technological systems, such as the Vahki.[18]

On Metru Nui, Kanohi Mahiki are made from Reconstitute At Random and Weaken Kanoka.[19]

Example Usages

A Great Kanohi Mahiki in use



  • Matau - Formerly; became Great when he transformed into a Toa Metru
  • Piruk


  • Turaga Vakama - Former secondary mask; destroyed during the sinking of Ta-Koro
  • Turaga Nokama - Secondary mask
  • Turaga Matau - Primary mask
  • Turaga Onewa - Secondary mask
  • Turaga Whenua - Secondary mask
  • Turaga Nuju - Secondary mask
  • The Toa Mata - Former secondary masks; lost when they became Toa Nuva, now with the Turaga
A Noble Kanohi Mahiki in action


A Great Kanohi Mahiki in BIONICLE Heroes
Picture Description
A Matoran Kanohi Mahiki in Great form, as seen in Legends of Metru Nui
A Great Kanohi Mahiki
A Great Kanohi Mahiki mutated by Hordika Venom
A Noble Kanohi Mahiki

Set Information

The noble Mahiki was first released in 2001 as part of 8541 Matau in lime green. It was one of the masks possible to be received in 8525 BIONICLE Masks, in orange, lime green, tan, light blue, light gray, and dark gray. In 2004, it was released as part of 8612 Ehrye in white dual-injected with silver. The mask bears the code 2-BA on the inside.

The Great Kanohi Mahiki was released in dark green in 2004, as part of set 8605 Toa Matau, and in 2006 in set 8723 Piruk.

A Hordika-version of the mask was released in dark green as part of 8740 Toa Hordika Matau in 2005.


  • The Mahiki's illusions differ from those created by Makuta by being physical illusions, whereas the Makuta's are mental.[20] Further, a Mahiki user must concentrate to maintain their form, while a Makuta does not.[21][22]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mahiki." Encyclopedia Updated, p. 81.
  2. "Toa Matau." Metru Nui - City of Legends, p. 65.
  3. "Official Greg Discussion", post 800. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  4. "Official Greg Discussion", post 814. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  5. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 1902. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  6. "Official Greg Discussion", post 1008. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  7. "Official Greg Discussion", post 2959. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  8. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 12528. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  9. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 12543933. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on
  10. "Chapter 6." Web of the Visorak. BIONICLE Adventures 7, p. 74.
  11. "Official Greg Discussion", post 2959. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  12. "Official Greg Discussion", post 4267. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  13. "Official Greg Discussion", post 12676. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  14. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 2798. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  15. "Official Greg Discussion", post 821. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  16. "Official Greg Discussion", post 8846. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  17. "Official Greg Discussion", post 11980. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  18. "Chapter 4." Web of the Visorak. BIONICLE Adventures 7, pp. 45-46.
  19. "Kanoka Disk - Mask of Power Chart." Encyclopedia Updated, p. 53.
  20. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 10128. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  21. "Official Greg Discussion", post 6097. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  22. "Official Greg Discussion", post 11980. BZPower Forums. (archived on


  1. Although Greg Farshtey has said several times that it is true shapeshifting,[3][4][5] he has also said it is only an illusion.[6][7][8][9] The latter is supported by Web of the Visorak, where Matau was not able to fully mimic a mutated Lohrak.[10]

See Also