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"You… you are Nilkuu, the Protector of Stone! My father told me stories about you and your sandstone blaster."
Bingzak, Island of Lost Masks

Protector of Stone
Mask Protector Mask of Stone[1]
Element Stone
Tools Elemental Sandstone Blaster[1]
Status Alive
Location Region of Stone
Set number 70779

Nilkuu, the Protector of Stone, is one of six chief elder Protectors, guarding the villages of Stone on Okoto.


Nilkuu inherited the position of defending a village in Okoto's Region of Stone from his father.[1] He was also told of the Prophecy of Heroes, which his ancestors had learned from the Mask Maker Ekimu after his battle with Makuta, to be recited in times of peril.

Eventually, Skull Spiders began to menace Okoto, and Nilkuu set out to join his fellow Protectors and recite the Prophecy. During this time, he met a young islander named Bingzak, who Nilkuu protected from a group of several Skull Spiders. After Bingzak told Nilkuu that his village is destroyed by the Skull Spiders, and he escaped alone, he helped Nilkuu by guiding him to the Temple of Time when Nilkuu was lost in the Region of Jungle. When the stars aligned, as foretold by the Prophecy of Heroes, Nilkuu joined the other Protectors at the temple and recited the Prophecy. Nilkuu returned to his region with Bingzak, waiting until six Toa fell from the sky onto Okoto.[2]

Days later, at night, Nilkuu and Bingzak were in Nilkuu's fortress village, guarding the roof of the fortress along with many sentries. Bingzak and Nilkuu noticed six comets coming to Okoto. Nilkuu sought out Pohatu. When the village was under attack by a group of Skull Spiders, Pohatu flew with Nilkuu there. The two helped the sentries fight off the Spiders. During the fight, one of the Spiders took control of Bingzak, and Bingzak was going to attack the sentries when Nilkuu used the Elemental Sandstone Blaster to knock the Spider off from Bingzak, freeing him from the Spider's control. After Pohatu finished defeating the Skull Spiders in the fortress,[2] Nilkuu guided him through the Region of Stone for weeks to a temple where the Golden Mask of Stone was hidden. At the temple, Nilkuu held off a horde of Skull Spiders and was nearly overpowered, but Pohatu used the Golden Mask to overcome the Skull Spiders. Nilkuu then advised him to travel to the City of the Mask Makers to join with the other Toa, parting ways with him when it came time for Pohatu to cross a mountain range.

In response to a summons from Protector of Jungle, Vizuna, Nilkuu joined the Protectors again, this time at the City of the Mask Makers, in order to lend aid to the Toa. Making their way into the city through an alternate route, the Protectors found themselves in the underbelly of the ruined metropolis. While there they battled hundreds of Skull Spiders, but were befriended-Nilkuu in particular-by a massive snake whom they freed from the evil creatures. They then entered the city and eventually found the Toa, and soon bowed before Ekimu, fulfilling a prophecy they had seen carved beneath the city.

Abilities and Traits

Nilkuu is wise, and has been entrusted with sacred knowledge passed down among the Protectors, such as the Prophecy of Heroes. While a confident warrior, Nilkuu struggles to navigate outside of his native region, though he is not one to admit this fact to his fellow Protectors. Nilkuu is highly optimistic and a firm believer in destiny, confident that what has been prophesied will come to pass.

Mask and Tools

Nilkuu wears the Protector Mask of Stone, a sacred Elemental Mask forged long ago by Ekimu and passed down through the generations.[1]

Nilkuu wields an Elemental Sandstorm Blaster, which can fire sand blasts despite originally being devised as a melee weapon.[1]


"But… if you wound up here, you must have taken a wrong turn on the mountain trail. Are you lost?"
"Of course not. Protectors never get lost."
— Bingzak and Nilkuu, Island of Lost Masks

Set Information

Set 70779 Protector of Stone was released in January 2015. The set includes the Protector of Stone and a blue Skull Spider with a stinger. The Protector wields an Elemental Sandstorm Blaster that fires six shots.

The set can be combined with Pohatu - Master of Stone to create a bigger model.


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