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"... The powerful Nuhvok, who lurk below..."
Turaga Vakama, The Bohrok Awake

Powers Earth
Tools Earth Shields
Status Dormant
Location Bohrok Nests
Pronunciation NOO-vok
Set number 8561

The Nuhvok are the Bohrok swarm of Earth.


Nuhvok are created when Av-Matoran implement their destiny and transform into mechanical insectoids. They are then conveyed to Bohrok Nests to await the signal to cleanse the island camouflage of the Great Spirit Mata Nui. They are aided by the Bohrok Va Nuhvok Va.

The Nuhvok swarms beneath the island of Mata Nui were awakened by Makuta Teridax, upon his defeat by the Toa Mata. A Nuhvok swarm proceeded in the destruction of Onu-Koro. Toa Mata Onua hurried to the location of the chaos, and realized that the Bohrok were trying to bring down a cave by destroying its support pillars. Onua tried to stop them, but was attacked every time he got in their way. The Toa of Earth came up with a plan; he dug a deep trench around the last standing pillar, and waited until the Nuhvok turned their attention to it. The Nuhvok, being not very bright, fell into the trench and became wedged in between the walls of the hole.

Later, the Nuhvok swarm attacked Le-Koro, destroyed the village, and captured the Le-Matoran population of the Koro, except for Kongu and Tamaru. That night, Kongu and Tamaru met with the Onu-Koro Engineer, Nuparu, and Takua, and discussed a plan to free the Le-Matoran and defeat the Bohrok. The next morning, Kongu and Tamaru taunted the Nuhvok and the angered Bohrok gave chase. The Le-Matoran pair led the Bohrok into a clearing, and were confronted by the Krana-controlled Matoran of Le-Koro. Suddenly, sinkholes opened under the Matoran's feet and the tainted Matoran fell in, while other Matoran waited inside the holes to remove their Krana. Nuparu then used his new Boxor vehicles to defeat the Nuhvok and save Le-Koro.

When the Bahrag, the queens of the swarms, were released by the Toa Nuva after their defeat and capture, the Nuhvok swarms awoke again and contributed to the cleansing the island of Mata Nui. On the way, they were interrupted by the arrival of the Kardas Dragon, who defeated many Bohrok before succumbing to injuries sustained by the swarm. After Mata Nui was returned to how it was during the time before time, the Nuhvok returned to their nest.

A Nuhvok pounding through the earth

Abilities and Traits

Nuhvok do not immediately defend themselves, but when they realize what is happening, they will strike out with their formidable Earth Shields. If backed into a corner, they will strike out tenaciously until reinforcements arrive.

They are at their most vulnerable in open spaces. Therefore, the best strategy for catching a Nuhvok is to lure it above ground away from its swarm. Bohrok have not been known for their intelligence, but Nuhvok may be especially dense as Onua was able to easily trick an entire swarm into retreat just by digging a ditch big enough for them to fall into and not be able to escape.

The Nuhvok prefer to weaken the ground directly below a structure until the building falls, thanks to a weakened foundation. As with all Bohrok, they are capable of rolling into a ball for quick transport and can snap their heads forward as an attack or to launch its Krana at an enemy, bringing it into the swarm's control.


Nuhvok use Earth Shields to channel their Earth powers. They can also use the shields as melee weapons. For example, the Nuhvok destroyed the thick trees in the Le-Koro swamp with a single blow when they attacked the village.

Set Information

8561 Nuhvok was released in early 2002. A light green Krana - randomly selected from the eight possible shapes - was packaged as part of the set's forty pieces. By pushing down on the lever on the back of the Nuhvok, the gears will cause its head to lunge forward. It is also able to roll up into a ball. An extra piece included in the set allows the rolled-up Nuhvok to hang from the lid inside the canister.

Nuhvok can be combined with 8560 Pahrak and 8563 Tahnok to create a Bohrok Kaita Za.

A promotional item, P1718 Pen Nuhvok was a customizable, Nuhvok-themed pen released in 2002.


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