Nuva Symbol

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"Only a symbol, he says. But to we Matoran, it is much more: It is a reminder that the Toa Nuva will always be there to protect us."
Matoro, Divided We Fall

Nuva Symbol
Animation Gali Nuva Symbol appears.png
Toa Nuva Gali's Nuva Symbol appears
Manufacturer Artakha
Users Toa Nuva
Function Store Toa Nuva's Elemental Powers
Status Hidden (five active, one dormant)
Location Spherus Magna
Pronunciation NOO-vah

The Nuva Symbols are objects that contain the Elemental Powers of the Toa Nuva.


The theft of the Nuva Symbols

The Nuva Symbols were made by Artakha[1] and sent to Mata Nui upon the Toa Mata's transformation into the Toa Nuva. As long as the symbols are in possession of friendly forces, the Toa Nuva retain their powers, but if enemies gain them, the Nuva are rendered powerless.[citation needed]

The Bohrok-Kal stole the symbols in an attempt to unlock the Nuva Cube and free the Bahrag. After the removal of the symbols from the Suva, the Toa Nuva lost their elemental powers.[C9][C10] Eventually, the Bohrok-Kal found the Nuva Cube, and almost unlocked the Bahrag's Toa Seal, but the Toa Nuva tapped into the powers within the symbols, and overloaded the Kal's powers, destroying them.[C12]

After the Bohrok-Kal incident, the symbols were moved to more secret and hard-to-reach places on the island, where they were constantly guarded by the Matoran. They were later taken to Metru Nui.[citation needed]

When Tahu was devolved back into his Toa Mata form by the Kanohi Ignika, the connection to his Nuva Symbol was broken. Tahu's elemental powers no longer rely on the object and his symbol has become dormant.[2]

After the Matoran Universe was destroyed, the Nuva Symbols were taken to Spherus Magna.[3]


Tahu Nuva Symbol.png Onua Nuva Symbol.png Pohatu Nuva Symbol.png Kopaka Nuva Symbol.png Lewa Nuva Symbol.png Gali Nuva Symbol.png
Tahu Onua Pohatu Kopaka Lewa Gali


  • If a Nuva Symbol were to be broken, the corresponding Toa Nuva would lose their elemental power.[OGDi]
Takanuva's non-canon Nuva Symbol as it appears in the game.
  • An advertisement at the end of Powerless! contained information on the six Nuva symbols. The page claimed that Tahu's symbol was forged in the Mangai Volcano; Gali's drawn from Gali's Bay; Kopaka's as cold as Mount Ihu; Lewa's born of the living jungle; Pohatu's carved from the hardest stone; and Onua's a treasure from deep within Mata Nui. This is non-canon.[citation needed]
  • In the Game Boy Advance version of BIONICLE: The Game, Takanuva displays his own Nuva Symbol when he uses his Elemental Power of Light. This is non-canon.[citation needed]
  • The six Uniter sets released in 2016, which share the names of the six Toa Nuva, displayed their respective Nuva Symbols on their chest armor.


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  1. BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 17 January 2010
  2. BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 20 February 2010
  3. BZPower: Farshtey Feed, 11 May 2010 (archive)

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