Sand Tarakava

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"But we easily crack the hard Nui-Jaga and Sand Tarakava, beasts of Stone!"
Kopeke, Mata Nui Online Game

Sand Tarakava
Conservation status Uncommon
Known locations Po-Metru (formerly)
Po-Wahi (formerly)
Spherus Magna[1]
Pronunciation TAH-rah-KAH-vah[2]

The Sand Tarakava are elusive, specialized relatives of the Tarakava species.


The Sand Tarakava species was created by the Makuta using Viruses and Liquid Protodermis to be one of the Rahi to inhabit the Matoran Universe.[3]

A population of Sand Tarakava once lived in Metru Nui, making their home in Po-Metru.[4] After the Great Cataclysm, they fled the Visorak hordes and immigrated to the island of Mata Nui, where they lived in the deserts of Po-Wahi for 1,000 years.[2] Makuta Teridax used Infected Kanohi to control the Sand Tarakava in his assault on the Matoran of Mata Nui.[5]

When the Toa Nuva intentionally unleashed the Bohrok, these Sand Tarakava migrated back to Metru Nui.[6]

After the Great Spirit Robot was critically damaged in the Battle of Bara Magna, the surviving Sand Tarakava left the Matoran Universe and immigrated to Spherus Magna.[1]

Abilities and Traits

Sand Tarakava are slightly smaller than their Tarakava relatives. Their hunting method is to hide under the sand and wait for unsuspecting prey to come near.[4] These Rahi are enemies of the Kikanalo, and they prey upon weak or injured members of the herd.[2]


  • The physical model representing the Sand Tarakava was a prototype of the retail Tarakava set provided to Saffire, Inc. by The LEGO Group, in order to assist with the development of BIONICLE: The Legend of Mata Nui video game. The prototype was later sold on eBay by a former employee of Saffire, Darvell D. Hunt, who won it in a team bowling tournament.[7] The prototype included different treads, as well as a yellow noble Ruru and a dark gray claw (used for the lower jaw) which were never released in sets.[8] Although the yellow Sand Tarakava does not physically appear, the standard Tarakava's appearances in The Legend of Mata Nui and Mata Nui Online Game more closely resemble this prototype model.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Official Greg Dialogue", post 11964. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Sand Tarakava." Encyclopedia Updated, p. 125.
  3. "The Makuta." Makuta's Guide to the Universe, p. 63.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Sand Tarakava." Rahi Beasts, p. 103.
  5. "Chapter 8: Alliance • A Final Defense • The Toa Enter the Lair." Mata Nui Online Game.
  6. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 1357. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  7. ICFTA: Sand Tarakava Addendum - Mask of Destiny, 20 February 2022
  8. Updates: Voting, Sand Tarakava, and MINI-CDs - Mask of Destiny, 18 July 2002

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