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"Darkness spread like a plague down its vines and branches, forming a chitinous shell that covered every inch of the plant. In a matter of moments it was completely trapped inside, cut off from all heat and light."
— Narrator, Time Trap


Teridax using a Shadow Hand
Elemental Power
Associated Kanohi Kraahkan
Matoran prefix Kra-
Associated colors Primary: Black
Secondary: Dark colors

Shadow, also known as Darkness or Shadows,[1][2] is an Elemental Power.

Species Wielders

Matoran Universe

In the Matoran Universe, Shadow is represented by the Matoran prefix Kra-[3] and dark colors. The element was originally considered to have no moral connotations, being no more good or evil than any other Element. It became associated with evil after the Brotherhood of Makuta's corruption, as the Makuta's strong connection to the darkness corrupted it.[4][5]


  • All Makuta possess the Elemental Power of Shadow, allowing them to create, control and absorb shadows and darkness. Although Makuta cannot use a Shadow Nova Blast,[6] they can create a powerful equivalent, as Mutran demonstrated.[7][8]
  • Rahkshi and Kraata of Darkness, and all Makuta (in addition to their elemental powers), have limited Shadow powers.


  • Matoran of Shadow do not occur naturally in the Matoran Universe. However, they can be created from Matoran of any other Elemental affiliation by draining them of their Light. Shadow Matoran contain a small amount of Elemental Shadow energy, to the extent that they can fire Shadow bolts.
  • A Toa of Shadow possesses the Elemental Power of Shadow, allowing them to create, control and absorb shadows and darkness. Their only real limitation is that if they were to run out of Elemental Shadow Energy, they would have to wait for it to recharge. Toa of Shadow do not occur naturally in the Matoran Universe.
  • A Turaga of Shadow would hypothetically have small traces of Elemental Shadow energy.


  • Shadow Stealer has a limited range of Shadow powers.
  • With training and focus, especially on the associated emotions of anger and aggression, any being can develop limited Shadow powers.[9][10]


Chirox creating a Shadow Hand
  • Creating shadows
    • Creating solid objects from shadows[11][12][13][14]
      • Creating shadows in other forms, such as vortexes[14]
      • Creating shields made out of shadow[15]
      • Creating a Shadow Hand to absorb others (Makuta-exclusive)[16]
    • Cloaking a target in shadow, blinding them[17]
  • Controlling shadows
    • Using darkness to negate light and heat[18][19]
      • Cloaking the target in darkness[19]
    • Using shadows to communicate with someone[20][21][22]
    • Using shadows to spy on someone through them[23][22]
  • Absorbing shadows and darkness
  • Stealing a target's sight, rendering them blind[24] (Kirop-exclusive)
  • Making a target lazy and unwilling to act[24] (Radiak-exclusive)
  • Instilling vertigo in a target[24] (Gavla-exclusive)
  • Using shadows to transport oneself (Shadow Stealer-exclusive)[25]
  • Absorbing shadows and turning them into physical energy (Shadow Stealer-exclusive)
  • Unleashing a Shadow Nova Blast (Toa-exclusive)
    • Cloaking a large area in darkness[26]


  • As long as each of them wields a different Element, providing that Light and Shadow are not included at the same time, any six Toa can create a Protodermis cage.[27] Beings other than Toa and the Krahka cannot combine powers of any sort to create a Protodermis cage.


The following beings have/had the Element of Shadow and/or its sub-powers:

The Kanohi Kraahkan, the Mask of Shadows

The following objects have/had the Element of Shadow and/or its sub-powers:

All of the following locations are affiliated with Shadow:


  • Shadow is very strong against Light and vice versa.[30][31][32]
  • There are no Skakdi of Shadow.[33][34]
  • Any being that has had part of their Light drained by a Shadow Leech will not be able to regenerate their Light, because a mental barrier is then created that prevents it from doing so. The only known cure is a klakk's sonic scream. If all their Light is used up, they become a being of Shadow. Gorast's stinger and the Kanohi Avsa, however, have no long-term effect unless the Light drain is total.
  • The product description of 7136 Skrall falsely states that Teridax granted the Skrall Shadow powers.[35]


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  2. "Kraahkan." Encyclopedia Updated, p. 64.
  3. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 11302. BZPower Forums. (archived on
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  6. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 1284. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  7. "Chapter 9." Shadows in the Sky. BIONICLE Legends 9, p. 121.
  8. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 2773. BZPower Forums. (archived on
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  10. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 12990177. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on
  11. "Chapter 7." Time Trap. BIONICLE Adventures 10.
  12. "Chapter 7." Shadows in the Sky. BIONICLE Legends 9.
  13. "Chapter 12." Reign of Shadows.
  14. 14.0 14.1 BIONICLE Ignition 12.5.
  15. "Official Greg Discussion", post 10312. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  16. BIONICLE 2: Legends of Metru Nui.
  17. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 10937. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  18. "Makuta Powers." Makuta's Guide to the Universe, pp. 82-84.
  19. 19.0 19.1 "Chapter 9." Time Trap. BIONICLE Adventures 10, p. 120.
  20. "Chapter 6: Vakama's Tale: Secrets." Tales of the Masks. BIONICLE Chronicles 4.
  21. "Chapter 12: The Decision." Mask of Light, pp. 72-74.
  22. 22.0 22.1 BIONICLE: Mask of Light.
  23. "Chapter 12: The Decision." Mask of Light, p. 75.
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 "Official Greg Dialogue", post 9488. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  25. Dark Hunters.
  26. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 3028. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  27. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 471. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  28. BIONICLE Bios - Vultraz,
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  33. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 5993. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  34. "Chat with Greg Farshtey", post 6980168. LEGO Message Boards. (archived on
  35. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 9401. BZPower Forums. (archived on

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