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Baterra shapeshifting into their default form
Associated Kanohi Mahiki (the Mask of Illusion)

Shapeshifting is an ability that allows the user to alter their form and physiology to create a different appearance for themselves. Shapeshifting often allows the user to mimic voices as well as appearance, enabling them to effectively pass themselves off as another being. Although shapeshifters may resemble a completely different being, they cannot change their own natural body material.[1]

Species Wielders

Matoran Universe



  • The "Archives Beast"
  • Krahka - Can use others' powers while imitating their form, and can combine their forms. Gains some intelligence and knowledge from those they shapeshift into.[2][3][4][5]


  • Changing appearance to resemble something/someone else
  • Mimicking voices and/or powers
  • Gaining some of the subject's knowledge (Krahka exclusive)
  • Exceeding mass bounds by absorbing energy (Makuta exclusive)


All of the following have or had the power of Shapeshifting:


  • The Makuta who were affected by the Pit Mutagen lost their ability to shapeshift and were locked into the forms they were currently using.[10][11]
  • Makuta Mutran once claimed to have found a way to force another being to shapeshift and lock them permanently in that form.[12] It is unclear whether or not he actually had this ability.


  1. "Official Greg Quotes", post 88. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  2. "Krahka." Rahi Beasts, p. 54.
  3. "Onu-Metru." "Krahka." Metru Nui - City of Legends, p. 77.
  4. "Krahka." Encyclopedia Updated, p. 67.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Official Greg Dialogue", post 3438. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  6. The Darkness Below. BIONICLE Adventures 3.
  7. Encyclopedia Updated.
  8. Makuta's Guide to the Universe.
  9. "Official Greg Discussion", post 6344. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  10. "Official Greg Dialogue", post 4393. BZPower Forums. (archived on
  11. Rise of the MISTIKA! US LEGO BrickMaster Magazine July/August 2008
  12. Shadows in the Sky. BIONICLE Legends 9.

See also