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"You are so wise, Gali, yet know so little. You are swimming in my wake, Toa. There is nowhere you can go that I have not traveled before."
— Turaga Nokama, Tales of the Masks

Sapient Species
Powers Elemental Powers
Use of Kanohi
Status Active
Locations Matoran Universe (formerly)
Spherus Magna
Pronunciation too-RAH-gah[1]

Turaga are wise leaders who oversaw many Matoran settlements, possessing the ability to use Noble Kanohi and wielding weak Elemental Powers. Most Turaga were once Toa, who transformed into Turaga after completing their respective Destiny and sacrificing their Toa Power for the greater good.


The former Turaga of Mata Nui gathered around the Amaja Nui

As with Toa, the first Turaga was created by the Great Beings already in the form of a Turaga, without having been a Toa or a Matoran beforehand.[2][3] Turaga later came into existence as the final stage of a Matoran's life. A Toa could become a Turaga after they have completed their Destiny and given up their Toa Power. Turaga were deemed the wise leaders of Matoran, and directed the villagers while the Toa protected them.

Metru Nui has always had a Turaga to watch over it. During the Matoran Civil War, the Turaga was ineffective, and could not halt the fighting, leading to the Great Disruption.

79,100 years ago, a Toa named Jovan, whose team saved the life of Mata Nui from the Great Disruption, sacrificed his own Toa Power and became the Turaga of Voya Nui. Several other members of his team also gave up their Toa Power, and became Turaga in other regions of the universe.

Around 15,000 years ago, a Toa of Fire named Dume was transformed into a Turaga, and made leader of Metru Nui. Dume led the Matoran for the next 14,000 years, defending it against Rahi attacks and Dark Hunter invasions until Makuta Teridax silently abducted and impersonated him as part of his plan. Another Toa of Fire named Lhikan also became a Turaga briefly after sacrificing his powers to create a set of six Toa Stones. He subsequently perished in the midst of a battle with Makuta Teridax, but was revived inside the Red Star, and remained trapped inside due to a malfunction.

After the Great Cataclysm struck the Matoran Universe, Jovan was killed, and the Matoran of Voya Nui were forced to rely upon themselves for guidance. Jovan himself was revived and trapped on the Red Star.[4]

Six Toa, after rescuing the Matoran of Metru Nui and hiding the Great Kanohi on Mata Nui, completed their destiny and became Turaga. They led the Matoran of Mata Nui for the next thousand years, helping their villages defend against Rahi attacks and Teridax's harassment. The Turaga offered their wisdom to the Toa Mata once they arrived on the island, though they withheld key information from them about Metru Nui. Upon returning to the city, they, along with the real Dume, became the leaders of Metru Nui. They were imprisoned in the Coliseum after Teridax's takeover the universe, and the traitorous Matoran Ahkmou took their place as the new "Turaga" during the remainder of Teridax's reign.

After the Great Spirit Robot was destroyed and Teridax was killed during a battle, the surviving Turaga in the Matoran Universe immigrated to the newly reformed Spherus Magna. As two worlds came together to form a new society, Turaga lent their guidance and served as ambassadors for the Matoran people to the Agori.[5][6]

Abilities and Traits

Promotional image of the Mata Nui Turaga

Turaga are usually wise beings, with years of experience of leading Matoran. Turaga are slightly stronger than the Matoran, but are much weaker than Toa.[citation needed] The elemental abilities of a Turaga are about half that of Toa.[note 1] They are unable to perform a Turaga equivalent of a Nova Blast.[18][19][20] Despite their transformation, Turaga can still maintain the concentration necessary to activate and use Noble Kanohi, but they do not have enough power to active Great Kanohi.[21] Turaga are not able to live forever.[22]


A Turaga Nui

Upon their transformation, a Toa's Great Kanohi is altered in shape and reduced in power to become a Noble Kanohi. Turaga usually carry a Badge of Office, a symbol of their leadership status. This tool is usually their Toa Tool transformed, though they have been known to fashion their own.


Turaga are capable of forming fusions in the same way Matoran and Toa are. A Turaga Nui is a legendary sage, said to be the combination of six Turaga.[23] The tools and Noble Kanohi of a Turaga Nui would depend on the fused Turaga. The elemental abilities of a Turaga Nui are not as great as that of a Toa.[24][25]

In addition to the Turaga Nui, Turaga are also capable of fusing in sets of three to become Kaita.[26]

Known Turaga

The Turaga of Mata Nui in Quest for the Toa
The former Turaga of Mata Nui as seen in the Mata Nui Online Animations

Social Structure and Interactions

Turaga are held in high regard by the Matoran and Toa, and the decisions they make are rarely disputed. Matoran rely on their Turaga for guidance, and Matoran settlements without them often have a hard time coping on their own. Other species do not always respect the Turaga, as they are not integrated with the Matoran society.

The Turaga are also a frequent target of the criminal organization known as the Dark Hunters. The Shadowed One often sends his operatives to kidnap or kill Turaga, in order to destabilize their regions and earn a profit.

Set Information

Six Turaga sets were released in mid-2001 with the launch of the BIONICLE line, depicting the six Turaga who governed the island of Mata Nui. A lever on the back raised the set's right arm which carried the Turaga's Badge of Office. When the lever was released, a rubber band lowered the arm again. A Turaga Nui could be built using the parts of these six sets.

Four of these Turaga sets (Vakama, Matau, Nokama, and Nuju) were also released in a promotion for the Kabaya candy company. These sets were identical to the non-promotional versions of the sets, although instructions were included for a non-canon combiner model of the four sets.

In mid-2004, the Turaga Dume & Nivawk set was released, including a twenty-two piece Turaga Dume figure. Turaga Dume's noble Kanohi Kiril was included in a blend of black and bright red plastic.

7216 "Gold Good Guy" was released as a promotional inclusion for Duracell batteries in 2006. The set was later canonized as a representation of Lhikan's Turaga form.[41][42]


  • During Teridax's reign, the Matoran Ahkmou was named as the new "Turaga" of Metru Nui, despite not being an actual Turaga. This was merely a title to show his position of political power.
  • As of Teridax's reign, there were more Turaga in the Matoran Universe than Toa (meaning there were at least 58 Turaga).[43]
  • The Kanohi Ignika is the only thing that can transform a Turaga back into a Toa.[44]
  • As of August 2000, Turaga were known as Kahuna (meaning "priest" in Hawaiian) in the story bible.[45]


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  1. Because of the Elemental Kanohi, the difference between Great and Noble Kanohi is the same as that of Toa and Turaga.[7][8][9][10][11] While Greg Farshtey has given several highly contradictory answers on the difference between Toa and Turaga,[12][13][14][15] he has consistently said that Noble Kanohi are half the power of Great Kanohi.[16][17]
  2. It is unknown whether this was the same Turaga as the one during the Matoran Civil War.

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