We are the Bohrok Kal. We search for Cahdok and Gahdok, queens of the swarms."
"Tell us where you have hidden the Bahrag, and then stand aside. We have no wish to harm helpless foes.
Nuhvok-Kal and Pahrak-Kal
Comic 10: Powerless!
Issue Information
Alternate titleThe Coming of the Kal!
WriterGreg Farshtey
IllustratorRandy Elliott
ColorerPeter Pantazis
LettererKen Lopez
ReleasedJanuary 2003
Number in series10
Previous comicComic 9: Divided We Fall
Next ComicComic 11: A Matter of Time...

Powerless! was the tenth issue of the original BIONICLE comic series, and the first part of a new storyline. It was originally mailed together with the January/February 2003 edition of the LEGO Club Magazine, and was later collected in BIONICLE: Volume 1, BIONICLE: The Saga of Takanuva!, and BIONICLE 2: Challenge of the Rahkshi. It fully introduced the Bohrok-Kal as new adversaries for the Toa Nuva.


The Toa Nuva have lost their amazing elemental energies. Mysterious beings have stolen the symbols of the Toa Nuva from the villages of Mata Nui, and stripped the heroes of Mata Nui of their fire, ice, water, air, earth, and rock powers.

Forced to rely only on the Kanohi Nuva masks--and each other--the Toa Nuva have combined forces to track down the thieves. But what will happen when they confront the island's newest menace? Will the Toa Nuva finally meet defeat--and will they ever rise again?


Suddenly powerless, Kopaka Nuva plunges down a cliff. Jamming his blades into the stone walls, he manages to bring his rapid descent to a halt. The Toa Nuva of Ice is not alone in his predicament. All over Mata Nui, mysterious creatures have stolen the Nuva Symbols, rendering each hero powerless and unable to use their elemental abilities. The Toa Nuva gather together and track the bandits to Po-Wahi. Tahu is determined to regain their powers, but Pohatu isn't so sure. Six creatures suddenly appear before the heroes; they declare themselves to be the Bohrok-Kal, and they seek the Bahrag queens. The Toa are determined to stop them, but without their powers, they are quickly outmatched: Lewa becomes magnetized to the ground by Gahlok-Kal, Onua's attacks are dissolved with Pahrak-Kal's plasma assault, and even Tahu's new Hau Nuva is unable to resist a wave of increased gravity from Nuhvok-Kal.

Chapter 3 The ToaNuva And Bohrok Kal

Lewa calms down Tahu.

Tahnok-Kal's lighting bolts, Kohrak-Kal's sonic pulses, and Levahk-Kal's vacuum blast finish off the heroes. Later, the group awakens to find their attackers gone. Tahu is enraged by this defeat and vows revenge, but Gali cuts him off; they have bigger things to worry about than bruised egos. Should the Bohrok-Kal succeed in their mission, the Bohrok swarms will be free the ravage the island again. Without their powers, the Toa will be hard-pressed indeed to fight the swarms. Tahu re-focuses and forms a plan; the team will split up and try to discover the Bahrag and slow down the Bohrok-Kal. Gali wonders how they can ever hope to prevail, but Lewa and Tahu comfort her: with or without powers, they will find a way.



Comic Toa Nuva Kopaka Powerless

The de-powered Kopaka Nuva







He is Kopaka Nuva, Toa of Ice--bringer of winter, and a hero of Mata Nui...His elemental energies and Kanohi Nuva mask give him great powers. Unfortunately, flying is not one of them.
— Narration
How did Kopaka lose his ice powers? It all began when strange beings stole the symbols of the Toa Nuva from the six Matoran villages...The effects were felt right away, all over the the Toa Nuva lost their elemental powers, and nothing could bring them back. Suddenly, problems they could have solved easily the day before threatened to become disasters!
— Narration
The Bohrok Kal are so powerful... and they have weakened us...How can we hope to win?"
"We'll find a way, Gali. We are the heroes of Mata Nui, aren't we? That's what heroes do.
— Gali and Lewa Nuva

Extra Features[]

  • Comic middle: The Origin of the Bohrok-Kal section by Takua discusses the creation and mission of the Bohrok-Kal.
  • Comic end: The Secret of the Symbols section discusses the Nuva Symbols; 6 Reasons to Visit advertisement; LEGO Club Magazine advertisement/subscription.
  • Rear cover: Advertisement for BIONICLE-based pens, BIONICLE: Quest for Makuta board game, and future products.



  • This issue marks the first full appearance of the Bohrok-Kal, an elite team of Bohrok with unique powers.
  • Consequently, this issue marks the first appearance of powers such as lightning, magnetism, plasma, gravity, and sonics, all of which would later be canonized as wielded by different types of Toa.
  • On page 14, Onua suggests that the Toa Nuva seek out Kanohi Nuva to strengthen themselves against the Bohrok-Kal. The quest for these enhanced masks is explored more in BIONICLE Chronicles 4: Tales of the Masks.


  • The Bohrok-Kal and their various members are consistently referred to without the use of a hyphen in their names. For example: "Tahnok Kal" instead of "Tahnok-Kal."


See Also[]

External Links[]

2001 The Coming of the ToaDeep Into DarknessTriumph of the Toa
2002 The Bohrok Saga: The Bohrok AwakeTo Trap a TahnokInto the NestWhat Lurks BelowThe End of the Toa?Divided We Fall
2003 Powerless!A Matter of Time...Absolute PowerRise of the Rahkshi!At Last -- Takanuva!Secrets and ShadowsBIONICLE: Unmasked
2004 City of Legends: Toa Metru!Disks of DangerSeeds of DoomEnemies of Metru NuiStruggle in the SkyDreams of DarknessBIONICLE: Unmasked 2
2005 Monsters in the DarkVengeance of the VisorakShadow PlayBirth of the RahagaHanging by a ThreadFractures2005 Web Comics
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2009 Sands of Bara MagnaThe Fall of AteroA Hero RebornBefore the StormValley of Fear
2010 Journey's End: All That GlittersRebirth
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