They call it the Mask of Life, but it might as well be a Mask of Death. Ask anyone who has tried to get their hands on it.
Vezon, BIONICLE Legends 5: Inferno

Mask of Life
Power(s)Gave user Life powers
Notable Wearer(s)Toa Mahri Matoro (Formerly)
Toa Ignika (Formerly)
Mata Nui (Formerly)

Toa Ignika
Biographical Information
Species Artificial (Toa)
Group Toa, Phantoka
Mask Legendary Mask of Life
Colors Yellow, black, silver
Element/Powers Life
Homeland Southern Continent
(Voya Nui)
Occupation Toa
Tools Lifeblade,
Midak Skyblaster,
Skyboard (All formerly)
Location Spherus Magna
Status Dissolved
Pronunciation ig-NEE-kuh
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The Kanohi Ignika was the Legendary Mask of Life, and one of the three most powerful known Kanohi in the Matoran Universe (along with the Vahi and the Mask of Creation).


Comic Ignika Forging

The Ignika being forged.

100,000 years ago, near the creation of the Matoran Universe, the Mask of Life was forged by the Great Beings on Spherus Magna. It was created so that Mata Nui's life force could be recharged if ever required. The mask was then locked within a box until it could be transferred to the giant robot the Great Beings were building. However, one day a Great Being became curious about the mask and opened the box it was in. The Ignika reacted as soon as the Great Being touched it, granting the Great Being the involuntary ability to give life to everything. He accidentally brought every non-living thing around him to life. But the power was too much, as he couldn't control it, and all he brought to life began to make demands of their creator, which was sufficient to turn him mad. The Great Being was then confined, so he couldn't bring anything else to life. The Ignika's creators then hid the mask under Mount Valmai in the 777-steps of the Staircase to the Ignika. Later, they placed Umbra under Voya Nui to guard the Ignika; additionally, the Order of Mata Nui eventually sent Axonn and Brutaka to protect the mask too.

79,100 years ago, the Great Disruption was eventually caused by a civil war in Metru Nui. Toa Jovan led his team to Mount Valmai, where they reached and used the Mask of Life to heal Mata Nui.

1,001 years ago, Mata Nui fell unconscious from an attack by the Brotherhood of Makuta, causing the Great Cataclysm. Mount Valmai and the surrounding area broke off from the mainland, stranding all who lived there. Many died in the incident, including Turaga Jovan. This region became known as the island of Voya Nui.

Voya Nui

A couple of months after Takanuva fought and defeated Teridax, three groups came to Voya Nui to claim the Ignika. Former Dark Hunters calling themselves "Piraka" wanted to claim the Mask in order to ransom it for wealth and power. The Toa Nuva hoped to use the Mask to heal Mata Nui, and six Matoran who came to help them became the Toa Inika.

While the Toa Nuva were very quickly taken out of action, the Piraka and Toa Inika had to face several guardians. The Piraka entered a kind of nightmare zone that brought their worst fear, the monster Irnakk, to life. The Inika also entered this zone and fought enemies they had faced as Matoran, only to have their worst fears happen as their powers spiral out of control and kill their foes, who turned out to be their friends. The Inika also faced some Protodax(Protodites enlarged by the mask), but Umbra wiped them out to claim the honor of slaying the Inika for himself.

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The Ignika as it appeared in the comics

Eventually, both groups reached the Chamber of Life, only to find one more guardian: the mad Piraka, Vezon. He had reached the mask, only to become cursed, he was fused with a giant Fenrakk spider, and worse, the mask itself had fused to the back of Vezon's head, making him believe that its removal would kill him. While the Piraka were defeated, the Inika made some headway in fighting the two - only for the mask to evolve Fenrakk into a Kardas Dragon. Toa Kongu was able to read the mask's mind and find out that it wanted to dispose of Vezon as a guardian in favor of Toa Matoro, as Matoro was a kind, self-sacrificing person, he had volunteered to give his life earlier and, on the way to the island, had offered to help someone that seemed to be in need, not realizing that the "someone" was a manifestation of the mask's power. Vezon became enraged by this news, allowing the Toa to use a Zamor Sphere which froze him in space and time so Matoro could safely take the mask.[1][2]

However, Kardas didn't stay out for long, and soon attacked Matoro, which made him lose his grasp on the mask. Almost immediately, it flew away, to lead the Toa Inika to where it needed to be used. It went underwater, and the Inika could not initially follow due to not being able to breathe water.[3]

Mahri Nui

Comic Kanohi Ignika Travels to Mahri Nui

Ignika in Mahri Nui

The mask was then found by Kyrehx, a Ga-Matoran of the undersea city of Mahri Nui. She gave it to the Po-Matoran Dekar, and it was seized from him by the Barraki. The mask started cracking due to the mutagen in the Pit that Mahri Nui rested on.[4]

When Pridak grabbed the mask, it called out for help by emitting a powerful flash of light and energy, transforming the Toa Inika into the Toa Mahri.[5] As part of its cursing abilities, it also turned Pridak insane; this problem was temporarily solved by fellow Barraki Takadox and his hypnotic power. The mask also recreated Dekar as Hydraxon, the long-dead jailer of the Pit. The Barraki then gave the mask to Nocturn for safe-keeping. While he had it, a Gadunka crawled under it for shelter, becoming wildly enlarged. However, Nocturn had already left by then, fascinated with the Mask's curse for him: the ability to kill anything he touched while in contact with the mask.[6] He met up with Hydraxon. Hydraxon, by some fleeting remnant of Dekar's conscious, remembered that the Ignika was dangerous and fired his Cordak Blaster at the mask.[7] The mask was not destroyed but was pushed by a riptide generated by Hahli. When Mata Nui died, the mask stopped glowing, symbolizing his death.[8] However, Mata Nui was revived by Matoro using the Ignika in the Universe Core.[9]

Karda Nui

After the Ignika fell in the Swamp of Secrets, it sensed the three Makuta in the swamp were near it. The mask, realizing the danger it was in, considered creating a guardian out of the swamp life, but rejected the idea, remembering how ineffective the last few guardians had been. It also remembered how Matoro had been brave enough to put on the mask, even with the realization that he would die, with his last wish before turning into energy being the salvation of the other Toa Mahri. Wanting to know what it meant to be a hero, like Matoro, the Ignika created a body and a vehicle for itself out of the plant-life in the swamp, and used it to fly into the skies of Karda Nui.[10]

Toa Ignika then began to follow Toa Nuva Kopaka, Pohatu, and Lewa, and eventually, with Kopaka discovering his presence using his Akaku Nuva. Ignika then used his powers of life on a large beast standing in front of the Toa Nuva and their Matoran allies, killing it and sending the corpse plummeting toward the swamp. Convinced that this warrior was a friend, the Toa Nuva decided to let him travel with them.

Arriving at the Shadow Leech Hive, the Toa Nuva blasted their way in, and Kopaka and Solek stayed behind to fight Mutran, while Ignika, Pohatu and Photok, and Lewa and Tanma went on to destroy the Shadow Leeches. Arriving at a dead end, they decided to ask Toa Ignika if he had any suggestions, though when they turned around, they saw Ignika as a vicious Rahi, and began to attack him. Toa Ignika, not knowing why they were attacking him, decided to kill all four of them. They then saw Ignika as himself, and Pohatu managed to stop him from killing them. However, they were then sent into unconsciousness by a sonic scream from one of the Makuta.

Ignika was later awakened after being freed, and Pohatu used his Kakama Nuva to get the Toa out of the hive. The Toa Nuva tried using their powers on the rock holding the hive in the air, but they learned that the rock was organic after it wasn't destroyed. Toa Ignika then used his powers to kill the stone, splitting it in two and sending the cavern toward the swamp.


The Kanohi Ignika

The Makuta later assaulted the Av-Matoran village they thought the Toa would be in, only to find that nobody was there. Gavla then spotted a Shadow Matoran caught in a lightvine and, after freeing him, Pohatu attacked them with his stone powers, and their battle began. During the battle, Icarax tried to take the mask from the "Toa's" body. Toa Ignika became angry, and used his powers to devolve Icarax back into his original form, before he evolved into purely Antidermis in a body. He held Icarax prisoner, but later left for the swamp, where he informed the Toa that he was actually the Mask of Life itself, not just wearing it.[11]

Toa Ignika followed the Toa Nuva into the Codrex, and Gali later convinced Ignika to give up his body to resurrect Mata Nui.[12]

Following the awakening of Mata Nui, Makuta Teridax banished Mata Nui's spirit into the Ignika, and blasted it into space, outside the Matoran Universe.[13]

Bara Magna

Ignika 2009 Mata Nui Form

The Ignika on Bara Magna

Banished from the Matoran Universe, the Ignika stopped its countdown. It traveled through the Solis Magna System before finally crash-landing on Bara Magna. Upon landing, the Ignika created a body for Mata Nui.[14] Soon after, it also gave a Scarabax Beetle, who was later named "Click" by Mata Nui, the power to transform into the Scarabax Shield and back again.[15]

In Vulcanus, it transformed a Vorox stinger Mata Nui had taken into a sword, the purpose being to help Mata Nui defend the mask. Some time later, Mata Nui used the Ignika to give a number of Glatorian elemental powers. After defeating Tuma, Mata Nui also used the mask to transform Metus into a snake upon discovering his betrayal.

Mata Nui later used the Ignika along with the Power Source to power the Prototype Robot. When Teridax's robot invaded Bara Magna, the Ignika transformed Tahu back into his original form so he could wear the Golden Armor. After Tahu used this armor and Makuta had been killed, Mata Nui used the last of his robot's remaining power, combining it with the Ignika's to turn the recently-reformed Spherus Magna into a paradise. The robot then disintegrated, Mata Nui's spirit returning to the Ignika and giving one last message to everyone before going dormant within the mask. What was done with the mask afterward is currently unknown.[16]

Abilities and Traits


Toa Ignika was said to have the personality of a sheltered child, was very naive, and often let his innocence get the best of him. Althought the mask was technically genderless, Toa Ignika considered itself a "he," in honor of Matoro and the other Toa who had worn the Mask of Life. Toa Ignika was courageous to the point of recklessness, and even though he was very intelligent, he was immature at times.


The Kanohi Ignika could evolve and devolve creatures and objects at will, curse anyone who touched it, shapeshift, absorb life energy or release it in an enormous blast called a Nova Blast, heal, and could use telepathy. It could also grant powers to others. It was impossible to create a Great, Noble, or Powerless version of the Kanohi Ignika, as a weaker mask would not have been able to contain such sheer power within itself. The Vahi, Ignika and Mask of Creation were on the same power level because Time, Life and Creativity were equal fundamental forces of the Matoran Universe.

The mask could bestow itself and others with powers, such as the abilities it gave to Vezon. It could also restore power to a being, such as undoing a Toa's transformation into a Turaga.

Example Usages

While the Kanohi Ignika has many Life-based powers, not all of them have been demonstrated. Below is a list of known examples of its powers:

  • The mask can appear in many forms, like life itself.
  • The mask drew Vezon to itself by influencing him.
  • The mask had the power to "curse" anyone who touched it who was not destined to use the mask's power.
  • The mask created a physical manifestation of itself to test Matoro in BIONICLE Legends 2: Dark Destiny.
  • In BIONICLE Legends 6: City of the Lost, the Kanohi Ignika leaked Life energy in the form of air.
  • The Kanohi Ignika transformed the Toa Inika into the Toa Mahri in BIONICLE Legends 7: Prisoners of the Pit.
  • The mask changed Dekar into a duplicate of Hydraxon in Prisoners of the Pit.
  • The mask enlarged a Gadunka in Prisoners of the Pit.
  • The mask turned Matoro into life-force energy, and used him and its powers together to resurrect Mata Nui in BIONICLE Legends 8: Downfall.
  • The mask briefly allowed Matoro to access its powers for his own use, letting him teleport the other Toa Mahri back to Metru Nui in BIONICLE Legends 8: Downfall.
  • The mask created a body for itself in BIONICLE Legends 9: Shadows in the Sky.
  • Toa Ignika accelerated the aging of Lewa, Pohatu, Tanma, and Photok, wanting to kill them, in Shadows in the Sky. It later reversed their ages back to what they should be.
  • Toa Ignika devolved Icarax back to his biomechanical form in Shadows in the Sky.
  • The Kanohi Ignika had a failsafe built into it by the Great Beings: if the Matoran Universe was considered to be beyond hope of stability, then the mask would use its powers to kill every lifeform in the Great Spirit robot.
  • Toa Mata Nui used the Kanohi Ignika to bestow Elemental Powers to Ackar, Kiina, and Gresh in The Legend Reborn.


As mentioned previously, the Mask of Life had the power to "curse" anyone who touched it who was not destined to use its power. The following beings have been cursed by the Mask of Life:

  • An unnamed Great Being - Inanimate objects around him came to life and cried out their needs to him. Since this was the first time the mask used its power, it accidentally made the curse permanent.[17]
  • Vezon - Was fused to an enlarged Fenrakk and the mask itself, and granted special powers, as long as he remained in contact with the mask.
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The Ignika fusing to Vezon.

  • Kyrehx - Plant-life near her grew tremendously and sought to entangle her.[18]
  • Dekar - Living targets attacked by him healed before they could die.[19]
  • Pridak - Enhanced his mental characteristics. (i.e. insanity, anger, etc.)
  • Nocturn - When he touched a being, they were killed instantly.
  • Mantax - Made others nearby weaker by draining their life-force.
  • Gadunka - Could devolve beings back into their original state, including itself.


Like life itself, the Ignika could appear in many different forms for many different reasons. It could also create bodies for itself.

Picture Description
65px-Maskoflife01 A form the Ignika took before fusing itself to Vezon's head.


The form the Ignika took when it fused itself to Vezon and first started its countdown. It did this to better fit the lines and shape of his head.


The Ignika when removed from Vezon's face and traveled to Mahri Nui.


A smaller form of the Ignika worn by Mata Nui on Bara Magna

Weapons and Tools


The Lifeblade, Toa Ignika's former weapon

Toa Ignika wielded a Lifeblade, through which he could channel his powers. He also wielded a Midak Skyblaster that could fire devastating blasts of light. Both were created from organic molecules by the Kanohi Ignika and were destroyed when Toa Ignika sacrificed himself to reawaken Mata Nui's body.

Toa Ignika used a skyboard for transportation in Karda Nui, but was capable of flying without it. Like the Lifeblade and Midak Skyblaster, it was converted into energy in order to awaken the Great Spirit Robot.

Known Wearers

Only two beings have ever actually worn the Ignika; both were killed by the sheer power of the mask.

  • A male member of Jovan's Toa Team - Formerly; deceased
  • Toa Mahri Matoro - Formerly; deceased
  • Toa Ignika - Formerly; dissolved
  • Toa Mata Nui - Formerly; dissolved


Set Information

  • The Kanohi Ignika was first released in set form in 2006 as part of the Vezon and Fenrakk set. The mask was part of the character's face-piece.
  • The Toa Ignika set was released as a winter titan set in early 2008. Its set number was 8697, and its piece count was 140, featuring the silver Ignika mask. The Matoran sets from 2008 could also connect to Toa Ignika.
  • A yellow Ignika was also in Toa Mata Nui's canister set in mid-2009. Its size was slightly different, so that it could fit on the new head mold for the Glatorian.
  • There was also a golden Kanohi Ignika featured in the "Toa Mata Nui" titan set in the summer of 2009.


This was the Mask of Life. Forged over 100,000 years ago by the Great Beings who created the universe, it was set apart from every mask that had ever been or ever would be crafted. It could think, it could feel...and as both Matoran and Barraki learned to their shock, when threatened, it could strike back.
— Narrator, BIONICLE Legends 6: City of the Lost
The merged energies of Toa and Kanohi mask exploded in the core of the universe, flooding it with light. Streams of golden power flowed into every part of this realm and then beyond it, until it had touched every place where the Great Spirit had once reigned. Just as countless beings had sensed the death of Mata Nui, so did they now feel life return to him.
— Narration, BIONICLE Legends 8: Downfall
For millennia beyond count, the Mask of Life has been hidden in this place, waiting for destiny's call. It is a Kanohi both wonderful and terrible in its might. And the price to wield its power of life ... is death.
— A Great Being, BIONICLE Legends 5: Inferno
On the surface, it seemed not so very much different from dozens of other Masks of Power. But where other masks might be useful tools or powerful weapons, this one had the power to give life to a universe...or to obliterate it.
— Narration, BIONICLE Legends 5: Inferno
The Kanohi Mask of Life--the most powerful mask in existence--is nearby...the enslaved Matoran and the other Piraka are hunting for the mask even now, never dreaming of its true potential. The power of life...and so, the power of death as well...
— Zaktan, Comic 1: If A Universe Ends...
Matoro died to save a universe...without fear, without hesitation...because he knew it was the right thing to do. If I am to be worthy of the name "Toa"...can I do less?
— Toa Ignika, Mata Nui Rising
I will do what must be done. Then I will be like Matoro. I will be a hero.
— Toa Ignika, BIONICLE Legends 11: The Final Battle


  • If Toa Ignika had died, it would be as if the mask was destroyed: the countdown would cease and life energy would be released, bringing everything to life.
  • The Kanohi Ignika had a symbol of Mata Nui in one of its forms; this symbolized the Great Spirit.
  • In a vision given to Sahmad by Annona, the Agori were said to have used the Ignika to transform Metus back into an Agori, in an attempt to cure him of the Dreaming Plague.[20]
  • Toa Ignika once said that its favorite color was green, as the color reminded him of plant life.



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