I do succeed in using my mask power to allow my friends to breathe water. When the flood tide subsides, Icarax is gone and the Toa Nuva, somehow, survive.
Gali Nuva, Toa Nuva Blog
Kaukau Nuva


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Nuva Mask of Water Breathing
Power(s)Gave user(s) enhanced Water Breathing
Notable Wearer(s)The Toa Nuva
PronunciationCOW-COW NOO-vah

The Kaukau Nuva was the Kanohi Nuva Mask of Water Breathing, formed when a destined Kanohi Kaukau was exposed to Energized Protodermis and transformed. The Kaukau Nuva gave its user and those nearby the power to breathe underwater for an indefinite amount of time, even at extreme depths. The Kaukau Nuva's power could have been used to suffocate opponents via sharing its power, but Toa considered that to be an immoral application. The only beings able to activate this mask's power were Toa Nuva.

Example Usage

In the Toa Nuva Blog, Gali used her Kaukau Nuva to give herself and the other Toa Nuva the ability to breathe water and survive immense water pressures after she unleashed a Water Nova Blast in Karzahni as a last-resort maneuver against Makuta Icarax.

Known Wearers


  • The Toa Nuva
    • Tahu Nuva - Former secondary mask
    • Gali Nuva - Primary mask
    • Lewa Nuva - Secondary mask
    • Pohatu Nuva - Secondary mask
    • Onua Nuva - Secondary mask
    • Kopaka Nuva - Secondary mask

Set Information

Kaukau Nuva: The Great Mask of Water--Allows the user to breathe underwater for an unlimited time, even at extreme depths.[1]
  • A blue Kaukau Nuva was released in late 2002 with the Gali Nuva canister set. This mask was also released in red, brown, black, green, and white as part of the Kanohi Nuva mask packs, to represent the masks collected by the other Toa. The Kaukau Nuva was lastly released in a pearl silver color, to represent the de-powered Gali Nuva.
  • In 2008, the Kaukau Nuva was re-released in a new mold, this time representing its swamp-adapted form for Gali Nuva Mistika.


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