Species Information
ColorsBlue or turquoise and black (standard)
Yellow, black, and orange (sand)
HabitatShallow water
Tools and AbilitiesHands

Tarakava were huge lizard-like Rahi who used their long forelegs to deliver stunning blows. They hunted in pairs and stayed in shallow waters, as predators they lived in deep water.

Twin-Headed Tarakava[]

This creature was created by Makuta and the Energized Protodermis Entity long ago. It had two heads and was more moody then most Tarakava. Toa Metru Whenua and Nuju encountered this creature during their search for the Onu-Metru Great Disk.

Tarakava Nui[]

The Tarakava Nui was one of the last creations of Makuta and the Energized Protodermis Entity. It stopped early attempts at building the Mata Nui village of Ga-Koro until Turaga Nokama and the Ga-Matoran drove it off.

Mata Nui Online Game[]

MNOG Tarakava

Gali about to face the infected Tarakava.

In the Mata Nui Online Game, the residents of Ga-Koro were trapped in an underwater hut due to a recent attack by a Tarakava controlled by an infected mask. When Takua rescued the villagers, Gali came to the rescue and defeated the Tarakava, removing its infected mask and taming it. It could later be seen in a hut next to the generator if going back to visit the village.

Sand Tarakava[]

Sand Tarakava

A Sand Tarakava in set form

Sand Tarakava was a sub-species of Tarakava, created by the Makuta. The Sand Tarakava lived in the waters around Po-Metru, and later Po-Wahi.

Set Information[]

  • The Tarakava set was released in 2001.
  • The Tarakava had 401 pieces and set number was 8549.
  • One had a teal Kakama and the other had a blue Pakari.
  • There are two triggers in both the Tarakava, each one, if pulled, will make the arm shoot forward in a punching motion.


  • While the Sand Tarakava never made it past the prototype stage, it did serve as the prototype for the Tarakava.
  • When the Matoran of Mahri Nui were doing a test run for the Air Launcher (as a vehicle) they crashed into a Tarakava and died.
  • Tarakava hated Takea.

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