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The Kanohi Ignika was the Mask of Life. It was guarded by Umbra, Axonn, Brutaka, and any other guardians it created for itself.1


The full extent of the Ignika's power was unknown. It was shown to bring inanimate objects to life, take on different shapes, evolve or enlarge living things (a venom eel, Fenrakk, Gadunka, Protodax), levy curses (Vezon, Kyrehx, Dekar), and totally change a being's form (Hydraxon). The Barraki believed that it was capable of reversing the mutations done to them by the waters of the Pit. It was known for certain that it was the only object capable of fully restoring the life of Mata Nui and that using it in that way required that its user die.1

The Ignika was considered a Legendary Mask.2

In addition to being the only item capable of healing Mata Nui in the event of his illness, the Ignika was also designed by the Great Beings to fulfill another vital function. In the event that the Matoran universe should devolve into a hopeless state of war or anarchy, the mask was designed to drain all life from every being in the Matoran universe, ending it once and for all. When such a time approached, the Ignika would turn from its normal gold color to silver, then finally from silver to black when the end time arrived. None of the Ignika's guardians, including Axonn, Brutaka, and Umbra, were aware of this mechanism. Only Makuta Teridax was able to intuit its true purpose from scattered sources, which included old legends and information found on Artakha.3

Toa Ignika soared into battle on his skyboard, ready to challenge the Brotherhood of Makuta.45 Inspired by the heroics of Toa Matoro, the Mask of Life created a body for itself and teamed with the Toa Nuva to save the universe. Although much of his energy had to go to maintaining his new body, Toa Ignika was still extremely powerful. He was eager to experience actually living, having friends, and being a hero. He talked rarely, as he did not yet have a good grasp of spoken language. Toa Ignika was brave and quite reckless, but his great power had saved him from any serious harm. Toa Ignika wore the Kanohi Ignika, the Mask of Life. He carried a Midak Skyblaster and lifeblade. His vehicle was a skyboard. While he was not as powerful in this new form, Toa Ignika could still bring inanimate objects to life, communicate telepathically, and evolve or devolve other beings.4

Toa Ignika carried a Midak skyblaster and wore the Mask of Life. The wings of his skyboard could fold out for flight.5

When Toa Ignika spoke, it sounded as if he had just learned to use his voice. As of story year 2008, the Mask of Life was on a countdown to the annihilation of every living thing in the universe. This had to do with things being out of balance, and it was the only way to make things right.6

Toa Ignika sacrificed his new "life" to awaken Mata Nui. Although Ignika could not die as Matoro had, he still put the universe before his own needs and desires.6

Makuta Teridax knew that Voya Nui was the rumored hiding place of the Mask of Life.7

Voya Nui was the hiding place of the powerful Mask of Life.8 The Mask of Life was kept hidden in the Chamber of Life beneath Mount Valmai.9

The Toa Ignika was a living being that embodied the power of the Mask of Life.10

The Kanohi Ignika was created by the Great Beings, with two purposes in mind. The mask could be used to revive the Great Spirit Mata Nui should his life energies ever wane. It could also wipe out all life in the universe should it become necessary, opening the way for new life to be created. The mask was gold in color, but it would turn silver and then black if its countdown to destruction began. The mask was hidden on Voya Nui and guarded by sentries such as Umbra, Axonn, and Brutaka. Over the course of 100,000 years, it was taken from its resting place only once. To prevent abuse of its power, the mask would curse anyone who touched it when not destined to do so. Some examples of its curses were: making everything inanimate come to life wherever the afflicted went, giving the victim a death-touch, and inflicting madness. The Ignika was also able to evolve or devolve any living being, transform beings completely, teleport beings across the universe, and more. It was considered a Legendary mask along with the Kanohi Vahi.11

Mata Nui's mask was capable of transforming anything that was at least partly organic.12

Once Mata Nui's spirit was imprisoned in the Ignika, Mata Nui's consciousness overrode the Ignika's. Mata Nui could control the Ignika's powers, but Mata Nui's spirit itself basically had no power. While the Ignika flew through space, it was still cracked.13

Stats (Toa Ignika)4

  • Agility: 12
  • Strength: 12
  • Toughness: 12
  • Mind: 14