Kanohi Nuva were masks exposed to energized protodermis and transformed. They were more powerful than standard masks and granted the user the ability to share the mask's power with anyone in close proximity.[1, 2] They were worn by the Toa Nuva.
Each Toa Nuva had to collect six Kanohi Nuva Masks of Power to defend Mata Nui against its enemies. A Kanohi Nuva allowed the user to share its energies with those nearby.
When the Toa were transformed into the Toa Nuva, they had to collect a new set of masks: the Kanohi Nuva.
The Kanohi Nuva masks were the most powerful of all Masks of Power. There were 36 total Kanohi Nuva masks, six different masks for each Toa Nuva. A Kanohi Nuva allowed its user to share its energies with those nearby.
Kanohi Nuva appeared a dull grey when not being worn.
Artakha created the Kanohi Nuva and delivered them anonymously.
Shared Kanohi Nuva powers were not cumulative.
If someone besides a Toa Nuva wore a Kanohi Nuva, the mask would prevent him from being weakened like any other mask, although he would be unable to use its powers.
Kanohi Nuva presumably could be made from level 8 Kanoka, like Great Kanohi. They were not so vastly more powerful than Great Kanohi that they could not be made this way. They were at power level 8 like Great Kanohi, but enhanced by energized protodermis.
Were the Toa Nuva to become Turaga, their masks would become Noble Kanohi Nuva and retain their ability to share powers.
Kanohi Nuva (as well as hypothetical Noble Kanohi Nuva) were not much more powerful than their non-Nuva counterparts. Their main advantage was the ability to share powers with others.
In addition to the ability to share powers, Nuva masks had other advantages over Great Masks just like how Great Masks had advantages over Noble Masks.
Toa Nuva could share their masks with anyone they wished, even members of different species.
The Kanohi Nuva weren't geared towards specific Toa. They turned gray when removed and changed color to match whoever wore them.
- It was once stated the Kanohi Nuva were made by Vakama using Energized Protodermis, but this idea was scrapped.
- Akaku Nuva
- Hau Nuva
- Kakama Nuva
- Kaukau Nuva
- Miru Nuva
- Pakari Nuva