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Zaktan was a Dark Hunter[1] and later the leader of the Piraka.[2, 3] Little was known about Zaktan's past. Zaktan had elemental air power which he could only use in combination with another Piraka. He possessed laser vision. After being struck by the Shadowed One's eyebeams, for some mysterious reason, his body was converted from solid matter to a mass of microscopic protodites, each of which contained a portion of Zaktan's consciousness. Zaktan could change his shape at will, with different parts of his form able to function independently. He could also fly. His favorite weapon was a three-bladed sword made of protodites.[3]


Zaktan, "the Snake," was the brilliant and ruthless leader of the Piraka. He may have been the strangest of them all. His body was made up of billions of microscopic protodites which could split apart and come together at will. He possessed laser vision and carried a zamor sphere launcher and a three-bladed weapon with gripping tongs on the opposite end. Hated and feared by the other Piraka, none had the courage to defy him.[4]

Zaktan was a mystery to the Shadowed One, one he wanted to solve slowly and painfully. As the self-styled leader of the Piraka, he represented a threat to the Shadowed One's authority and needed to be destroyed.[5]

When the Shadowed One first encountered Zaktan, Zaktan was working as a slave in a protodermis mine. The Shadowed One could see hatred in his eyes, contempt for concepts like honor and trust, and knew that he could mold him into a fearsome Dark Hunter. The Shadowed One assigned Zaktan to lead a team devoted to capturing and eliminating Toa.[5]

When the Shadowed One blasted Zaktan with his devastating eyebeams, Zaktan did not die. Instead, his body was shattered into billions of pieces – microscopic creatures called protodites – each one containing a portion of his consciousness. He could control each piece at will, making him even more powerful than before. The Shadowed One did not know whether he had always been this way or if his attack somehow altered him. He hoped to dissect him to find out.[5]

Zaktan was able to control the shape of his body and to disperse into a cloud of protodites to avoid being struck. He could also fly and regenerate parts of himself that were destroyed. He also possessed laser vision. He carried a three-bladed sword and a Zamor sphere launcher.[5]

Zaktan considered the heroic and dutiful actions of Toa and Matoran to be idiotic, preferring to steal, destroy, and kill in the name of profit. Zaktan tried not to think about his time in the Dark Hunters, particularly because of the incident which turned him into a mass of protodites. Even the other Piraka saw him as a monster.[6]

As a Dark Hunter, Zaktan did not talk much. It was rumored that he was a slave in a protodermis mine – practically a death sentence – when the Shadowed One found him. He was constantly being reminded that he could go back to being a slave in an instant if the Shadowed One willed it. Vezok noted that something about Zaktan gave him a chill; he seemed to embody rage and evil.[6]

Zaktan's body was converted to billions of microscopic protodites. Each contained a portion of his consciousness and could function independently of his body as a whole. This allowed him to send parts of himself on the attack as a swarm, to fly, to evade physical attacks more easily, and to slip through spaces too small even for an insect. He never spoke about the event that made him that way, nor did he allow anyone else to speak of it. He learned to adapt to his new condition and harness the powers it gave him. Eventually, he became a hundred times more effective as a Dark Hunter than he had ever been before. He also never stopped hating the Shadowed One.[6]

Zaktan was secretive and antisocial, and he made few friends in the Dark Hunters.[3]

Zaktan was leader of the Piraka. Zaktan was working as a slave in a protodermis mine when he was recruited into the Dark Hunters. After leading an unsuccessful rebellion against the Shadowed One, the Shadowed One's eyebeams somehow turned Zaktan's body from solid matter to a mass of microscopic protodites. He gained the ability to disperse his body into a swarm of the tiny creatures, slipping through any opening, no matter how small, and flying on the wind. Zaktan possessed elemental air power, which could only be used in combination with another Piraka. He also had laser vision and carried a three-bladed sword made out of protodites and a zamor sphere launcher.[7]

When in the custody of the Order of Mata Nui, Zaktan, in the form of a green sea snake, was kept in a globe filled with water. To get Zaktan to comply with her demands, Helryx would pull him out of the tank and let him gasp for air. Zaktan needed to be carried in a water-filled globe because of his mutation into a sea creature.[8]

Zaktan probably knew how to attack Mata Nui's body.[9]

Zaktan was able to survive the Shadowed One's eye beams because he was a kind of mutant, which is why his body did not react to the beams like anyone else's would have. It is possible that this was an intentional aspect of his creation.[10]

Other Information

  • In marketing, Zaktan's nickname was "the Snake," and his tagline was "100% Cunning, 0% Cuddly."[7]