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"On the surface, it seemed not so very much different from dozens of other Masks of Power. But where other masks might be useful tools or powerful weapons, this one had the power to give life to a universe ... or to obliterate it."
— Narration, BIONICLE Legends 5: Inferno

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Ignika 1
Mask of Life
Notable Wearer(s)Matoro, a Toa from Jovan's Team (both fomerly)

The Kanohi Ignika is the Legendary Mask of Life, created by the Great Beings.



The Kanohi Ignika was created on Spherus Magna over 100,000 years ago, where it was molded in the heart of a volcano hotter than the stars and left to cool in a great cavern of ice. It was originally designed to restart Karda Nui should anything bad happen to the Great Spirit. However, the Great Beings also designed the Ignika to act as a failsafe, should the Matoran Universe not work out the the expectations of the Great Beings. The Great Beings also planned for a number of contingency plans, which they programmed into the Ignika's artificial intelligence; one of these plans included the creation of the Golden Armor should solid Antidermis ever got out of control.

The Great Beings who created the Ignika did not begin to fear it until when the Ignika cursed one of them for touching it. As it was its first time to use its power, the mask acidentally made the Great Being's 'life curse' permanent. The Ignika was then taken to the Voya Nui region of the Southern Continent by two Great Beings. After creating a deep tunnel, the mask was left in the Chamber of Life on Voya Nui. The Great Beings later created Umbra to guard the Ignika. The mask also created its own guards, like the Protodax.

Over the next many millenia, many beings attempted to steal the Mask of Life. However, the Ignika kept creating servants to guard it; no one ever managed to make it into the Chamber of Life. 79,100 years before the Quest for the Mask of Life, during the Metru Nui civil war, Toa Jovan and his team journeyed to the Chamber of Life. There, they retrived the mask and traveled to Karda Nui, where one of the team members used it to revive Mata Nui. This Toa was completely comsumed by the Ignika's power, and the remaining team members returned the mask to Voya Nui, this time greatly afraid of its sheer power.

Voya Nui


The Ignika as seen in 2007-2008

Shortly after the Order of Mata Nui was founded, they sent two of their members to guard the Ignika: Axonn and Brutaka. The duo spent very many centuries there until the Great Cataclysm happened, and the region where the Ignika was held was rocked to the surface of Aqua Magna. At this point, the Ignika began to sense there was something wrong with the fabric of life within the Matoran Universe, but did not kow what it was. More recently, the Mask of Life sensed a two groups wanted it: a group of heroes and a group of villians that wanted to get the mask. The Ignika then used its power to attract one of the team members, Vezon, to itself. The half-Skakdi arrived at Voya Nui, and entered Mount Valmai. There, he didn't had to pass any traps and guardians, because the Ignika wanted him to reach the Chamber of Life. When Vezon reached the chamber of the Mask of Life and touched the mask, it cursed him, fusing itself to the back of his head and fusing his feet to an enlarged Fenrakk. It also gave him special powers so that he could protect the Ignika from the Piraka.

However, the Ignika eventually grew to hate Vezon, and wanted a better and more sane guardian. It then turned silver, showing that it had begun its countdown to the end of the Matoran Universe. Reaching out with its powers, it contacted one of the noble beings who wanted to retrieve the Mask of Life: Matoro. Finding him in a tunnel of darkness, it manifested its power in the form of a physical being. Believing it to be one of his friends, Matoro aided the being, thus passing the test the Ignika had given him.

Mahri Nui

"Toa" Ignika

Toa Ignika
Toa Ignika 2008
Species Toa
Group None
Kanohi Ignika
Colors Gold, silver
Element Life
Occupation Toa
Tools Life Sword, Midak Skyblaster, and Skyboard
Location None
Status Non-existant
Pronunciation Ig-NEE-kuh

Bara Magna

Ignika C

The Ignika in the 2009 comics

After being hurled out into space by Teridax, the Ignika crash-landed on Bara Magna. It soon created a body for Mata Nui, who's spirit was trapped in the mas. They were soon attacked by a Vorox, but it fled when its stinger was broken. Mata Nui picked up the stinger, and was approached by Metus in a Thornatus.

Journey's End


Example Usages

  • The mask can shapeshift.
  • The mask 'influenced' Vezon to come to itself.
  • The mask created a physical manifestation of itself to test Matoro in BIONICLE Legends 2: Dark Destiny.
  • The mask transformed the Toa Inika into the Toa Mahri in BIONICLE Legends 7: Prisoners of the Pit.
  • The mask changed Dekar into a duplicate of Hydraxon in Prisoners of the Pit.
  • The mask enlarged a Gadunka in Prisoners of the Pit.
  • The mask turned Matoro into life-force energy, and used him to resurrect Mata Nui in BIONICLE Legends 8: Downfall.
  • The mask created a body to use in BIONICLE Legends 9: Shadows in the Sky.
  • 'Toa' Ignika accelerated the aging of two of the Toa Nuva in Shadows in the Sky. It later restored their ages.
  • 'Toa' Ignika devolved Makuta Icarax in Shadows in the Sky.


  • A Great Being - Objects nearby came to life; since this was the first time the mask used its powers to curse someone, it accidentally made the curse permanent.
  • Vezon - Became fused to a Fenrakk and gained powers.
  • Kyrehx - Nearby plants quickly grew and tried entangling her.
  • Dekar - Any organism attacked by him healed so quickly it couldn't be killed.
  • Pridak - Enhanced his mental characteristics.
  • Nocturn - Killed any being he touched.
  • Mantax - Drained the life force of those nearby.
  • Gadunka - Could devolve beings, including itself.

Known Wearers

  • A Toa from Jovan's team - Formerly; now deceased
  • Matoro - Formerly; now deceased
  • "Toa" Ignika - Was only a body controlled by the mask
  • Mata Nui - Actually possesses the mask

The Ignika cannot be worn by a normal being; only those who are destined to wear the mask can access its power. Anyone not the destined bearer who touches the mask is cursed by it. The Mask of Life has only two destined users, who have been consumed by the mask's power. In Karda Nui, the mask created a physical body for itself, the "Toa" Ignika. Mata Nui later wore the mask as a "Glatorian", similar to "Toa" Ignika.


Although the Ignika can create as many guardians as it feels it needs, there can only be one destined bearer alive at a time. Below is a list of the Ignika's known guardians:

Forms Statistics:

Strength: 12
Agility: 12
Endurance: 12
Intelligence: 14


"This was no ordinary Kanohi mask. This was the Mask of Life. Forged over 100,000 years ago by the Great Beings who created the universe, it was set apart from every mask that had ever been or ever would be crafted. It could think, it could feel ... and as both Matoran and Barraki learned to their shock, when threatened, it could strike back."
— Narrator, BIONICLE Legends 6: City of the Lost
"[...] the Mask of Life was forged by the Great Beings long before the coming of Mata Nui or the creation of Metru Nui. It was no exaggeration to say that the life or death of the universe was tied to that mask. Under normal circumstances, it might be donned once every 5,000 years or so by a Toa whose destiny called for such a sacrifice. For the wearer of that Kanohi, it was said, would burn with the energies it unleashed."
— Zaktan, BIONICLE Legends 3: Power Play
"I've seen what the mask can far it will go to protect itself. I am still not convinced that we can prevent anyone from taking it before its time--but I pity anyone who tries."
— A Great Being, BIONICLE Legends 5: Inferno
"For millennia beyond count, the Mask of Life has been hidden in this place, waiting for destiny's call. It is a Kanohi both wonderful and terrible in its might. And the price to wield its power of death."
— A Great Being, Inferno
"The merged energies of Toa and Kanohi mask exploded in the core of the universe, flooding it with light. Streams of golden power flowed into every part of this realm and then beyond it, until it had touched every place where the Great Spirit had once reigned. Just as countless beings had sensed the death of Mata Nui, so did they now feel life return to him."
— Narrator, BIONICLE Legends 8: Downfall
"Matoro died to save a universe...without fear, without hesitation...because he knew it was the right thing to do. If I am to be worthy of the name "Toa"...can I do less?"
— "Toa" Ignika, Comic 15: Mata Nui Rising
"I will do what must be done. Then I will be like Matoro. I will be a hero."
— "Toa" Ignika, BIONICLE Legends 11: The Final Battle


See Also

VahiIgnikaMask of Creation


PehkuiMask of ClairvoyanceKualsiMask of EmulationMask of GrowthMask of Rahi Control
JutlinAvsaFelnasMohtrek ShelekCrast
Other: Golden KanohiInfected KanohiCopper Mask of Victory
Mask of Elemental EnergyAvohkiiKraahkan
Mask of Light and ShadowKirilRodeOlmakOlisi
Mask of IntangibilityMask of Possibilities
Mask of PsychometryMask of MutationMask of Charisma
Mask of AdaptationMask of AgingMask of BiomechanicsMask of ConjuringMask of FusionMask of IncomprehensionMask of ReboundingMask of Sensory AptitudeMask of ScavengingMask of Undeath

Kanohi Nuva:

Hau NuvaKaukau NuvaMiru NuvaKakama NuvaPakari NuvaAkaku NuvaAki NuvaRua Nuva

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