Akilini (AH-kih-LEE-nee)

The major sport of METRU NUI. Akilini was said to have been created by a MATORAN named KODAN, with the original version featuring a ball (see KODAN BALL). Later, it evolved into a popular sport in which players launched KANOKA DISKS through hoops. Akilini was played on small fields throughout Metru Nui and in the COLISEUM. The disks used by the winning team in a tournament would be sent to TA-METRU and be turned into KANOHI masks.


  1. Akilini matches are played between more than one, but not more than four, teams.
  2. An akilini team consists of at least two, but not more than six, players.
  3. At least one player on each team must serve as a defender. A defender is forbidden to take shots and may only launch disks to deflect the shots of opponents. A maximum of two players may serve as defenders.
  4. At least one player on each team must be a launcher. If the team has more than two players, a maximum of four players may serve as launchers.
  5. One point is scored for every disk that passes cleanly through and opposing team’s hoop. Disks that strike the hoop are not considered goals.
  6. Akilini tournament play ends when one team reaches 21 goals.
  7. Disks in play may be retrieved by any launcher or defender from the launching team but may not be recovered by opposing players.
  8. Disks that leave the playing field are considered to be open to all and may be retrieved by players from any team.
  9. Players must keep at least one foot on their transport disk at all times. Transport disks may not be launched. Launching disks may not be used for transport.
  10. Players who go more than one bio outside of the field of play on any side will be considered out of bounds. However, players may go as far above or below the field of play as they wish and still be considered in bounds.
  11. Players may not make physical contact with a defender at any time.
  12. Players may make physical contact with launchers, but only after their disk has been launched. Striking, tackling, or otherwise making physical contact with a launcher in the process of making a shot is considered “rocking the launcher” and will cost the offending team one launching disk.

At its most basic, akilini was played on a round field surrounded by posts upon which hoops were mounted. The field was not free of obstacles — in fact, the prevailing wisdom was: the more, the better. Matoran would surf on Kanoka disks up and down structures, through chutes, and even through tunnels in the ARCHIVES, popping up only long enough to make a shot. “Street akilini” became so popular, and such a menace to pedestrians, that the VAHKI eventually had to crack down on it.

Source: BIONICLE Encyclopedia Updated