Ninjago (also known as Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu) is a current theme introduced by LEGO in 2011. It has currently run for eight years. The theme has a popular TV series, known as Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, which is still being aired on TV. The LEGO Ninjago Movie, a movie based on the theme, was released on September 23, 2017. Ninjago was originally planned to be cancelled in 2013 and replaced by Legends of Chima, but this was eventually decided against, and the Ninjago theme and animated series were continued into the present day, outlasting Legends of Chima, which only continued until 2015.
Ninjago centers around six teenage  Ninja, Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane, Nya, and Lloyd, who have been trained by their master Sensei Wu, fighting forces of evil to protect the land of Ninjago. The evil forces include those such as the Skullkin, Serpentine, Stone Army, Nindroids, Ghost Warriors, Sky Pirates, Vermillion, Shark Army, Sons of Garmadon, Dragon Hunters, and Blizzard Samurai. The theme takes very little influence from the previous Ninja theme, instead introducing a variety of elements such as a more modern setting, the removal of shoguns and bandits, new enemies, and a battle game known as "Spinjitzu".
The original Spinjitzu spinners were introduced in sets during 2011 and 2012 and involved spinning your spinners at your enemy until their weapons are knocked down. Additionally, the game featured cards and shields used to give the player an advantage over their opponent. Although Spinjitzu spinners were discontinued in 2013, a new form of the game called "Airjitzu", featuring flyers, released in the summer of 2015. This new game involved launching your flyer into the air, and utilizing different tricks. Airjitzu flyers were soon succeeded by a return to Spinjitzu spinners in 2018. However, these spinners differed from the original Spinjitzu spinners as they held a similar shape and function to the Airjitzu flyers. Summer 2018 saw the introduction of "Dragon Master" flyers, which bared resemblance to Airjitzu flyers, but now included vinyl wings. In 2019, Spinjitzu spinners were re-introduced once again; this time with another new molds that more closely resembles the appearance of Spinjitzu from the television series.
Ninjago also appears as a LEGO Dimensions theme, using the minifigures, their Golden Weapons, and microbuilds of the vehicles. Additionally, Ninjago Juniors sets have also been created. As of the 15th wave, the line begins to be called only Ninjago, without the title of the series. In 2019, LEGO released the "Ninjago: Legacy" subtheme of Ninjago, celebrating its new position as a "Evergreen Theme". The subtheme contained re-releases of classic Ninjago sets from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
In 2021 Ninjago will celebrate its 10th Anniversary.
Pilot: Masters of Spinjitzu (2011)
Long before time had a name, the world of Ninjago was created by the First Spinjitzu Master, by using the The Four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu: The Scythe of Quakes, The Nunchucks of Lightning, the Shurikens of Ice, and the Sword of Fire. The weapons were so powerful that no mortal other than The First Spinjitzu Master could handle all of their power at one time. When the Spinjitzu Master passed away, his two sons, Wu and his older brother Garmadon, swore to protect them. Garmadon was bitten by The Great Devourer, an snake whose venom turns the purest man evil.
Garmadon was then consumed by darkness, and wanted to possess the weapons and reshape Ninjago in his own image. A battle between the two brothers broke out, and the oldest was struck down and banished to the Underworld. Peace returned to Ninjago, and the younger brother hid the weapons, but knowing his older brother's relentless ambition for power, he placed guardian dragons to protect them and for fear of his own demise, a map for an honest man to hide. Because Garmadon could not leave the Underworld, he struck a deal with Samukai and his Skeleton Army. In preparation, Sensei Wu gathered four young ninja, Kai, Jay, Cole, and Zane, to learn the ways of Spinjitzu, and stop Lord Garmadon.
Kai was reluctant to join at first, but when Garmadon kidnapped Kai's sister Nya, he decided to train and join the ninja team to save her life. After months of training, the four ninja began their quest to find the legendary Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu to stop Garmadon's evil plans, and travelled to the Caves of Despair to retrieve the Scythe of Quakes. After narrowly escaping the Earth Dragon protecting the weapon, the Ninja found the Nunchucks of Lightning and the Shurikens of Ice, while Samukai's skeletal legions followed them. Kai was lured into a trap at the Fire Temple by Lord Garmadon, and the skeletons stole the three weapons the ninja had collected, but Sensei Wu detained his brother's plan to unite the weapons at the temple by traveling to the Underworld with the last weapon, the Sword of Fire.
After taming the four dragons, they journeyed to the Underworld using the dragons' ability to travel between the mortal world and the Underworld to help Sensei Wu stop Garmadon once and for all. Using the Tornado of Creation, they destroyed the skeletons (locking them in a Ferris wheel that they created out of Garmadon's Dark Fortress' entrance) and made their way to the throne room of Garmadon's Dark Fortress, where a battle between Wu and Samukai broke out for the possession of the four weapons. Sensei was defeated, and Samukai, having possession of all four weapons, betrayed Garmadon and demanded he obey him. However, Samukai was destroyed by all the weapon's power, as no mortal could handle all of the golden power at once. Using the portal through space and time created by Samukai when he wielded all four weapons, he traveled to an evil place called The Dark Continent where he gained even more power, planning to return for the weapons. Sensei Wu knew Garmadon would one day return, and that the battle for Ninjago had only just begun.
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes (2012)
The ninjas have retired from training and now enjoy peace in the world of Ninjago. The peace does not last for long. When Nya brings news of a new threat in the land, the son of the dark overlord Lord Garmadon, Lloyd Garmadon, unleashes the Serpentine tribes, the ancient human-snake people, to wreak maximum carnage in Ninjago under his control. Kai, Cole, Zane and Jay are thrust into the battle once again. They accidentally found out that one of them will rise and become the Green Ninja, the ninja destined to defeat the Dark Lord and save Ninjago. When Lloyd unleashed Fangpyre and Hypnobrai tribes, he looked for the third tribe, Anacondrai, who are the most powerful. He found out that Pythor P. Chumsworth is the only survivor of that tribe. Together with Pythor, Lloyd attacked Ninjago once more but Pythor betrayed him, capturing him, but ninjas saved him.
Lloyd continued traveling with ninja, while Pythor continued his plan to unite all Serpentine tribes. He released two more, Venomari and Constrictai, giving ninja even more powerful enemies to fight. Sensei Wu told ninjas the story about The Great Devourer, the monstrous serpent-like reptile who turned his brother evil, that will consume the entire land into darkness. He can only be released with the Four Fang Blades, which is Pythor's primary mission. He also tells them that they need to unlock their full potentials to defeat the enemy. He then leaves his students. Ninja unlock their true potential, learn the secrets of their Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu.
Meanwhile Wu takes the 'Traveler's Tea' that leads him to the Dark Continent. He meets his brother Garmadon again, telling him that his son released the Serpentine so he needs to get back and help them in the fight. He joins him and they escape back to Ninjago, where they find that ninjas already unlocked their powers, except Kai who still believes he is the Green Ninja. Kai suspects Garmadon about him joining them. Ninja travel to stop Pythor for getting the last Fang Blade and killing Lloyd. In the end of the battle near in the Volcano Temple where the blade is located, Kai finally reaches his potential and saves Lloyd instead of saving the Fang Blade. However, it turns out that Lloyd is actually the Green Ninja, as golden weapons react near him.
The last Fang Blade survived the eruption and Pythor gets it so the ninjas race him to prevent him from getting to the City of Ouroboros and awakening the Devourer. They do not succeed and Devourer wakes and attacks the Ninjago City, while ninjas get into the final battle against Devourer to save their city. Remaining Serpentine get back to their tombs. In the end, Garmadon gets the Golden Weapons, and for revenge of making him evil, destroys the Devourer. The Ninja prepare to train Lloyd so he can be ready to face his father one day for the sake of Ninjago.
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja (2012)
Immediately after the demise of the Devourer and the fall of Pythor, the Ninja find themselves facing their most toughest challenge yet: training Lloyd. Without the Bounty, they have no place to properly train him. The threat of the Serpentine still exists, along with Lord Garmadon, who still possesses the ninja's weapons. He uses the weapons to transform the destroyed Destiny's Bounty into the Black Bounty, a home for the Serpentine. The snakes have abandoned Skales to follow Lord Garmadon. After arriving at the Golden Peaks, Lord Garmadon combines the four Spinjitzu weapons into one ultimate Mega-Weapon. His goal is to destroy the ninja before they could finish training Lloyd, leaving the Green Ninja's prophecy unfulfilled, allowing him to recreate Ninjago in his own image.
When the Mega-Weapon is destroyed Lord Garmadon will plot to find the Island of Darkness, mentioned in Captain Soto's log. He and his generals set off on an expedition to find it. Skales betrays Lord Garmadon, and leaves him stranded in the middle of the ocean, while he returns to Ouroboros as the new Snake King. When a museum exhibit goes crazy, the ninjas arrive to stop it. Apparently, the Great Devourer's venom can bring stone warriors to life. While at the museum, they run into Lloyd's mother, Misako, who tells the ninja the rest of the story of Ninjago's creation.
Long ago, an evil spirit known as the Overlord plagued Ninjago with darkness, but was continually defeated by The First Spinjitzu Master. One day, the Overlord created his army of indestructible stone warriors, the Stone Army. The Spinjitzu Master knew he would lose, so he divided Ninjago in half, leaving the stone army and the Overlord on one side, and the peace and light on the other. The Overlord and his army were never seen again, until the Serpentine (lead by Skales) decided to burrow under Ninjago City in order to get revenge on one of the surface dwellers. Under the city, they found a tomb filled with Stone Warriors brought to life by the Devourer's venom. The Stone Warriors trap the Serpentine in the tomb and invade Ninjago city.
The city's residents are forced to flee with the ninja to a hiding spot near the ocean. The heroes board the bounty and head for the Island of Darkness, in order to restore their elemental powers and defeat the Stone Army once and for all. Lord Garmadon, however, finds the Island of Darkness and the Overlord. The Overlord makes Garmadon the king of his army, and plots to help Garmadon recreate the world in his image. They then construct their ultimate weapon. The ninja arrive and, upon regaining their elemental powers through swords they find in the Temple of Light, attempt to thwart Garmadon and the Overlord, first by attempting to stop the final battle altogether and later by actually facing Garmadon. However, the Overlord takes over Garmadon's body, causes Lloyd to break his leg, and proceeds to use Dark Matter to turn all of Ninjago City's inhabitants evil while leaving the heroes stranded on the Island of Darkness. The ninja manage to leave the island, though, and Lloyd faces the Overlord in his fortress in Ninjago City, unleashing the power of the golden dragon and defeating the Overlord once and for all. Through this, Garmadon is also turned good again, and although the ninja's work is done, they still vow that they will always be ninja, ready to fight evil when they are needed.
Season 3: Rebooted (2014)
It has been a long time since the Overlord was defeated by Lloyd. While Lloyd tours Ninjago celebrating his victory, the original four ninja -- Kai, Cole, Jay, and Zane -- have become teachers in Sensei Wu’s Youth Academy. Besides being bored in class all day, Kai and the rest of the ninja dream of the days when they fought the forces of evil, but in the updated and technologically advanced world of Ninjago, there is no need for ninja any longer.
But that changes soon enough when trouble brews in New Ninjago City, famed inventor Cyrus Borg starts acting strange, and the ninja obtain the Techno Blades. They find out that the Overlord survived and lives as a digital virus in Borg Industries. When the Overlord discovers that the ninja found the Techno blades, he hacks the whole system and turns Sensei Wu into evil Tech Wu.
The Digital Overlord's new servant P.I.X.A.L creates the army of evil Nindroids led by General Cryptor. P.I.X.A.L attacks Sensei Garmadon's monastery, but Zane defeats her and re-programs her, and she warns them about Nindroids. Lloyd and his father get separated from the Ninja, escaping to Hiroshi's Labyrinth while the Ninja turn off the power in all of Ninjago.
Pythor, who survived being eaten by the Devourer but got his skin bleached white, steals the hard drive containing the Overlord, and asks to help him, still wanting revenge on the people. The ninja find the Serpentine, who tell them about an old legend, about a fabled "Golden Master". The Overlord plans to become the Golden Master so he captures Lloyd and drains him of his golden power. However, Cyrus Borg finds the way how to defeat the Overlord so the Ninja enter the Digiverse and fight the Overlord in his virus form. They defeat him, rebooting the system and turning Wu back to normal state, but the Overlord creates a body and uses it to escape the Digiverse.
Pythor starts "Project Arcturus", in which he plans to send the Nindroids to space to collect the Golden Weapons, the last source of golden power. Meanwhile, Lloyd splits his remaining power between the four ninja, and everyone gets their Elemental Powers back. Pythor sends the Nindroids to space, and the Ninja follow, but are unable to stop the Nindroids. The Overlord becomes the Golden Master, and Zane sacrifices himself and explodes, killing himself and the Overlord. However, while P.I.X.A.L. is mourning at Borg Industries, a familiar, a digitized voice asks her, "Are we compatible...now?"
Season 4: Tournament of Elements (Spring 2015)
The ninja are fractured at the loss of Zane. However, when the mysterious Master Chen invites the four ninja to the Tournament of Elements, he promises that their friend is still alive. The ninja and Garmadon travel to Chen's Island, and Garmadon reveals that there are other people with Elemental Powers, and that him and Clouse, Chen's right hand man, once trained under the mysterious host.
Eventually, the ninja discover that Chen plans to steal all of the Elemental Master's powers to perform a spell. Nya (who later goes to search for the ninja) discovers that the spell will turn everyone with the Mark of the Anacondrai (including Chen, Clouse, Garmadon, and Skylor, Chen's daughter) into Anacondrai. Chen manages to steal everyone's Elemental Powers, but Kai breaks the Staff of Elements (with some help from Skylor and Lloyd), and Cole, Jay, and Zane (who rebuilt himself, becoming the Titanium Ninja) drive Chen and his cultists into exile on the island, but not before Chen captures Skylor.
Clouse discovers that Skylor can complete the spell due to her uncanny ability to wield all of the Elemental Powers. Clouse and Garmadon face off, and Garmadon banishes Clouse to the Cursed Realm. The ninja try to stop the spell, but Chen manages to complete it, and everyone with the Mark of the Anacondrai are turned. The Anacondrai Tribe then travel to Ninjago, ready to take over. The Elemental Masters follow when Zane realizes that they can all manifest Elemental Dragons, like Lloyd.
Chen discovers that to make the spell permanent he'll need the essence of a true Anacondrai, which leads him to Pythor. He makes the spell permanent, and the ninja get the citizens of Ninjago to fight the army at the Corridor of Elders. The Anacondrai cross the line of no return, but Pythor realizes that there is another way to stop them; if the Anacondrai Generals (who were banished to the Cursed Realm) were to see these wannabes, they would destroy them. However, to open the Cursed Realm, Garmadon has to sacrifice himself. He does, and all is saved, even if the price was terrible. As the ninja, Sensei Wu, Nya, Misako, and Dareth gather around the campfire and burn the spellbook, a shadowy figure flies through the air and screams, "Morro..!"
Season 5: Possession (Summer 2015)
A night-guard is patrolling the Ninja section of the Ninjago Museum. After having a little fun, he is greeted with an eerie laugh along with some spooky shadow figures. Freaked out, he calls for backup. After that fails, a ghost lunges at him.
It all begins with the Ninja riding on their Elemental Dragons, trying to trick the "Mutant Fang Fish" (off the coast of Ninjago) to coming the shore to be captured so that the nearby dock can be safe to fish at again. After succeeding, they head back to Steep Wisdom, Sensei Wu's retirement tea shop. When they arrive, they are greeted by Sensei along with some new uniforms. Turns out, these "new duds" are just work attire. Sensei Wu then gives the Ninja stacks upon stacks of flyer to hand out in downtown Ninjago City. After realizing that the Ninja have been lying a bit too heavily on their Elemental Powers, he gives strict rules saying no powers. Right before they leave, Misako picks up a phone call, saying the police need Lloyd at the museum. Upon arrival, the two police on duty are puzzled, for not one of them called for Lloyd.
Lloyd goes over to help the night-guard that was on duty, but all he did was lead Lloyd into the backroom to look at artifacts that weren't even on display. He then tells Lloyd that the "Allied Armor of Azure" was stolen, an ancient artifact that could summon allies if needed, whether they are friends, foes, even spirits from the Cursed Realm. This soon leads to a fight because the ghost from earlier had possessed the guard and that he had stolen the Armor. After the ghost had won, Lloyd calls for the armor. After failing, the ghost possesses Lloyd. Meanwhile, the Ninja are failing to pass out flyers, as no one would accept them. Cole suggests they use their powers as publicity, even after Sensei told them not to. Soon, they all agree to it. After passing out all their flyers and then some. A ghostly wind blows through, completely ridding the Ninja of their powers.
After a quick panic, they rush back to Steep Wisdom to tell Sensei Wu what happened. Sensei Wu knows all too well what's about to happen. Right then, Possessed Lloyd shows up at Steep Wisdom to confront Sensei Wu and to try and steal his staff. This leads to another fight scene even though the Ninja are way outmatched (in powers.) After failing, Jay, Cole, Zane, Wu, and Nya retreat to the Destiny's Bounty 2.0, while Kai stays behind to stop Lloyd. Kai then sees Lloyd fight the possession, and is scooped up by the anchor of the Bounty. Extremely confused, they ask their Sensei who that was, and what just happened. Sensei Wu then reveals that they weren't his first students. There was one before them: Morro, the Master of Wind. After Morro (in Lloyd's body) summons his own Elemental Dragon, he zooms for the Bounty and that staff. ANOTHER fight scene breaks out, and Kai and Zane take Sensei Wu to their quarters leaving Jay and Cole to keep him busy. The reason for this is that after he passed, the First Spinjitzu Master left a message for his son, leading him to his final resting place. After all these years, Sensei never knew that the message was in his hand the whole time. After making an imprint of the message, Sensei Wu gives Morro the staff, for he didn't need it anymore.
After a crash, they set up camp, as Sensei Wu tells the Ninja the tale of Morro. Morro was a homeless kid, doing the roughest of deeds just to earn a plate of food. After Sensei Wu had discovered Morro outside the Monastery, he decided to take him in. He did whatever he was told to, and while Sensei was teaching him a few things, Morro taught him too. He had a power of the wind, and that's when Sensei had though he found the Green Ninja. After realizing that he wasn't, Morro fell into a rage, leaving the Monastery to find the First Spinjitzu Master's tomb, just to prove he was worthy. He never came back. After the story was told, they released to Falcon to go and find Misako, and give them their current location. Upon morning, and Misako's arrival, she started helping Wu decipher the clues that the First Spinjitzu Master had left. The first clue meant Airjitzu, a fighting style invented by Sensei Yang, allowing the master of it to temporarily take flight. Needing the Scroll of Airjitzu to master it, they pack up and head to the Ancient Library of Domu, to grab it. News say it was recently stolen by the infamous thief, Ronin. Knowing he might be held up in Stiix county, they redirect their path for Stiix. Since without Lloyd, Kai takes charge... and gets them lost.
After being angry a bit, Zane decides to take charge, and they soon discover train tracks leading straight to Stiix. Mere minutes later, one of Morro's summoned allies, Wrayth, shows up in an attempt to stop the Ninja. The Ninja soon win the battle because in an attempt to turn Cole into a ghost, he hooks Wrayth's chain onto a water tower. Knocking it down, all the water falls onto the ghost and as Zane says, Wrayth evaporates. Feeling proud after finding out the ghosts weakness, they run after the train to head to Stiix.
Back at the tea shop, Nya is greatly saddened that she could'nt aid the Ninja in their adventure, because she needed to stay at the shop should there be anymore trouble. Sensei Wu soon reveals his true reason for keeping Nya. Kai and Nya already knew that their dad was the "Guardian of Fire" (Master of Fire) but what they didn't know what that their mother was the Master of Water. Surprised, she keeps listening. Wu goes on. "As Kai took over the fire trait, in an attempt to save Ninjago, you must train to become the Master of Water." Completely amazed, she faints. Meanwhile, the Ninja arrive at Stiix. Kai reveals that he is actually afraid of water (sorry Nya) and that he can't swim. They soon find Ronin's pawn shop, where he makes money off of stolen goods.
When they arrive, after sifting through a few items, Ronin walks out being greeted by the Ninja completely off guard. After demanding the scroll, he lies and says he doesn't have it. "Sounds important. Even if I had it, definitely something I wouldn't keep on site." Not only do the Ninja need the scroll, but they also need a weapon to vanquish the ghosts. "What you're looking for is an Aeroblade. A weapon forged of Deepstone, an aquatic material mined from the bottom of the ocean. Extremely valuable, even more expensive." Angry, they demand the scroll. He sets the price at $200, but due to Kai's poor negotiating skills, the price is raised to $450. After a deal was struck, they spend their time working to raise some money. After failing, with Zane's entire vocabulary all jumbled, Jay takes over. He claims they don't need the money, because they're going to steal it. The plan is that, after they learn Airjitzu, they are going to return the scroll to the library. After again failing, Morro shows up with another ally, the Soul Archer. Morro manages to get the scroll, and after giving Ronin their shares of the tea farm, he tells Kai that there is another way to get the scroll. Meanwhile, Nya's training begins. She is obviously skeptical and doubtful on whether or not she is the Master of Water. She soon gives up, but during her training, Sensei Wu notices some hints on her power. He finds her weakness: Feeling weak. She is good at most things, but, put in a position to fail, she gives up.
Ever since their recent encounter with Ronin, the Ninja have been trying to get inside Yang's Haunted Temple. Sensei Yang was a beloved sensei, and quite a strict one. Legend has it, if any of Yang's students were caught disobeying them, they were killed. Legend also has it that if you're still inside the temple upon sunrise, you will become a ghost, permanently. The reason behind the Ninja trying to get in is because Ronin said that the Ninja might be able to get a copy of the Airjitzu scroll from the ghost creator himself. Inside the temple, Cole reveals his fear of ghosts. Vigorous tests are given to the Ninja to help them overcome their fears. The Ghost of Sensei Yang decides to use his ghostly powers to help Cole get over his fear, repeating the phrase: "As iron sharpens iron, sensei sharpens student." Soon, Cole gets over his fears, and Yang moves onto Kai. A moving picture of a boat on an ocean suddenly starts pouring in real water. Kai freaks out, remembering his fear and worrying he's going to drown, due to his lack of swimming ability. They soon get the door open, keeping them trapped in a room, and the water suddenly disappears. This is because the Ninja realize that Yang is testing them, helping them conquer their greatest fears.
Agreeing not to split up, they tie each other together. To make sure they're not surprised, Zane reveals his fear: Morro. A Morro figure runs off with the scroll, leading them straight to an attic, revealing Jay's fear. Inside the attic, the ghost of Sensei Yang appears, congratulating them on completing his test. As a reward, he gives the Ninja the scroll. Mere minutes before sunrise, the Ninja hurry out the temple. On their way out, Cole bumps into a pole, dropping the scroll. Right as the last chime goes, Kai, Jay, and Zane make it out. Soon they see that Cole untied himself to get the scroll, and just now he makes it out. As the sun rose, they see that the Master of Earth has become a ghost.
Later, the Ninja are training on the Bounty, mastering Airjitzu. After insults towards Jay from Kai and Ronin, Sensei comes out and tells the Ninja that they're about to learn about the next clue. Cole, sitting in his quarter (room), obviously depressed, lies in sadness, for he is not a Ninja anymore, but a ghost. In an attempt to comfort him, Nya walks in and starts a conversation. After talking, Cole obviously feels better about his new form. Soon, Misako fills them in on the next clue. Jay managed to fix Zane's voice, but made it better by making him sound like a pirate. After listing off a bundle of what the clue could be, Misako reveals that it's the Sword of Sanctuary, protected in the Cloud Kingdom, a parallel realm that can only be reached through the Blind Man's Eye, a storm at the peak of the Wailing Alps. What makes this weapon so special is that when reflected within its blade, you can foresee your opponents next attack.
Obviously needing this weapon, the Ninja gear up the get to the Cloud Kingdom. Using the mechs, they slowly ascend the mountain. Morro, along with Soul Archer, Bansha, and Ghoultar, are far ahead. They see the Ninja, and Bansha decides to sing them a song. Using her powers like a banshee, she screams, causing an avalanche. Using his powers, Cole possesses a ball of snow, helping the rest of the Ninja from going over the cliff edge. They soon find out what else he can do. Picking up the pace, they meet Morro at The Hanging Temple. After a fight breaks out, Ghoultar is defeated and captured by Sensei Wu. Making their way up the rest of the mountain, they use Airjitzu to get ahead of Morro and to successfully cross over into the Cloud Kingdom. When they arrive, they find the main library, where they meet Fenwick, the Master Writer. In Cloud Kingdom, they are the writers of destiny. It was there that it was decided that Lloyd would become the Green Ninja. The monks know what has happened, and they know what they need: The Sword of Sanctuary. Meanwhile back in Ninjago, at the peak of the Wailing Alps, Morro vents because he missed the door to Cloud Kingdom. Indirectly possessing Fenwick, Bansha reassures that he will keep the back door open.
Fenwick says that they want to give the Ninja the Sword of Sanctuary, but first, they need to see the Master Writer. He is tricking the Ninja into seeing Nimbus, the beast of Cloud Kingdom. On their way to see Nimbus, Fenwick tells the Ninja what is in the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master, for what's in it will help save Ninjago. The Realm Crystal, a bridge to greater understanding, or a gateway to ruin. When the First Spinjitzu Master created Ninjago, he created the Realm Crystal along with it, opening gateways to other realms. After realizing its value, and the damage it could cause if it fell into the wrong hands, he took it do his grave along with him. Morro needs that crystal so he can unleash the Preeminent, Queen of the Cursed. Her sole goal is to corrupt all of the realms until they fall under her control. Knowing the gateway has been opened, she sent Morro through to fetch the crystal. After they arrive, Fenwick leads them in there and they lock the door. Morro finally arrives at Cloud Kingdom, and Fenwick shows them to the sword. The Ninja soon escape with the aid of Cole's ghostly powers, and they meet the little monk that soon tells them what has happened. He says the sword is on the highest tower, but they need to hurry, because the ghosts have a head-start.
Morro gets to the sword before the Ninja and he manages to escape using Airjitzu. The Ninja borrow a skiff to chase after Morro in his own skiff, and they whirl back down to Ninjago, and after they're skiff breaks, the Ninja ski and snowboard down the mountain after Morro. After a small fight, Lloyd comes through, fighting Morro. Quickly, Lloyd gives Kai the Sword of Sanctuary and he escapes back to the Bounty. After a small celebrate, they head back to Steep Wisdom to figure out the final clue. At Steep Wisdom, they rig the entire property with water balloons, buckets of water, and moats, should any ghosts show up. The hide the sword, the Bansha controls Ronin, and tells him it's time to pay his debt. He ends up bringing them the sword. Beforehand, Misako has figures out how to find the tomb. When the blade of the Sword of Sanctuary reflects on the map of the Airjitzu Scroll, it reveals the tombs location. Now, not only do they need the map, but they also need the sword. When Ronin arrives, Morro possesses him and sends a broadcast to the Ninja, tricking them into thinking the tomb is in the Caves of Despair. Even though it may be a trick, Wu sends the Ninja to the Caves of Despair, just to see if it's there.
When they arrive, they remember that Misako told them that the tomb was guarded by three deadly tests that only a master of Spinjitzu could pass through. They weren't sure on what was a test, so the were extremely careful. Jay was the most scared of them all. After exploring the caves, they come across what they think is the skeleton of the First Spinjitzu Master, which is actually the Master of Wind. They had found Morro's mortal body. Right next to Morro's body was an active geyser, about to erupt. Thinking it would help, Cole covers up the hole with a giant boulder, but it will actually condense the explosion, causing the explosion to increase ten-fold. After a quick panic, they figure out a way out of there. After falling into a mine cart, they start to go down a rail, going over a few bumps before launching into a giant volcano. Right then, the Ronin R.E.X. zooms in to save the Ninja, while on auto-pilot. Ronin reveals that it wasn't him that sent them there, but Morro, controlling Ronin. Ronin manually put in the destination of the real tomb, and R.E.X should have them there in a jiff. They take off towards the Tomb of The First Spinjitzu Master.
The Ninja are under the ocean, heading towards the tomb. After a run-in with a giant octopus, they manage to arrive safely, with Wu, Misako, and Nya arriving at the surface at the same location. Before arrival, Misako gives the Ninja a clue on how to pass each test: "A Spinjitzu master can, a Spinjitzu master cannot. To move forward, don't look ahead, to find his resting spot." The Ninja head in, but not before they could admire the statue depicting Ninjago's sole creator. Before long, the Ninja find themselves in a zoetrope, a device where engravings or drawings shown in rapid succession creates a moving image, like a movie. Inside, there were 16 doors, each corresponding to each realm. Needing to figure out with door to go through, the Ninja rack their brains until they figure it out. A Spinjitzu master can, and rapid succession: SPINJITZU. Using Spinjitzu, they manage to figure out the figure, and they go through the corresponding door.
Before long, the Ninja find themselves in a trap-room, a room where each step they make triggers a trap. After a while, each trap makes the floor drop out. Needing to get to the staff in front of them, they try and use Airjitzu to make each gap. After a while, Cole figures it out: they can't do it, because they were never meant to do it. The first rule of being a Ninja is that a Ninja never quits. So if a Ninja cannot quit, that's what they needed to do now. They jump down into the dark abyss below, and find themselves riding down a really cool slide. After the fun was over, they see they're in the next test room, being a maze. In the reflections of the ice, they see a mere glimpse of their future selves. Here, they run into Morro, and soon a fight breaks out. After trapping Morro, they realize what Misako meant: Don't look ahead. They look down through the cracks and see light. Excited, they start digging, and they fall through the floor, in the tomb.
Inside the tomb holds a coffin-looking table presenting the big guy himself: The First Spinjitzu Master, and in his hands, the Realm Crystal. When they grab it, they hear Morro behind them, out of Lloyd's body. Forcing the Ninja to make a decision, the Crystal or Lloyd, the Ninja soon realize that with Morro out of Lloyd's body, their powers are coming back. Kai uses his weak fire power to head up the Crystal. Because the Crystal was hot, he dropped it into the river below him, letting go of Lloyd, soon being knocked into the same river by Morro. Because Lloyd is weak, we can't swim and will drown. Kai jumps to his rescue, but he can't swim, so Cole has to save them both while Jay and Zane hold of Morro. Morro manages to get away with the Realm Crystal, and goes back to the Cured Realm, prepping for the Preeminent's arrival. The Ninja make it out as well, and they cheer for saving Lloyd.
Back at the Tea Shop, the Ninja realize that Sensei Wu sold his retirement business to make the Ninja new "toys", with Cyrus Borg building them. After hatching a plan to get the Crystal back from Morro, the Ninja head to Stiix, where summoning will begin, in Ronin's shop. When the Ninja arrive at Stiix, they dress up as workers, serving food for the ghosts. Each Ninja botches up the job and distracts the ghosts, giving the Green Ninja time to work towards the shop. When he gets there, the Green Ninja runs into Morro and his gang of ghosts. Taking off the Ninja hood, it reveals Nya, dressed up in Lloyd's gi. While a fight breaks out, it gives Lloyd perfect time to get to the Crystal. Morro finds Lloyd and starts a battle with him, lifting up the shop with his wind power. In the nick of time, Ronin shows up in R.E.X, and dumps coins all over the shop, sending it back to Earth. Inside, Lloyd's just about to destroy the Realm Crystal when Morro comes in and tells Lloyd about his father, saying he awaits him in the Cursed Realm, also saying that if Lloyd destroys the Crystal, he will never see Garmadon again. Right then, the Preeminent wraps Lloyd's limb and pulls him into the Cursed Realm with Morro saying: "Say hello to your father for me."
The Preeminent has arrived into Ninjago, wreaking havoc across Stiix. Using everything they've got, the Ninja try to defeat her but to no avail. They figure out they need to get as much water between them as possible. Inside the Preeminent, Lloyd finds his father and has a quick reunion. Attempting to get Garmadon out, Lloyd explains what has happened. Garmadon passes some wisdom unto Lloyd, along with his robes, saying: "Whatever happens to me, wherever I am, I will always be with you." After saying goodbye, Lloyd returns back to Ninjago, ready to fight Morro and gains possession of the Sword of Sanctuary. As this is happening, the Preeminent gears up with a bunch of houses, wearing it like armor. Lloyd and Morro's fight goes through the sixteen realms at a time, such as: The Underworld, The Dark Realm, Cloud Kingdom, Chima. Meanwhile, the Ninja did everything they could trying to stop the Preeminent, but since they couldn't do much they went back to the ship. When the Preeminent knocks off the engine, they're sitting ducks. Morro also returns to Ninjago alone with the Realm Crystal.
Nya finally understood what Sensei Wu meant. That she gives up to easily, that she only likes when it comes easy, that to not be afraid of failing. Through this, she reaches her true potential, taking control of a giant tsunami and splashing it all over the Preeminent. Since this was to much water for her, she sinks into the cold waters of Ninjago, dead thus destroying the Cursed Realm and killing all its inhabitants. The Ninja celebrate before Sensei Wu goes to find Morro. Grabbed into by one of the tentacles, Morro uses all he could from sinking into the water. Sensei arrives, telling him not to go this path alone. That he may be strong, but it takes others to make him stronger. Sensei Wu offers his hand, begging Morro to take it. "You can only save those who want to be saved. Goodbye, Sensei." Morro hands Wu the Realm Crystal and lets himself sink into the water, saddening Sensei, for his first pupil was now gone.
Back on the ship, Sensei used the Crystal to send Lloyd back to Ninjago where Lloyd tells them he saw the outcome of the battle through the Sword, thus making unnecessary for him to follow Morro back to Ninjago. Celebrating their victory, the Ninja hear out Sensei Wu and Lloyd. "It seems your fathers robe has imparted wisdom, but it will take a lot of learning to earn the sensei title." "If that's the path I'm on, I'll take it one step at a time." Jay asks what the other realms are like...
"Let's just say, the future looks bright. For us, and Ninjago."
Season 6: Skybound (2016)
The Ninja are popular thanks to saving Ninjago from The Preeminent, but trouble rises when Clouse returns after having escaped the Cursed Realm and frees Nadakhan, a Djinn who can grant 3 wishes and will capture you by 'wishing it all away',. Nadakhan frames the ninjas for crimes they didn't commit while they were in Stiix. Misako tries to rescue them in the Bounty, but she and the ship are captured by the police, later being captured by Nadakhan along with Wu. The Ninja try to escape the police, but they are caught and arrested by Ronin in exchange for a clean reputation. The Ninja are thrown in Kryptarium Prison, but escape with the help of Captain Soto, who tells them how to find the only thing that can stop Nadakhan - Tiger Widow Venom. Meanwhile, Jay uses his first two wishes and finds out he was adopted. Nadakhan uses the Realm Crystal to free his crew and attack Ninjago City and capture Kai. The Ninja sail to Tiger Widow Island to obtain the venom, but Zane is captured, Jay is kidnapped by Nadakhan, and Nya, Lloyd and Cole are stranded on the island until Ronin and the Police Commissioner come to rescue them, after finding out what side they were on. After attacking Misfortune's Keep, Jay and Nya are the only two remaining Ninja and hide in Dr. Julien's lighthouse, where they meet Echo Zane, Zane's counterpart. Jay is forced to escape while Nya is kidnapped. Jay teams up with Echo Zane, Ronin, the Commissioner, Soto, Skylor and Dareth to save the others. Nadakhan gets Infinite Wishes and freezes everyone except Jay, but Nadakhan is poisoned by the venom - incidentally, the venom hits Nya, and she dies. A disheartened Jay uses his last wish to erase recent events and ensure Clouse didn't find the Teapot of Tyrahn in the first place, thus removing the events of the season from the timeline. As a result, Nadakhan is never released and Jay and Nya, who are the only ones who remember the erased events, renew their relationship.
Day of the Departed (2016)
The Ninja make there way to the Ninjago Museum of History on the Day of the Departed, where citizens of Ninjago light lanterns to remember ancestors and deceased loved ones while also spending time with their living family. However, it also happens to coincide with a rare Yin Yang lunar eclipse.
Dr. Saunders introduces the ninjas to the new "Hall of Villainy" exhibit, completely ignoring Cole. Blaming this on Sensei Yang and hearing Yang's voice telling him to "close the circle". Cole goes to Sensei Yang's haunted temple (taking Yang's infamous Yin Blade from the museum with him) while the others honor their own departed loved ones. At Yang's haunted temple, Yang tricks Cole into breaking a ceramic sphere, releasing the ghosts of Samukai, Kozu, Cryptor, Master Chen and Morro from the Departed Realm. The spirits possess the mannequin replicas of themselves in the Museum of History. Yang tells the revived villains that they will remain for the duration of the lunar eclipse unless they take the ninjas place among the living. The revived villains, joined by Pythor, then split up: Chen goes after Kai and Nya, Cryptor goes after Zane, Pythor goes after Lloyd, Morro goes after Wu and Kozu chooses Dareth, leaving Samukai with Jay. While Cole is imprisoned at Yang's temple, Yang tells him how he used the Yin Blade in an attempt to gain immortality, but something went wrong and he and his students were turned into ghosts. Yang planned to use the eclipse and the Yin Blade to open the Rift of Return to become mortal again while the villains serve as distractions.
As Kai and Nya wonder if they'll find out what happened to their parents, Chen arrives with Eyezor and Zugu, who are driving two Condrai Crushers. Chen uses his dinosaur mech to attack Kai and Nya, who flee on the Raider Cycles. Cryptor and three Nindroids confront Zane, while Samukai fights Jay as Kraziand Frakjaw apprehend his parents. Pythor battles Lloyd at the Corridor of Elders, remarking that he always intended to conquer Ninjago which was his reason for saving it. As the Royal Blacksmiths perform, Kozu and several Stone Warriors confront Dareth, who was responsible for taking control of the Stone Army. Unlike the other villains, Morro has no intention of revenge; he tells Wu of Yang's plan and they set off to reunite the Ninja. Cole is left alone with one of Yang's students. He manages to escape and begins making his way up through the temple, fighting the other students along the way. Yang makes it to the roof of the temple, where he begins opening the Rift of Return. Kai and Nya are pursued by Chen and the Condrai Crushers. They manage to defeat Eyezor and Zugu shortly before Chen is struck by a missile, sending his spirit back to the Departed Realm. Ronin arrives at the junkyard with a mech he salvaged from scrap metal. Jay crushes Krazi and Frakjaw with a magnetic crane before shattering Samukai to pieces using a pair of nunchucks. Zane outsmarts Cryptor, who accidentally hits himself with his techno blade, vanquishing his spirit. Dareth finds the Helmet of Shadows and uses it to recontrol the Stone Warriors, commanding them to defeat Kozu. Pythor is cornered by Lloyd and Misako on the edge of Garmadon's monument. Realizing he can't win the fight, he jumps off and lands far below, then he hobbles away from the scene. Yang opens the Rift of Return, and he does Airjitzu to fly up and reach it. However, Cole emerges on the rooftop and pursues Yang, grabbing onto him as the two fall towards the temple. The ninja reunite at the museum and Morro reveals Yang's plan to them. While the ninja and Wu leave to help Cole, Morro peacefully goes back to the Departed Realm. When it seems like Yang has gained the upper hand, the ninja arrive on the Bounty, giving Cole hope and causing his arms to become rock solid, resulting in the destruction of the Yin Blade. As Yang's students traverse through the rift and regain there mortality, Yang reveals that the reason he wanted immortality was to avoid being forgotten. Realizing this, Cole reminds Yang that he will be remembered as the creator of Airjitzu, and takes him with him to the Rift of Return. However, Yang states that one of them must remain a ghost as "master of the house" and throws Cole into the rift on his own just as the eclipse ends and the rift closes. The rest of the ninja believe that Cole missed his chance at passing through the rift, but to their surprise, Cole has fully regained his mortality. The Ninja and their allies gather around a fire outside of Yang's temple, which has been cleansed after the rift was closed. Jay admits he was scared during the event, though everyone is happy to be safe and reunited. Cole looks back to the temple and winks at Yang, who stands inside and winks back in return. Those surrounding the fire let their lanterns float into the night sky, concluding their celebration.
Season 7: Hands of Time (2017)
At the monastery, Wu waits as a Time Vortex opens up and releases an old foe, Acronix and the decide to finish a battle that they started 40 years ago. Meanwhile at the Museum, the ninja are busy cleaning up after the events of "Day of the Departed". While Kai and Nya ponder about what happened to their parents, the other ninja take note of an interesting painting, which features a young Wu and Garmadon battling against twin brothers Acronix and Krux, collectively known as "the Hands of Time" due to their ability to control time for a variety of effects. However, the museum's curator Dr. Sander Saunders dismisses the events of the painting as nothing more than the stuff of legends. Meanwhile at the Monastery, Wu seems to have gained the upper hand in his battle with Acronix, but at that moment, a green, claw-like weapon is released from another Time Vortex and when it hits the ground, a minute of time in Ninjago is skipped within a second, sending the ninja to the bounty with no explanation as to how they got there. Zane is able to detect the source of the temporal anomaly and the ninja head to the monastery. As Acronix and Wu continue their battle, Acronix uses the blade, known as a Time Blade, to accelerate himself to gain the upper hand while also coating Wu in green temporal energy with what he calls a "Time Punch". The ninja arrive and attempt to assist, but Acronix escapes and when he is seen with Dr. Sanders, the latter is swiftly revealed to be Krux, who despises modern technology and desires to have Ninjago return to its pre-modern state. Back at the Temple of Airjitzu, Wu is placed in bed and explains Acronix and Krux to the ninja. During the Serpentine War, Krux and Acronix were the Elemental Masters of Time with Acronix being able to accelerate or decelerate time and Krux having the ability to either reverse time or stop it entirely. However, after the war ended, they realized how powerful they truly were and believed that they were destined to rule Ninjago. In order to prevent this, Wu had Kai and Nya's parents, Ray and Maya, forge the Time Blades from Chronosteel (a metal capable of draining elemental energy) and during a battle with the Hands of Time, Wu and Garmadon trick Acronix and Krux into using their powers on the blades, forever depowering both of them and having one of each of their powers trapped in one of the Time Blades. Knowing the blades were too powerful, Wu and Garmadon opened a Time Vortex to dispose of the Time Blades, but Krux and Acronix followed the Time Blades into the vortex in hopes that they would regain their powers. Back in the present, Krux revealed to Acronix a key aspect in his plan to acquire the Time Blades, a large serpentine egg which hatches into multiple red and orange snakes that combine into a humanoid creature in samurai-esque armor known as a Vermillion Warrior, whom, along with others like it, attempt to kidnap Cyrus Borg. Although the ninjas defeat the Vermillion by breaking them into their snake components (and preventing them from combining), Acronix and Krux (disguised as Dr. Saunders) succeed in kidnapping Borg and incapacitating Zane.
The Ninjas head to the Samurai X cave where Nya attempts to repair Zane. Kai heads to the museum to see if Dr. Saunders knows any helpful information. There, he uncovers Dr. Saunders' secret identity as Krux. Krux tells Kai that his parents betrayed the Elemental Alliance to help the Hands of Time, a fact Kai refuses to believe.
When Nya finally does repair Zane, he babbles random words. The other ninjas battle the Vermillion, who are kidnapping several skilled metal workers and stealing all the metal they can find. When Nya and Zane join their fellow ninjas at the power station, Zane is fully repaired, but he no longer has access to P.I.X.A.L. The ninjas soon find out that the Vermillion are attacking Mega Monster Amusement Park. Jay, however, realizes that the only place with more metal is at his parents' junkyard and goes off on his own. When he arrives the Vermillion are already putting their plans into motion. During the battle, another, blue Time Blade is released from a Time Vortex and lands in the Sea of Sand, slowing down all of Ninjago temporarily. The Vermillion become aware of this and head there, taking Edna Walker with them. Because of this, Ed Walker decides to give Jay an early birthday present: a motorcycle, which they decide to upgrade. As the ninja and Vermillion race to the Time Blade, the Vermillion throw snakes at the ninjas' vehicles, severely damaging the vehicles and causing the Vermillion to obtain the Time Blade first.
Due to the bickering of the Vermillion commanders Commander Blunck and Commander Raggmunk, the blade is used on everyone in the area just as Jay and his father arrive. Jay had upgraded his bike so that he could use his powers to speed up the bike, allowing it to move at normal speed even while affected by the Time Blade. The ninja get their hands on the Time Blade, save Jay's mother and escape back to the Temple of Airjitzu. Unfortunately, their victory is short-lived as the Hands of Time and the Vermillion General Machia launch an all-out attack on the Temple of Airjitzu (during which a mysterious, new Samurai X saves Lloyd's life), steal the Time Blade and kidnap Wu. Kai soon recognizes that the symbol on the Vermillion's helmets was also used for his father's blacksmith shop. As the ninja are ready to search for the headquarters of the Hands of Time, Misako gives Lloyd his own early birthday present: a miniature version of Destiny's Bounty, while also warning the ninja that Acronix's Time Punch accelerated Wu's aging.
Kai searches for his father's blacksmith shop, and uncovers a golden double-bladed dagger. Nya attempts to uncover the secret identity of Samurai X ,but fails. The rest of the ninjas uncover a secret passageway leading to the hideout of the Hands of Time. On the way, the ninja meet Skales, who warns the ninjas that the Vermillion are direct descendants of the Great Devourer and will be nigh unstoppable if enough are bred. He gives them a map leading to the Hands of Time's headquarters in a swamp where more Vermillion are being bred. The ninjas split up: Lloyd attempts to rescue Wu; Zane attempts to rescue Cyrus Borg; and Cole and Jay (with help from a captive Karloff) save the captives, who were enslaved to forge armour and vehicles for the Vermillion. Acronix and Krux acquire the third Time Blade, which possesses Krux's former ability to stop time. Kai reveals to Nya that their parents are alive, and find them at the Vermillion breeding grounds. Although Kai battles his parents due to believing Krux's words, Maya reveals that Krux was lying. In reality, after Krux and Acronix had followed the Time Blades into the Time Vortex, a brief glimpse into the future foreshadowed Acronix's return while Krux was released from the Time Vortex just seconds after he went in, which gave him enough time to construct his plan. He took on the identity of Dr. Saunders and befriended Ray and Maya, only to eventually reveal himself to them. As an act of vengeance for forging the Time Blades, Krux enslaved Ray and Maya to forge plans for the Vermillion armour and vehicles, threatening that Kai and Nya would suffer the consequences if they refused. In addition, the last Time Blade, which has the ability to reverse Time had also been released with Krux, but it had been hidden away in a place only Kai and Nya could access. Upon hearing this, Acronix and Krux force Kai and Nya to get the last Time Blade for them, reminding them it was the only way to return Wu to his normal age.
They find the last Time Blade hidden in the aptly named Boiling Sea, an ocean that is partially on fire. Kai and Nya use the golden blade Kai found to combine their powers to form a double headed fusion dragon to enter the Boiling Sea. Upon entering the underwater cave where the blade is hidden, Kai uses his powers to brighten the area while Nya uses her powers to help them get to the bottom of the cave safely. Upon combining powers to destroy the rock monsters guarding the Time Blade, Kai and Nya use the golden blade to enter the Temple where the Time Blade is held and escape with it using their fusion dragon. However, Krux and Acronix go back on the deal. In the fight for the Reversal Time Blade, Ray is hit with a Time Punch.
Meanwhile, the rest of the Ninjas find out Cyrus Borg was forced to build a device which could harness the combined power of the Time Blades and allow time travel. Acronix and Krux plan to use this device to power a massive snake-like mech known as the Iron Doom so they can use the Vermillion to conquer any area. Cyrus Borg and Zane attempt to shut down the Iron Doom while Jay, Cole and Lloyd (with help from the new Samurai X in his weaponized car) attempt to distract the Vermillion. Unfortunately the Hands of Time arrive and freeze Borg and Zane just as they were about to complete the self-destruct code. Having collected all four Time Blades, Acronix and Krux activate the Iron Doom and use it to travel back in time, taking Wu and the entire Vermillion army with them while also unaware that Kai and Nya followed them. Ray and Maya meet the other ninjas, who wonder what time period Kai and Nya went to.
Stowing away on the Iron Doom, Kai and Nya find out that Acronix and Krux travelled back to just after they went into the Time Vortex. Upon meeting the past Elemental Alliance, Acronix and Krux unleash the Vermillion on them. The Vermillion gain the upper hand as the Elemental Alliance had no experience with them. Kai and Nya however, (posing as their parents) are able to turn the tide of the battle. Because of this, Acronix and Krux destroy the Vermillion commanders and use their helmets to gain complete control over the Iron Doom, causing them to win. Because of this altered history, the Ninjago city of the present ends up being altered to be exactly as it was 40 years ago and the lack of technology reduces Zane to a lifeless, metal mannequin. Back in the past, Kai and Nya are able to use their fusion dragon to restore history. Knowing that they have once again lost the battle, Acronix and Krux decide to travel to the distant future where there will be no one to stop them and they succeed in doing so. Fortunately, Nya found the past Reversal Time Blade and she and Kai use it to return Wu to his normal age and bring the Hands of Time back to the past. This time, Kai and Nya are able to follow them into the Time Vortex. Just as they do so, Wu gives the past Reversal Time to his past self and reminds him to hide it in the boiling see. As the Hands of Time travel to the future, Kai, Nya and Wu get a glimpse of the present, which had been fully restored to its modernized state and Zane returning to his Titanium form. In order to save Kai and Nya, Wu sacrifices himself by removing the Reversal Time Blade from the Iron Doom, causing it to malfunction. At the same time, Wu pushes Kai, Nya and the Reversal Time Blade out of the Vortex, landing them in the present while the Iron Doom leaves Acronix, Krux and Wu trapped in the Time Vortex. As Kai returns Ray to his normal age, he tells the other ninjas about Wu's sacrifice. The ninja then decide to make Lloyd their new master while also planning to do whatever they can to free Wu from the Time Vortex.
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon (Spring 2018)One year after Wu and the Hands of Time were lost in time aboard the Iron Doom, the Ninja have scattered across Ninjago, tackling missions while searching for their master's whereabouts. In their absence, Ninjago City has been overrun by a cult-like crime syndicate known as the Sons of Garmadon who worship the evil Lord Garmadon. With Lloyd acting as their master, the Ninja team reunites to heed a request from the usually private Royal Family, who ask the heroes to protect the three Oni Masks (The Oni Mask of Deception, the Oni Mask of Vengeance, and the Oni Mask of Hatred), relics from the First Realm which when united would allow the Sons of Garmadon to resurrect a purely evil Garmadon, with most of his soul gone, as well as their adopted daughter, the Jade Princess Harumi. In order to stop the Sons of Garmadon from desecrating his father's sacrifice, Lloyd and the Ninja attempt to find the identity of their leader, the Quiet One, before they can determine the location of the elusive Oni Mask of Hatred, while learning secrets about the origins of Ninjago itself. In the process, Lloyd begins to bond with Harumi who has also lost her parents. But as they grow closer, the Ninja make the startling discovery that someone in their makeshift family is the Quiet One.
Season 9: Hunted (Summer 2018)Emperor Garmadon rules Ninjago City with an iron fist. The four originals Ninja as well as baby Wu are in Realm of Oni and Dragons. After the Colossus destroyed the Destiny's Bounty, any ally of the Ninja and citizens is hunted and imprisoned in Kryptarium Prison.
Lloyd, Nya, and the rest of their remaining allies, including a portion of the Elemental Masters, form a resistance to endure and fight back against Harumi, the Sons of Garmadon, and Lord Garmadon himself. Unbeknownst to them, the other Ninjas are alive and thanks to Mistaké's Traveler's Tea, they're in the First Realm, the Realm of the Oni and the Dragon. Here, the barbaric Dragon Hunters, led by the power hungry Iron Baron, capture Dragons and exploit their Elemental Powers to sustain their society. As Dragons are the only beings who can ferry between Realms, the Ninja and a teenage Wu must find the mythical Dragon Armor once worn by the First Spinjitzu Master himself, in order to convince Firstbourne, the mother of all Dragons, to allow them to ride her children out of the Realm so they can rejoin the fight against Lord Garmadon, and save Ninjago.
Season 10: March of the Oni (Spring 2019)When Ninjago city rebuilds from Lord Garmadon's destructive power, he calls out to Lloyd to tell him what will happen in the future. Lloyd feels like he cannot trust his father's intentions of helping him. Faith later returns from the First Realm explaining what happened in the Realm of Oni and Dragons. Since the destructive power that escaped through the realm crystal is too powerful for our heroes, one enemy must choose a side. Will he fight against the Oni or tear the fabled world and legacy of Ninjago apart forever?
Season 11: Secrets of Forbidden Spinjitzu (Summer 2019)
Six months after they defeated the Oni, the Ninja have become relaxed, lazy, and out of shape. In order to keep their skills and powers intact, they search for activity or a threat to face. This is unfruitful, as Ninjago has been in a state of lasting peace. However, Zane begins suffering odd visions of him being killed by Snake Queen Aspheera, Leader and Queen of the evil Pyro Vipers who are destroying Ninjago. As well as a mysterious castle guarded by Boreal and home to the Ice Emperor and his Blizzard Samurai. While Zane remains unsure about these frightening visions, the Ninja find their quest when Professor Clutch Powers discovers a mysterious Ancient Pyramid which supposedly only a Ninja could survive exploring. In the tomb of the Ancient pyramid, Aspheera steals Kai's powers. The Ninja are trapped in the tomb while the snakes attack Ninjago, but P.I.X.A.L. later rescues them after a warning from Clutch Powers. Aspheera goes to the museum to steal the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu and succeeds. Kai, Cole, and Jay meet Skales and the Serpentine. The Serpentine tell them that Aspheera's goal is revenge on the Treacherous Deceiver. At first they think it is Garmadon, but when they inform Wu, he reveals that he is the deceiver. Wu tells them that the humans and Serpentine were at peace with each other and no one from each tribe would attack each other. Wu and Garmadon go and have a look at their palace, and are captured and later freed by Aspheera. Wu agrees to pay her for letting him escape by teaching her Spinjitzu on the condition that she doesn't use it for evil. Aspheera breaks her promise by overthrowing the Serpentine King and attacking the humans with Spinjitzu. Wu and Garmadon take the scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu written by their father and help the Serpentine King take his palace back with Aspheera swearing revenge on Wu. Zane, Lloyd, and Nya steal the second scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu and run to the monastery where Aspheera is attacking them. They battle Aspheera with the second scroll and the battle ends with Zane freezing the snakes and him being banished to the Never-Realm. Wu wants to travel there alone to save Zane but the Ninja refuse. P.I.X.A.L. sends them to the Never-Realm using Aspheera's staff. Wu reveals that Traveler's Tea grown in Ninjago cannot work in the Never-Realm. The Ninja arrive in the Never-Realm and are brought to a village where they reveal their agenda.
Season 12: Prime Empire (Spring 2020)“Would you like to enter Prime Empire?” In the hyped video game, Prime Empire, you can be whoever you want to be. Jay, ever the avid gamer, can’t wait to start playing. But when hundreds of players, and Jay, suddenly start vanishing without a trace, the ninja need to get inside the game and find out who is playing Unagami. Now they must compete in adventures and difficult game worlds, win all three Key-tanas – and only then can they face the evil Unagami. Can they reach the final level and beat the game?
The LEGO Ninjago Movie was released on September 22, 2017 . It was a spin-off of The LEGO Movie and was CGI animated to look like stop-motion. The story was about Garmadon attacking the city, and it diverged from the plot of the TV series.
See also: List of Ninjago cards
The fighting style practiced by the characters of Ninjago is called Spinjitzu. This is also the name of the game associated with the theme. The fighters spin around and draw on their elemental strengths to become tornadoes of energy and steel. Several sets in the game include special spinner parts, customized for different characters. Players select their characters, the weapons the character will hold, and a small deck of ability cards to influence the duel. The characters are placed into the spinners and spun at each other like tops, with the goal being to knock the opponent's minifigure down.
The game was expanded in 2012 to include different suits for the ninjas, crowns for the spinners, blades to go under the spinner, and booster packs which consist of a minifigure, spinner accessories, and three weapons.
A new wave of NINJAGO Spinners was released in early 2019.
Airjitzu is a battle game released in 2015. It involves launching the Airjitzu spinner into the air using a rip cord, and it will fall and continue to spin. One way to battle is to see whose can go higher/farther, and when they hit the ground, you can finish it with a spinner battle. The first wave contains 6 Airjitzu Flyers: Kai, Zane, Cole, Jay, Morro, and Wrayth.
- Kai appears with his Airjitzu launcher in the set 70735 Ronin R.E.X., as well as his own Airjitzu set, 70739 Airjitzu Kai Flyer
- Jay appears in the set 70740 Airjitzu Jay Flyer.
- Cole appears in the set 70741 Airjitzu Cole Flyer.
- Zane appears in the set 70742 Airjitzu Zane Flyer.
- Morro appears in the set 70743 Airjitzu Morro Flyer.
- Wrayth appears in the set 70744 Airjitzu Wrayth Flyer.
- Kai appears in the set 70633 Kai - Spinjitzu Master
- Nya appears in the set 70634 Nya - Spinjitzu Master
- Jay appears in the set 70635 Jay - Spinjitzu Master
- Zane appears in the set 70636 Zane - Spinjitzu Master
- Cole appears in the set 70637 Cole - Spinjitzu Master
- Lloyd appears in the set 70640 S.O.G. Headquarters and 70628 Lloyd - Spinjitzu Master
- Wu appears in the set 70644 Golden Dragon Master
- Cole appears in the set 70645 Cole - Dragon Master
- Jay appears in the set 70646 Jay - Dragon Master
- Kai appears in the set 70647 Kai - Dragon Master
- Zane appears in the set 70648 Zane - Dragon Master
Ninja Trainees are the first variation. They include the Ninja in the outfits worn by ninjas in the Ninja theme, with their symbols attached to a rope. There is no printing on the back of the torso on the variant. The torso and leg printing is reused with the Kendo variant.
DX is the second type of suit the ninja wear. These ninja wear dragon clothing. The dragons on their suits are all breathing different kinds of elements (Cole, dragon breathing rock; Zane, dragon breathing ice; Jay, dragon breathing lightning; Kai, dragon breathing fire). The ninjas in their DX attire also have gold and red spinners. Ninjas become DX rank once they tame their respective dragon.[source?] Strangely, though all DX ninjas are sold in a Spinner Battle Pack (except for Jay), no dragon was included. DX stands for Dragon Xtreme. At the back the ninja's name is printed.
Kendo Ninjas are the third variation of the ninja. Kendo uniforms are the original ninja robes with new helmet pieces with chest armor. In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, the ninja use the Kendo armor for training[source?], however in the sets, they are often seen in combat with the Serpentine.
ZX is the fourth type of suit worn by the ninja. These ninjas have shoulder pads (armor) that also include a round piece (representing a scabbard) to put Katanas in. They also include a different ninja mask that has a gold or silver crest. Lloyd Garmadon has a ZX variation to represent the Green Ninja. ZX stands for Zen Xtreme.
NRG is another suit the ninja wear as minifigures. This variant depicts the ninja when they unlock their true potential. They appeared in summer 2012 spinners. In NRG form, the ninja are made of pure energy of their element.[source?] The emblems depict the symbol in the top left corner with the element coming from it in a vertical line, a horizontal line and a diagonal line. They look similar to the DX form. The first episode NRG appeared in was "Tick Tock" and the first ninja to use it was Zane. In the episode "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" Jay unlocked his full potential. In the episode "The Royal Blacksmiths" Cole unlocked his full potential. And in the episode "The Green Ninja" Kai unlocked his full potential. Lloyd Garmadon's full potential was The Golden Ninja, although this was revealed a whole season later.
These robes were first introduced with Lloyd in LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia. It was known in the book as another ZX robe, but when they get their new suits in the episode Island of Darkness they get them in the Temple of Light when Kai, Zane, Jay, Cole get their elemental powers back and Lloyd gets the power of the golden dragon fighting style, only practiced by The First Spinjitzu Master.
The Techno variants were introduced in the Rebooted series and the Sets 70720 - 70728. It is a new robe for the five ninja, for more style and strength. In the sets, new weapons known as the Techno Blades are introduced. The Techno Blades were created to hack into the Overlord's systems. The Techno Robes and Blades were invented by Cyrus Borg. In the later wave of sets, newer versions of suits were introduced, which are more armored and have different torso printing. The Ninja got the armored suits by putting on the ancient Stone Army armor to protect themselves from the Golden Master. Zane has his exclusive version of Techno Robes (damaged), included in 70724 and The Visual Dictionary. Lloyd has a variant of the Techno robes with the same shoulder pads as the ZX robes and is found in 70722.
The tournament suits are similar to the Kimono suits, but with slightly different torso printing and reversed colors. They all have masks like the Techno Robes, and the suits are sleeveless except for the remaining gloves. There is a badge with the Ninja's Kanji symbol on it in the front upper right corner of the robe. The robes have a black sash with Lloyd, Jay, Cole, Kai, and Zane's symbols from the badges on it.
Tournament Zane was released two years later (2016), in the 853544 NINJAGO Accessory Set
In the fourth season, the five ninja, along with Skylor this time, will wear robes similar to the ZX ones. However, the armor is leather-based and includes a badge with the Ninja's respective Kanji symbol. The masks are all a single color and replaces the armored headband with a the same symbol from the torso lined in gold.
The robes have similar coloring to the Kimonos. The suits are black with the secondary color being each ninja's personal color. They have the same armor as the ZX robes but in black. According to Episode 49: Peak-a-Boo, the armor is made from Deepstone. However, unlike the Aeroblades, the armor only prevents the one wearing it from being possessed. The mask is a new mold that appear to be molded in two different colors. Nya however will have a similarly printed robe, however her suit will be Dark red with some blue and gold printing, she will have gold ZX armor, and the mask will be molded in dark red and blue as a secondary.
This variant shares a lot of similarities with the NRG variant, but this time the torso and legs are black, and they have their Kanji symbol on the front of their torso, with their elemental symbol on the back, and with both sides emitting each ninja's elemental power. The ZX hood is reused for this variant but with no printing at all.
This variant shares the same leg printing as the ninja's Deepstone variants and also has a new shoulder armor piece. Each one has an animal symbol coming out of a tornado on the right side of the torso. A lion for Kai, an octopus for Jay, an ape for Cole, a wolf for Zane, a phoenix for Nya, and a dragon for Lloyd.
Day of the Departed (Honor Robes, 2017)
This new variant is a combination of several past Ninja gis; As it uses the dual colour for the Ninja's hoods, Skybound's armour piece, the Original rope design across the torso and symbol, ZX colour scheme and minor details, and Tournament for the leg ties.
Hands of Time (2017)In the last wave, before the design change, the ninja receive darker robes to match their more serious attitudes. Kai and Nya receive new head prints, each with metallic red/blue color.
Sons of Garmadon (2018)
This is the first Ninjago wave to feature new head molds since 2015, and the first wave to feature a more drastic design change. The ninja's looks are based off of their NINJAGO Movie counterparts.
The ninja use the same molds and head prints from the previous wave, but wear torn-up versions of their S.O.G gi. This is the second wave of NINJAGO sets to feature the various new molds.
The Ninjas' gi in the Legacy sets and the upcoming Season 10 are less complex than some of the previous ones. They have new mask molds similar to the Deepstone and 2011 masks. Each of the Ninja's masks is made of their base color, and a band of their secondary color over the top part.
On their torso their designs have golden dragon emblems.
Lloyd is a special case, as he has (technically) eleven robes, not twelve, and they are not necessarily the same as the others. He first comes in his Lloyd Garmadon variant, which features a black hood, Lloyd's head, a shirt with a painted on rib cage emblem and a green five, and short black legs. He then comes in his ZX variant, a Kimono variant, the Golden Ninja variant, Techno Robe variant, Zukin, Tournament, DX, and finally his Deepstone variant. In 2015, he does not include an Airjitzu Variant. However, he gets one in 2016, and in 2015, does include an evil one, where he is possessed by Morro.
Zane had suits like the other ninja until 2014, as he has a special variation "damaged Techno Robes" which depicts him after being damaged. That variation is similar to Techno Robes, but with a robotic eye, a grey arm and different torso printing. In 2015, Zane doesn't get two suit variations but only one special one, "The Titanium Ninja" variation, with silver coloring and with a new silver face and an alternate face with a light blue visor.
Each main protagonist is aligned to a particular element.
- Sensei Wu (Gold) Weapons: Golden Staff of Dragons, Katana Strength: Power of Creation, Wisdom[source?]
- Cole (Black) Weapons: Katana, Staff, Battle Hammer, The Scythe of Quakes, Trusty Axe, Golden Tri-Scythe, Golden-Bladed Saw Staff, Ninjago Sword Strength: Defense[source?]
- Jay (Blue) Weapons: Katana, Staff, Golden Spear, Nunchucks of Lighting, Golden Double-Bladed Sword, Silver Serpent Striker, Dragon's Fire, Golden Spear Strength: Speed[source?]
- Kai (Red) Weapons: Spear, Staff, Golden Katana, The Dragon Sword of Fire, Dark Axe, The Golden Point, Double-Bladed Dagger, Ninjago Sword Strength: Attack [source?]
- Nya (Light Blue) Weapons: Daggers (2), Staff, Spear of Fire, Butterfly Sword, Golden Katana, Sai of Water Strength: Intuition [source?]
- Zane (White) Weapons: Spear, Silver Katana, Shurikens of Ice, Staff, Golden Star Hammer, Dark Axe, Golden Pendulum Tusk Strength: Stealth[source?]
- Lloyd Garmadon/The Ultimate Spinjitzu Master (Green/Gold) Weapons: Super Bolt, Gold Katana, Golden Thunder Bolt, Golden Snake, Binding Staff, Spear of Forked-Tongues, Lightning Bolt Dagger[source?]
- Sensei Garmadon (Green) Weapons: Lightning, Double-sided Skeli-scythe, Deceit, Ninjo
- Bonezai (White) Weapons: Mace, Bone Axe, Golden Pickaxe. Strength: Stealth[source?]
- Chopov (Black) Weapons: Staff, Bone, Gold Machete. Strength: Defense[source?]
- Frakjaw (Red) Weapons: Golden Mace, Troll Scimitar, Bone. Strength: Attack[source?]
- Krazi (Blue) Weapons: Pickaxe, Golden Bone, Spiked Sword. Strength: Speed[source?]
- Kruncha (Black) Weapons: Golden Double-sided Axe, Bone, Chained Fang [source?]
- Wyplash (White) Weapons: Golden Dual Flail, Whip, Bone[source?]
- Nuckal (Blue) Weapons: Dark Blade, Golden Double-Sided Bone Axe, Chained Fang [source?]
- Samukai (Red) Weapons: Curved Daggers (4), Scythe of Quakes, Shurikens of Ice, and Nunchucks of Lightning, Sword of Fire[source?]
- Pythor (Purple/White) Weapons: Fangpyre Fang Blade, Anacondrai Staff, Fang Blade Holder[source?]
- Arcturus (Purple) Weapons: Anacondrai Blade
- Chop'rai (Purple) Weapons: Anacondrai Blade
- Kapau'rai (Purple) Weapons: Anacondrai Blade
- Fangtom (Red) Weapons: Fangpyre Staff[source?]
- Fangdam (Red) Weapons: Fangpyre Staff, Fangpyre Viper, Golden Bi-Spear[source?]
- Fang-Suei (Red/White) Weapons: Bananarang, Golden Viper, Dark Axe, Sly Viper[source?]
- Snappa (Red/White) Weapons: Golden Spear, Silver Dark Blade, Fang Spear[source?]
- Skales (Navy) Weapons: Hypnobrai Staff, Anchor, Major Spear, Staff of Light, Hypno Viper[source?]
- Slithraa (Navy) Weapons: Golden Spiked-Sword, Hypnobrai Staff[source?]
- Mezmo (Navy) Weapons: Golden Double Sided Axe Fang[source?]
- Rattla (Grey/Navy) Weapons: Golden Machete, Staff of Control, Hypno Viper[source?]
- Skalidor (Black/Orange) Weapons: Constrictai Staff, Spear Axe[source?]
- Bytar (Black) Weapons: Constrictai Fang Blade[source?]
- Chokun (Orange) Weapons: Golden Mace[source?]
- Snike (Orange) Weapons: Silver Mace[source?]
- Acidicus (Green) Weapons: Venomari Staff, Hypnobrai Fang Blade[source?]
- Lizaru (Green) Weapons: Golden Dual Sided Fang Axe[source?]
- Spitta (Green) Weapons: Spear, Scythe Blade, Trans-Purple viper, Golden Toxic Toothpick[source?]
- Lasha (Lime Green) Weapons: Gold Axe, Venomari Fang Blade, Chained-Fang of Poison, Toxic Viper[source?]
- Overlord (Black)
- General Kozu (Red) Weapons: Swords x2, Swords x4[source?]
- Stone Swordsman weapons : katana and earth elemental sword
- Stone Scout weapon : crossbow
- Stone Warrior (Red/Black) Weapons: Swords x3 and katana[source?]
- General Cryptor (Black/Purple)
- Nindroid Warrior
- Nindroid Drone
- Evil Wu
- Overlord (Digital form)
Sons of Garmadon
- Mr. E
- Ultra Violet
- Luke Cunningham
- Chopper Maroon
- Various unnamed Sons of Garmadon Members
- Iron Baron (formely leader)
- Heavy Metal or Faith (Leader)
- Jet Jack (Second in Command)
- Daddy No Legs
- Chew Toy
- Stalwart Dangerbuff
- Talon (non-canon, member from the upcoming issue 41 of the Ninjago Magazine)
- Nitro (non-canon, member from the upcoming issue 44 of the Ninjago Magazine)
- "Rocky Dangerbuff" (formerly)
- "Dangerbuff Jr." (formerly)
- Various unnamed Dragon Hunters
Video Game Only/Movie Only/Other
- Captain Soto Weapons: Hook, Cutlass, Cannons[source?]
- No Eyed Pete Weapons: Paddle, Cannons[source?]
- First Mate Weapons: Swords, Cutlass, Cannons[source?]
- Pirate 1 Weapons Cutlass, Cannons[source?]
- Pirate 2 Weapons: Cutlass, Cannons[source?]
- Pirate 3 Weapons: Hooks, Sword, Cannons[source?]
- Grand Sensei Dareth
- Dr. Julien
- Ed Walker
- Edna Walker
- Gayle Gossip
- Mother Doomsday
- The First Spinjitzu Master
- Brad Tudabone
- Patty Keys
Elemental Masters (Descendants)
- Griffin Turner
- Jacob (Ninjago)
- Shadow (Ninjago)
Elemental Masters (Descendants)
- See: List of Ninjago sets
There are currently 91 sets, 6 Airjitzu flyers, 30 spinners and 7 booster packs that have been released. The Sets' prices vary from $4.99 USD to $199.99 USD. Booster Packs are $4.99 USD. Spinners are $9.99 USD to $19.99 USD. Airjitzu Flyers are $9.99 USD.
- Unlike the larger sets in the line, the minifigures and weapons in the Spinner sets are made from a cheaper Chinese plastic, rather than the usual ABS.
- The video game LEGO Universe featured a world called the "Ninjago Monastery".
- Crux Prime, a game world which features an area called the Maelstrom Quarry, which features a ruined part of Ninjago Monastery, a Ninja of Imagination named Neido, and Nuckal.
- The Ninjago Monastery, which unlike in the cartoon, is not set upon a high mountain, but rather as a floating planet chunk. Sensei Wu, Jay, Kai, Zane, Cole, Chopov, Krazi, Bonezai, and Frakjaw can be found here. It does not feature a training course.
- In episode 9 of Season 1, "The Royal Blacksmiths," when talking about the second Fang Blade, Cole references Clutch Powers, the main character from LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers.
- In 2019, Clutch Powers makes a physical appearance in the Ninjago theme as a minifigure in the TV series and a LEGO store exclusive.
- The "Rebooted" poster for the 2014 Ninjago sets reads in binary "NINDROID."
- During the Set CGIs for Summer 2015 (Set 70730 - 70738), there were different songs for each set.
- This is the first time LEGO used multiple songs in their set CGIs instead of having one official one.
Other Ninjago Media
- LEGO Battles: Ninjago
- LEGO Ninjago: Nindroids
- LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin
- LEGO Dimensions
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game
- Spinjitzu Smash!
- Spinjitzu Smash DX
- Spinjitzu Snakedown
- Smash Creations
- Smash Party
- Spinjitzu Spinball Snake Invasion
- Viper Smash
- Viper Smash ZX
- The Final Battle
- Rebooted game
- Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt
- LEGO Ninjago: Rise of the Snakes
- LEGO Ninjago - The Final Battle
- LEGO Ninjago - Rebooted (game)
- LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia
- LEGO Ninjago: The Visual Dictionary
- Lego Ninjago Secret World of the Ninja
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