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Lloyd and Emperor Garmadon engage the Omega, who knocks Lloyd into another vault where he finds the Sword of Sanctuary. It's foretelling powers prove useless against the Oni leader, but he is able to use it to smash the Realm Crystal while the Omega battles with Garmadon. Unfortunately, the Omega reveals that, with the Oni's portal to the First Realm opened, the Realm Crystal is no longer needed. He then summons several of his minions, who pursue Garmadon and Lloyd through the vault until the pair come across an unexpected asset: the armor of the Golden Master.
Repelled by the armor, the Oni nevertheless continue their pursuit, and Lloyd reaches P.I.X.A.L. in her mech while attempting to contact his teammates for an extraction. P.I.X.A.L. swoops in to save the pair, trusting in her Nindroid nature to safeguard her from the darkness, while the Destiny's Bounty 3.0 arrives at Ninjago News Center. Working quickly, the Ninja are able to evacuate the trapped civilians, but Nya accidentally accelerates the engines in the wrong direction. Cole is prevented from boarding by the mishap, and the rope ladder in which he becomes entangled then snaps, dropping him into the darkness below.
P.I.X.A.L. reaches Lloyd and Garmadon just as they are being mobbed by the Oni, but her mech runs out of fuel shortly after they've climbed above the dark clouds covering Ninjago. Fortunately, the Bounty returns just in time for them to make a crash-landing aboard, with the crew gladly welcoming the safe return of Lloyd and P.I.X.A.L. Unfortunately, they also break the news of Cole's loss, and are infuriated when Garmadon attempts to get them back on course. Unable to understand their reaction, Garmadon enters the Ninja's cabin and looks over their photos, only for newsman Vinny to walk in on him. Garmadon seeks the younger man's wisdom on what could mean more than survival, and is surprised by Vinny's comments about the things that make live worth living.
Nya, heartbroken over Cole's loss and feeling partly responsible, is comforted by Kai who assures her of her blamelessness. Reminded by her brother of her role as a strategist, Nya hits upon a scheme: having Kai use his elemental powers to melt down the Golden Armor and reforge the Golden Weapons of Spinjitsu. With this plan in mind, the Bounty sets course for the Monastery of Spinjitzu. Unbeknownst to them, however, back at the Ninjago News Center, Cole is still alive...