“This is not good. This is really, really not good.”
"A Rocky Start"
Season 11, Episode 3
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Air date June 29, 2019 (US)
July 29, 2019 (Australia)
August 17, 2019 (Canada)
Written by Bragi Schut
Directed by Shane Poettcker
Episode guide
"Questing for Quests"
"The Belly of the Beast"

A Rocky Start is the third episode of the eleventh season, and 101st overall of LEGO Ninjago. It aired in the United States on June 29, 2019, in Australia on July 29, 2019, and in Canada on August 17, 2019. It was paired up with "The Belly of the Beast."


The ninja have found their quest! Now they just have to get there, which involves a road trip through the Desert of Doom, a region supposedly inhabited by a giant scarab beetle.

Extended: Excited by the promise of adventure, the ninja quickly pack and are ready to head off when they learn Pixal has a surprise for the group. They follow her to a secret freight elevator that descends deep into the monastery and learn that Pixal has, in secret, built a hidden base for them below the temple grounds filled with new vehicles and weapons. The ninja head off together... En route through the desert, this promising beginning comes crashing to a halt when the group is attacked by a giant scarab beetle. The beetle disables their new Land Bounty and the ninja are forced to take shelter on a small island of rocks where they hope to regroup and repair their vehicles.


As soon as the ninja decide to visit the Ancient Pyramid, they immediately start packing. However, most of the ninja don't know what to pack. Such as Kai suggesting that they pack boots, Cole wanting to bring his guzzler hat, and Jay wanted to bring his travel pillow. As a result, they pack too many supplies. This makes Master Wu question what the ninja are up to until P.I.X.A.L. proposes that they try out their new combat vehicles.

When the ninja return to the game room, P.I.X.A.L. threw three shurikens at a dartboard to reveal a secret button and eventually a secret elevator which leads to the Hangar Bay. As the ninja rode down the elevator, Kai wondered why nobody told him about the Hanger Bay and Jay wondered why he didn't notice the construction, and P.I.X.A.L. told Kai that she and Wu worked on the cave for six months and that Jay was to busy playing video games during the construction.

Inside the Hangar Bay, it is revealed that many vehicles are stored here such as Destiny's Bounty and the Samurai Mech. When the ninja enter, they express their excitement and begin exploring. Nya asks about one of the inventions which turns out to be the Land Bounty. Filled with joy, the ninja immediately head out with the Land Bounty and the two other vehicles despite leaving their luggage behind.

When the ninja entered the Desert of Doom, Jay shows excitement on their journey while Zane read a guidebook on their new location. Zane talks about the origin of the name which involved a giant scarab beetle named Beohernie who destroyed a local village because he thought he was getting little respect. Nevertheless, Jay thinks it's all a myth and even makes fun of the name. Before Lloyd could reply, Cole spots an oasis and suggests that they should have a lunch break.

Within the oasis, the ninja relaxed while Zane continued to gain more information on the Desert of Doom. He begins to explain that mirages can occur while traveling in a desert. While the ninja become fascinated with mirages, Cole heads to where the cooler is to get more food before it disappears under the sand.

All of a sudden, the ground begins to shake and Beohernie appears to the surface. The ninja retreat to their vehicles, but Cole trips on a rock and is almost devoured before Beohernie disappears from the surface.

Facing uncertainty, the ninja decide to escape; however, Beohernie is able to grab the Land Bounty and prevent it from speeding away. Cole and Kai, who have their own vehicles, are able to distract Beohernie and allow the Land Bounty to escape, but Beohernie pursues them instead. As Beohernie chases after Kai, Nya fires one of the weapons to attach to Beohernie, but the Land Bounty is unable to slow down, so Lloyd breaks free from Beohernie by cutting the rope which causes the beetle to drop below the surface.

Once again facing uncertainty, Lloyd decides they need to get out of the sand and head for one of the rock Lloyd spotted, so Beohernie can't attack them. As they head for the rocks, the rocks disappear as the ninja realize it's a mirage. Nya is able to spot rocks, but as the ninja headed there, they realize it's another mirage; however, in the distance, they are able to spot real rocks and safely land, but it isn't at the cost of losing one of the compartments Beohernie stole.

As the ninja are relieved, they realize their work isn't done as they are surrounded by two other beetles waiting to attack.



For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations Visited


  • Narrator: Cole
  • In the Brazilian version of the episode, the narrator is Kai instead of Cole.
  • This episode implies that the events of March of the Oni happened a little over six months ago.
  • The title references to "get off to a rocky start," which means to start off badly, or begin with a bad start.
  • Lloyd's line "This is not good. This is really, really not good." refers to a similar line in The Dark Knight.





For the gallery of the episode, click here.

LEGO Ninjago episodes
Pilot episodes 1. Way of the Ninja · 2. The Golden Weapon · 3. King of Shadows · 4. Weapons of Destiny
Mini-movies 1. Secrets of the Blacksmith · 2. Flight of the Dragon Ninja · 3. The New Masters of Spinjitzu · 4. An Underworldly Takeover · 5. Return to the Fire Temple · 6. Battle Between Brothers
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes 1. Rise of the Snakes · 2. Home · 3. Snakebit · 4. Never Trust a Snake · 5. Can of Worms · 6. The Snake King · 7. Tick Tock · 8. Once Bitten, Twice Shy · 9. The Royal Blacksmiths · 10. The Green Ninja · 11. All of Nothing · 12. The Rise of the Great Devourer · 13. Day of the Great Devourer
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja 14. Darkness Shall Rise · 15. Pirates vs. Ninja · 16. Double Trouble · 17. Ninjaball Run · 18. Child's Play · 19. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 20. The Stone Army · 21. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 22. The Last Voyage · 23. Island of Darkness · 24. The Last Hope · 25. Return of the Overlord · 26. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3: Rebooted 27. The Surge · 28. The Art of the Silent Fist · 29. Blackout · 30. The Curse of the Golden Master · 31. Enter the Digiverse · 32. Codename: Arcturus · 33. The Void · 34. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4: Tournament of Elements 35. The Invitation · 36. Only One Can Remain · 37. Versus · 38. Ninja Roll · 39. Spy for a Spy · 40. Spellbound · 41. The Forgotten Element · 42. The Day of the Dragon · 43. The Greatest Fear of All · 44. The Corridor of Elders
Season 5: Possession 45. Winds of Change · 46. Ghost Story · 47. Stiix and Stones· 48. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 49. Peak-a-Boo · 50. Kingdom Come · 51. The Crooked Path · 52. Grave Danger · 53. Curseworld, Part I · 54. Curseworld, Part II
Chen mini-movies (non-canon) 1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 6: Skybound 55. Infamous · 56. Public Enemy Number One · 57. Enkrypted · 58. Misfortune Rising · 59. On a Wish and a Prayer · 60. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 61. Wishmasters · 62. The Last Resort · 63. Operation Land Ho! · 64. The Way Back
Tall Tales (non-canon) 1. The Tall Tale of Flintlocke · 2. The Tall Tale of Clancee · 3. The Tall Tale of Doubloon · 4. The Tall Tale of Dogshank · 5. The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch · 6. The Tall Tale of Squiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal 1. Operation Heavy Metal: Machia · 2. Operation Heavy Metal: Buffmillion · 3. Operation Heavy Metal: Blunck · 4. Operation Heavy Metal: Raggmunk
Season 7: The Hands of Time 65. The Hands of Time · 66. The Hatching · 67. A Time of Traitors · 68. Scavengers · 69. A Line in the Sand · 70. The Attack · 71. Secrets Discovered · 72. Pause and Effect · 73. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 74. Lost in Time
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Ninjago: Decoded 1. Legacy · 2. Vehicles and Mechs · 3. Legendary Places · 4. Ninjago's Most Wanted · 5. The Digiverse and Beyond · 6. The Elemental Masters · 7. Beasts and Dragons · 8. Rise of Garmadon · 9. Prophecy of the Green Ninja · 10. Greatest Battles
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon 75. The Mask of Deception · 76. The Jade Princess · 77. The Oni and the Dragon · 78. Snake Jaguar · 79. Dead Man's Squall · 80. The Quiet One · 81. Game of Masks · 82. Dread on Arrival · 83. True Potential · 84. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9: Hunted 85. Firstbourne · 86. Iron & Stone · 87. Radio Free Ninjago · 88. How to Build a Dragon · 89. The Gilded Path · 90. Two Lies, One Truth · 91. The Weakest Link · 92. Saving Faith · 93. Lessons for a Master · 94. Green Destiny
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Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 99. Wasted True Potential · 100. Questing for Quests · 101. A Rocky Start · 102. The Belly of the Beast · 103. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 104. The News Never Sleeps! · 105. Ninja vs Lava · 106. Snaketastrophy · 107. Powerless · 108. Ancient History · 109. Never Trust a Human · 110. Under Siege · 111. The Explorers Club · 112. Vengeance is Mine! · 113. A Cold Goodbye · 114. The Never-Realm · 115. Fire Maker · 116. An Unlikely Ally · 117. The Absolute Worst · 118. The Message · 119. The Traveler's Tree · 120. Krag's Lament · 121. Secret of the Wolf · 122. The Last of the Formlings · 123. My Enemy, My Friend · 124. The Kaiju Protocol · 125. Corruption · 126. A Fragile Hope · 127. Once and for All · 128. Awakenings
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