“Stubborn to the end. So be it. The green one will perish.”
Vex, to an unknown prisoner
"An Unlikely Ally"
Season 11, Episode 18
S11 E18
Air date August 24, 2019 (Malaysia)
September 16, 2019 (Australia)
October 4, 2019 (Canada)
December 21, 2019 (US)
Written by Bragi Schut
Directed by Shane Poettcker
Episode guide
"Fire Maker"
"The Absolute Worst"

An Unlikely Ally is the eighteenth episode of the eleventh season, and 116th overall of LEGO Ninjago. It aired in Malaysia on August 24, 2019, September 16, 2019, in Australia, and on October 4, 2019, in Canada. It also aired in the United States on December 21, 2019, paired up with "The Absolute Worst." However, in most other countries, this episode was paired up with "Fire Maker."


Lloyd runs afoul of the Ice Emperor's Blizzard Samurai but is rescued by a strange wolf, with whom an unlikely friendship develops.

Extended: Following the attack by the Ice Emperor's evil Blizzard Samurai, the ninja find themselves rebuilding the Ice Fisher's village. Lloyd, however, decides to go in search of the Land Bounty, in hopes of salvaging some weapons. He says goodbye to his ninja friends, leaving them to protect the village, and takes his leave. He hasn't gone far when he observes a strange white wolf following him. Lloyd leaves some food for the wolf and arrives at a mountain pass. Partway into the pass, however, he runs into more Blizzard Samurai. A harrowing battle ensues and Lloyd is forced to trigger an avalanche that buries the Samurai along with him! Luckily, his newfound wolf companion helps pull Lloyd from the snow. Together, the duo make their way out of the canyon and arrive at the wreckage of the Land Bounty. As they hunker in for the night, Lloyd's sense of hope is restored when he picks up a faint signal on a tracking device and realizes: Zane's mech is nearby.


Back in the Great Lake, Jay and Nya are working on top of the roof and both remark on how cold it is before Jay ends up falling into a pile of snow Cole created. Cole asks Nya if she can use her Elemental Powers on snow, but Nya is unable since she cannot control frozen water. Cole then begins to complain that Nya is useless which causes her to throw a snowball at him. When Jay asks about Kai, three kids run over to Kai, who is resting on a hammock.

The kids want Kai to cook their fish, and Kai gladly agrees. When Cole, Jay, and Nya head over, Kai talks about how great of a life he's enjoying which causes Nya to flip Kai off of his hammock due to him gloating about his powers returning.


Nya and Sorla

Nya walks away but is soon confronted by Sorla. Nya explains that her Elemental Power is useless since she can't control frozen water. Sorla gives advice and Nya tries to use her powers on a frozen stalactite, but it doesn't move. Furious, she kicks the building, causing snow to fall on her.

Before she goes on another rage, Lloyd comes over to tell Nya that she and the Ninja should protect the Great Lake, while he goes to the Castle of Ice alone. Lloyd talks about one Ninja would stand a better chance than a whole group—the Blizzard Samurai being distracted on the Great Lake instead of Lloyd. In the end, the Ninja wish Lloyd farewell and give him the GPS tracker to the Titan Mech.


Vex bribes the unknown prisoner

Inside the Castle of Ice, General Vex uses his crystal to spy on Lloyd leaving the village. He then notifies a prisoner that Lloyd is coming, shocking the prisoner, who is soon offered a deal by Vex to join the Blizzard Samurai in exchange for Lloyd's safety. The prisoner immediately rejects the offer by throwing his recently acquired food at Vex, who laments his stubbornness stating that the green one will perish, and leaves.

Back on the trail, Lloyd was walking before he is spotted by the Frost Wolves he encountered earlier. They attack, but a white three-tailed wolf scares them off. Thanks to her, Lloyd gives her the dried fish that he got from Jay and continues on his journey.

When he reaches Mala Wujira, Lloyd sneezes, causing snow to block the entrance he came in. He continues on through the fog and encounters the Blizzard Samurai. Lloyd is nearly frozen twice before shouting, causing the snow to fall on the Blizzard Samurai, giving Lloyd a chance to escape.

When Lloyd wakes up, he sees the same wolf who saved him earlier. Lloyd follows her lead and eventually, the wolf shows Lloyd to the Land Bounty.


Lloyd and the wolf

He attempts to turn on the vehicle but is unable to. He uses the emergency supplies that were located in the Land Bounty and planned to return to the village to think of a new plan.

All of a sudden, the GPS picks up the Mech, meaning it still has a chance to work and gives Lloyd hope of rescuing Zane.



For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations Visited


  • Narrator: Lloyd
  • In most countries, this episode was paired with "Fire Maker."
  • Vex offers the unknown prisoner a position in the Blizzard Samurai, but the prisoner refuses.
  • This episode marks the first physical appearance of Akita but in her wolf form.


  • The pile of snow that Jay destroyed is somehow untouched when Nya comes to the ground.
  • The snow that fell on Nya's head disappears when she starts talking to Lloyd.
  • When Vex is watching Lloyd leave the village, the size of the crystal he is watching from changes from the small crystal used in "The Never-Realm" to a big chunk.





For the gallery for 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: The 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 Mini-Movies Operation Heavy Metal
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
Wu's Teas Mini-Movies (non-canon) Wu's Teas
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: The 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
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu 1. Master Class · 2. Green and Gold · 3. The Weekend Drill · 4. Elemental Rider · 5. Blue Lightning · 6. Samurai X-Treme
Season 10: March of the Oni 95. The Darkness Comes · 96. Into the Breach · 97. The Fall · 98. Endings
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
Prime Empire Original Shorts 1. Let's Dance · 2. Upgrade · 3. The Meaning of Victory · 4. The Stowaway · 5. Manhunt · 6. Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look
Season 12: Prime Empire 129. Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire? · 130. Dyer Island · 131. Level Thirteen · 132. Superstar Rockin' Jay · 133. I am Okino · 134. The Glitch · 135. The Cliffs of Hysteria · 136. The Maze of the Red Dragon · 137. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back · 138. Racer Seven · 139. The Speedway Five-Billion · 140. Stop, Drop and Side Scroll · 141. Ninjago Confidential · 142. The Prodigal Father · 143. The Temple of Madness · 144. Game Over
Season 13: Master of the Mountain 145. Shintaro · 146. Into the Dark · 147. The Worst Rescue Ever · 148. The Two Blades · 149. Queen of the Munce · 150. Trial By Mino · 151. The Skull Sorcerer · 152. The Real Fall · 153. Dungeon Party! · 154. Dungeon Crawl! · 155. Grief-Bringer · 156. Masters Never Quit · 157. The Darkest Hour · 158. The Ascent · 159. The Upply Strike Back! · 160. The Son of Lilly
Season 14 TBA
Season 15 TBA
Unknown Ninjago 2022 Installment TBA

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