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“The Caves of Despair. Samukai must be close to unearthing the Scythe of Quakes. Remember, do not use the weapon. For its power–”
Wu

The Caves of Despair was a location in Ninjago. Made up several incredibly complex series' of tunnels, it formerly held the Scythe of Quakes and the Earth Dragon, and acted as Morro's unofficial grave. As of "The Crooked Path," due to a chain eruption the Caves of Despair exploded, destroying everything inside and outside of it.

Geography

The caves were built into the side of one of Ninjago's largest mountains. A crater is carved out of it, and during Samukai's mining operations, several Skulkin watchtowers were constructed here.

Following the events of Possession, it was completely destroyed in a massive kethanol geyser explosion caused by Cole.

History

While searching for the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master, Morro entered the Caves of Despair in his quest. However, he would end up getting trapped in a chamber filled with a kethanol geyser and would eventually die, his soul being sent to the Cursed Realm while his deceased body remained in the Caves of Despair. Later, shortly after Garmadon's banishment, Master Wu hid the Scythe of Quakes in the Caves and placed the Earth Dragon there to guard it.

The Golden Weapon

In search of the Scythe, Samukai began mining operations in the caves with several Skulkin. However, due to Nuckal misreading the map, their search was hindered as they began digging in the wrong places, allowing the Ninja to sneak past them and retrieve the Scythe of Quakes. Shortly detecting the Ninjas' presence afterwards, the Skulkin clashed with the Ninja over the Scythe of Quakes, though both factions were forced to flee upon the arrival of the Earth Dragon.

Shadow of Ronin (Non-canon)

In an attempt to regain their memories, the Ninja sought out the Obsidian Scythe hidden within, only to be confronted by several Constrictai that had been brainwashed by Ronin. Defeating their controlled allies, the Ninja succeeded in getting the Obsidian Scythe and restoring Cole's memories, before leaving.

The Crooked Path

While the Ninja were looking for the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master, Ronin, possessed by Morro, sent them a video claiming the Tomb was inside the Caves of Despair, with Ghoultar carving false symbols to fool the Ninja. Falling for the trick, the Ninja entered the Caves and eventually stumbled across Morro's corpse, besides the geyser, only for Ghoultar to seal them in the room. Even as the geyser began to build up for a massive explosion, the Ninja managed to escape, traversing through a mine-cart rail system and destroying Ghoultar in the process. They eventually escaped with the help of R.E.X., even as the Caves of Despair detonated, overflowing with lava in the process.

Appearances

Creatures

Vegetation

Areas

  • Mud Slide
  • Snake Scale Wall
  • Skeleton Mining Area
  • Lost Lost Tunnel
  • Maze of Doom
  • Earth Dragon's Cave


Notes

  • Alongside the Fire Temple, the Caves of Despair is one of two locations for the Golden Weapons to be destroyed. Additionally, both the Caves of Despair and the Fire Temple were annihilated by lava.

Gallery

Landmarks, Vehicles, and more

Locations

Anacondrai Tomb · Birchwood Forest · Blackwood Forest · Boiling Sea · Caves of Despair · Chen's Camp · Chen's Island · Chrono Crater (non-canon) · Constrictai Tomb · Corridor of Elders · Crashcourse Canyon · The Dark Island · Desert Pyramid · Echo Canyons · Endless Sea · Fangpyre Tomb · Fire Temple · Floating Ruins · Forest of Tranquility · Frozen Wasteland · Glacier Barrens · Golden Peaks · Haunted Hill · Hiroshi's Labyrinth · Hypnobrai Tomb · Ice Fortress · Ignacia · Jamanakai Village · The Lost City of Ouroboros · Mega Monster Amusement Park · Mountain of a Million Steps · Mountain of Madness · Mountains of Impossible Height · Ninjago City · Ninjago Harbor · Ninjago Island · Ninjago Sky · Samurai X Cave · Sea of Sand · Spinjago (non-canon) · Spirit Coves · Stiix · Stone Army Tomb · Torchfire Mountain · Toxic Bogs · Venomari Tomb · Vermillion Swamps · Wailing Alps · Wildwood Forest

Buildings

Ancient Library of Domu · Biker Tavern · Borg Store · Borg Tower · Buddy's Pizza · Chen's Palace · Concert Hall · Dareth's Apartment · Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk · Four Weapons Blacksmith · Grand Sensei Dareth's Mojo Dojo · Hanging Temple · Hidden Workshop · Hono Mizu · Kiddie Arcade · Kryptarium Prison · Laughy's · Lloyd's Treehouse Fortress · Lord Garmadon's Dark Fortress · Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts · Master Wu's Academy · Monastery of Spinjitzu · Ninjago City Aquarium · Ninjago Doomsday Comix · Ninjago Museum of History · Oni Temple · Royal Palace · The Serpentine's Underground Fortress · Steep Wisdom · Temple of Airjitzu · Temple of Fortitude · Temple of Light · Temple of Resurrection · Vermillion Dome of Doom · Wind Farms Power Station · Wong's Costume · Yang Tavern

Vehicles

Blade-Copter · Blade Cycle · Chain Cycle · Chen's Blimp · Chen's Ferry · Clouse's Earth Mech · Condrai Crusher · D.B. Express · Desert Lightning · Destiny's Bounty (2.0 · Black Bounty · Destiny's Shadow) · Destructoid · Dieselnaut · Earth Driller · ElectroMech · Fangpyre Wrecking Ball · Fire Mech · Garmatron · Golden Mech · Hopper · Hover-Copter · Iron Doom · Jungle Raider · Kai Fighter · Kai's Bike · Katana V11 · Lightning Offroader · Lunar Rover · Mech-enstein · Misfortune's Keep · Ninja Nightcrawler · Nya's Bike · Oni Bike · Proto Sam-X · Raid Zeppelin · Rattlecopter · R.E.X. · Rock Roader · Roto Jet · Salvage M.E.C. · Samurai Mech · Samurai Mech (Stone Army) · Samurai VXL · Serpentine Bus · Serpentine Train · Sky Shark · Storm Fighter · Titanium Ninja Tumbler · Ultra Sonic Raider · Ultra Stealth Raider · Vermillion Invader · Vermillion Racer · Warrior Bike · Wu's Rickshaw · Wu's Ship · X-1 Prototype · Zane's Bike · Zane's Titan Mech

Other Realms

Chima · Cloud Kingdom · Cursed Realm · Departed Realm · Djinjago · Realm of Madness · Realm of Oni and Dragons · Underworld · Never-Realm

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Locations

Ninjago High School · Ninjago City · Ninjago Island

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Vehicles

Fire Mech · Ice Tank · Lightning Jet · Quake Mech · Water Strider · Green Ninja Mech Dragon

Other

Blade Cup · Blind Man's Eye · BorgWatch · Celestial Clock · Cliff Gordon's Guide to Wooing Women · Dapper Dan · Dragon Armor (Blade · Chestplate · Helmet · Shield) · Helmet of Shadows · Illuma-Swords · Infovision · Jadeblade Statue · Lantern · Map of Dens · Map of the Golden Weapons · Medallion · Minidroid Chess · Obsidian Glaive · Oni Masks (Deception · Hatred · Vengeance) · Realm Crystal · Shrinking Pill · Starfarer · Teapot of Tyrahn · Temporal Vortex · Ultra Hunt · Violet Berry Soup

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