“Caves of Despair? We've been there. I don't remember seeing any tomb.”
“But there are still miles of unexplored mines. It could be there.”
Wu and Misako in "The Crooked Path"

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

History

Years ago

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 was killed by the explosion,[1] his soul being sent to the Cursed Realm while his deceased body remained in the Caves of Despair.[2] 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 afterward, 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.

The Snake King

Cole attempted to one-up the mysterious samurai, who was fighting Serpentine in the Caves of Despair.

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 a geyser of Kethanol 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.

Description

Hiding place of one of the Four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu, the Scythe of Quakes. This was the first location to which the ninja traveled in search of the Golden Weapons. The caves are part of one of the largest mountains on NINJAGO Island and stretch for kilometers. Samukai ordered a Skeleton Army mining operation here in an effort to find the weapon, which resulted in the laying of railroad tracks, the carving of new tunnels and the construction of Skeleton Army watchtowers. The ninja succeeded in finding the Scythe first, but it was guarded by an Earth Dragon. The creature eventually became Cole’s mount.[3]

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, they were completely destroyed in a massive kethanol geyser explosion caused by Cole.

Animal Life

Vegetation

Areas

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

Appearances

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Pilot Episodes

Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Season 5: Possession

Ninjago: Decoded

Video Games

Trivia

  • The Caves of Despair are the only location for the Golden Weapons that is confirmed to be destroyed.

Gallery

References

Locations

Landmarks

Abandoned Village · Anacondrai Tomb · Ancient Pyramid · Birchwood Forest · Blackwood Forest · Blind Man's Eye · Billy Badlands · Boiling Sea · Borg Tower Vaults · Bottomless pit · Castle of Ice · Caves of Despair · Chen's Camp · Chen's Island · Chrono Crater (non-canon) · Constrictai Tomb · Corridor of Elders · Crashcourse Canyon · Dark Island · Dead's End · Delta V · Desert Pyramid · Digger's Deep · Digiverse · Dream World (non-canon) · Dungeons of Shintaro · Echo Canyons · Endless Sea · Fangpyre Tomb · Firstbourne's nest · Floating Ruins · Forest of Tranquility · Frozen Ice Pond · Frozen Wasteland · Geckle Courthouse · Geckle Strong-Cave · Glacier Barrens · Glacier Island (non-canon) · Golden Peaks · Hall of Villainy · Haunted Hill · Hiroshi's Labyrinth · Hollow's Bluff · Hono Mizu · Hypnobrai Tomb · Ice Cave · Ice labyrinth · Ignacia · Jamanakai Village · Jankikai Jungle · Kingdom of Shintaro · Mala-Wojira · Manifestation Gate · Mega Monster Amusement Park · Metalonia · Mino Pit · Mount of Eternal Shadows · Mountain of a Million Steps · Mountain of Madness · Mountains of Impossible Height · Munce Arena · Munce Home-Cave · Ninjago · Ninjago (LEGO Universe) (non-canon) · Ninjago City · Ninjago Harbor · Ninjago Park · Ninjago Sky · Nom (non-canon) · No Man's Bluff · Oni land · Oni stronghold · Ouroboros · Outer space · Prime Empire (Battle Arena · Forest of Discontent · Gamer's Market · Glitch · Infinity Maze · Okino's House · Place of swords · Shifty's Table · Side-Scrolling Platform · Terra Karana · Terra Technica · Terra Domina) · Primeval's Eye · Repo yard · Rift of Return · River of Darkness · Rock-Bottom · Route 23 · Samurai X Cave · Sea of Sand · Shadow Bay · Shintaro · Shintaro Mines · Shintaro Palace Gardens · Spinjago (non-canon) · Spirit Coves · Stiix · Stone Army Tomb · Story cave · Temporal vortex · The Pit · Tiger Widow Island · Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master · Torchfire Mountain · Toxic Bogs · Venomari Tomb · Vermillion Swamps · Vlad Tutu's Dance Class · Wailing Alps · Well of Souls · Wildwood Forest

Buildings and establishments

Anacondrai Temple · Biker Tavern · Borg Store · Borg Tower · Buddy's Pizza · Chan's Theater · Chen's Coliseum · Chen's Monastery · Chen's Palace · Concert Hall · Borg Industries · Dareth's Apartment · Darnagom Enterprises · Dragon's Forge · Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk · Explorers Club · First Spinjitzu Master's House · Fire Temple · Four Weapons Blacksmith · Fur Mart · Garmadon's Dark Fortress · Garbage depot · Garmadon's monastery · Grand Sensei Dareth's Mojo Dojo · Hanging Temple · Hidden Workshop · Hiroshi Labyrinth Stronghold · Ice Fortress · Kiddie Arcade · Kryptarium Prison · Laughy's · Library of Domu · Lloyd's treehouse fortress · Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts · Monastery of Spinjitzu · Mystake's tea shop · Ninjago City Aquarium · Ninjago City Bank · Ninjago City Hospital · Ninjago City Police Station · Ninjago City Prison · Ninjago Doomsday Comix · Ninjago Metro · Ninjago Museum of History · Ninjago sewerage · Noodle factory · Old electronics warehouse · Oni Temple · Royal Palace · Shintaro Palace · Skull Keep · Serpentine's underground fortress · Steep Wisdom · Steeper Wisdom (non-canon) · Temple of Airjitzu · Temple of Fortitude · Temple of Light · Temple of Madness · Temple of Resurrection · Ronin's Pawn Shop · Underground Library · Vast Industries · Vermillion Dome of Doom · Wind Farms Power Station · Wong's Costume · Wu's Academy · Yang Tavern

Other realms

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

The LEGO Ninjago Movie locations

Ninjago · Ninjago City · Bridge of Fallen Mentors · Canyon of General Unhappiness · Firing Room · Garmadon's Volcano Lair · Jungle of Lost Souls · Koko's Apartment · Lost Generals' Lair · Ninja Mech Garage · Ninjago Beach · Ninjago High School · Ninjago Tower · Temple of Fragile Foundations

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