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She said... a darkness swept over the Realm of Oni and Dragon. She tried to resist it, but it grew and grew, consuming all in its path. Those who were touched by it were frozen where they stood like statues.
Wu to the ninja in "The Darkness Comes"

The darkness[1][2] (also referred to as the black cloud of destruction)[2][3] were mystical clouds used by the Oni. These clouds petrify anyone who is not Oni, or of Oni descent, as explained by Garmadon when he told Cole that no mere human could survive the darkness.


The Darkness Comes

The darkness would spread throughout Ninjago City with the tentacles petrifying anyone who was captured.

Into the Breach

Clouds are seen under the Bounty multiple times and are seen when Lloyd & his father walk through to get to the Realm Crystal.

The Fall

Garmadon & Lloyd run into the clouds to run away from Oni. Soon P.I.X.A.L. dives into the clouds to help them. Meanwhile, trying to save anyone left from the clouds, Cole falls in and the clouds surround him.


Cole tries to run through the clouds to get to the Earth Driller. He almost falls ill to it but makes in time.

Later, when the ninja, Garmadon, Faith and Wu retreat from the Oni, clouds can be seen climbing over the monastery walls.


  • Petrification - The victims of the cloud will go into a deep slumber, while their physical body transforms into a stone-like substance. The victims are seemingly incapable of re-awakening. It's possible for a person to briefly avoid petrification, and if they enter an enclosed space like the cockpit of a car, they will be immune to the effects.
  • Weakening - If the victim manages to resist petrification, their energy will slowly deplete and they will begin to weaken. They will also have a hard time breathing - even part-Oni.
  • Strong Grip - The black tentacles have a strong grip on people that it grabs on.
  • Discomfort - Cole mentioned that when he was taken by the tentacles, it was the "coldest thing he had ever felt."


Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 9: Hunted

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu

Season 10: March of the Oni


  • According to Tommy Andreasen, the thickness of the fog may have been thick enough to prevented Cole from dying from his fall, as Garmadon was shown to jump into the darkness without a parachute in "Into the Breach."[4]


Promotional media

In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu


Non-Elemental substances


Blue Crystal · Clearstone · Deepstone · Vengestone


Great Devourer's venom · Tiger Widow venom · Venomari venom


Blast Sap · Chronosteel · Dark Matter · Darkness (Oni) · Kethanol · Spirit smoke · Zane's power source