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“I love having this baby again! Aha! Best present ever!”
Cole, referring to the Earth Driller in "The Weekend Drill"

The Earth Driller is a Ninja vehicle built by Dr. Julien and Nya for Cole. It is a large black and gold vehicle resembling a race car with a sealed cockpit and a large golden-colored drill on the front. Prior to the Oni's invasion, Nya rebuilt the driller.


Island of Darkness

At the Island of Darkness, while the ninja were looking for the Temple of Light without being spotted by the Stone Warriors, Dr. Julien and Nya began working on new vehicles to aid them.

When the ninja returned with the Stone Army hot in pursuit, Nya and Dr. Julien presented the Earth Driller to them. The ninja used the vehicle to avoid the Stone Warriors by moving underground. They arrived at the mountain leading up to the Temple, but it was unable to traverse, so they decided to climb up the mountain using the Fire Mech.

The Last Hope

After being warned of danger by the Falcon, Nya used the Earth Driller to rescue the ninja and Misako after they stole the Helmet of Shadows.

The Weekend Drill (flashback)

When Wu showed Misako the murals in the Monastery, Wu wondered why one of the monks painted the Earth Driller.

In a flashback, Cole was enjoying a ride in the Earth Driller when he got a message from Warden Noble that there was trouble in Kryptarium. When he arrived he saw that the Giant Stone Warrior escaped its cell and tried to contain it with the Driller. In the process, Killow and Ultra Violet's cell door broke down. Killow attacked Cole, but he put them in their cells. Once he stood victorious, everyone booed at him for destroying the prison.

Back in the present, Wu decided to keep the painting there, stating that it can't do any harm.

The Darkness Comes

Cole, Zane, and P.I.X.A.L. used the Earth Driller to try and get to Ninjago Harbor, but got stuck in traffic. Cole attempted to drill through the road, but Zane said that people wouldn't like the freeway getting destroyed again. The ninja eventually got out of the Earth Driller and ran to the docks, abandoning the vehicle in the city, although Cole closed the cockpit.


Cole used it to get back to the Monastery of Spinjitzu. Later, the Omega threw it over the edge of the of the mountain and it is unknown what happened to it after that, though it was very likely destroyed due to the altitude of the mountain.


The Earth Driller's large tires allow it to go across all kinds of terrain. Its drill allows it to tunnel through the ground with ease, and can also be used as a weapon.

It can carry all five ninja in its cockpit, and the compacted Fire Mech can be stored in the back.



  • The Earth Driller is a playable vehicle in LEGO Worlds.
  • Just like the Roto Jet, it was never specifically Cole's vehicle (until Season 10), even though the set was called "Cole's Earth Driller".
  • The vehicle in Season 2 could seat up to seven people. However, the original set could only seat one minifigure, and the Legacy remake can only seat two.
  • The Earth Driller was chosen over the Tread Assault for Cole's first Legacy vehicle because the Earth Driller is more iconic and the Tread Assault would have had to be more modified from its original design.[1]


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Ninja vehicles

Lloyd: Golden Mech · Green Ninja cycle · Jungle Raider · Destiny's Shadow · Ninja Nightcrawler · Titan Mech · Racing bike · Lloyd's Race Car
Kai: Blade Cycle · Fire Mech · Kai Fighter · Prototype X-1 · Rocket boards · Super Bike · Katana V11 · Destiny's Wing · ATV · Mech Jet · Golden Dragon Raider
Jay: Storm Glider · Lightning off-roader · ElectroMech · Ghost Taker GT · Lightning Bike · Flying speeder · Blue Dragon · Sub car · Golden Dragon Motorbike
Nya: Samurai Mech · Proto Sam-X · D.B. Express · Nya's bike · Samurai VXL · Battle Wagon · Nya's bike (fantasy) · Ninja Tuner Car · Samurai X MECH
Cole: Tread Assault · Earth Driller · Earth Mech · Roto Jet · Ghost Cycle · Rock Roader · Rock Cycle · Speeder Cars · Stone Mech · Dragon Racer
Zane: Snowmobile · NinjaCopter · Ice Mech · Titanium Ninja Tumbler · Snake Bike · ShuriCopter · Zane's jet · Jungle surfboard · Golden Dragon Jet
Wu: Wu's horse carriage · Wu's ship
P.I.X.A.L.: Samurai VXL · Samurai X Mech
Team: Gliders · Destiny's Bounty · Ultra Sonic Raider · Ultra Stealth Raider · Land Bounty · Ninja hang gliders · Ninja's catamarans · Jungle Choppers · Hydro Bounty · APS suits · Submersible combat crafts · Mini submarines

Villain vehicles

Skulkin Vehicles: Skulkin mechs · Skull Truck · Turbo Shredders
Serpentine Vehicles: Bite Cycles · Fangpyre Robot · Fangpyre Trucks · Fangpyre Wrecking Ball · Rattlercopter · Serpentine Bus · Serpentine Express
Stone Army: Garmatron · Hoppers · Samurai Mech · Tusk · Warrior Bikes
Nindroid Army: Arcturus · Attack gliders · Destructoid · Double laser cannons · Golden Master's mech · Hover-Copters · Hover Hunters · Jet fighters · Lunar rovers · Nindroid jet fighters · Nindroid MechDragon · Security Mechs · Security tanks · Nindroids' jetpacks
Anacondrai Cultists: Anacondrai Battle Mechs · Anacondrai buggies · Blade-Copters · Chenosaurus · Chen's blimp · Chen's ferry · Clouse's stone mech · Condrai Crushers
Ghost Warriors: Chain Cycle · Ghost ship · Mech-enstein
Sky Pirates: Misfortune's Keep · Raid Zeppelin · Sky Shark · Pirate jet
Vermillion: Iron Doom · Vermillion Invaders · Vermillion Racers · Machia's ship
Sons of Garmadon: Oni Bike · Oni Chopper · Stone Booster Bike · Street bikes
Dragon Hunters: Destiny's Wing · Dieselnaut · HunterCopter
Unagami's army: Empire Dragon · Noodle Truck of Crime · Speeder Cars
Keepers: Battle catamarans
Kryptarium inmates and henchmen: Ronin's monster
Merlopians: Kalmaar's chariot
Vengestone army: Crystal hovercraft

Other vehicles

Cliff Gordon's yacht · Cyrus Borg's private helicopter · Firstbourne Mech · Garbage trucks · Jalopy · Mary Louise · NGTV helicopter · Noodle trucks · Postman's bike · R.E.X. · Ronin's Mech (non-canon) · Salvage M.E.C.

The LEGO Ninjago Movie vehicles

Secret Ninja Force: Destiny's Bounty · Earth Mech · Fire Mech · Green Ninja Mech Dragon · Ice Tank · Lightning Jet · Ninja Helicopter · Water Mech
Shark Army: Flying Jelly Subs · Garma Mecha Man · Piranha Mechs · Manta Ray Bombers · Shark Mech