- Not to be confused with the set.
|“You chose strangers over me?! Your creator?! Do your duties, Samurai! You will hear from me again, when the time is near!”|
|— The Empire Dragon to Okino in "The Maze of the Red Dragon"|
The Empire Dragon (also known as the Unagami Black Dragon) is a mechanical dragon that Unagami can transform into, whenever he's angry or desires to threaten someone. It is one of the three shapes/forms that Unagami can adopt inside and, surprisingly, outside of Prime Empire.
Unagami finally opens the portal to Ninjago City but before he could leave, he is seen engaged in a fight with Jay, who only manages to delay him for a few seconds. Due to that, Unagami transforms into the Empire Dragon. After he defeated Jay, the Empire Dragon enters Ninjago.
After entering Ninjago, Unagami, as the Empire Dragon, engages in a fight with Jay and his Blue Dragon all over Ninjago City, this leads them to the top of Borg Tower, where Unagami destroys the Blue Dragon, leaving Jay only on his feet, on top of the helipad, there the Empire Dragon prepares to defeat Jay, but after Jay manages to calm him down through understanding and compassion, Unagami returns to his normal form to finally talk with his creator, Milton Dyer.
Join Digi Lloyd and Kai in a thrilling battle against the fearsome Unagami black dragon over the skies of Prime Empire and NINJAGO® city. Watch out for the dragon’s claws and digi blade wings! Be ready to dodge its powerful stud shooters! Can the daring ninja heroes defeat the dragon, claim the Key-Tana and escape from the clutches of Unagami?
- 136. "The Maze of the Red Dragon" (hologram)
- 143. "The Temple of Madness" (no lines)
- 144. "Game Over"
- It's the fifth villainous dragon to appear in the Ninjago. The first four being the Nindroid MechDragon, Morro Dragon, Ghost Dragons, Boreal, and the sixth and seventh being the Red Dragon and Grief-Bringer respectively.
- The cockpit of the Empire Dragon resembles the "Konami Code," a special code that would allow users to enable a cheat or other effects when used.
- It's one of the three robot dragons to appear in the series, the other two being the Nindroid MechDragon and the Blue Dragon.
- Despite being known as Unagami's dragon form in the show, the Empire Dragon is known for being a dragon mech that belongs to Unagami in the sets instead.
- According to a Ninjago Magazine, the Empire Dragon would battle the Blue Dragon. This was confirmed in "Game Over".