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“The scrolls gave us powers we have never felt before. It felt as if... we had reached our True Potential in an instant. It was a wonderful feeling. And a terrible one.”

Forbidden Spinjitzu is a powerful dark counterpart of the martial art of Spinjitzu. A millennium ago, during the First Age, the First Spinjitzu Master created two scrolls containing the knowledge and power of the forbidden art. A young Wu and Garmadon took the scrolls against their father's wishes, using it to defeat the Serpentine sorceress, Aspheera.

By holding the scroll, the user is instantly granted incredible power, similar to when an Elemental Master accesses their True Potential. Consequently, it also twists the user's personality by making them aggressive, seemingly causing them to become addicted to it via prolonged usage until they become corrupted. It changes color when it corresponds with a different power. The Forbidden Spinjitzu is much stronger than regular Spinjitzu and can possibly banish or send someone or something to another realm, or even into another time.


Never Trust a Human (flashback)

Thousands of years ago,[1] Forbidden Spinjitzu was created by the First Spinjitzu Master. He made two scrolls containing their power and told his sons never to touch them. Later, after accidentally helping Ashpeera overthrow King Mambo V, the sons of the First Spinjitzu Master used Forbidden Spinjitzu to put an end to Ashpeera's rule.

Corruption (flashback)

60 years in the past, Zane uses Forbidden Spinjitzu to upgrade his powers after losing memories at the hands of Vex. He uses the ability to create soldiers, a dragon, and a harsher winter to rule over the Never-Realm.


Aspheera sets her sights on getting the power of Forbidden Spinjitzu. The Ninja find the scroll first and Lloyd grabs it, unlocking his Forbidden Spinjitzu form. Aspheera and the Ninja meet and a conflict ignites with Lloyd and Aspheera constantly losing and winning the scroll until Ashpeera grabs it for good and defeats the Ninja.

Ancient History

When Lloyd attacks Aspheera, she uses Forbidden Spinjitzu to knock him off the scroll.

Under Siege

Aspheera uses Forbidden Spinjitzu to get rid of the Ninja's defenses to get to Wu.

Vengeance is Mine!

As Aspheera uses the power of the scroll to break down the gates, Lloyd holds the scroll and when Nya tells him to put it down for safety measures, he yells at her with a demonic tone but he snaps out of it and puts it down.

Later, Aspheera and the Ninja except for Kai and Nya use the scroll to fight against her with Zane ending the conflict, only for the Nindroid to get sent to the Never-Realm by the Serpentine witch using Forbidden Spinjitzu.

A Cold Goodbye

Wu later uses the art to try to stop the Ninja from going to the Never-Realm and P.I.X.A.L. to send the Ninja to the realm.

Secret of the Wolf

Returning from their recent battle, Grimfax tells the Ice Emperor of his victory only to be proven wrong by Vex. The Emperor then uses Forbidden Spinjitzu to punish Grimfax but decides to let him live under the condition that he atones for his mistakes.

A Fragile Hope

Lloyd attempts to attack the Ice Emperor, who he found out to be Zane, and Zane uses Forbidden Spinjitzu to stop Lloyd from attacking him.


During the battle between Zane and Lloyd, Zane uses Forbidden Spinjitzu to fight against Lloyd and Akita by freezing them both but the two were freed when Zane regains his memory and destroys the second scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu.

Known Users

Types of Forbidden Spinjitzu


  • This is the third martial art that the ninja (except Kai and Nya) learned, the first was Spinjitzu and the second was Airjitzu.
  • Forbidden Spinjitzu appears to be much stronger than regular Spinjitzu as shown in "Powerless" and "Never Trust a Human."
  • It's currently unknown why the First Spinjitzu Master created the art of Forbidden Spinjitzu in the first place.
    • Considering how the First Spinjitzu Master created the Realm Crystal to allow interdimensional travel but only when absolutely necessary and he only told it to his sons and no one else, it was probable that he invented the Forbidden Spinjitzu in case there would be an enemy too powerful to face with regular Spinjitzu alone.
      • It must be noted however that the First Spinjitzu Master hid the scroll and told no one, not even his sons, anything about its location, although Wu did record the knowledge into his journal.
  • Despite the two having Forbidden Spinjitzu spinners and appearing to have the power in the promotional art, Kai and Nya are the only ninja who didn't perform Forbidden Spinjitzu.
  • It has a greater effect on "pure" individuals.[2]
  • The scroll caused P.I.X.A.L.'s eyes to glow despite her not having an element. This is because Forbidden Spinjitzu can operate on other sorts of power besides elemental ones.[3]


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Martial arts

Airjitzu · Art of the Silent Fist · Spinjitzu (Catjitzu · Forbidden Spinjitzu · Spinjitzu Burst · Tornado of Creation)

Elemental abilities

Earth Punch · Elemental creations · Elemental Dragons · Elemental shields · Fury of the Storm · Storm · True Potential · Wave

Serpentine abilities

Anacondrai invisibility · Constrictai grip · Fang-Kwon-Do · Fangpyre bite · Hive Mind · Hypnobrai hypnosis · Venomari venom · Vermillion reconstruction

Nindroid abilities

Falcon Vision · Zane's holographic cloak · Zane's visions

Dareth's abilities

Animal fighting styles · Brown Power

Dancing techniques

Electric Jaya · Triple Tiger Sashay

Other abilities

Invisibility · Magic (Dark Magic) · Shadows · Shapeshifting · Time travel