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“I knew right there and then I could not teach those who would not listen. He told me he would find my father's tomb to prove he was worthy. I told him it could not be found. My father had left no message. I left the gate open in hopes he'd return, but he never came back.”
Sensei Wu about Morro

Ghost Story is the second episode of the fifth season of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and the 46th episode overall. It aired on Cartoon Network on June 30, 2015, in the United States.


When Morro gives chase to the Bounty and steals Wu's staff, Wu shares the story of Morro: the boy who wanted to be the Green Ninja - and the Ninja discover Wu's staff contained 3 symbols that lead to the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master, which holds a mysterious relic that could alter the course of Ninjago.


As Morro catches up to the Destiny's Bounty on Lloyd's possessed Elemental Dragon, Wu orders the ninja to prepare for battle. The ninja have equipped themselves with weapons, since they lost their powers earlier that day. Jay mounts one of the cannons to fend him off, but the ghost eventually boards the ship. Morro then summons twin ghost blades, and Cole and Jay arm themselves with swords and hold him off, while Zane and Kai take Wu below deck to make an imprint of the staff's secret message, leaving Nya, Cole, and Jay attempting to stop the possessed Green Ninja. Morro, however, cripples the autopilot and confronts Kai while the others attempt to stabilize the ship again. Kai is almost thrown out of the Bounty, but Wu tosses his staff away as a distraction, and Morro summons Lloyd's Elemental Dragon to retrieve it. The Bounty eventually crashes in the Forest of Tranquility, though the Bounty remains intact.

After looking over the symbols, Zane sends the Falcon to fetch Misako for her to translate them. That night, Wu tells the ninja of how he met Morro when the child was looking through the Monastery's trash cans in search of food. With Garmadon having left to train under Master Chen, Wu took pity on him and trained him in the ways of the ninja. He soon discovered that Morro was a descendant of the Elemental Master of Wind, and believed him to be the Green Ninja. This ended up being his greatest regret, as the thought of the power that came with the title made Morro incredibly arrogant, and he flew into a fit of rage when the Golden Weapons did not react as they did when they eventually revealed Lloyd. He then left to find the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master to prove he's worthy of being the Green Ninja but never came back. Wu, while sad he was sent to the Cursed Realm, tells the ninja and Nya that they must stop Morro in order to free Lloyd and get their Elemental powers back.

Meanwhile, Morro lands at a Biker Tavern, and after having a drink, disrupts several bikers' pool game to learn of the staff's secret message. He is soon surrounded by several bikers, but he uses the Allied Armor of Azure to summon Wrayth and the two defeat the bikers with ease. Morro sets off to the Library of Domu while Wrayth creates the Chain Cycle to hunt down the ninja.

That night, Kai dreams of him promising to look after Lloyd, only for the Green Ninja to be eaten by a Fangfish. He is awoken by a walloper to find that Misako has arrived, and discovered that the first symbol means Airjitzu, a martial art created by Sensei Yang. Zane, however, reveals that the Airjitzu scrolls that are housed in the Library of Domu have recently been stolen by Ronin, though the ninja realize that since Morro is unaware of that, they have a headstart. The ninja mount on the wallopers to head to Ronin's home town of Stiix, while Misako and Wu order Nya to come back with them to Steep Wisdom. Kai volunteers to lead the ninja to Stiix.

In the Library of Domu, Morro discovers the scroll is gone and asks a monk where it is. He begins to tell him about Sensei Yang, but after being intimidated by Morro, he reveals that Ronin took it, in which Morro sets off, being only slightly held back by two monks who want his autograph and a selfie. In the middle of the desert, Kai is leading the team towards the sun, though Zane reveals to them that they are heading west, and Stiix is on the Eastern Coast: ergo, they should be moving away from the sun. Jay is stunned he's telling them now, though the Nindroid admits he wanted to let Kai lead. Cole berates Kai for going by gut instinct, while Jay realizes the team looks to Kai whenever Lloyd is gone when they should really follow Zane since he's a walking computer. Cole agrees since he's the more logical choice. Kai refuses to listen but is forced to follow because of his walloper. They soon find train tracks leading to Stiix and follow them.

Back at Steep Wisdom, Nya sadly contemplates not being able to join the ninja, while Misako pushes Wu to tell her something. He says she's not ready to know, though Misako points out how long he waited to tell the ninja about Morro and tells Nya they didn't hold her back to fix the shop. Nya is surprised and asks why she was: Wu states there's something he never revealed about her parents, though Nya stops him and reveals that Kai told her what Chen told him, which caused them to look into it, and confirm their father was the previous Master of Fire, which she isn't surprised by. Misako then points out that their mother was the previous Master of Water, which she is surprised by. Wu then says that since Kai took on the traits of their father to become the Fire Ninja, Nya must follow in their mother's footsteps and train to become the Water Ninja: upon hearing this, she drops the jar she's holding and faints, causing Misako to realize she really wasn't ready to know.

By nightfall, the ninja find a train station to take a break. They are soon ambushed by Wrayth, who attacks them on the Chain Cycle. Wrayth turns Cole's walloper into a ghost, and the ninja eventually set them free. After a long battle which causes Wrayth's chain blade to get stuck in support to a nearby water tower, a train to Stiix hits Wrayth, but since he is a ghost, it passes right through. However, the water from the water tower falls on Wrayth and he explodes into green goo. The ninja soon discover that water is the ghosts' weakness, and the episode ends with the ninja chasing a train to Stiix, and telling them to slow down so they can get on.












For the transcript of the episode, click here.


  • The episode's title is a reference to Wu telling the ninja about the origins of Morro.
  • Nya's inflatable Dareth auto-pilot is a reference to the movie Airplaine!.


  • Ronin can be spotted at the Biker Tavern and leaves upon seeing Morro.
  • Jay interrupts Wu's story when Wu says he had thought Morro could be the Green Ninja. This is reminiscent of when Jay interrupted Wu's story in "Tick Tock", surprised that Wu and Garmadon were friends in their youth.
  • Kai and Nya's father is confirmed to have been the previous Master of Fire, while their mother is revealed to have been the Master of Water. Wu and Misako also reveal that Nya is the next Master of Water, having inherited their mother's powers.
  • The prophecy of the Green Ninja can be seen hanging in Zane's quarters.
  • Morro shoots green lightning. This is not normal lightning, but rather a manifestation between Energy and ghost power.[1]
  • Cole's Walloper getting turned into a ghost foreshadows Cole himself turning into a ghost two episodes later.
  • When Jay and Cole are fighting Morro, Jay says "Oh, great," it sounds exactly the same as when he said "Oh, great, let me make a note of that" in "Day of the Great Devourer" after they discovered the Devourer's weak spot. It's possible that the audio was reused.


  • When Wu enters Zane's quarters, he is wearing his old clothes.[2]
  • In the last shot of Nya trying to stabilize the Bounty before Jay and Cole help her, the scene has no sound, aside from the background music.
  • At one point during Wu telling his story, Nya is wearing her shoulder pads but lacks them in the rest of the scene.
  • For most of Wu's flashback, his young-self speaks in his older voice.
  • When Morro was presented with the Golden Weapons to see if he was the Green Ninja, the Sword of Fire is replaced with an ordinary golden katana.[3]
    • When asked about this, Tommy Andreasen answered: "Might Wu have made a terrible mistake and laid down the wrong sword? Was Morro intended to become the green ninja but robbed of his legacy by Wu’s negligence? What’s with Wu and swords? Is this the same negligence which led Garmadon to be bitten by the Devourer?"[4]
  • When the Golden Weapons don't react to Morro, he frowns, but the next shot he's smiling for a couple seconds then frowns again.
  • In Wu's flashback, when Morro is first training with him, he grunts and sounds like a child, but when he talks, he sounds like when he possessed the Night Watchman.
  • When Morro reviews the message at the Biker Tavern, in the background a biker's eyebrows are very misaligned for a moment.
  • When Kai, and Cole say "Airjitzu" the first time in the episode, their mouths don't appear to be in proper sync with the animation.
  • The monks in the Library of Domu didn't notice that Lloyd was different; his blond hair turned black, his green-tinted skin, and his aggressive behavior.
  • When the Bounty lands in a valley near the tea shop, the waterfalls in the background are motionless.
  • If the Ninja were going in a straight line to Stiix, it is weird how they managed to not see the train tracks beforehand.
  • Kai, and Cole switch places shorty after Wrayth destroys the station booth.
  • Towards the end of the episode the train suddenly gains more and more cars shortly before Wrayth accidentally tips the water tower on himself, but doesn't have as many when the ninja run after it.
    • Also, the train passed by pretty fast, but later moves at a much slower pace, and is still pretty close to the station when it should've been further away from it.




For the gallery of the episode, click here.


Ninjago episodes
Pilot episodes 1. Way of the Ninja · 2. The Golden Weapon · 3. King of Shadows · 4. Weapons of Destiny
Mini-movies 1. Secrets of the Blacksmith · 2. Flight of the Dragon Ninja · 3. The New Masters of Spinjitzu · 4. An Underworldly Takeover · 5. Return to the Fire Temple · 6. Battle Between Brothers
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes 1. Rise of the Snakes · 2. Home · 3. Snakebit · 4. Never Trust a Snake · 5. Can of Worms · 6. The Snake King · 7. Tick Tock · 8. Once Bitten, Twice Shy · 9. The Royal Blacksmiths · 10. The Green Ninja · 11. All of Nothing · 12. The Rise of the Great Devourer · 13. Day of the Great Devourer
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja 14. Darkness Shall Rise · 15. Pirates vs. Ninja · 16. Double Trouble · 17. Ninjaball Run · 18. Child's Play · 19. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 20. The Stone Army · 21. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 22. The Last Voyage · 23. Island of Darkness · 24. The Last Hope · 25. Return of the Overlord · 26. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3: Rebooted 27. The Surge · 28. The Art of the Silent Fist · 29. Blackout · 30. The Curse of the Golden Master · 31. Enter the Digiverse · 32. Codename: Arcturus · 33. The Void · 34. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4: Tournament of Elements 35. The Invitation · 36. Only One Can Remain · 37. Versus · 38. Ninja Roll · 39. Spy for a Spy · 40. Spellbound · 41. The Forgotten Element · 42. The Day of the Dragon · 43. The Greatest Fear of All · 44. The Corridor of Elders
Season 5: Possession 45. Winds of Change · 46. Ghost Story · 47. Stiix and Stones· 48. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 49. Peak-a-Boo · 50. Kingdom Come · 51. The Crooked Path · 52. Grave Danger · 53. Curseworld, Part I · 54. Curseworld, Part II
Chen mini-movies (non-canon) 1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 6: Skybound 55. Infamous · 56. Public Enemy Number One · 57. Enkrypted · 58. Misfortune Rising · 59. On a Wish and a Prayer · 60. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 61. Wishmasters · 62. The Last Resort · 63. Operation Land Ho! · 64. The Way Back
Tall Tales (non-canon) 1. The Tall Tale of Flintlocke · 2. The Tall Tale of Clancee · 3. The Tall Tale of Doubloon · 4. The Tall Tale of Dogshank · 5. The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch · 6. The Tall Tale of Sqiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal 1. Operation Heavy Metal: Machia · 2. Operation Heavy Metal: Buffmillion · 3. Operation Heavy Metal: Blunck · 4. Operation Heavy Metal: Raggmunk
Season 7: The Hands of Time 65. The Hands of Time · 66. The Hatching · 67. A Time of Traitors · 68. Scavengers · 69. A Line in the Sand · 70. The Attack · 71. Secrets Discovered · 72. Pause and Effect · 73. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 74. Lost in Time
Wu's Teas mini-movies (non-canon) Wu's Teas
Ninjago: Decoded 1. Legacy · 2. Vehicles and Mechs · 3. Legendary Places · 4. Ninjago's Most Wanted · 5. The Digiverse and Beyond · 6. The Elemental Masters · 7. Beasts and Dragons · 8. Rise of Garmadon · 9. Prophecy of the Green Ninja · 10. Greatest Battles
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon 75. The Mask of Deception · 76. The Jade Princess · 77. The Oni and the Dragon · 78. Snake Jaguar · 79. Dead Man's Squall · 80. The Quiet One · 81. Game of Masks · 82. Dread on Arrival · 83. True Potential · 84. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9: Hunted 85. Firstbourne · 86. Iron & Stone · 87. Radio Free Ninjago · 88. How to Build a Dragon · 89. The Gilded Path · 90. Two Lies, One Truth · 91. The Weakest Link · 92. Saving Faith · 93. Lessons for a Master · 94. Green Destiny
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu 1. Master Class · 2. Green and Gold · 3. The Weekend Drill · 4. Elemental Rider · 5. Blue Lightning · 6. Samurai X-Treme
Season 10: March of the Oni 95. The Darkness Comes · 96. Into the Breach · 97. The Fall · 98. Endings
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 99. Wasted True Potential · 100. Questing for Quests · 101. A Rocky Start · 102. The Belly of the Beast · 103. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 104. The News Never Sleeps! · 105. Ninja vs Lava · 106. Snaketastrophy · 107. Powerless · 108. Ancient History · 109. Never Trust a Human · 110. Under Siege · 111. The Explorers Club · 112. Vengeance is Mine! · 113. A Cold Goodbye · 114. The Never-Realm · 115. Fire Maker · 116. An Unlikely Ally · 117. The Absolute Worst · 118. The Message · 119. The Traveler's Tree · 120. Krag's Lament · 121. Secret of the Wolf · 122. The Last of the Formlings · 123. My Enemy, My Friend · 124. The Kaiju Protocol · 125. Corruption · 126. A Fragile Hope · 127. Once and for All · 128. Awakenings
Prime Empire Original Shorts 1. Let's Dance · 2. Upgrade · 3. The Meaning of Victory · 4. The Stowaway · 5. Manhunt · 6. Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look
Season 12: Prime Empire 129. Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire? · 130. Dyer Island · 131. Level Thirteen · 132. Superstar Rockin' Jay · 133. I am Okino · 134. The Glitch · 135. The Cliffs of Hysteria · 136. The Maze of the Red Dragon · 137. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back · 138. Racer Seven · 139. The Speedway Five-Billion · 140. Stop, Drop and Side Scroll · 141. Ninjago Confidential · 142. The Prodigal Father · 143. The Temple of Madness · 144. Game Over
Season 13: Master of the Mountain 145. Shintaro · 146. Into the Dark · 147. The Worst Rescue Ever · 148. The Two Blades · 149. Queen of the Munce · 150. Trial By Mino · 151. The Skull Sorcerer · 152. The Real Fall · 153. Dungeon Party! · 154. Dungeon Crawl! · 155. Grief-Bringer · 156. Masters Never Quit · 157. The Darkest Hour · 158. The Ascent · 159. The Upply Strike Back! · 160. The Son of Lilly
The Island 161. Uncharted · 162. The Keepers of the Amulet · 163. The Gift of Jay · 164. The Tooth of Wojira
Season 14: Seabound 165. A Big Splash · 166. The Call of the Deep · 167. Unsinkable · 168. Five Thousand Fathoms Down · 169. The Wrath of Kalmaar · 170. Long Live the King · 171. Escape from Merlopia · 172. The Tale of Benthomaar · 173. The Storm Amulet · 174. Riddle of the Sphinx · 175. Papergirl · 176. Master of the Sea · 177. The Calm Before the Storm · 178. Assault on Ninjago City · 179. Nyad · 180. The Turn of the Tide
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