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“You must leave here and destroy the Preeminent. Save Ninjago. Save the realms.”

The ghost invasion[1] was a conflict that took place sometime after the Second Serpentine War in the city of Stiix. The battle was fought with the ninja and their allies going up against Morro and the prisoners of the Cursed Realm.


After Morro claimed the Realm Crystal from the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master,[2] he traveled to Stiix and used the artifact to open a portal to the Cursed Realm, allowing an army of spirits to spread throughout the city. After Stiix was taken over by the ghosts, the ninja were forced to sneak in, hoping to destroy the Realm Crystal and get Nya to Morro so she could fight him and the ghosts with her element.

Soon enough, a battle broke out, with the ninja fighting the other ghosts while Lloyd and Nya fought Morro. As Cole, Kai, Jay, and Zane battled the ghosts, Lloyd had an opportunity to destroy the Realm Crystal but Morro gave him second thoughts, as it was the last means of Lloyd ever seeing his father in the Cursed Realm. Lloyd's hesitation allowed the Preeminent to emerge from the realm and into Stiix.[3]

The Preeminent begins her assault on Stiix.

The ninja began their next part of the battle against the Preeminent, whose presence prompted Wu to begin evacuating the civilians on a steamboat. However, the ghost warriors began taking to possess countless buildings in the City of Stiix, giving her a relative immunity to water and greater mobility. She then proceeded to test out this new tolerance before chasing after several citizens on a fleeing ferry in order to devour their souls.

Morro and Lloyd fighting in Chima

After saying goodbye to his father, Lloyd rejoined the battle, fighting Morro and traversing several realms while the ghosts created a giant suit for The Preeminent using the buildings in the city. While Lloyd obtained the Realm Crystal, Morro got his hands on using it to return to Ninjago while stranding Lloyd in an unknown realm.

Back in Stiix, as the ninja fled with the citizens on board the steamboat, The Preeminent waded out into the Endless Sea, eventually seizing and crippling the ship before devouring the souls of those unfortunate enough to be caught by her.

The destruction of the Preeminent.

At that moment, Nya found the will to unlock her True Potential, summoning a massive tidal wave that toppled over The Preeminent and sent it sinking into the sea. All of the Ghost Warriors died as a result of the Cursed Realm's destruction. Morro was seized by one of the beast's tentacles, but his hand was grabbed by Wu, who told him to hang on. However, seeing the error of his ways, Morro rejected Wu's offer to help him, instead of giving his former sensei the Realm Crystal before bidding him farewell and sinking into the sea and dying. Along with Morro and the Ghost Warriors, all the other prisoners of the Cursed Realm died, including Garmadon, Master Chen, and all of the Anacondrai Cultists[4] (though Clouse was able to escape somehow).[5]


Though the ninja saved Stiix, and would soon gain fame for their triumph, the city was left heavily damaged primarily due to the Preeminent. This also resulted in some of the citizens and unfairly resenting the ninja by blaming them for Stiix's destruction.[5] The citizens also gained a dislike for ghosts.[6]

It turns out with destroying a realm, its sister realm will be destroyed as well. This was seen when Djinjago was destroyed, due to its status as the sister realm of the Cursed Realm.[7]


Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 5: Possession

Ninjago: Decoded

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu

Season 10: March of the Oni

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Season 13: Master of the Mountain

Season 14: Seabound

The Virtues of Spinjitzu


  • This was the first time a ninja was responsible for a mass amount of deaths.
    • The second time was the Yeti Annihilation during the Long Winter.



Main events

War of the Oni and the Dragons · Battle of Nine Days · Stone Wars · Aspheera's rule over Ninjago · The Devourer's bite · Wu and Garmadon's journey · Long Winter · Serpentine War · Battle for All of Time · Battle between brothers · Search for the Golden Weapons · Take Back Ninjago · Attack of the Great Devourer · The Final Battle · Nindroid crisis · Second Serpentine War · Ghost invasion · Fall of Ninjago · Rise of Ninjago · Oni's invasion · Siege at the Monastery · Lloyd's Journey · Liberation of the Never-Realm · Attack by Unagami · Battle for Shintaro Mountain · Conflict on the Island of the Keepers · Great Flood · Candlelight vigil · Ninjago City vs. Ninja


Ninjago Talent · Ninjaball Run · Tournament of Elements (Thunderblade) · Street Race of Snake Jaguar · Puppy-petting competition · Terra Technica Dance-Off · Speedway Five-Billion · Ritual combat · Slug race · Royal manta races


Slither Pit · New Year Festival · Day of the Departed · Dragon Day · Yin-Yang promise · The Choosing · Turnip Festival · Lever Bonfire Festival


Trial-By-Mino · Trial By Sphinx


Alternate timeline · Yin-Yang Eclipse