“Behold, Dromaeosaurid Theropod Grundalicus, otherwise known as the Grundle. Although now extinct, in its time it was the most fear and dangerous creature in all of Ninjago, with claws that could slice through steel, and heightened senses that could detect its prey from miles away. It could track the stealthiest of Ninja, and once it had picked up your scent, there was no hiding from it.”
Garmadon to the Serpentine in "Child's Play"

Grundles (short for Dromaeosaurid Theropod Grundalicus and alternatively spelled as Grundals) were reptilian predators that once roamed Ninjago. By the time Lloyd was being trained to master his powers, the species was long extinct, with a skeleton on display in the Ninjago Museum of History. Using the Mega Weapon, Lord Garmadon revived the beast's skeleton and it attacked the ninja before it was eventually destroyed by Lloyd, who turned older in the process.

History

Ghost Story (flashback)

Soon after discovering that he was not the Green Ninja, Morro threw a stick into a Grundle's cave, angering the beast. It pursued him until Wu intervened and saved him.

Several years later, the Grundle species would eventually go extinct, under unknown circumstances.

Child's Play

Lord Garmadon attempted to resurrect the Grundle with the power of the Mega Weapon, seeking to use it as the ultimate anti-ninja weapon. The ninja interfered with the ritual, causing them to be reverted to children—unfortunately for them, the Grundle was still revived and began stalking the city in search of its prey.

With their fighting skills reduced with their age, the ninja were helpless against the Grundle, but Lloyd took them to Rufus MacAllister's comic book store, where he felt that they could find some defense against the beast. Using light-up illuma-swords, the ninja were able to keep the Grundle at bay for a time, but the prehistoric monster eventually knocked the weapons from their hands.

The ninja were only saved by the arrival of Nya and Master Wu, who had brought age-increasing Tomorrow's Tea with them. Despite being in range of the tea's effect, Lloyd threw the tea at the Grundle, undoing the time-reversal spell that had revived it and de-aged the ninja. The Grundle collapsed into a pile of bones once again, and the ninja were restored to their former selves - along with Lloyd, who was now a teenager.

The Invitation

A comic about the Grundle is seen on the floor of Lloyd's room.

The Forgotten Element

A miniature Grundle skeleton is seen as part of Chen's trophy collection.

Winds of Change

A statue of the Grundle was part of the ninja exhibit at the Ninjago Museum of History.

The Quiet One

Lloyd and Harumi are chased by a Grundle, this time in green. While the Grundle chases both of them, they fall into a crack in the ground. The Grundle then could not get to them and it walked away.

Abilities and attributes

The Grundle is fast, powerful, and resilient, having a hide immune to ordinary weapons. However, it is a nocturnal creature, and thus very vulnerable to light - even the relatively meager light projected by toy illuma-swords is enough to make it flinch.

Its claws can tear through metal and its senses are keen enough to track even a ninja. It constantly secretes large amounts of viscous green ooze from its mouth—presumably some type of poison—but its effects are unknown.

Appearances

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja

Season 4: Tournament of Elements

Season 5: Possession

Season 8: Sons of Garmadon

Trivia

  • It resembles a large theropod dinosaur such as Giganotosaurus or Tyrannosaurus, rather than a dromaeosaurid.
  • As seen in "Ghost Story," Grundles were still alive during the era of the Serpentine War (as Wu's flashback took place around the same time as Garmadon's flashbacks in "Spellbound") but went extinct sometime afterwards.
  • The appearance in "The Quiet One" could mean that some sort of Grundle species is still alive in Primeval's Eye. The name of the jungle also refers to this fact.
  • Though the name "Grundalicus" would presumably be shortened to "Grundal," the name is generally spelled as "Grundle." While Tommy Andreasen[1] and captions for "Child's Play" spell it as "Grundal," subtitles are not an official source and often have errors, while Andreasen has said to trust official publications over his names for things.[2] Meanwhile, the word is spelled as "Grundle" on a sticker in the 70657 Ninjago City Docks set (translated in Ninjargon), the LEGO.com description for the Mega Weapon,[3] and the Dark Island Trilogy, Part 1 Episode Guide.
  • Grundles can have different colors, of which red, brown-green and green are known so far.

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References

Characters

Ninja

Master Wu · Lloyd · Kai · Jay · Cole · Zane · Nya
Allies: P.I.X.A.L. · Misako · Dareth · Skylor · Ronin · Cyrus Borg · Falcon
Former Members: Master Garmadon

Skulkin

Generals: Samukai · Kruncha · Nuckal · Wyplash
Warriors: Frakjaw · Chopov · Krazi · Bonezai

Serpentine

Anacondrai: Pythor · Arcturus · Anacondrai generals
Hypnobrai: Skales · Slithraa · Mezmo · Rattla · Selma · Skales Jr.
Fangpyre: Fangtom · Fangdam · Fang-Suei · Snappa
Constrictai: Skalidor · Bytar · Chokun · Snike
Venomari: Acidicus · Lizaru · Spitta · Lasha · Zoltar · Snake villain
Mini-snakes: Golden Viper · Hypno Viper · Red Viper · Sly Viper · Toxic Viper · Translucent Blue Viper · Translucent Orange Viper · Translucent Purple Viper
Other: Great Devourer · Anacondrai serpent

NGTV News

Dan Vaapit · Fred Finely · Gayle Gossip · Vinny

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Leader: Captain Soto
First Mate · No-Eyed Pete

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Bizarro Cole · Bizarro Jay · Bizarro Kai · Bizarro Zane

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Brad Tudabone · Finn · Gene · Marla · Sally · Tommy

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Creator: The Overlord
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Giant Stone Warrior · Stone Warriors · Stone Swordsmen · Stone Scouts

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Leader: General Cryptor
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Leader: Master Chen
Clouse · Zugu · Eyezor · Kapau · Chope · Sleven · Krait
Former Members: Skylor

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Khanjikhan · Nadakhan · Nadakhan's mother

Shadow Army

Leader: Clouse

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Jet Jack · Daddy No Legs · Muzzle · Chew Toy · Arkade · Skullbreaker · Stalwart Dangerbuff · Otto Pilot · Talon · Nitro · "Rocky Dangerbuff" · "Dangerbuff Junior"
Former Members: Iron Baron

Oni

Leader: The Omega

Pyro Vipers

Leader: Aspheera
Char · Pyro Destroyers · Pyro Slayers · Pyro Whippers
Former Members: Mambo V · Mambo's advisor

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Andrea Thomson · May Robsen

Blizzard Samurai

Leaders: Ice Emperor · General Vex
Blizzard Warriors: Grimfax
Blizzard Sword Masters · Blizzard Archers

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Formling Leader · Akita · Kataru · Vex

Ice Fishers

Leader: Sorla
Uthaug · Boma

Paperboys

Leader: Sammy
Nelson · Antonia · Leroy

Explorers Club

Leader: Cecil Putnam
Percy Shippelton · Security guards · Smythe · Underhill
Former Members: Clutch Powers

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Creator: Milton Dyer
Ballistic Missiles: Anthony Brutinelli
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League of Jay: Beta Jay 137 · Dee-Jay 81 · Jaybird 64 · Jaywalkin 238

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Leader: Unagami
Red Visors: Red 27 · Red 29
Avatar Harumi · Sushimi · Hostess · Sushimi's Sushi Chefs
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Leader: Atta the Ratta
Richie · Ritchie

The Mechanic's henchmen

Leader: The Mechanic
Cece

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Leader: Skull Sorcerer
Skull of Hazza D'ur

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Vangelis · Queen Vania · Engelbert
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Murt · Moe · Munce Sentries

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Leader: Chancellor Gulch
Gleck · Gliff · Groko · Garpo · Ginkle · Mr. Wise

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Fungus · Korgran · Plundar

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PoulErik · Rumble Keepers · Thunder Keepers

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