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Fight the opponents in the game. You must reach level 13 before the real enemies get up here.
Cyrus Borg to the ninja
"Level Thirteen"
Season 12, Episode 3
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Air date March 29, 2020 (Asia)
July 19, 2020 (US)
October 11, 2020 (Canada)
Written by Alisha Brophy
Scott Miles
Directed by Shane Poettcker
Episode guide
"Dyer Island"
"Superstar Rockin' Jay"

Level Thirteen is the third episode of the twelfth season of Ninjago and the 131st episode overall. It aired on March 29, 2020, in Asia, paired up with "Superstar Rockin' Jay". It aired in the US on July 19, 2020, but was released on the Cartoon Network app on July 10.


Cyrus Borg discovers a shocking secret about Prime Empire, while the ninja battle an escaped Mechanic in their attempt to reach Level Thirteen and enter the game themselves.[1]

Extended: More and more people are disappearing in Ninjago City, while the ninja scramble to unlock the secrets of the Prime Empire arcade game. They decide to take the game to Cyrus Borg, hoping he can help them decode the programming and release all the players who have been taken (including Jay). Meanwhile, the Mechanic and his henchmen are resting in Kryptarium Prison when the jail's security systems begin acting up. Unagami hacks the security system and releases the prisoners, ordering them to get the Prime Empire arcade game back from the ninja. Mechanic, Ultra Violet and Captain Soto escape, rush to Borg Tower and begin their assault, fighting their way past the building's security systems to reach the 100th floor. Borg tells the ninja that there is only one way to release the trapped players - by stopping Unagami. Cole plays the arcade game and tries to reach Level Thirteen.[2]


Fred Finely is reporting live about gamers mysteriously disappearing after reaching level thirteen on Prime Empire. To combat the loss, police started removing arcade cabinets from Benny's Arcade Emporium much to Benny's dislike since he was making a huge profit off the games.

Meanwhile, at Kryptarium Prison, Warden Noble is passing by all the cells and taunts the Mechanic for his return. However, the Mechanic whispers about change in the air which ends up coming true when Unagami hacks into the security system of Kryptarium Prison, allowing all of the prisoners to be free. Ultra Violet and Captain Soto are about to leave with the other inmates, but the Mechanic encourages most of the convicts to work with him, for they would be rewarded by Unagami if they succeeded. Fugi-Dove volunteers to join, but the Mechanic turns him down.

Back at Ninjago City, the ninja head to Borg Tower to check on the diagnostics Cyrus Borg ran on the arcade cabinet recovered from The Mechanic's headquarters. Borg compliments the complex code of Prime Empire and Kai responds by telling Borg that Milton Dyer had a better security system on his island which included robot dogs. Borg briefs the ninja about Prime Empire saying that Jay and over eight-hundred players are trapped inside the virtual world and the game is controlled by Unagami, to their horror. Borg gives them two options: find Milton Dyer in the real world, who everyone assumes is operating Unagami, or enter the Prime Empire and destroy Unagami. In addition, Borg also reveals that Zane and P.I.X.A.L. should not enter the game or else their programming could be changed, something that causes them to decide to stay behind. With the plan set, Cole starts playing Prime Empire.

Concurrently, all of the escaped detainees who decided to help arrive at Borg Tower. The Mechanic informs everyone that they must search the entire building to find the arcade cabinet which causes Ultra Violet to criticize the Mechanic for not bringing Fugi-Dove, as he could make the task easier. At the same time, Fugi-Dove is walking down the streets of Ninjago City in style despite the awkward looks he got from a couple of people.

The Kryptarium inmates arrives.

The Mechanic and the inmates begin their invasion as they quickly rushed Borg Tower while tying up two officers. They all make it inside an elevator, but a snapshot is taken by a droid. This catches the attention of the ninja and Borg who question how the prisoners escaped. The ninja want to fight the escaped captives, yet Borg refuses to let them leave citing his new security system could mistake the ninja for the enemies. The ninja still want to fight, still, Borg tells them to fight the enemies of Prime Empire. They check back on Cole; however, he's having a hard time choosing an avatar.

In an effort to slow down the prisoners, Borg shuts down the elevator, so the prisoners head for the stairs. Borg then activates his Nindroid Sentries, but the Mechanic's team easily defeats them. Then they get past the invisible lasers after the Mechanic tracked the droids movement, which Soto also criticized the Mechanic for not bringing Fugi-Dove, who is feeding pigeons and a chicken. In addition, they get pass a fake brick wall and stairs that turn into a ramp.

The ninja arrive at Prime Empire.

While Cole is playing the video game, while the rest of the ninja fought the prisoners. During the fight, Lloyd questions why the Mechanic is working for Unagami, and the Mechanic replies by talking about a new revolution and being his number two when it happens. Cole then reaches level thirteen and the portal opens. Kai, Lloyd, Nya, and Cole are able to enter the game while Zane, Borg, and P.I.X.A.L. evacuate the tower. On the other hand, the Mechanic tries to play the game, but cannot for some reason to his anger.

Aboard Borg's helicopter, P.I.X.A.L. worries over the Mechanic holding the original game but Zane is not, as he revealed took the Prime Empire motherboard with him after Cole went through.

In the meantime, the trapped ninja marvel after entering Prime Empire. While they marvel after entering, an aerial drone passes by in the air.



For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations featured


  • Narrator: Cole
  • Fugi-Dove walks down the street in a similar manner to Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Spider-Man 3, even making similar hand movements. Similar music plays in the scene as well.
    • According to Tommy Andreasen, this was the animators' idea, as "The original scene in the script had FugiDove in a bathtub playing with a rubber duckie. But executing the cut-away this way would require no new assets to be created."[3]
  • One of the screens in Borg Tower greatly resembles the Digital Overlord's eyes.[4] It's unknown why this is, as the Digital Overlord was purged from the Digiverse several seasons back.





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
Ninjago: Reimagined 1. Golden Legend · 2. Gold Rush · 3. A Day in the Life of a Golden Ninja · 4. Sweatin' to the Goldies · 5. Golden Hour
Season 15 TBA