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Season 11, Episode 9
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Air date July 20, 2019 (US)
August 19, 2019 (Australia)
September 6, 2019 (Canada)
Written by Kevin Burke
Chris Wyatt
Directed by Shane Poettcker
Episode guide
"Ancient History"

Powerless is the ninth episode of the eleventh season of Ninjago and the 107th episode overall. It aired on July 20, 2019, in the United States, on August 19, 2019 in Australia, and on September 6, 2019 in Canada. It was paired up with "Ancient History."

A three-minute clip from the episode, known as "Fire Serpents in Ninjago City" was uploaded on Cartoon Network's YouTube Channel on July 17, 2019.


The ninja rush to the Ninjago Museum of History to recover a dangerous scroll before it falls into the hands of the Serpentine Sorceress, Aspheera.[1]

Extended: Reeling from the loss of his powers, Kai tells the other ninja that he will sit out the battle. He fears in his present condition that he will just be a burden. The ninja reluctantly part ways with Kai and run to the museum to confront Aspheera. A little boy who witnessed the conversation tries to get kai to go after them, but Kai refuses. He tells the kid to forget it, whereupon the kid runs after the ninja on his own. Fearing for the boy's safety. Kai runs after him. Meanwhile, at the museum, the ninja battle Aspheera and her newly resurrected servant, Char, for control of the first Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu. When Lloyd accidentally touches the scroll he immediately becomes more powerful. But the sudden influx of power distracts Lloyd and Aspheera gets the better of the ninja. She takes the scroll and exits, leaving her Pyro Vipers to destroy the ninja. At the last moment, however, the brave kid arrives and tries to stop the serpents. Just as the serpents are about to attack the boy, Kai bursts onto the scene in all his heroic glory and takes out the bad guys, saving the ninja and the little boy, all without any powers.[2]


The Elemental Cobras continued to attack Ninjago City until the Police Commissioner and his department tells the Elemental Cobras they are under arrest, but one of the Elemental Cobras ignores him and spits fire at the Commissioner. This prompts the other police members to spray water at the Elemental Cobra; however, the Elemental Cobras quickly take out the fire hydrant and surround the Commissioner and his crew.

Surrounded, the ninja come and rescue the Commissioner and manage to defeat the Elemental Cobras. As the ninja are fighting the Elemental Cobras, Kai attempts to rescue two people who are surrounded by Elemental Cobras, but he is unable to use his Elemental Powers since Aspheera stole his firepower. Luckily, Jay obliterates the Elemental Cobras before they could cause any harm.

After the ninja defeated the Elemental Cobras, they head to the Ninjago Museum of History, but Kai opted out because he felt that he would be a nuisance since he had no powers. Lloyd tries to persuade Kai but is unable, so the rest of the ninja decide to head off without him. As the ninja went after Aspheera, a boy named Jake wanted Kai's autograph, but Kai continued to downplay himself; telling Jake he was without powers. This prompted Jake to criticize Kai of quitting, and wanting to help the ninja at the museum which forced Kai to follow the ninja knowing Jake would be in great danger.

Meanwhile, Aspheera, searching for the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu, stormed her way through the museum and into one of the exhibits. After knocking down some of the artifacts, she releases Char's body from his sarcophagus and reawakens him. After some brief talking where Aspheera looks displeased seeing Char, they continue looking for the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu.

As Aspheera and her Elemental Cobras leave the exhibit, the ninja, spying from another room, realized Aspheera is after a scroll of some sort and race to the correct exhibit where the scroll is kept.

The ninja are able to get to the exhibit first, but the scroll is sealed in glass. After discussing how they should retrieve the scroll, Nya opens the glass door and Lloyd takes the scroll. As Lloyd read the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu, the scroll's power begins to rush through Lloyd's body and leaves him paralyzed before Nya knocked the scroll out of Lloyd's hands. After the ninja questioned what the scroll did to Lloyd, another door opens which turns out to be Aspheera and her army. With the scroll now on the ground, Char spots it, informs Aspheera, and both sides attack.

While the ninja were fighting the Elemental Cobras, Lloyd and Aspheera duel for the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu. Lloyd is able to possess the scroll and even use its powers, but Aspheera possessed the scroll last. With Aspheera having the power, she performs a much more powerful Spinjitzu against the ninja and is able to defeat them. Aspheera then used her staff to destroy parts of the roof and cause the debris to fall on the ninja. After that, she reawakens the Pyro Vipers still in their tombs and tells them to follow her out of the museum, and the Elemental Cobras to finish off the ninja.

Before the Elemental Cobras destroy the ninja, Jake comes in to shield the ninja, but Kai catches up and rescues Jake out of trouble while turning on the fire sprinklers to distract the Elemental Cobras before Zane finishes them using his ice powers.

The ninja celebrate that Kai had returned to save the ninja and Jake is impressed that Kai was able to save the day without powers. As the ninja celebrate, Zane continues to question Lloyd about the scroll and its powers. As Lloyd is talking, a vision of earlier is shown about Zane's foreseeable future.



For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations featured



  • This is the first episode of the series where Kai narrates the title card.
  • When Lloyd said "If you change your mind, you know where we'll be" to Kai. It was a callback to "The Invitation," where Lloyd tells Kai, Cole, and Jay, "If you change your mind, you know where I'll be" after the "loss" of Zane.
  • This is the first episode where the Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu physically appear.
  • Sammy and a paperboy make a cameo in this episode.



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