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“On the Day of the Departed, when there's a Yin-Yang lunar eclipse, the Yin Blade can cut the Rift of Return!”
Master Yang

The Rift of Return is an opening between dimensions that cuts through the fabric of reality. The rift enables someone who has died or is a ghost to cross through and become living again. However, it is very difficult to access the rift, as according to Zane, one must use the Yin Blade during a rare lunar eclipse that occurs every 3,721 years.

After Yang accidentally transformed himself into a ghost, he used the Yin Blade to try and access the Rift of Return to resurrect himself. While opening the rift, Yang fought against Cole before the two made amends and ascended towards the rift together. Despite this, Yang realized someone had to stay in his temple, prompting him to let go of Cole and allow him to cross through the rift alone.

Once Cole and Yang's students crossed through, the Rift of Return closed.

History

Day of the Departed

Long ago, Master Yang found the Yin Blade and discovered its abilities to make anyone and anything live forever. When he tried using the blade on himself, he and his students were transformed into ghosts. Many years later, Yang would use the rare Yin-Yang eclipse, along with the reclaimed Yin Blade, to try and open and rift and resurrect himself. By manipulating Cole, Yang lured him to his temple and took the Yin Blade, after which he commenced the process to open the Rift of Return.

As Cole fought against Yang's students, Yang stood on the top of his temple and began spinning the Yin Blade around, directly underneath the lunar eclipse. Slowly, the blade created an opening in the sky, with the rift steadily increasing in size. Once it was fully opened, Yang used Airjitzu to ascend towards it but was stopped by Cole, who also used airjitzu to get to where Yang was. They began to fight each other.

Yang clashed with Cole on the roof of his temple, demoralizing and overwhelming the ninja of Earth, who was slowly fading away. Yet with the arrival of his friends, Cole started regaining hope, to which his arms turned physical once more. Cole threw a single punch at Yang, which shattered the Yin Blade - causing the rift to start closing. Cole told Yang's students to cross through the rift, and once they did so they became human again. Yang was devastated after the loss of the blade and his students, saying that he failed them and all he wanted was to become immortal so that no one would forget him. Cole tells Yang he understands his desire but assures him that he will be remembered as the creator of Airjitzu. Realizing Cole is right, Yang ascends towards the Rift of Return using Airjitzu. However, Yang realizes that due to the temple's curse, someone must stay in it as a ghost, leading Yang to throw Cole up and fall back towards the temple. Cole continues ascending, crossing through the rift as it closes in a brilliant flash of light.

The ninja gather around outside of Yang's temple, fearing that Cole didn't make it out of the rift in time - but they're relieved to find that not only did he fully cross through back into Ninjago, but he also became a human once more (albeit with a ghostly scar).

Trivia

Landmarks, Vehicles, and more

Locations

Abandoned Village · Anacondrai Tomb · Ancient Pyramid · Birchwood Forest · Blackwood Forest · Billy Badlands · Boiling Sea · Bottomless pit · Caves of Despair · Chen's Camp · Chen's Island · Chen's Monastery · Chrono Crater (non-canon) · Constrictai Tomb · Corridor of Elders · Crashcourse Canyon · Dark Island · Desert Pyramid · Digger's Deep · Digiverse · Dream World (non-canon) · Dungeons of Shintaro · Echo Canyons · Endless Sea · Fangpyre Tomb · Fire Temple · Floating Ruins · Forest of Tranquility · Frozen Ice Pond · Frozen Wasteland · Geckle Strong-Cave · Glacier Barrens · Glacier Island (non-canon) · Golden Peaks · Haunted Hill · Hiroshi's Labyrinth · Hollow's Bluff · Hypnobrai Tomb · Ice Fortress · Ice labyrinth · Infinity Maze · Ignacia · Jamanakai Village · Jankikai Jungle · Kingdom of Shintaro · Mala Wujira · Mega Monster Amusement Park · Metalonia · Mount of Eternal Shadows · Mountain of a Million Steps · Mountain of Madness · Mountains of Impossible Height · Munce Home-Cave · Ninjago City · Ninjago Harbor · Ninjago · Ninjago (LEGO Universe) (non-canon) · Ninjago Sky · Nom (non-canon) · No Man's Bluff · Oni Land · Ouroboros · Prime Empire (Terra Karana · Terra Technica · Terra Domina · Side-Scrolling Platform · Infinity Maze) · Primeval's Eye · Repo yard · River of Darkness · Rock-Bottom · Samurai X Cave · Sea of Sand · Shadow Bay · Shintaro · Shintaro Mines · Shintaro Palace Gardens · Side-Scrolling Platform · Spinjago (non-canon) · Spirit Coves · Stiix · Stone Army Tomb · Tiger Widow Island · Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master · Torchfire Mountain · Toxic Bogs · Venomari Tomb · Vermillion Swamps · Vlad Tutu's Dance Class · Wailing Alps · Well of Souls · Wildwood Forest

Buildings

Battle Arena · Biker Tavern · Borg Store · Borg Tower · Buddy's Pizza · Chan's Theater · Chen's Palace · Concert Hall · Dareth's Apartment · Domu · Dragon's Forge · Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk · Explorers Club · Four Weapons Blacksmith · Fur Mart · Gamer's Market · Garmadon's Dark Fortress · Grand Sensei Dareth's Mojo Dojo · Hanging Temple · Hidden Workshop · Hiroshi Labyrinth Stronghold · Hono Mizu · Kiddie Arcade · Kryptarium Prison · Laughy's · Lloyd's Treehouse Fortress · Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts · Monastery of Spinjitzu · Ninjago City Aquarium · Ninjago City Bank · Ninjago City Hospital · Ninjago City Police Station · Ninjago City Prison · Ninjago Doomsday Comix · Ninjago Metro · Ninjago Museum of History · Old Electronics Warehouse · Oni Temple · Royal Palace · Shintaro Palace · Skull Keep · The Serpentine's Underground Fortress · Steep Wisdom · Temple of Airjitzu · Temple of Fortitude · Temple of Light · Temple of Madness · Temple of Resurrection · · Underground Library · Vermillion Dome of Doom · Wind Farms Power Station · Wong's Costume · Wu's Academy · Yang Tavern

Vehicles

Battle Wagon · Blade-Copter · Blade Cycle · Blue Dragon · Chain Cycle · Chenosaurus · Chen's Blimp · Chen's Ferry · Cliff Gordon's Yacht · Clouse's Earth Mech · Cole's Earth Mech · Condrai Buggy · Condrai Crusher · D.B. Express · Desert Lightning · Destiny's Bounty (2.0 · Black Bounty · Destiny's Shadow) · Destructoid · Dieselnaut · Earth Driller · ElectroMech · Empire Dragon · Fangpyre Robot · Fangpyre Wrecking Ball · Fire Mech · Fire Stone Mech · Firstbourne Mech · Flying Speeder · Garmatron · Ghost Cycle · Ghost Taker GT · Golden Master's Mech · Golden Mech · Hopper · Hover-Copter · Iron Doom · Jalopy · Jungle Chopper Bike · Jungle Raider · Kai Fighter · Kai's Bike · Katana V11 · Katana 4x4 · Lightning Offroader · Lunar Rover · Mech-enstein · Mech Jet · Misfortune's Keep · Nindroid MechDragon · Ninja Nightcrawler · Nya's Bike · Oni Bike · Proto Sam-X · Prototype X-1 · Racing Bike · Raid Zeppelin · Rattlecopter · R.E.X. · Rock Cycle · Rock Roader · Ronin's Mech (non-canon) · Roto Jet · Salvage M.E.C. · Samurai Mech · Samurai Mech 2.0 · Samurai Mech (Stone Army) · Samurai VXL · Security Mech · Serpentine Bus · Serpentine Train · Snowmobile · Skulkin Mech · Sky Shark · Storm Fighter · Titanium Ninja Tumbler · Tread Assault · Ultra Sonic Raider · Ultra Stealth Raider · Vermillion Invader · Vermillion Racer · Vermillion Ship · Warrior Bike · Wu's Rickshaw · Wu's Ship · Zane's Bike · Zane's Titan Mech

Other Realms

Chima · Cloud Kingdom · Cursed Realm · Departed Realm · Djinjago · Never-Realm · Realm of Madness · Realm of Oni and Dragons · Underworld

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Locations

Ninjago City · Ninjago · Bridge of Fallen Mentors · Canyon of General Unhappiness · Firing Room · Garmadon's Volcano Lair · Jungle of Lost Souls · Koko's Apartment · Lost Generals' Lair · Ninja Mech Garage · Ninjago Beach · Ninjago High School · Ninjago Tower · Temple of Fragile Foundations

The LEGO Ninjago Movie Vehicles

Destiny's Bounty · Fire Mech · Flying Jelly Subs · Garma Mecha Man · Green Ninja Mech Dragon · Ice Tank · Lightning Jet · Ninja Helicopter · Piranha Mechs · Manta Ray Bombers · Quake Mech · Shark Mech · Water Strider

In-Universe Books

Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · Book of Spells · Cliff Gordon's Guide to Wooing Women · Desert of Doom · First Spinjitzu Master's Book · Ninjanuity · Ninjelligence · Serpentine Book · Starfarer · Wu's Lesson Book

In-Universe Video Games

Conic the Ratboy · Counter · Dancy Pants · Fist to Face · Lava Zombies · Lightning Larrikin (non-canon) · Pinball Racer (non-canon) · Prime Empire · Sitar Legend · Turbo Street Brawler

Artifacts

Amulet of Protection · Bell of Divinity · Blade Cup · Celestial Clock · Chest Vortex · Dragon Armor (Blade · Chestplate · Helmet · Shield) · Helmet of Shadows · Jadeblade Statue · Lantern · Map of Dens · Map of Fangs · Map of the Golden Weapons · Medallion · Mirror of Fears · Oni Masks (Deception · Hatred · Vengeance) · Realm Crystal · Scroll of Airjitzu · Teapot of Tyrahn · Underworld Helmet

Portals and Gateways

Blind Man's Eye · Glitch · Manifestation Gate · Rift of Return · Temporal Vortex

Other

BorgPad · Borg Industries · BorgWatch · Cell One · Cliff Gordon's Replica · Creatures Beasts & Beyond · Credits · Cyrus Borg's Statue · Darnagom Enterprises · Dapper Dan · Energy Cubes · Fangpyre skeleton · Fireblock SPF-3000 · Hall of Villainy · Health Boards · Illuma-Swords · Infovision · Kai Action Figures · Kai's Headband · Minidroid Chess · Mystery Dust (non-canon) · Original Prime Empire arcade cabinet · Perfect Match Console · Police Commissioner's Model Boat · Ramne Noodle Cart · Route 23 · Samurai X suit · Shintaro Wings · Shrinking Pill · Soda guzzler · Thermal Kinetic Inverter · Traveler's Tree · Ultra Hunt · Vast Industries

Metaphysical Concepts

The Balance · Death · Souls

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