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|“Long ago, there were many flutes, created to combat the powers of the Serpentine and drive them underground. But over time, Ninjago's forgotten its ancestors' wisdom, and now this is the only one.”|
|— Wu to Zane in "Snakebit"|
Sacred Flutes were legendary instruments in Ninjago, appearing as traditional wooden flutes. It is said to have power over the Serpentine, being capable of weakening them and negating some of their abilities.
- 1 History
- 2 Appearances
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Gallery
- 5 References
Prior to the series
After defeat in the Birchwood Forest, the Elemental Alliance withdrew to Jamanakai Village. Garmadon then noticed a villager playing the flute, manipulating his snake in a basket. This gave the son of First Spinjitzu Master the idea of how to end the war, and the Alliance created several sacred flutes that were able to manipulate the Serpentine. With the help of these flutes, the Alliance managed to lock the Serpentine in five separate tombs. As the years went by, humans forgot about its ancestors' wisdom, and all the flutes were lost, except for one owned by Master Wu.
By the time that the Serpentine were released by Lloyd, Master Wu had the only remaining Sacred Flute. He used it to cure Cole of Skales' Hypnobrai hypnotism while the brainwashed ninja fought his comrades atop Lloyd's treehouse fortress. Upon hearing the music of the flute, Cole immediately snapped out of his trance and joined his allies in escaping the crumbling fortress. On the way back to the Monastery, Wu explained the flute's significance to his pupils.
Master Wu brought the Sacred Flute with him when the ninja visited Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk. It proved useful in stunning the Fangpyre forces occupying the junkyard, but Lloyd countered its effects by using a boom box infected with Fangpyre venom, playing loud music to drown out the sound of the flute.
When Cole and Zane investigated the Constrictai Tomb, they took the Sacred Flute with them. During their battle with Constrictai General Skalidor, they repeatedly attempted to use the flute, but Skalidor's powerful grip left them unable to finish the song. After several tries, Zane finally completed the melody, weakening Skalidor enough for the two ninja to defeat him.
Later, the ninja were lured into a trap in the Toxic Bogs, where they learned that all of the Serpentine had been unleashed. When Zane attempted to use the Sacred Flute against the massed Constrictai and Venomari, Pythor knocked the flute out of his hands and took it for himself. Master Wu was displeased to learn that the Serpentine now possessed the flute.
Pythor would eventually use the Sacred Flute against his fellow Generals in a bid to unite the tribes under his leadership. After letting Skales in on his plan, he challenged the Generals to a Slither Pit in the Lost City of Ouroboros, demanding their allegiance if he managed to defeat all four of them at once. When the battle turned against Pythor, Skales slipped him the Sacred Flute, and the scheming Anacondrai used it to incapacitate the other Generals. Both Pythor and Skales had put cotton balls in their ears prior to the battle, so they were not affected.
Zane was revealed to have a recording of the Sacred Flute, which the ninja used in the construction of the Ultra Sonic Raider. The vehicle's main armament was a pair of sonic cannons that played the Sacred Flute's melody at an amplified volume, which the ninja used against the Great Devourer. The monstrous snake proved as vulnerable to the music as the Serpentine had, but it managed to disable the Raider's sonic cannons with its tail before the ninja could completely pacify it.
- Sacred Flutes are based on a wind musical instrument called Pungi from the Indian subcontinent. Snake charmers used this instrument for a snake charming, in which a snake, most often a cobra, is placed in a basket and then comes out of it at the sound of a flute. Unlike a real musical instrument, where the flute is held directly in front of the charmer, the Sacred Flute is played sideways.
- However, in "Spellbound" and flute's concept art, it is played in a way like in real life.
- Wu's appearance in "Day of the Departed" and The Hands of Time depicts what appears to be a Sacred Flute on his back. However, the last flute was lost and last seen in "The Snake King." This was confirmed by Tommy Andreasen to be a case of the designers not being briefed on the show's lore well enough. He also offered the possibility that Wu had since created a new Sacred Flute.
- When used, they cause Serpentines' eyes to spin, and look similar to someone affected by a Hypnobrai's hypnosis.
- In "Spellbound", the sound of the flute varies drastically from that of the flute in Rise of the Snakes.
- Although in "Home" Wu says the flute is as old as Serpentine itself, "Spellbound" shows that the flutes were created during the Serpentine War, which took place forty years before the events of The Hands of Time, while Serpentine have existed for at least a thousand years.