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“Use the scythe!”
“I'm trying, but I'm not the Master of Earth! It's not responding!”
Lloyd and Nya, "Endings"

The Scythe of Quakes is one of the four Golden Weapons used by the First Spinjitzu Master to create the realm of Ninjago. After forging the island, the weapons were passed onto his sons, Wu and Garmadon, who were to keep them safe. Yet when Garmadon was corrupted and tried to steal the weapons, Wu used the scythe and Shurikens of Ice to fight his brother, eventually condemning him to the Underworld. Afterward, Wu hid the Golden Weapons.

Many years later, Wu trained four ninja and sent them off to reclaim the weapons. Cole, the master of earth, claimed the scythe and defended the weapons from Lord Garmadon. When Samukai wielded all four Golden Weapons at once, he was disintegrated, creating a portal that allowed Garmadon to escape the Underworld. The ninja would wield the Golden Weapons in their battles against the Serpentine, but when they lent the weapons to Garmadon in a bid to kill the Great Devourer, he stole them and forged the Mega Weapon. The ninja altered the timeline and destroyed the weapon, sending its molten remnants into space, where they wound up on a star known as Arcturus.

Towards the end of the Nindroid crisis, the Overlord sent Cryptor and several Nindroids to Arcturus, where they claimed the Golden Weapons. Despite their efforts, the ninja failed to stop the Nindroids from escaping, after which they melted down the weapons and turned into the Golden Armor. The armor was worn by the Golden Master, the Overlord's god-like form, as he wreaked havoc on Ninjago using the Ultimate Weapon, parts of which were also built using the Golden Weapons. During the climactic standoff at Borg Tower, Zane sacrificed himself and grabbed hold of the Golden Master's harnesses, which were molded from the Golden Weapons. While being overwhelmed with power, Zane froze the Golden Master, destroying both of their physical forms in the process.

The Golden Armor was stored away by Cyrus Borg for safekeeping, as Wu had done so many years earlier.

The Golden Armor is later taken by Lloyd and Garmadon, where it is given to Kai to meltdown and reforge the golden weapons. He succeeds, and the Scythe of Quakes is reforged, now sporting a slightly different appearance. It is briefly used by Nya against the Oni, but due to her element being water, she cannot harness its true power, but it is given to Cole soon afterward, where he is able to make full use of his new weapon. After allowing the Tornado of Creation to be used through their presence, it became powerless along with the other Golden Weapons.



Along with the other three Golden Weapons, the Scythe of Quakes was created by the First Spinjitzu Master using gold that came from the Golden Peaks and was forged in the Temple of Light and subsequently used to create Ninjago. It is unknown if it has any role in fighting the Overlord, but it possibly had a part in splitting Ninjago in two.

Garmadon's banishment

Soon after the First Spinjitzu Master's death, one of his sons, Garmadon, attempted to steal and use the power of the four weapons for his own selfish ends. Garmadon's younger brother, Wu, defeated him and caused him to be banished to the Underworld. Wu then took the weapons and hid them in different places throughout Ninjago. The Scythe was hidden in the Caves of Despair, where Wu placed the Earth Dragon to guard it.

The Golden Weapon

Many years later, Wu's four ninja proteges, Kai, Cole, Zane, and Jay, rediscovered the Scythe. It was their first weapon gathered in their attempt to retrieve the four weapons from their hiding places and to keep out of the hands of Lord Garmadon. Although the ninja were charged not to use the Scythe, Kai used its power to provide them an escape route after the Earth Dragon woke up.

King of Shadows

The ninja were later ambushed at the Fire Temple, and the Scythe, along with the Shurikens of Ice and the Nunchucks of Lightning, was stolen by Samukai. The weapons were then taken to the Underworld, where Samukai fought Wu with the three weapons he stole. During their battle, Samukai used the Scythe to shatter the ground they stood on. After Samukai defeated Wu, he took up the fourth weapon, the Sword of Fire, which Wu had been fighting with. The powers of the four weapons served to destroy Samukai and create a vortex through space and time, allowing Lord Garmadon to escape his Underworld prison.

In defense of Ninjago

After Lord Garmadon escaped, the four ninja took up the weapons to use them in defense of Ninjago. Each ninja took the weapon that matched their elemental properties, so the Scythe was in the possession of Cole. The Earth Dragon, nicknamed Rocky, guarded it by serving Cole as a mount and pet.

Rise of the Snakes

During a three-hour video gaming marathon with the other ninja, Cole carelessly left the Scythe of Quakes on the floor, though used it to plug the TV in after Wu unplugged it.

Cole brought the Scythe of Quakes along with him when the ninja journeyed to Jamanakai Village to stop Lord Garmadon, though didn't use it as the threat turned out to be the dark lord's son, Lloyd.

Cole used the Scythe of Quakes during the tournament to determine who would be the Green Ninja. When the Sword of Fire went out of control, Cole used the Scythe to try and extinguish the flames.

When the Hypnobrai attacked Jamanakai Village, Cole brought the Scythe with him and used it in the battle against the snakes.


Cole used the Scythe during training, though Zane briefly stole it to use in his own training.

Cole brought the Scythe with him to destroy Lloyd's treehouse fortress and used it to attack the ninja when he was turned against them by Skales.


After Rocky leaves for the Spirit Coves, Cole unlocks his weapon's ability to become a vehicle, the Tread Assault.

Day of the Great Devourer

When Pythor unleashed the Great Devourer, the only way to stop it was to give Garmadon all four weapons so that he could use them at once in one final blow to the giant snake. It was a victory for the ninja, but at the cost of losing the weapons.

Darkness Shall Rise

After this, Garmadon took the weapon to the Golden Peaks, where it was forged with the other three into the Mega Weapon, which was eventually destroyed by the same weapons used to create it in the past when Garmadon went back in time to stop Lloyd from becoming a ninja.

The Titanium Ninja

The Nindroids succeeded in getting the Weapons of Spinjitzu from Delta V and have burnt them into the Overlord's ultimate weapon. Later, the Golden Master started to destroy New Ninjago City with his newly formed mech—made out of the gold from the Weapons of Spinjitzu. However, the Nindroids were not the only ones to escape; the ninja have used their elemental shields, and have traveled out of space. The Golden Master gets frustrated and plans to defeat the ninja. He now performs his own Spinjitzu, trying to stop the ninja from going into the Temple of Fortitude. However, he fails. The Heroes of Ninjago put on armor to resist the Golden Power from him. He, somehow, grabs all the ninja except Zane. The White Ninja eventually destroys him and the Overlord weakening the power of the armor in the process.


Kai reforged the weapon and Nya held it until Cole returned to the Monastery of Spinjitzu. Nya was unable to use it because she was a Master of Water, not Earth. When Cole arrived, Nya gave it to him. It was rendered powerless following the Tornado of Creation.[1]


The Scythe of Quakes is strong enough to cut through stone. When its blade is planted in the ground, it can create earthquakes or fissures. It also formed Cole's Tread Assault. descriptions

2011 description

This mighty weapon can mow down trees and move mountains. Whoever masters it can control the earth. Used by the First Spinjitzu Master to create Ninjago, it is one of the four Weapons of Spinjitzu.[link unavailable]

2012 description (Staff of Earth)

Cole's good old Golden Weapon.[link unavailable]



Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Pilot episodes


Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja

Season 3: Rebooted

Season 5: Possession

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu

Season 10: March of the Oni

Season 13: Master of the Mountain

Season 15: Crystalized

Video games


  • The weapon was originally going to be a hammer called the Hammer of Quakes.[2]
  • In 2012, it was briefly renamed the Staff of Earth on the LEGO website.[citation needed]
  • The Scythe of Quakes is identical to the Staff of Light. It also has a recolored version called the Bone Scythe.
  • So far, there have been four versions of the Scythe of Quakes, but none truly replicate the one in the TV show (but this is the case for all of the Golden Weapons, except for the Sword of Fire). The first version is the most common in playsets, with the other versions mainly appearing in Spinner sets.
    • The second version of the Scythe of Quakes is the shortest of the four, and the fourth version is the longest.[ Which versions are these referring to? ]
  • In the show, its blade is a dragon face with gray/brown gems for eyes.
  • Up until just before its destruction, the Scythe was the only one of the Golden Weapons to not directly shoot out its respective element (instead created earth fissures from the ground).
    • This makes it the only Golden Weapon to control its respective element (the other weapons only released their respective elements), by creating earthquakes to defeat enemies.
  • A common scene transition in the first two seasons (seen in "The Snake King", "Once Bitten, Twice Shy", "Double Trouble", "Ninjaball Run", "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master", and other episodes[ Clarify ]) involves two Scythes of Quakes moving across the screen, though they use the design from the sets.
  • The Scythe of Quakes' design is very similar to Cole's Jadeblade Weapon, likely intentionally.
  • In Shadow of Ronin, Garmadon in his Overlord form is armed with the Scythe of Quakes.



Promotional media

In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Pilot episodes


Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Season 5: Possession

Season 10: March of the Oni

Season 15: Crystalized

In other media



Golden Weapons

Scythe of Quakes · Shurikens of Ice · Nunchucks of Lightning · Sword of Fire · Mega Weapon

Major ninja weapons

Golden Weapons · Elemental Blades · Techno Blades · Obsidian Weapons · Aeroblades · Prime controllers · Harpoon guns

Jadeblade Weapons

Double Jadeblade · Jadeblade Flail · Jadeblade Spear · Jadeblade Scythe

Obsidian Weapons

Obsidian Glaive · Obsidian Nunchucks · Obsidian Sais · Obsidian Scythe · Obsidian Sword

Ninja weapons

Types of weapons: Bo staff · Boomerang · Bowie Knives · Butterfly Sword · Crossbow · Dagger · Golden blade · Hammer · Katana · (Golden · Silver · Black) · Ninja Bow · Nunchucks · Sai · Scimitar · Scythe · Shield · Shurikens · Spear · Spike blade
Individual weapons: Staff of the First Spinjitzu Master · Nya's fan · Explosive shurikens · Elemental ice shurikens · Cole's hammer · Cole's golden hammer · Jay's golden kusarigama · Zane's bow · Kai's twin katanas · Lloyd's sword · Lloyd's golden sword · Nya's spear · Nya's golden spear · Nya's Munce spear · Zane's golden shurikens · Kai's golden katana · Cole's mace
Sets only: Blacksmith's Hammer · Double-Bladed Dagger · Dagger of the Dragon's Breath · Fang Dagger · The Thorn · Dark Talons · Double-Bladed Scythe · Dark Chained Whip · Golden Star Hammer · Golden Tri Scythe · Silver Serpent Striker · Golden Double-Bladed Sword · Staff of Dragons · Golden Spear · Gold-Bladed Saw Staff · The Icicle · Spear of Fire · Golden Point · Super Bolt · Zane's Golden Wiggly Fang · Zane's Ice Spike · Cole's NRG Golden Blade · Dragon's Fire on a Stick · Lava Spike · Golden Nick Daggers · Golden Chained Fang · Golden Double Scythe · Jay's spiked flail

Skulkin weapons

Silver Battle Mace · Golden Bone · Bone Daggers · Double-Bladed Bone Dagger · Dark Blade · Thunder Bolts · Silver Dark Blade · Major Spear · Chained Fang · Silver Bone · Scythe Blade · Groovy Whip · Double-Boned Skele-Scythe · Golden Dark Blade · Golden Heli-Chains · Chainsaw · Bone Scythe · Golden Hatchet Twins · Warlord's Cutlass
Axes: Bronzed Bone Axe · Silver Bone Axe · Double-Bladed Bone Axe · Dark Axe · Grim Pick Axe · Golden Double-Bladed Bone Axe · Golden Pick Axe · Golden Bone Axe

Serpentine weapons

Serpentine Staffs: Hypnobrai Staff · Fangpyre Staff · Venomari Staff · Constrictai Staff · Anacondrai Staff
Trusty Axe · Spear of Forked Tongues · Blinding Staff · Banana · Fangblades · Staff of Light · Dragon's Fire · Golden Axe · Fang of Poison · Golden Battle Mace · Knockout Nemesis 3000 · Snake strangler · Spitta's Toxic Toothpick · Badaboom Dynamite · Constrictai Double-Headed Axe · Golden Hypno Fang · Fangdam's Golden Staff · Chained Sai · Battle Spear · Double-Bladed Axe · Double-Sided Axe
Vipers: Golden Vipers · Sly Vipers · Red Vipers · Hypno Vipers · Toxic Vipers · Translucent Blue Viper · Translucent Purple Vipers · Translucent Orange Viper

Anacondrai Cultist weapons

Anacondrai Blades · Anacondrai spears · Chain bola · Crossbow ballista · Fang claws · Staff of Elements · Tan Dark Blade

Ghost Warrior weapons

Ghost Blades · Soul Archer's bow

Sky Pirate weapons

Flintlock pistols

Vermillion weapons

Vermillion sword

Dragon Hunter weapons

Chain Rifles · Iron Baron's staff

Oni weapons

Omega's staff

Pyro Viper weapons

Aspheera's staff · Char's snake scepter · Scimitar

Blizzard Samurai weapons

Zane's scepter

Unagami's army weapons


Re-Awakened weapons

Vengestone spears

Munce weapons

Spiked clubs

Keeper weapons

Lightning staff · Keeper spears

Merlopian weapons

Trident (Kalmaar's trident)

Crystal weapons

Crystal gun

Other weapons

Benthomaar's arrows · Benthomaar's spear · Blades of Deliverance (Ivory · Shadow) · Departed Blades · Destruction daggers · Djinn Blade · Dragon Blade · Driftwood bo staff · Illuma swords · Karlof's metal fists · Key-Tanas (Yellow · Orange · Purple) · Korgran's axe · Sword of Sanctuary · Time Blades (Forward · Slow-Mo · Pause · Reversal) · Yin Blade

Movie weapons

Garmadon's Club · Ultimate Weapon · Ultimate Ultimate Weapon