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“I've run diagnostics on the cabinet and this game is far more complex than anything I've ever seen! Even more than my ill-fated Digiverse. It's a virtual world made up of different zones inside the game!”
Cyrus Borg, "Level Thirteen"

The twelfth season of LEGO Ninjago, subtitled Prime Empire, is preceded by Season 11 and the Prime Empire Original Shorts and succeeded by Season 13. All of the ninja have moments, but Jay is the focus and mascot character.[1] Unagami serves as the main antagonist, and Unagami's Army and The Mechanic's Henchmen serve as the villainous factions.

The first teaser was released on on January 31, 2020, and was released on YouTube on February 5, 2020. The season itself was set to release in the first half of 2020. The first English release date for the first episode was March 21 on Cartoon Network Asia.[2] Episodes 1 - 6 were made available On Demand and on the Cartoon Network App/Website in the US on July 12, 2020.[3] The first four episodes aired together in the United States on July 19, 2020, with 2 episodes airing each Sunday after that along with 2 reruns.[4] On Setember 10, 2020 SIC K confirmed that Season 12: Prime Empire is going to be released on Setember 21, 2020 in Portugal. [5] But for some unknown reason, the Release of the Season was delayed to a unknown date.

This season was also released On Demand in the U.K. on August 1, 2020.

A trailer was released on the LEGO Youtube channel on March 10, 2020.[6]

Official Description

Teaser: A legendary arcade game has resurfaced, and the whole of NINJAGO City is hooked, but it soon becomes clear…this is no ordinary game!

Trailer: “Would you like to enter Prime Empire?” In the hyped video game, Prime Empire, you can be whoever you want to be. Jay, ever the avid gamer, can’t wait to start playing. But when hundreds of players, and Jay, suddenly start vanishing without a trace, the ninja need to get inside the game and find out who is playing Unagami. Now they must compete in adventures and difficult game worlds, win all three Key-tanas – and only then can they face the evil Unagami. Can they reach the final level and beat the game?

Prime Empire Moments: Ninja Action: It’s time for the ninja to put all their Spinjitzu skills to the test in a whole new environment. How will they fight the seemingly unstoppable Red Visors and defeat Unagami in the game Prime Empire? Get ready for epic new challenges, gravity-defying ninja jumps and stunts, super-charged weapons, dangerous dragons - and some seriously scary cyber action!

Prime Empire Moments: New Heroes And Challenges: The ninja face all new levels of threats in the three game worlds of Prime Empire! From Terra Karana, a beautiful, ancient realm, to Terra Technica, a futuristic world of speed racing, and finally Terra Domina, home of the terrifying Temple of Madness where the evil Unagami rules. Traps, pitfalls, vicious villains, epic dragons and helpful heroes await those who enter the game… Who can they trust? Super racing drivers Racer Seven, the Whack Rats, and Scott? Game programmer Milton Dyer? And watch out for Okino the Samurai, Sushimi, the mad sushi chef! Get a sneak peek at all the epic new ninja adventures.

Prime Empire Moments: Speed Racing: There is no room for error in the Speedway Five Billion race! Prime Empire drivers in the legendary race have the race cars, the skills, and the will to risk it all for the main prize. Only the winner takes home the Key-tana – the key to unlock the next game world in the Prime Empire game!

Prime Empire Moments: Dragons: Don’t miss the epic dragon battles in Prime Empire! As the ninja approach the Key-tana in the game world Terra Karana, they come face to face with the terrifying Red Dragon, also known as the Cyber Dragon. There may be hope for the ninja if they can use the dragon to their advantage. But the wrath of the devastating Cyber Dragon pales against the gruesome powers of Unagami’s brutal Empire Dragon. Get ready for colossal clashes with these digital giants!

Prime Empire Moments: Temple of Madness: Ticking time bombs, giant, swinging sledgehammers, revolving ninja stars, and fierce, fanged sushi rolls? Anyone who tries to go near Unagami’s Temple of Madness must be… well, mad! But the ninja have no choice – they have to beat the game and defeat Unagami! How will they make it past all the threats and traps and escape the maki-roll-throwing, mad sushi chef, Sushimi?



Season Ep # Series Ep # Image Episode name Airdate
1 129 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 1 "Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire?" July 19, 2020 (US)
2 130 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 2 "Dyer Island" July 19, 2020 (US)
3 131 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 3 "Level Thirteen" July 19, 2020 (US)
4 132 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 4 "Superstar Rockin' Jay" July 19, 2020 (US)
5 133 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 5 "I am Okino" July 26, 2020 (US)
6 134 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 6 "The Glitch" July 26, 2020 (US)
7 135 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 7 "The Cliffs of Hysteria" August 2, 2020 (US)
8 136 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 8 "The Maze of the Red Dragon" August 2, 2020 (US)
9 137 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 9 "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" August 9, 2020 (US)
10 138 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 10 "Racer Seven" August 9, 2020 (US)
11 139 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 11 "The Speedway Five-Billion" August 16, 2020 (US)
12 140 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 12 "Stop, Drop and Side Scroll" August 16, 2020 (US)
13 141 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 13 "Ninjago Confidential" August 23, 2020 (US)
14 142 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 14 "The Prodigal Father" August 23, 2020 (US)
15 143 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 15 "The Temple of Madness" August 30, 2020 (US)
16 144 Ninjago Prime Empire Episode 16 "Game Over" August 30, 2020 (US)


Arcade Pods



  • 2020 content was first revealed to exist by a LEGO designer on The Eljay Johnsen Show.[7]
  • Zane does not have a Digi suit in any of the known sets so far. His Digi suit was seen in a poster lift out from an issue of Ninjago Magazine and a trading card.
  • This is the third season to have all of the ninja use their robes from the previous season.
  • According to Tommy Andreasen, this season was inspired by the Polybius urban legend.[8]
  • This season featured Cyrus Borg's first speaking role since The Hands of Time. While he appeared in March of the Oni, he did not speak at any point in the season.
  • The Cartoon Network Asia website refers to the season as "Season 2", similar to the previous season being called "Season 1" by various sources, as the WildBrain-animated seasons are often considered a separate show to the pre-Season 11 seasons.
  • The intro for the season is similar to the intro for the previous season in that it changes with every episode, showcasing the events of the previous episode. It is also the second intro to not feature the "Masters of Spinjitzu" subtitle or use episode numbering and is the fifth consecutive intro to not showcase the ninjas' names. It also features a new rendition of The Weekend Whip.
  • The new rendition of The Weekend Whip, titled "The Arcadian Whip", was released on March 15, 2020.
  • This is the first season to feature Airjitzu since Season 7, although this season's Airjitzu is not real or physical, but rather a power-up in the game.
  • It premiered in Taiwan on March 21, 2020, and on March 29, 2020 in Japan.
  • A promo airing on Cartoon Network Asia mistakenly calls this season Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu.[9]
  • With this season having only 16 episodes (equal to eight 22-minute episodes), it is as long as Season 3 and Season 13, and tied with them as the second shortest seasons after Season 10.
  • According to Bragi Schut, there was a small nod to a future Ninjago installment at some point near the end of the season, similar to how Milton Dyer was referenced at the end of the Ice Chapter in Season 11.[10]
  • This is the second season in a row where there are two villainous factions and the fourth overall.
    • The seasons with two villainous factions are Seasons, 2, 9, 11, and 12.
    • Even though there are two villainous factions, Unagami's Army has a much higher role than The Mechanic's Henchmen.
      • Unagami's Army appears in every episode of Season 12, while the Mechanic's Henchmen only appear in 4 episodes.
  • According to Tommy Andreasen in the chat of a stream hosted by Joshua Deck on YouTube, there was an unproduced episode: "After the Speedway Five Billion, the Keytana was [stolen] by the rats. The ninja recruited the League and had to enter the highly glitchy sewers and face[11] Atta the Ratta. The rat king was an unfinished mess that could only be remedied by the Keytana... The Rats weren't so bad after all."[citation needed]
  • This season shares some similarities to Season 6. The ninja team are taken down one by one, causing lesser episode appearances, and Jay is the focus and mascot character for both seasons.
  • The season started releasing on Cartoon Network in America on July 19, with the first four episodes airing. They will continue to release on Sundays, with two per week.
  • Kai regains the bottom half of his scar in "I am Okino," after missing it since animation switched from WILFilm ApS to WildBrain in 2019.
  • Amount of times a different character reads a title card:
    • Jay: 6
    • Okino: 2
    • Unagami: 1
    • Kai: 1
    • Cole: 1
    • Nya: 1
    • Lloyd: 1
    • Racer Seven: 1
    • Zane: 1
    • P.I.X.A.L.: 1
      • This makes Jay announcing the most amount of title cards while multiple characters are tied for the least with one.
      • This makes it the fourth season that Wu doesn't announce episode titles.

Focus Characters

  • Jay serves as the main focus character of this season despite all of the ninja having moments. Having the main role for this season, he was shown to have great video game skills and knowledge which helped the ninja escape dangerous situations.
    • He was focused on in Episodes 129, 132, 137, 143, and 144
      • In Episode 129, he activated Prime Empire and was the first ninja to enter the game.
      • In Episode 132, the ninja attempted to find Jay after he entered the game. He was also shown as the leader of the League of Jay's.
      • His ability to dance along with Nya in Episode 137 allowed the ninja to win a dance competition and enter the Speedway Five-Billion.
      • Jay is indirectly responsible for the sacrifice of Kai and Cole in Episode 139.
      • In Episode 143, he and Nya are able to get through the first half of the Temple of Madness but is forced to go on his own after Nya is cubed. His conversation and fight with Unagami is vital as it provides insight into Unagami's identity and his plan to find Milton Dyer.
      • He fights Unagami in Episode 144 and is able to lead him to Borg Tower where he confronts Unagami, and Milton Dyer apologizes to Unagami for the past and makes amends.
  • Nya is a prominent character in this season.
    • She was focused on in Episodes 137 and 143.
      • She dances with Jay in Episode 137 which allows the ninja to win a dance competition and enter the Speedway Five-Billion.
      • In Episode 143, she and Jay work together to get through the first half of The Temple of Madness but gets cubed which causes Jay to get emotional.
  • Lloyd is another prominent character in this season.
    • He was focused on in Episodes 138 and 140.
      • He convinced Racer Seven in Episode 138 to join their team and break her programming by winning the race. This allowed the ninja to obtain the Yellow Key-Tana.
      • In Episode 140, his fight with Avatar Harumi is one of the highlights of the season as he contemplates whether to fight her.
    • Although Lloyd wasn't a focus when the ninja were in Terra Karana, he was the main ninja who convinced Okino to find his true identity.
  • Kai and Cole have significant roles in certain episodes.
    • Kai thought he was invincible when he entered Prime Empire and lost three out of four lives to start the game in Episode 132.
    • He saved the ninja team in Episode 135 at the Cliffs of Hysteria.
    • Because of him purchasing his own avatar in Episode 137, Jay and Nya entered a dancing competition.
    • Cole was focused on in Episode 131, where he plays the Prime Empire video game and unlocks the thirteenth level, allowing the ninja to go after Jay.
    • Kai and Cole sacrifice themselves in Episode 139 to allow Lloyd, Nya, and Jay a fighting chance to win the Speedway Five-Billion.
  • Zane plays a minor role for most of this season but does play a prominent part in the end.
    • He helps Wu, and P.I.X.A.L. interrogate Mrs. Dyer in Episode 137.
    • He was focused on Episode 141 where he narrated their detective work and gets insight on Milton Dyer only to be kidnapped by the Mechanic and eventually rescued by P.I.X.A.L and Jay.
    • He, alongside P.I.X.A.L and Wu, helped bring Milton Dyer to Borg Tower to have him make amends with Unagami.
  • P.I.X.A.L. is a secondary character of this season who receives some attention towards the end.
    • She helps Wu and Zane interrogate Mrs. Dyer in Episode 137.
    • She and Zane attempt to find Milton Dyer although P.I.X.A.L. in Episode 141. When Zane is kidnapped by The Mechanic, P.I.X.A.L. plays detective and find Dyer.
    • Her conversations with Dyer are important in Episode 142 as it reveals the origin of Unagami as well as Dyer's struggle to figure out why a machine has emotions. She laters finds Zane and Wu and fights The Mechanic's Henchmen.
  • Master Wu has a very minor role in the season.
    • He helps Zane and P.I.X.A.L. interrogate Mrs. Dyer in Episode 137.
    • He is also captured in Episode 142 by The Mechanic's Henchmen and is used as a bargaining chip to get Zane to reveal the Prime Empire Motherboard.





LEGO 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: The 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 Squiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal Mini-Movies Operation Heavy Metal
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: The 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
Season 14 TBA
Season 15 TBA
Unknown Ninjago 2022 Installment TBA

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