“Like the hare pursued by the fox. Or the fox pursued by the hound. You are the hunted, and must live long enough to see their return. You must endure.”
Mistaké to Lloyd in "Iron & Stone"

The ninth season of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, subtitled Hunted, is preceded by Season 8 and succeeded by Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu and Season 10. It takes place a week after the events of Season 8. Master Wu is the mascot character of the sets, while there is no focus character.[1] Lord Garmadon is the intro character, and he and Iron Baron serve as the main antagonists. The Sons of Garmadon and Dragon Hunters are the season's villainous factions.

Following the supposed demise of Wu and the original ninjaLloyd and Nya resist Lord Garmadon's tyrannical control of Ninjago City. The original ninja are stranded in the Realm of Oni and Dragons, where they must save the Dragons from the barbaric Dragon Hunters.

The season started airing in Australia and Singapore in late June 2018 with the sets being released on July 2 in Australia and August 1 in the United States. It was released early on the US Cartoon Network app, website, and On-Demand on August 10, 2018. It started airing in the United States on August 11, 2018, completed on August 25, 2018 in Australia and the USA.[2]

Official Description

While Lloyd and Nya resist Emperor Garmadon's oppressive hold on Ninjago City, Young Wu and the rest of the Ninja are stranded in a barbaric realm where fierce dragons are being hunted down by Iron Baron and his gang of Dragon Hunters. Lloyd must endure in NINJAGO City, the others need to find the fabled Dragon Armor if they ever hope to get back home to stop Emperor Garmadon once and for all.[3]



Season Ep # Series Ep # Image Episode name Air Date
1 85 Screenshot 2018-06-30 at 10.17.38.png "Firstbourne" August 11, 2018 (US)
2 86 Screen Shot 2018-07-08 at 2.56.07 PM.png "Iron & Stone" August 11, 2018 (US)
3 87 Screen Shot 2018-07-08 at 2.50.23 PM.png "Radio Free Ninjago" August 11, 2018 (US)
4 88 Screen Shot 2018-07-10 at 11.19.32 AM.png "How to Build a Dragon" August 11, 2018 (US)
5 89 Screen Shot 2018-07-11 at 11.12.35 AM.png "The Gilded Path" August 18, 2018 (US)
6 90 HuntedEp90.png "Two Lies, One Truth" August 18, 2018 (US)
7 91 IMG 0128.PNG "The Weakest Link" August 18, 2018 (US)
8 92 Screen Shot 2018-07-17 at 8.45.55 AM.png "Saving Faith" August 25, 2018 (US)
9 93 Screen Shot 2018-07-18 at 8.52.00 PM.png "Lessons for a Master" August 25, 2018 (US)
10 94 Screen Shot 2018-07-19 at 9.31.54 AM.png "Green Destiny" August 25, 2018 (US)




There were no songs made for this season.


  • This is the second season where there are two villainous factions, and one of the four seasons to have more than one villainous faction overall.
    • The seasons with two villainous factions are Seasons, 2, 9, 11, and 12.
  • This is the last season to be written by the Hageman Brothers.
  • Tommy Andreasen said that they wrote the ending, as well as some episodes, completed several times.[4]
  • A Japanese trailer was released on May 12, 2018.
  • The first English trailer, created by Wilfilm and Tommy Andreasen, was released on May 27, 2018.
  • A Southeast Asian trailer (for Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand) was released on June 11, 2018.
  • The events of this season take place one week after the events of Season 8.[5]
  • Hunted was released in the summer of 2018, making it the second time two seasons aired fully in one year. The first time was in 2015 with The Tournament of Elements in the spring and Possession in the summer.[6]
  • The Dragon Armor appears as the collectible item in the sets. The First Spinjitzu Master's sword, the Dragonbone Blade, is the only piece of armor that has special abilities, as it attracts Elemental Powers.
  • The fate of the Ultra Dragon was finally revealed in this season. It turned out that it had returned to the Realm of Oni and Dragons where Iron Baron eventually somehow captured and killed it, and used its skeletal remains for the base of his throne.
    • However, it is revealed that the ninja did not recognize the throne as the Ultra Dragon's remains, and never discovered this before going back to Ninjago or before Season 9 ended.[7]
  • The Marooned Ninjas' suits this season take their suits from the last episode of Season 8 but with added armor and battle-damaged elements.
    • As of the season finale, the ninja have returned to wearing their Sons of Garmadon suits.
  • Hunted does not have a specific main character, instead of focusing on the team as a whole. This is similar to the Rise of the Snakes, where the four original ninja were the focus. It is also similar to Possession where the focus was said to be open to interpretation.
  • This is the second season to not have Master Wu announce the episode title at the opening.
  • 70651 Throne Room Showdown and 70658 Oni Titan are the only sets that take place in Ninjago City.
  • This is the third season to air in Australia/New Zealand before the United States, the previous two being Season 3: Rebooted and Season 8: Sons of Garmadon.
  • This is the third season to not have Serpentine since their debut, the first being Season 5 and the second being Season 8.
  • All of Hunted was released on the Cartoon Network US app, website, and On Demand on August 10, 2018. This is the fourth season to be put online before airing on television.
  • When airing in the US, this season was split into "parts," 1 two hour, and 2 one and a half hour specials. With episodes 85-88 airing as "Hunted Part 1" on August 11, 2018, episodes 89-91 airing as "Hunted Part 2" on August 18, 2018, and episodes 92-94 airing as "Hunted Part 3" on August 25, 2018.
  • Mr. E doesn't appear in the intro alongside Harumi, Ultra Violet, and Killow, foreshadowing his demise early in the season.
    • Instead, Ultra Violet appears to be wearing the Oni Mask of Vengeance in the intro, despite that never happening in the show.
  • Most of the Elemental Masters from Season 4 return in this season, including Karlof, Griffin Turner, Shade, Neuro, Skylor, Tox, and Mr. Pale. They act on their promise from season four of helping the ninja by joining the Resistance.
    • Jacob Pevsner, Gravis, Ash, Chamille, and Bolobo are the only Elemental Masters to not appear in this season. Bolobo is revealed to have been arrested, and Chamille presumably became a villain. The others' whereabouts are unknown.
  • This is the second season to not feature The Weekend Whip as the intro theme.
  • For April Fools day, Tommy Andreasen posted a status on Twitter with three events from Season 9, two of which are real and one of which is fake. The three events stated that the ninja will speak the language of the dragons, that Dareth will unlock his true power, and that there would be a talking rat. Additionally, the Hagemen Brothers hinted that if Dareth didn't get a power, he would get a pet dragon.
    • A post from the Official Ninjago Facebook account included text in Ninjargon that translates to: "Dareth with the power of. . . ." hinting Dareth's powers.[8]
    • Dareth temporarily gets an Elemental Power of "brown" from drinking one of Mistaké's teas.
    • Mistaké talks to Lloyd as a rat in "The Gilded Path."
    • By process of elimination, the ninja do not learn the language of the dragons.
  • Tommy Andreasen had stated in an interview with Brent Miller that someone would die this season, though the identity of the character was not stated.[9] Later, in "Iron & Stone" these characters were revealed to be Mr. E and the Ultra Dragon. In "Saving Faith," Harumi died, and Mistaké was killed off-screen by Garmadon.
  • According to the Hageman Brothers on Twitter, Season 9's theme is "independence."
  • Jay had a mental breakdown sometime between Season 8 and Season 9, resulting in a seeming calmness in his manner in the first two episodes, "Firstbourne" and "Iron & Stone." He later went back to normal.
  • In "Iron & Stone," Skylor revealed that her powers had come back.
  • By the end of the season, Garmadon is still in his evil form and has not been changed back. He was also locked up in Kryptarium Prison.
    • Garmadon reveals that the reasons of his evil deeds was to protect Ninjago from the darkness he saw at the Departed Realm. Just before being taken away, he tells Lloyd of this evil and Lloyd believes it was the missing Oni who would be the darkness. This was later confirmed to be true.
  • Season 9 has the largest cast out of any other seasons.
  • The plot of Season 9 is comparable to Thor: Ragnarok, in which many characters have similar roles and plot devices are used in both.
    • Garmadon can be compared to Hela in which they both take over the main characters home world and results in the main characters being transported to another area.
    • The Realm of Oni and Dragons is similar to the planet Sakaar in that the main characters are stranded in it for a long time, and the land has a scavenger society.
    • Iron Baron can be compared to the Grandmaster, in that they both rule a scavenger society and are vicious tyrants.
    • Faith can be compared to Brunnhilde, in that they both are admired by the planets ruler, and go by false identity's and eventually aid the heroes to return to their home-world.
    • Another similarity is that the main characters also have to fight in a gladiatorial arena.
  • Jim Conrad joins the voice cast as the First Spinjitzu Master, marking this season as the first to feature the First Spinjitzu Master in a speaking role.
  • Skylor's appearance slightly changed in this season. Her hair turned into a darker shade of red, and her mouth was moved slightly lower on her face. However, this was not reflected in her minifigure, which came in 70651 Throne Room Showdown, still with a bright red hairpiece and face similar to her previous figures.
  • Neuro has a new hair piece in this season, which was also used in 5004938 NINJAGO Minifigure Collection, the set that was released a year earlier.

Focus Characters

  • There is no main character throughout and the season is a team season.
  • Master Wu had a major role in the season, with many individual moments. His appearance is very frequent.
    • He was focused on in Episodes 89, 91, 93 and 94.
      • In Episode 89, he was shown to have grown older as a teenager.
      • In Episode 91, he struggled to follow Faith's instructions and temporarily gave up, but continued after speaking with Kai.
      • Wu was forced to take Iron Baron to Firstbourne in Episode 93 where he was given the Dragon Armour, earning the title of Dragon Master and allowing the ninja to return to Ninjago.
      • Wu, along with Lloyd, fight Garmadon in Episode 94, where he was eventually defeated.
  • Cole and Wu had a closer relationship in Season 8, and it continues in Season 9.
    • He was focused on in Episodes 85 and 90.
      • In Episode 85, he acted as a mentor towards young Wu and helped him escape a dragon.
      • In Episode 90, Cole taught Wu about responsibility after he learned that Wu didn't know where the Dragon Armor was.
  • Kai is a prominent character in this season.
    • He was focused on in Episodes 88 and 91.
      • In Episode 88, Kai learned to befriend the captured dragons and freed them from the Dragon Hunters.
      • In Episode 91, Kai helped Wu with giving him confidence after he gave up, similar to how Wu taught the ninja previously.
  • Jay also has a great role in this season.
    • He was focused on in Episode 88, where he reminisced of meeting Wu for the first time and came up with the idea of building a dragon.
  • Zane has a relatively small role in this season, having less to do than the other Marooned Ninja and Wu.
  • Faith has a major role as well. She has a heavy role in the season with becoming an ally for the ninja, especially in Episodes 89 and 91.
  • Lloyd has a great role as well, but his role in Season 8 is larger.
    • He is focused on in Episodes 87 and 94.
      • In Episode 87, he joins with the Resistance to infiltrate Ninjago's Radio Tower, where he gives a speech to the public.
      • In Episode 94, he and Wu fight Garmadon, where Lloyd ultimately stops him and gains his powers back.
  • Nya's role in this season is minor, similar to Season 8.
  • Dareth has the greatest role in the season since his debut in Season 2. He appears in all episodes of this season. He briefly gains powers in Episode 88 and Episode 89.
  • Mistaké has an important role in this season as well, unmasking her true identity in Episode 90. She appears in Episodes 86-92. This is her biggest role in the series.
  • Skylor has capacity in the show, like how she creates a new power in Episode 87 and Skylor versus Garmadon controlling the Colossus in Episode 92. Her relationship with Kai is mentioned in Episode 94 too. She appears in all episodes of this season. This is one of her biggest roles since Season 4.
  • P.I.X.A.L. has something to do as well, as the Samurai X in The Resistance team. Her relationship with Zane has touched upon in Episode 94. She appears in Episodes 85-89 and Episode 94. Her role is a lot smaller than in Season 8, though.
  • Misako has made some appearances in the show, in Episodes 85-90 and Episode 94.
  • Ronin has made cameo appearances in the show as well, in Episode 85, 90, and 94. He is also a member of The Resistance team.


  • Iron Baron and Lord Garmadon served as the main antagonists of the Realm of Oni and Dragons and Ninjago, respectively.
  • This is the third season to officially feature two main antagonists. Season 2 was the first, which featured Lord Garmadon as the main antagonist of the first half and the Overlord as the main antagonist of the second half, followed by Season 7, which featured twin brothers Acronix and Krux as the main antagonists.
  • Heavy Metal and Harumi served as the secondary antagonists of the Realm of Oni and Dragons and Ninjago. After Heavy Metal's redemption, Harumi became the sole secondary antagonist.
  • Other important antagonists include Jet Jack, Daddy No Legs, Muzzle, Chew Toy, Arkade, Killow, and Ultra Violet.
  • Mr. E serves as a minor antagonist due to the fact that he was killed by Garmadon for failing to capture Lloyd in Episode 86.
  • The Dragon Hunters and the Sons of Garmadon serve as the villainous factions of the Realm of Oni and Dragons and Ninjago respectfully.




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 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: 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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