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Faith! All you need is faith!
That suit never made you who you are, it's what's inside of you. From here on out, we have to hide our identities. They'll be looking for us, and wearing our colors will only draw attention.
Nya convincing Lloyd to burn his ninja suit
"The Gilded Path"
Season 9, Episode 5
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Series episode number 89
Air date July 11, 2018 (Singapore; Okto)
July 28, 2018 (Australia/New Zealand)
August 18, 2018 (US)
October 6, 2018 (Singapore; CN Asia, Malaysia, Thailand)
Written by Bragi Schut
Directed by Michael Helmuth Hansen
Episode guide
"How to Build a Dragon"
"Two Lies, One Truth"

The Gilded Path is the fifth episode of the ninth season of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and the 89th episode overall. It aired on July 11, 2018 in Singapore, on July 28, 2018 in Australia and New Zealand, and eas also aired in the United States on August 18, 2018, in "Hunted: Part 2." It was also aired on October 6, 2018 on Cartoon Network Asia.


The headquarters to the resistance is breached and Lloyd scrambles to avoid capture. Meanwhile, the Ninja are caught by Heavy Metal, but find an unlikely ally.[1]


The Sons of Garmadon prepare to ambush the Resistance's base as Dareth, who had to pee behind some trash bags, sees them and tries to find a way to warn Lloyd and the others. As they were discussing plans, Dareth manages to get in and warn them, just in time as the Sons of Garmadon soon ambush them. As they fight them, the members manage to restrain some of the Elemental Masters while Nya soon has Lloyd taken into her armored vehicle along with Skylor and manages to escape as well as Dareth, who had to pee outside again. As they make their escape, the Colossus appears, controlled by Garmadon and steps on the tank. As it prepared to crush them, Lloyd telepathically asked his father to spare him. He reluctantly does so as P.I.X.A.L. soon appeared in her Samurai X mech in an attempt to distract him as the tank soon took off and Garmadon shoots the mech down. As Harumi watched Garmadon look on in sadness, Killow recovers P.I.X.A.L. from the mech's wreckage and detains her.

In the Realm of Oni and Dragons, Wu dreams about his time in childhood when he went fishing with his father and brother. After both sons were frustrated at not catching anything, their father told them to have faith; Wu heeded his teachings and was able to catch a fish, to his brother's anger. Wu then awoke next to his students, who pointed out that he had rapidly aged into a teenager overnight. After he tells them of his dream, they pointed out his memories are returning and ask about anything else before Heavy Metal appears. Heavy Metal reveals to have overheard that Wu was the child of the First Spinjitzu Master, and after Wu confirms it, Heavy Metal reveals himself to be a woman named Faith who claims that she is on their side. She then asks if Wu knows the location of the Dragon Armor, to which Wu feigns the impression of knowing and tells his students to have faith in his plan.

Back in Ninjago; Lloyd and Nya, both now wearing clothing making them look like fishermen, watch TV from a distance as Gayle Gossip reports on the Resistance's arrest. Afterward, Nya convinces Lloyd to burn his gi to prevent being seen and that inside of him was what made him the Green Ninja, which he reluctantly does so. Skylor and Dareth, also disguised as fishermen, came up to them with some food from supporters as Skylor tells Lloyd that the Resistance and his mother were likely sent to Kryptarium Prison. As Dareth watches some kids kick at a wrecked police car, he wonders if it's where they'll stay. Just then, the rat from before came up to them, causing Dareth to grab a mop, but the rat suddenly speaks and transforms, revealing itself to be Mystake.

The ninja haul the vehicle while Faith tells the tale of the First Spinjitzu Master. The First Spinjitzu Master and Firstbourne shared a connection and made the Dragon Armor. They made it their goal to unite the First Realm They failed, and the First Spinjitzu Master left the realm while the Firstbourne stayed behind to guard the armor. They notice Daddy No Legs and Muzzle approaching them. Faith has the ninja "tied up" in chains while she wears her armor. However, Faith demands them to leave, and they prepare to do so, but when Muzzle discovers Wu looks older, Daddy No Legs becomes suspicious. Realizing the ruse was failing, Kai trips the two with the chain they were inadvertently standing on before the ninja tie them up. They steal the Hunters' vehicles and continue their journey while their foes wonder on what to tell Baron.



For the transcript of the episode, click here.

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  • This is the first time the First Spinjitzu Master is heard speaking in the series.
  • Heavy Metal is revealed to be a woman named Faith.
  • This marks the first time that the ninja's ages are mentioned in the show itself, with Jay referring to them as "grown-up teenagers."
  • When Lloyd burns his ninja robe, the flames turned green.
  • Wu has aged to a young teenager and is regaining his memories of his life.
    • Wu uses Cole's headband and top knot hair piece from The LEGO Ninjago Movie.
    • Wu's appearance is different from how he appeared in previous depictions of his "teenage" self. According to Tommy Andreasen, the reason for this could be due to Wu growing up under different circumstances.[2]
  • Mystake talks to Lloyd as a rat, confirming the second of the April Fools Hints.[3]
    • By using a process of elimination, the ninja do not learn the language of dragons.
    • This also reveals Mystake is an Oni, which was also implied by Killow, who said in this episode that Mystake is more than a normal woman.
  • It is hinted Garmadon isn't completely evil, as he shows hesitation for the first time since his return.
  • Jay mentions the events of "The Golden Weapon," saying, "Just the four of us. Hauling Master Wu to who knows where," referring to when the ninja traveled to the Caves of Despair with Wu's horse carriage.


  • Killow is seen without the Oni Mask of Deception when telling Luke Cunningham to get Mystake.
  • After getting food, Dareth is seen in his casual clothing.
  • When tying up Daddy No Legs and Muzzle, Kai is next to Daddy No Legs' head on his left with Zane on the right, in the frame right after that, they are both beside Faith with Kai on her left and Zane on the right.
  • Despite the fact that in the previous episode stranded ninja escaped from the Dead's End and Wu wore his civilian clothes and Cole wore Dragon Hunters clothes, in this episode Teen Wu wakes up in Dragon Hunters clothes, although he would have no reason to wear it before.
    • It is also unknown how he could wake up with a bun hairstyle and headband.
  • Despite the fact that Wu's flashback takes place thousands of years ago (see here for further explanation), the can in which the brothers had their worms had appeared to be very modern.
  • While Lloyd is saying "Yeah, right. Endure. Living in squalor with the rats," Skylor can be seen moving as if she was talking while saying nothing.



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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: 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 Sqiffy 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: 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
The Island 161. Uncharted · 162. The Keepers of the Amulet · 163. The Gift of Jay · 164. The Tooth of Wojira
Season 14: Seabound 165. A Big Splash · 166. The Call of the Deep · 167. Unsinkable · 168. Five Thousand Fathoms Down · 169. The Wrath of Kalmaar · 170. Long Live the King · 171. Escape from Merlopia · 172. The Tale of Benthomaar · 173. The Storm Amulet · 174. Riddle of the Sphinx · 175. Papergirl · 176. Master of the Sea · 177. The Calm Before the Storm · 178. Assault on Ninjago City · 179. Nyad · 180. The Turn of the Tide
Ninjago: Reimagined 1. Golden Legend · 2. Gold Rush · 3. A Day in the Life of a Golden Ninja · 4. Sweatin' to the Goldies · 5. Golden Hour
Season 15 TBA