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Not to be confused with the actual glitch.
Okino, I know it's hard to believe, but this world, the forest, the traps, all of it, it's... it's just... it's only a game, Okino. It's not real. We're all stuck inside a game, and Unagami is the guy calling the shots. He's the one who made this whole place.
Lloyd telling Okino the truth
"The Glitch"
Season 12, Episode 6
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Air date April 4, 2020 (Asia)
April 5, 2020 (Australia)
July 26, 2020 (US)
October 17, 2020 (Canada)
Written by Bragi Schut
Directed by Shane Poettcker
Episode guide
"I am Okino"
"The Cliffs of Hysteria"

The Glitch is the sixth episode of the twelfth season of Ninjago and the 134th episode overall. It aired on April 5, 2020, in Australia, paired up with "I am Okino." It aired in the US on July 26, 2020, but was released on the app on July 10 to people logged in.


In order to stop Unagami, the ninja must obtain three Key-tanas, the first of which is hidden in the game zone Terra Karana - one of Prime Empire's most dangerous game environments.[1]

Extended: The Samurai guide, Okino, leads the ninja into the first of Terra Karana's deadly challenges: The Forest of Discontent, made up of deep, dark woods, filled with booby-traps. As the ninja fight their way through it, they begin losing lives, but with Okino's help, they survive and reach the middle of the forest. There, they are ambushed by the Whack Rats but the ninja are able to fight them off. Lloyd ties up the leader, a rat named Richie. In order to procure his release, Richie tells Lloyd that he knows about a "glitch" in the game, which will allow the ninja to bypass the rest of the booby-traps and reach the other side of the Forest. Okino soon realises Prime Empire is not a real place, merely a simulation and he is part of it. Lloyd releases Richie, who guides the ninja to the glitch and into an ambush by Red Visors. Okino comes to their rescue and helps the ninja escape.[2]


Okino meets the ninja.

After Okino introduces himself, Lloyd tells Okino his and the other ninja's names and who they are. Okino, doing as he is programmed, pledges his service to the ninja. As they begin to thank him, Kai asks Okino what he means by "failing his previous masters" and how many were there. Upset, Okino points to the many swords he stuck in the ground that belonged to his fallen masters. Unnerved but still determined to escape the game, the ninja give Okino their word to get through the trials. Okino agrees and swears to help them.

Okino leads the ninja to the Forest of Discontent. As Kai is confused by the name, three bushes send spikes flying towards them; Okino easily deflects them with his sword and tells a scared Cole that the spikes were called "Thorns of Discontent." Lloyd points out that they came from the bushes. As the ninja ready their new prime controllers and call out which bush to defeat, Kai "claims" that he will look for bushes from behind. With the team giving Kai odd looks, Kai merely explains that he only has one life left.

"Ninja versus bushes!"

The ninja, ready (except for a wary Kai), charge for the bushes. They dodge and deflect the thorns that flew towards them and use beams from their weapons to destroy the bushes. Cole explains his fondness over their new weapons, when a thorn flies and hits him in the back, killing him. As he re-spawns, Cole sees that he has lost a life, much to his dismay. Okino explains to the group that the forest was dangerous, even saying that "the ground cannot be trusted" as they venture inside.

As the team and Okino travel through the forest, they complain about the darkness and not being able to see. Jay then opens his inventory and pulls out two torches for him and Cole. The problem now is that they could see what danger awaited for them. Nya then asked if what Okino said earlier was true; The Key-Tana being in a maze. Okino confirms this as a yes, as it was to be guarded by a dragon. Lloyd questions on how this was going to be a problem, as they have all faced dragons before. Okino denies this and tells them how strong this one really was.

As they continue walking, Nya accidentally jumps into a pit. She then begins to sink into it as teeth surround her. Jay and Cole attempt to pull her out in vain and Nya screams as the sand and teeth swallow her. respawning, Nya is upset as well to see that she has also lost a life. Questioning what that was, Okino explains to Lloyd that was Swampteeth and reminiscences what he said earlier about the ground.

The ninja ambushed.

Okino and the ninja eventually reach a point where he thinks the upcoming obstacle could be Strangler Vines. Lloyd finds out it's not, but they are ambushed by the Whack Rats. The ninja defeat the Whack Rats and Ritchie is tied up. They interrogate him and Ritchie reveals that Unagami orders them to ambush the ninja. Lloyd then comments about Unagami preventing the ninja from winning the game which confuses Okino. The ninja then explain to Okino that Prime Empire is not a real-world and Unagami is the creator of the world. Originally, Okino doesn't believe it causing Jay thinks he is not programmed to understand the truth.

Realizing Unagami is playing dirty, the ninja are about to leave, but Ritchie urges the ninja to cut him down because he has an itch. Ritchie then tells the ninja that there's a glitch in the game that can allow the ninja to bypass the Forest of Discontent. The ninja end up letting Ritchie down and he begins scratching his body.

Inside the glitch.

Ritchie guides the ninja to the glitch and he jumps in. Okino is confused at the sight as the rest of the ninja enter as well. The ninja are teleported to a purple cubed room. They walk forward and all of a sudden, the Red Visors appear and begin shooting the ninja. The ninja pull out their prime controllers to defend themselves as Ritchie looks on before leaving the room. The ninja begin to lose lives until Okino enters and fights the Red Visors allowing the ninja a chance to escape. Everyone but Lloyd is able to escape because Lloyd wants Okino to come along. Okino decides to stay with Lloyd as he pushes him through the portal.

The ninja and Okino land outside the Forest of Discontent. Lloyd thanks Okino, but he is kneeling realizing the world he lives in is not real. Okino thinks he's a pawn, but Lloyd downplays the idea as he tells Okino that he made his own decision, not Unagami. Lloyd then tells Okino to trust in himself and in the ninja as friends and as an ally to help them get past Terra Karana.



For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations featured


  • Narrator: Jay


  • The ninja (except Kai) lose a total of nine lives in this episode, leaving:
    • Jay, Nya, and Lloyd with two lives.
    • Both Kai and Cole with one life.


  • After Nya respawns the first time, her shoulder pads are missing.



For the gallery of the episode, click here.


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
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