|“That's not all I'm the master of. I do a little inventing, I dabble in model building; a touch of cooking, a little poetry. . . .”|
|— Jay, boastfully bragging about his capabilities|
|"The Golden Weapon"|
|Season Pilot, Episode 2|
|Air date||January 14, 2011|
|Written by||Dan & Kevin Hageman|
|Directed by||Michael Hegner & Justin Murphy|
"Way of the Ninja"
"King of Shadows"
While Kai is brushing his teeth, he is attacked by three mysterious black ninja. After he gets thrown into the training course, Master Wu reveals that they are his students. He performs Spinjitzu and gives them each differently colored Ninja suits to represent their elements: Cole, the Black Ninja of Earth, who has a fear of dragons; Jay, the Blue Ninja of Lightning, a bragging inventor; Zane, the White Ninja of Ice, who doesn't have a sense of humor; and Kai, the Red Ninja of Fire. Jay becomes interested in the mission when he learns about Nya, though is warned by Kai to back off.
The next morning, they travel to the Caves of Despair to find the Scythe of Quakes, while pushing a horse carriage with Master Wu sitting in it. Along the way, Kai questions how the others were found by Master Wu. Cole states he was testing his strength by rock-climbing up a mountain, Jay says he was in Ninjago City testing homemade wings and Zane says he was testing himself by breathing underwater at an ice-cold temperature; in all those scenarios, Master Wu was there, drinking tea.
Arriving at the Caves, Master Wu warns the Ninja not to use the Scythe upon retrieval, fearing they would not be able to handle its power. After stealing back the map that contains the locations of the Golden Weapons, they enter the cave and find the first of the weapons. Upon leaving, however, they are ambushed by Samukai and his Skeleton army. While fighting the Skulkin, Jay mentions that fighting them feels like the training course back at the Monastery, and going through the motions unlocks his Spinjitzu.
Not long after, the other three Ninja unlock theirs as well. When they defeat the Skeletons, they are faced with the Guardian of the Scythe, the Earth Dragon. Unable to defeat it themselves, Kai uses the Scythe, despite the warnings of his teammates and defeats the Earth Dragon, the Ninja barely managing to escape. Outside, Master Wu is disappointed that Kai would put the others in danger by using the Golden Weapon.
In the Underworld, Samukai informs Garmadon that he has failed as the Ninja have unlocked Spinjitzu and have the Scythe, but Garmadon takes the news lightly.
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Garmadon - Mark Oliver
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
- Mountains of Impossible Height
- Caves of Despair
- Ninjago City
- Frozen Ice Pond
- Lord Garmadon's Dark Fortress
For the transcript of this episode, click here.
- This episode along, with "Way of the Ninja" and "King of Shadows," is featured in the episode "Wrong Place, Wrong Time."
- This is the only episode in the Pilot Season not to have "of" in the title.
- The scene of the Ninja pulling Wu is mentioned in Season 9: Hunted.
- When the three Ninja come into Kai's room at the monastery, Cole has Zane's eyebrows.
- While Kai and Cole are rolling on the ground during their fight, Cole is wearing his Earth Ninja gi as opposed to his original plain one.