Not to be confused with the actual maze.
“Remember what I offer! Escape. Freedom. A place in the real world.”
Unagami, to Okino
"The Maze of the Red Dragon"
Season 12, Episode 8
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Air date April 11, 2020 (Asia)
April 12, 2020 (Australia)
August 2, 2020 (US)
October 18, 2020 (Canada)
Written by Kevin Burke
Chris Wyatt
Directed by Daniel Ife
Episode guide
"The Cliffs of Hysteria"
"One Step Forward, Two Steps Back"

The Maze of the Red Dragon is the eighth episode of the twelfth season and the 136th overall of LEGO Ninjago. It aired on April 11, 2020,  in Asia, paired up with "The Cliffs of Hysteria." It also aired on April 12, 2020, in Australia, paired up with "The Cliffs of Hysteria". It aired in the US on August 2, 2020.


Still in the game zone Terra Karana, the Samurai guide Okino has to chose between helping his allies the ninja, or obeying the evil orders of his Master, Unagami.

Extended: As the ninja and Okino approach the Maze of the Red Dragon, Unagami uses his control over Prime Empire to briefly "pause" all the players except Okino. He appears before Okino, urging Okino to betray the ninja and not help them against the fearsome Red Dragon that awaits the ninja at the heart of the maze. If Okino betrays them, Unagami promises to bring him with into the real world. He then disappears and restores the ninja back to normal. The ninja arrive at the heart of the maze and find themselves outmatched by the Red Dragon, and appeal to Okino for help. Okino struggles with his decision but cannot in good conscience betray the ninja. He defies Unagami, his creator, and helps the ninja defeat the Red Dragon by revealing its weakness: a scale on its chest. The ninja defeat the dragon and Jay delivers the final blow. The Red Dragon changes colour and vanishes into an amulet.[1]


As the ninja and Okino head to the Maze of the Red Dragon, Okino narrates about his past failures and promises that he'll not fail the ninja. Once the ninja and Okino enter the maze, they are forced to escape from the obstacles and traps, such as statues and floor spikes.

Unagami talking angrily to Okino.

When Cole was about to ask Okino on which way to go, Okino sees all of Prime Empire pause, and Unagami appears before him. Okino explains to Unagami about what the ninja said about Prime Empire and Unagami admits that the ninja were right. However, Unagami explains that he plans to make a machine that will allow him to escape to Ninjago and that Okino can join him by betraying the ninja. Okino disagrees with Unagami, saying the ninja are his friends and that he can't betray them. Enraged, Unagami transforms into the Empire Dragon and says to Okino that he'll meet him again soon. Unagami then unfreezes Prime Empire and the ninja see Okino depressed again. When the ninja ask Okino what's wrong, Okino replies that he's okay and tells the ninja to head right.

After heading right, the ninja and Okino dodge more traps and rested awhile. Okino questions Lloyd on why he and the other ninja seek for the Key-Tanas and Lloyd replies that they need it to stop Unagami and free all the people that are trapped in Prime Empire. Soon, the ninja and Okino reached the heart of the maze and spotted the Purple Key-Tana with the Red Dragon. Jay attempts to grab it, but only for the Red Dragon wake up and attack the ninja.

Jay obtains the Blue Dragon Amulet.

When Okino was about to tell the ninja about the Red Dragon's weakness, Unagami pauses all of Prime Empire again and reminds Okino about his offer. Prime Empire unfreezes and the Red Dragon continues to overpower the ninja. Remembering what Lloyd said to him about making his own decisions, Okino tells the ninja the dragon's weakness by hitting its scale. The ninja were able to overpower the Red Dragon while Jay was able to get the Key-Tana. When the Red Dragon was about to attack Lloyd, Jay used the Key-Tana and defeat the Red Dragon with it. After the dragon was defeated, it vanished into an amulet and Okino tells Jay that he can now use the dragon in a future battle and only once.

Angered by Okino's betrayal, Unagami pauses Prime Empire again and tells Okino that he'll never go through the gateway to Ninjago. The ninja thank Okino and told him that he should join them. Although, Okino denies the ninjas' request.

Now named as the Rōnin of Terra Karana, Okino placed his sword with his fallen masters and head out to seek his own adventures.



For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations Visited


  • Narrator: Okino
  • After being defeated by Jay, the Cyber Dragon was stored into Jay's inventory and can be used only once in a future battle.
  • This episode concludes the 4-episode Terra Karana arc, concluding the stories of Okino and the first Key-Tana.
  • Okino renounces his way as a Samurai upon fulfilling his purpose and declares himself a Ronin.
  • Unagami reveals he can transform into the Empire Dragon, making him the second antagonist to take on the form of a Dragon, the first being the Overlord.
  • Unagami confirms his plan to build a doorway to Ninjago and become a physical being.
    • This plot is very similar to the Framework arc in the fourth season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where an A.I. Madame Hydra constructs a portal from the digital framework to the real world.
  • Jay announces he is great with mazes, which is a reference to "Grave Danger".


  • After Lloyd asks Okino how to defeat the dragon, Jay screams with Zane's voice.
  • In the shot where Unagami talks to Okino for the third time, Cole has his visor hood on, even though he removed it beforehand.


For the gallery of the episode, click here.


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: 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: 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. The Unknown Island
Season 15 TBA
Unknown Ninjago 2022 Installment TBA
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