- Not to be confused with the actual weapons.
The Two Blades is the fourth episode of the thirteenth season of Ninjago and the 148th episode overall. It aired first in English on July 8, 2020, in Australia. It aired in the US on September 20, 2020, paired up with "The Worst Rescue Ever".
Extended: The ninja learn that the Geckles' and Munce's mutual hatred stems from the fact that each group thinks the other stole a pair of swords called the Blades of Deliverance, which were given to them by a hero who came to their mountain many years earlier. The hero, whom the Geckles call "Gilly," saved them from a dragon named Grief-Bringer and gave them the swords as a farewell gift.
Master Wu and Vania are inside the Kingdom of Shintaro, using cardboard cut-outs of the ninja when being watched by the Army of Shintaro. They do this to keep Vania's father from knowing that the ninja are actually in the Dungeons of Shintaro, though Wu and Vania have hope they are just fine.
However, that's not the case as the ninja are forced to mine for an unknown substance. As Lloyd is mining, he realizes it's Vengestone which is why the ninja are unable to use their Elemental Powers. The ninja then see one of the Re-Awakened using a whip to punish a Mino for not working hard enough. Cole catches sight of the torture and throws his ax at the Awaken Warrior's whip, causing it to fly out of his hands. The undead skeleton then attempts to punish Cole, but Nya is able to grab the Awaken Warrior and Cole finishes him off by dropping his ball chain on the skeleton.
The Geckles as well as the Munce appreciate the ninja for standing up, but the ninja are met with reinforcement and are imprisoned for their actions. As they stand, Murt gives Lloyd some food, but Gliff tells Lloyd to not trust him. The two then get into an argument before Lloyd breaks up the two. Lloyd then asks why the two tribes dislike each other and the rest of the ninja also ask.
Gliff tells the ninja about the two Blades of Deliverance: the Ivory Blade of Deliverance and the Shadow Blade of Deliverance. He said it was possessed by a powerful warrior named "Gilly" although Murt believes the name is "Milly". During the time when the Geckles and Munce were living in fear due to a dragon, the warrior went up and defeated the dragon. After "Gilly" defeated the dragon, "Gilly" gave the Ivory Blade of Deliverance to the Geckles while giving the Shadow Blade of Deliverance to the Munce. Gliff then starts to argue blaming the Munce for stealing the other sword while Murt thinks the opposite.
After the ninja hear the story, they wonder if someone else stole the Blades of Deliverance and caused the rift between the two tribes so they couldn't fight the Skull Sorcerer. Lloyd then formulates a plan to break out, but it requires Cole to find common ground between the two tribes.
While they are working, Cole informs Gliff to tell the rest of his tribe to meet at a specific spot during their break and to not fight with the other tribe. However, when Gliff is trying to spread the news, the rest of the Geckles misinterpreted and think they are going to fight. They end up being disappointed that they're not going to fight, but Lloyd promises to get them the two blades back as long as the two tribes don't fight.
The ninja begin their escape by using their food to pour onto the chains. Cole then gets the attention of one of the Minos to eat the food which allows the chains to break easily. One of the Awakened Warriors spot the open cage but are destroyed by the ninja. They then split up with Cole and Lloyd trying to find one of the blades while the rest of the ninja would free the Munce.
Cole and Lloyd head pass some passageways and think they've uncovered one of the swords, but it turns out to be the Skull of Hazza D'ur. The Skull Sorcerer then arrives and uses the skull to attack the ninja, but they dodge the attacks and flee. Meanwhile, the ninja are able to free the Munces, but the Awakened Warriors also run towards them. To buy time, Kai, Jay, and Zane pour food on the Awakened Warriors while Nya is able to free the rest of the Minos to chase the skeletons.
Cole and Lloyd then jump onto a cage and land onto the ground where all of the chaos is happening. All of the ninja are able to escape with Kai and Zane taking one tunnel the Geckles are taking while Jay, Nya, and Lloyd take another one with the Munce. However, Cole is forced to take a completely different tunnel all by himself when he keeps getting blocked off and with the Skull Sorcerer attacking him. The Skull Sorcerer chases Cole, but thanks to the help of a Mino, loses sight of him when he runs through the tunnel. When realizing that there are multiple different tunnels and not knowing which one Cole ran through, he yells in anger.
- Re-Awakened - Ervin M Jordan
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- First Geckle - Brent Miller
- Gliff - Bill Newton
- Hazza D'ur - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Sam Vincent
- Mino - Brian Drummond
- Murt - Michael Adamthwaite
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Skull Sorcerer - Ervin M Jordan
- Vania - Sabrina Pitre
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
- Grief-Bringer (flashback)
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- Narrator: Zane
- Jay has no lines in this episode.
- The cardboard cutouts of the ninja use their minifigures' face prints.
- However, Zane's face print is different because his minifigure has no smiling face print.
- Gliff states "Don't trust Munce bearing gifts!", a reference to the proverb 'Beware a Greek bearing gifts'.
- The ninja are separated in this episode.
- This marks the second time the ninja have been separated for what would go on to be several episodes, the first time being "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago".
- This is the 74th episode with the ninja's new designs, which means both designs have been on screen for 74 episodes each.
- However, the original designs have still had more screen time by this point, as 24 episodes into the new designs, the runtime of an episode was changed from 22 minutes to 11 minutes.
- Kai's cutout appears near a window in one scene, but disappears in the next.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.