|“You don't know what you're dealing with, do you? The Vermillion Warriors are the pure first generation progeny of the Great Devourer.”|
“I have never heard of them.”
“Because we do not speak of them. They have the same singular drive as the Great Devourer: to consume everything in their path.”
|— Skales and Zane, about the Vermillion in "Secrets Discovered"|
The Vermillion are the pure first-generation progeny of the Great Devourer, appearing as masses of snakes that can merge into humanoid- snakelike forms. With armor forged by Ray and Maya and the leadership of Krux and Acronix, the Vermillion's main agenda is to consume everything in their path, much like their progenitor.
The Vermillion commanders Machia, Raggmunk, and Blunck were selected by Krux as the strongest and most cunning of their species. They are capable of controlling the other Vermillion warriors through a hive mind until Acronix and Krux fired the Vermillion commanders and used the helmets of Blunck and Raggmunk to control the Vermillion warriors themselves.
With control of the Vermillion, the twins telepathically smashed the rest of the Vermillion warriors into their component snakes, which were absorbed by the Iron Doom. Under the twins' orders, the Vermillion snakes ultimately gave life to the machine. Eventually, it would become lost in time after Wu ripped out the Reversal Time Blade from the Iron Doom's time apparatus, leaving the Time Twins and their Vermillion hordes stuck in the Time Vortex.
The Vermillion went to kidnap Ninjago's builders.
The Vermillion stole metal from the city and went to their underground base.
Machia scolded Raggmunk and Blunck for their failed Operation and instructed the Warriors to take out the power to buy them more time.
After failing to keep the blackout from continuing, they headed to Mega Monster Amusement Park to take apart its metal.
The Vermillion made it to the amusement park and junkyard, where they started taking all the metal there.
After they used the BorgWatch to find the Time Blade's location, the Vermillion attacked the Temple of Airjitzu and were able to get the Blade.
The Vermillion brought in a captured Wu to their base.
The Vermillion are on the lookout for the Ninja. They are able to outnumber Jay and Cole, but when Lloyd and Zane helped, the Vermillion are defeated.
The Vermillion go after the Ninja.
Machia prepared the Vermillion to fight the past Elemental Masters. When they were battling, the snakes are destroyed and fused into the Iron Doom. It is assumed they were lost in time along with the Time Twins.
Although the Vermillion look vaguely humanoid at first glance, their true forms are red and/or orange snakes; they can combine their bodies to appear humanoid, aided by their armor and the telepathic command of their superiors. Despite being made entirely of snakes, Vermillion warriors can manifest fangs and eyes seemingly independent of their components.
Vermillion apparently reproduce via large "eggs" with a distinctive metallic gray shell and red spots on either end. When shattered, the eggs release several Vermillion snakes that attack anything not allied with their kind, making them effective weapons.
Their appearance is similar to Gorgons from Greek Mythology.
The Vermillion have a number of vehicles, most of which were created by the kidnapped builders with the stolen scrap metal. The vehicles are red and dark gray, with black and dull orange accents. Many have a single tank-like tread as their primary locomotion, as well as large blades on their sides for intimidation and attack on a passerby. The vehicles also have Vermillion snakes permeating their hulls, which act as a power source of sorts to enable their functions.
- The word "vermillion" means "a brilliant red pigment made from mercury sulfide."
- The Vermillion were originally going to be green, seeing as they are the offspring of the Great Devourer.