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“To become Water, you must find its qualities within yourself. While earth is strong and air is fluid, Water can be both, strong and fluid. Over time, it's strong enough to carve this rock. Or if I use my cup to stop its flow, it can adapt. It's flexible, shapeless. You put water in a cup, it becomes the cup. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Be water, Nya.”
Master Wu to Nya in "Stiix and Stones"

Water (also referred to as Wave) is an element in Ninjago. It was formerly used by Maya before it was passed down to her daughter and last known user, Nya. This element is associated with aqua and light blue and corresponds with the Elemental Water Dragon.

Nya has control over the water and when she uses it in a form of a vortex (via her True Potential) it allows her to have control over the water (rains, tidal waves, etc.). This power can also be used to summon sea creatures.

Users' abilities

  • Hydrokinesis - The user can manipulate and generate water, including water inside objects (like water bottles), normally or telekinetically, and possibly use this ability underwater. The user can also encapsulate and/or surround an object or person moving the water. In "The Belly of the Beast," Cole said that Nya might not be able to draw water from the air due to the low humidity of the Desert of Doom. This confirms that users of this element can only generate water when there is humidity in the atmosphere.
    • Water Trapping - The user can use water to trap ghosts in it since it's the only thing known to stop ghosts, as explained by Master Wu during Nya's water training in "Stiix and Stones."
    • Rain Generation - The user can make it rain, even in a drought.
    • Water Shield Construction - The user can make a shield of water to protect themselves (works dramatically against ghosts).
    • Water Blasts - The user can release water over a specific target area causing great damage and/or delivering great shock waves of pure force.
    • Hydrokinetic Flight - The user is able to propel themselves up using Water.[1]
    • Water Sphere Generation - The user is able to generate a sphere of water that they are able to hold in the air.
    • Hydro-Cryokinesis - Users are able to control both water and ice and possibly generate water with ice properties which can freeze anything it hits. However, it has limits and requires intense concentration.
    • Water Tornado Generation - The user can generate spirals/vortices composed of water. The vortex can be projected as a long ranged attack or as a tornado of water for both offensive and/or defensive purposes.
    • Fury of the Storm - When combined with Wind, the user can use both elements to create a destructive storm.
    • Underwater Propulsion - The user is able to propel themselves underwater.
    • Water Steps/Springs - The user is able to use water to act as a spring/steps to move forward when there is no solid ground to stand on.[2]
    • Aquatic Life Manipulation - With enough concentration, the user can control marine life. Nya used this to summon whales to take her and the rest of her friends back to Ninjago.

Via the users' True Potential

  • Tidal Wave Generation - Allows the user to create a tidal wave by pushing or pulling a great amount of water.
  • Waterspout Generation - The user is able to be surrounded by water for offense or defense.
  • Whirlpool Creation - The user can generate a whirlpool, swirling bodies of water that can be used to attack or trap enemies.

Higher-level powers

  • Merging with the Endless Sea - As a last resort, the user can use their elemental powers to become one with the Endless Sea. However, once the user is merged with the sea, they cannot revert back to their original form.[3] Once achieved, the user has near complete control over the ocean, as shown when Nya drains all the water out of Ninjago City after the conflict with Wojira. In addition, once merged, the user can create avatars made of water at will, as shown by Nya when she faced Wojira. These avatars can still be destroyed, however, the user can simply create a new avatar, as they are the ocean itself.
    • Water Body - Once merged with the ocean, the user cannot be harmed in any way by physical objects or beings, as their body would transform into water. The user is still weak against electrocution attacks which can temporarily disrupt the user's water avatar.
    • Water Dragon Transformation - The user can transform into a massive water dragon to combat larger foes.


Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 4: Tournament of Elements

Season 5: Possession

Season 6: Skybound

Day of the Departed

Season 7: The Hands of Time

Ninjago: Decoded

Season 8: Sons of Garmadon

Season 9: Hunted

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu

Season 10: March of the Oni

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Season 13: Master of the Mountain

The Island

Season 14: Seabound



Seen on the torso of Nya's ninja suit, the symbol for water appears to be the head and wings of a phoenix, with the wings resembling waves of water.

Notable users




  • Chen was able to complete his spell without the use of water because it's not an element listed in the book. This is also the same for Wind and Time.[4]
    • It is worth noting that it was revealed in "A Big Splash" that Water and Wind were pre-existing powers belonging to Wojira.
  • Kai and Zane can create water by combining their elemental powers.[5][6]
  • It is the one of the only elements that can potentially harm/destroy ghosts. The other two are Fire and Energy.[5][7]
  • Water is the elemental power whose user has been shown to control the most physical matter at once, that being the tidal wave controlled by Nya in "Curseworld, Part II."
  • The symbol of Water, at least for Nya, is a phoenix. Ironically, phoenixes are generally associated with fire, which is often considered to be the opposite of water.
    • This is the case because Nya had this symbol before she learned of her powers and became the Water Ninja.
  • Tommy Andreasen clarified that an Elemental Master of Water cannot breathe underwater.[8] This was confirmed in "The Storm Amulet."
  • Apart from their own element, the Elemental Master of Water cannot manipulate any other type of liquid.[9] This most likely refers to other liquids such as liquid metals, as the user can still control "impure" water.[10]
    • When asked if Nya could control bodies (as bodies contain water), Andreasen noted, "Ninjago is not scientifically accurate."[11]
    • Despite Andreasen's statement to the contrary, the seawater Jay inhaled in Seabound
  • In the activity book, The Tournament of Elements, there is an Elemental Master of Water called Lar who participated in the Tournament of Elements. The character was confirmed to be non-canon,[12] and Way of the Departed later revealed that the events of The Tournament of Elements are just a fake story created by Lar.
  • Early concepts for Masters of Water include "Rayne", a scrapped Tournament of Elements character,[13] and possibly "Edward", the ninja seen on the first spinner pack layout (possibly an earlier version of Jay), who had a wave symbol on his card.[14]
  • Explaining why Nya sometimes generates water and sometimes draws if from her surroundings, Tommy Andreasen gave an analogy, saying, "I can run, but I don’t always run to get to a place because it takes more effort and I am not always in a hurry."[15]
    • As for why Nya's powers work this way compared to the other ninja, Tommy Andreasen stated, "We do stuff to make each ninja unique."[16]
  • Water has the potential to be one of the most powerful secondary elements, as it grants the user the ability to merge with the Endless Sea at will, gaining near complete control over it.
  • Water is one of the four elements not currently known to be confined to a human host. The other three are Ice, Wind, and Time.
  • The ability to control aquatic life is similar to Dareth's animal fighting styles, particularly the technique he uses to communicate with sharks in "The Curse of the Golden Master."
  • According to Tommy Andreasen, Nya cannot produce hot water on her own.[17]
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  • In Seabound, Maya and Nya discuss the "Water stance" which appears to be one of four confirmed forms of Waterbending from Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • In a promotional GIF (as seen on the right) Maya teaches Nya another of the four.[18]


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Elemental Powers

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Creation · Darkness · Destruction · Energy · Golden Power

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