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“The Caves of Despair. Samukai must be close to unearthing the Scythe of Quakes. Remember, do not use the weapon. For its power–”
Wu

The Caves of Despair was a location in Ninjago. Made up several incredibly complex series' of tunnels, it formerly held the Scythe of Quakes and the Earth Dragon, and acted as Morro's unofficial grave. As of "The Crooked Path," due to a chain eruption the Caves of Despair exploded, destroying everything inside and outside of it.

Geography

The caves were built into the side of one of Ninjago's largest mountains. A crater is carved out of it, and during Samukai's mining operations, several Skulkin watchtowers were constructed here.

Following the events of Possession, it was completely destroyed in a massive kethanol geyser explosion caused by Cole.

History

While searching for the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master, Morro entered the Caves of Despair in his quest. However, he would end up getting trapped in a chamber filled with a kethanol geyser and would eventually die, his soul being sent to the Cursed Realm while his deceased body remained in the Caves of Despair. Later, shortly after Garmadon's banishment, Master Wu hid the Scythe of Quakes in the Caves and placed the Earth Dragon there to guard it.

The Golden Weapon

In search of the Scythe, Samukai began mining operations in the caves with several Skulkin. However, due to Nuckal misreading the map, their search was hindered as they began digging in the wrong places, allowing the Ninja to sneak past them and retrieve the Scythe of Quakes. Shortly detecting the Ninjas' presence afterwards, the Skulkin clashed with the Ninja over the Scythe of Quakes, though both factions were forced to flee upon the arrival of the Earth Dragon.

Shadow of Ronin (Non-canon)

In an attempt to regain their memories, the Ninja sought out the Obsidian Scythe hidden within, only to be confronted by several Constrictai that had been brainwashed by Ronin. Defeating their controlled allies, the Ninja succeeded in getting the Obsidian Scythe and restoring Cole's memories, before leaving.

The Crooked Path

While the Ninja were looking for the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master, Ronin, possessed by Morro, sent them a video claiming the Tomb was inside the Caves of Despair, with Ghoultar carving false symbols to fool the Ninja. Falling for the trick, the Ninja entered the Caves and eventually stumbled across Morro's corpse, besides the geyser, only for Ghoultar to seal them in the room. Even as the geyser began to build up for a massive explosion, the Ninja managed to escape, traversing through a mine-cart rail system and destroying Ghoultar in the process. They eventually escaped with the help of R.E.X., even as the Caves of Despair detonated, overflowing with lava in the process.

Appearances

Creatures

Vegetation

Areas

  • Mud Slide
  • Snake Scale Wall
  • Skeleton Mining Area
  • Lost Lost Tunnel
  • Maze of Doom
  • Earth Dragon's Cave


Notes

  • Alongside the Fire Temple, the Caves of Despair is one of two locations for the Golden Weapons to be destroyed. Additionally, both the Caves of Despair and the Fire Temple were annihilated by lava.

Gallery

Landmarks, Vehicles, and more

Locations

Ignacia · Mountains of Impossible Height · Caves of Despair · Floating Ruins · Frozen Wasteland · Ice Fortress · Forest of Tranquility · Fire Temple · Ninjago Sky · Jamanakai Village · Wildwood Forest · The Lost City of Ouroboros · The Toxic Bogs · Torchfire Mountain · Desert Pyramid · Ninjago City · Mountain of a Million Steps · Birchwood Forest · Hypnobrai Tomb · Fangpyre Tomb · Anacondrai Tomb · Constrictai Tomb · Venomari Tomb · Sea of Sand · Mountain of Madness · Mega Monster Amusement Park · Spirit Coves · Golden Peaks · Crashcourse Canyon · Glacier Barrens · Stone Army Tomb · The Dark Island · Samurai X Cave · Hiroshi's Labyrinth · Blackwood Forest · Chen's Island · Chen's Camp · Echo Canyons · Corridor of Elders · Spinjago · Stiix · Haunted Hill · Wailing Alps · Vermillion Swamps · Boiling Sea · Ninjago Island · Endless Sea · Chrono Crater (Non-canon)

Buildings

Four Weapons Blacksmith · Monastery of Spinjitzu · Lord Garmadon's Dark Fortress · Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk · Lloyd's Treehouse Fortress · Master Wu's Academy · Kiddie Arcade · Buddy's Pizza · Wong's Costume · Hidden Workshop · Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts · Concert Hall · The Serpentine's Underground Fortress · Grand Sensei Dareth's Mojo Dojo · Ninjago Museum of History · Ninjago Doomsday Comix · Temple of Light · Borg Tower · Wind Farms Power Station · Ninjago City Aquarium · Temple of Fortitude · Yang Tavern · Chen's Palace · Kryptarium Prison · Biker Tavern · Steep Wisdom · Ancient Library of Domu · Temple of Airjitzu · Hanging Temple · Borg Store · Vermillion Dome of Doom · Hono Mizu · Oni Temple · Temple of Resurrection · Dareth's Apartment · Royal Palace · Laughy's

Other Realms

Chima · Cloud Kingdom · Cursed Realm · Departed Realm · Djinjago · Realm of Madness · Realm of Oni and Dragons · Underworld

Vehicles

Destiny's Bounty (The Black Bounty · 2.0 · Destiny's Shadow) · Serpentine Bus· Serpentine Train · Ultra Sonic Raider · Samurai Mech · Samurai Mech (Stone Army) · Fire Mech · Earth Driller · Warrior Bike · Garmatron · Wu's Rickshaw · Wu's Ship · Golden Mech · Kai Fighter · Hover-Copter · Lightning Offroader · Destructoid · Proto Sam-X · X-1 Prototype · Chen's Ferry · D.B. Express · Condrai Crusher · Jungle Raider · Blade-Copter · Chen's Blimp · ElectroMech · Clouse's Earth Mech · Roto Jet · R.E.X. · Salvage M.E.C. · Chain Cycle · Mech-enstein · Titan Mech · Nya's Bike · Kai's Bike · Misfortune's Keep · Vermillion Racer · Raid Zeppelin · Sky Shark · Ultra Stealth Raider · Titanium Ninja Tumbler · Rock Roader · Oni Bike · Zane's Bike · Desert Lightning · Samurai VXL · Iron Doom · Vermillion Invader · Ninja Nightcrawler · Dieselnaut · Katana V11

The LEGO Ninjago Movie

Ninjago Island · Ninjago City · Ninjago High School

Other

Imagination · Blade Cup · Shrinking Pill · Illuma-Swords · Lantern · Medallion · Minidroid Chess · Infovision · Map of the Golden Weapons · Map of Dens · Violet Berry Soup · Starfarer · Celestial Clock · Helmet of Shadows · Obsidian Glaive · Blind Man's Eye · Realm Crystal · Temporal Vortex · Cliff Gordon's Guide to Wooing Women · BorgWatch · Dapper Dan · Oni Masks (Vengeance · Deception · Hatred) · Dragon Armor (Helmet · Chestplate · Shield · Dragonbone Blade)