This article is about the event. For the episode, see here.
The Ninjaball Run is an annual event described as the most dangerous roadrace in Ninjago, which supposedly anyone can enter. The grand prize is one hundred thousand dollars, as well as a large, golden trophy.
The Ninja entered the annual Ninjaball Run while training Lloyd, in order to pay off Dareth's debts with Darnagom Industries. However, they encountered fierce competition from friend and foe alike, including Lord Garmadon and the Serpentine. Ultimately, the Ninja triumphed thanks to the Ultra Sonic Raider's flight mode, beating Garmadon's Black Bounty to the finish by a matter of inches.
These are the competitors of the Ninjaball Run in order of their appearance:
- The Ninja in their Ultra Sonic Raider.
- Lloyd on the Ultra Dragon.
- The Mailman on a power rocketed bicycle.
- Darkley's Boarding School boys in their School Bus.
- Captain Soto and his pirates in a pirate-themed van.
- The Royal Blacksmiths on a modified pick-up truck.
- Ed and Edna in their jalopy.
- Kruncha and Nuckal in their Skull Truck.
- The Serpentine Generals in the Serpentine Bus.*
- Two police officers in their police cruisers.*
- Lord Garmadon and the Serpentine on the The Black Bounty.*
Note * The Serpentine Generals and the police officers accidentally joined the race after a police chase while Lord Garmadon joined the race in order to stop the Ninja from winning the race.
The race begins in the heart of Ninjago City. Participants drive out of the city and into the Sea of Sand, navigating Crashcourse Canyon. After that, they go through Birchwood Forest and the Glacier Barrens, before emerging in the Badlands and returning to Ninjago City.
During the episode, Lord Garmadon created a massive chasm on the road leading back to Ninjago City with the power of the Mega Weapon. The Ninja overcame this with the Ultra Sonic Raider's flight mode, but it is unclear what happened to the chasm afterwards - presumably, a bridge was built to enable normal vehicles to cross in subsequent races.
This is the order in which the competitors were eliminated.
Participant(s): Captain Soto and his Pirates
Vehicle: Pirate-themed van
Cause of elimination: At the Crashcourse Canyon, they attempted to knock the Darkley's School Bus out of the race. Unfortunately for them, the Darkley's Bus managed to knock the pirates out of the road; due to No-Eyed Pete's driving, they crashed into a canyon wall.
Participant(s): The Royal Blacksmiths
Vehicle: Modified Pick-Up Truck
Cause of elimination: Upon arriving at the Birchwood Forest, they stumbled upon a broken branch, which damaged one of their tires. The truck promptly lost its balance, crashing onto a pile of snow.
Participant(s): Kruncha and Nuckal
Vehicle: The Skull Truck
Cause of elimination: In Birchwood Forest, the Skulkin Generals attempted to take out Lloyd by grabbing the Ultra Dragon with their truck's bone hand. Although they succeeded in bringing the dragon down, its weight caused them to rotate by a tree and crash their truck.
Vehicle: Rocket-Powered Bicycle
Cause of elimination: After narrowly evading the police cars' crash in the Glacier Barrens, the Mailman drove directly into a snowman, knocking him off his vehicle. Somehow, the bike itself continued through the Barrens without its driver, eventually being destroyed after colliding with the Darkley's School Bus.
Participant(s): Darkley's Boarding School Boys
Vehicle: Darkley's School Bus
Cause of elimination: Being hit by the Serpentine Bus and colliding with the Mailman's bicycle in turn left the bus inoperable.
Participant(s): Ed and Edna
Vehicle: Their Jalopy
Cause of elimination: After offering the Ninja their fuel to refuel the Ultra Sonic Raider and colliding with several other vehicles, Ed and Edna's car was left inoperable; additionally, they decided to give up the race so the Ninja could save Dareth's Dojo with the prize money. Jay attached part of their jalopy to the Ultra Sonic Raider to ensure that at least part of his parents' car would reach the finish line; this would prove crucial to the Ninja's eventual victory over Lord Garmadon.
Participant(s): Lloyd Garmadon
Vehicle: The Ultra Dragon
Cause of elimination: None. Despite being forcibly pulled from the air by the Skull Truck in Birchwood Forest, Lloyd and his dragon were able to complete the race in 5th place. Afterwards, they regained possession of the Destiny's Bounty from Lloyd's father while the latter was preoccupied protesting the results.
Participant(s): Serpentine Generals (Skales, Fangtom, Skalidor and Acidicus)
Vehicle: The Serpentine Bus
Cause of elimination: None. Despite joining the race by accident and being involved in a large pileup near the Badlands, the Serpentine Bus crossed the finish line in fourth place. Afterwards, the Generals saved Lord Garmadon from getting arrested by the police when Lloyd reclaimed the Destiny's Bounty.
Participant(s): Two Police Officers
Vehicle: Police Cruisers
Cause of elimination: None. The police officers finished the race in third place, despite crashing their cruisers into an igloo back in the Glacier Barrens. Afterwards, they attempted to arrest Lord Garmadon until the Serpentine Generals evacuated him.
Participant(s): Lord Garmadon and the Serpentine Army
Vehicle: The Black Bounty
Cause of elimination: None. After joining the race in Crashcourse Canyon and losing his Serpentine minions in the Badlands after an attempt to take out the Ninja, Lord Garmadon narrowly lost the race to the Ninja, due to the piece of Ed and Edna's jalopy Jay stuck on the front of the Ultra Sonic Raider.
Participant(s): The Ninja (Kai, Cole, Jay, and Zane)
Vehicle: The Ultra Sonic Raider
Cause of elimination: None. After several mishaps and obstacles, the Ninja managed to narrowly beat Lord Garmadon to the finish line with the Ultra Sonic Raider's flight mode (and a piece of Ed and Edna's jalopy stuck on the front).