Since their release in 2011, the ninja in Ninjago have had a range of several different suits. These different suits can indicate that a ninja has achieved a certain rank or status, or have a more practical reason such as protection from a certain type of enemy.
- 1 Trainee ninja robes
- 2 DX ninja robes
- 3 Kendo armour
- 4 ZX ninja robes
- 5 NRG robes
- 6 Elemental kimono
- 7 Techno robes
- 8 Stone Warrior armour
- 9 Tournament robes
- 10 Jungle robes
- 11 Deepstone armour
- 12 Airjitzu robes
- 13 Skybound ninja robes
- 14 Robes from Day of the Departed
- 15 RX robes
- 16 Fusion suits
- 17 Computer-generated suits
- 18 References
Trainee ninja robes
DX ninja robes
DX (Dragon eXtreme) ninja robes were a sign of the ninja achieving DX ninja status. This status was earned by the ninja when they managed to tame their Elemental Dragons. In addition to this, by unlocking their Dragon Extreme abilities, the ninja gained extra Spinjitzu powers. The four original ninja had their DX suits released in the first wave of Ninjago sets in 2011 alongside their Trainee robes. Additionally, Lloyd was retroactively granted his DX robes in 2014 when 5004076 Minifigure Gift Set was released.
The ninja receive their new armour when Sensei Wu teaches them Kendo. The ninja are seen training and fighting Serpentine in this armour, and were released in 2012. These variants are identical to the Trainee variants except for the extra chest armour and having the zukin swapped out for armoured masks.
ZX ninja robes
Through further practice and training, the four original ninja each achieved ZX (Zen eXtreme) status and earnt new ZX ninja robes. The ninja wore a new style of head wraps, and additionally usually wore shoulder armour which could hold two katana on the back, though they were also seen without it. In 9443 Rattlecopter, Kai wore a jetpack in place of the shoulder armour. When Lloyd Garmadon joined the team and became the Green Ninja, he also wore ZX robes. The ZX ninja robes were first released in 2012.
To gain their NRG status and robes, the ninja had to unlock their true potential. The original four ninja went about this in their own unique ways, and after they were successful, they achieved complete mastery over their respective elements. When in NRG form, the ninja also have heads coloured the same as their suits. Like the Kendo and ZX suits, the NRG robes were released in 2012.
After losing their elemental powers, the ninja travel to the Temple of Light where they regain their powers and receive new suits. Additionally, in his first battle against the Overlord, Lloyd becomes the Golden Ninja. This gives him the potential to use the Golden Power- a combination of the main Elements of Ninjago: fire, earth, lightning, ice and energy. These suits were released in 2013, the exception being Lloyd's green suit which came out in 2012 with the first Ninjago Character Encyclopedia.
When the Nindroids threaten Ninjago, the ninja are given Techno robes. This is the first type of ninja suit to not have some form of zukin (head wrap). Instead, the ninja wear bandanas to help block the Nindroid's facial-recogition software. Because of this, the ninja also come with hair pieces for the first time. The Techno robe variants made their debut in 2014. In addition to his standard Techno robe suit, Zane received an extra battle-scarred variant. This version shows the left side of his face, left arm and most of his upper body damaged, revealing his robotic Nindroid body. In addition to this, some later releases of the ninja Techno robes have them wearing a zukin instead of a bandana.
Stone Warrior armour
The ninja wore Stone Warrior armour during their final fight against the Overlord. This armour protected them from the Golden Power which the Overlord had stolen from Lloyd. The first two to receive Stone Armour were Zane and Lloyd in 2014 sets, while the other three ninja received theirs later in promotional sets. Kai received his armour in 2015 with 5004077 Minifigure Pack, Jay with the ''LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia: Updated and Expanded in 2016, and Cole will also be released in 2016 with 5004393 Cole.
Months after Zane sacrificed himself to defeat the Overlord, the surviving four ninja took part in the Tournament of Elements, a competition for Elemental Masters held by Chen. These new robes are sleeveless, but the ninja retain their bandanas. The Tournament robes were first released in 2016, but Zane retroactively received a Tournament robe variant in 2016 with 853544 NINJAGO Accessory Set.
Towards the end of Chen's Tournament of Elements after it was revealed that Chen was stealing the Elemental Masters' power so that he could turn himself and his allies into Anacondrai, the ninja changed into new jungle robes. The ninja once again wore zukin, this time with their elemental symbol printed on the front of the head wrap. While not one of the ninja, Skylor, Elemental Master of Amber, also wore these robes and joined the ninja in their efforts to stop Chen, her father. Additionally, was revealed that a part of Zane had survived in his fight with the Overload, and he rebuilt himself into the Titanium Ninja. Zane's robes are in a similar style to the other ninja's jungle robes, but he wears silver instead of his traditional white. Variants of Zane's Titanium variant onwards use a double-sided silver head, with one side featuring a protective blue visor over his face.
When the ghost of Morro, Elemental Master of Wind, escaped from the Cursed Realm and summoned his ghost ninja, the ninja were given armour made from Deepstone, a material mined from the bottom of the ocean that is able to prevent the ninja from being possessed by ghosts. After it is revealed to Nya that her mother was an Elemental Master of Water and she has inherited those powers, she joins the ninja and receives her first ninja suit. As ghosts cannot survive touching water, Nya doesn't need to wear Deepstone armour but her armour has a similar style to the other five ninja. These suits were all first released in 2015.
When the ninja learn Airjitzu, an extension of Spinjitzu, the ninja acquire new robes and the ability to fly in a small elemental vortex for a limited time. These robes fetaure their elemental symbols on the front of their chests, plain zukin and coloured heads. Cole, Jay, Kai and Zane had their Airjitzu robes released in 2015, while Lloyd's and Nya's were released a year later in 70590 Airjitzu Battle Grounds.
Skybound ninja robes
After the djinn Nadakhan and his Sky Pirates invade Ninjago, the ninja once again change into brand new robes. For the first time, the ninja are seen wearing a new shoulder armour piece that protects the left shoulder, and holds two katana which run diagonally parallel down the back as opposed to forming an "X" shape. While normally wearing zukin, some of the ninja also are also seen wearing bandanas instead. Jay and Cole are also seen with two extra variants. In 70605 Misfortune's Keep, Jay doesn't wear a bandana or zukin, but has an eyepatch printed over his left eye, after a temporary injury in his fight against the Sky Pirates. Meanwhile, Cole is seen with a pale green head in 70593 The Green NRG Dragon and 70604 Tiger Widow Island, depicting him after he was turned into a ghost. These variants all saw their initial release in 2016.
Robes from Day of the Departed
Fighting against a group of enemies previously encountered from the most recent battle with the Sky Pirates all the way back to their first battles with the Skullkin, the ninja adopt a new set of robes which have a similar basic appearance to the original Trainee robes. Cole once again has a yellow face and no longer appears to be a ghost, but has a green mark by his left eye. In some sets, the ninja wear bandanas instead of zukin. To date, no official name has been given to these types of robes.
In 70589 Rock Roader, Cole comes in a set of RX robes. These robes feature dual-moulded arms, with the bottom half of the arms being transparent, and the hand joints can be seen inside the arms. Cole is currently the only ninja known to have RX robes.
These suits have the ability to give the ninja some degree of control over time and their own destiny. All six ninja will receive their own fusion suits in the first wave of 2017 sets. All of the ninja wear a zukin with this suit, except for Kai who wears a zukin in 70627 Dragon's Forge but a bandana in 70621 The Vermillion Attack. The ninja sometimes have black shoulder armour when wearing these suits, but are also seen without it.
Images of a number of computer-generated suits which have not yet been released in sets have appeared in the WU-CRU game on LEGO.com.
Images of the ninja in sense robes appeared in the WU-CRU online game in 2016.
As Lloyd joined the team later than the original four ninja, some versions of the earlier suits have still not been released physically.
Nya is the latest addition to the team of ninja, and like Lloyd, has not received physcial versions of some suits that the ninja wore before she joined the team.