(Written by Geneva – gid617)
Here I will cover in detail the Ninjago Spinjitzu cards. In case you are new to the LEGO Ninjago spinner-game, you may want to check out Part One of my article, Playing Ninjago Spinjitzu – Part 1: Essentials, before you read this section. Now let’s talk about the Spinjitzu cards! 😛
If you enjoy collecting the Ninjago cards, you may have noticed that most of the battle-cards have one of seven different types of symbols:
- BOOST – adds a certain amount of SP to your spinner.
- TRAP – as far as this one is concerned, the name says it all! 🙂
- BUILD – allows you to add pieces to your spinner.
- CONFUSE – essentially covers things that have to do with your or your opponent’s method of spinning (your opponent must stand on one leg, etc.).
- FORCE – typically you either do something physically (like blow) during the spin, but Force can also be used for a card that you would want to play both before and after a spin (like Boomerang – replay top card from discard pile ignoring SP, or Crown of Fire – add/remove a crown on any spinner).
- CONTROL – any card that changes the outcome of a spin after it is already done.
- CHALLENGE (or Scroll, since that’s what it looks like) – which gives you a chance to retrieve a lost weapon after all other cards that you and your opponent choose to play at the end of the spin (maximum one each) have been played.
💡NOTE: Before a spin, you may only play a Boost, Trap, Build, Confuse, or Force card; after a spin, you may only play a Boost, Force, or Control card (although there are some Force cards you would clearly not want to play after a spin; like Whirlwind – blow on spinners during spin). After a maximum of one card per player has been played after the spin, the loser may play a Challenge card (each player is allowed one card before spinning, one after, and after that, a Challenge card). Also, you may not want to proceed until you are familiar with the seven types of battle cards! 😉
However not all Spinjitzu cards fit so nicely into these categories – especially since there is an overlap between Confuse and Force cards. For example; Stand Tough (place character on two studs until a player wins) has exactly the same effect as Fearless, but while Stand Tough is a Force card, Fearless is a Confuse card. One obvious mistake is with the card Shock Drop (win if your opponent drops their weapon – included with #9561 LEGO Ninjago Kai ZX). Clearly, this should be Control, and even the Ninjago Card Dictionary gives it a Control symbol. However, in reality, it is not a Control card but a Confuse card (which may be confusing)! 🙄
Most Crown-cards are Force cards (since Force and Boost are the only two categories which can be played at the beginning and end of the turn), but some are Confuse or Control. Deflection (give up your headgear to cancel, and then use your opponent’s card) as well as Falcon Eye (look at your opponent’s cards and discard one), both seem like they should be Force, but instead, they are Confuse!
It is interesting to note that – at least so far – there has been a Lightning, Ice, and Fire add/remove a crown on any spinner card, but no Earth. Which causes me to think that either Bytar or NRG Zane (both of whom would, in theory, have the 400 Earth SP required to play it) would come with a card of that type. Equally interestingly (at least to me), there have been no cards with 500 Lightning SP. Of course this was natural last year (when there was no character with more than 400 Lightning), but now that NRG Jay is available, it strikes me as being somewhat odd.
Whether a Spinjitzu card is good or not often depends on your situation. For example, if you are a notoriously bad spinner-shot, Master Archer would certainly not be a good card for you – although for your opponent it would be excellent.
Naturally, the same applies to other circumstances – my brothers, who are my normal opponents, have become so adept at evasive spinning that a Trap card is almost entirely useless against them! Not only that, but I have actually managed to win twice while my character been standing on only one leg! Plus, characters with short legs – like Lloyd Garmadon or Chokun – can’t stand on one leg or bend over backwards. Other cards, like Falcon Eye (look at your opponent’s cards and discard one), are really pretty worthless if your opponent has no good cards in their hand – in fact, you may even be doing them a favor! 😕
However, there are some Spinjitzu cards that seem always useful. Backup Plan (reshuffle all your cards – I include Backup Plan itself with the “all cards”), Total Recall (give up your headgear to exchange all your weapons with those of your opponents), Use Surroundings (Crown-card; throw before each spin; if opponent’s spinner touches it, they lose), Boomerang/Bite Back/Recharge (replay top/bottom any lightning card from discard pile ignoring SP), Sensei’s Red Card/Counter Attack (cancel opponent’s card), Sensei’s Whistle/Sensei’s Teatime (this spin was a tie), and Double Trouble (give up your headgear to take an extra weapon if you win), are all excellent, among others.
If you have Backup Plan, you may want to use only your best cards, since you can reshuffle them again and again. However, if your opponent has a card which will allow them to discard or cancel your card, you will want to be very careful! Also, it’s a good idea to use approximately the same amount of cards your opponent is using, if they are only using their best cards. For example, if they are using their top five (which are bound to be great cards!) you probably won’t want to be stuck with twenty fairly good, but not quite as useful, cards!
Of all the Spinjitzu character-cards, the best are obviously Sensei Wu (both normal and DX) and Lord Garmadon. However, since they do not have any specific element, they cannot play many excellent cards. Among other things; they cannot play any add/remove a crown to any spinner cards, although the total number of cards they can play is much greater than any other character – judging from my experience. Also, none of the three are particularly awesome – at least in my opinion.
While both NRG Kai and NRG Jay have really cool character cards, their overall SP is very low (only 900). I usually play with Jay ZX, mainly because he can play Crown of Lightning and Sensei’s Whistle, plus many of the other excellent cards I have.
To summarize, I’d say that some of the best battle cards seem to be Lightning. Although Confuse cards are very common – almost all spinners have at least one – they are not so useful. What do you think? Do you have any tips about using the Ninjago battle-cards? Which one is your favorite? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas below! 😀
You may also want to head over to the LEGO Ninjago section for more tutorials, news, videos and discussions for Ninjago fans, or check out my previous posts below:
My favorite card is “Meditate” From Sensei Wu’s. 😉
my fav card is: use surroudings from spitta
Of the ones I have, my favorite is probably either Backup Plan or Total Recall. I don’t have meditate or use surroundings! 🙁
My favorite card is Flash’n’Burn from Kendo Cole
Yeah, that’s a pretty good card. But Chill Charge is better, IMO.
i like flash’n’burn more than chill charge because i like flash’n’burn’s picture more.
plus flash’n’burn is add 500, while chill charge is add 300
Yeah, that’s true- It’s funny that you like Flash and Burn better because of its picture – that’s the reason I like Chill Charge better 😉
You don’t have Sensei Wu Spinner Set? 😕
Not the DX one – although my brother does. I do have his normal spinner (although not the cards)
Even though I’m not interesting in the playing cards and spinners, I am interested in the models for Ninjago! Sorry, gid. But, everybody has their own niche…… right?
In my opinion ninjago is really lame. It used to be good until they moved away from the dojo and stuff like that to the modern technology, (Helicopters, planes, monster trucks, etc). I mean that is completely stupid! Why would ninjas fight snakes in helicopters? It was good when they had buildings, not airplanes! TOTALLY LAME!
Yeah, maybe. but after you watch the episodes it makes a lot more sense. At least to me 😉 😉
I dont have a TV
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i also like the models! I bet two of the sets for 2013 will be, Destinys Bounty M2, and a cracken set thing. 😉
those are rumors; Lego hasn’t guarenteed that this is the actual storyline of next year.
But if the rumors are true, there will probably be a Pirate boat 😀
It turns out there might not be a Destiny’s Bounty.
Whoops I meant Destiny’s Bounty M2
A Ninjago bucket, hm? Yum! 😀
nice post!!! You put alot of effert into them!!!
Thanks! 😉 I was actually thinking that I did this one in a bit of a hurry 😉
at the beginning of the post the section that starts with NOTE: is totally wrong. you can only play one card per turn (unless the card says to play another). Also it doesn’t matter when you play a certain type of card. Along with that, SCROLL cards are used as a replacement of a spinning battle, therefore played before the battle.
well there are two type of card to play after the spin, being control and scroll (lol, that rhymes). everything else is played before the spin.
No, you can play one card before the spin and one after the spin. Yes, is does matter which types of cards you play before and after the spin.
Before a spin, you can play: Boost, Trap, Build, Confuse or Force cards.
After a spin, you can play: Boost, Control, or Force cards, or if you lose, you can play a Challenge (Scroll) card.
For more information about cards, go the the Official Spinjizu Handbook; 😐
Thanks, Scales 😉 😉 Yes, that’s where I got my information from too. Of course you can allways play a different way 😉
Summer Sets this wensday. (I know I spelt it wrong)
In-stores? I thought it would take longer…
summer sets were out two weeks ago!
I’m so happy!
i like flash n burn the most, especially if youre nrg
Unless you’re kai or Jay and can’t play it! 😉
I like Ninja Star. Its just plain fun. And its got Pythor!
Yeah, I kind of like that card too. Unfortuantly I don’t have it 🙁
i was watching cartoon network this morning and it said ninjago new season coming in july on wensdays not in november
That would be sweet! 😀
That’s interesting – Wikipedia was saying that too. But if it’s true, wy haven’t we seen a trailer yet? And if it is true, then there might be four seasons after all! 😉
Brickibedia is saying ninjago is ending next year! But when u look at who said it not so sure if thats true.
It was Kevin Hinkle, LEGO’s representative, who revealed that Ninjago will end next year.
It sems like ninjago will end next year 😉 – unfortunatly!
Except thats the same man saying 2012 was the end soo …………….not believing until i see it. I also just saw a full comeercial for july!!
Now that is a good point! 😀
I heard that they said 2012 would be the end. So yeah, it seems like there is some ground for expecting it to continue longer! 😉
It could also be talking about mini-movies – if there will be any.
Admin, what do you think about the next sesason airing in July? does it seem likely/possible/not going to happen? 😉
Geneva, not sure. Previous news consistently referred to November as the actual release date, which was consistent with previous years. The trailer that showed up in the past couple of days look real enough, so it seems something is going to be airing in July. Perhaps they are mini-movies? That would make some sense. Also, it was strange to see the Destiny’s Bounty in the trailer (at least that’s what it looked like). I guess we will find it out soon enough. July is only a couple of weeks away. 😉
Yeah. I have two main reasons for thinking that it won’t happen:
a. it’s too good to be true 😀
b. then the sets would – at least in theory – be released more likely in mid-october (or maybe sept or nov?) and so we would probably have heard about them. But then again, that might not be right; Lloyd being tall definatly favors the next season starting in July – it would make sense if he were taller in the series and then taller in the spinner (instead of the other way around) And if it is just mini-movies, it seems like people are making way too big of a deal out of it. But if the rumors are true, then there might be a new destiny’s bounty (or Bounty M2); at any rate the ninjas would have to have a home and it would probably look at least similar to thier previous homes – as far as the interior goes, which is the only part I remember from the trailer (although I could be missing something).
But like you say, July isn’t that far away, so if it were to happen, we shouldn’t have to wait long! 😉
I think we should keep our eyes and ears open for more news. I have scoured all the LEGO sites today and none of them mentioned the Ninjago trailer besides Eurobricks. Of course a lot of these other sites are not focused on Ninjago, but still I find it really strange that the new episodes supposed to start in a couple of weeks and all we have is a measly few second long trailer. I haven’t gotten my Club Magazine yet, but if someone did already there should be some clues there as well. Anyway, all we can do is wait and keep our ninja senses sharp. 😉
I’ll say! 😉
Yeah, I was thinking about the club magazine as well – but of course that probably wouldn’t come until July anyways so that would be too late – at least for me, since I get it at least 7 days later than anybody else 😉 And it is really strange that we don’t have any more concrete evidence yet. I don’t exactly like the idea of waiting, but I guess it’s all we can do. . . 😉
Well, it seems like it is comming the 18th so I’m really excited! 😉
The new season is ninja versus pirates. I saw it on the guide.
I have a cool ninjago website! its ninjaofninjago.wordpress.com
so check it out!! thanks
Nicely done! 🙂
but wondering how to get lots more views
Its a lot of hard work. You have to write pretty much daily, contribute at other websites and forums, employ good SEO techniques, etc. It took me about a year to get 10,000 visits a day. So yeah, it takes some dedication, but its also fun. 😉
Do u think u could say something for me
Hm… what do you mean? 😕
Well maybe say something about my blog so that people would go to it
Hm… you need to give me a reason to do that. People and businesses pay to get access to the kind of traffic TBB has. Traffic and subscribers is the most valuable asset a website has. That is not free information. You need to approach running a website like running a business. Okay, so you want me to say something about your website, and what are you offering in exchange?
Here are some ideas small websites do to get promoted by a larger site: write good quality articles for the large website. In exchange the website owner may allow you to write a few words about your website and link to it in your articles. Offer good quality help to the readers and members of a larger website. The site-owner may recognize you for your efforts and offer to promote your website to their readers in appreciation. Constantly improve your website and offer unique information so larger sites may link to you.
There are other creative ways, but the point is you have to think win-win, not me-me. 😉
So ur saying that I would write a story for a big website then the owner would maybe let me say something about my website on his? Oh but the trouble is I don’t know anyone that has a big website and that would let me write an article! Just asking but did u like any of my articles?
All I’m saying that you need to think creatively and offer some service or value to the website-owner you want to collaborate with. You can come up with other creative ideas; I just suggested you some that is fairly common in the industry. Sure, your articles are a good start. 😉
Well what if I say some stuff about your blog on mine and u stay stuff about mine on your blog? ; )
or u could write something about you blog and i’ll post it on mine and we’ll trade
You are starting to think creatively, but please consider that something like that only works if both websites are about equal value (equal traffic, visitors, subscribers, age, search-engine ranking, etc.). Otherwise it is like asking someone to trade a one dollar bill for a hundred dollar bill. Doesn’t really work. 🙄
Or I could write stories for u
You don’t have to do anything for me. We already have plenty of traffic and contributors. However if you do write a great article I may consider it for publication. Articles should be about 500 words or so (bit more or less is fine), and include relevant pictures and/or videos. If you have any questions about that just let me know. If you have your own website (which you obviously do), your author’s name can link to your website.
Just saying I have over 200 hundred views already and it’s only been out a few weeks
True but I bet not everyone from ur site will visit mine and I bet I could get bunch of viewers to go to ur site
A link from a website to another is a lot more than traffic it could generate. Please take a look at how backlinking works. 😉
In summary; for a smaller site to be linked from a larger website it has a tremendous positive effect in terms of search-engine ranking (which is ultimately where a good portion of traffic is coming from). However for a larger site to link to a smaller site actually has a negative effect. 😐
Yes but it also spreads by word of mouth! Say if I post ur address on mine and my friends sees it he may tell his friends which they would tell other friends and on and on!
It is true that every viewer is valuable, however please note that I’m just one person and I have limited time. I’m already working on much larger backlinking-strategies with websites that have hundreds of thousands of views per day. I just don’t have the time to focus on very small blogs right now. This doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with your blog, and yours may become big one day too. That is why I’m trying to help you think creatively, but I also have to leverage my time and effort.
One other suggestion I would have is that you should really have 10-50 articles before approaching larger websites with a blacklinking idea. It would give you more credibility, and if people do visit your website they can spend some time browsing interesting posts. Just thought to mention. 😉
Admin, i have no idea what to write about! Can you give me some news and something to write about!!
To be a blogger you need to be self-motivated to come up with ideas and write. I guess this is a good exercise for you to see if you are actually cut out to be a blogger. There are mornings when I don’t know what to write either, but I force myself to sit down and figure it out. Once I do that, ideas begin to flow. 😉
Thanks! I think I’ll write about the Lord of the Rings Video game is that all right?
Fine with me…
k just wanted to know
Has anyone ever thought, maybe LEGO will kill off Sensei? Like, they start a season where he’s just, gone?
Oh! That would be very bad! 😥
That would be fun! 🙄 😆
I would rather they drop Nya 😉 😆 And after all, sensei almost got killed 😉
I like your name 😉 And I would really like it if that happened 😉
Somehow I don’t think they are going to kill off anybody – except Pythor and Samukai 😉
WHY NYA? The only people getting droped out are villians…
It would be representetive to the Nonja becoming mature and becoming the teacher if Sensei was gone though
that true. But that’s probaly the reason he almost died in this last season.
If you’re going to kill sensei why couldn’t you kill nya? Ayway, it was just a suggestion. I don’t think it will happen 😉
Great! I’ll start working on my blog posts and I’m a Ninjago fan so I probably write a Ninjago articale and do u have any topics u want to to write about? And should I use comments to contact u? And I’ll let u know when I’ll get started on the articale! But I’ll wait for u to see if u want me to do any kinda Ninjago topic! Thanks!
I would suggest you write about what you know and passionate about. Those are always the best articles. You can write about Ninjago, just make sure you are familiar with Geneva’s post, as she covers pretty much everything in that genre. (Just go to the Ninjago section and see what’s covered already.) I don’t mind another post from you in regards to Ninjago, as long as it is not repeating what she or myself have already wrote about. You can submit posts to admin@theBrickBlogger.com
Great but could u give me some ninjago news or star wars news for me to write about? If u could that would be great!! 🙂
WRIGHT ABOUGHT STAR WARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I sent you the story! So check ur emails!
Ninjago is so complicated. Who knew things would escalate so largely
Has anyone thought, Lloyd could have a sister? I’m just spitballing
no sensei zane……………………………………………………………………….
I like the cards where if you’re enemy hits them, they lose! 😀 its great cause then their there, trying not to smash into it and they’re like dont touch it! dont touch it!
Yeah, those are nice. Sometimes you can get together will one of your opponenets to surround the other! 😉
i have eight of those cards
I have 4, not including the ones where you just loose a face-up crown card (two of thouse) 😉
i have 88 cards!
I have 112! 😉
UPDATE: The NINJAGO Season 3 trailer is now uploaded! Watch and discuss here: NINJAGO Season 3 Trailer Enjoy! 😛
i have 66 battle cards and 17 player cards 😯 🙄
My favorite card is crown of fire
My favorite card is senseis teatime
Yeah, that one is really good! And so is Sensei’s Whistle 😉
Hey Admin! I’m new to posting comments, but I wanted know if I could use a card I created myself?
Lloyd, nice to have ya! Card? I’m not sure what are you referring to? Are you talking about your avatar? (The green picture next to your name.) If yes, then you can go to gravatar.com to set up your avatar. It will autmatically show up here. And yes, you can use your own picture. If you are talking about something else let me know. 😉
I think you should get more than one booster pack, if your going to play a card like Fast as Lightning (Build the above on a spinner until a player wins, then remove. Opponent spins with one hand until a player wins) or Black Ice Shield (Build the above on a spinner until a player wins, then remove.). By “remove” they meen remove the whole thing. I would build different blades, shieds, and lift brick.