Red Dragon Island Guide


The Magic Tree House has landed on Poptropica! Join Jack and Annie on a journey back in time to a world of samurai warriors, sumo wrestlers, and even greater dangers that lurk in the clouds. When trouble strikes, it’s up to you to master a set of elite ninja skills and undertake a dangerous rescue mission. Can you find your way back home, or will you be stuck in old Japan forever?

For walkthroughs on Red Dragon Island, scroll down.

Released: May 5, 2011 (for members)
or June 2, 2011 (for all)
Common Room: Frog Creek Library
Preceded by: Wimpy Wonderland Island
Succeeded by: Shrink Ray Island

Resources on this page: Island Extras | Synopsis from Poptropica | Video Walkthrough | Written Walkthrough | Album Photos | Trivia

Island Extras: Map | Official Tour | Desktop Wallpaper | Prepare for Impact! MiniQuest | Book: Magic Tree House #37: Dragon of the Red Dawn

Video Walkthrough

For a written walkthrough with pictures, scroll down on this page!

Written Walkthrough

Walkthrough written by Super Thunder & Icy Comet
Special thanks to Invisible Ring, HPuterpop, & Slanted Fish

Welcome to Frog Creek, Pennsylvania—home of the Magic Tree House.

frog creek

Go to the far right of Main Street, and there will be a tire swing in the background. Enter that back yard. You will see a flying spark guiding out two kids, Jack and Annie. Once they’re gone, go to the swing and cut the rope with a click. Now you’ve got a car tire!

rope rd

Roll the tire all the way to the left side of the island (past Main Street and through the bumpy floored woods) until you get to a tree house. Pick up Jack’s Glasses on the ground.

jack's glasses

Then, leave the tire directly under the tree, and jump onto it, springing you onto the out-of-reach ladder. Go inside the tree house. Jack and Annie will be there. Give Jack his glasses so he can see again.

Walk to the left side of the tree house, and pick up the book titled Frog Creek Pennsylvania: Home Town USANow, go ask Annie how the tree house works. She’ll tell you to pick up a book, and get the book to her right, titled A Journey to Old Japan. All you have to do to get to either location is point at the book and say you want to go there – just like in the Magic Tree House books!

treehouse books

Use the Japan tour book, and you’re off to Old Japan!

Once you arrive, exit the tree house. Jack and Annie will go explore, and tell you that you need a kimono to blend in. Jack will give you a Magic Amulet to return to the tree house whenever you want.

Go to the left end of the area, and two guards will arrest you and send you to jail for not having a passport. Use the Magic Amulet to teleport yourself out.

Now go left again, but this time go into the now-open Bonsai Tree Shop. Ask the lady about kimonos, and she’ll give you Kimonos to choose from. Go ahead and put the kimono on. You’ll also get a Passport from inside the kimono you choose (it doesn’t matter which one you choose).

red dragon1Exit, and go left past the guards. The Samurai will catch Jack without a passport, and they’ll be sent to prison. Oh no!

red dragon3Go left, past the crumbly bridge, to East Edo. At the steps leading up, pick up the Rotten Fish.

red dragon4Continue up those same stairs and through the door, and there will be another chained door. Go right beside the rocks, and a Parchment will drop to you. Read the letter written on it.


Now, go back down to East Edo. Go to the next page to the left, West Edo, and you will pass another set of stairs, as well as three geishas. Go left, and you’ll be at the Secluded Lake. On a stepping stone, there will be a Bag of Mortar. Take it.

red dragon6Go inside the little hut made of bamboo, and talk to the old man. He’ll tell you that Basho was just in town buying some eggs. Now, go back to East Edo.

You should come to two samurai holding up five people. Help the samurai by lining them up in order. The fifth person has stolen a fish — but they are not in order! For this next part, the people are 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 (from left to right). Trade 5 and 4. Trade 4 and 1. Trade 3 and 4. The samurai will catch the guilty one, and send him away.


And, in return, the samurai will give you a Betting Slip for the sumo wrestling match, and he says he’ll split his winnings with you. Yay!

Now go back to the crumbly bridge, and use your Bag of Mortar to fix the bridge. It’ll be like a jigsaw puzzle. Just put the bricks where they look like they belong.


Once the bridge is fixed, a really fat muscular guy will run through. Pick up the Bonsai Scissors dropped by one of the citizens because of the bridge shaking. Now go down, just below the bridge, to the guy fishing.

Use the rotten fish to try to catch the kappa. Light the wood in the bottom right, and click on the boulder to the left of the hole on the ground at the right. Shoot the beehive at the whole in the tree. Click the frog until it lands on the lily pad that has bubbles under it. Turn off the fire by clicking the wood again, light the lamp, and click on the rotten fish.


Yay! You’ve caught the kappa! Get up and go right, back to the Bonsai Shop. Go inside, and talk to the lady that gave you the kimono.

Use your bonsai scissors, and help her by cutting the bonsai, which you must cut perfectly to match the picture to the right. Every single leaf. When you’re done, click the finished button.

red dragon13Once you’ve accomplished that, a guy will walk in and buy a bonsai tree.

Exit and head over to the sumo match, which is located on top of the stairs of West Edo. Go inside. Once inside, talk to Yokuzuna’s (the fat muscular sumo dude that ran across the bridge) manager (the guy who bought the bonsai). He’ll ask you to help him with signing autographs. All you have to do is copy down the pattern of each Kanji character, step by step (use the chart for accuracy). Once you’re done with that, go talk to the other cowardly fighter inside the hut.

He’ll ask you to take his place. What can you do? Take his place! Go fight. One way to do it is to avoid all of his attacks. He will get mad and slip off the stage.



Three mad samurai will come and tell you that they’re going to take you. Just then though, the old man from the hut at the secluded lake will come. That’s Basho! He says to meet him at his home.

red dragon15Go to the hut, and he’ll tell you that after seeing you help everyone, he wants you to be his new student ninja. You’ll start your training. Basho will give you some tools and Ninja Outfits (you can wear either black or white). Put on the ninja outfit, and Basho will teach you how to use your tools.

You’ll learn how to use: 

  • Shuko claws to scale walls and trees (they’re automatically equipped at all times)
  • Bo Staff which can spin to deflect things being thrown at you (press spacebar), or vault you over great heights (press spacebar while running, and jump)
  • Smoke Bombs to temporarily blind an enemy (press spacebar and aim your cursor at the target)
  • Throwing Stars (also called shuriken) for stealth (not combat!) – use it to slice ropes that may be holding onto objects to drop them. Don’t aim these at enemies or they will notice you.
  • Grappling Hook to swing around – just click a metal hoop when you see one, and you’ll automatically swing from it. You’ll keep swinging until you jump off.
  • Ninja Vision to scope your surroundings – use it to see what’s around you!

Refer to the list above for a reminder on how to use each trick!

red dragon16Once you’re done with training, go to the wall next to his house. You’ll have to fix it, very much like the bridge, by putting the bricks where they belong.


Then he’ll tell you he just needed it fixed. He’ll send you to save Jack and Annie, and to find the Shogun. Return to the Fortress Cliff (with the locked door). At the same place that you got the Parchment, climb up the stone wall, and continue left.

Your shuko claws only stick to the lighter stone. You can use the moving logs as quick platforms, but DON’T get hit by them. Also, you can “skim” up through the walls by dragging your character upwards.

fortress gif

At the top, go left. Use your Ninja Vision to see where the guards are. Drop a bomb to blind them all. Go through the window, above the guard.

Fortress, Level 1

Inside the fortress, run right and throw a star at the rope holding up the green platform to bring it down, allowing you to go further. Remember, you can scale walls by default now. When you get to the metal ring, click on it to swing across (you can also smoke bomb the guard below, but you don’t have to).

Drop down and pick up the Haiku, then vault over the spikes by running and pressing space bar with your Bo Staff. Jump down, climb the wall, and grab the key – you’ll need it to enter the next level.

If you get caught at any time, you’ll start again at the beginning of the level you were caught in, and you’ll have to grab the key again (but not the haiku if you’ve already gotten it).

Now go right, onto the platform, and smoke-bomb the guard. Run past him to the platform on the other side, then throw a throwing star at the rope to drop the weight hanging there. Jump onto the weight, swing from the metal ring, and land on the other side. Climb the walls up, avoiding the spikes, and go through the door to the next level.

Fortress, Level 2

This level involves shadows. Use the throwing stars to put out the lights, and don’t hit the samurai! Put out the first light, jump down, put out the second light, drop down, and put out the light from the pink lantern as well. Jump over the guard and keep to the shadows, then smoke-bomb the next guard and jump up to the wall and then the platform.

You’ll encounter the first of the mean boxes that shoot spikes at you and ultimately keep you from your goal (you can’t climb the sides of these boxes!). You can, however, deflect the spikes by spinning your Bo staff – so do that. Then, jump up on the box and go down the wall.

Jump down to the small raised platform in the lit area, and swing from the hoop to grab the key. Swing back to the platform, smoke-bomb the guard, and run past to the other side.

Go up, grab the Haiku piece, and climb the rope. While on the rope, aim a smoke bomb at the guard, then quickly get to the top edge of the wall. Stay there as you click on the metal ring to swing yourself over to the door to the last level.

Fortress, Level 3

Combine all of your knowledge in this level. First, put out the light with a throwing star, then sneak past and swing across by clicking the hoop.

Use throwing stars to bring the two green platforms down, then smoke-bomb the guard and get past him over to the wall. Jump to the left and grab the key. Then get back on the wall and go further down until you see the rope holding up a long vertical crate. Still on the wall, aim a throwing star to bring the crate down.

Jump onto the crate, then jump onto the next crate (you can blind the guard with a smoke bomb if you want, but it’s not necessary). Drop down and pick up the last line of the Haiku.

Go back up, smoke-bomb the guard, and keep going left. Use a throwing star to bring down the green platform, and spin your Bo Staff when spikes come shooting your way. At the end of the left side, climb up the wall, then jump down to the space below and spin your Bo Staff again as more spikes come towards you. When the spikes stop, run and vault up to the top of the box where the spikes came from.

Just before you get to the door, you’ll need to knock down the green platform blocking it with a throwing star. You can do this while swinging on the hoop, but if you fall, refer to this gif for how to do it from the platform below.

To get through the final door, you’ll need to recite the entire Haiku – if you’ve collected all three pieces (there’s one in every fortress level), you’ll automatically say it!

You will enter, and the evil Shogun will tell you not to hurt him, or else Jack and Annie (who are locked up hanging from the ceiling) will never get out. Using your shuriken, shoot at the rope holding the cage, and it will fall, bursting open.

And then… aaagghh!!! It’s raining fire! Wait… no, you’re just under attack.

red dragon10Along with Jack and Annie, you’ll be transported to Mount Fuji, where the Cloud Dragon waits at the top. Climb the mountain, and get on the Cloud Dragon.

The fight between the Cloud Dragon and the Red Dragon is simple but difficult. Keep shooting at the Red Dragon, but also stop it from destroying the city by shooting your water at the houses if they start burning, and recharge in the clouds when you run out of water. Try to keep chasing the Red Dragon’s tail so you can keep shooting him.

If you lose, you can try again, give up, or try again in easy mode. You won’t need to recharge if you do it in easy mode.

After this fight, the Shogun’s reign will be over! Basho will explain that the Shogun is his brother.

He’ll apologize, and you can go home now! Use the Amulet to get to the tree house. Then, use the Frog Creek Book, and you’ll arrive back home. Annie will give you your Island Medallion and you will also receive Poptropica Store credits! Congratulations; mission accomplished! 🙂

Looking for more walkthroughs? Check out our Island Help page! 🙂

Album Photos

These pictures are collected in your Poptropica photo album in the profile section. Click to enlarge.


  • Red Dragon Island is Poptropica’s 19th island. It was released on May 5, 2011 for members andJune 2, 2011 for non-members.
  • As of July 10, 2015, the island became locked to members only, with a demo for non-members.
  • As of April 1, 2016, as a result of winning a month-long March Madness voting event about bringing back one members-only island, Red Dragon Island was re-opened to everyone.
  • This island is based on Magic Tree House book #37, Dragon of the Red Dawn.
  • The preview for this island is a Sumo game, released in April 2011, and which you can still play by getting the “Prepare for Impact!” gold card from the Poptropica Store. (The PHB also has awalkthrough for this game.) As you win sumo matches, you’ll gain ranks, each with its own costume. The ranks are: Juryo (starter), Maegashira (highest for non-members), SanyakuOzekiYokozuna (highest for members).
  • Common room: Frog Creek Library
  • It’s possible to have the Poptropica name “Red Dragon”.
  • The members-only Midnight Red Ninja costume from the Poptropica Store is inspired by Red Dragon Island.
  • The treehouse takes you to Edo (there’s “East Edo” and “West Edo” on your Map, among other area names), which was the old name for Tokyo, Japan.
  • Basho, the old man in the hut who trains you, is also the name of a famous poet from Japan’s Edo period. He is recognized as the greatest master of haiku.
  • There’s a woodblock print artist in West Edo. You can click on the hanging prints to take a closer look at the art.

the tree house started to spin…


363 thoughts on “Red Dragon Island Guide”

  1. Thanks PHB Staff Team, great guide by the way! Just one tip: you should probably write about how to get the keys and haiku. That part was hard for me to figure out and it took a while. Anyways the whole guide was great, keep doing what you’re doing! 🙂

  2. By the way staff, can you you please add me on poptropica? Thanks my username is next to my real name and my poptropica name is Smart Seal just to clarify to you!

  3. Anybody give me a guide how to the haiku and keys? Please help as ASAP. I know this is a bit late but you know what they say, its never to late.

  4. the bamboo hut is in the secluded lake, not east edo

    Slanted Fish: The guide tells you how to get to the secluded lake (with the hut) from East Edo.

  5. OMG im half Japanese and when the guy said the tree was too much i laughed so hard. One hundred yen is around one dollar in america XD

    1. This island isn’t on the map anymore! What happened?

      1. There was an update that removed all Non-SUIs but you can still access the island through idk’s Old Island Directory found in the Glitching section.

  6. I want a Harry Potter island. I want a Percy Jackson island. I want a library island where you type in a book title and you become a character like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson or… or… or…SOMETHING.

      1. I really want a Percy Jackson island!!! Also, a Harry Potter island would rock!

    1. {FRIEND ME IN POPTROPICA} meowofthetiger : Little Rock | meowofthetiger2 : Lone Skull says:


  7. I am at the Wrestling match and the overweight guy is not turning red. Seriously this is about the 17th time, yes I’m counting in one game. HELP!!!!!

  8. OMG Please help me I’m up to the part where we have to blind the gaurd (the one protecting the bowl of noodles o.0) and then jump in the window but i can’t get up onto the ledge plz help

    1. For the guard at the fortress entrance, after you smoke-bomb him, run to the left and scale the wall (you’ll be able to do this since you have the shuko claws). Then, hop to the ledge and jump in the window to get in.

  9. It took more than one day to do this, but now I only have stuff from Japan. I can’t get back to Frog Creek because I don’t have the book. Please help! I don’t want to restart! It took so long to get here!

    Slanted Fish: You could try going to a miniquest area (such as Haunted House from the Store), then exiting to be brought to the map (from there, you can go to any island).

    1. i already restarted. Also, this is like my fifth account because if I go on a colored island from the map, it gets stuck on a blank black screen, so I can’t do Mythology Island or Survival Island Help!!!.

      1. You probably need to update your Adobe Flash Player or something like that. The colored islands are the newest ones; they use the newest technology. Just use a fairly new computer with updated software and you should get it.

  10. Trying to defeat the red dragon is HAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!! Sometimes I get so fustrated!!!!!!!!! 😡

    1. You need to talk to the Yokozuna’s manager first, and help him sign autographs. Once that’s done, it’ll be time for the match and you can talk to the nervous sumo wrestler.

    1. The door to the fortress is locked. Instead, go over to the rocks to the right and a piece of parchment from Annie will automatically flutter down to you.

  11. Can you guys help me? Im on the second level and I cant find any way to avoid the guard, and it has to be right where I can finally reach the 3rd level! Im climbing up the rope, and there’s no way to bomb him, either!

    1. When you are climbing up the rope, stop a few feet below him(about half a character’s height) and aim your mouse upward toward him. Without moving, throw the bomb. This might be impossible on a tablet or something that automatically clicks when you tap it.

  12. Hey uh fishey when you are at the part of the sumo wrestler I avoid his fury. He gets mad but stomps, sort of like crusher on superpower island. I’ve restarted 6 times and can’t beat it. Help, fishey!! (Bytheway, my favorite villain is black widow. What’s yours fishey.)

    1. Jump, and you can avoid the crushing power of the stomp by being in the air when the stomp lands. Keep avoiding his attacks, and he’ll eventually turn red – at which point, run to the end of the side he’s facing and wait for him to charge. When he gets near, jump up to avoid him, and he’ll come crashing off the stage.

    1. {FRIEND ME IN POPTROPICA} meowofthetiger : Little Rock | meowofthetiger2 : Lone Skull says:

      Lol I do this all the time!

    1. {FRIEND ME IN POPTROPICA} meowofthetiger : Little Rock | meowofthetiger2 : Lone Skull says:

      When you enter your inventory, click the drop-down arrow by “Red Dragon” (or whatever the island name is). Click on store items. If you still don’t see it, look towards the bottom and see if there’s a page 2. If it’s still not there, try buying it again in shop. It may say that you have already purchased that item. If you have already purchased it, and you’re on a newer island (you can tell because on the map, the island logo is colored), this may be a bit tricky, but you’ll need to do this every time you want to use something from your inventory on the new islands. 1) Click the satchel. 2) Click on “friends” [it should have Poptropicans as its logo] 3) Click on shop [green coin] 4) [This is vital] Click on the satchel WITHIN the shop menu. You will see the old inventory menu. You should be able to access your items from there. If this does not work I don’t know what will.

  13. hey please help me i get the pruning sheers but every time i go into the bonsai shop they disappear! i am getting tired if doing the bridge over and over again. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

  14. PLEASE HELP! EMERGENCY! I am totally STUCK on Red Dragon island! I completed 99% of the island but I am in the tree house in Japan! I forgot to take the book next to the tree house (Frog Creek Book) and I am stuck in Japan! I tried to use the Japan book but it didn’t work. I tried to click on the blimp up the top so I could go to the map but the blimp was UNCLICKABLE! I don’t want to restart the island because I took so much time and effort. -Please add me on Poptropica @100PawsLover and I am Magic Penguin.

    I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE if you helped me, thank you. I would appreciate your help thoroughly.

    1. You can probably still find the Frog Creek book inside the treehouse, even in Japan, if you haven’t picked it up yet. If not, to leave an island, you can use the Haunted House item (free in the Store) and then go back through the hole to be brought to the map. 😉

  15. After getting that slip from these guards, I went back to that bridge and used the bad I found from West Edo, and my character said that there’s no reason to use it there. Should I RESTART the island or what?

    1. If you’re standing on the bridge near where the funny-haired worker is and use the Bag of Mortar, he’ll be grateful for the mortar and ask you to help fix the bridge.

  16. thanks sometimes poptropica gets me but still love it buddy me im scottan101 or soleilthomas101

  17. um I cannot get the tire out behind the bush. I just go and push it until it disapprears and I run to the next area the tire is not there

  18. Wait, wait. If I restart the island, do I get another batch of 50 credits? I’m not sure if you get 50 credits after completing an island but… do you get credits after doing it the second time?

  19. How do you change out of the ninja costume and kimono!? I really want my old clothes back!!! Please respond!

    1. If you have album photos (from your Friends profile, which you get from certain checkpoints while playing islands), you can customize your old outfit back. Otherwise, look around Poptropica and customize costume parts you want to have instead! 🙂

      1. wait how do i customize it from the pics

        slantedfish: Click the little shirt button beside the photo.

  20. It says that you have to be a member to complete the island because my demo is finished. Can you only complete the island if your a member?

  21. ok so the creators blog says that the island is open to the public and the island says play now instead of play the demo so why is it that when I get to the part where jack and annie are captured it says I’m playing the demo

    1. My BFF is having the same problem!!! I tried it on my non member account, and it won’t let me continue, even though the island said ‘Play Now!’

  22. I can’t get past the spikes, my character can’t reach high enough! I’m doing everything right but I just can’t get over the spikes in the ninja fortress!

  23. I’m stuck at the very start, idek, but everytime I try and leave the backyard scene with the tyre, it doesn’t let me take the tyre….help?

  24. Help I’m on my way to door 3 but the arrow thingies keep attacking me!

  25. I remember around the time that this island was released you couldn’t go back to the map by pressing the button in the paused thing-a-ma-bob and there was no blimp in Japan so you would be stuck and would have to beat the island just to get to the blimp XD

    slantedfish: You’re supposed to teleport back to Frog Creek via the book first, then use the blimp there. 😉

  26. Oh, my relative told me about it. I will tell her that. Thank you for your time to answer.

  27. i cant get the tire out of the backyard. I push it all the way over and go left but the tire wont leave the back yard. i dont know how you did it, but i cannot.

  28. This is extremely super duper hard. I can confirm that. It has 3 skulls!!!! It’s so challenging but I love it especially the Fortress 3rd level like wow it is awesome! The satisfaction at the end 🙂

  29. I’ve memorized all the movements in fortress level 3 from trying over and over again. It does give me a greater sense of accomplishment to finish this island though, just because the movements were so hard for me to get right.

  30. I loved this island when it first came out! I could never climb up to the fortress until now 😀

  31. I have no sound on this island and when i tried to go to my settings it just asks me do I want to restart the Island. I have no idea what to do.

    1. This island was created without sound, as were most of Poptropica’s islands prior to September 2013. Don’t worry about the lack of sound and just enjoy the adventure!

      1. Why did i not think of that? Thanks for reminding me! (I also did not know that youtuber did Poptropica Island walkthroughs.)

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