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"Battle for the Pride Lands" is the is the fifty-sixth episode of The Lion Guard and the first and second episode of Season 3, and is basically a two-part episode, and the third and final special.

Synopsis

After Kion and Ono are injured in an attempt to defeat Scar in the battle for the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard must embark on a journey to the Tree of Life to help them regain their strength.

Returning guest stars include David Oyelowo (“Selma”) as Scar, Christian Slater (“Mr. Robot”) as Ushari, Blair Underwood (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) as Makuu, Maia Mitchell (“The Fosters”) as Jasiri, Ana Gasteyer (“The Goldbergs”) as Reirei, John O'Hurley (“Seinfeld”) as Hadithi and Common (“Selma”) as Kiburi.[1]

Plot

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The Lion Guard as teenagers

Simba and Rafiki are looking out over the Pride Lands, while Janja's Clan is in Kilio Valley. Kion speaks with the Lion Guard knowing that as long as they're around the Pride Lands won't end. Anga arrives and announces that the Outlanders are attacking, so the Guard all go there to fight. The Lion Guard and the Pride Landers are shown to be busy defending the Pride Lands from the Army of Scar, with the help of Jasiri as well.

As the seasons pass, the Lion Guard grow into teenagers, and Kion's Roar of the Elders increases in power. Kion unleashes his Roar again when Simba and Rafiki approach them. Rafiki states that the Roar is getting stronger as Kion gets older. Simba agrees, and announces that it's time to defeat Scar once and for all. With Jasiri offering to help as well, they come up with a plan and gather the Pride Landers to strike the Outlands that night. However, Shupavu and Njano overhear their plan, and slither away.

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"A new way to go"

Meanwhile, at the destroyed Kilio Valley, Janja sits on a rock, talking to Cheezi and Chungu about how Kion's Roar is now more powerful than ever. Cheezi and Chungu are tired of fighting and losing to the Lion Guard and Janja begins to wonder if they might be on the wrong side, wondering if Jasiri was right all along and that there could be a new way to go. When his friends ask what he's speaking about, Janja shrugs their concerns off. However, Nyeusi and Nyata overheard him questioning his loyalty to Scar.
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Scar's ultimate plan to put an end to his nephew's kingdom

In the Outlands VolcanoUshari is speaking with Scar, having the skinks' received news of Janja's possible reformation and the impending attack from the Pride Lands. Scar is undeterred, and it isn't long before Shupavu comes to Scar with Janja in tow, as Scar had requested. When Janja walks in Scar orders him to go the Lair of the Lion Guard and not let the Guard out. He explains that he wants the hyenas to distract them, and voices his concerns to Janja that Kion could destroy him if he uses the most powerful Roar he can muster in the caldera, hence why he needs to strike back. Janja obeys and leaves, with Shupavu following him after being ordered to fetch Reirei, Kiburi and Mzingo. Scar assures Ushari that he's always two steps ahead.
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"On the last night"

Later that night, Zazu alerts the royal family that Hadithi with their ally, Shujaa have come to help. With all the Pride Landers gathered together, Simba asks Kion to lead the battle in the morning. Kion confesses that he has concerns over how to defeat Scar, but Simba remains positive. Soon, Kion and the Guard start to think to talk of the building anticipation that this is the last night before the big battle, with Kion needing to speak with someone beforehand.

Nearby, Shupavu leads Janja's Clan into Pride Lands. They spot Goigoi who is carrying
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"And remember, you can't fight fire with fire."

dry grass, and question him. They discover that it's all part of Scar's master plan, and Shupavu continues leading them to The Lair of the Lion Guard.Meanwhile, Kion speaks to his grandfather Mufasa. He is worried that there's no way to defeat Scar. Mufasa is as confident as Simba that Kion can handle it, and reminds him to be himself, and not to fight fire with fire.

Back near Pride Rock, Janja's clan enters the Lair of the Lion Guard so they can trap the Guard, grabbing Ono's attention. When the Guard enter, Kiburi's Float add more dry grass and sticks to the entrance, and before long, Mzingo's Parliament set them alight. It doesn't take long before the lair fills up with smoke. Janja escapes the fire and, realizing Scar has betrayed him, goes to find Jasiri, the only one who will trust him. 

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Anga and Hadithi help the royal family

Ono flies out of the lair to discover the entirety of Pride Rock is on fire, and Kion orders him to save his family. With help from Anga and Hadithi, the royal family is lifted to safety one by one.

With time of the essence, Beshte remembers that the lake in the pool leads to Lake Shangaza just outside the lair. When Janja's clan ask to follow, Kion allows them to do so, telling them that he respects all creatures, even those who don't follow the Circle of Life. With Fuli ridding on Beshte's back, the Guard and Janja's clan swim through and out the other end, where they notice the severity of the fire.

With the royal family safe outside Pride Rock, Scar appears on top of the burning Pride Rock and announces that the Lion Guard weren't so lucky to escape. But Kion and the Guard show up with Janja's hyenas by their side, but Scar says that there's no way to defeat him before vanishing. The herds begin to panic, when Jasiri and Janja arrive. Janja offers advice on how to defeat Scar based on what he heard earlier from him, which Kion takes. They set up the plan and get some rest.

Back in the Outlands Volcano, Scar tells Ushari of how he lied to Janja and even though
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A teenage Scar, during his time as Leader of the Guard, with his "new friend"

Kion's roar can defeat him, it won't work the way Scar told Janja. Scar's actual plan is to get Kion to use his most powerful roar in the caldera which would cause a massive volcanic eruption that would turn the Pride Lands into a wasteland and kill all of his enemies in one fell swoop. He then proceeds to tell Ushari the story of how he got his scar when he led his Lion Guard.

A strange lion fooled him, leading him to a snake that attacked and gave him his scar. The strange lion promised to cure the venom provided he did everything he ordered. Enraged, Scar used his Roar and destroyed them instead. When he returned to Mufasa, the King merely nicknamed him "Scar", causing him to resent his brother. This was what triggered Scar to destroy his Lion Guard, lose the Roar, kill his brother and take over Pride Rock before Simba defeated him. He tells Ushari that the next part of the plan will involve him, and explains his plan.

The next morning, Kion leads the assault on Scar's army. They fight against
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"Till the Pride Lands end...with all of your friends."

Reirei's Pack, Kiburi's Float and Mzingo's Parliament as Kion and the Guard aim for the volcano. Scar orders Shupavu's Group to slow them down, all to give the impression that they don't want the Guard to reach him.

The Lion Guard soon enters the volcano, and make their way to Scar. Scar orders Ushari to charge at Kion, resulting in a scar of the cub's own. He then proceeds to taunt Kion with Jasiri's signature catchphrase: "Sisi ni sawa", to convince Kion how alike they are, but Mufasa's voice rings in Kion's mind, reminding him not to fight fire with fire. Kion refutes Scar's remark, and, finally realizing what his grandfather meant, offers Scar his forgiveness, much to Scar's shock.

Kion tells Scar that he cannot judge him for his previous actions in everything, and that only the Lions of the Past can do it. He takes a deep breath and blows softly to the air,
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Kion defeating Scar

prompting the Great Lions to appear in the sky. They send down rain from the heavens that vanquishes Scar away, but not before he warns Kion that the Roar is a curse. Desperate, Ushari tries to avenge Scar by attacking Kion again, but Bunga tackles him into the lava. Ono saves Bunga from falling to his death, but Ushari meets his fiery fate.
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Ono carrying Bunga to safety

Kion and the Lion Guard emerge from their mission and the Pride Landers and the redeemed Outlanders cheer. The Outlanders are also shocked that they no longer have a leader, but Janja takes the initiative to say that Jasiri should be in charge of the Outlands. Accepting, Jasiri announces that she is certain they can all get along if they all respect the Circle of Life, and Janja announces that he will be helping her keep everyone in check, by joining her clan. Knowing that Jasiri will take care of Janja, Reirei gladly accepts. When Mzingo declares that a vote would be more suitable, but Cheezi and Chungu growl at him, causing him to accept the offer. On the other hand, Kiburi is indifferent to the new order, adamant that crocodiles can fend for themselves.

Suddenly, Ono starts looking around him unable to see anything. Realizing Ono has become blind, the Lion Guard decide to bring him to Rafiki for help. With everything settled in the Outlands, Kion thanks Jasiri once again before
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Kion roars at Bunga by accident

leaving. On their way back, though, Kion comes upon a nearby pond and notices his new scar. Thinking on Scar's final words, Kion falters if he is destined to turn evil too as his scar begins to hurt. Bunga then returns to his friend, only for Kion to roar angrily and send him flying. After finding Bunga, Kion becomes distraught and remorseful, realizing he used the roar on his best friend. Now worried, Kion realizes he needs to see Rafiki along with Ono.

They return to the mandrill at the Lair, who says there's nothing he can do about Ono's eyes, which have become damaged due to the vog from the volcano: only time will tell if it will heal. When Ono starts getting discouraged, everybody praises him for saving Bunga's life, saying he embodies all the Lion Guard's best qualities. Realizing he is the Lion Guard, Ono briefly laughs before falling asleep, exhausted.

Rafiki then turns towards Kion. While he notes the scar itself cannot heal, he will need a cure for Ushari's venom. To this end, Rafiki offers Kion Tuliza, a temporary relief for Ushari's mind altering venom, though he notes it is not a cure. Kion's family then arrives, becoming worried on seeing the scar. Rafiki says that if the venom in Ushari's bite stays inside Kion for too long, he will no longer be able to tell the difference between right and wrong. This will make eventually turn Kion, evil like Scar.

While Rafiki reveals there is no cure for Kion in the Pride Lands, he does suggests that Kion  visit to the Tree of Life. Makini explains that the Tree of Life is a sanctuary for ailing or endangered animals, having visited it in her past when she met Rafiki for the first time. Agreeing, Rafiki also reveals it to be the place where the Great Lions of the Past told him that Makini would become the next Royal Mjuzi. Rafiki then points to a nearby map, explaining that the road to the Tree of Life is marked by a set of landmarks, telling them to follow the painting in the rocks on their way there.

Having looked at the map, Ono then wonders if the Tree of Life could help him, too.
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Anga the new Keenest of Sight

The rest of the Lion Guard agree to travel with Kion, noting that with Scar gone and Jasiri in charge of the Outlands, there is finally peace in the Pride Lands and they won't be needed as much anymore. Simba and Nala agree as well, noting it's alright for the Guard to travel with Kion, given everything he has done for the Pride Lands. 

However, when the subject of the Keenest of Sight comes into play, Ono suggests Anga as his replacement. Though Anga is hesitant to take the role, Ono encourages her to accept, noting she can see just as well as he did and fly even higher. Accepting her new role, Anga stands still as Kion declares her the new Keenest of Sight, placing the Mark of the Guard on her shoulder as Ono's Mark fades away. As Ono mourns his loss on the team, Kion reveals that, even if he is no longer the Keenest of Sight, he still wants Ono in the Guard. In honor of Ono's intelligence, Kion creates the role of the Smartest for him, allowing him to stay in the Guard.

Now with six members, the Lion Guard gets ready to leave the Pride Lands to the Tree of Life. Ono reveals he has memorized Rafiki's map from the Lair, allowing him to keep track on their progress. At this point, Makini reveals she is joining their trip, keeping a stock of Tuliza in the gourd on her bakora staff, which she will use to activate the moja kwa moja stones they will find on their way. Kion says his goodbyes to his family, advising Kiara to keep Tiifu and Zuri in check while they're gone, while Simba and Nala wish him good luck, hoping they will be back in time for Kiara's first hunt. 

As the Lion Guard makes its way out of the Pride Lands, they are met with a surprise: all the animals they have helped and met throughout the seasons have gathered to wish  them goodbye and
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Leaving the Pride Lands

good luck on their journey, bowing and saluting with respect as the Guard passes them by. On their way out, Kion briefly stops to talk with Thurston​​​​​​, who pompously says the zebras will protect the Pride Lands while they're gone. Playing along, Kion thanks him for his help.

On a cliff overlooking the Pride Lands, Kion stops to take one last look at his homeland and the friends and family he is leaving behind. Giving a reassuring smile, Kion repeats the catchphrase of the Lion Guard "Till the Pride Lands". Knowing the Pride Lands will survive without them, Kion makes his peace and begins moving forward, facing the future as he starts the journey to the Tree of Life for the healing he and Ono need.

Appearances

Characters

Kion-profile
Kion
Bunga-profile
Bunga
Fuli-profile
Fuli
Ono-profile
Ono
Beshte-profile
Beshte
Anga-profile
Anga
Makini-profile
Makini
Scar-profile
Scar

(defeat)

Ushari-profile
Ushari

(death)

Makuu-profile
Makuu
Jasiri-profile
Jasiri
Reirei-profile
Reirei
(final appearance)
Hadithi-profile
Hadithi
Kiburi-profile
Kiburi
(final appearance)
Simba-profile
Simba
 
Rafiki-profile
Rafiki
 
Janja-profile
Janja

(redeem)

Cheezi-profile
Cheezi
 (redeem)
Chungu-profile
Chungu
 (redeem)
Nne-profile
Nne
(silent cameo)

(redeem)

Tano-profile
Tano
(silent cameo)

(redeem)

Nduli-profile
Nduli
(silent cameo)
(final appearance)
Tamka-profile
Tamka
 
(final appearance)
Goigoi-profile
Goigoi
 
(final appearance)
Matembo-profile
Ma Tembo
 
Mtoto-profile
Mtoto
(silent cameo)
Shupavu-profile
Shupavu
 
(final appearance)
Njano-profile
Njano
(silent cameo)
(final appearance)
MtotosMom-profile
Mtoto's Mom
(silent cameo)
Madoa-profile
Madoa
(silent cameo)
Sableantelope1-profile
SableAntelope#1
(silent cameo)
Nyata-profile
Nyata
(silent cameo)
(final appearance)
Nyeusi-profile
Nyeusi
 
(final appearance)
Boboka-profile
Boboka
(silent cameo)
Zito-profile
Zito
(silent cameo)
Mwenzi-profile
Mwenzi
(silent cameo)


(final appearance)

Kifaru-profile
Kifaru
(silent cameo)


(final appearance)

Malecrocodile-profile
♂Crocodile
(silent cameo)
Shujaa-profile
Shujaa
 
Zazu-profile
Zazu
 
Johari-profile
Johari
(silent cameo)
Mbeya-profile
Mbeya
(silent cameo)
Laini-profile
Laini
(silent cameo)
Bupu-profile
Bupu
 
Shingo-profile
Shingo
(silent cameo)
Mufasa-profile
Mufasa
 
Nala-profile
Nala
 
Kiara-profile
Kiara
 
Tunu-profile
Tunu
(silent cameo)


(final appearance)

Wema-profile
Wema
(silent cameo)


(final appearance)

Strangelion-profile
Strange Lion
(silent debut)
Strangecobra-profile
S. Cobra
(silent debut)
Scarsbravestlion-profile
The Bravest Lion
(debut)
Scarsfastestlion-proflie
The Fastest Lion
(debut)
Scarsstrongestlion-profile
The Strongest Lion
(debut)
Scarskeenestofsightlion-profile
The Keenest of Sight Lion
(debut)
Zigo-profile
Zigo
(silent cameo)


(final appearance)

Nyuni-profile
Nyuni
(silent cameo)


(final appearance)

Femaleweaver-profile
♀Wagtail
(silent cameo)


(final appearance)

Mzingo-profile
Mzingo
 
Dogosbros-profile
Dogo's Siblings
 
(final appearance)
Mwoga-profile
Mwoga
(silent cameo)
Malevulture-profile
♂Vulture
 


(final appearance)

Hodari-profile
Hodari
(silent cameo)


(final appearance)

Dogo-profile
Dogo
(silent cameo)
(final appearance)
Kijana-profile
Kijana
(silent cameo)
(final appearance)
Waza-profile
Waza
(silent cameo)
(final appearance)
Kitendo-profile
Kitendo
(cave painting)
Fikiri-profile
Fikiri
(cave painting)
Tiifu-profile
Tiifu
(silent cameo)
Zuri-profile
Zuri
(silent cameo)
Basi-profile
Basi
(mention)
Timon-profile
Timon
(silent cameo)
Pumbaa-profile
Pumbaa
(silent cameo)
Twiga-profile
Twiga
(silent cameo)
Bigbaboon-profile
Big Baboon
(silent cameo)
Babybaboonsmother-profile
B. Baboon's Ma
(silent cameo)
Babybaboon-profile
Baby Baboon
Thurston-profile
Thurston

Groups

Scarsarmy-profile
Army of Scar
(final appearance)
Lionguard-profile
The Lion Guard
 
Janjasclan-profile
Janja's Clan
 (redeem)
Makuusfloat-profile
Makuu's Float
 
Matembosherd-profile
Ma Tembo's Herd
 
Bupusherd-profile
Bupu's Herd
 
Mbeyascrash-profile
Mbeya's Crash
(silent cameo)
Lainisgroup-profile
Laini's Group
(silent cameo)
Jasirisclan-profile
Jasiri's Clan
 
Hyenaresistance-profile
The Hyena Resistance
 
Simbaspride-profile
Simba's Pride
 
Onosflock-profile
Ono's Flock
(silent cameo)
Reireispack-profile
Reirei's Pack
 (redeem)
Mzingosparliament-profile
Mzingo's Parliament
 (redeem)
Kiburisfloat-profile
Kiburi's Float
 (redeem)
ShupavusGroup-profile
Shupavu's Group
 
Shingosherd-profile
Twiga's Herd
(silent cameo)
Bigbaboonstroop-profile
Big Baboon's Troop
(silent cameo)
Babybaboonstroop-profile
Baby Baboon's Troop
 
Thurstonsherd-profile
Thurston's Herd
 
Kitendostroop-profile
Kitendo's Troop
(cave painting)
Swalasherd-profile
Swala's Herd
(no leader / silent cameo)

Locations

Pridelands-profile
Pride Lands
Priderock-profile
Pride Rock
Mizimugrove-profile
Mizimu Grove
Kiliovalley-profile
Kilio Valley
Mapangocliffs-profile
Mapango Cliffs
(mention)
Hakunamatatafalls-profile
Hakuna Matata Falls
Chakulaplains-profile
Chakula Plains
Lairofthelionguard-profile
The Lair of the Lion Guard
Unknown-profile
Lake Shangaza
(debut)
Gorge-profile
Gorge
(debut)
Jungle-profile
Jungle
(debut painting)
Elephantgraveyard-profile
Elephant Graveyard
(debut painting)
Rafikistree-profile
Rafiki's Tree
(painting)
 
Wateringhole-profile
Watering Hole
(painting)
 
Floodplains-profile
Flood Plains
(painting)
 
Ukuniwoods-profile
Ukuni Woods
(painting)
 
Bigsprings-profile
Big Springs
(painting)
 
Lakematope-profile
Lake Matope
(painting)
 
Outlands-profile
Outlands
Janjasvolcano-profile
Outlands Volcano
Zirasden-profile
Zira's Den
Brokenrock-profile
Broken Rock
Jasiriswateringhole-profile
Jasiri's Watering Hole
Zirastermitemounds-profile
Termite Mounds
(painting)
 
Treeoflife-profile
Tree of Life
(cave painting)
Waterfall-profile
Waterfall
(cave painting)
Unknown-profile
Acacia Woods
(cave painting)
Unknown-profile
Backlands Canyons
(cave painting)
Irokotree-profile
Iroko Tree
(cave painting)
Twopeakedmonutain-profile
Two-Peaked Mountain
(cave painting)
Mountain-profile
Mountain
(cave painting)
Marsh-profile
Marsh
(cave painting)
Bambooforest-profile
Bamboo Forest
(cave painting)
Unknown-profile
Big Mountains with Sun Rock
(cave painting)
Ocean-profile
Ocean
(cave painting)
Rainbowrocks-profile
Rainbow Rocks
(cave painting)
Cliffwithtree-profile
Cliff with Tall Tree
(cave painting)
River-profile
River
(cave painting)
Poolofwater-profile

Pool of Water
(cave painting)
Fourstars-profile
Four Stars
(cave painting)
Desert-profile
Desert
(cave painting)
Unknown-profile
Giant Lake
(cave painting)
Unknown-profile
Mountain Pass
(cave painting)

Animals

Lions-profile
Lions
Egrets-profile
Egrets
Honeybadgers-profile
Honey Badgers
Hippos-profile
Hippos
Cheetahs-profile
Cheetahs
Eagles-profile
Eagles
Mandrills-profile
Mandrills
Meerkats-profile
Meerkats
Warthogs-profile
Warthogs
Hyenas-profile
Hyenas
Crocodiles-profile
Crocodiles
Elephants-profile
Elephants
Sableantelopes-profile
Sable Antelopes
Rhinos-profile
Rhinoceroses
Tickbirds-profile
Tickbirds
Galagos-profile
Galagos
Gorillas-profile
Gorillas
Geckos-profile
Geckos
Hornbills-profile
Hornbills
Baboons-profile
Baboons
Giraffes-profile
Giraffes
Gazelles-profile
Gazelles
Turacos-profile
Turacos
Beeeaters-profile
Bee-eaters
Weavers-profile
Yellow Wagtails
Bushshrikes-profile
Bushshrikes
Wildebeests-profile
Wildebeests
Butterflies-profile
Butterflies
Zebras-profile
Zebras
Cobras-profile
Cobras
Jackals-profile
Jackals
Vultures-profile
Vultures
Skinks-profile
Skinks

References

  1. https://www.wdtvpress.com/disneyjunior/shows/the-lion-guard/episodes/battle-for-the-pride-lands/
The Lion Guard Episodes
Special Episodes
Return of the RoarThe Rise of ScarBattle for the Pride Lands
Season One
Never Judge a Hyena by Its SpotsThe Rise of MakuuBunga the WiseCan't Wait to be QueenEye of the BeholderThe Kupatana CelebrationFuli's New FamilyThe Search for UtamuFollow That Hippo!The Call of the DrongoPaintings and PredictionsThe Mbali Fields MigrationBunga and the KingThe Imaginary OkapiToo Many TermitesThe Trouble With GalagosJanja's New CrewBaboons!Beware the ZimwiLions of the OutlandsNever Roar AgainThe Lost GorillasThe Trail to UduguOno's IdolBeshte and the Hippo LanesOno the Tickbird
Season Two
Babysitter BungaThe Savannah SummitThe Traveling Baboon ShowOno and the EggLet Sleeping Crocs LieSwept AwayRafiki's New NeighborsRescue in the OutlandsThe Ukumbusho TraditionThe Bite of KengeTimon and Pumbaa's ChristmasThe Morning ReportThe Golden ZebraThe Little GuyDivide and ConquerThe Scorpion's StingThe Wisdom of KongweThe Kilio Valley FireUndercover KinyongaCave of SecretsThe Zebra MastermindThe Hyena ResistanceThe Underground AdventureBeshte and the BeastPride Landers Unite!The Queen's VisitThe Fall of Mizimu GroveFire from the Sky
Season Three
The HarmattanThe Accidental AvalancheGhost of the MountainMarsh of MysteryDragon IslandJourney of MemoriesThe Race to TulizaMama Binturong
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