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The Harmattan is the is the fifty-seventh episode of The Lion Guard and the third episode of Season 3.

Synopsis

A powerful dust storm called the harmattan traps the Guard, Makucha, Fahari and Jiona; Ono uses his knowledge of the harmattan to send Makucha and his cronies into a whirlwind.

Plot

Sometime after leaving the Pride LandsKion asks Anga how much farther it is to get to the waterfall. Using her eyesight, Anga informs the group that the waterfall is just up ahead along with the moja kwa moja
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Finding the next moja kwa moja stone

stone, with Makini taking it as a sign that they must be on the right path to the Tree of LifeOno, agreeing with Makini, remembers Rafiki's map in his mind, pointing out that the Back Lands Waterfall is the first landmark after Pride Rock. Arriving at the waterfall, Makini uses her Bakora Staff to activate the stone, which shows the Tree of Life.

Recalling that the next landmark involves a tree, Makini suggests looking around nearby trees for it before Ono specifies it to be an Iroko tree, a particularly distinctive type of tree. Ono attempts to look for the tree himself, but his hazy eyesight reminds him that he is no longer the Keenest of Sight, leading him to ask Anga for help. Anga spots the Iroko tree far away, prompting the group forward. Though the Guard assures Ono of his worth to the team as the Smartest, he is left saddened by his failure.

While on their way, the group stumbles across Makucha and his Leap, who attack the Guard for crossing their territory. During the fight, Makini drags a reluctant Ono to the
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Seeing the harmattan

top of a tree for his safety. Soon after, he hears a high-frequency ringing before a dust storm descends upon both parties. When Anga is unable to find a way out, Ono remembers a cave at the waterfall the Guard could use for shelter. Fighting against the storm, they manage to enter the shelter only to find Makucha and his Leap also inside, causing both leaders to angrily growl at each other whilst ordering the other to leave. 

Before a fight can break out, Makini tries to calm down Kion with Tuliza, though Kion angrily snaps at her to back off. Shocked, Bunga and Fuli remind him that Makini is one of them, causing a remorseful Kion to come to his senses and accept the Tuliza. Now calm, Kion plans on going back outside, though the Guard is doubtful of their chances, with Fuli suggesting waiting for the storm to pass. Hearing this, Makucha scoffs at the idea of waiting out a Harmattan, causing Ono to remember Harmattans as powerful and unpredictable dust storms capable of lasting weeks.

Knowing that they can't
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Makucha says he'll help the Lion Guard get out of his territory

wait out the storm, and with Makucha unwilling to hide out with them, both groups come close to the fighting. Kion stops them, however, pointing out that although they don't want to be stuck together, they are better off staying inside the shelter than outside in the storm. Makucha then proposes leading the Guard outside, using his knowledge of the Back Lands to help them find a safe route even through the storm. However, he points out that he is only doing this not because he wants to help them, but because he wants to get them all out of his territory. Fuli takes Kion aside to talk to him, believing that Makucha might lead them to a trap. Although Kion agrees with Fuli as his scar pains him, he also believes that Makucha might be their best chance to get to the Tree of Life. Before Fuli can protest, Kion irritably silences her, believing they can defend themselves in case of a trap,
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Makini tells Ono not to worry

to which Fuli hesitantly agrees. Makucha tells them the winds are dying down, allowing them to leave. Outside, Makini's attempt to assure Ono of his safety causes him to doubt his worth if he can't help others, despite Makini assuring him of his help finding the shelter.

While crossing the storm, Ono realizes that the winds are picking up, causing both groups to head into a nearby canyon. Soon after, the winds dislodge a rock above them, causing Makcuha to jump out and push Kion before the rock crushes them. This action shocks both groups, with the Guard believing that Makucha might want to help them, though Makucha insists that he was actually trying to save himself and that Kion only got in the way. When the winds die down, Anga scans the area, spotting the moja kwa moja stone still far away, prompting them to continue. 

Outside, Makucha overhears Makini talking to Anga about the The Tree of Life, going on about all the rare animals that live there as well as how it can only be found by
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"The Tree of Life"

someone who knows the way like her. His interest piqued, Makucha takes his leap aside and informs them of his new plan to ambush the Guard at a nearby cliff, allowing them to kidnap Makini and force her to take them to the Tree of Life. The Guard soon notices Makucha's absence before the leopard returns, claiming to have scouted ahead for another route. Though Ono worries about the winds, Makucha advises them to go on.

Following Makucha, the group presses on despite the strong winds. Soon after, Ono is blown off of Beshte's back and, unnoticed is left behind. Remembering that Harmattan winds always blow in the same direction, Ono realizes that Makcuha is leading them the wrong way and, fighting the currents, tries to catch up to the others. Farther ahead, Makucha leads the rest of the Guard to a canyon with a cliff at the end, claiming it to be the way out. Believing him, Kion thanks Makucha as the Guard rushes through the canyon in a hurry to get out of the storm, with Bunga leading ahead of the others.

On their way out, Beshte suddenly notices Ono's absence and tells the others. Outside the canyon, a struggling Ono manages to enter the canyon as Makucha prep
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Trying to find Ono

ares his ambush. Finding the group, Ono informs them of Makucha's plan before they suddenly hearing Bunga screaming from further ahead and rush toward him, finding him hanging from a branch below the cliff after having fallen off. With the guard distracted, Makucha kidnaps Makini, leaving his leap to attack the rest of the Guard while Kion tries to save Makini by fighting Makucha himself. Bunga soo
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Bunga hangs on a tree

n falls off his tree branch, but Anga manages to save him. During the fight, Ono realizes that the winds are picking up once again. After fighting off the leopards, Ono warns the Guard to get behind rocks and brace themselves, leaving the leopards to be blown off by the winds. Once the storm dies down, Makucha tells his group of his plan to follow the Guard to the Tree of Life, hoping to get rid of them and feast on all the rare animals there. Believing the guard to be
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Makucha decides to follow the Guard to the Tree of Life

too powerful, Fahari and Jiona refuse and leave Makucha, who decides to continue on his own. After leaving the desert, the Guard finally arrives at the Iroko tree. Makini then activates the moja kwa moja stone which, ironically, warns the group of a coming wind storm. The Guard thanks Ono for getting them through, pointing out that he can still help even if
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The journey continues

he can't see. When Ono admits to still getting used to his new role, Kion reassures him that the Lion Guard wouldn't be the same without him before asking Ono for their next stop. Remembering the map, Ono reveals their next stop to be a mountain with two peaks, allowing them to continue on their journey.

Appearances

Characters

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Kion
Bunga-profile
Bunga
Fuli-profile
Fuli
Ono-profile
Ono
Beshte-profile
Beshte
Makini-profile
Makini
Anga-profile
Anga
Shingo-profile
Shingo
(silent cameo)
MtotosMom-profile
Mtoto's Mom
(silent cameo)
Makucha-profile
Makucha
 
Fahari-profile
Fahari
(debut)
Jiona-profile
Jiona
(debut)
Maleturtle-profile  Turtle
(silent cameo)
Femalehare-profile
♀Hare
(silent cameo)
Rafiki-profile
Rafiki
(mention)

Groups

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The Lion Guard
Makuchasleap-profile
Makucha's Leap
Shingosherd-profile
Twiga's Herd
(silent cameo)
Matembosherd-profileMa Tembo's Herd
(silent cameo)

Locations

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Pride Lands
(mention)
Priderock-profile
Pride Rock
(painting cameo)
 
Lairofthelionguard-profile
Lair of the Lion Guard
(mention)
Rafikistree-profile
Rafiki's Tree
(painting cameo)
 
Jungle-profile
Jungle
(painting cameo)
 
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Elephant Graveyard
(painting cameo)
 
Mizimugrove-profile
Mizimu Grove
(painting cameo)
 
Wateringhole-profile
Watering Hole
(painting cameo)
 
Floodplains-profile
Flood Plains
(painting cameo)
 
Backlands-profile
Back Lands
Irokotree-profile
Iroko Tree
(debut)
Waterfall-profileWaterfall
(debut)
Twopeakedmonutain-profile
Two-Peaked Mountain
(debut)
Unknown-profileAcacia Woods
(debut)
Unknown-profileBacklands Canyons
(debut)
Treeoflife-profile
Tree of Life
(painting)

Animals

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Lions
Honeybadgers-profile
Honey Badgers
Cheetahs-profile
Cheetahs
Hippos-profile
Hippos
Egrets-profile
Egrets
Eagles-profile
Eagles
Mandrills-profile
Mandrills
Leopards-profile
Leopards
Elephants-profile
Elephants
Giraffes-profile
Giraffes
Gazelles-profile
Gazelles
Crocodiles-profile
Crocodiles
Flamingos-profile
Flamingos
Rhinos-profile
Rhinoceroses
Ducks-profile
Ducks
 
Hares-profile
Hares
 
Pangolins-profile
Pangolins
Redpandas-profile
Red Pandas
(debut)
Tahrs-profile
Mountain Goats
(debut)
Turtles-profile
Turtles
 
Tapir Profile
Tapirs
(debut)
Termites-profile
Termites
Gibbon Profile
Gibbons
(debut)
Peafowls-profile
Peafowls
(debut)
Lemurs-profile
Lemurs
(debut)
Penguins-profile
Penguins
(debut)
Hedgehogs-profile
Hedgehogs
(mention)
Zebras-profile

Zebras
Bees-profile
Bees
(mention)

References

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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