- Pumbaa: "Pride Rock."
Timon: "So majestic."
Pumbaa: "So powerful."
Timon: "So...bizarrely named. Pumbaa, how can a rock be proud? It's a rock!"
Pumbaa: "Well, I think it's because a 'pride' is what they call a group of lions."
Timon: "Oh, sure, the lions get Pride Rock."
- —Timon and Pumbaa
Pride Rock serves several key purposes: it houses the monarch and his pride, serves as the central meeting place for residents, and is the place where official business is conducted.
A strategically advantageous location, Pride Rock proves the perfect home for a monarch, as it provides a clear view of the Pride Lands, including its bordering territories, the Elephant Graveyard and the Outlands. The monarch can use the summit to keep an eye on the kingdom, while he utilizes the peak to conduct official business and ceremony, and the inner caves to house his family and pride.
Every manner of professional business is established on the peak of Pride Rock, including presentations of future monarchs, coronations for new kings and queens, and official announcements and decrees. It is also the place where the residents of the Pride Lands may pay homage to their monarch and his family.
The entryway serves as the entrance and pathway to the royal den and the peak. It is located to the left of the peak and is surrounded by rocks, with a small pile of stones at its base. The ground of the entryway is made up of sand.
The peak is the promontory that extends from the base of Pride Rock. It is the area where official business is conducted, including royal announcements, presentations, coronations, etc.
The summit is the highest point on Pride Rock. It serves as a vantage point for the monarch to overlook his kingdom and its bordering territories. It is officially named in A Tale of Two Brothers.
The Royal Den
The royal den is a cave within Pride Rock. It serves as the official sleeping place for the monarch and his family. In the original film, the monarch has a place at the back of the cavern where he and his family sleep, while the lionesses fan around him. However, in the sequel, the monarch and his family sleep at the front of the cavern, while the lionesses cluster together in the back.
The Lair of the Lion Guard is a cave in Pride Rock. It serves as the official meeting place of the Lion Guard.
Royal-blooded Rulers of Pride Rock
|Unnamed||Though unnamed, this lion is the first known king of the Pride Lands. He presumably passed on the crown to one of his three daughters.||Unknown||Unknown|
|Unnamed||This lioness is one of the daughters of the first king. She presumably gained the crown next.||Unknown||Hereditary|
|Unnamed||This is the child of the first king's daughter. He or she presumably became the monarch next. This child would later become the parent of either Mohatu or Mohatu's mate.||Unknown||Hereditary|
|Mohatu||Mohatu is the first king who is officially named. He died of old age, a rare cause of death for lions.||Unknown||Unknown|
|Ahadi||Ahadi is the second king to be officially named. He is the son or son-in-law of Mohatu. He passed on the crown to his eldest son, Mufasa.||Uru||Unknown|
|Uru||Uru is the first queen to be officially named. She is the daughter or daughter-in-law of Mohatu, and the mother of Mufasa and Scar.||Ahadi||Unknown|
|Mufasa||Mufasa is the firstborn son of Ahadi and Uru. He governed with peace and reason but was later murdered by his younger brother, Scar.||Sarabi||Hereditary|
|Scar||Scar was a tyrannical king who seized the crown by murdering his older brother, Mufasa.||None||Coup d'état|
|Simba||Simba is the current king of the Pride Lands. He overthrew the tyrannical Scar and brought the Pride Lands back to their former glory.||Nala||Hereditary|
|Kiara||Kiara is the heir of Simba and will presumably be the first named queen regnant.||Kovu||Hereditary|
Pride Rock is first seen during the "Circle of Life" sequence when Simba is presented to the gathered Pridelanders by Rafiki. Once he grows into a lively cub, Simba is taken to the summit of Pride Rock, where Mufasa presents him with his future kingdom and warns him to never visit the Elephant Graveyard.
Following Mufasa's death, Scar ascends the peak of Pride Rock to take his place as king. Once under the reign of Scar, the Pride Lands fall into disarray, and Pride Rock becomes a concentration camp of sorts, where Scar lazes day after day, surrounded by his loyal pack of hyenas. This comes to Simba's attention through Nala, who convinces him to return and take his place as king. A battle instigates on Pride Rock, and Simba fights Scar on the summit, where he flips his uncle onto the ground. There, Scar is betrayed and killed by his own minions.
With Scar dead, Simba ascends Pride Rock to take his place as king, roaring from the peak. Months later, Simba stands proudly next to Nala and his friends Timon and Pumbaa to watch as his cub is presented to the gathered Pridelanders.
As in the first film, Pride Rock is the site of a royal cub's presentation. With her parents watching proudly, Kiara is presented to the gathered Pridelanders by Rafiki. She later argues with her father on Pride Rock, begging to leave the safety of the Pride Lands in order to explore the dangerous Outlands. When she follows through with her disobedient ambitions, Kiara is guided home by her father, much to her dismay.
Years later, with Kiara now a young adult, she departs for her first hunt from Pride Rock. After the failed hunt results in Kovu's induction into the pride, Simba leads his pride home and forces Kovu to sleep outside the royal den. The following night, however, Simba allows the young lion to sleep with the rest of the pride, much to the dismay of Vitani, who's watching Pride Rock from afar.
After Kovu's betrayal, Simba exiles the Outsider from the Pride Lands from atop Pride Rock. Simba relents later on in the film, bringing both Kovu and his pride back to the Pride Lands in order to induct them back into the pride. On Pride Rock, Kovu and Kiara are married, and Simba and Nala reaffirm their rule over the Pride Lands.
Pride Rock is seen in the same scenes as in the first film. However, its role is somewhat expanded, as Timon believes "the big pointy rock" to be his dream home. He later decides against this, as he discovers that a pride of lions resides in Pride Rock.
At the start of the film, Simba is training Kiara atop Pride Rock. In the middle of their lesson, they are interrupted by Bunga and Kion, who are playing Baobab Ball, but Simba orders the two away so that he can talk to Kiara. In a fit of bravery, Bunga jumps off Pride Rock, with Kion watching in shock.
Bunga and Kion later return to Pride Rock, where they are shown the Lair of the Lion Guard by Rafiki and Simba. There, Kion learns that he is the leader of the Lion Guard, a group tasked with protecting the Pride Lands.
In order to revive Pumbaa's memories, Timon holds him up on Pride Rock.
Pride Rock is seen when Chromosome Quint traps Timon, who is dressed as a superhero called Super Duper Hero X, in his aircraft and is about to reveal the superhero's secret identity to the animals. After Timon, Pumbaa, and Speedy the Snail, who is the real Hero X, pull a lever that stops the aircraft from revealing Hero X's secret identity, the three realize that it also makes the aircraft stop working. It is mentioned at the end that Speedy saved Timon and Pumbaa, Pride Rock, and all the jungle animals.
After Simba promises his son Kopa the chance to see the Pride Lands from the summit of Pride Rock, Kopa is eager to go. However, kingly duties soon get in the way, and only a story from Rafiki can convince Simba to fulfill his promise.
When Kopa becomes grumpy, Nala leaves him in the able paws of Timon and Pumbaa, and heads back to Pride Rock.
At the start of the story, Kiara awakens her father Simba, who is asleep in the royal den. Once the two exit the den, Zazu flutters up to the king, clamoring about an Outsider invasion. With such news, Simba is forced to cut the walk short, though he later reunites with his daughter beside Pride Rock after the Outsiders have been driven away.
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