- 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 is a magnificent rock formation that serves as a central location in The Lion King universe.
Its most conspicuous feature is a large rock platform that is analogous to a royal throne. On this platform, the lion king of the Pride Lands stands while the animals of his kingdom pay homage to him. It is also the place where the alpha lion's offspring that will succeed him is presented to the animals in a ceremony. Also, when the new ruling lion ascends to ruler ship of the lands, he stands on the platform and roars loudly, formally claiming control of The Pride Lands. The other lions of the den gather below the platform and roar in reply, signifying their acknowledgment and acceptance of the new Lion King.
- The Royal Den: a cave within the structure of Pride Rock that serves as a sleeping place for the royal family and the lionesses. In the first film, the king and queen have a spot at the back of the den, while the lionesses fan out around them. However, in the sequel, the king and queen appear to be toward the front of the cave, with no lionesses in sight. It often shifts position and appearance throughout the sequel.
- The Summit: the very top of Pride Rock. Officially named in A Tale of Two Brothers, the summit is the location of many important scenes, such as when Mufasa shows the kingdom to his son and when Simba confronts Scar for the final battle.
- The Peak: the promontory that extends from the base of the rock. It is mainly used as a platform for the royal family to stand on while addressing their subjects. It is also used to present future heirs to the kingdom. Both Simba and his daughter Kiara are presented from the peak of Pride Rock.
- The Entrance: the pathway surrounded by rocks that leads to the peak. It is located to the peak's left. Below the pathway there is a small pile of rocks. It is very sandy.
Royal Blooded Rulers of Pride Rock
- The First King of the Pride Lands: first mentioned in A Gift from the Heavens, this is the first known king of Pride Rock. It is unknown whether he was of royal blood, though he had three daughters who were.
- Mohatu: the first known king of Pride Rock who is respectively named, Mohatu was well known for his wisdom and diplomatic nature. It is unknown whether he was of royal blood, though he most likely had a succeeder, Ahadi or Uru.
- Ahadi: either the son of Mohatu or the betrothal of Uru, this king is most known for keeping his kingdom together during a severe drought. Brave and hardworking, Ahadi strived to keep tensions neutral within his kingdom. It is unknown whether he was of royal blood, though he had two sons, Mufasa and Taka, who were. Ultimately, he chose Mufasa, his first born, to be the next ruler of Pride Rock.
- Uru: the mate of Ahadi, this lioness was not present during the main plot of A Tale of Two Brothers, as she was out searching for a new source of water for her suffering homeland. It is unknown if she was of royal blood, though she had two sons, Mufasa and Taka, who were.
- Mufasa: perhaps the wisest king to rule Pride Rock, Mufasa was a faithful son, a supportive brother, and a devoted father. He was ultimately chosen over his younger brother, Taka, to be king, a fact which the latter resented to the point of murder. Taka, or Scar, killed Mufasa by setting off a wildebeest stampede on Simba in order to draw the king to his ultimate demise. Mufasa's spirit moved into the sky, however, and he was the main driving factor in Simba's return to claim Pride Rock.
- Scar: jealous of his brother's position and reputation, Scar was driven to the point of murder in his zealous rage against Mufasa. He was the younger son of Ahadi and Uru, and therefore, second in line to receive the throne. When Simba was born, he plotted against his brother and nephew. Mufasa was killed and Simba driven away, leaving Scar to be king. However, Simba returned to Pride Rock, now a young adult, and defeated his uncle in battle. Scar was then betrayed by his hyena minions and devoured amongst the flames of his own demise.
- Simba: the son of Mufasa and Sarabi, this young king sparked a series of events that threw Pride Rock into turmoil. After experiencing his father's death and being told to run away by his scheming uncle, young Simba fled from all he'd ever known and took up residence in a lush jungle paradise. But through the efforts of childhood friend Nala, mystic sage Rafiki, and the spirit of Mufasa, Simba ultimately returned to Pride Rock and defeated his evil uncle.
- Kopa: a character who is featured in The Lion King: Six New Adventures, Kopa is the son of Simba and Nala.
- Kiara: born to Simba and Nala, this royal-blooded lioness grew up amongst the safety of the Pride Lands and her father's watchful eye. But when mischief got the best of her, she met and befriend an Outsider cub named Kovu. Despite their parents' rivalry, the two became friends. Upon reaching young adulthood, Kovu is sent by his mother to kill Kiara's father, Simba, but the young lion ends up falling in love with her and the two work together to save and combine their prides. Kiara's succession to the throne with king consort Kovu is assumed.
Pride Rock is first seen during the "Circle of Life" sequence when Simba is presented to the gathered Pridelanders by Rafiki the baboon. Once 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-by-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 individually on the summit, flipping him onto the ground, where he 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. Years 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 had been watching Pride Rock from afar.
After Kovu's betrayal, Simba exiles the Outsider from the Pride Lands from atop Pride Rock. Again, Simba relents later on in the film, bringing both Kovu and his pride back to the Pride Lands in order to induct them 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 a pride of lions resides in Pride Rock.
In order to revive Pumbaa's memories, Timon holds him atop Pride Rock like Rafiki held Simba.
Pride Rock is seen when Chromosome Quint traps Timon, 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 and fall and destroy Pride Rock. 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.