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Battle of Pride Rock

Battle of Pride Rock
Event Information

Pride Rock


The Hyenas
Simba's Pride
Uncle Max


Scar is killed
The hyenas are banished
Simba becomes king


The Lion King
The Lion King 1½

Now, this looks familiar. Hmmm. Where have I seen this before, let me think. Oh, yes, I remember! This is just the way your father looked before he died. And here is my little secret... I killed Mufasa!

The Battle of Pride Rock is the final confrontation between the rightful king of the Pride Lands, Simba, and the current tyrant, Scar, as well as their respective armies. The battle starts when Scar admits that he killed Mufasa and ends when the hyenas kill Scar.


The Lion King



Simba returns to Pride Rock

Scar calls Sarabi to him, asking her why the hunting party refuses to go hunting. After she criticizes him and compares him to his late brother and her mate Mufasa, he hits her. Simba, who had been observing the entire scene, springs from hiding in his mother's defense. Nala soon appears, and the Pridelanders stand by Simba, who gives Scar a choice: step down or fight. Trying to avoid a conflict, Scar persuades Simba to confess to the murder of his own father. Simba cannot defend himself due to remorse, and Scar slowly corners him at the edge of Pride Rock.

There, Simba almost falls. Lightning strikes below, igniting a fire. Scar notices

The battle starts

similarities between father and son and puts his claws into Simba's paws. He then reveals that he is the one who killed Mufasa, and, realizing that Scar is a manipulator and a liar, Simba hurls himself over the cliff and pins Scar down, a paw pressing down on his throat. Scar tries to weasel his way out of the situation, but his nephew's choking forces him to admit what really happened. Scar has no choice and admits his crimes to the pride, but the hyenas promptly attack Simba, who lets go of Scar. The lionesses understand that the war has started and attack the hyenas.

The Battle

But,! It's the hyenas who are the real enemy! It was their fault! It was their idea!

Shenzi and Banzai corner Timon and Zazu

While Scar escapes, the hyenas bear down on Simba, but Nala rears forward to help him. The lionesses and the hyenas begin to fight each other. Pumbaa and Timon run into the crowd and begin to fight with the hyenas, applying techniques that were used to take on vultures many years ago. Some hyenas corner Simba, and one bites his neck, but Rafiki saves him by bashing the hyena in the head with his stick. The old baboon then demonstrates his impressive fighting skills as one hyena tries to attack him from behind, and he strikes the hyena in the face. Fire caused by lightning begins to consume Pride Rock, causing some hyenas to run off.

Unaffected by the blaze, Banzai and Shenzi chase Timon and corner him in the Royal Den. Timon tries to escape into Zazu's cage, but the hyenas surround him. At the last moment, Pumbaa appears, and Banzai

Simba is pinned by Scar

calls him "pig," infuriating him. The warthog charges the hyenas, chasing them out of the cage, and Timon and Zazu escape, unharmed.

Simba manages to set himself apart from the battle and traps Scar at the top of Pride Rock, where he readies himself to have revenge on his father's murderer. Scar begs Simba for forgiveness and places the blame on the hyenas, who overhear him and back away, growling. Simba doesn't trust his uncle but manages to contain his composure and says that he will not kill Scar. However, he banishes his uncle from the Pride Lands.


The hyenas turn on Scar

Unwilling to accept this punishment, Scar hurls hot embers into Simba's eyes and attacks him while he is blinded. For a few seconds, Simba is down, but he quickly gets up and engages Scar in a brutal fight. A hard smack from Scar sends Simba on his back. Scar then leaps to deliver the final blow, but Simba flips Scar and sends him over the edge of Pride Rock. Scar survives the fall, but Shenzi, Banzai and Ed appear and, revealing that they overheard Scar's attempt to betray them, make it clear that they are no longer allied with him. More hyenas appear and surround their treacherous fallen master as he desperately pleads for his life, and devour him alive as flames consume the land.

The Lion King 1½



Ma and Max join the battle

After Timon and Pumbaa create a diversion in the form of dancing hula in front of hyenas, to Nala and Simba can freely come to Pride Rock, hyenas chase them. They chase the duo in a cave, where Pumbaa lets very smelly gas, and hyenas escape from the cave in panick. When Timon and Pumbaa triumphantly get out of the cave, Ma and Uncle Max unexpectedly occur. Ma and Timon enthusiastically embrace, but Max looks disgusted by Timon's hula costume and questioning raises flower on Timon's head, in what Timon just smiles uncertainly. He then meets Pumbaa with Ma and Max, but Pumbaa then notices Scar and Simba at the edge of Pride Rock. Ignoring a bunch of hyena standing with Scar, Timon thinks that uncle and nephew just have a lively discussion and says that everything's gonna be fine, but then Simba almost falls off the cliff,

"Oh, good, they're talking things out. Which is how it should be. You know, I have a feeling everything's gonna be just fine."

and lightning strikes below, igniting a fire, so Timon realizes that is the conflict.

After a few seconds, Scar detects his fault and Simba jumps at him. Timon says that he has a plan to help Simba, and Ma offers herself and Max to help too. Timon cheerfully says that their task would be to dig a lot of tunnels through the Pride Rock. He says that his and Pumbaa's task will be to push the hyenas from Simba and lure them into a trap. Then, they go into an action.

The Battle

Hyenas in the hole!
Uncle Max[src]

Pumbaa is shocked after Timon proposes to Shenzi

When Scar sees Simba chasing him, he runs, and Simba is stopped by the hyenas. Timon and Pumbaa appear and tell a joke about Scar's army. Shenzi threatens them, and the two flee.

The hyenas catch up to and surround Timon and Pumbaa, mocking them. The two try to stall the hyenas with juggling and dancing, but it does not work, so Timon proposes to Shenzi. This still doesn't work, but Ma and Uncle Max finish a trap tunnel, and Max kicks out one of the tunnel supports, which falls and takes out the rest in a series, destroying the tunnel and creating a hole underneath the hyenas. However, the crack suddenly stops expanding as one of the supports hits an embedded rock, and the hole doesn't finish. Uncle Max and Ma pop out of the hole and stand by Timon and Pumbaa, giving themselves up with their allies.


The hyenas fall through the ground

As the hyenas close in, Timon looks at the ground beneath the hyenas, noticing where the crack ends. He steels himself, then runs headlong at Shenzi, aiming between her legs. He dives into the crack and rushes along it, pursued by the hyenas' growls and snapping teeth. He dives for the last tunnel support, and it crumbles on impact. The ground under hyenas' paws gets crushed, and Shenzi, who jumps at Pumbaa, falls into the hole. Her allies are soon to follow. At that moment, Pumbaa, Ma, and Uncle Max see Simba flip Scar and send him over the edge of Pride Rock.



  • After Pumbaa's victory over the hyenas, he, Timon, and Zazu start to make "uh-uh" sounds, referencing Arsenio Hall's "Ooh, ooh" chant.[1]
  • Shortly before Scar forces Simba to admit to Mufasa's death, he points to his waiting legion of hyenas. The silhouette of Jock from Lady and the Tramp can be seen among the hyenas.

In development

  • Originally, Scar was supposed to defeat Simba and throw him off Pride Rock before being engulfed in flame.
  • Sarabi was originally supposed to be unconscious during the entire battle.[2]
  • In the 1993 script, Banzai was flung onto the ribcage imprisoning Zazu, freeing him. Zazu began to peck Banzai on the head, and Ed came to help. The two came close to killing Zazu, but Timon and Pumbaa rammed them from behind and sent them flying into a burning tree.[3]
  • It was originally going to be just Shenzi who follows Scar up Pride Rock and hears him betray the hyenas.[4]


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The History of the Pride Lands

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