|Battle of the Lion Guards|
The Battle of the Lion Guards is a competition held between Kion's and Vitani's Lion Guards to determine which team is better suited to protect the Pride Lands. Vitani wins the competition and becomes the new leader of the Lion Guard, while Kion and his Lion Guard leave the Pride Lands to serve the Tree of Life.
When Kion returns to the Pride Lands after many months healing at the Tree of Life, he finds that Vitani has formed her own Lion Guard in his absence. Vitani argues that she should lead the Lion Guard, as she is the sister of the future king, but Kion argues that, as the future queen's brother, it is his duty to lead the Lion Guard.
The two Lion Guards attempt to share duties, but argue too much to accomplish anything. Thurston suggests a competition to determine which team is better, and both Lion Guards agree to the challenge.
Rafiki announces the Battle of the Lion Guards to a crowd of Pride Landers. He explains that there will be five competitions to determine who is the fiercest, strongest, fastest, keenest of sight, and bravest in the Pride Lands.
The first competition is a battle of strength between Beshte and Imara, in which they must each push a rock with an elephant on top to the finish line. Though Beshte initially has the upper hand, he has to pause and roll around in the mud due to a severe sunburn, which allows Imara to win.
Finally, Bunga challenges Shabaha to beat him in an obstacle course and be the first to reach a baobab fruit that is hanging from a tree. Bunga manages to win, as Shabaha hesitates at the daunting challenges.
Since the two teams have tied, Ono announces that the win will be determined by Kion and Vitani's challenge. Vitani calls for a mashindano, or a physical fight. Kion is appalled and warns her that she does not stand a chance against the Roar, but Vitani asserts that she can be the fiercest without the Roar. This causes Kion to recall Askari's statement that only one who can let go of the Roar can truly master it. Realizing that Vitani is the true leader of the Lion Guard, Kion relinquishes his team's duties to Vitani and her pride. Vitani is then able to use the Roar of the Elders, as she is now the protector of the Pride Lands.
|The History of the Pride Lands|
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|Union of the Outsiders and Pride Landers||Simba||None|
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