|“||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.
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
|Mufasa||Mufasa is the firstborn son of the monarch. He governed with peace and reason but was later murdered by his younger brother, Scar. His death is avenged by Simba, who defeats Scar and succeeds Mufasa's place in the Circle of Life.||Sarabi||Hereditary|
|Scar||Scar was a tyrannical king who seized the crown by murdering his older brother, Mufasa. His tyrannical reign comes to an end after his nephew Simba returns to Pride Rock to take his rightful place as king.||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 is expected to become the reigning monarch after Simba passes away or abdicates the throne.||None||Hereditary|
Pride Rock is first seen during the "Circle of Life" sequence when Simba is presented to the gathered Pride Landers 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 and Simba's exile, Scar ascends the peak of Pride Rock to take his place as king, allowing the hyenas to invade the land. Under the reign of King Scar, the Pride Lands fall into disarray, and Pride Rock becomes Scar's base, where he lazes day after day, surrounded by his loyal pack of hyenas. This comes to a young adult 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, surrounded by flames struck from dry lighting, where he defeats his uncle and throws him off Pride Rock into the flames. There, Scar is betrayed and killed by his own minions, the hyenas.
With Scar dead and the hyenas defeated, 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 Pride Landers.
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 Pride Landers 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.
Pride Rock is mentioned by Rafiki, when he tells a joke about him walking all the way from the said rock and it caused his walking stick to be tired.
When Makuu invades Big Springs, he offsets the habitats of the Pride Landers, and the baboons are pushed into Pride Rock. Kion arrives on the scene, and Kiara implores him to fix the problem. Eventually, Kion drives out Makuu, and the baboons return to their usual habitat.
Simba is invited to attend a funeral, and in his absence, he leaves Kiara in charge. As the king strides away with Nala and Zazu, Kiara watches from the peak of Pride Rock. She later appears before Kion, striding out of the royal den to get a morning report from Ono, after which she issues her first decree as queen.
When Kion returns, stung by the bees he'd foolishly tried to move, Kiara chides him in the royal den, reminding him that she is the queen. Not long after this, Mzingo meets Kiara at the peak of Pride Rock and asks her to meet with Janja for a peace proposal.
At the end of the episode, Kiara and Kion welcome their parents home on Pride Rock.
Kion meets with his father, Simba, atop Pride Rock, where Simba tasks Kion with leading a migration. From the peak of Pride Rock, the king shows Mbali Fields to his son.
The royal family departs Pride Rock to attend an elephant concert.
Pride Rock is seen in the distance as the Lion Guard enters the Back Lands.
Kion leads two gorilla princes, Hafifu and Majinuni, to Pride Rock. They meet with Simba, but admit that they have forgotten the message from their father, Sokwe. Simba tasks his son, Kion, with returning the gorillas home and bringing back Sokwe's message. After Kion follows through on his mission, he reports back to Pride Rock with Sokwe's declaration of peace.
When Nala, Kiara, and Kion return from their trip to Udugu, they join Simba atop Pride Rock, where he shows them the kingdom.
Later, a different Royal Mud Print Ceremony is held for Ono in the same location.
Janja mentions Pride Rock when he attempts to work Kion into a rage.
A painting ceremony is held for Makini at Pride Rock.
Later, Zazu gives his report to Simba at Pride Rock, despite it being nighttime.
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.