The Missing Ingredient
The Missing Ingredient
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The United Kingdom


Panini Comics


The Lion Guard Magazine


October 20, 2016



The Missing Ingredient is a comic inspired by The Lion Guard. It was published by Panini Comics on October 20, 2016, as part of The Lion Guard Magazine.



The Lion Guard comes across Rafiki painting a picture of them in the Lair of the Lion Guard. Bunga and Ono are quick to point out the flaws in the painting, but in doing so, Bunga accidentally knocks over Rafiki's paints. A distressed Rafiki exclaims that he cannot finish his painting without the colors, to which Kion asks whether he can mix other paints together to remake the colors. Rafiki explains that he needs special ingredients for his paints; while the plant for the red paints can be found in the valley where the sun sets, the plant for the blue paints can be found where the moon rises.

Kion proclaims to his team that they must find the paints for Rafiki. Though Beshte is hesitant to perform such a long-winded task, it is eventually decided that Beshte, Fuli, and Ono will travel to the valley, while Kion and Bunga will go to where the moon rises. Rafiki gifts each team with a twig that contains a few of the flowers he needs.

Ono's path

Eventually, Ono and his team arrive in the valley, where they find many different flowers growing. They are then forced to root through the alike plants to find the right ones.

Bunga's path

As night falls, Bunga expresses worry, but Kion points out that the moon will guide them home. They search for the flowers, but find many plants that look similar and are forced to figure out which ones are the right ones.


The Lion Guard bring their flowers to Rafiki, only to find that he has already completed his painting. He explains that he had found new paints after they'd left, to which Bunga expresses unhappiness that their task had been for nothing. Rafiki, however, points out that he had found a special ingredient while they were gone: peace and quiet.


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