The Pride Lands, despite the name, pertains to the three main parts of Africa that Simba explored during the events of The Lion King and seems to correspond with the later events in the film. The setting includes the Pride Lands itself, as well as the Jungle and the Elephant Graveyard.
The Pride Lands was originally going to appear in Kingdom Hearts, but was removed due to time constraints; programming Sora's four-legged movements and fighting style proved too much for the game system to handle.
Settings and Areas
Kingdom Hearts II
Sora and company enter the world at a dark and ominous place called the Gorge (峡谷 Kyōkoku ), where they discover their new forms. The only exit out of the Gorge takes them to the Elephant Graveyard (象の墓場 Zō no Hakaba ). Going out the other end of the Elephant Graveyard takes the party to the dried up, dying Savannah (サバンナ Sabanna ), which serves as the world's main junction.
Going north through the Savannah takes Sora and the party to the famous Pride Rock (プライド・ロック Puraido Rokku ), which can be seen in the distance. A small entrance at the base takes them to Rafiki's hideout, the Stone Hollow (岩穴 Iwaana , lit. "Stone Hole"), which is a tiny cave connected to a tree trunk where Rafiki occasionally paints. One of the world's save points can also be found here. Going through the entrance at the top of Pride Rock leads to The King's Den (王の間 Ō no Ma , lit. "King's Chamber"), and eventually Pride Rock's Peak (頂上 Chōjō ), where a massive swarm of Rapid Thrusters can be found after the second visit to the Pride Lands. The Peak is temporarily transformed into Scar's Darkness (スカーの闇空間 Sukā no Yami Kūkan , lit. "Scar's Dark Space") during the battle against Scar. Several elephant skeletons can be seen through the ground, and the sky turns dark blue with a green gradient and dark clouds swirling around. Pools of blue smoke also surround the area while in this state.
Towards the southeast of the Savannah lurks the entrance to another set of areas. Wildebeest Valley (ヌーの谷 Nū no Tani , lit. "Gnu Valley") is the first of these, full of giant rocks and loaded with Heartless. Further on is a twisty and curving path through the Wastelands (荒地 Arechi ). A pleasant change of scenery comes at the end of the Wastelands as Sora and the Party reaches the Jungle (ジャングル Janguru ), an area untouched by the drought that currently plagues the Pride Lands. Finally, the path through the Jungle takes the party to the Oasis (オアシス Oashisu ), home of Timon and Pumbaa, as well as the world's Moogle Shop. In a cutscene, Simba visits an area within the Jungle called Overlook (高台 Kōdai , lit. "Elevation") where he talks to his father's ghost.
During the credits of Kingdom Hearts II, the Pride Lands is seen return to its glory, as fields of grass and trees have grown back across the Pride Rock.
|Area Map in Kingdom Hearts II|
Between Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts II
Sometime after Terra-Xehanort's descent into darkness, his Heartless, Ansem, Seeker of Darkness, attacked many worlds, including the Pride Lands, and swallowed them into the darkness. Like most worlds that had the same fate, it was restored after Sora defeated Ansem and destroyed the End of the World.
Kingdom Hearts II
When Sora, Donald, and Goofy arrive, in the forms of African animals, they realize that they have landed in the property of the hyenas and almost become dinner to Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed; however, they hear a roar from Scar and so leave them alone. In the Elephant Graveyard, Sora and the others run into Nala, who is being targeted by Heartless and come to her aid.
They follow Nala to Pride Rock where they ask shaman Rafiki if they have the right qualities to go up against Scar and become the next king. Right after Rafiki decrees they are not qualified, much to Sora's dismay, they are surrounded by hyenas and Scar, and Pete in lion form. With some help from Nala, they manage to escape with their flesh still intact.
Sora asks Nala if they have anyone else who may have the right qualities to become the new king of Pride Land. Nala mentions to them that only the son of Mufasa, the last king, could be qualified to go up against Scar, but she also tells them that he died when he was a cub. Because Sora and the others knew Simba from their last journey, they tell her that Simba is alive and well, and so wander around the world of the Pride Lands to find him.
Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Nala reunite with Simba in the Oasis and befriend his best pals, Timon and Pumbaa. Nala tries to talk Simba into going back to Pride Rock so that he could take his place as the king of the Pride Land, but he refuses. The same night, Simba looks up to the sky and remembers what his father told him about how the past kings of the Pride Lands will always be in the sky to guide him as stars. He then tries to call out to his father, and Mufasa appears before him and convinces him to take his rightful place as king. After talking to his father, Simba tells his friends that he will return to Pride Rock to face his past. Then, the sun rises up behind him.
Simba comes back to Pride Rock and challenges Scar, but Scar reminds him of Mufasa's death and claims that Simba is his own father's killer, which lands him in despair. When he is about to fall from the edge of Pride Rock, Scar tells him that he was the one who killed his father and not Simba. Knowing that it's not his fault and angered by his words, Simba jumps up from the edge and lands on Scar, who confesses his crime to the others at Simba's command. Right after he confessed, the hyenas make their move on Simba and Scar runs up to the peak.
After Sora, Donald, and Goofy chase away the hyenas from Timon and Pumbaa, they make their way to the peak and watch the fight between Simba and Scar. Simba manages to push Scar off the cliff, but then Scar climbs back up and has his body filled with dark energy, and Pete states that he has become a Heartless and will rule the Pride Lands as the land of darkness. Sora, Simba, Donald, and Goofy then join forces and defeat Scar, and Simba becomes the new king of the Pride Lands. Mufasa's star appears in the sky and reveals a Keyhole for Sora to open up so that he can continue his journey.
Prior to Sora and his friends' return, Nala is already pregnant with Simba's cub.
During Sora and co.'s second visit, they find out that the kingdom is haunted by the ghost of Scar and go to Pride Rock to ask Simba about the matter. A lioness there tells them that Scar's ghost is an omen of the end of their pride and that Simba is not as qualified as they had hoped. Sora and the others visit Simba, whose heart is troubled by the ignorance of what his father would have done as king, but they manage to convince him that he needs to do things his own way instead of following his father's footsteps. They visit Rafiki to ask him about Scar's ghost, but all he gives is that Simba is going through a test and that he needs to find the strength to go up against his own fears before he can become the real king.
Sora, Simba and co. come to the Elephant Graveyard to visit the three hyenas. After they catch them, they ask them about the ghost of Scar. Just then, Scar appears in front of them and Simba becomes so troubled by his heart that he runs for the hills.
Sora, Donald, and Goofy then return to Pride Rock and have a talk with Rafiki and Nala. Rafiki tells them that Simba needs to figure out how to do things his own way instead of letting others tell him what to do.
Knowing where Simba might be, Sora, Donald, and Goofy go to the Oasis where they find him endangered by Scar's ghost and come to his rescue. Though they try to make Simba realize that he needs to find his own path, he still hesitates. Sora and the others then pretend to leave and, with Donald's magic, conjure up a fake ghost of Scar and provoke Simba enough to make him realize that he has something his father didn't; those who stand close beside him. Just then, Timon arrives and tells them that Scar's ghost is haunting the Pride Lands and Nala is in danger.
Simba, Timon, Sora, Donald, and Goofy make their way back to Pride Rock and Simba scares away Scar's ghost. A large number of the ghosts of Scar fuse together to form a gigantic "Groundshaker" Heartless, and Sora, Donald, Goofy and Simba join forces to defeat it. After it is defeated, peace is restored to the Pride Lands. When Simba asks Sora if his quest will ever be over, Rafiki warns him that the battle will never end, but also assures him as long as his heart remains strong, he will succeed and overcome any problem. Sora, Donald, and Goofy then leave the Pride Lands to further their journey and their endless battle.
While visiting Pride Lands, Sora, Donald, Goofy, and Pete change their forms into that of animals native to Africa in order to blend in, but while Donald, Goofy, and Pete still have their original facial features, Sora's appearance changes more so. Sora is transformed into a lion cub, Donald into a tropical bird, and Goofy turns into a tortoise. Because of this, Sora cannot use any of his Drive Forms, Summons, and Limits used with Donald and Goofy. Pete is also transformed into a large, dark blue lion while visiting this world.
|Kingdom Hearts II|
|Roxas - Sora - Donald Duck - Goofy|
Fa Mulan - Beast - Auron - Jack Sparrow - Aladdin - Jack Skellington - Simba - Tron - Riku
|Chicken Little - Genie - Stitch - Peter Pan|
Xemnas - Xigbar - Xaldin - Saïx - Axel - Demyx - Luxord
Maleficent - Pete - Hades - Ursula - Hector Barbossa - Jafar - Oogie Boogie - Scar
Shan-Yu - Master Control Program - Sark
|Abu - Aerith - Ansem the Wise - Ariel - Ariel's Sisters - Auron - Bathtub - Belle - Biggs - Captain Pete - Carpet - Cave of Wonders Guardian - Cerberus - Chien Po, Ling, and Yao - Chip - Chip and Dale - Christmas Elves - Cid - Clara Cluck - Clarabelle Cow - Cloud - Cogsworth - Daisy Duck - Dark Figure - Dr. Finkelstein - Eeyore - Elizabeth Swann - Enchanted Brooms - Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather - Flotsam and Jetsam - Flounder - Fuu - Gopher - Gullwings - Hayabusa - Hayner - Hercules - Horace Horsecollar - Hostile Program - Huey, Dewey, and Louie - Hydra - Iago - Jasmine - Jessie - Jiminy Cricket - Kairi - Kanga - King Triton - Leon - Li Shang - Lock, Shock, and Barrel - Lumière - Maleficent's Raven - Megara - Merlin - Mickey Mouse - Minnie Mouse - Moogles - Mrs. Potts - Mufasa - Mushu - Nala - Naminé - Olette - Owl - Pain and Panic - Pegasus - Pence - Philoctetes - Piglet - Pluto - Prince Eric - Pumbaa - Rabbit - Rafiki - Rai - Reindeer - Rock Titan - Roo - Sally - Santa Claus - Scrooge McDuck - Sebastian - Seifer - Selphie - Sephiroth - Setzer - Shenzi, Banzai, and Ed - Simba and Nala's cub - Terra-Xehanort - The Emperor - The Experiment - The Ghost of Scar - The Mayor - The Peddler - Tifa - Tigger - Timon - Tinker Bell - Undead Pirates - Vivi - Wallace - Wantz - Wardrobe - William Turner - Winnie the Pooh - Wedge - Yen Sid - Yuffie - Zero|
|Twilight Town - Destiny Islands - Hollow Bastion/Radiant Garden - The Land of Dragons - Beast's Castle - 100 Acre Wood - Olympus Coliseum - Disney Castle - Timeless River - Atlantica - Port Royal - Agrabah - Halloween Town - Pride Lands - Space Paranoids - The World That Never Was - End of Sea|
|Simulated Twilight Town - Dive to the Heart - Mysterious Tower - Kingdom Hearts|
|Cornerstone of Light - Drive Form - Gate - Hollow Bastion Restoration Committee - Kairi's Letter - Keyblade - Kingdom Hearts Encoder - Organization XIII - Princesses of Heart - Reaction Command - Secret Ansem Report - Sidecar Glider - Skateboard - The End - Twilight Town Disciplinary Committee|
|Kingdom Hearts II Original Soundtrack - Kingdom Hearts Original Soundtrack Complete - Sanctuary|
|Accessories - Artwork - Bosses - Enemies - Items - Keyblades - Other Weapons - Songs - Removed content|
|Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory|
|Kairi - Sora - Roxas - Aqua - Riku|
Donald Duck - Goofy - Axel - Xion - Terra - Ventus - Meow Wow - Komory Bat - Mickey Mouse
Hercules - Aladdin - Ariel - Peter Pan - Beast - Fa Mulan - Simba - Stitch
|Xehanort - Ansem, Seeker of Darkness - Xemnas - Maleficent|
|Aeleus - Ansem the Wise - Even - Fairy Godmother - Ienzo - Nameless Star - Terra-Xehanort - Yen Sid|
|Mysterious Tower - Radiant Garden - The Final World|
|An Oath to Return - Another Key - Key Art - Keyblade - Museum - Rhythm Points - Story Scene - The End - VS Battle - World Tour|
|Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory - Special Disc - Unnamed tracks|
|Artwork - Bosses - Enemies - Items - Trophy - Songs|