Just like the antenna helps an insect sense its surroundings, the Bakora Staff helps the Royal Mjuzi sense the Lions of the Past.

Rafiki, The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

A bakora staff is an object possessed by the Royal Mjuzi.


A bakora staff is used to allow the Royal Mjuzi to hear the spirits of the Lions of the Past - both Great and Evil. It can also be used to bring paintings on walls to life.

It is essential for an apprentice to have found a staff before being officially introduced to the royal family.

Sometimes a Royal Mjuzi or apprentice will have more than one stick that can act as their bakora staff if their previous one gets damaged or stolen, as seen in The Rise of Scar and Let's Help Rafiki!.

All bakora staffs have two gourds tied on near the top of the branch - one for the future, and one for the past.


The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

Rafiki used the staff to show Kion and Bunga the history of Scar's Lion Guard

Paintings and Predictions

Bunga messes around with Rafiki's staff and thinks that the paintings predict the future.

Lions of the Outlands

Rafiki uses his staff to tell the guard about the Outsiders

The Lion Guard: The Rise of Scar

When Makini talks to Ushari she finds her very own staff. In the Liar of the Lion guard Rafiki then tests Makini's staff out, by getting her to animate the paintings. Later the hyenas take her staff into the Outlands.

Rafiki's New Neighbors

Makini losses her staff when Rafiki's tree is on fire. 

The Bite of Kenge

Makini losses another staff while saving the Tikiti Melons from the hyneas and Kenge.  

Timon and Pumbaa's Christmas

In Rafiki's Tree Rafiki is showing Makini the different celebrates in the Pridelands while using his staff.

The Scorpion's Sting

Makini ties the Gourds which holds the  Volcanic Ash on her staff in order to save Simba

The Wisdom of Kongwe

When Kongwe is refusing to move, Fuli decides to move the tortoise herself, turning to Makini for assistance. The young Mandrills has an idea, and wedge her Bakora Staff into a rock, hoping to lift Kongwe with it. The end result is another broken staff. 

Known Staffs

Makini's eighth staff, (1)
Makini's sixth staff

(From left to right: Rafiki's current staff, Makini's eighth staff, Makini's seventh staff, Makini's sixth staff, Makini's fifth staff, Makini's fourth staff, Makini's third staff, Makini's second staff, Makini's first staff)