The Lion Guard is the team tasked with the job of defending the Pride Lands from danger, traditionally led by the second-born cub of the current monarch. The leader of the Guard is bestowed with the power the Roar of the Elders, which helps them in battle. Each member is bestowed a marking upon their shoulder in the shape of a lion's head. This marking may be different colors, and the color seemingly depends on the fur, skin, or feather color of the animal with the mark.
The Lion Guard is a tradition within the Pride Lands, especially for the second born child of the reigning monarchy. Scar led the Lion Guard before Kion, but he was irresponsible with his duties and abused his powers, using the Roar of the Elders to destroy the other members of the Guard. However, very little has been revealed of past Lion Guards.
When Janja's minions Cheezi and Chungu threaten to kill Bunga, Kion steps in, roaring so loudly that the hyenas drop Bunga, who climbs to safety. Rafiki and Simba overhear Kion's roar, and the two come to realize that it is time for him to lead the Lion Guard. When Bunga and Kion return to Pride Rock, Rafiki leads them to The Lair of the Lion Guard, where he explains that Scar used to lead the Lion Guard until he lost his powers. Simba then tasks Kion with gathering a new Lion Guard to protect the Pride Lands.
Bunga and Kion set out right away, and Kion asks the honey badger if he will join the team. Bunga accepts, and his adopted uncles, Timon and Pumbaa, offer him enthusiastic congratulations. Unbeknownst to the friends, they are being spied on by Mzingo, a vulture minion of Janja's, who reports back to his leader about the newly formed Guard. When Janja hears the news, he announces to the clan that they will strike that very night.
On the other side of the savanna, Kion has appointed Beshte, Fuli, and Ono to positions on the Guard. He gathers the team together and attempts to show them his Roar, but all that comes out is a squeak. Just then, Simba arrives and reacts in horror to Kion's choice of teammates. He insists that the Guard must be made of lions and then berates Kion for treating his role as leader like a game.
Wanting to be alone, Kion isolates himself from his friends, where he encounters the ghost of his grandfather Mufasa. The wise king tells Kion to trust his instincts and promises that he will always be there to guide him. No sooner has he faded from the sky when Kion hears Bunga calling for him, shouting that the hyenas are attacking a herd of gazelles. With no time to lose, Kion assembles the Lion Guard, using his paw to gift them each with a special shoulder marking.
Together, the five friends attack the hyenas, driving them back into the Outlands. Kion finishes the fight with the powerful Roar of the Elders, and even Janja flees in terror. Simba, Nala, and Rafiki watch from a nearby ridge and realizes that his son was wise to have chosen who he chose. He congratulates his son on the victory and accepts this new, brilliant assembling of loyal animals.
The Lion Guard becomes separated when Kion is swept into the Outlands. With the help of Mbeya the rhino and Jasiri the hyena, the Guard is able to reunite with their leader at Flat Ridge Rock, with Kion learning along the way that he and Jasiri are not as different as he initially believed. Though they are at first distrustful of the hyena, Kion convinces them that not all hyenas are bad.
When a new crocodile leader, Makuu, begins to cause trouble in the Pride Lands, the Lion Guard uses a demonstration of the Roar of the Elders to show Makuu what he's up against if he chooses to fight them.
The bravest member of the Guard, Bunga, begins giving bad advice to Pridelanders. The rest of the Lion Guard helps the animals he administered the bad advice to. They later protect the Pridelanders from the flooding waters of Lake Kaziwa.
When Kiara becomes queen of the Pride Lands, she agrees to meet Janja in the Outlands for a "peace meeting". The Lion Guard saves her from the attacking hyenas after the meeting turns out to be a trap.
Ono, the keenest of sight in the Guard, temporarily loses the sight from one of his eyes. Despite his injury, he goes to help the rest of the Lion Guard stop Janja from attacking the zebras. At the end of the episode, Rafiki completes his painting of the Guard, and they all admire it.
The Lion Guard begins to question how good of friends they are to their fastest member, Fuli. They make an effort to include her more, but end up failing to please her. They eventually rescue her and Bunga from the Outlands, and she says that while she prefers to hunt alone, she considers them her family. They then get together in a big group hug.
After mistaking some small animals as being hyenas, Beshte invites Mtoto back to train with the Guard. He doesn't do so well, but Beshte encourages him to keep trying. A little bit later, the hyenas are lurking in the Pride Lands, and the Lion Guard is on the lookout. When they chase Beshte and his little elephant friend Mtoto down a river, the Lion Guard arrives in time to stop them.
The Lion Guard is called by some animals who believe they have heard Janja, Makuu and Goigoi in the vicinity. They soon learn that it was just a drongo bird named Tamaa imitating their voices, and Kion orders him to stop. However, Tamaa is kidnapped by Janja's Clan, and forced to use it again, this time impersonating the Guard. The Guard soon hear about this, and venture to the Outlands to ward of Janja's Clan and free the impalas that had been lured there. They return to the Pride Lands, and Tamaa agrees not to use his voice for anything other than helping others in the future.
The Lion Guard comes to the rescue of a young gazelle with his hoof stuck under a rock. They save him successfully and retire to the Lair.
Later, they are alerted to herd of stampeding zebras, and manage to save them from a rock that is about to fall on them. Having seen one of Rafiki's paintings depicting the same sequence of events, Bunga believes that the paintings tell the future. Upon seeing a painting of Kion falling from a tree, Bunga becomes concerned for his friend. However, Kion doesn't believe him, and the Guard soon must go to help the zebras again, as they are being attacked by the hyenas. They successfully drive the hyenas out of the Pride Lands, but three zebras are missing. The Guard travels to Maji Baridi Falls to find the zebras, and along the way, Bunga enlists the rest of the Guard to help him protect Kion. When the Guard reaches the zebras, a rolling boulder causes the zebras to panic and run into a river, headed straight for the Falls. However, Kion is able to use his roar to save them. The group returns to their lair, where Rafiki reveals that his paintings tell the past, not the future.
The Lion Guard is tasked with guiding Muhimu's Herd and Swala's Herd to the Mbali Fields. They guide the animals along during the song Trail to Hope, but later on there is trouble when the zebras start to stampede. The gazelles follow them, and the Lion Guard tries to stop the running animals. Before they are successful, large rocks fall and block the path the Mbali Fields. Ono scouts out a new path, but it cuts through the Outlands. Kion is unhappy about this development, but accepts it.
Shortly after, a storm begins, which leads to a flash flood. The Guard works together to help the zebras and gazelles to safety. However, shortly after the animals begin making derogatory remarks about Kion's leadership. After receiving advice from Mufasa, Kion talks to the herds and receives support from Muhimu. They enter the Outlands, but before they arrive at Mbali Fields, Muhimu announces she is having a baby.
The Guard splits up, with Ono, Beshte, and Fuli leading the herds to Mbali Fields while Kion and Bunga stay with Muhimu, Swala, and some other zebras and gazelles. Soon, Muhimu gives birth, to the awe of Kion and Bunga. However, Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu hear Muhimu's Son neighing and attack. The Lion Guard, with some help from the herd animals, fight them off. They catch up to the others at Mbali Fields, and Ono declares that the migration was a success.
The Lion Guard helps out a group of sable antelopes who are stuck in the mud near Chekundu Cliffs. As they work, they hear a loud crash, and Ono reports that Simba fell into a sinkhole. He and Kion go to check things out, and once the rest of the Guard is finished freeing the antelopes, they go after their friends, and Bunga dives into the sinkhole.
The Guard first attempts to rescue Simba and Bunga by pushing a log into the sinkhole for the pair of them to use to climb out. However, the log shatters upon hitting the ground, and the plan fails, so the Lion Guard arranges to meet up with Simba and Bunga in Nandembo Caverns. This plan is successful, and Simba and the Guard join Nala and Kiara, who are attending a concert performed by Ma Tembo's Herd. Though they are too late to hear the elephants' songs, they perform "Hakuna Matata" for the herd.
The Lion Guard practice their tracking skills with a game of hide-and-seek, but the game gets cut short when Fuli notices some leopard tracks. The Lion Guard (minus Beshte) find the leopard, named Makucha, but he manages to escape. The Lion Guard soon discover that Beshte's new friend (which Bunga and Ono believe to be imaginary) is actually an okapi named Ajabu.
The Lion Guard vow to keep Beshte's new friend safe, and do so by eventually scaring Makucha away. Afterwards, they bring Ajabu to Simba and Nala, where he is granted their blessing to stay in the Pride Lands.
The Lion Guard are on a night patrol, when Muhanga and Muhangus call them over to deal with some hyenas. After Kion uses his roar to throw them out of the Pride Lands, it is later revealed that Kion actually sent the aardwolves away by mistake. When they rush to the aid of the Mekundu Bats, who are sleeping in a falling tree, they realize that there are too many termites in the Pride Lands.
The Lion Guard travel to the Outlands, where the pack of aardwolves flee from them in fear. They soon notice one aardwolf, Mjomba, running towards the edge of a cliff and Bunga manages to save him. They explain that it was a mistake, and manage to persuade Mjomba over by mentioning a termite problem that has taken over the Pride Lands.
They find the rest of the aardwolves in a den, and Kion asks Mjomba to enter and persuade the rest of the aardwolves to return home. Inside, Reirei and Goigoi are planning to eat the pack, and seal up the den with a large boulder when Mjomba enters and the aardwolves are ready to go home. Beshte knocks down the boulder and the Guard are able to seal Reirei and Goigoi back in their own den next door, before leading the aardwolves home.
Back home, the Lion Guard attempt to cheer up an upset Bunga. It only succeeds when Ono arrives to dump off a selection of termites which were a thank you gift from the aardwolves.
The Lion Guard are called to the galagos' tree after helping out a giraffe named Shingo, where a leopard named Badili is sleeping. They force him back to his home in Mirihi Forest situated in the Back Lands, only to discover that he was bullied out of his home. They stand up for him and the offending leopard, Mapigano, flees, leaving Badili alone.
They continue their patrol, but are soon informed of Badili's return. He explains that Mapigano came back and kicked him out again, and this time the Lion Guard decide to teach Badili to stand up for himself. After some extensive training, Badili returns to the tree with the Lion Guard watching nearby. Although he falters, Badili ultimately scares Mapigano away. He expresses his gratitude to the Lion Guard, who are able to return home.
The Lion Guard is patrolling the Pride Lands after a rainstorm in order to make sure that all of the trails are safe to use. They find some hyenas sneaking around and are quick to send them back to the Outlands. As they continue on their way, a mudslide ravages the trail they are traveling on, and Kion realizes that they must clear it. They split up, with Bunga and Ono keeping animals off of the trail as Beshte, Kion, and Fuli move the debris. The duo are mostly successful, though Thurston gets by them and falls into the mud.
Soon, Ono sights two animals caught in another mudslide. The Guard saves them, only to discover them to be Cheezi and Chungu. After much talk, they allow the hyenas to stay in the Pride Lands. However, Kion soon comes to regret this when the Guard rushes to halt a stampeding antelope herd, believing the pair of them to be the cause. However, the Guard finds them sleeping peacefully. They hear Janja's voice and locate him stuck on a ledge, where he reports that the stampede was Nne and Tano's fault, and that they are currently going after some oryxes. The Lion Guard arrives in time and stops the two hyenas before returning and ensuring that Janja, Cheezi, and Chungu make their way back to the Outlands.
The Lion Guard is out on patrol. Ono sees Mzingo and his vultures chasing Baby Baboon, and they interfere, driving the vultures away. A small rapid sweeps the little baboon into the river, so Fuli rushes by the side of the river and lifts the infant out. With the baboon safe, the only thing left to do is to return him home. The rest of the Guard catches up and finds Kiara stranded on an island with her friends. Kion resolutely resolves to save her.
With the baboon safe, the only thing left to do is to return him home. Kion believes that Baby Baboon belongs to the baboon troop in Nyani Grove and assigns Fuli the task of getting him. She reluctantly agrees too, and sets off with Baby Baboon on her back. She discovers that Baby Baboon is actually from Mapango Cliffs, and must return him there. Back by the island, the Guard debates how to save Kiara. Kion decides to create a bridge, dismissing Bunga's suggestion to use the Roar of the Elders. Meanwhile, Fuli travels with Baby Baboon. After losing him briefly and finding him again, she sings " Baboons!" to express her frustration, and they continue on their way.
Acting on Kion's plan, Beshte pushes a tree into the water, but it is swept away. Kiara tries her own plan, but it, too, fails, and Ono flies back to Kion to report this. As Fuli makes her journey, she must evade Mzingo's vultures along the way, as the Guard resolves on how to save the princess and her friends. By working together, they are able to build a bridge for the lionesses to cross. Eventually, Fuli reaches the Cliffs. However, the vultures attack, and Fuli must fend them off with Baby Baboon's Troop. She defeats Mzingo and orders his vultures away. He complies, and the troop gathers gratefully around Fuli. She returns to her friends, who are amused by the length of her adventure.
The Lion Guard and a group of young animals listen to a story about a creature known as The Zimwi being told by Rafiki. When Beshte starts bellowing, his actions frighten the young animals listening to the tale, before he reveals that he is just audition. When the Lion Guard head home for the night, the group of youngsters are still frightened, and so Kion recommends they sleep together that night. Beshte suggests that they do the same thing for fun. The Guard agree, and head back to Hakuna Matata Falls.
Later that night, the youngsters wake them up, claiming to have seen the Zimwi. With even Timon and Pumbaa trying to assure them that the Zimwi is a real entity, the Lion Guard scour the Pride Lands to find the so-called Zimwi, with Kion remaining adamant that the story is nothing more than a story. but as they start to believe they tale may in face be true, they wind up finding the Porcupine Brothers there instead, solving the mystery after a long trek. Later, Beshte auditions for The Bellow Fellows and is successful, joining their ranks.
The rest of the Guard watch Ono try to race Fuli, but when Fuli wins multiple times, he gives in. Rafiki asks where Kion is, and Bunga finally remembers to tell them where he is. This worries Rafiki, who explains that the lions that he is supposed to be visiting are the Outsiders, a group of lionesses banished from the Pride Lands before any of them were born. They head out to save Kion.
They arrive just in time, and, along with Jasiri, quickly defend Kion from the lionesses. When Kion is hesitant to use the Roar having his mind poisoned by Zira's lies, Bunga reminds him that Scar lost his Roar for using it for evil, not for using it on lions like Zira told him. He remembers, and uses the Roar to blast the Outsiders far away. The Lion Guard then join Jasiri's Clan back in her true home, where she is glad to have the entire Lion Guard as her friends, as are they.
The Lion Guard drive Janja's clan out of the Pride Lands. Kion congratulates his team and they make their way back. However, Ono is quick to spy Janja's clan trespassing again. Kion has his Guard surround the hyenas, but finds them surrounding his mother Nala. Furiously, he uses the Roar of the Elders to send the hyenas flying back to the Outlands. However, the Roar rebounds, sending the Guard sliding about as they try to hold on. When it's over, Kion is devastated by the amount of destruction he has caused, including the loss of Ono's crest feathers.
Back in The Lair of the Lion Guard, Bunga performs "Stand Up, Stand Out" with Fuli and Beshte to convince Ono to be proud of his new difference as Kion muses over paintings of Scar killing his Guard. The group is summoned to help some giraffes whose watering hole has been blocked. Beshte is able to successfully shift the boulders. The Guard then must save a klipspringer who is stuck in a river. They use a log as a bridge, but it shatters under their weight, frightening the klipspringer so that it leaps safely to the other side.
Their work done, Kion seeks advice from his grandfather as Bunga fashions a headdress for Ono and Fuli hears news from Male Mongoose that Makuu has taken over The Flood Plains. She relays this to Beshte, Bunga, and Ono, and Ono leaves to tell Kion as the rest take on the crocodiles. Fuli battles Makuu himself as Beshte and Bunga handle the rest, but they end up surrounded in the water. Kion arrives with Nala, who is pulled into the water by two crocodiles. Kion almost uses the Roar out of anger once more, but instead trusts himself and finds a new way to use it, blasting the crocodiles away but leaving Nala safe. The Guard is impressed and awestruck, and Ono is pleased to discover his missing feathers have started a trend among his flock.
The Lion Guard help out Zazu, who is trapped in a beehive. After helping him, he tells them that the pangolins have been spraying. Curious, the Lion Guard locate the pangolins and find two gorillas, Hafifu and Majinuni, messing with them. After they get them to drop the pangolins they find out that they are carrying a message for Simba. The Lion Guard escort them back to Pride Rock and it turns out that they have forgotten the all important message, which is actually confirmation of whether or not a peace treaty still stands.
The Lion Guard escort them home, even though the gorillas are reluctant to return since it will mean disappointing their father. They only admit to this once they are saved by Kion and the Guard when a forest
hog tries to attack. When the Lion Guard reach snow they start to play, until Kion slides down the ice. The rest of the Lion Guard are unable to help him when that happens but he is saved by Hafifu and Majinuni. Once home, King Sokwe forgives his children for all of their wrongdoings, since they saved Kion. He then relays the message onto the Lion Guard, who deliver it to Simba by means of a snowball thrown on his head. Simba realises that the peace treaty is still on, and the Lion Guard laugh together as Simba shakes the snow away.
While Kion takes a trip to Udugu, he leaves his father in charge of the Lion Guard. However, Simba's way is very different to Kion's, and he doesn't use each member of the Guard to their fullest when some ostrich eggs are endangered by some mud sliding down a cliff. Although everything works out in the end, the other Lion Guard members are less than impressed with his actions.
A bit later, Simba notices a herd of gazelles trying to leap up some loose rocks. Ignoring their easily startled nature, Simba runs towards them with the Lion Guard, causing them to run up the rocks. Simba rushes on ahead of the other members and his tail becomes trapped by one of the falling rocks. When more falling rocks plummet to the ground, he witnesses Fuli save Bunga thanks to Ono's keen eyes, and sees that they do things differently. The gazelles start to stampede towards the ostrich eggs and this time, Simba orders them to do things the way Kion would.
They do as instructed, and Fuli and Ono save the eggs while Bunga and Beshte save Simba. He admits that Kion would be proud, as is he.
Kion and his friends see all the birds in the Pridelands heading somewhere special and when they arrive on the scene the guard discovered that Ono is already there. Ono explains that all the birds are gathering because Hadithi the legendary eagle is returning to the Pride Lands. Later, Ono is appointed as Hadithi's partner for the day, as per the tradition following the Royal Mud Print Ceremony which is being held in Hadithi's honor. While the rest of the Guard create The Traditional Ceremonial Nest, Ono and Hadithi tour the Pride Lands.
However, Hadithi abandons Ono when Janja's Clan sneak up on some klipspringers. Although Hadithi tries to go through with the ceremony, he cannot contain his guilt and leads the Lion Guard to Ono. Together, the Lion Guard defeat the hyenas (particularly thanks to Ono) and return to the Pride Lands to finish the ceremony, which is held in Ono's honor instead of Hadithi.
Beshte, along with his father, help Young Rhino out of the reeds when he gets trapped due to his impatience, then as Kion and the others arrive on the scene Beshte says everything is taken care of. But, just as the hippos were getting back to work, Basi reveals that he was injured while helping Young Rhino. With no other alternative, he passes on the job of making the Hippo Lanes to Beshte while his friends escort Basi to a place to rest. As Beshte was making the Hippo Lanes, Kion and the rest of the Guard find some complications transporting a herd of Sable Antelopes to Flood Plains. Once they finally make it there, Ono discovers something wrong with the lanes and goes to talk to Beshte. When the hippo looks back at work he discovers the lanes aren't straight and true at all, he is greatly upset.
So he tells Ono to go back to Kion and tell them not to let anyone in while Beshte talks to his father as the two hippos admit their mistakes. They make a new hippo lane that everyone can use. Meanwhile, Ono makes it to Kion saying the lanes aren't done, but it's too late as two Sable Antelopes already went in. Kion and Ono venture in after them leaving Fuli and Bunga to watch the herd. When a new and correct lane was completed and the two Sable Antelopes were found, Beshte returns to find his father. Then, Bunga tells the herd to move but they refuse. Fuli, at the end of her wits, finally apologizes and asks politely for the herd to move to which they do. With herd finally moving things are looking up, Beshte sees Makuu heading for his father and with Beshte's quick thinking, they trick the crocodiles into moving right into the path of the antelope herd. Makuu then slinks away in pain with his float. Then, the friends admires Beshte's work believing he does have a knack for making them with Basi agreeing on the complement.
Kion and the others arrive in Nyani Grove to discover it's a mess, Fuli rushes ahead to find the cause but is stopped by a group of fleeing of baboons. The reason why they were so spooked was because of a poor sighted rhino named Kifaru that lost his tickbird. So the guard has Ono act as the rhino's temporary tickbird while Kion and the others look for Mwenzi. As Ono convinces Mwenzi to make amends with Kifaru, Makuu attacks and Ono places the tickbird up high until he comes back with help. Kifaru is the first one to arrive on the scene but thanks to his poor eyesight he charges into a tree; seeing the rhino trapped Makuu calls for his float but the guard intervenes.
While the guard is fighting against Makuu's Float, Mwenzi helps Kifaru get free but with the trunk still on his horn using that Kifaru drives Makuu and his float away. The pair along with the guard make it to Tamasha happy that Mwenzi and Kifaru are back together.
When the Lion Guard save Muhimu's Herd from Reirei's Pack the zebra ask Bunga if he could watch over her son Hamu and he agrees too. As they have fun at Hakuna Matata Falls the rest of the guard tries to practice their climbing skills with little success and Muhimu arrives at the watering hole with some of her friends. After hearing that Hamu is with Bunga; Twiga and the other mothers ask the honey badger if he could watch their young ones too and gladly accepts. While the mothers are relaxing the jackals hear from them that their kids are with Bunga and think they'll be easy pickings.
As for the rest guard they see that everything is quiet until they catch Goigoi who unveils Reirei's plan realizing that Bunga and Hamu are in danger they head for Hakuna Matata Falls. In the midst of their fun the jackals attack but thanks to the kids bravery and Bunga's quicking thinking they were able to beat the pack just as Kion and the others arrive.
Muhimu and her friends return to pick up their kids, and Bunga tells them how the kids fought against the jackals. At first, they were shocked but when she was told that the kids learned how to defend themselves, she calls Bunga the best babysitter ever, and the kids gather around him for a group hug.
The guard is seen playing Baobab Ball with Mtoto until the young elephant hears various animals heading towards Pride Rock for the Savannah Summit including Makuu. Believing that Makuu is coming to ruin the summit Kion leads away as everyone is at Mizimu Grove the guard compliments that everything is going well and even that Makuu is behaving himself. But they are alerted by Mtoto that Makuu is causing trouble and accusing him of making a plot against the other leaders causing him to lose faith in trusting others. With Simba disappointed Kion goes to talk to his grandfather about what happened, Mufasa reminds him about jumping to conclusions too quickly. Afterwards, Kion is alerted that there's another problem and Bunga assumes that it's Makuu but the lion cub tells Mtoto to listen again, all he can make out is that someone is plotting something but he doesn't know who. Piecing the information together Kion figures out that Makuu is the target and leads the guard away to save him.
Once they find him the guard warns him that he's in danger, being a crocodile Makuu wasn't too worried. He falls into a pitfall trap but is quickly rescued and thanks the guard for saving him but now came the part of finding who plotted against him. To do so, Kion falsely tells the others animals of Makuu's 'demise' and that's when Twiga and Vuruga Vuruga confessed that it was them but they didn't want to hurt him. Makuu arrives saying that he came to the summit to prove that he is a good leader and to help the Pride Lands. But all he got was distrust and a plot to take him out then, everyone begins to think that Makuu wasn't going to trust anyone but his anger turns to joy when he finds their plot worthy of a crocodile and allows the summit to continue. Simba praises his son for a good job and leaves to handle a dispute while Mtoto heads home with Bunga being glad he doesn't have ears like Mtoto's and Fuli compliments that with guard sharing a laugh.
The guard is enjoying a peaceful morning on patrol but then they begin to notice several animals in a hurry including Ma Tembo. They try to ask her why she's in a hurry but she doesn't answer and the guard follows her to discover a crowd of Pride Landers waiting for The Traveling Baboon Show (group) to perform. Everyone is impressed with their tricks except for Fuli and Ono gets tossed around by the baboons during the show. After the performance Bunga ask Uroho if he could be apart of their next show but he says their are no openings. Anyway, Kion welcomes the troop to the Pride Lands giving them a chance to perform for his parents the King and Queen but seemingly turns down the offer.
Just as they arrived the Pride Landers food mysteriously started to disappear. Through deductive reasoning Ono figures out there's more than one food thief and soon hear of another show. That's when Bunga suggest the culprit is there and they leave to check out while Ono looks from above. But then, the egret sees that the thieves are the baboons when he tries to tell Kion the troop tosses him around until he breaks free and informs his leader. Bunga distraught that they would do such a thing and they all wonder if they did take the food where did it go; having an idea Kion asks Beshte to shake the tree revealing their trickery. With their plot revealed the troop tries to flee with the guard chasing them but their pursuit was halted by a sable antelope stampede and two of them fall into the river. Kion calls off the chase to rescue them while Ono follows the baboons after the rescue the egret informs them that they are heading for the Outlands.
Later, Ono notices them being chased by Janja. Feeling guilty they decide that, since they were the reason for their 'exile', they'll save them from the hyenas. The Lion Guard track down Janja, Cheezi and Chungu and force them away, leaving the baboons feeling indebted to them. They return to the Pride Lands, where the Traveling Baboons put on a show for the Pride Landers, and hands them back their food. Fuli gets into the show too, and the baboons 'borrow' Ono again to take part in the show itself.
During Morning Patrol, the guard discovers that a harrier hawk named Mpishi has entered the Pride Lands. After dealing with Mpishi, Ono discovers a hammerkop egg in his nest ad volunteers to watch over it while the others search for the egg's mother. The search for the mother bird continues until the guard notices a mudslide heading for some red rock hares and rush off to help. Meanwhile, back at Ono's nest the egg hatches and the young chick tries to do the hammerkop family bonding dance until Ono corrects her but he doesn't find his job any easier with the young chick constantly getting into trouble. But the pair manage to make it safely into the tall grass and the other guard members discover that the egg belongs to Kulinda and she put her egg in Ono's Nest until she could fix up her own.
As they take Kulinda back to her chick, Mpishi comes across Mwoga and decide to work together in hunting. As Kion and the others arrive at Ono's nest they see that Kulinda's baby is gone and she begins to cry out which is heard by the chick and do their family bonding dance. But trouble arise again when the chick runs off and gets caught by Mpishi but thanks to Ono's quick thinking and Bunga's help the chick is safely returned to her mother. As a thanks for Ono's hardwork and bravery Kulinda decides to name her chick after him calling her Ona. Kulinda says that he is welcomed back anytime since they consider him part of the family and the three birds do their family bonding dance as the guard watches happily.
The dry season is finally here and the guard is busier than ever, saving animals from rock slides, rock piles, falling branches, directing Makuu and his float to their hibernation cave and more. Then, they are alerted by Ono that hyenas are attacking Ma Tembo's Herd and once the guard arrives they see the chaos and are completely astonished that the hyenas would do something like this. So instead of using the roar Kion suggest that they flush the hyenas out of the herd and Beshte sends them flying.
Afterwards, Ma Tembo thanks the guard for the help but understands why the hyenas would do this - because there's less food in the Outlands especially during the dry season. Since it's the dry season, Ma Tembo's first responsibility as leader is to find water and Kion compliments on knowing the feeling. As Ono watches over the elephants and the remaining guard members return to the lair; Kion consults to his grandfather about concerns of the Dry Season (at first unknown to him that Makini was watching). After talking to Mufasa, Makini makes her presence known to him who is amazed at his ability. Kion tries to keep quiet about it and she tells him that she is Rafiki's new apprentice. Ono appears to inform his leader that the hyenas are back and this time they're going after the baboons who following the elephants. Once reunited with the others, Kion forms up a plan to drive the hyenas away but just before he uses the roar he notices the dark clouds behind him, calms down and sends them away. With everyone safe, the guard leaves but Kion is still disappointed that there was nothing they could do to help and goes off to his father Simba, who acknowledges his son's hardships, comparing them to his own.
Later, Rafiki takes Makini to meet the Lion Guard in their lair. She is excited to meet everyone, especially Fuli, the first ever female to join the Guard. While Kion gets the rest of the pride ready to meet Makini the young mandrill tests staff and it works. Referring to Makini's earlier question with the remaining members listening Rafiki's explains through his paintings of how the good and the bad lions of the past are summoned (unknown to them that Ushari was listening.) Afterwards, she is introduced to Kion's family, before heading out with Kiara to help Ma Tembo.
But when Kiara is kidnapped by Janja, Makini quickly to returns to the lair and informs the Lion Guard, who quickly make their way to the Outlands. While Kion distracts the hyenas he has the others rescue Kiara, but they see that his plan only lured Janja away, causing a change of plans. Fuli and the others manage to complete the rescue but just before the Guard leaves the hyena taunts Kion by saying that they get rid of everyone that he cares about which causes him to roar in anger making the volcano erupt but everyone manages to escape. Unknown that Kion's roar and tossing Makini's staff into the volcano makes Scar rise. Returning to Ma Tembo's search Makini uses what she learned from Rafiki about being quiet and Ma Tembo finds water and the pride landers happily drink unaware of the danger from the Outlands.
In the midst of trying to calm a herd of Sable Antelope, the Guard accidentally wake up Makuu and his float in the cave they were sleeping in. When the crocodile leader and Kiburi make themselves known, Ono confesses it was his idea to lead the herd near the crocodile's cave. Upon hearing that, Kiburi wants to deal with the egret 'the crocodile way' until he is stopped by Kion and Makuu.
The Lion Guard lead Makuu to speak with Simba and orders everyone to wait until he gets back. As he speaks with the King, telling him about their water situation. Ono mulls over the concern of a possible punishment for waking the crocodiles, but soon looks for spare water. He informs everyone that there are crocodiles everywhere and Makuu points out he did want to make peace and figures that someone was defying his orders. While he and Simba come to a solution they let the Guard round up the float.
Makuu finds out it was Kiburi that defied his order, and Simba states that they have a solution to their problem; when Kiburi sees the result he becomes dissatisfied. Makuu tries to reason with him to no avail and the rebellious crocodile calls for a Mashindano.
Later, Everyone watches the duel except for Ono, who flies up to get away. But thanks to his sight he notices some crocodiles leaving the event and tells the others. Understanding what's going on, the Guard quietly sneaks around the crowd to stop Kiburi's friends, including Nduli and Tamka. Simba, hearing the commotion behind him, asks Kion what's going on and seeing the beaten crocodiles the king quickly figures out they were trying to ambush him and that Kiburi was behind this.
Believing that his plan worked Kiburi forfeits and proudly boasts about it. But hearing everything that transpired Makuu has Kiburi and his followers banished from the float and Simba banishes them from the Pride Lands. At their new home, Ono is forgiven by Makuu for his mistake and the crocodile speaks of a new "crocodile way" with everyone agreeing.
When Thurston's Herd gets stuck in the mud, Kion uses the roar to make rain but it accidentally turns it into a flood flash. Although the herd is saved, Beshte ends up in the Outlands. As his friends try to look for him, Beshte does his best to cope with the heat but his presence doesn't go unnoticed. Shupavu and two of her friends lure the hippo into a trap that leads to the hyenas to crush him with rocks in an attempt to weaken the Guard. Beshte, completely unaware of their alliance to Scar, falls into the trap without any problem.
Kion and the others arrive just in time before Janja and his friends crush Beshte with a big rock. With Ono leading the way around to Rocky Plateau, the Guard are able to battle with the hyenas. As Fuli tries to steady the rock, Kion uses the Roar to send the hyenas flying. But just as they think everything is over, Bunga accidentally pushes the rock and it rolls down the cliff. At first, everyone is upset about Beshte but he shows beside the guard completely fine and they all head back to the Pride Lands, with Beshte doing a belly flop into the mud, sharing a laugh with the Guard.
Thanks to the Dry Season, the Lion Guard has to deal with wildfires popping up all over the Pride Lands, meanwhile Rafiki has problems of his own. Rafiki tells the guard of his predicament and they offer to escort the three friends to their herds but the reunions don't go so well; the friends realize they don't fit in with their herds and the friends end up back together.
After that the guard meet up at Pride Rock, Ono begins to see thunderstorm clouds a distance away and leave to help any animals. Once arriving the guard warns Zito and a few hippos of the dry lighting but it causes a fire that leaves them all trapped. To make matters worse, the fire spreads to Rafiki's Tree, causing the mandrills to become trapped inside. As the guard tries to figure a way out, they discover Rafiki's Tree on fire, causing a greater urgency to clear the flames than ever before. Thanks to Beshte's strength and Kion's Roar the fire is extinguished.
The Guard rush off to help Rafiki but discover "the other Bungas" are already there. They quickly assist them and help finish the job, thus saving Rafiki's home. He is extremely grateful, and offers to let the three friends live near his tree as long as they can be quiet. But they turn down the offer, saying they found another home and accept each other as their family. All the animals come to Pride Rock to watch Makini's first painting presentation with the three friends, royal family and the Guard having a front row seat. After the young mandrill is done everyone is amazed at her work.
The Lion Guard lead a herd of buffaloes to a watering hole, with Tsetse Flies bombarding their every movement until they settle in the water, causing the flies to leave. When Mbeya calls out for help, the Lion Guard quickly locate the rhino, who has received the flies instead. They assist him, and walk him back to a watering hole, when they bump into Thurston and his herd, whose watering hole the buffalo are now in. The flies disappear again, causing Ono to remember a strange oddity regarding the flies - they do not like zebra stripes. They offer to escort Thurston's herd as well. When they reach the watering hole, Thurston begins to tell them about how he earned his stripes, only for his stories to end when Madoa is led by Ono to the Lion Guard with some worrisome news.
Janja's clan have trapped Jasiri, Tunu and Wema in an open vent. The Lion Guard try to run, but are stopped by the tsetse flies again. When Thurston approaches, Kion asks him to come with them to the Outlands and make it to the vent where Jasiri is being held. He agrees, and they enter the Outlands together. When the flies leave, the Guard try to get Thurston to leave, but he accidentally follows them whilst Madoa hides under Kion's order. The Lion Guard tackle Janja's clan, and Kion quickly comes up with a plan to save Jasiri and the cubs. Once Beshte forces a large rock to fall in the vent, Jasiri and the cubs are able to rise up by standing on it. Once free, they join the rest of the Lion Guard in driving Janja's clan away.
With everyone safe, Jasiri shows concerns over Janja's attack, seeing that he was really out to get her. Kion comforts her by saying that the dry season makes other animals do crazy things, and Jasiri thanks the Guard for the rescue. She and the cubs return home while the Guard and Thurston return to the Pride Lands. After Kion thanks the zebra for his bravery he mistakenly assumes he's apart of the Guard and runs off to tell his herd. Almost immediately upon his leave, the Guard is pestered with flies begging the zebras if they could hang out except for Bunga to takes pleasure in eating them.
The Guard watches Ma Tembo's Herd prepare for the Ukumbusho, a celebration that brought peace between the lions and elephants during the time of the first Lion Guard led by Askari. With help from Timon and Pumbaa, the current Guard begins to practice their lines. Ma Tembo worries about the present day Lion Guard, since they're not all lions as opposed to previous generations. Makini offers a solution - to paint the Guard as lions. They accept her offer, and Makini quickly returns to finish off the elephants. As the mandrill continues her work, she discovers that she is out of paint and leaves to find more fruit after Kion calms the elephants. But instead she finds yellow flowers and uses them to finish painting the elephants.
Night time approaches and the Ukumbusho starts off without a hunch until a swarm of bees come down, startling Ma Tembo and the herd into a stampede. The Lion Guard rushes off to calm them down, and Ono explains that elephants are afraid of bees. They deduce that the reason why the bees were attracted to the elephants is because their paint markings were made out of the pollen from the flowers Makini found. With the help of Mtoto, they manage to calm most of the herd down except for Mtoto's Mom, who heads for a cliff. Bunga leaps into action and manages to soothe her. The Guard and the herd return safely to the celebration, where Kion suggests not using anymore paint on the elephants. Simba chimes in to suggest looking at it as a new tradition, and Ma Tembo agrees, and the Ukumbusho resumes.
The Lion Guard discover Janja's clan trying to steal a hoard of Tikiti Melons intended for the elephants during dry season. They chase them away and decide to keep an eye out for them in case they return.
Suddenly, the Guard hear a commotion at a nearby watering hole and come across a monitor lizard named Kenge, a friend of Ushari's who's working with Janja's clan the to steal the melons. Kion, Fuli, and Beshte get bitten and become paralyzed by his poison, but Bunga uses his stink to scare the lizard away. Ono informs his fallen friends that Kenge is a monitor lizard and that his bite can cause paralysis, but only temporarily. Kion asks Ono to check with Rafiki to see if he has a cure for the poison.
Once Ono makes it to Rafiki's tree he discovers from Makini that he's gone for the day. She agrees to step in for him and makes her way to the injured group. She explains that she needs Ponya Flowers, and Ono spots them easily. But he also spots the hyenas and the monitor lizard again. Kion asks Ono and Bunga to take care of it, and they do so. The duo arrive to stop Kenge and the hyenas once again, but they manage to escape with the melons, and not before Ono and Bunga get bitten too. However, similar to Ushari's bite, the honey badger is immune to Kenge's venom as well. Meanwhile, Makini tries to heal Kion and the others, unsure if they were suppose to eat, smell, or wear them, so she has them do all three (even the carnivores). Bunga returns with a paralyzed Ono and informs the others what has happened. Seeing that Kenge, Janja, Cheezi and Chungu are heading towards Embamba Canyon, Kion instructs Bunga and Makini to venture there, using a plan.
When they arrive, Bunga works to distract the hyenas and Kenge whilst Makini moves the melons to a safe place. He uses Kenge's anger against him by taunting him continuously. Using this, he is able to trick Kenge into biting Janja, Cheezi and Chungu with ease, paralyzing the trio. Bunga and Makini manage to keep them occupied long enough for Kion and the others to arrive and the cub uses the Roar to send their enemies back to the Outlands. With that, the Guard and Makini escort the melons back to the Pride Lands and share a laugh.
As Rafiki explains all of the Pride Lands traditions to Makini, she spots a painting of Timon with a Christmas Tree, with the Lion Guard and other animals underneath it. Being new to the Pride Lands Rafiki tells her the story of how the holiday was introduced.
The scene changes to Bunga and his uncles decorating a tree for Christmas, until Timon falls from a branch and is caught by Beshte. The honey badger tells the others about the holiday and they also hear of Timon's greatest wish, to see Dandy Claws, who only appears when the song "The Twelve Ways of Christmas" is performed on Christmas morning with all twelve animals present.
When Bunga tells his friends his desire to make his uncle's wish come true, the Guard travels all over the Pride Lands, gathering all the animals together. Once they start practicing, they continue all the way up to early morning. With everyone exhausted and with Bunga still not sure that they're ready, they begin to leave until they are halted by Kion. Simba asks Bunga why he is making such an effort, and he replies that he wants to tell his uncles thank you for all they have done. Simba believes this to be a good reason, so they all resume practicing.
When morning comes, Bunga drags his uncles to the Christmas tree, and the performance begins. It is a success, although Dandy Claws does not show up, much to Bunga's disappointment. But Pumbaa comes dressed up as 'Dandy Claws' instead, though remembers that he forgot to get Timon a gift since he spent so long getting the costume together. The meerkat says that he doesn't care about getting gifts, and that being among friends is the greatest gift of all (whilst also mentioning that they got gifts from the performance). The Lion Guard decide to continue the Christmas tradition, and the Pride Landers wish each other a Merry Christmas.
The Guard finds Bupu stuck in a tree where a yellow wagtail named Nyuni is nesting. Zazu arrives, and promptly decides to include the sable antelope's situation into his Morning Report. Kion suddenly has an idea, and the entire branch is broken off. Bupu leads his herd away, and Zazu congratulates Kion on his idea before leaving to see what else is happening in the Pride Lands. Fuli notes that the hornbill likes butting into everybody's business. However, Kion doesn't take it too personal, reminding her that Zazu watches over everyone, and recounts the time when he saved the cub and Bunga from Makuu's float back when Pua was still in charge.
Later, Simba and the Guard notice that Zazu is late for the Morning Report and, knowing how timely the hornbill is, the Guard searches for him right away. In their search for him the Guard discovers that Zazu was captured by the hyenas and they head off to the Outlands. Hearing the hornbill's singing leads them just outside the Outland's Volcano, and they begin to fight Janja's clan. During the battle, Zazu sees Fuli getting pushed back to the edge with lava below. Having no choice, he rolls his cage towards the hyenas giving the cheetah enough time to move away from the edge. But Zazu heads for the lava himself, and Fuli is not able to catch him in time as he rolls down a steep slope. Kion notices this and uses the roar to make a safe spot for him so that he can fly to safety. With Zazu safe they all head back to the Pride Lands where the hornbill gives his Morning Report, despite it being night time.
While on patrol, the Guard believes that the crocodiles are fighting and rush off to help but Hodari informs them that they interrupted a training session, which is confirmed by Ono. Seeing Hodari move like a crocodile, the gecko admits to Beshte that he wants to become a crocodile or at least an honorary one. Then a herd of buffaloes runs by, Fuli and Ono try to calm the herd while the others help Makuu's float get to safety in the process Makuu gets hurt but is still alright and they leave. Asking Beshte for help Hodari, the hippo introduces the gecko to the crocodiles asking if he could be apart of the float but gets rejected.
As the guard deals with Laini and two of her friends being stuck in a tree; Hodari is accepted in Kiburi's float. Then, they see Kiburi enter the Pride Lands with their newest member as the guard warns him away Beshte tries to warn Hodari that Kiburi can't trusted due to his misdeeds believing that the hippo wants him to give up his dreams the gecko says they're no longer friends and leaves. But return to help when Kiburi's float attacks Makuu's Float, seeing Kiburi's disrespect for 'the crocodile way' and his true colors Hodari intervenes to set things right by helping Makuu defeat Kiburi. After the crocodiles are beaten, Kion uses the roar to send Kiburi's float home, and Hodari is given a membership to Makuu's float as an honorary crocodile.
Having Reirei and her Jackal pack join their ranks as a test Scar orders them to go to the Pride Lands to see how the Lion Guard reacts. Once back he commands that the guard acted just as he had excepted with the test complete he commands them to go after Rafiki who is able to sense the Lions of the Past including Scar himself. Meanwhile - thinking about the guard - he agrees that they are at a disadvantage when they split up. So Bunga gives the idea that they should be in two places at once. So they they look for Tamaa. They find him and are happy that he kept to his word and asked him for help once the hyenas and jackals return the guard puts their plan into action.
With Tamaa distracting the jackals, Kion and the others take of the hyenas during the chase they discover that Janja and his clan are after Rafiki the clans finds him meditating on rock once they surround him the mandril manages to fight them off until the guard arrives. Meanwhile Reirei discovers they've been tricked and rejoin the hyenas. So Tamaa leaves to to warn Kion after Janja tries to retreat Kion follows until Scar intervenes. With Tamaa and Rafiki, they were able to drive the hyenas and jackals away. But after the fight, they all notice a strange burn mark on the ground. The mandril recognizes the image as a sign of great evil. So he leaves to consult the paintings in the lair - in hopes that the shape is a coincidence.