Lava, like water, is a fluid. It can be found in Volcana, at Olmec's Lair, at the bottom of the third level in Tide Pool, and in Neo Babylon (might appear in other locations). It flows downwards and seeks its own level, just like water. There are a few differences, however. If the player touches lava, they will die, therefore, they cannot swim in it. However, the player can still whip lava like they can whip water. If the player is riding a mount and falls into lava, the mount will die and the player will automatically jump off the mount.


Like water, lava will disappear if it touches the exit door, and will not disappear if it touches the door at the start of the level or a door that leads into a "background room" (uncertain about term). Lava will also kill anything that falls into it, with the exception of Lavamanders. Magmars spawn and jump out of lava from time to time as well. Most items that fall into lava do not seem to be destroyed, such as Idols or the Golden Key (needs checking). When explosives come into contact with lava, they will explode. When the bottom of ropes come into contact with lava, the will burn from the bottom up. Lava will also emit light.

Lava can be removed with the Freeze Ray, which will eventually turn it into a rock if there is a single blob of it left.

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Lava behaves much like water in the Jungle, but is much deadlier. Lava kills the Spelunker and all enemies on contact. Lava periodically produces Magma Men. It also produces light, visible in Dark levels. Lava is the only thing in the game which can kill Olmec.

If the Spelunker has obtained Vlad's Amulet, he or she will be unaffected by the Lava and the Magma Man it produces. This allows the Spelunker to freely move through the Lava as if it were water. Additionally, if a bomb is thrown when the Spelunker is fully submerged in Lava (the Lava that is not part of the surface) the bomb will fully disappear and be consumed, with no explosion happening.

Objects dropped into the lava will sink slowly. If you accidentally drop an item into the lava, it may be possible to retrieve it provided you're fast enough and you dropped it close enough to the edge of the pit. However, destroying the wall supporting the lava and draining the pit may cause the item to simply float in midair, irretrievable (unless hit with a well-timed bomb to send it flying). Push Blocks dropped into lava can provide a temporary stepping stone.

Unlike the rest of items, the Scepter and the Jetpack will not be destroyed if sank into lava. Remember to put bombs on the side of the pool that'll make the job easier.

Strategy

  • If a lava pit is too wide to jump across easily, try knocking out the side of the pit with bombs to reduce the lava's level.
  • It's a bad idea to throw bombs directly into the lava as they will detonate instantly, resulting in wasted bombs at best, or 10 points of damage at worst.
  • Ropes that unfurl into lava will burn from the bottom up, which is annoying.

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Lava behaves much like the water in the Jungle, but much deadlier.

OUCH that burns!


Lava is capable of killing the Spelunker and all enemies on contact. If a lava pit is too wide to jump across easily, try knocking out the side of the pit with bombs to reduce the lava's level. Ropes that unfurl into lava will burn from the bottom up.


Mechanics

Objects dropped into the lava will sink slowly. If you accidentally drop an item into the lava, it may be possible to retrieve it provided you're fast enough and you dropped it close enough to the edge of the pit. However, destroying the wall supporting the lava, attempting to drain the lava, may result in the item sinking to simply float in mid air, irretrievable (unless hit with a well timed bomb to send it flying). Push Blocks dropped into lava can provide a temporary stepping stone. 

Almost all enemies will die on contact with lava, and corpses will slowly burn and sink. 

Lava periodically produces Magma Men. It also produces light, visible in Dark levels.


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