Lava Lotus

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Lava Lotus

Super Mario Bros. 3 artwork
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Similar entities
Volcano Lotus
Piranha Plant
Pompon Flower

A Lava Lotus is an artificial flower[1] that lives underwater in Super Mario Bros. 3. It resembles a large translucent version of Panser from Super Mario Bros. 2. Lava Lotuses are capable of creating and storing lava balls under their transparent petals and attack by opening up to release them. The lava balls can go through platforms and make navigating underwater difficult. The number they shoot out is random and can be up to five at a time. The lava balls travel rather slowly and in a straight line from their point of release. They can be defeated only by Hammer Mario or Invincible Mario.

A single Lava Lotus appears briefly in the The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Oh, Brother!." This Lava Lotus unleashes its lava balls on Frog Luigi, who manages to swim past them with ease.

In the Nintendo Adventure Books story Dinosaur Dilemma, Mario avoids some Lava Lotuses while collecting coins in Lake Trilobite.

According to Nintendo Power, Lava Lotuses are confirmed to be a relative to Piranha Plants.[2]


Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スイチューカ[3]
Underwater Flower; A type of artificial flower which "blossoms" in water
German Lavapflanze Lava Plant
Italian Lotolava[5]
Loto di lava[6]
Lava Lotus


  1. ^ "An artificial flower that grows and blooms deep in the sea. Look out for the lava balls that it will release." - Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 36.
  2. ^ "An aquatic relative of the Piranha Plants, the Lotus spits fiery lava bits." - Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 9.
  3. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 37.
  4. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオワールド」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario World), page 27.
  5. ^ Super Mario All-Stars - 25th Anniversary Edition Italian instruction booklet, page 28.
  6. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 36