Lethal Lava Land

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Lethal Lava Land
Unlocked by Clear Bowser in the Dark World
Boss(es) 2 Big Bullies
Mission(s) Super Mario 64
Boil The Big Bully
Bully The Bullies
8-Coin Puzzle With 15 Pieces
Red-Hot Log Rolling
Hot-Foot-It Into The Volcano
Elevator Tour In The Volcano

Super Mario 64 DS
Boil The Big Bully
Bully The Bullies
8-Coin Puzzle With 15 Pieces
Red-Hot Log Rolling
Hot-Foot-It Into The Volcano
Inside The Volcano
Flaming Silver Stars
Stars Super Mario 64:

Super Mario 64 DS:


Map of Lethal Lava Land in Super Mario 64 DS.
The painting leading to Lethal Lava Land.

Lethal Lava Land is the seventh course in Super Mario 64 and its remake. As the name suggests, it is a course filled with Lava. There are many traps in the course compared to most previous courses. The primary enemies in the stage are the Bullies, which, true to their name, try to push Mario into the lava surrounding their platforms. There are also Podoboo Cogs, a Mr. I, and many Podoboos that jump out of the lava and bounce on the floor. Unlike in most other Mario games, the lava does not immediately defeat Mario; instead, it depletes Mario's health by three. Landing on a flat surface causes him to run around erratically. There are no bottomless pits in the stage.

This stage has a sliding puzzle that forms a picture of Bowser, many tilting platforms which can dip Mario into lava, and a rolling log along which Mario must run on. Most notable is a volcano in the center of the stage. In the DS version, Power Flowers can save Wario from taking damage in the lava in this stage. Instead, Metal Wario gradually sinks into the lava as he walks along it and must continuously jump to keep on the surface, similar to parts of Shifting Sand Land.

The entrance to Lethal Lava Land is a painting of a fireball with a face, and it is located in the basement of Princess Peach's Castle. The theme played in Lethal Lava Land is shared with Shifting Sand Land. In the remake, it is the only course where all characters can obtain any star.


Mario fighting the Big Bully in Lethal Lava Land.

The level titles and numbers correspond to Super Mario 64 unless otherwise noted.

Star 1: Boil The Big Bully

This level is the same in both Super Mario 64 and its remake, Super Mario 64 DS. After Mario enters the stage, he needs to go up to the northern end of the stage across bridges, Podoboo Cogs, and the Bowser puzzle. Mario should then see a large bully on a square platform across the area. Using a variety of punches, kicks, and other attacks, Mario will be able to push the Big Bully off the arena and into the lava. The Power Star will appear atop another platform, and a set of steps (which will break apart) will also appear, leading the plumber to it.

Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
Spanish Lava al Gran Bronco Lava for the Big Bully

Star 2: Bully The Bullies

Mario fighting the three bullies.

This level is the same in both Super Mario 64 and its remake. Mario should head to the right of the site of his battle with Big Bully. He'll see a larger platform with three regular Bullies. With his punches, kicks, and attacks, the plumber can easily defeat the smaller bullies. After defeating the trio, a Big Bully will drop down and fight Mario. After pushing it into the lava below, the Power Star will appear in the center of the platform.

Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
French Poussez les Petits Moches Push the Bullies

Star 3: 8-Coin Puzzle With 15 Pieces

Mario in mid-air above the puzzle

This level is the same in both Super Mario 64 and its remake. Here, Mario should head straight until coming up to a bridge that he will then cross. Then, Mario needs to go left again and cross another bridge that opens and closes repeatedly, giving Mario a chance to fall off. Heading right afterwards, Mario should see platforms with a picture of Bowser on it. The pieces will shift around and Mario will have to collect the eight Red Coins above them while avoiding falling into the lava. The Power Star will appear above the star marker on the stone platform in the northeastern corner of the puzzle. Compared to the real Bowser, the Bowser picture on the puzzle closer resembles his common design. The Bowser picture on the matching puzzle in the original Super Mario 64, is Bowser's artwork from Super Mario Bros. 3. The picture in Super Mario 64 DS was later used in Mario Party 7.

Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
French Puzzle de 8 pièces rouges Puzzle of 8 red coins

Star 4: Red-Hot Log Rolling

Mario on the log, near the area where the power star is.

This level is the same in both Super Mario 64 and its remake. Mario will need to travel to the right of the volcano in the center of the stage. There will be a platform with two bullies. Mario will then have to go across the platform on the side, avoiding flames shooting out of the fire. He will then be near a large log that he should stand on, causing it to spin. Mario will need to keep his balance and cross the log and then go left across a narrow pathway to reach the Power Star. Mario can also grab the Wing Cap power-up and use it to fly over, or around the fence and land on the platform with the star. In the DS remake, the player can simply skip the log by doing a backflip as Luigi and heading to the star.

Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
French Balade sur la buche Ride on the log

Star 5: Hot-Foot-It Into The Volcano

Mario in the volcano.

This level is the same in both Super Mario 64 and its remake. To get this star, Mario must jump in the volcano located in the center of the stage. Inside, there are many black islands. Mario must go across them until he gets to the walkway that follows the circumference of the volcano's interior. On the way up, there are some Bullies to push Mario off, leading him to a possible death. Also, one part of the wall can fall and crush Mario if he isn't paying attention. Later on, there is a section with floating platforms. Mario needs to jump on each one to effectively reach the athwart positioned allocation, where he will find poles leading to the star. Carefully, Mario must jump pole-to-pole without missing. If he makes it, the star will be waiting at the end of the walkway.

Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
French Chaud dans le volcan Heat in the volcano

Star 6: Elevator Tour In The Volcano / Inside the Volcano

Mario riding an elevator inside the volcano.

To get this star, Mario must jump in the volcano at the center of the stage. He must then continue left from inside and then jump onto the elevator. He will be sent up but will then have to jump on another elevator and ride on that one. The elevator will, at some point, fall down, and Mario will have to jump on the platform to his left before falling. Rotating Podoboo Cogs are found on the platforms, and Mario must quickly climb up a pole onto another platform with rotating Podoboo Cogs, followed by three very small platforms to jump across. After the three platforms are passed, Mario can grab the star on the last platform.

In Super Mario 64 DS, the mission is the same as in original version of the game, however it is renamed "Inside the Volcano", and lacks the Podoboo Cogs.

Names in Other Languages
Language Name Meaning
French Ascenseur dans le volcan Elevator in the Volcano

Star 7 (DS): Flaming Silver Stars

Luigi riding on a Koopa shell to find silver stars

Super Mario 64 DS adds a seventh mission to Lethal Lava land. In it, five Silver Stars are marked on the player's map and must be collected to produce a Power Star. Mario or one of his accomplices must run across the first platform and past the archway, where a yellow "!" block will give them a green Koopa Shell to ride on. While riding on the shell, the characters are impervious to the lava below them, giving them free-range over the level and easy access to all five Silver Stars (so long as the characters do not bump into anything). When all five Silver Stars are collected, the golden Power Star will appear on the rock formation behind the level's start.

The Volcano

Main article: Volcano (Lethal Lava Land)
The outside of the Volcano.
Map of the Volcano in Super Mario 64 DS.

A Volcano is located in Lethal Lava Land in the game Super Mario 64 and its remake. It appears to be the source of much of the lava in the course. It is possible to jump inside the top of the volcano to access a hidden area of the level. The volcano's interior houses the two final Power Stars needed to complete the level. It has Podoboos, Bullies, Podoboo Cogs, and walls that shoot fire. If the player loses a life inside the volcano and they go back into the course, they'll be back in the volcano.


In the center of the stage is an active volcano that sits right in the center of a ring-shaped platform that spins around it. The volcano erupts every few seconds, showering the rotating platform with fireballs. Whenever the volcano erupts, the spinning platform surrounding it will stop, and after the eruption, it will continue to spin. This may make it hard to enter the volcano.


The inside of the Volcano.

The volcano's diminutive outer appearance betrays its massive interior. The entire "floor" is a pool of lava, which fed by an enormous "lavafall" at the back of the volcano, but there are several black stone islands that Mario can stand on. There is also a ledge that runs along the wall to the top of the volcano. Bullies patrol the ledge, and the walls shoot fire. There are also some Podoboo Cogs and Podoboos. One section of the wall even falls open, crushing Mario beneath it. Suspended high in the air in the middle of the volcano is a floating platform that can only be reached by an elevator.

Enemies Encountered

Statistics from Super Mario 64

  • Caps Found: Red
  • Warps:
    • Near the start of the level, there is a Mr. I. Defeating it and dropping down into the little cage below it will take Mario to an island with a Wing Cap on it.

Names in Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ファイアバブルランド
Faia Baburu Rando
Fire Bubble Land
French Laves fatales Lethal lavas
German Lava Lagune Lava Lagoon
Italian Terra di Lava Letale (64)
Lago di Lava (DS)
Lethal Lava Land
Lava Lake
Korean 붉은용암랜드
Red Lava Land
Spanish Tierra del Fuego Fire Land


  • The face on the fireball on the painting through which Lethal Lava Land is entered slightly resembles a demonic version of the face of Bowser.
  • Mario seems to take more damage from lava when he is without his hat
  • In the 2000's, fans often called the Bullies that appeared in this stage Pompeiis as the name "Bully" sounded generic to some. This fan-name is probably based on the city of Pompeii in Italy which was ruined by lava from a volcanic eruption back in the 1400's.