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Lava is a recurring Enemy in The Legend of Zelda series.(OoT | MM | OoS | OoA | TWW | FSA | TMC | TP | ST | ALBW | CoH)[16][name references needed] Lava goes unnamed in The Wind Waker HD, Skyward Sword HD, and Breath of the Wild.


Lava is molten rock that is usually in the form of thick, fiery liquid that ranges from red to orange to yellow. In most Zelda games, it will cause Link to lose health if he falls in, and it will sometimes force him to start the room over in a few 3D games. In some games such as Ocarina of Time, Link is able to walk on lava and will be constantly taking damage; however, wearing the Goron Tunic will significantly reduce the amount of damage taken. The same also applies to Majora's Mask, but whether Link is able to walk on lava and whether he takes damage by doing so varies depending on the form he is in. Link as a Hylian boy is able to walk on lava while constantly taking damage. Deku Link and Zora Link will restart a room if they fall into lava, whereas Goron Link is completely immune to lava. Notably, in Twilight Princess, Link will lose two hearts at once if he falls into lava before being returned to the beginning of the room. However, if wearing the Zora Armor, this damage is multiplied by 10, making lava an instant-death hazard for Link.

Lava also appears in some dungeons as red tiles in The Legend of Zelda, but like water, it cannot be walked on and is thus harmless. The Stepladder, however, can be used to walk over water and lava. In The Adventure of Link, falling into lava will automatically count as a death and will take away one of Link's lives.

Ocarina of Time

Majora's Mask

Oracle of Seasons

Oracle of Ages

The Wind Waker

Four Swords Adventures

The Minish Cap

Lava appears in the Cave of Flames in The Minish Cap. It will damage Link if he falls into it. He can traverse Lava using Updrafts as well as unstable rocky platforms that must occasionally be flipped over with the Cane of Pacci.

Twilight Princess

Spirit Tracks

Skyward Sword

A Link Between Worlds

Breath of the Wild

Tears of the Kingdom

Lava appears at Death Mountain and under the surface of Hyrule.

Other Appearances

Cadence of Hyrule

Lava can be found within the Gerudo Ruins. When touched by one of the heroes, they lose half of a Heart and are reset back to their position before they fell into the Lava. Damage from Lava can be mitigated by the Goron Locket, and a combination of the Goron Locket and the Zora's Flippers allows the heroes to swim in it.


Names in Other Regions
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See Also


  1. "It looks like there are many lava pits around here, so watch your step!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time)
  2. "It looks like there are many lava pits around here, so watch your step!" — Navi (Ocarina of Time 3D)
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask—Official Perfect Guide, Versus Books, pg. 92
  4. "Cross the Lava" — Vision (Majora's Mask 3D)
  5. "I've seen a Bomb Flower. I saw it at Lava Lake down south." — Subrosian (Oracle of Seasons)
  6. "Amazing! You win the Lava Juice!!!" — Goron (Oracle of Ages)
  7. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker—Prima's Official Strategy Guide, Prima Games, pg. 12
  8. The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures—The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 108
  9. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap—The Official Nintendo Player's Guide, Nintendo of America, pg. 34
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess—PRIMA Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 8
  11. (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD—Official Digital Strategy Guide by Prima Games, § Training
    Environmental Effects)
  12. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks—PRIMA Official Game Guide (Collector's Edition), Prima Games, pg. 20
  13. "3. The Cave and the Lava Moat" (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword—Official Digital Strategy Guide for Wii by Prima Games, § Walkthrough
    Eldin Volcano)
  14. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Prima Official Game Guide, Prima Games, pg. 17
  15. "Defeated By: Lava" — Game Over (Cadence of Hyrule)
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