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An intensely hot pool of molten rock, emitting clouds of sulphurous smoke. Nothing but the mythical salamander can cross this without flight.

Lava is a type of terrain found in the Dungeon and many of its branches. If you are flying above it, you get the Lava status effect as a warning. It is impossible to cross lava for most player species, unless you can fly. Attempting to move onto lava is not normally allowed.

Having one's means of flight expire while over lava results in an emergency flight mode that causes heavy draining (~3% max HP) per turn spent in lava.


You can use confusion to your advantage (e.g. Confusing Touch, Mephitic Cloud) by targeting monsters near lava. They may attempt to cross it and fall in, killing them instantly. Keep in mind that this will also destroy their equipment in the process.

Polar Vortex users can lift non-flying monsters into the air and drop them into pools of lava, instantly killing them.