Lava Lift

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Not to be confused with Skull Platform.
Lava Lift
A Lava Lift in Super Mario Maker.A fast Lava Lift in Super Mario Maker.
Two types of Lava Lifts in the New Super Mario Bros. U style of Super Mario Maker
First appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest appearance Super Mario Maker 2 (2019)
Effect Allows the player to cross gaps of otherwise uncrossable land

A Lava Lift, also called a Skull Raft,[1] is a raft of skulls that debuted in Super Mario World. It is the precursor to the segmented platform.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Skull Raft from Super Mario World
A Skull Raft in Super Mario World

In Super Mario World, Skull Rafts are used to help Mario or Luigi cross the lava river. They are seen only in Vanilla Dome 3 and Vanilla Dome 4, where there are large areas filled with lava rivers. However, sometimes, Blarggs jump out and try to attack Mario or Luigi, so he must jump to avoid them, then land back on the Skull Raft.

Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

A Lava Lift, in Super Mario Maker.A blue Lava Lift, in Super Mario Maker.

Skull Rafts, now known as Lava Lifts, reappear in Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS. This appearance is different than in Super Mario World. They are able to move in the air on top of moving in lava. They can be used in all four styles, featuring new sprites for Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3, and a 2.5D model for New Super Mario Bros. U. A faster blue variant also exists, and it does not fall off the screen after a couple seconds. The rafts are generally used to follow tracks.

Super Mario Maker 2[edit]

Lava Lifts return in Super Mario Maker 2, where the blue ones are now referred to as Fast Lava Lifts.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

Skull Raft
Luigi on a Skull Raft
“Well, these skulls were good medicine for me.”
Luigi, "Mama Luigi"

In the Super Mario World television series, a Skull Raft appears in the episode "Mama Luigi." Here, it shows that the Skull Raft is made of both wood and skulls, not just skulls like in the video game. In Luigi's story, he gets attacked by a Fire Sumo and falls into the Lava Pits. However, he lands on a Skull Raft, which saves his life. However, the raft approaches a lava waterfall, and the two fall down. At the bottom, the Skull Raft floats away from the ground that Luigi lands on.


Names in other languages[edit]

Lava Rift[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドクロリフト[2] (Super Mario World)
Dokuro Rifuto
溶岩リフト (Super Mario Maker 2)
Yōgan Rifuto
Skull Lift

Lava Lift
Chinese 熔岩台
Róngyán Tái
Lava Platform
Dutch Lavaplatform Lava Platform
French Plateforme magma (Super Mario Maker 2)
Magma platform
French (NOE) Plate-forme à têtes de mort[4]
Plate-forme magma (Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS, Super Mario Maker 2)
Skull Platform
Magma platform
German Lavaplattform Lava platform
Italian Piattaforma di lava
Zattera di teschi (Super Mario World television series)
Lava Platform
Skulls raft
Romanian Plută din cranii (Super Mario World television series)
Lava Lift[5] (LEGO Super Mario)
Skull raft
Russian Лава-платформа
Lava platform
Spanish Cráneo Balsa Barge Skull

Fast Lava Lift[edit]

Language Name Meaning
French Plateforme magma rapide Fast lava platform


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 28. Page 16.
  2. ^ Shogakukan. 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario World section. Page 61.
  3. ^ Super Mario Manga Adventures Volume 1, page 107
  4. ^ Soleil Productions. 2018. Super Mario Encyclopedia : Les 30 premières années. Super Mario World section. Page 61.
  5. ^ Set de extindere Plimbare pe valul de lavă. (Romanian). Retrieved January 21, 2023. (Archived January 7, 2023, 01:37:29 UTC via Wayback Machine.)