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 or Skull Raft[1] is a raft of skulls that debuted in Super Mario World. It is the precursor to the Bone Yogan Lift.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

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 will 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 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 will 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]

Luigi, on a Skull Raft, from the Super Mario World cartoon

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. During Luigi's story, Luigi got attacked by a Fire Sumo and fell into the Lava Pits. However, he landed on a Skull Raft, which saved his life. Unfortunately, he was heading for a lava waterfall, and he and the Skull Raft fell down the waterfall, with him landing on solid ground, where he found Baby Yoshi.


Names in other languages[edit]

Lava Rift[edit]

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

Lava Lift (Super Mario Maker 2)
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[3]
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 animated series)
Lava Platform
Skulls raft
Romanian Plută din cranii (Super Mario World television series) 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. ^ Soleil Productions. 2018. Super Mario Encyclopedia : Les 30 premières années. Super Mario World section, page 61.