Lava Lift

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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 on player

Allows the player to cross gaps of otherwise uncrossable land.

A Lava Lift or Skull Raft[1] is a raft made out of bones that debuted in Super Mario World. It is the precursor to the Hone Lift.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

The Skull Raft in Super Mario World

In Super Mario World, Skull Rafts are used to help Mario and Luigi cross the lava river. They are only seen 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 they must jump to avoid them, then land back on the Skull Raft.

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

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 blue, faster variant also exists, that 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 Luigi and the Skull Raft fell down the waterfall, with Luigi landing on solid ground, where he found Baby Yoshi.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 溶岩リフト
Yōgan Rifuto
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[2]
Plate-forme magma (Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS)
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


  1. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 28, page 16.
  2. ^ Soleil Productions. 2018. Super Mario Encyclopedia : Les 30 premières années. Super Mario World section, page 61.