Lava Lotus

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Lava Lotus
SMB3 LavaLotus.jpg
Artwork of a Lava Lotus
First appearance Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Latest appearance Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition (2010)
Volcano Lotus
Pompon Flower

A Lava Lotus is an artificial flower[1] that lives underwater in Super Mario Bros. 3. It resembles a large translucent version of Panser from Super Mario Bros. 2, but according to Nintendo Power, Lava Lotuses have a relation to Piranha Plants,[2] despite there being no such indication in the original instruction booklet. Lava Lotuses are capable of creating and storing lava balls under their transparent petals and attack by opening up to release them. The lava balls can go through platforms and make navigating underwater difficult. The number they shoot out is random and can be up to five at a time. The lava balls travel rather slowly and in a straight line from their point of release. They can be defeated only by Hammer Mario or Invincible Mario.

Lava Lotuses have appeared in Western-exclusive Super Mario media a few times. One appears briefly in the episode "Oh, Brother!" of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, where it unleashes lava balls on Frog Luigi, who manages to swim past them with ease. In the book Dinosaur Dilemma, Mario avoids some Lava Lotuses while collecting coins in Lake Trilobite.


Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

種族 フラワー族
性格 派手好き
登場ゲーム 3

Lava Lotus
Tribe: Flower clan
Disposition: Extravagant
Game appearances: 3
Dangerous flowers in the water
A very beautiful flower blooming at the bottom of the sea. It is a dangerous flower that produces a series of red balls when approached. It is invincible except when you use a Hammer or statue to trample on it, so try to pass over it quickly before it shoots out red balls.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スイチューカ[4]
Underwater Flower; A type of artificial flower which "blossoms" in water
German Lavapflanze Lava Plant
Italian Lotolava[6]
Loto di lava[7]
Lava Lotus


  1. ^ "An artificial flower that grows and blooms deep in the sea. Look out for the lava balls that it will release." – Super Mario Bros. 3 English instruction booklet, page 36.
  2. ^ "An aquatic relative of the Piranha Plants, the Lotus spits fiery lava bits." – Nintendo Power Volume 13, page 9.
  3. ^ Shogakukan. 1994.「パーフェクト版 マリオキャラクター大事典」 (Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten), page 91.
  4. ^ Super Mario Bros. 3 Japanese instruction booklet, page 37.
  5. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオワールド」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario World), page 27.
  6. ^ Super Mario All-Stars - 25th Anniversary Edition Italian instruction booklet, page 28.
  7. ^ Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia; pag. 36