Lava Lift

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Two types of Lava Lifts in the New Super Mario Bros. U style of Super Mario Maker
Two types of Lava Lifts in the New Super Mario Bros. U style of Super Mario Maker
Two types of Lava Lifts in the New Super Mario Bros. U style of Super Mario Maker

A Lava Lift[1] or Skull Raft[2][3] is a raft made out of bones and is the precursor to the Spine Coaster. It debuted in the game Super Mario World.


Super Mario World[edit]

The Lava Lift in Super Mario World

In Super Mario World, Lava Lifts 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 Lava Lift.

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, as it was known in the series, appeared 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.

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

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.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Cráneo Balsa Barge Skull
French (NOE) Plate-forme à têtes de mort[4]
Plate-forme magma (Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS)
Skull Platform
Magma platform
Romanian Plută din cranii (Super Mario World television series) Skull raft


  1. Super Mario Maker spoken object name
  2. Super Mario World television series - Mama Luigi. YouTube. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  3. Nintendo Power Volume 28, page 16
  4. Soleil Productions. 2018. Super Mario Encyclopedia : Les 30 premières années. Super Mario World section, page 61.