Talk:Lava Bubble

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Do Podoboos appear in SM64? I remember some kind of fireball with eyes.Knife (talk)

I do remember something that jumps in and out of lava, not sure if its a Podoboo though. -- Sir Grodus

It's not officially called a Podoboo. It's more like a flaming arch that rises from the lava (no eyes though). However, the painting to Lethal Laval Land has a picture of a flame with eyes and a mouth (although the actual entity does not appear in the game). -- Son of Suns

The Lethal Lava Land picture kinda looks like Fryguy, it even mentions that on Wikipedia. -- Sir Grodus

Looks just like the Podoboo's Bowser throws out in Super Mario World.
- Yoshi Master

Oh yeah, I remember that! But I'm still leaning towards Fryguy.Knife (talk)

It looks kind of like the fireball enemies from the Rainbow Road dribble Race in Mario Hoops 3 on 3, which in turn resemble the Fire Ball enemies from the Final Fantasy series. Phoenix Rider

it IS Fryguy! I Checked! Max2

When i checked it said it was an eerie flame-y version of bowser. User:Ramm

- Yoshi Master

The game! Compare a picture of the painting to FryGuy in the link above. It is easier to see in the SM64DS. Max2

Sorry, but I'm not seeing it. The fireball on the painting looks more like an actual fireball, but with Fryguy, you can see a mask - Ultimatetoad 17:45, 27 February 2007 (EST)

I don't think it looks like Fryguy. Fryguy has some kind of blue mask.Knife (talk) 18:44, 27 February 2007 (EST)

It probably is not Fryguy. Fryguy looks different than that. I agree with Ultimatetoad. Snowspike55

Silence all of you.
- Yoshi Master

? What? What game is THAT from? Let's see... SMB2... SM64... ??? Max2

Super Mario World. Final fight with Bowser. Those look more like the painting fireballs than Fryguy.
- Yoshi Master

Looks more like Super Mario World. DISCUSSION: OVER! Little Mouser.PNGPaper Jorge (Talk·Contribs)

So wait, they're only Podoboos if they have eyes? What about the random fireballs without eyes, in like every game with lava? Even Super Mario Bros? Are those just fireballs? SaltyTalk! 00:38, 2 July 2007 (EDT)

We should move some of the articles... they are the same enemy![edit]

The Podoboo entry mentions that some possibly related enemies are Lava Bubbles, Lava Drops, Embers, and Phantom Ember. Thanks to The Mushroom Kingdom, we know that not only are they directly related - they are exactly the same enemy!

Podoboos (platformers), Lava Bubbles (Paper Mario), and Sparky (Super Mario RPG) have the same name in Japanese - バブル (Bubble). They are intended to be the same exact enemy. Similarly, Embers are an offshoot of the Podoboo, just as Fireballs (Buburr[?]) and Pyrosheres (Bobble) are. The localizers were just a bit careless when it came back to referring to the Bubbles' English name (after all, they're more concerned with changing Nokonokos to Koopa Troopas and such). Therefore, to be consistent, the articles should all be merged under a single name (preferably Podoboo). LinkTheLefty 14:34, 12 November 2008 (EST)

Er, while they may be related (going strictly off of translations), they do need to stay separate. Their names are official and different in America, and they each affect gameplay differently. — Stooben Rooben 15:23, 12 November 2008 (EST)
"Affect Gameplay differently"? How so? In all games they appeared in, they serve as Mario enemies, even if the genres are different. Using that logic, we should create an article for Koopa Shell (Mario Kart) because they "affect gameplay differently" than in the Platformers. --Blitzwing 15:28, 12 November 2008 (EST)

Let's put it this way:

  • Podoboos: First debuted in Super Mario Bros.; they jump out of lava in the same vertical motion; they are found some Mario Party mini-games, each affecting gameplay differently in one way or another.
  • Sparky: First debuted in Super Mario RPG; they have an attack, HP, and defense different to that of a Podoboo, which has none; they have a slightly different appearance; they can only be found in certain locations, different than Podoboos.
  • Lava Bubble, Ember, and Phantom Ember: Each of these debut in a different game, but all appear together in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door; each has a different attack, defense, and HP from the last; they appear in different locations.
  • Hotheads and Li'l Sparkies: Each debut in Super Mario World; though they appear to be of the same species, they have a different name.

Each of these points prove as to how they affect gameplay differently. The Koopa Shell from Super Mario Bros. serves the same purpose as in the Mario Kart series: they get kicked/thrown to get in the player's way. In Super Mario Bros., when the player kicks the shell, it generally destroys enemies along it's path; however, they can ricochet off of an object and hit the player, damaging him/her. In the Mario Kart series, they player throws the shell to inflict damage on an opponent. — Stooben Rooben 15:46, 12 November 2008 (EST)

I support merging, but only for the enemies that have the same name in Japanese. Those with different Japanese names, no matter how similar they may be in name or appearance, will have to remain separate as sub-species. Redstar 14:57, 4 December 2009 (EST)

When do they appear in Mario Superstar Baseball? --KPH2293 17:22, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

They don't. It's fireballs from Bowser's Castle, not this. Fg, those guys aren't Lava Bubbles - removed. Wa Yoshihead.png TC@Y 17:28, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

Actually in the game they are called fiery bubbles.F gLarrynana.gif

Mario Party 8[edit]

When a player lands on a Bowser Space In Goomba's Booty Boardwalk, Bowser sends in Lava Bubbles to attack the player, and they have to Jump to avoid losing Coins. Should we add that? Mariofan459Mario's side.gif

Yeah add that if it's not in there. That was the worst Bowser Space ever!--FREAK ~Game GameBros.png Freak~ OUT!
If they are clearly recognizable as Lava Bubbles, then of course, by all means ;3. - GabuGabu.png Gabumon(talk) 19:10, 3 October 2009 (EDT)

Merge with Podoboo?[edit]

Both Podoboos and Lava Bubbles have the same japanese name (バブル, Baburu) and even the same german name (Lava Blub) and they have the same attack pattern in Yoshi's Island and Super Paper Mario, so should they be merged? -FourPaperHeroes 19:05, 28 January 2011 (EST)

Merge Lava Bubble with Podoboo[edit]

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merge 13-5
Per the comment above.

Proposer: FourPaperHeroes (talk)
Deadline: 15, February 2011 23:59 GMT.


  1. FourPaperHeroes (talk) Per my comment above.
  2. Supremo78 (talk) It says in the Lava Bubble article that they're Podoboos that first appeared in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
  3. Galaxy_2 (talk) Pro Proposal. We'll make the same in teh German Mariowiki
  4. Yoshiwaker47 (talk) Per Supremo78.
  5. Pokémon Trainer Mario (talk) Per all
  6. Reddragon19k (talk) Per all! Merge it!
  7. New Super Mario (talk) Per S78
  8. Zero777 (talk) I am Zero! At first I was going to say no, but the names are the same and those are good points they make. Zero signing out.
  9. HenryClaylogan (talk) Per all.
  10. Arend (talk) Though the PM Lava Bubble has different eyes, they are technically the same as Podoboos. Indeed, Podoboos have been called Lava Bubbles elsewhere than in the Paper Mario games, such as in Mario Sports Mix, recently released in Europe and Australia.
  11. Walkazo (talk) - Per all.
  12. DarkLuigi (talk) - Per all.
  13. Yoshi986 (talk) - Per all.

Don't merge[edit]

  1. SWFlash (talk) Those are two different things, podoboo is more like an obstacle, but lava bubble is like enemy.
  2. AnimalCrossingCool (talk)Per All.
  3. Bowser's luma (talk) They are different enemies, and therefore different articles per the policy.
  4. Baby Mario Bloops (talk) - Listen, this is a huge mistake! You can classify them as being pretty much the same (fire with eyes), but there are many differences! Each of them have appeared in different games and genres, along with different names. Even a Sparky by the name of Watt has appeared along with the Lava Bubble in Paper Mario! Heck, it would be better to merge Sparkys and Lil' Sparkys then with a Podoboo! Even if their differences is little, they have shown to be different all together! I really don't know how to make my point any clearer! It'll be like merging Goomba and Paragoomba, or Goomba and Gloomba, or all the Yoshi's together! They have different pages because they are different! That is my point, and don't merge it just because they look and their japanese name are similar!!!!!!!! You can call them a sub-species, but not the same!
  5. BenButler1998 (talk) A podoboo is a flame jumping up and down. A lava bubble is an enemy from Paper Mario. Two seperate articles.


Tails777, look in the article. They are basically the same things. A Lava Bubble is indeed a Podoboo, but just has a different look. Boo Buddies look different than Boos don't they? They're still classified as Boos. Supremo78 (talk)

Are you guys sure this should be meged with Podoboo?I always thought a Lava bubble was a sub-species of Ember,therefore making it a ghost.Just because they look similar and have the same names in different languages,they still arent the same thing.If others agree,I might make a proposal to put them back.
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Yoshiyoshiyoshi (talk).

Well actually Ember would be a sub-species of Lava Bubble since Lava Bubble appeared first in the game and they look the same and take over the role that podoboo would have taken and they share the same name so i agree with the proposal personally Goomba's Shoe15 (talk)

Not exactly,Podoboos appear in the new Paper Mario game. doing what they normally do,jumping out of the lava. If Lava Bubbles also appear in the game,then it defnitely needs to be split. I guess I'll wait until then. Yoshiyoshiyoshi

Podoboo (Old Name) < Lava Bubble (New Name)[edit]

Since when where these enemies last called Podoboos. These days they seem to be called Lava Bubbles. I saw in Mario Party 8 that Bowser called them Lava Bubble and also Prima guides seem to call them that as well, do we think we should change the page name to Lava Bubble.--Yoshidarkblue.jpgNew Super YoshiYoshired.png 14:53, 25 March 2012 (EDT)

Tell us the proof, and we will change it if that is an official source. Otherwise, that's a fan name. --Super Famicom 64 16:15, 25 March 2012 (EDT)
Which Prima guides because only ones released after 2007 matter Raven Effect (talk)
Super Mario 3D land.--Yoshidarkblue.jpgNew Super YoshiYoshired.png 11:54, 26 March 2012 (EDT)
Which one. --Super Famicom 64 11:54, 26 March 2012 (EDT)
Maybe the name was changed specifically for that game (sort of how Star Coins were called Star Medals in the same game). Unless more sources appear that call these enemies Lava Bubbles, we should keep the name as is. --MimiTheCopycat 19:26, 22 August 2012 (EDT)

Rekindling this discussion. As New Super Yoshi said, when was the last time these enemies were called Podoboos? Officially, I mean, not just by fans. If they haven't been called Podoboos since Super Mario World first used Lava Bubble, or even just not in a very long time, that's significant cause to rename for sure, but I'd like to make sure my facts are straight first before opening any sort of formal proposal. -- 1337star (Mailbox SP) 15:36, 30 November 2012 (EST)

I know for a fact that they are called Poodoboo in Mario Party 2 and in Mario Party 7. Marshal Dan Troop (talk)
In MP8, their figure description calls them lava bubbles. We probably should make a TPP. -- 35px BowserJunior RULES! 19:25, 31 December 2012 (EST)

I'm all for Lava Bubbles. All the Paper Mario games refer to them as such, and they were not named in Sticker Star. --Spookum (talk) 21:32, 31 December 2012 (EST)

Move to Lava Bubble[edit]

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move 8-0
We should move this article. Recently, they are no longer called podoboo, being called "lava bubble" in Prima guides and in-game in mario party 8.

Proposer: BowserJunior (talk)
Deadline: January 15, 2013, 23:59 GMT


  1. BowserJunior (talk) Per Proposal.
  2. 1337star (talk) Per comments above/proposal.
  3. Tails777 (talk) I agree to this proposal. In short: per proposal.
  4. Electrical Bowser jr. (talk) If the prima guide says so.
  5. Bowser45 (talk) Per Electrical Bowser jr.
  6. MegaKoopa (talk) I like "Podoboo" better, but since "Lava Bubble" is more recent...
  7. RandomYoshi (talk) — Per proposal. I even think it's policy to have articles named after what they were most recently known as, but I may be wrong here.
  8. SuperFireBowserJr. (talk) I had no idea what the heck a podoboo was until I looked here, I always called them lava bubbles...



I would like to know what they are called in the NSMB series before I cast my vote. Marshal Dan Troop (talk)

Anyone got the NSMBU Prima guide?--BowserJunior (talk)

I think this case is similar to the Venus Fire Trap, they are no longer called as such, with Fire Piranha being more common nowadays. Because of that, I don't know if I should support or oppose this. BYLLANT Ak-Un.png

Podoboo or Lava Bubble?[edit]

the nsmbu prima guide got practically all da enemy names wrong so i don't know if we should change da article name back to podoboo or not. i don't trust prima guides...
The preceding unsigned comment was added by KoopaHammerman (talk).

Prima guides are our last priority when it comes to naming. So no, we leave it as it is BabyLuigiFire.png Ray Trace(T|C)
Well, Podoboos WERE called that in the older Mario Party games, but still, until they see regular usage in the more recent games, we're leaving it like that. 15:12, 10 March 2013 (EDT)

I will always see them as Podoboos. Ironically I think Lava Bubble dosen´t fit the enemy.
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Zuper Zaloster (talk).

And how is that ironic? :P Lava Bubble is, in my opinion, a quirky name for an enemy. I tend to say those are Podoboos, but since the more recent games call them Lava Bubbles, we'll call them that.
Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 17:41, 30 August 2013 (EDT)
1, I mean it's ironic because they ARE live lava bubbles. 2, I like to call them podoboos because (from what I recall) they are only called Lava Bubbles in the Paper Mario series. Say what you want but I suggest to change it back to Podoboo. User:Zuper Zaloster
That's probably not the right way to say "ironic", but I disgress. They are called Lava Bubbles in Mario Party as well and in Prima Guides (however inaccurate they may be). Otherwise, your reasoning for this is fairly weak.
Mario Green.pngKaBoom! 14:59, 19 November 2013 (EST)
I never read any of the the Prima Guides (and I'm quite sure I won't buy any of them) so I can't get information from them. The fact that they were called Lava Bubbles in the latter Mario Party games is a very strong argument but I mainly see official names in main games. I guess the official name can be decided by a future Prima Guide or something.
User:Zuper Zaloster

The rest of this wiki[edit]

Nearly all the other pages call them "Podoboos", when the article is called lava bubble.RPG Gamer. I HAVE RPG!! (talk) 02:29, 5 April 2013 (EDT).

Yes your right, I don't understand that. Mario MK7.png User:Mario Kart 7 Rules (talk · edits) User:Mario Kart 7 Rules/sig 09:03, 26 February 2015 (EST)

This was their "official" (I'm not sure how official it was) English name before opting for the more standard (and now more increasingly common) Lava Bubble. Therefore these are just remnants of the past and should be updated. MarioComix (talk) 15:04, 26 February 2015 (EST)


How do you pronounce "podoboo"? I've always pronounced it POE-doe-boo. I heard some pronounce it poe-DAW-boo. StarWolf (talk) 20:06, 29 December 2015 (EST)

I pronounce it "Pod-uh-boo". RickTommy (talk) 20:30, 20 March 2017 (EDT)
According to Super Mario Maker, the correct pronunciation is POH-doh-boh. MarioManTAW (talk) 11:47, 13 December 2017 (EST)
I hear another syllable, so I'm pretty sure they're really saying "Lava Bubble" in Super Mario Maker. LinkTheLefty (talk) 08:57, 17 December 2017 (EST)

New Quote[edit]

Let's change the quote to this:

“I'm literally made of fire, and you're made of paper. Good luck, kindling. Bahaha!”
Big Lava Bubble, Paper Mario: Color Splash
--EldritchdraaksSig1.pngEldritchdraaksSig2.png 20:57, 13 December 2016 (EST)