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Volcanic debris
Volcanic debris, as seen in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
A render of volcanic debris from New Super Mario Bros. Wii
First appearance Mario Party (1998)
Latest appearance Super Mario Bros. Wonder (2023)
“Careful of the lava! It descends with enough force to punch a hole in the ground. That'll HURT if it hits you!”
Kersti, Paper Mario: Sticker Star

Volcanic debris[1][2] are recurring molten rocks first seen in Mario Party. They are often found falling from the background of volcano-based levels.


Mario Party[edit]

Volcanic debris first appears in Bowser's Magma Mountain in Mario Party, where it is launched from a volcano when a player lands on a Happening Space. It changes the Blue Spaces into Red Spaces for two turns.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]

A Lava Boulder falls near Wario
Sprite of a Lava Boulder from Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Volcanic debris (under the name of Lava Boulders[3] or volcanic rocks)[4] appears in Mario Kart: Super Circuit, where the volcanoes in the background of Lakeside Park launch it onto the track. The racers are burned if they run into it.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

In Mario Kart Wii, volcanic debris appears on Grumble Volcano, where it is fired from volcanoes, and spins out racers that crash into it. It remains on the ground for some time after it lands.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Volcanic debris reappears in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, where it returns in Grumble Volcano. It moves slower than in Mario Kart Wii when it is falling to the ground, and the flames are also smaller when they make impact with the ground.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Lava Balls[5] return on the Mario Kart Tour rendition of GBA Lakeside Park. They tumble down the trails and slopes of the course, similarly to rolling rocks, while also producing craters which drivers can perform Jump Boosts from. The Lava Balls themselves cause drivers to crash on contact, but can be destroyed by hitting them with a Bowser's Shell, Bob-omb, Super Horn, Giga Bob-omb, or Super Bell, or by ramming into them while under the effects of a Frenzy, Mega Mushroom, Bullet Bill, or Super Star. When a player destroys a Lava Ball, they receive bonus points.

Donkey Kong franchise[edit]

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat[edit]

In Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, volcanic debris first appears at the end of Sweet Paradise, a sky-themed level, though later only appears in volcano levels. They fall diagonally from the top of the screen before exploding.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze[edit]

In Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, volcanic debris makes an appearance in the level Mountain Mania, where after a statue of an owl gets split, volcanic debris starts erupting from the resulting fissure, destroying many of the following bridge segments.

Super Mario series[edit]

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Volcanic debris from New Super Mario Bros.
Volcanic debris in New Super Mario Bros.

Volcanic debris reappears in World 8-8 of New Super Mario Bros., which is a level with many Kab-ombs. These rocks destroy blocks, set off the fuses on Kab-ombs and hurt Mario or Luigi if they touch one. They can be destroyed with a Super Star.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

The rocks later appear in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and is mostly found in World 8-1 alongside hazardous ash, Buzzy Beetles and rising lava spouts. Larger debris also appears, and can plow through several blocks before landing, in addition to taking up more space. Some volcanic debris also appears at the beginning of World 8-2.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

Mario, near some Volcanic debris, at World 6-1.
Volcanic debris from New Super Mario Bros. 2.

Volcanic debris appears in New Super Mario Bros. 2, in which its role is the same as in its previous appearance. It is only found in World 6-1. Small volcanic debris drops one coin when it is destroyed by Gold Mario, while large volcanic debris drops three coins.

New Super Mario Bros. U / New Super Luigi U[edit]

In New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, volcanic debris was replaced by Meteors and Bowser's Fireballs, though they have the same behavior.

Super Mario 3D World / Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury[edit]

Volcanic debris in The Great Tower of Bowser Land
Volcanic debris in Super Mario 3D World

Volcanic debris also appears in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury, with an appearance similar to Bowser's Fireballs in New Super Mario Bros. U. In addition to falling from above, it now creates a lava puddle upon landing. It only appears in The Great Tower of Bowser Land, being expelled by a volcano in the background, and in Hisstocrat Returns and Boss Blitz, in which it is generated by the pink Hisstocrat.

Super Mario Bros. Wonder[edit]

Volcanic debris return in Super Mario Bros. Wonder in Wavy Ride through the Magma Tube's Wonder Effect, where they are spawned by the giant Spike statue.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, volcanic debris is only found in one level, Rugged Road. The molten rocks can still hurt Mario if he touches them, but now they can also harm him if he gets caught in the spot where they land for about one second. In addition, the rocks also home in on Mario.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

Volcanic debris appears in Paper Mario: Color Splash in the level Kiwano Temple. It appears at the end of the level, where it jumps out of the lava and hovers over the platform Mario and Huey are on. If Mario touches it, he will take 8 HP of damage.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team[edit]

Volcanic debris also appears in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, where it is used as a weapon for Mount Pajamaja.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Volcanic debris reappear in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker and its Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS ports. It rains down during the Draggadon and Gold Draggadon boss battles.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 火山弾[6]
Volcanic bomb, shared with Helio

Chinese (simplified) 火山岩[7]
Volcanic rock

French Boule de lave[5] (Mario Kart Tour)
German Lavakugel[5] (Mario Kart Tour)
Italian Bomba vulcanica[8]
Rotolava[5] (Mario Kart Tour)
Volcanic bomb
From rotolare ("to roll") and lava, possibly also a pun on the present perfect form of the verb rotolare, rotolava ("rolled")
Portuguese Bola de lava[5] (Mario Kart Tour)
Spanish (NOA) Bola de lava[5] (Mario Kart Tour)
Spanish (NOE) Bola volcánica[5] (Mario Kart Tour)


  1. ^ Loe, Casey (May 15, 2006). New Super Mario Bros. Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). ISBN 1-59812-009-3. Page 114.
  2. ^ von Esmarch, Nick (2012). New Super Mario Bros. 2 PRIMA Official Game Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-307-89552-3. Page 152.
  3. ^ Stratton, Bryan, and Steve Stratton (August 22, 2001). Mario Kart: Super Circuit Prima's Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 0-7615-3709-0. Page 49.
  4. ^ Walsh, Doug (August 21, 2001). Mario Kart: Super Circuit Official Racing Guide. BradyGAMES (American English). ISBN 0-7440-0091-2. Page 87.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Mario Kart Tour in-game name
  6. ^ October 19, 2015. Super Mario Bros. Hyakka: Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook, Super Mario Sunshine section. Shogakukan (Japanese). ISBN 978-4-09-106569-8. Page 118 and 149.
  7. ^ New 超级马力欧兄弟. iQue (Simplified Chinese). Retrieved June 3, 2024.
  8. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 118 and 149.