Lava is molten rock expelled by a volcano during an eruption. When first expelled from a volcanic vent, it is a liquid at temperatures from 700-1,200 °C. Throughout the games it often serves as a trap.
Lava appears in the first Tomb Raider game during Atlantis, either as a pool or oozing from the walls.
Tomb Raider II
Tomb Raider Anniversary
Lava returns in Anniversary in the form of pools, puddles and waterfalls.
- Pompeii and Herculaneum, Italy were destroyed by a form of lava known as "tephra" in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
- Lara is unlikely to be able to use stepping stones through a lava field (as in Tomb Raider) without bursting into flames
- Lava also appears in several levels of other games icluding Temple of Puna in Tomb Raider 3, Colosseum and Labyrinth in Chronicles and The Lost Domain in Angel of Darkness.
- In Anniversary, Natla survives a fall into molten lava. On June 12, 1985, geologist George Ulrich had just taken a temperature reading of fresh lava, 2,079 degrees. Suddenly a lava crust broke, and Ulrich stepped into the lava over his boots but was protected by NOMEX burn-resistant clothing. Another geologist pulled him out in about five seconds. Ulrich was flown to Straub Clinic & Hospital on Oahu for treatment of first-, second- and third-degree burns. He recovered fully.