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.
In the levels Atlantean Stronghold and The Hive there are pools and pits of lava
Tomb Raider II
In Tomb Raider II Lara will encounter lava in the Floating Islands and Temple of Xian levels.
Tomb Raider III
The level Lost City of Tinnos has pools of lava as traps, and lava appears also in Meteorite Cavern.
There is lava in Shakespeare Cliff level.
Tomb Raider Chronicles
Lava appears in The Colosseum and Labyrinth.
The Angel of Darkness
There are lava pools in Sanctuary of the Flame and The Lost Domain
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.
Lava in The Colosseum in TR5