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Lava Plumes (also called Vents, Fire Plumes, Lava Eruptions, Lava Pillars, Lava Fountains, or Lava Geysers) are eruptions of lava that occur periodically from lava and fiery pits. They usually appear in between gaps that Mario and friends are required to jump across. They are similar to Waterspouts and Sand Geysers with the biggest difference being they cannot be safely walked across and will burn those who touch them. In all games they appear in, Lava Plumes cannot be destroyed or dissipated, the heroes need to either wait for the Lava Plume eruption to die down before continuing or jump over the Lava Plume to avoid the inferno.

Lava Plumes are found in several games ranging from Super Mario Galaxy, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Super Mario 3D Land, New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario 3D World, and various other games.

History

Super Mario series

Super Princess Peach

Peach near a Lava Plume.

Lava Plumes appear in Super Princess Peach, in this game, they are found in various levels of Fury Volcano erupting from the cracked floorings periodically. Touching a Lava Plume will cause damage. Peach can make use of the Lava Plumes by picking up a Tiki Platform and placing it on the Lava Plume which can then be stood on to reach higher ledges.

Super Mario Galaxy

Mario near several Lava Plumes.

Lava Plumes return in Super Mario Galaxy appearing in the Melty Molten Galaxy and Bowser's Galaxy Reactor. In this game, they are an outright hazard and will burn you if you touch them. They erupt from lava in areas around the lava ocean or in between platforms which require a jump.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii

Lava Plumes from New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Lava Plumes return in New Super Mario Bros. Wii commonly appearing in World 8. In this game, they erupt from the Lava periodically and can scorch you if you touch them. Lava Plumes can be found in World 8-1, World 8-5, World 8-7, and World 9-6. In most levels, Lava Plumes periodically erupt out of the lava requiring you to wait for them to die down before continuing, in World 8-7, Lava Plumes must be jumped as you ride the Bonecoaster. Lava Plumes can also be seen around the World Map of World 8.

Super Mario Galaxy 2

Two Lava Plumes erupting from the Lava as seen in Super Mario Galaxy 2.

Lava Plumes reappear in Super Mario Galaxy 2 retaining their role from the previous game, they can once again scorch Mario (or Luigi) on contact and require timing or maneuvers to get around. They are seen in Bowser's Lava Lair the Shiverburn Galaxy, the Melty Monster Galaxy, and Bowser's Galaxy Generator.

Super Mario 3D Land

Lava Plumes in Super Mario 3D Land.

Lava Plumes are seen again in Super Mario 3D Land. In this game, they are seen erupting from the lava around various Castle levels elevating platforms allowing Mario (or Luigi) to jump on them to reach higher ledges, in some levels such as World 8-6 and World 8-Bowser's Castle, Lava Plumes are an outright hazard and must be avoided at all costs. Lava Plumes can also be seen around the lakes of fire outside the level as well.

New Super Mario Bros. U/New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

A Lava Plume from New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

Lava Plumes return in New Super Mario Bros. U as well as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (they don't reappear in New Super Luigi U). In these games, they only appear in Meteor Moat. Once again, touching these eruptions will cause damage. Also, the eruptions of the Lava Plumes are much shorter than they were in New Super Mario Bros. Wii making avoiding them more manageable.

Super Mario 3D World/Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury

Lava Plumes as seen during the Bowser battle in Super Mario 3D World.

Lava Plumes return in Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury once again acting as they did in previous games, they appear in various lava-themed levels such as Bowser's Lava Lake Keep. Lava Plumes also appear during the boss fight with Bowser and his Bowser Mobile erupting from the lava below through the mesh parts of the roads. The Lava Plumes eruptions is also easier to time in this game than in previous games.

Super Mario Odyssey

Lava Plumes as seen in Super Mario Odyssey.

Lava Plumes appear in Super Mario Odyssey commonly being found in the Luncheon Kingdom and the Moon Kingdom in the Underground Moon Caverns. In the Luncheon Kingdom, Pink Lava Plumes are seen all around the Kingdom around the boiling hot lakes, when Mario captures a Podoboo, he can safely touch a Lava Plume without being hurt. Mario can also ride Lava Plumes to reach higher platforms while having captured a Podoboo. In the Moon Kingdom, since there are no Podoboos, Lava Plumes are an outright hazard, when Mario captures a Parabones to fly across the fiery lakes, Lava Plumes will erupt from the lava at which point he must go around. If the Parabones touches a Lava Plume, it will disappear.

Mario Kart series

In the Mario Kart series, Lava Plumes have been a primary obstacle in many lava-themed courses (such as Bowser's Castle) starting with Mario Kart Wii. In each of the games they appear in, Lava Plumes will knock those who drive into them high into the air.

Mario Kart Wii

Waluigi approaching some Lava Plumes in Bowser's Castle.

Lava Plumes are seen in various lava-themed courses of Mario Kart Wii. They are first seen in Grumble Volcano where they erupt from the lava after parts of the track have crumbled apart possibly indicating that the eruptions are the cause for the track's crumbling. The Lava Plumes will begin to erupt from the former location of the ground, they can also erupt around the racers which they must maneuver around. Lava Plumes are also seen in Bowser's Castle where they erupt from the lava below the mesh tracks and from the ground near the end of the track. The eruptions of the Lava Plumes cause the ground to swell up forming mounds as they erupt allowing players to preform tricks off the mounds formed by the Lava Plumes while avoiding the Lava Plumes in the mound's center. Lava Plumes have also been added to the game's remake of Mario Kart 64's Bowser's Castle erupting from the lava on the sides of the bridge and near the end jump on Laps 2 and 3.

The Lava Plumes are also seen in a Knex Set based on the game involving Yoshi racing on a track dodging the Lava Plumes.

Mario Kart 7

Daisy driving by a Lava Plume in Mario Kart 7.

Lava Plumes return in Mario Kart 7 appearing in Bowser's Castle erupting from the lava by the ramps making jumping the ramps a rough gamble. Lava Plumes are also seen in Big Donut where they erupt from the Lava and spin out those who glide into them sending them plummeting into the lava below.

Mario Kart 8/Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Baby Peach avoids the Lava Plumes in Bowser's Castle.

Lava Plumes appear again in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe where they appear in Bowser's Castle at the gliding point near the track's end. They are seen erupting from the Lava below and scorch any racers who glide into them sending them plummeting down below. Lava Plumes are also seen in the games' remake of Grumble Volcano erupting from the lava in the areas where the crumpled ground once was.

Paper Mario series

Paper Mario: Sticker Star

The Lava Plumes seen around the Rumble Volcano lifting up the platforms in Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Lava Plumes are seen in Paper Mario: Sticker Star in the level Rumble Volcano. In this game, they are seen lifting the various platforms which are used to traverse the volcano. The Lava Plumes can elevate to any level allowing Mario to stop off on certain ledges to obtain items and more.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong series

Mario vs. Donkey Kong

A Lava Plume in Mario vs. Donkey Kong.

Lava Plumes appear in Mario vs. Donkey Kong. In this game, they commonly appear in earlier levels of Fire Mountain propelling platforms into the air allowing Mario to reach higher ground.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis

A Lava Plume lifting up a platform in Lava Dome.

Lava Plumes appear again in Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis in Lava Dome. In this game, they once again raise platforms into the air allowing Mini Marios to jump on them them to reach higher platforms which can be useful for reaching high ledges however touching the Plume itself will scorch a Mini Mario. In the Construction Zone, Lava Plumes and their Platforms can be placed in the Lava Dome Kit as well as Special Kit 2 and Special Kit 3.

Mario Party series

Mario Party DS

A Lava Plume erupting from the rising lava in Crater Crawl.

In Mario Party DS, Lava Plumes are seen in the minigame Crater Crawl. During the minigame, players are climbing out of the volcano and every so often, Lava Plumes will erupt from the rising lava below, the players have to move out of the way as this happens. Any players scorched by one of the Lava Plumes are immediately eliminated from the game. The lava below starts bubbling to warn players where the Lava Plumes will erupt. As the minigame progresses, multiple Lava Plumes will start erupting giving the players less leg room whilst climbing the volcano crater, whoever reaches land first or is the last player remaining is the winner.

Mario Party 9

A Lava Plume as seen in the background.

In Mario Party 9, Lava Plumes are seen in the background for the Bowser Jr. minigame Bowser Pop, in the minigame, they can be seen erupting from the lava sea in the background but have no impact on the minigame apart from aesthetic effect. The Lava Plumes' design in this game closely resembles how they looked in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.

Mario Party: Island Tour

Lava Plumes seen in the boss intro.

In Mario Party: Island Tour, Lava Plumes are seen in the boss battle minigame with Chain Chomp, Chain Chomp's Lava Lunge. In the minigame, they can be seen erupting from the lava pool around the platform where the battle takes place. Two Lava Plumes are also seen in the minigame's introduction as the Chain Chomp makes his entrance however the Lava Plumes have no effect on the battle and are only there for aesthetic effect. In this game, the Lava Plumes look like how they did in Super Mario 3D Land.

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