Lethal Lava Land

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Lethal Lava Land
Course Info
Abbreviation LLL
Terrain Default
Setting Fiery
Water None
Course Items
Coins 108 ( Yellow Coin.gif ×92  •  Red Coin.gif ×8)
Enemy Coins 25 ( Yellow Coin.gif ×15  •  Blue Coin.gif ×2)
Stars Challenge infobox star 1.gif ×7
Caps STROOP- Wing Cap Block.png ×1
Star Navigation
Challenge infobox star 1.gifChallenge infobox star 1.gifChallenge infobox star 1.gifChallenge infobox star 1.gifChallenge infobox star 1.gifChallenge infobox star 1.gifChallenge infobox star 1.gif
STROOP- LLL Volcano 1.png
STROOP- LLL Volcano 2.png

Lethal Lava Land is the seventh course. It can be accessed from the painting containing a red fireball in the basement room of the Princess Peach's castle. The basement can be accessed by defeating Bowser in the Dark World.

Course Versions

There are two versions of the course that can appear by selecting different stars. Keep in mind that if there are any blue stars (uncollected) present in the star selection menu, then the last version that can be selected is the first blue star and not the stars after it:

  • Version 1: Accessed by selecting Star 1 through Star 4. There is no shiny shell.
  • Version 2: Accessed by selecting Star 5 through Star 6. The shiny shell is available for the player to ride on.


The max amount of coins for this stage is 133, being split between outside and inside of the volcano (107 outside, 26 inside). This stage is also to home to possibly the most difficult non-glitchy coin in the game- a high bully in the volcano that requires a leap of faith to grab before it lands in the lava. There are no known methods of improving the max number of coins in this map.

Location Count
Line of coins under bridge 5
Line of coins on tilting platform past first Mr. I 5
Three coins on grey ramp near tilting platform 3
Five coins for completing Bowser puzzle 5
Line of coins on sinking platform right before first Big Bully 5
Ring of coins on second Big Bully platform 8
Five coins on high brown ramp in north-west corner 5
Four coins on sinking platforms, between crazy box & second Big Bully 4
Line of coins on sinking platform, north of volcano 5
Four Ring of coins on platform with 2 bullies 8
Three coins on spinning platform around volcano 3
Four coins on small grey ramp, south-east from volcano (with 1UP) 4
Ring of coins with second Mr. I 8
Crazy Box 5
(Inside the Volcano) Three coins on tiny floating platforms, by "Elevator Tour in the Volcano" 3
(Inside the Volcano) Three coins on S-shaped island at bottom of volcano, by lavafall 3
(Inside the Volcano) Five coins on first ridge going up 5
(Inside the Volcano) Two coins on second ridge going up (with first bully) 2
(Inside the Volcano) Four coins on floating platforms (with the spinning heart) 4
(Inside the Volcano) Singular coin after the floating platforms (from above line) 1
(Inside the Volcano) Line of coins, with the second bully, on platform beside waterfall 5
(Inside the Volcano) Singular coin by checker-board lift, left from beginning 1
(Inside and Outside) 10 Bullies 10
8 Red Coins 16
2 Mr. I's 10
Total 133

A Press Counts

In the A Button Challenge, it takes one A Presses to collect all seven stars. The lone A press is used to long jump from the Hot-Foot-It into the Volcano platform.

Star A Presses Minutes
1 0 1
2 0 1
3 0 1
4 0 1
5 0 2
6 1* 2
100 0 2
*Required to long jump to the platform.

Entering Lethal Lava Land (0x)

Video: https://youtu.be/mlHzqJn2SMs?t=2m4s

Performing a dive recover (press B at run speed) allows entering the painting without pressing A.

Boil the Big Bully (0x)

Video: https://youtu.be/NbUWR0IkNxE

As the course is filled with lava, Mario can go to higher platforms by simply using lava boosts. Therefore, Mario has no difficulty getting to the platform of the Big Bully and defeat it to collect the star.

Bully the Bullies (0x)

Video: https://youtu.be/_szjkqYGwkI

Mario goes to the platform with three bullies present and defeats all the bullies on the platform. The star is then collected by a lava boost nearby.

8-Coin Puzzle with 15 Pieces (0x)

Video: https://youtu.be/4PXUXKf2ghU

Bowser's puzzle is reached by sliding kicking and dive-recovering. The eight coins on the puzzle are then quickly collected for the star to appear since the geometry of the course is mostly flat, easing navigation.

Red-Hot Log Rolling (0x)

Video: https://youtu.be/BxCJYoxELvk

As the shell is not available at this point, Mario must reach the log behind the steel-grate platform without a shell. After a couple of lava boosts, Mario gets on top of the log and rolls on it, and finally collects the star with a well-timed dive.

Hot-Foot-It into the Volcano (0x)

Video: https://youtu.be/BxCJYoxELvk

Mario enters the volcano. For the next two stars, Mario will utilize the lava boost from the "lavafall", but the major obstacle is how many lava boosts Mario can use without dying. Fortunately, a spinning heart is nearby allowing Mario to regain HP, allowing Mario to reach the destination with 0 A presses with a complicated route.

First, Mario gets on the moving platform with a lava boost and ZB bounces onto the lavafall (Mario is immune to lava effects when slide kicking) to land on the narrow bridge above with 2 lava boosts. Once there, Mario descends to the spinning platform and exploits the heart healing Mario's HP for an extended duration. Mario then moves back to the bottom of the lavafall quickly (since the higher platform is too high to reach) to go back to the higher platform with 3 lava boosts, restores HP with 3 coins, and quickly uses one more to reach the small platform with a pole. From there, Mario performs the final movement of ZB bouncing to the lavafall with height (while collecting 2 coins to restore HP) and uses 2 more lava boosts to reach Hot-Foot-It into the Volcano platform, collecting the star.

Elevator Tour in the Volcano (1x)

Video: https://youtu.be/UohcfHOTyvs

As the path leading to the Hot-Foot-It into the Volcano star requires jumping off the pole 2 times, it is not feasible to use the intended route. Instead, Mario uses the same movement used in Hot-Foot-It into the Volcano to reach the Hot-Foot-It into the Volcano platform, and then long jumps onto the Elevator Tour in the Volcano from afar.

LLL 100 coins (0x)

Video: https://youtu.be/b3XxfYRYPHo

There are enough coins to collect outside the volcano, and so Mario collects most of the coins using a shell and grabs additional coins from bullies and Mr. I.