Lava

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lava
When on/in other objects/liquids:
magmatic liquid
magma-covered object
lava-stained object
Vaporizes at

10000°

Base temperature

1000°

Cooking Effect

simple heat and fire-based effects

Value per dram

50

Weight per dram

0.5#

Fluidity

15

Cleaning factor

20

Prompt to wade through?

yes

Prompt to drink?

yes

ID

LavaPool, LavaPuddle, SmallLavaPuddle

Liquid ID

lava

lava is a liquid made out of melted rock. It is one of the higher valued liquids, but is highly harmful to anything it contacts that lacks proper heat resistance. Cooking with it grants simple heat and fire-based cooking effects. A composite liquid containing lava will be magmatic.

Upon entering a cell of lava that is not frozen, the creature's temperature will increase by 1,000, which is often enough to set the creature on fire. This is only when the cell is entered, and staying on the lava will not alter temperature directly. However, there is a high risk of lava staining and covering the creature and their items repeatedly if they do not leave the cell.

When lava is poured on something, their temperature will increase but will not inflict damage. Drinking it or even dilutions of it is even more dangerous, increasing temperature by the same amount but dealing ♥1d1001-100 (Avg: 50.5) damage and ♥1d1001-100 (Avg: 50.5) more for every 10% of lava (100% lava deals ♥11d10011-1100 (Avg: 555.5), 50% of lava deals ♥6d1006-600 (Avg: 303)). The temperature increase is unaffected. Drinking lava grants the On the Rocks achievement. In the journal, this is noted as "Unexplainably, you drank lava".

Storage[edit | edit source]

Lava's baseline temperature of 1,000 degrees means that only some containers can safely hold it:

  • Phial.pngphials can hold lava any number of times, but is highly limited due to the 1D size limit. Phials are relatively rare and expensive but have a very low weight, which can allow for carrying large amounts across multiple vials.
  • Glass bottle.pngglass bottles can hold up to exactly 5D of lava cumulatively; upon receiving its 6th Dram of lava the bottle will ignite, even if the previous Drams have been poured out. Bottles are relatively cheap containers, especially compared to vials, but have a higher container weight and cannot be filled their full 16D.
  • All other empty containers will ignite and burn upon pouring lava inside.
  • Very small amounts can be stored in some artifacts that store liquids. Examples include: liquid fueled energy cells, Gyrocopter backpack.pnggyrocopter backpacks, Rocket skates.pngrocket skates, and Flamethrower.pngflamethrowers.

Containers that ignite from lava suffer the flaming effect, making them suffer tick damage from burning until destroyed. Freezing is not a viable solution to this issue, as frozen entities and materials thaw back to their resting temperature in a matter of turns and most containers burn at a much lower point than 1,000 degrees.

Sources of Lava[edit | edit source]

  • Any wall that reaches its melting point will turn into 2,000 drams of lava
  • Giant lava weep.pnggiant lava weeps and Lava weep.pnglava weeps. Fungal biomes that contain these have bright red and yellow mushrooms.
  • Rarely sold by Ichor merchant.pngichor merchants and Chef.pngchefs.
    • Note that this lava will sometimes be sold in non-lava safe containers, in which case the containers will be flaming in their inventory.
  • The Alchemist.pngalchemist is guaranteed to have one dram of lava for sale.
    • This dram will be sold in a Phial.pngphial, which the lava cannot destroy.
  • When killed, Red jell.pngred jells leave a pool of lava in the same way that Giant amoeba.pnggiant amoebas leave a pool of Slime.pngslime.
  • Found in the deeper levels of the Ovw asphalt mines.pngAsphalt Mines
  • Left behind by red-colored ("hot") Machine wall.pngmachine walls when they are destroyed.

Uses of Lava[edit | edit source]

Tips[edit | edit source]

This section is opinion-based. Your mileage may vary.
  • An easy source of large single-target, single-hit damage, making it potentially useful, e.g., for killing a Mercurial.pngmercurial without it teleporting away. However, this will anger them if they survive.
  • Lava can be collected after the initial pouring to be reused for damage, although it will be halved due to mixing with the salt on the ground.
  • Because any wall can melt into lava, characters with heat-based mutations, such as Flaming Hands or Pyrokinesis, can make lava without having to search for it.
  • Lava can be poured on someone to remove the frozen effect. However, this often results in upwards of 100 damage, so it is best used only as a last resort.
    • Molten wax.pngmolten wax is much safer, though not as effective.