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Lava
Lavastill
Lava Source

Tool Used

Bucket

Luminosity

Light level 15

Transparency

Yes

Lava is a liquid like Water, however it has slightly different physics. It flows much slower than water, and makes the player take two hearts ( HeartHeart ) of damage per second when in contact. Like water, Lava has a particle effect and can be carried and placed using a Bucket.

Spawning

Lava spawns in caves and sometimes on the surface in forms of Lava Pools, it is usually bordered with stone with the exception of an occasional sand border, making them easy to detect. In old world types, Lava was very difficult to locate, as caves were not available. 

Water interactions

  • When flowing Lava touches flowing Water, Cobblestone can be infinitely created and mined.
  • If Lava touches a Water source block, Stone is created.
  • When Stationary Lava touches flowing Water, Obsidian is created.

Danger

  • Lava can burn flammable blocks if they're nearby.
  • When the player touches Lava, they will start to take 2 hearts of damage every second.
  • The player will also get the fire animation on the screen, obstructing their view, indicating they are on fire.
  • Mobs touching lava will get the same effect.
  • Lava can ignite TNT

It is recommended that players carry at least one bucket of water with them when planning to mine, as they may drop into lava. Quick placing of the Water can prevent players from dying. Using a potion of fire resistance can also save the player from potential death.

Trivia

  • Lava will damage Endermen, making them teleport away when in contact. It will still be on fire even when it teleports away.
  • If a block is placed onto a Lava source block, it will destroy the lava source and it will disappear. The same is also true for Water.
  • Lava was nerfed in Alpha 0.3.3 due to a major fire bug, that would ignite the entire world, rendering it uninhabitable.
  • After Update 0.12.1, Lava received many changes:
    • The damage taken from lava could now be reduced using 'Fire Protection' enchantments or potions.
    • Lava now emitted more light
    • It became possible to swim and get out of lava.
  • Since Lava has different physics, it is not possible to make infinite Lava sources. 
  • In the Nether, lava flows quicker and further.
  • When a block of lava is placed on top of a solid, opaque block, droplets of lava will fall from the bottom of the solid block.
  • Lava is a much better fuel in funaces than coal.

WaterbucketLiquidsLavabucket

Water (Water Bucket) • Lava (Lava Bucket)

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