|Abilities||Before combat here: Do 1 damage to each Plant and Zombie here.|
|Lava has no loyalty. It's just hot. It just IS.|
Hot Lava is a token plant environment card in Plants vs. Zombies Heroes, and a member of the Kabloom class. It is only obtainable by Lava Guava and Fireweed. It costs 1 to play, and its ability does 1 damage to all plants and zombies in it before combat.
It is based on lava, the molten rock expelled by a volcano during an eruption.
Its description references its ability to damage both plants and zombies.
- Class: Kabloom
- Tribe: Environment
- Traits: None
- Ability: Before combat here: Do 1 damage to each Plant and Zombie here.
- Set: Token
Lava has no loyalty. It's just hot. It just IS.
This environment can be beneficial if used correctly. As it does damage to both plants and zombies, don't play plants that have 1 on the same lane this environment is on, as they will be destroyed before combat.
Some plants can benefit from this environment, for example Hibernating Beary will get +4 before combat on this environment, which will be very helpful to destroy most zombies or deal serious damage on the zombie hero.
Plants which feature abilities that activate when they take damage can also be taken advantage of. Potato Mine, Primal Potato Mine, or Hot Date can be used to take out zombies with 3 or less, clearing way for a direct attack. Similarly, Prickly Pear will also activate its ability before combat. Another plant that can benefit from this environment is Mirror-Nut, especially if another nut is also played on this lane, as this will activate Mirror-Nut's ability.
As this is an environment, Invasive Species gains a boost from this, which makes it another good choice. However, be warned that Hot Lava will decrease its longevity.
This environment can destroy zombies with 1 such as Exploding Imp, Mini-Ninja, Pool Shark, etc. If this is played on a lane where one of these zombies is played, you can keep them alive by boosting their health with tricks such as Camel Crossing and Vitamin Z.
However, some zombies can benefit from this environment. A good example is Newspaper Zombie, as he will gain +4 before combat, which will let him destroy stronger plants, or deal heavy damage to the plant hero. Jester is another good option, as this will activate his ability every turn before combat. Barrel of Deadbeards and Gas Giant can also be used to activate their damaging abilities.
- It is one of two plant cards that are capable of hurting plants as well as zombies. The other is Galacta-Cactus.
- Coincidentally, both were introduced in the Galactic Gardens update.
- It is the only one out of the two that is an environment.
- This, Sappy Place and Trapper Territory are the only token environments.
- Out of the three, Hot Lava is the only one that is not made by another event card.
- During development, it was simply called "Lava".