Lava is a common hazard in several Crash games, and it is one of the many recurring hazards throughout the series.
Lava can be found in the secret path of Hangin' Out, and the route to Totally Fly. Some lava is also visible on the floor in the fourth warp room, as well as the entrance and exit portals of the five levels in this room (Hangin' Out, Diggin' It, Cold Hard Crash, Ruination, and Bee-Having).
Lava is a generic hazard in the prehistoric levels and in the triceratops chase. It can be found in small pools or large streams, touching them without a mask will burn Crash and kill him.
Lava is seen pouring out of statue mouths in the track Mystery Caves, but it cannot harm the player in any way. The lava streams also form a large pool. There is also lava beneath the spiral bridge in Dragon Mines.
Lava is in the center of the arena in Dante's Dash in the prehistoric segment as a hazard.
There are lava streams and drizzles in the ruin levels.
Lava returns in the N. Sane Trilogy, reprising the role it had in the first three games.