Molten Fortress

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Link before the boss at the end of the Molten Fortress.

The Molten Fortress (溶岩城, Lava Castle) is a sub-world found in the Light Realm within Adventure Mode in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It is located in the north central region above the Cliffside Rapids, and unlike other sub-worlds in the Light Realm, it does not require a certain type of Spirit to reach it. It is themed after the castle stages within the Super Mario series, and as such, P-Switches and Pipes are required for use in order to progress to the boss, Giga Bowser. The area's background music is Castle / Boss Fortress - Super Mario World / SMB 3.

Spirits[edit]

The Spirits found here are generally characters found in castles, or ones associated with fire and lava. Spirits are ordered by when they are encountered on the map, up until the boss.

Spirit Battle parameters
No. Image Name Universe Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power Stage Rules Conditions Music
62
Mechakoopa Spirit.png
Mechakoopa Mario •Tiny Bowser BowserHeadYellowSSBU.png (×4)
Grab
3,800 Mushroom Kingdom U (Slide Lift Tower) N/A •The enemy starts the battle with a Bob-omb King Bowser - Super Mario Bros. 3
1,059
Juste Belmont.png
Juste Belmont Castlevania Richter RichterHeadRedSSBU.png
Attack
4,200 The Great Cave Offensive (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
•The enemy has increased move speed
Awake
642
Leif Spirit.png
Leif (Fire Emblem) Fire Emblem Roy RoyHeadPinkSSBU.png
Attack
9,300 Castle Siege N/A •The enemy can unleash powerful critical hits at random
•The enemy heals over time
Fire Emblem Theme
893
Shadowman.png
Shadow Man Mega Man Greninja GreninjaHeadPurpleSSBU.png (×3)
Shield
3,500 Norfair (Battlefield form) N/A •The enemy's neutral special has increased power
Stamina battle
•The enemy favors neutral specials
Shadow Man Stage
485
HoohSpirit.png
Ho-Oh Pokémon •Curry Charizard CharizardHeadRedSSBU.png
Neutral
13,900 Kalos Pokémon League N/A •Fire and explosion attacks aren't as effective against the enemy
•The enemy breathes fire
Pokémon Gold / Pokémon Silver Medley
712
Twinbellows Spirit.png
Twinbellows Kid Icarus •Giant Duck Hunt DuckHuntHeadTanSSBU.png
Attack
4,100 Find Mii (Ω form) •Curry-Filled •The enemy breathes fire
•The enemy is giant
Boss Fight 1 - Kid Icarus: Uprising
61
Kamek Spirit.png
Kamek Mario Inkling InklingHeadCyanSSBU.png (×4)
Grab
3,300 Mushroom Kingdom U (Slide Lift Tower) •Easy to Launch
•Item: Star Rod
•All fighters are easy to launch after a little while
•Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•The enemy starts the battle with a Star Rod
Fortress Boss - Super Mario World
498
GroudonSpirit.png
Groudon Pokémon •Giant Bowser BowserHeadRedSSBU.png
Attack
4,700 Norfair (Battlefield form) •Hazard: Lava Floor •The floor is lava
•The enemy is giant
Victory Road - Pokémon Ruby / Pokémon Sapphire
1,227
AISYA SPIRIT.PNG
Aisya ASH: Archaic Sealed Heat Lucina LucinaHeadYellowSSBU.png
Shield
2,500 Bridge of Eldin Assist Trophy Enemies (Shovel Knight)
Bob-omb Festival
•Bob-ombs will rain from the sky after a little while
•Hostile assist trophies will appear
Attack - Soma Bringer
656
Lyon.png
Lyon Fire Emblem Robin RobinHeadWhiteSSBU.png
•Giant Ridley RidleyHeadPurpleSSBU.png
Grab
3,700 Unova Pokémon League N/A •Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
•The enemy is giant (referring only to Ridley)
Preparing to Advance

Boss[edit]

The boss of this sub-world is Giga Bowser. Defeating him grants players the Giga Bowser spirit, the partial destruction of Galeem's shield depending on the other sub-worlds defeated, and Bowser as a playable character.

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
1,097
Spirits giga bowser.png
Giga Bowser ??? ??? Final Destination Giga Bowser

Captured Fighters[edit]

There are two fighters that can be freed within this sub-world. Both are from the Mario universe, and Bowser is required to free, as he is locked behind Giga Bowser. Peach is optional.

No. Image Name Type Power Stage Music
13
Peach SSBU.png
Peach
Grab
7,500 Mushroom Kingdom U Fortress Boss - Super Mario World
14
Bowser SSBU.png
Bowser There is no fighter battle for Bowser, this fighter is obtained after defeating Giga Bowser

Chests[edit]

Two chests can be found in this sub-world.

Type Item Name Location
Music Track Melty Monster On the most-right path to Peach's location
Snack Snacks (L) ×2 Next to Lyon's spirit location

Trivia[edit]

  • Bowser is the only sub-world character required to be unlocked through a boss, in this case, Giga Bowser.
    • This applies to both the Light Realm and Dark Realm.
  • Molten Fortress, Gourmet Race, DK Island, and World Tour are the only sub-areas that do not contain fighters outside their series.