Fiend / Effect FIRE / 8
Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned (from your hand) to your opponent's side of the field by Tributing 2 monsters they control. You cannot Normal Summon/Set the turn you Special Summon this card. During each of your Standby Phases: Take 1000 damage.
CARD ID: 00102380
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Lava Golem and the card Grinder Golem have many similarities:
Both monsters must be Special Summoned under your opponent's control.
Both require 2 monsters to be Summoned, but this card requires Tributes while Grinder Golem provides 2 monsters for the player who Summoned it.
After the Special Summon, neither monster allows Normal Summoning or Setting another monster during the same turn.
Both monsters also have 3000 ATK.
Both monsters are Golems, as their names say.
Both are Fiend-Type monsters.
Yet also both monsters don't have a typical fiend-like physical appearance; Lava-Golem looks more like a Pyro-Type and Grinder Golem looks Machine-Type like.
Also in the anime, both cards are used by secondary characters who were at one point bedeviled under the influence of a more perverse character (Lava Golem is used by Marik Ishtar, when he was under the influence of his dark counterpart, whereas this card is used by Jesse Anderson, when he temporarily served as Yubel's host.)
As most of Yami Marik's primary cards are based on torture devices, this card seems to be based upon torture through hot temperatures or burning.
The person being imprisoned in a cage while Lava Golem stares the victim down is likely a reference to what happened to Joey Wheeler during his Duel with Marik: Joey (the enemy Duelist) is in the cage and the Golem melts onto the duelist, burning them and taking away their Life Points.
Judge Program Forum Rulings
Summoning "Lava Golem" makes it so that player is unable to Normal Summon for the turn. Similar to how if your Normal Summon gets negated, you are still unable to perform another Normal Summon for the turn, the same applies to the Special Summoning of "Lava Golem".: Lava Golem and Volcanic vs. Royal Oppression/Solemn Warning
Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo: You will not be able to Special Summon "Lava Golem" while "Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo" is face-up on the field. The effect of "Fossil Dyna Pachycephalo" makes it so you cannot Special Summon a monster. You will not be able to perform the action to Special Summon "Lava Golem".: Lava golem vz fossil dyna pachcephaol
This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set.: Effect Monster > Lava Golem
You cannot Normal Summon or Set during the turn in which you Special Summon "Lava Golem" with its Special Summoning Condition.
"Vennominaga the Deity of Poisonous Snakes" can be Tributed to Special Summon "Lava Golem": When Special Summoning "Lava Golem", can "Vennominaga the Deity of Poisonous Snakes" be Tributed?
When you Special Summon "Lava Golem" to your opponent's field, your opponent can activate the effect of "Thunder King Rai-Oh".: When Special Summoning "Lava Golem", can your opponent activate the effect of "Thunder King Rai-Oh"?
Mentions in Other Rulings
Previously Official Rulings
"Lava Golem" must be Special Summoned to your opponent's side of the field using its effect text; you cannot Special Summon it or Tribute Summon it to your side of the field.
However, if Special Summoned correctly and then sent to the Graveyard, you can use "Monster Reborn" to Special Summon "Lava Golem" to your side of the field, but you (as the controller) will then take the 1000 damage during your Standby Phases.
You cannot Summon or Set and then Special Summon Lava Golem.
If you Special Summon "Lava Golem" onto your opponent's side of the field they can activate "Bottomless Trap Hole" since you performed the Summon. You could not activate "Bottomless Trap Hole" even though the "Lava Golem" will be on their side of the field.
You can Tribute "Sheep Tokens" to Special Summon "Lava Golem" because it is not a Tribute Summon.
Since Tributed monsters are not considered to be targeted, you can use "Lava Golem" and Tribute your opponent's Dragons even if he has "Lord of D." on the field.
You cannot Special Summon "Lava Golem" if the opponent has "Jowgen the Spiritualist" face-up on the field, nor can you Tribute their "Jowgen the Spiritualist" to Special Summon "Lava Golem".
Mentions in Other Rulings
Black Horn of Heaven:" You cannot activate "Black Horn of Heaven" when you Special Summon "Lava Golem" onto your opponent's side of the field.
Divine Wrath:" You can activate "Divine Wrath" when "Lava Golem" does damage to your Life Points, but you cannot activate it when "Lava Golem" is Special Summoned.
Precious Cards from Beyond:" "Precious Cards from Beyond" is only for a Tribute Summon or Set, not for a Ritual Summon or Special Summon like "Lava Golem".
Remove Brainwashing:" When "Remove Brainwashing" is activated, monsters like "Lava Golem"will return to their owner's side of the field, monsters revived with "Monster Reborn" return to their owner's side of the field, monsters taken with "Exchange" and played normally return to their owner's side of the field, etc.
Thunder King Rai-Oh: You can Tribute your opponent's face-up "Thunder King Rai-Oh" to Special Summon "Lava Golem" from your hand.
Vennominaga the Deity of Poisonous Snakes: You can Tribute your opponent's Vennominaga to Summon "Lava Golem".