• After you Summon this card on your opponent's side of the field, you can use "Smashing Ground" or "Fissure" to destroy it, clearing your opponent's field of two monsters at little cost.
  • Use "Darkworld Shackles" to eliminate the attacking threat and increase the burn damage to your opponent.
  • "Magic Cylinder", "Mask of the Accursed" and "Nightmare Wheel" can be used to prevent attacks from "Lava Golem" and inflict further damage.
    • You can also opt to activate "Dark Room of Nightmare" alongside or without "Mask of the Accursed"/"Nightmare Wheel" for a potential total of 2100 damage per turn.
    • "Mask of Restrict" can be used to prevent the opponent from Tributing "Lava Golem".
    • "Copycat" can be used to give the player a 3000 ATK monster that "Lava Golem" can't suicide with.
    • "Spellbinding Circle", "Level Limit - Area B" or "Gravity Bind" can be used to prevent it from attacking, without inflicting further damage.
    • "Zoma the Spirit", "Reflect Bounder, and/or "Dimension Wall" can be used to inflict damage without necessarily preventing it from attacking or keeping it on the field.
    • The "Duston" monsters can prevent the opponent from using "Lava Golem" for other means such as an Xyz or Synchro Summon.
  • After you Summon it to your opponent's side of the field, activate "Curse of the Circle" and target "Lava Golem". Your opponent will now be unable to Tribute it off, and unable to use it for a Synchro Summon (unlikely as it is Level 8, but not impossible if your opponent uses Level affecting cards like "Harmonic Waves" or "Level Eater").
  • Use this card in combination with cards whose effect is especially useful if the the opponents monster has high ATK/DEF, like the above mentioned "Magic Cylinder" or i.e. "Relinquished" or "Sonic Chick".
  • Use "Compulsory Evacuation Device" to return this card from the field to your hand, then Special Summon this monster again to the opponent's side of the field via its own effect to make the opponent lose 2 more monsters.

Traditional Format

  • "Change of Heart" can be used to take control of "Lava Golem" for a direct attack, giving it back in time to burn your opponent.
  • This card can be used with "Ring of Destruction" and "Barrel Behind the Door" to inflict 6000 damage. It can be done after the effect of "Lava Golem" has been resolved once to inflict a total of 7000 damage.

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