The Lava Golem is a magical creature that is made entirely from lava, and has several attacks, depending on the target's range. They usually serve the role of supporting the main attacking force with their fireballs. They often appear few at a time, despite their size.


Lava Golems are piles of lava that have been magically brought to life by Mordekai the Summoner to live on the volcanic planet of Struna. While the first one that appears in the Serious Sam series is a guardian summoned by the collected elements, the rest of the Golems in the First and Second encounters appear to be made by Mental himself, as they spawn with Mental-allied enemies.

In Serious Sam's Bogus Detour, Mental transported Lava Golems to Earth during his invasion to make them part of his forces. As they could not adapt to Earth's environment, the Orcs pumped up magma from the Earth's crust so they can thrive.

There are three types of Lava Golems; small, medium and large.

In Serious Sam: Double D, the Lava Golem is a large creature made out of lava rock that bounces on a pogo stick.

NETRICSA informationEdit

Serious Sam 1Edit

"A large pile of inanimate material magically brought to life. Lava golems are made of low temperature magma and they the use magic powers contained in them to summon fireballs and similar projectiles to throw at their enemies, Power and resistance of any particular golem depends on its size and the amount of contained magic force. As a golem wears out, if it is very big, it may spawn several smaller ones in the process which continue their lives independent of their originator."

Serious Sam's Bogus DetourEdit

"Magically created by the great and powerful Mordekai the Summoner, the Lava Golems now live on the blazing volcano planet Struna. For some reason, Mental wanted these beasts' help during the invasion of Earth, and as such the Orcs made sure to adapt the landscape for them by pumping up magma from the Earth. When a large one dies, it splits up into smaller enemies."


In the Serious Sam: The First Encounter, the first Lava Golem encountered is a boss in Alley of the Sphinxes (Metropolis in Serious Sam Xbox). Subsequent Lava Golems appear mainly in Karnak.

In the Serious Sam: The Second Encounter, Lava Golems are more common, starting to appear from the first level on. The large Lava Golem appears only on co-op in The Grand Cathedral.

In Serious Sam's Bogus Detour, Lava Golems first appear in Trouble in Troy, where they appear out of lakes of lava.

Attacks and statsEdit

Each size of Golem has different health, damage dealt and point value. If a medium or large Lava Golem is close to death, it will spawn small and medium Golems, respectively.

In Serious Sam 1, the Lava Golem has two attacks: throwing chunks of lava and pounding the ground when the player gets close to it. Medium and large Lava Golems will attempt to predict where the player is going and will try to throw a lava ball to what direction it perceives the player is going.

In Serious Sam's Bogus Detour, Lava Golems will rapidly throw fireballs at the player. These fireballs can set the player on fire for a couple of seconds, increasing the player's movement speed but also draining their health simultaneously.

For logical reasons, Lava Golems are immune to the XOP Flamethrower and lava environment, though oddly enough, they sometimes take damage from lava and die subsequently.

In Serious Sam: Double D, the Golem's only “attack” is to jump into the air and try to land on the player. Every time the Golem jumps, it will leave a small pile of lava rocks from where it jumped from. These rocks do little damage if someone walks over them. When killed, it will leave a small pile of lava rocks.


Serious Sam 1 Edit

  • In general, small Golems are the least threatening of the Golems. Their attacks do little damage and they are the easier out of all golems to kill. They should be medium-low priority targets.
  • Small Golems can easily be dispatched with the M1A2 Thompson. It takes about 10 bullets to kill one. The Double Barrel Coach Gun is an alternative to the Tommy gun but only effective at short range.
  • Medium Golems are much more dangerous than their small counterparts. Their lava balls do much more damage and are harder to avoid because of their size. In addition, their greatly increased health makes them much harder to kill.
  • If the medium Golem spawns with other enemies, the medium Golem should be medium-high priority targets because the need to change moving direction can lead the player to other enemies. There are still more immediate threats like Arachnoids.
  • Medium Golems can be significantly harmed by a charged up cannonball so it would be so wounded that a few bullets will finish it off. A quick follow-up shot with the XPML21 Rocket Launcher or MK III Grenade Launcher can finish it off.
  • Despite their size, large Golems are not significantly more dangerous than their medium counterparts. Their lava balls are usually as easy to dodge as a medium's.
  • Large Golems can be wounded with either rockets, grenades or charged up cannonballs. However, no matter what weapon is chosen, it will require a lot of ammo for the chosen weapon to kill it because of how much health it has. Thankfully, when the large Golem appears, a health bar will appear, letting the player know how much damage has been dealt to the Golem.
  • The minigun allows the player to destroy the rocks thrown by medium or large Lava Golems, while at the same damaging the Golems.
  • While Lava Golems are slow, it's not advised to approach them too closely. Their melee attacks do a lot of damage and are difficult to avoid.

Serious Sam's Bogus Detour Edit

  • The SBC Cannon can kill a large Golem in one hit, as well as the additional smaller Golems that spawn after the large Golem's death. As the cannonballs continue to travel after hitting a Golem, it can be used against multiple Golems if they are lined up together.
  • As they have less health than their Serious Sam 1 counterparts, the AS-24 Devastator, Thompson submachine gun or Laser Cannon are effective weapons to use against Golems, regardless of size.
  • Try to lure Golems onto land and away from the lava where they spawn, as they can regenerate health whilst in lava.
  • If engaging Golems while there are many enemies targeting you, the Golems should be considered a medium or high priority, so take them out first before finishing off any weaker enemies.

Related achievementsEdit

Serious Sam HD (Fusion)Edit

Huge pile of lava Huge Pile of Lava
Defeat the Lava Golem boss on Alley of the Sphinxes.
Nice try Nice Try
Use the Flamethrower on a Lava Golem.

Behind the scenesEdit

Originally, there were supposed to be other enemies made out of in-animate materials and were called Elementals. They were to reside on a specific planet, such as the Water Elemental being on the Water Planet, that would be visited after the player completed the Egypt section of Serious Sam 1. However, the planets and most of the Elementals were cut before the game was released. The only Elemental that survived was the Lava Golem; the others (Ice Elemental, Water Elemental, Air Elemental and Stone Elemental) were cut.


  • In The Second Encounter, the Golems have fire on their body.
  • The old version of the rock thrown by the Lava Golem can be found in the models/Elementals folder.
  • As it has been found out, the Lava Golem was originally supposed to possess four abilities rather than three; they are supposed to have the power to project small, medium, to large-sized fireballs, but this was dumped for an unknown reason. Like two of the Elementals that have been fought in the prototype version, namely the Ice Elemental and Stone Elemental, they are able to throw 3 molten rocks in a scatter pattern, but this was also scrapped.


Serious Sam 1Edit

Serious Sam's Bogus DetourEdit

Serious Sam: Double DEdit

Serious Sam: The Random EncounterEdit

List of appearancesEdit