Suppose I fall in lava lake, I have elytra equipped. I also have rockets for the boost if I can take off. But can elytra be activated in lava ?

  • As far as I know, Lava acts like Water for Elytra, so technically no? But the rockets should still work, at least if you have a Fire Resistance potion. – Kaizerwolf Jan 12 '17 at 14:07

Yes; tapping spacebar when floating in lava with an elytra equipped will allow you to start flying, and then rockets can be used to take off. Here's a gif of me doing so:

Taking off with elytra in lava

Additionally, here is the code that is run when a START_FALL_FLYING packet is sent:


You can see that it makes sure the player isn't on ground, isn't in water, isn't already flying, and has a negative vertical velocity, but it does not check to make sure that the player isn't in lava.

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