Common Spike Trap

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Remark: This article describes the Common Spike Trap within the Tomb Raider and Lara Croft games. For general information about traps with spikes, see Spike Traps.

Common Spike Trap
Floor spikes tr2.jpg
Obstacle Type Spikes
Related Objects Spike Pit
Strategy Carefully walk through or avoid altogether.

The Common Spike Trap (also known as Teeth Spikes) is a basic Trap, of the type Spike Trap, found throughout many of the Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Games. In the Tomb Raider Level Editor these are known as TEETH SPIKES.

Types of Spike Traps

or the walls.

By Orientation

Floor Spikes

Most often the common spike trap is found as a floor trap, where the spikes are simply protruding from the ground. These can be hidden, ready to shoot out when Lara steps onto the area.

Ceiling Spikes

In seldom cases these spikes can protrude from the ceiling. But a more common trap where spikes from above pose a danger is the Spike Ceiling, where a whole section of ceiling with spikes attached lowers down on Lara.

Wall Spikes

These spikes are attached to walls. A more common form is the Spike Wall, a whole wall section that moves.

Spike Tunnel

There are "tunnels" of spike traps where spikes come out of the floor, ceiling and walls. (Deadly when extended, else harmless.)

By Properties

Simple Spike Trap

There are simple spike traps where the spikes are obvious. In most cases Lara can walk through them. These mean instant death if Lara jumps or falls into them. They drain energy when Lara runs through them.

Hidden Spike Trap (Triggered)

There are spike traps where the spikes are hidden and shoot out of the floor when you step onto them. These are always deadly.

Interval Spike Trap

There are spike traps which retract and extend their spikes at certain intervals. These are deadly when extended, but otherwise they are harmless.

Spike Pit

The common spike trap can occasionally be found in form of a Spike Pit. In which case it is not uncommon that these are hidden underneath a Collapsible Floor.


In some cases, in the Classic Tomb Raider Games, to avoid getting hurt, Lara can walk through the spikes and emerge unscathed. But if she falls in the spikes, Lara will instantly die as the spikes impale her.

Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider II

Tomb Raider III

Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation

Tomb Raider Chronicles

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness

  • Tomb of the Ancients
The first occurrence of the common spike trap is at the end of the level Tomb of the Ancients.
  • The Vault of Trophies
In the The Vault of Trophies a special case of the spike trap occurs, where spiked protrude from the walls.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary

Tomb Raider Underworld

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Lara Croft: Relic Run

In Lara Croft: Relic Run, the floor spikes retract and extend in regular intervals. That doesn't mean however that it is safe to run through them. Running through or jumping into them is always deadly. The best method to conquer them is to either avoid them by changing lanes or by jumping over them with perfect timing.

Tomb Raider Level Editor

Main article: TEETH SPIKES

The TEETH SPIKES are also one of the most basic traps that can be used in the Tomb Raider Level Editor.


Similar Traps