Lavabending seems better if you want to cause wanton destruction. It also has the benefit of greater intimidation factor. But metalbending is more useful ... there aren't going to be a lot of situations where spewing out a fountain of lava is going to be of great help to you.
I'd say metal because there's metal almost everywhere, even on people's clothes. Unless you're going to carry around earth with you. And when you bend lava, you're not only endangering your opponents but also yourself, not to say that metal isn't dangerous, but it's just lower on the danger scale.
I like both styles but I, personally, prefer metalbending because of its versatility and all around usefulness. You can swing on building etc with metalbending and it has a good balance for defense and offense. Lavabending seems to be ONLY good for offense unless you count the fear factor as defensive. Lava is just a destructive element and you always have to be on your toes youself when you bend lava because one mistake could burn your skin off. This is why I ask why did they have to give Bolin the skill. His confidence level with metalbending was low so why not do something to increase his confidence level and give him the skill. I mean we all know he can do it because of both what Suyin says about limiting yourself AND Toph saying even he could learn it. They could have at least let him do it in Book 4 somehow and it is the one he wanted. I hope Bolin, whether in the comics or a future show, does end up learning it so he can have 2 subskills.
Waterbend.3.19 wrote: I'd say metal because there's metal almost everywhere, even on people's clothes. Unless you're going to carry around earth with you. And when you bend lava, you're not only endangering your opponents but also yourself, not to say that metal isn't dangerous, but it's just lower on the danger scale.
Short of large metal/wood buildings or being out on the ocean, you're never very far from earth for conventional earthbending. But even then, Ghazan was able to do some serious damage with a few small stones that would easily fit in a pouch or pocket.
Integer115 wrote: If the fight takes place on the aircraft or ship then lavabending useless. In this situation, metalbending very useful. There are many weapons: forks, knives, doors, tables, and so on.
This raises a good question, I think. Lava is just molten earth... could it be possible for a metalbender to master molten metal?
On topic, I'd choose metalbending because it's so versatile. Lavabending seems like something used almost exclusively for combat (though you could probably cook a mean stake with it).
Lavabending is number one!Yeah, metalbending has a lot of capabilities, but I think lavabending is more powerful. Just look at what it can do. Ghazan collesped a section of the wall in ba sing se like it was nothing. And he destroyed the NAT (something ineverliked). Now, tell me that ain't tight.
Weltall8000 wrote: Lavabending is probably inherently more destructive. Metalbending has more obvious utility.
Not to say there isn't overlap between all of these parts back and forth here, but that's the gist of it.
Lavabending can be very useful, depending on how the bender utilizes it. Maybe in the future bolin could come up with some new moves.
Yes, like the amazing Boiling Water Style. Seriously now, could a bloodbender boil someone's blood? I think a firebender can probably do it, but since waterbenders can change water temerature by making them colder they should be able to do it too.
It seems strange that people cite commonness of metal as though lavabending would be scarce. Any earth can be lavabent, so it's actually more plentiful than metalbending. I will agree that lava takes a lot of control to use without damaging oneself, but it's not impossible or even unlikely to self-injure fighting with metal either.
I would say it's Lavabending. If you imagine two people fighting, what should the Metalbender do what the Lavabender can't block? Unless they are on an area where is no earth but Metal what would be quite unfair. I think Metalbending is not a really good element for attacks, whereas Lava can be used for both, even more for attacks as it seems to me. And with Lavabending you can just melt the Metal if it touches it too long. Furthermore, you can make your amount of Lava very big, but you can't mix two pieces of Metal unless you can melt them.
The thing about Lavabending is that there is something it can, hypothetically, do that no other form of Earthbending can do - Fractional melting. The basic version of this geological concept is the magma in a 'lava chamber' is slowing cooling, and as it cools certain minerals form first and other minerals remain in the molten magma, changing it's composition. Now what does this mean? With enough time and focus, you can focus specfic minerals out of your magma, and shape it with Magmabending to anything you want. In layman terms, you can make gemstones in any shape you want! Want a Quartz swam, get some granite and get cracking, or is a pure diamond ring by working with kimberlite!
I think lavabending can be useful for utilitarian purposes as well, not just in combat situations. Lava can act as a light source, create fire and provide heat for comfort or for cooking. Also, like Jaxusblackrose said, lava can be helpful for blacksmithing/metallurgy as it can create different minerals. Mind you, this could either revolutionize or disrupt the mining industry!
Lavabending with its extreme heat could also melt through objects like that glowing 1000 degree knife does, or how Ghazan made a sharp disc of lava to cut open a hole through his wooden cell.