Volatile Volcano is an active volcano that came about when Drawcia turned Dream Land into a world of paint. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the now-paint Dream Land, consisting of rising walls of magma and flamethrowers, and barely any visible solid ground. Kirby must avoid the fire at all costs or suffer major damage. Hooks will reach Kirby and pull him over the magma, which is useful. However, the paintbrush must time when Kirby drops, as magma surrounds almost every solid platform.
There is a Room Guarder in this level. Kirby must make the Thudds fall through the floor by destroying bomb blocks. The very last one will try to crush Kirby from the middle. A good way to solve this puzzle of a boss is to destroy the bomb blocks on the side and then finally destroy the one on the middle. However, the Thudds will only fall if Kirby is below them, so he will need some support from the paintbrush to beat this challenging boss.
A Snoppy appears between two static fields and Gordos. This particular Snoppy does not attack Kirby, and taking it down gives the Freeze ability, which is needed to collect one of the level's Medals. Alternatively, that medal can be retrieved by playing as Waddle Doo, who can reach the switch with Beam.
This level's music is a remix of the music of Neo Star.