The Cactoid is an enemy in Final Fantasy XII. It is not a threat, and is docile until attacked. The main difference between the Cactoid and the Cactite is that the Cactoid has additional cactus growths on top of its head. However, there are Cactoids with the appearance of a Cactite found near the water in The Yoma area north of the outpost near the Banks of Nebra. Cactoids in the Dalmasca Westersand Galtea Downs zone frequently spawn asleep. Cactoids only attack physically and can't get combo hits.

Two Cactoids are also fought in the Zodiac versions' Trial Mode Stage 3.

Cactoids could be seen as the game's version of the recurring Cactuar creature. The regular Cactoids don't use the Cactuar's signature 1000 Needles attack, it being reserved to the Flowering Cactoid Mark.

Bestiary entry[edit | edit source]

Note: The Cactite and Cactoid share the Cactoid entry.

Page 1: Observations[edit | edit source]

Being a mischievous, mean-spirited beastie, mercifully lacking the intelligence to do any real damage. Sproutlings are called cactites. A rare strain is notable for its proclivity to sprout a scarlet blossom; that being seldom seen, of the highest value, and considered a sign of miraculous good fortune by sensitive young lovers with a tolerance for needles.

Page 2: The Adventurer's Handbook[edit | edit source]

Ye adventurers only beginning on your travels: your first task should well be the collection of 1,000 needles from the fickle cactoid. Upon plucking this collection, you will find yourself not only the proud owner of a bundle of needles, but possessed of great experience in interminable combat withal, and, should you sell it, a pittance of coin. If making a bundle exceeds your capabilities, the adventurer is urged to reconsider his or her vocation and take up employ about town. Adventuring is not all fun and games, mark you.

Stats[edit | edit source]

A: Lv. 4-8

B: Lv. 26-27

C: Lv. 4-6

  1. The Original Japanese Guidebook cites the LV. 26-27 Cactoids' MP as being 2100–2103, but subsequent guides list it as 999.

AI script[edit | edit source]

Abilities
TypeNameCondition
RamAny time (50%).
Properties
TypeProperty
TargetingAttacks enemy with highest enmity.
Linking
Attacks
Pursuit
Other InformationMay run away when HP < 50%.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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Non-Final Fantasy appearances[edit | edit source]

Square Enix Legend World[edit | edit source]

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Cactoid appears as an enemy.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

A cactus (plural cacti, cactuses, or less commonly, cactus) is a member of the plant family Cactaceae. The word "cactus" derives, through Latin, from the Ancient Greek κάκτος, kaktos, a name originally used by Theophrastus for a spiny plant whose identity is now not certain. "-oid" is a suffix meaning "resembling", used in the formation of adjectives and nouns.

Related enemies[edit | edit source]

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