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Final Fantasy VIII Cactuar artwork by Tetsuya Nomura.

Few know that this reclusive desert-dwelling creature lashes together individual needles for its 1000 Needle attack, a fact which suggests that Cactuars are in fact intelligent enough for tool use.

The Cactuar (サボテンダー, Sabotendā?, lit. Cactender) is a recurring creature in the Final Fantasy series designed by Tetsuya Nomura, that has appeared as an enemy and summon. Cactuars are little cacti, typically depicted having stiff arms and legs, three black holes for their faces (representing two eyes and an oblong mouth), and three reddish quills at the top of their heads. They have their own language, mostly consisting of variations of the word "ge-ka", which resemble squeaks and warbles. Cactuars in Final Fantasy X appear to speak Al Bhed.

In their original appearance in Final Fantasy VI they were known as Cactrots. In Final Fantasy VII they were renamed to Cactuer, while the "fake Cactuer" was named "Cactuar". In later games "Cactuar" became the standard name for the regular Cactuar.

Other variations include Qactuar, Kactuar, Cactuer and Cactoid. Other languages refer to them as "Pampa", "Kyactus" and "Cactilio".


Cactuars are fast and tough to hit. Their HP is usually low, but their defenses and evasiveness are high and they often yield large amounts of gil and EXP. Often, they counter most attacks with 1000 Needles (Blow Fish in some versions of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI), which always deals 1000 HP of unblockable damage that ignores Defense. Usually, it can be learned as Blue Magic.

In some games, such as Final Fantasy IX, cactuars may be underground and will only counterattack if they are hiding. Some games have stronger versions of this attack, such as 10,000 Needles. Cactuars are often weak to Water.

The Gigantuar, also known as the Jumbo Cactuar, is a recurring boss type of the cactuar. They are huge versions of the cactuar and sometimes sport a mustache. In most of its appearances, the Gigantuar has the attack "10000 Needles", with an additional "99999 Needles" in games where the max HP limit exceeds 9999.

As a summon[]

See Cactuar's summon sequences here.

The cactuar has appeared as a summon. Usually becoming available after defeating the Gigantuar, the Cactuar uses 1000 Needles as its main attack, though this does not necessarily inflict 1,000 points of damage.


Final Fantasy VI[]

iOS sprite.

The cactuar summon using 1000 Needles, its trademark attack.

Cactuars (Cactrots in the original SNES English translation) make their debut. They can be found in a small desert near Maranda in the World of Ruin. Cactuars leave behind 10,000 Gil and 10 Magic Points, the most of any common enemy.

A Gigantuar can be fought in the Advance and following versions after the player defeats ten Cactuars. Defeating it yields the Cactuar magicite. When summoned for 50 MP, Cactuar randomly uses "1000 Needles" on all enemies, or an attack called "10,000 Needles?" that does 9,999 damage.

Cactuar's magicite grants +2 Speed at Level up.

It teaches the following spells:

Final Fantasy VII[]

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There are two type of cactuar; the regular one known as the "Cactuer" is found in the desert areas at Cactus Island (south of Cosmo Canyon, only accessible on the Highwind or gold chocobo) and on the North Corel Area (only accessible by a green chocobo (half of the area), black chocobo, or gold chocobo). The fake Cactuar is known as the "Cactuar" and is found in the Corel Desert.

Cactuers can be morphed into Tetra Elementals, an accessory that absorbs fire, ice, lightning, and earth damage.

A Cactuer can also be made to appear in the Snow Game at Gold Saucer, as an extra figure to race the player during Time Attack mode.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-[]

Cactuars appear during Chapters 6 and 10. They will not attack during these chapters, but will when encountered in extra missions.

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-[]


The Sabotender and Sapotender are the two variants of cactuar.

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Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-[]

The cactuar runs after the player inputs the code.

Large numbers of Kactuars can be fought in three special missions. A Kactuer also appears in the final mission, dropping Cactus Thorn, which adds Cactuar as a summon on the DMW. 1000 Needles hits enemies a total of 18 times dealing damage based on the level of the DMW. A cactuar also appears from the safe later occupied by Lost Number if the player inputs the correct code.

Final Fantasy VII Remake[]

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Cactuar Materia Cactuar Materia was obtained as a preorder bonus from the Deluxe Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition, and the 1st Class Editions of the game. In the PC version, it is available by default alongside all other special edition items. It attacks enemies with 1,000 Needles.

Cactuars can also be fought as enemies. They can be summoned by a moogle during the Fat Chocobo fight in Chadley's Combat Simulator.

Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier[]

Cactuar (25th)

The Cactuar appears as an enemy. It has three versions, the "Cactuar", "Cactuar (Bunny Ears)", and "Cactuar (25th)". The bunny ears version is exclusive to Egg Hunter event, and the 25th is exclusive to 25th Anniversary collaboration, being in the style of PS1 graphics. They all attempt to flee battle, have medium defense, are weak to melee and fire, and resist gunfire.

Final Fantasy VIII[]

1000 Needles.

While Cactuars commonly appear in Kashkabald Desert, they are far more prevalent on Cactuar Island southeast of it (only accessed on the Ragnarok. Normal Cactuars yield very little (around 2 to 3) EXP, but do yield 20 AP, the most of any regular enemy and even some bosses. After defeating the Jumbo Cactuar optional boss on the Cactuar Island, the Cactuar can be obtained as a Guardian Force.

The Cactuar Guardian Force uses its signature 1,000 Needles move whose damage is calculated by the first digit in Cactuar's level times 100. As a late-game GF, it learns the rare Evasion and Luck junctions and support abilities that enhance these stats. It learns a command ability that nullifies all physical damage while the user is defending, and is the only GF to naturally learn a self-destruct command that deals immense damage that breaks the damage limit at the cost of sacrificing said character. The Cactuar's unique feature is that it learns all support abilities that give permanent stat boosts upon level up; players who want to min-max avoid leveling up until they gain Cactuar and then equip these abilities for grinding sessions. Cactuar doesn't learn any refine abilities.

Cactuar's compatibility is boosted by 20 when summoned, and its compatibility with the user decreases by 1.6 if the player summons another GF. Unlike most other Guardian Forces, Cactuar doesn't have an "opposing" GF whose summoning would greatly decrease compatibility, nor does casting magic have any effect on its compatibility. The compatibility item Cactus Thorn increases compatibility by 3.2, and the LuvLuv G by 20.2, as with every other GF.

The regular Cactuar and Jumbo Cactuar both have Triple Triad cards.

Chocobo World[]


Cactuar is one of Boko's's friends and assists him on his quest to find MiniMog, and later on in his quest to save Koko. He helps by finding items for them to use throughout the game. The player can transfer the items from Chocobo World to Final Fantasy VIII. Chocobo World is not available for Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.

Final Fantasy IX[]


Cactuars appear in the desert areas on the Outer Continent and Forgotten Continent. They usually hide underground and counter any attack with 1000 Needles. They can cast Confuse and use a turn to emerge aboveground and stop using their counterattack, instead simply hiding again after being attacked. The Cactuar is the only enemy Quina can eat to learn its signature 1000 Needles move.

Final Fantasy X[]


The cactuars are native to the deserts of Bikanel Island. A sidequest involves Ten Cactuar Gatekeepers guarding the entrance to the Valley of the Cactuars in the Sanubia Sands. The player can obtain special spheres for locating each cactuar, which leads the player to the Mercury Sigil (item for Rikku's Celestial Weapon).


Another variation is the Qactuar, which migrated from Bikanel to the Thunder Plains where Gandof sealed them within statues. Praying at any three Qactuar stones will summon a spirit. Following the spirit and praying at the broken tower will reveal a chest containing the Spirit Lance, Kimahri's Celestial Weapon, by pressing Square.

The Cactuar King is a tougher version bred and fought at the Area Conquest section of the Monster Arena. It is available after collecting at least one of each fiend found at the Thunder Plains, and the prize for unlocking it is 99 Chocobo Wings (bestows Haste). Defeating it will net some Blessed Gems.

Twelve of Lulu's dolls are based on the cactuar. They may increase AP, reduce MP cost, give counter abilities, preemptive abilities, Magic Booster or the Sensor ability.

Final Fantasy X-2[]

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The cactuars of the Cactuar Nation return under the guidance of their leader, Marnela. Their life-cycle involves starting off as cacti before becoming mobile and later returning to a cacti state, though there are rogue cactuars who refused to abide by it and were thus sealed off. These cactuars can enlarge monsters with their needles. A young Al Bhed boy named Benzo is able to communicate with the cactuars.

The Ten Cactuar Gatekeepers are again gathered from across Spira to save the Cactuar Nation from their mortal enemy, Angra Mainyu. Marnela sacrifices her life to protect the Cactuar Nation until they are gathered. During the quest, the player can fight the Jumbo Cactuar the rogue cactuars create. If a cactuar is the last enemy and it runs away while a party member is trying to attack, the attacker will run off screen in pursuit, but will be visible when everyone does their victory pose. It takes 15 kills to Oversoul a cactuar-type enemy.

Rikku's initial reaction to the Mascot is that she wanted to be a cactuar, which is actually Paine's weapon for this dressphere.

Sphere Break[]
Cactuar Coin
Silver Cactuar Coin
Gold Cactuar Coin
Coin No. 31 Coin Value 2
Trait Coin
Location Eastern or Northern Expanses of the Bikanel Desert.

Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission[]

Cactuars appear on floors 15–19, 27–30, and 75–77.

Cactuars have high Evasion and are difficult to hit with physical attacks. They cannot attack from a distance and can only attack when adjacent to the player, but their "X-Needles" attack never misses and can destroy one's primary dressphere in one hit. Cactuars are not hostile unless provoked, and are only a problem when encountered in hallways and block the way past. It is recommended to attack them from a distance if battling is necessary.

A Black Mage's magic can kill it in one hit from a distance, provided one has high Magic. A Dark Knight's Doom ability will kill the Cactuar after five turns, and a Lady Luck's MP Dice can deplete the Cactuar's MP (depleting 14 MP in total will render it unable to cast "X-Needles").

Final Fantasy XI[]

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Cactuar is a monster of the Sabotender family (the name commonly used for Cactuar in the Japanese games). The game marks the first time the monster has deviated from its established design.

Members of the Sabotender family reside in the Kuzotz region—mainly in the Altepa Desert, Quicksand Caves and Kuftal Tunnel. They are aggressive to players by sound, and their 1000 Needles ability deals one thousand points of damage to all targets within the area of effect. 10,000 Needles is used by Notorious Monsters in the Sabotender family.

The Sabotender family has two peculiar Notorious Monsters in the Altepa Desert, including the well known Cactrot Rapido. Unlike their weaker cousins, these Notorious Monsters are not aggressive and run at high speed throughout the desert, ignoring all forms of provocation other than defending their fellow Sabotenders. They thus cannot be grabbed for battle via normal means (i.e an attack spell), instead parties that hunt them must attack a normal Sabotender and hold until the Notorious Monster stops running to join in the defense of its cousin.

Cactuar is also the name of a cross-shaped constellation in the middle of the stellar map. At one time, a group of meteors observed falling from the location of the central star and was dubbed the "Thousand Needles Shooting Star".

Final Fantasy XII[]


Cactoids and Cactites are docile creatures found in the Dalmasca Estersand and Westersand. They will not attack unless provoked and are often found sleeping peacefully. Cactoids are not cactuars in the traditional sense, but share many traits, mainly being mobile cactus-esque beings. As they are only encountered early, they do not use 1000 Needles or any variation of it. They can drop Bundles of Needles when defeated while holding the Dragoon's Monograph.

One of the hunts in the Clan Primer is the Flowering Cactoid, which looks similar to an ordinary cactoid but with a flower on its head. It will attack unprovoked and can be found with the ordinary cactoids in the Dalmasca Estersand. It is the only enemy that can use the 1,000 Needles attack.

The party can obtain the 1000 Needles attack as a technick.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings[]

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Distant, ambulatory relative of the common cactus.


The Cactoid is the Rank I Earth Ranged Yarhi. It attacks with 1000 Needles to deal minor damage.

Final Fantasy XIII[]

Cactuar, Flowering Cactuar and Gigantuar.

Cactuars are rare enemies in Gran Pulse's Archylte Steppe. They have 777,777 HP and use Kick as their attack. If not attacked in the beginning of a battle, the Cactuar will transform into a stronger version. There is a rare variant called the Flowering Cactuar that usually attempts to flee, but may use powerful magic attacks as well.

The Gigantuar can be fought in Cie'th Stone Mission 54 on the Archylte Steppe. Its main attack is 10,000 Needles, which deals exactly 10,000 damage and sometimes deals Pain and Fog.

Additionally, there exists an uncolored version with a mustache in the game's data.

Final Fantasy XIII-2[]

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Retro-spective trailer.

The Cactuar appears in the Archylte Steppe, as does its larger brother, the Gigantuar. Defeating three Gigantuars will unlock a sealed Time Gate. Other types include the Metallicactuar, Cactuaroni, Flowering Cactuar and Metal Gigantuar.

Each type may be recruited if it turns into a crystal when defeated. The Cactuarina and Cactuarama may also be recruited with the use of Moogle Throw.

In Academia -500 AF-, green cactuar-shaped statues are used as checkpoints within the maze of floating blocks. In a Brain Blast quiz it is also revealed that cactuar signs are used for symbols for emergency exits in amusement parks.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Fragments After reveals Snow Villiers was branded by the fal'Cie Cactuar with a Focus to find Serah Farron and fight alongside her in her fated battle.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII[]

Cactuars appear as enemies in the Dead Dunes. A cactuar statue is also placed prominently in the town of Yusnaan. Lightning can also obtain cactuar-related adornments: Cactuar Figurine and Cute Cactuar Figurine.

Final Fantasy XIV[]

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Cactuars are common sights in Thanalan and can be encountered even at low levels. The weaker ones use lesser variations of their infamous technique "1000 Needles", such as "100 needles". Stronger cactuars, such as the Sabotender Del Sol, still use a full 1000 needles.

Cactuars retain their classic pose while walking around, but adopt a more combative stance when engaged in battle. Players can also obtain a minion known as a "Cactuar Cutting" from a high-level game sidequest.

Final Fantasy XV[]

Cactuar with a cactus on a desk in E3 2013 trailer.

Cactuars are very rare daytime monsters appearing in parts of Duscae, Leide and Cleigne, and will only respawn after a minimum of 15 minutes. They are powerful opponents that can dodge warp-strikes and yield lots of EXP. Its variants are the slactuars and gigantuars. The main difference between a cactuar and slactuar is that the former uses poison and the latter uses confusion.

Because Final Fantasy XV is more realistic, its developers had to think carefully how to deal with comical or cute characters. The designers paid attention to the cactuar's physical texture, and the depiction of the inside of its mouth, to make it more realistic as a wild creature.[1]

Traffic lights in Insomnia.

As well as their appearance as monsters, there are different colored cactuar statuettes that can be collected to complete a side quest for Talcott at Cape Caem. The Cactuar Statuette is bought from the shop at Wiz Chocobo Post. The Cactuar Model is bought from the antique shop in Lestallum market. The Cactaur Sculpture is bought from the shop outside the Leville Hotel in Altissia. The player must use Umbra or the royal vessel to return to Lucis to give it to Talcott. The Cactaur Effigy is found in Chapter 15 in Formouth Garrison, the imperial base near Hammerhead. It is behind the white building after the player has cleared the area of enemies.

Additionally, the "green man" symbols on pedestrian crossing signals in Insomnia are, in fact, cactuar silhouettes. The emergency exit signs (Insomnia emergency exit cactuar from FFXV.png) also display a cactuar. The player can also get a Cactuar Sticker for their car, and some fishing lures are fashioned after cactuars and gigantuars.

As part of the Windows Edition, an official mod was released that turns every NPC into a cactuar.

A King's Tale: Final Fantasy XV[]

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Final Fantasy Tactics S[]

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Final Fantasy Type-0[]

The Cactuar.

Cactuars appear as recurring enemies in the Berith Desert, Cetme District, and Old Lorica Region. The Kactuar and Blooming Cactuar also appear as enemies in the desert.

Although this cactuar's master no longer exists in this world, this tiny speedster still sprints around the halls of Akademeia. This former attendant to one of the Four Champions of Rubrum is so fast, however, that few people claim to have actually seen this fleet-footed flora with their own eyes. Many around the school hope to ask this prickly pal the truth regarding the fall of the Four Champions. Cactuar would be happy to answer their questions--but only if they can catch the little pincushion first.

The traitor among the "Four Champions of Rubrum," which included Class Zero's instructor Kurasame Susaya, was said to have owned a pet cactuar just like how Kurasame has a pet tonberry. Though the traitor perished in his attempt to kill his comrades, his cactuar still lurks in Akademeia. The player can randomly encounter it while exploring certain areas of Akademeia, including: Terrace, Chocobo Ranch, Back Garden and the Airship Landing. Sighting the cactuar for the first time has it drop a l'Cie Stone. It also drops an item needed for completing a task and couple random items, including a Crystal Shard and a Wizard's Hat.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles[]


Cactuars appear in Lynari Desert in all three cycles. They are fairly scarce regardless of Cycle.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King[]

Cactuars appear as normal enemies in various dungeons. The Jumbo Cactuar is a boss which can be fought in the Infinity Spire.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord[]

Cactuar appears as a summon, however, it cannot attack; instead, it cures its allies. Its speed is Sprightly, and it takes one slot to summon. It is obtained in Chapter 3, in Quartint Hills 3.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time[]

Cactuar makes a cameo appearance. In the desert on the overworld, casting magic on the cactuar shaped cactus will make two to four scratch cards pop out.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers[]

Cactuars appear as enemies. When a water attack is used on one, it grows to immense proportions. The player can pick up cactuars and use their special attack 1000 Needles against other enemies. It is also possible to acquire a cactuar emblem.

Final Fantasy Dimensions[]


All cactuars use the same sprite, and the Gigantuar sprites are scaled up by stretching pixels.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[]

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Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)[]

Cactuar being summoned.

Anthropomorphic cactus monsters. Usually they seem to be running towards something.

Summon Compendium

Cactuar s a summon who uses 1,000 Needles on the opponent's Bravery, reducing it by 1,000 points. If the opponent's Bravery is less than 1,000, they end up with break. Cactuar can be obtained as a Stage Bonus on the Destiny Odyssey IX storyline.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy[]

Cactuar returns as a summonstone with the same function as in the first Dissidia. It can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 60 KP.

Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia[]

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Cactuar appears as an enemy in the seven Cycle Quests. For Red, Green, White, Yellow, Blue, and Black crystals, regular cactuars as well as flowering Cactuars (which give more crystals, experience and gil) can appear.

A set of Cactuar stickers for co-op multiplayer was available during A Kactuer Konundrum. During this period as well, Cactuars infamously seized the in-game news feed and replaced text with five-point stars (☆★) to make the text near-indecipherable.

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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[]

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Cactuars appear as enemies during Battle Music Sequences (BMS).

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[]

Cactuars appear as enemies in Battle Music Sequences.

Pictlogica Final Fantasy[]

Cactuar appears as an enemy.

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Final Fantasy All the Bravest[]

This sadist revels in making others pluck its thousand needles from their flesh.

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The Cactuar appears as an enemy inside the Fabul Waterways. It uses 1,000 Needles and drops the Kotetsu.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

Cactuar species most frequently appear as bonus targets during certain Special Events. Appearing in singles, they can sometimes drop Orbs that are one or two levels above those that would drop from a more common foe.

As a standard enemy, they are found within the intermediate to advanced Records of Final Fantasy VI and in the Monday Daily Dungeon, the latter basing itself on Final Fantasy VI for the enemies drawn.

Dr. Mog is shown to own a figure of a Cactuar, which can be seen in the background whenever the player accesses their Item Chest.

Final Fantasy Explorers[]

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Final Fantasy Brave Exvius[]

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Cactuars appear as enemies in some areas, such as the Zadehl Westersand.

Cactuars are most commonly known by their metal variants, the Metal Minituar, Metal Cactuar and Metal Gigantuar, who serve as EXP Units whose purpose is to be infused into other units for 5,000, 10,000 and 30,000 experience respectively. Doing this is the best way to maximize units quick and evolve them.

Metallic cactuars can be found in a bunch of different ways usually involving events and prizes. The Metal Minituars and Cactuar can be purchased through the Medal Exchange Panel in the Arena by investing some Medals earned through fighting and advancing through the grid. Gigantuars are most commonly available through King Mog's shop and can be purchased through event-only currency and are very cheap, usually costing 100 of the respective currency all the time. However, King Mog has a limited supply of 100 for each event.

All variants can be found in the event-only dungeon Cactuar Dunes with each variant appearing at a different level of the dungeon. Minituars are guaranteed to appear at the end of "Entrance" and may appear at some point in "Entrance" and "Interior". Metal Cactuars are guaranteed to appear at the end of "Interior" and may appear at some point in "Interior" and "Uncharted Zone". Gigantuars are guaranteed to appear at the end of "Uncharted Zone" and may appear at some other point there.

Mobius Final Fantasy[]

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Cactuars appear in various colors and sizes as enemies and as material cards. As enemies, they have low HP, but will need to be broken with a random element to be defeated quickly. If hit with an element that is neither their strength nor their weakness, the attack does little damage.

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World of Final Fantasy[]

Cactuars are a group of Mirage, as well as the name of one of the creatures. The group includes two families, one made up of the Cactuar / Gigantuar pair and the other of the Cactrot / Gigantrot pair. Cactrots and Gigantrots are fundamentally the same as the Cactuar and Gigantuar, except instead of the iconic needles, they fire "meedles", which hit enemies randomly rather than a selected target. An additional version, Cactuar Johnny was available to those who received the PSN Digital Day One Preorder DLC, and was later released in the standalone World of Final Fantasy Maxima version.

A cactuar also appears as a minor character. The Cactuar Conductor runs the trains. He is an energetic middle-aged cactuar (saying that he is over 50 years old) who likes to play pranks on people and other Mirages. He is the first cactuar in the series able to communicate with the main characters in their own language.

Chocobo no Fushigi na Dungeon and Chocobo's Dungeon 2[]

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The Cactuar is both an enemy class and a specific enemy. They attack primarily with Gil Toss, though some types can use Poison Needle. They drop a large amount of gil upon defeat.

Chocobo Racing[]

Cactuar racing at the Final Fantasy VIII Circuit.

The Cactuar is a secret character unlocked by beating the Story Mode six times and holding R2 while the cursor is over Squall. The cactuar does not use a vehicle to race, and rather runs around the track. Cactaur is one of the slowest racers and has bad acceleration to boot but give it Charge and it becomes more of a force on the race track. As a CPU opponent, it uses every stone it gets unless it gets one in 5th or 6th which is extremely likely.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon[]

Cactuars are fairly enigmatic enemies, as their movement speed doesn't work like that of most enemies. They technically have the same movement speed as Chocobo, but are allowed to move two grids or attack once each turn, making them hard to fight. They have long-range skills, such as Gil Toss and 1000 Needles. They also appear as a Dry Cactuar variant in the Guardian of the Light dungeon.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales[]

Cactuar is an earth element, and has six cards under his name.

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#031 Green
None Attack None None
Spinning Needle
Deal 3 damage and casts Haste.
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#032 Green
None None Defend Defend
Deal 3 damage.

CP Crush

Destroy 2 of opponent's * crystals.

#033 ★★★ Green
None Attack None None
Poison Barb
Deal 3 damage and cause Poison.
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#034 Green
None Defend Defend Defend
Crystal Ability (***)


Restore 2 HP for each * in opponent's CP gauge.

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#035 Green
None Attack None None
1000 Needles
Crystal Ability (**)

Deal 5 damage.

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#036 ★★★ Green
None Attack None None
1000 Needles plus
Crystal Ability (***)

Deal 6 damage and causes Poison.

Dice de Chocobo[]

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Final Fantasy: Unlimited[]

Cactuars used to live in a peaceful desert until they were attacked by the Wandering Ocean, which destroyed their home and forced them to hide underground. Thanks to the Comodeen and Kaze, the cactuars gain the courage to use their own lifeforce to create a whirlwind that destroys the Wandering Ocean. Everyone mourns the deaths of their fallen comrades, until it is revealed the cactuars could be revived with sunlight. Fungo is the only one of the heroes to translate the cactuar language.

Herba uses a similar group of cactus creatures as servants, referred by her as her "Cactibabies", last seen in "Fungus: Eternal Life" obtaining an Omega crystal and almost all of them were destroyed by Omega's aura in the process.

The cactuar were all voiced by Etsuko Kozakura in the Japanese version.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[]

Cactuar appears in Final Fantasy Trading Card Game as Wind-elemental Monster cards and as an Earth-elemental Summon card.

Triple Triad[]

Cactuar from the series appear on Triple Triad cards in the version available via the Final Fantasy Portal App.

Non-Final Fantasy guest appearances[]

Assassin's Creed: Origins[]

Cactuar statuette in Assassin's Creed: Origins.

A cactuar statuette can be found on a desk next to Layla Hassan's computer in her base during the present day scenarios.

Itadaki Street series[]


Cactuars appear in Itadaki Street Portable.

Cactuars also appear in Itadaki Street Special.

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Dragon Quest X[]

Cactuar pose.

Cactuars along with Mandragoras appeared as monsters during the Final Fantasy-Dragon Quest crossover events. Also, characters can be dressed with cactuar robes and the iconic cactuar pose can also be staged.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[]


Cactuar is a secret character in the Mario sports game, Mario Hoops 3-on-3 along with a Moogle, a Ninja, a White Mage and a Black Mage. This is mainly because Square Enix developed the game. Cactuar's special shot is 1000 Needles.

Unique to its design in this game and the Nintendo Wii spiritual sequel, Mario Sports Mix, in which it was also an unlockable character, the cactuar's design incorporates segmented limbs, giving the arms and legs a jointed appearance, which may have been intended to make it look flexible enough to play basketball. He is the fastest player in the game.

Cactuar is unlocked by first unlocking Glare Desert, which is unlocked by scoring 800 points in Jr. Street, playing in the Star Cup. Once Glare Desert is unlocked, Cactuar's head appears in the sand. Dribbling the ball on it causes it to move. After dribbling on it a few times, it will run away. Winning the match afterward unlocks Cactuar.

Mario Sports Mix[]

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Cactuar reappears alongside the same four unlockable Final Fantasy characters with which it debuted. It can be unlocked by playing 60 Matches or by completing the Cactuar Mission at Star Cup.

Monster Strike[]

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Kingdom Hearts series[]

The Cactuar Gummi Ship is a special ship. In the original Kingdom Hearts the player can unlock the blueprint by defeating 1000 Heartless and then talking to Geppetto. This can be done after locking the Monstro Keyhole. In Kingdom Hearts II, by receiving an S-Rank in Broken Highway (Mission 2), the blueprint for the Special Cactuar ship is received. It costs 1197 munny and requires 198x Material-G, 8x Fire-G and 2x Orichalcum-G gummi blocks to build.

In Kingdom Hearts III, while traversing through the Toy Box, there is a section where Sora must move blocks in order to make a path to save Buzz. This "path" ends up being a giant Cactuar, which , when put together plays the "victory fanfare". A constellation also appears in the Ocean Between, that when photographed becomes a Cactuar and unlocks a special Cactuar Gummiship.

Hanjuku Hero 4[]

Cactuars make an appearance in the ending cutscene of Hanjuku Hero 4 as drawings.

The Bouncer[]

The cactuar image on Volt's jacket.

One of the main protagonists, Volt Krueger, has three pictures of a cactuar on his jacket. As combined with a "no" sign, it is meant entirely to communicate "No Escape."

Lord of Vermilion[]

A cactuar appears as a card in Lord of Vermilion III.

They reappear in Lord of Vermilion Arena.

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Guardian Cross[]

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The player can purchase a hat called "Cactrot". The hat's description, "Desert, South of Miranda. World of Ruin. Watch out for Blow Fish", alludes to Final Fantasy VI (the original term for 1000 Needles was "Blowfish"). The player can purchase it for 1000 Tix, or ROBUX, another reference to the 1000 Needles ability. It is in the form of a cactus wearing a small hat.

Rise of Mana[]

Cactuars appears as an ally.

Sword Art Online II[]

A cactuar appears as a profile picture and it wears a blackglasses while video-chatting with Death Gun.

Monster Hunter World[]

In the version 5.0 Behemoth update, cactuars were added as endemic life in the Wildspire Waste area.

Minna to BIOHAZARD Clan Master[]

As a crossover collaboration with Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade, the Resident Evil smartphone card battle RPG Minna to BIOHAZARD Clan Master boasts joke character and beta test collision detection model Tofu as a Cactuar. This is likely in play to how in gameplay, Tofu is only equipped initially with knife weapons, and as a further play on Tofu's food in joke regarding the zombie outbreak themes of Resident Evil, has now become a cactus as a means of defense from being devoured.

Behind the scenes[]

Concept artwork for Final Fantasy VI.

According to an article in the 15 February 1997 issue of V-Jump, the cactuar was designed by Tetsuya Nomura based on a doodle he drew on a notebook when he was a high school student. They resemble Japanese "Haniwa", a type of clay figure made for ritual and funerary uses.

In the description of the cactuar in one of the Final Fantasy games on PlayStation, the monster was going to be described with the sentence "It ejaculates needles!". This was because the game was being translated by a Japanese speaker. His reviser, Alexander O. Smith, managed to change the description before the game's release, as while it is technically accurate, it carries the connotation of one particular meaning of the word "ejaculate".[2]


A figure of the Final Fantasy VIII version of the cactuar comes with the Siren action figure. A Static Arts Mini figure of the Cactuar Conductor from the World of Final Fantasy was released in May 2017. The Final Fantasy XV cactuar has been made into a plushie available as a prize from Taito crane catcher games.

Players can also buy a cactuar as a pet in the Xbox Live Avatar Shop.



Sabotender (サボテンダー, Sabotendā?) is derived from mixing the Japanese word for cactus (サボテン, saboten?) and the English word "pretender" (プリテンダー, puritendā?).

The name "Cactuer" was also likely formed from "cactus" and "pretender", while the name "Cactuar" chosen as a similar looking and sounding name (since the name was originally used for Kactuar). The name "Cactuar" may also be a portmanteau of "cactus" and "liar".


  1. Final Fantasy XV Collector's Edition Guidebook developer interviews
  2. Wesley Fenton (n.d.) . GameSpite Quarterly Interview: Richard Honeywood on The Rise of Square Localization. Accessed 13 June 2021. Archived from the original on 26 December 2016.