Cactuar is an enemy in Final Fantasy VIII.

It is possible to reach Cactuar Island with Balamb Garden because a small portion of the Kashkabald Desert is part of Cactuar Island, which itself is currently inaccessible (one cannot fight Jumbo Cactuar like this). To reach this area of the world map one must pilot Balamb Garden to a small gap in the mountain range surrounding the south of the desert and proceed on foot.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Battle[edit | edit source]

Cactuar is a fast enemy, and is likely to escape before anyone can attack if the party has low speed stats. The 1000 Needles attack ignores evade and status effects such as Protect and Defend, and will inflict 1,000 HP every time. Cactuars grant 20 AP when killed, making them good prey for learning new GF abilities.

Cactuar is one of the few non-boss monsters that is unaffected by Quistis's Degenerator Limit Break, Selphie's Rapture and Odin never appears against it. The others are Grat, Vysage, Lefty, Righty, Tonberry, Esthar Soldier (Terminator), UFO? and PuPu.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Cactuars are weak against Water, so Water spells or summoning Leviathan work well. Although Cactuars have massive evasion, Squall's 255% accuracy guarantees him a hit. Selphie is the only other character who can attain a natural 255% accuracy with her Strange Vision ultimate weapon. The other characters can boost their accuracy with junctions. Junctioning Water spells to attack makes them deal double damage, but Cactuars already have low HP.

The Initiative ability lets the user start the battle with a full ATB gauge. One strategic setup is junctioning Initiative to Squall, Irvine, or Quistis and have them use Limit Breaks that damage all enemies, i.e. Fated Circle, Scatter Shot, or Ultra Waves.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

Cactuar Card
TTCactuar.png Element None
Refine 1 refines into 1 Cactus Thorn
Drop Cactuar
Card Cactuar
Level 3 (Monster Card) Win N/A

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

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Chocobo World[edit | edit source]


Cactuar is one of Boko'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.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

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Cactuar appears as an Earth-elemental card.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

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Cactuar from Final Fantasy VIII appears on a Triple Triad card in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

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?).

Related enemies[edit | edit source]

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