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Only 3 HP, but incredibly good defenses. Attacks with a needly Blow Fish.

Bestiary entry (PS)

The Cactuar, also called Cactrot, is an enemy in Final Fantasy VI that appears in the desert near Maranda.

In the Advance, mobile and Steam releases, killing ten Cactuars will lure out the Gigantuar. However, the player must first speak to a man in Maranda, who mentions encountering it.



The Cactuar uses a turn "bundling up something..." before unleashing 1000 Needles. After repeating this script for six turns, the message "Workload increases tenfold!" may appear, after which the Cactuar will cast ten 1,000 Needles in a row, dealing a total of 10,000 HP damage.

Cactuars have extremely high Defense and Evade. They are useful for learning magic, as they give 10 Magic Points when defeated.


It is advised to use unblockable attacks that ignore Defense, such as Bushido, Tools, Throw, and Blitz. Alternatively, the player can equip a Sniper Eye to ensure their attacks connect, and use the Ultima Weapon and Ultima spells. Strago's 1000 Needles Lore will always hit. 1,000 Needles can also be used via Relm's Sketch. Umaro can also kill them with ease.

Coliseum setup[]

For the versions prior to the Game Boy Advance, the player should use Gogo with a Sniper Eye, Merit Award, and a defense-ignoring weapon, such as Valiant Knife or Ultima Weapon, Dice, or Fixed Dice. An alternative setup would be Gogo with a Master's Scroll and Sniper Eye, as it will allow Gogo to deal four attacks with one point of damage each, enough to defeat Cactuar's three HP.


Number Enemies Encounter flags Introduction flag Musical theme Magic AP
Normal Back Surrounded Side
221 Cactuar Y N N N Sides, individual Battle 10

AI scripts[]

Normal script[]

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Display message: Bundling up something...
2nd Turn: 1000 Needles (100%)
3rd Turn: Display message: Bundling up something...
4th Turn: 1000 Needles (100%)
5th Turn: Display message: Bundling up something...
6th Turn: 1000 Needles (100%)
7th Turn: Display message: Workload increases tenfold!
8th Turn: 1000 Needles (100%)

1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)

Coliseum script[]

Attack Turns: 1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Mindprick (33%) or 1000 Needles (33%)

Other appearances[]

Final Fantasy Record Keeper[]

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Other media[]

In the online game Roblox, the player can purchase a hat called "Catcrot" whose description is, "Desert, South of Miranda. World of Ruin. Watch out for Blow Fish."



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?).

"Cactrot" is a portmanteau of "cactus" and "trot".

Related enemies[]