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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. They appear 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.

Stats Edit

Battle Edit

The Cactuar uses a turn "bundling up something..." before using 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.

The Cactuars are useful for learning magic, as they give 10 AP when defeated.

Strategy Edit

It is advised to use attacks that are unblockable and ignore Defense, such as Bushido, Tools, 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.

Coliseum setup Edit

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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.

Formations Edit

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

AI scripts Edit

Normal script Edit

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 Edit

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

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit

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Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

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".

Trivia Edit

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

Related enemies Edit

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