Cactuar is an enemy in Final Fantasy X found within Bikanel Island, in a village known as the "Cactuar Nation". The village is protected by a sandstorm until the player finishes a red-light, green-light minigame with the ten Cactuar Gatekeepers.

Cactuars appear as several of Lulu's dolls. All have special support abilities.

Stats[edit | edit source]

Battle[edit | edit source]

Don't you run, needles!


Despite their low HP, Cactuars are tough to defeat, as they are agile and difficult to hit. Their high Magic Defense renders magic ineffective, and they have the Armored auto-ability, which means only piercing weapons can inflict maximum damage. In addition to their resilience, Cactuars can flee at any time, earning the player no AP, gil, items, or equipment.

Cactuars use a weak physical attack, but can also use the fearsome 10,000 Needles attack, which inflicts 10,000 points of damage, effectively knocking out its victim.

When defeated, Cactuars often drop weapons with Initiative and armor with HP Stroll, MP Stroll, and HP +10%. This, coupled with the amount of AP obtained at this stage of the game, makes them a worthwhile enemy to kill.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The player can use abilities the Cactuar cannot avoid, such as Overdrives, Spare Change, and Use. Summoning an aeon and using their unique abilities also works. Otherwise, using Aim, Luck, and Jinx will increase the odds of landing attacks, especially when combined with Wakka.

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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]

Final Fantasy X-2[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy X-2: Last Mission[edit | edit source]

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