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Don't you run, needles!


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.



Despite its low HP, Cactuar is tough to defeat as they are agile and difficult to hit. Its high Magic Defense renders magic ineffective. Cactuar has the Armored auto-ability, which means only Piercing weapons can inflict maximum damage. Cactuar uses a weak physical attack, but also uses the fearsome 10,000 Needles attack, which inflicts 10,000 points of damage, effectively knocking out its victim.

Cactuar can flee any time earning the player no AP, gil, items, or equipment.

Cactuar often drops 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 the Cactuar a worthwhile enemy to kill.


To defeat a Cactuar the player should use Overdrives, Spare Change, Summon, Rikku's Use ability (Grenade), or Wakka.



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 enemiesEdit

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