The Jumbo Cactuar in Final Fantasy VIII.

Some Cactuars live long lives and grow huge. This Jumbo Cactuar is one of those.

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Gigantuar (ジャボテンダー, Jabotendā?, lit. Juctuar), also known as Jumbo Cactuar, is a recurring boss in the Final Fantasy series ever since its debut in Final Fantasy VIII. It is an enlarged Cactuar, usually towering over the party, and as a trademark often sports a curled mustache. As the Cactuar's trademark attack is 1000 Needles, the Gigantuar uses "10000 Needles", and in games where the HP limit exceeds 9,999, it may even have "99999 Needles".

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VI[edit | edit source]

Gigantuar in Final Fantasy VI.

The Gigantuar is a boss exclusive to the Advance and mobile versions, found in the desert south of Maranda in the World of Ruin after the player has slain 10 Cactuars. When defeated it transforms into the Cactuar magicite.

Final Fantasy VIII[edit | edit source]

The Jumbo Cactuar appears on Cactuar Island—reached via Ragnarok—visible on the overworld map and engaging the party when approached. It grants the party access to the Cactuar Guardian Force when defeated. It has a unique Renzokuken sequence for Squall's Limit Break and can flee at low health. If it flees, the party must find it again and start over.

Final Fantasy X-2[edit | edit source]

Jumbo Cactuar in Final Fantasy X-2.

The Jumbo Cactuar is a normal enemy fought at Bikanel in Chapter 5 and in the Via Infinito on floors 50 through 59.

Final Fantasy XIII[edit | edit source]

Gigantuar in Final Fantasy XIII.

The Gigantuar is the target of Mission 54.

Final Fantasy XIII-2[edit | edit source]

Metal Gigantuar in Final Fantasy XIII-2.

The Gigantuar is a normal enemy found on the Archylte Steppe. The stronger Metal Gigantuar can also be found on the Steppe, but as a rare enemy appearing as a time distortion on the field.

Final Fantasy XIV[edit | edit source]

Gigantender is a type of enemy introduced in Shadowbringers most commonly found in Amh Araeng. It differs from the usual depiction by having shorter legs, longer arms, and a canopy of smaller arms atop its head, some of which take the shape of sabotenders. These features make it top-heavy, resulting in Gigantender stumbling while attempting to make the traditional Cactuar pose.

Players can purchase a "Micro Gigantender" as a minion from the FATE merchant in Twine.

Final Fantasy XV[edit | edit source]

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Gigantuar is fought during the In the Drylands, It Rains Spines Hunt. It employs fixed-damage (1,000 HP) attacks and has high HP. It looks the same as a normal cactuar, only bigger, but the gigantuar fishing lures sport a mustache.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Dimensions[edit | edit source]

Gigantuar in Final Fantasy Dimensions.

The Gigantuar appears as an optional post-game superboss fought in the Gladiators' Hall. Each time it is defeated, the party gets between 1 to 3 Moogle Coins. Gigantuar levels up every three times it is defeated, up to a maximum level of 6 after being defeated 15 times.

It is the only enemy in the game to be sprited in the 16-bit style in the remakes.

Final Fantasy Dimensions II[edit | edit source]

Artwork of Maina's version of the Gigantuar.

The Gigantuar is an earth-elemental Eidolon for Wrieg and Maina. Wrieg's version of the signet teaches him Thousand Pricks abilities, while Maina's version teaches her Hastega abilities. Both artworks of the summon take inspiration from the summon's multiple appearances in the series.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call[edit | edit source]

Jumbo Cactuar.

Despite being as tall as a building, this incredibly rare specimen boasts all of the speed of its smaller brethren, and will flee when pressed - but only after first gifting you with a face full of its needles.

Gigantuar's CollectaCard

The Gigantuar appears as an enemy during Battle Music Sequences.

Final Fantasy Airborne Brigade[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy Record Keeper[edit | edit source]

Gigantuar is a rare enemy encountered during certain special event challenges. When slain, it will drop an item, either an orb or upgrade material of 4* rarity, or occasionally, an orb or upgrade material of 5* rarity. It is weak to ice and holy elemental attacks.


Final Fantasy Explorers[edit | edit source]

Gigantuar is a mini-boss that spawns in Mirah Dunes after defeating a few Cactuars. After doing so, the player can use Summon Gigantuar as a Crystal Surge, which spawns a Gigantuar somewhere in the area.

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Mobius Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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World of Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

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Gigantuar are a type of Mirage from the Cactuar group. They can be transfigured from a Cactuar after level 25 or switched to a Gigantrot board after acquiring the Gigantrot Memento.

Gigantuar can be found in Mako Reactor 0 and become imprismable by landing critical hits.

Triple Triad[edit | edit source]

The Gigantuar appears on Triple Triad cards in the version available via Final Fantasy Portal App.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Gigantuar is a portmanteau of "gigantic" and "cactuar."

Its Japanese name, ジャボテンダー (Jabotendā?), is a portmanteau of the word "jumbo" (ジャンボ, janbo?) and the Japanese name for "cactuar" (サボテンダー, sabotendā?).

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