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Tidus: "Isn't there an easier way?"
Rikku: "No complaining!"
Tidus and Rikku, Final Fantasy X.

Bikanel is an island to the west of the Spira mainland in Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. It is primarily a large, arid desert with an oasis, featuring palm trees and a drinkable water source. Many ruins and sand-swept camp sites dot the landscape.


Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. (Skip section)

Final Fantasy XEdit

Bikanel oasis

Oasis in the desert.

The Sanubia Sands (サヌビア砂漠, Sanubia-sabaku?) is the home of the Al Bhed and the cactuar species. Bikanel Island had hosted at least one large city in former times, most likely in the time around the Machina War. As the signs on the ruins are all in the Al Bhed language, it seems the former city of Bikanel was already an Al Bhed city. According to Rikku, that city was destroyed by Sin, which is why the Al Bhed were scattered throughout Spira. Sometime prior to Tidus's arrival, Cid has reunited his people and built a new Al Bhed city in secret, known as Home.

In the northeast of the desert, a sandstorm is raging over an area known as Cactuar Village. By locating the ten Cactuar Gatekeepers scattered throughout the desert, they will quell the storm and offer some nice prizes.

If one returns to the desert after Home has been blown up, the player can find two Al Bhed men blocking the way to the ruins. If one tries to pass they'll simply engage into conversation with each other and the player explaining that there is nothing to find that way.

In some International versions of the game, it is possible to return to Home after acquiring the airship, but it results in a glitch. It is also possible to fight Dark Ifrit after offering help to a summoner in disguise as an Al Bhed woman.

Final Fantasy X-2Edit

Excavating Camp

The Excavating Camp.

The Al Bhed are hard at work excavating the desert for machina. Yuna and her friends can assist in the work, if they choose to, by getting a letter from Gippal in Djose Temple. The desert is divided into several expanses which the Al Bhed have mapped for safe digging: western, southern, northern, eastern, and central (the largest expanse, requiring a chocobo for safe travel). The player can find Al Bhed Primers, Sphere Break coins, parts for the Experiment, and other treasures from the excavation minigame.

Other areas available to visit are the oasis and the Cactuar Nation, where the leader of the cacti, Marnela, asks the Gullwings to search all over Spira for the ten Gatekeepers and return them to Bikanel. There is also an ancient and powerful fiend called Angra Mainyu dwelling beneath the sands of Bikanel after being sealed by the Cactuar millennia ago.

Spoilers end here.


  • Bikanel Desert, also known as Sanubia Sands (Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2)
  • Home - Al Bhed home (Final Fantasy X)
  • Cactuar Village (Final Fantasy X)/Cactuar Nation (Final Fantasy X-2)
    • Cactuar Hollow (Final Fantasy X-2)
  • Oasis (Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2)
  • Northern Expanse (Final Fantasy X-2)
  • Southern Expanse (Final Fantasy X-2)
  • Eastern Expanse (Final Fantasy X-2)
  • Western Expanse (Final Fantasy X-2)
  • Central Expanse (Final Fantasy X-2)


Final Fantasy XEdit

Village of the CactuarsEdit

Cactuar FFX

After gaining control of the Fahrenheit, the player can return to Bikanel Desert and find a rock with a picture of a cactuar. Each time the rock is examined the player will receive a clue to find one of the ten hidden cactuars in the desert. After finding one the player is challenged to a minigame where the goal is to sneak up on the cactuar within a time limit. While the cactuar has its back to the player the player can make their move, but when it is facing the player they must stay still.

The player can facilitate the process, advancing using the D-Pad, thus the Cactuar will not recognize the movement of Tidus and the player can advance without stopping until they get to it. In the HD Remaster version, this doesn't work. The cactuar will turn around regardless.

There are two courses in particular:

  • In the course of Cactuar No.7 (Robeya), there are three treasure chests. The back right one contains two Shadow Gems. The front left contains a Shining Gem, and the front right has a Blessed Gem. The player can open the chests to get the prizes; if the player lose a trial, he can still keep your prize, but he can only open each chest once. It is advisable to open the first two chests on the first trial, and then open the remaining chest on the second trial, even being possible to touch Roveya in this trial, though it is quite difficult.
  • In the course of Cactuar No.8 (Isrra), the player must go a little left to enter a shifting sand pit there and progress forward. Tidus will come out of the other shifting sand pit and from there can approach the Cactuar.

If the player successfully reaches the cactuar before time runs out, a fight will ensue against a regular Cactuar enemy (except with the Cactuar No.9 called Elio), it doesn't matter if the player wins the battle or flees. No matter what the outcome of the minigame is the player will receive a sphere, but if the player loses at the game three times, they will only receive a Sphere del Perdedor (Loser Sphere). After the fight the player must return to the rock where they obtained the sphere from to receive a new clue where the next cactuar is hidden.

Cactuar locations:

Cactuar Name Clue Location
Tomay Tomay's gone. Gone to fetch the water. Oasis, near the beginning.
Note: Players can return to the airship and transport back to Bikanel to reach him faster.
Rovivea Rovivea's gone walkabout. Sanubia-East: in an alcove to the West, north of the tent with the save sphere.
Chava Little Chava likes big numbers. Sanubia-West: second sign to the left from the cactuar rock that says "20% off".
Alek and Aloja Alek and Aloja play tag in the ruins of men. Sanubia-Central: near the ruins to the Northwest there are two cactuars running around the desert.
Vachella Vachella seeks the shining blue. Sanubia-East: use the save sphere under the tent.
Robeya O, Robeya's stuck inside. Sanubia-Central: inside a treasure chest in the far west (not for northwestern ruins).
Isrra A fiery inscription- the lord of the hole is gone. Isrra thinks. Sanubia-West: in a sand pit. Exit and reenter the area.
Elio Much-curious Elio has left on a journey. Go to the Oasis, then teleport to the airship and go to the deck.
Note: If the player uses the airship from the save sphere and returns to Bikanel, they must advance forward, leave the area, and then return to Oasis.
Flaile Flaile is always behind. Sanubia-West, automatically appears at the cactuar stone.

After placing nine spheres of either type into the rock, the sandstorm protecting the Cactuar Village will cease. Inside the player can find plenty of Cactuar encounters and two chests; one of the chests will contain the sigil for Rikku's Celestial Weapon. The contents of the other chest depend on the player's performance in the minigame.

Cactuar spheres Prize
0 to 2 spheres Potion
3 to 5 spheres Elixir
6 to 7 spheres Megalixir
8 to 9 spheres Friend Sphere

Al Bhed PrimersEdit

A few Al Bhed Primers can be found normally, but if previous Primers were missed they may be found in certain areas around the desert.

Dark IfritEdit

In the International, PAL and HD Remaster versions, Dark Ifrit can be encountered here after the player has control of the airship. It can be encountered on Bikanel, near the entrance to where the Al Bhed Home was. The player must offer help to an Al Bhed woman, who says she has lost her child, who is later discovered to be a summoner in disguise and summon Dark Ifrit to attack the party.

Final Fantasy X-2Edit

Oasis EventsEdit

After completing the Water We Doing Here? mission in Chapter 2, different events may occur at the Oasis.

Event Chance Chapters
Caravan 25% 3 and 5
An object floats in the water 95% 2
70% 3 and 5
Nothing happens 5% 2, 3, and 5

Furthermore, the object that floats in the water is subject to further randomization.

Object Chance Object Chance
Normal treasure chest 20% Al Bhed treasure chest 30%
Empty treasure chest 20% Empty bottle 10%
Empty can 10% Lost dolphin 10%

The Cactuar ConnectionEdit

The player can talk to the mother cacti in the area to receive clues to the Ten Gatekeepers all over Spira.

Chocobo TreasuresEdit

Sending a chocobo to Bikanel to look for treasures finds the following items (depending on the chocobo's level):

Level Treasure
1 Bomb Fragment, Bomb Fragment x2, Bomb Fragment x3, Bomb Fragment x4
2 Bomb Core, Fire Gem, Red Ring, Crimson Ring
3 Bomb Core x2, Fire Gem x2, Fiery Gleam, Sublimator
4 Bomb Core x3, Fire Gem x3, NulBlaze Ring, Freezerburn
5 Bomb Core x4, Fire Gem x4, Gold Anklet, Stone Shock


Digging at Bikanel Desert

Excavation minigame.

The Excavation minigame allows the player to search the Bikanel Desert for treasures hidden in the sands.


Chapter OneEdit
Can You Dig It?
This is not a compulsory mission, and is not required to complete the game.

Dig up the machina parts that Nhadala asked you to find in the desert and transport them safely to camp.

  • Objective: Dig up and deliver the needed parts.
  • Unlock: Becomes available when the party receives an introductory letter from Gippal and after "Outrun the Leblanc Syndicate!"
  • Reward: Still of Night Garment Grid
Chapter TwoEdit
Water We Doing Here?
This is a compulsory mission required to complete the game.

Too late to say 'no' now- so it's off to check the Oasis for Nhadala. If anyone gets in your way hurt first, ask questions later!

  • Objective: Investigate the Oasis and report back.
  • Unlock: Becomes available when the party returns to the Celsius after they hand over the 'Awesome Sphere'.
  • Reward: Hour of Need Garment Grid, Machina Maw dressphere, Syndicate uniform, Lure Bracer, Unerring Path Garment Grid (if Machina Maw is the first special dressphere obtained)
Chapter FiveEdit
The Cactuar Connection
This mission can be started as early as Chapter 3, but cannot be completed until Chapter 5.
This is not a compulsory mission and is not required to complete the game.

The Ten Gatekeepers have ventured into the world proper to train. Round them up and bring them home to the Cactuar Nation! Think you can unravel the Cactuar Mothers' clues and sniff them out?

  • Objective: Find the Ten Gatekeepers.
  • Unlock: Becomes available at the beginning of Chapter Five.
  • Reward: Able to fight Angra Mainyu
The Last Cactuar
This is not a compulsory mission and is not required to complete the game.

Who'd have thought the last cactuar would be so close? Use the help of the nine gatekeepers you've already tracked down to bring that rascal home!

  • Objective: Find the tenth gatekeeper.
  • Unlock: Becomes available after "The Cactuar Connection".
  • Reward: Covenant of Growth Garment Grid
Showdown in the Sands
This is not a compulsory mission and is not required to complete the game.

The fiend that was ousted from the Cactuar Nation is raiding the Al Bhed camp! Wipe it out once and for all... Gullwings style.

  • Objective: The demon of the desert must fall!
  • Unlock: Becomes available after "The Last Cactuar".
  • Reward: Episode Complete, Ribbon, Mercurial Strike Garment Grid

Episode CompleteEdit

To get Episode Complete in Bikanel, the player must fill the following criteria:

  • Chapter 1 - The player must receive a letter from Gippal at Djose Temple.
  • Chapter 1 - The player must clear the Bikanel hotspot acquired after getting the letter.
  • Chapter 2 – The player must defeat Logos at the oasis to obtain a Leblanc Syndicate uniform.
  • Chapter 5 – The player must find all cactuars hidden throughout Spira. The quest can be started in Ch 3.
  • Chapter 5 - The player must defeat Angra Mainyu.


Final Fantasy XEdit

Final Fantasy X-2Edit


Final Fantasy XEdit

Final Fantasy X-2Edit

Musical themesEdit

"The Burning Sands"
FFX Scorching Desert
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In Final Fantasy X, the theme that plays while in the desert is called "The Burning Sands". An arranged version plays in Final Fantasy X HD Remaster.

In Final Fantasy X-2, "Bikanel Desert" (ビーカネル砂漠, Bīkaneru Sabaku?) plays during the excavation minigame.

Other appearancesEdit

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