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Few know that this reclusive desert-dwelling creature lashes together individual needles for its 1000 Needle attack, a fact which suggests that Cactuars are in fact intelligent enough for tool use.
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The Cactuar (サボテンダー, Sabotendā?) is a recurring enemy from the Final Fantasy series as well as appearing as a summon. Cactuars are little cacti, typically depicted having stiff arms and legs, three black holes for their faces, representing two eyes and an oblong mouth, and three reddish quills at the top of their heads. They have their own language, mostly consisting of variations of the word "Ge-ka", which resemble squeaks and warbles to the ear. Cactuars in Final Fantasy X appear to speak Al Bhed.

They were originally known as Cactrots, and later renamed to cactuar. Other variations of cactuar include Qactuar, Kactuar, Cactuer and Cactoid. Other languages refer to them as "Pampa", "Kyactus" and "Cactilio".

The cactuar's debut appearance was in Final Fantasy VI as an enemy in the desert near Maranda on the World of Ruin.

See also: Gigantuar

ProfileEdit

According to an article in the 15 February 1997 issue of V-Jump, the cactuar was designed by Tetsuya Nomura based on a doodle he drew on a notebook when he was a high school student. They bear a resemblance to Japanese "Haniwa", a type of clay figure made for ritual and funerary uses.

Cactuars are usually very fast, and tough to hit. Their HP is usually low, but their defenses are high and they often yield large amounts of gil and EXP. Often, they counter most attacks with 1000 Needles (Blow Fish in some versions of Final Fantasy V and Final Fantasy VI), which always deals 1000 HP of unblockable damage that ignores Defense. Usually, this ability can be learned as Blue Magic.

In some games, such as Final Fantasy IX, cactuars may be underground and will only counterattack if they are hiding. Some games have stronger versions of this attack, such as the 10,000 Needles. Cactuars are often weak to Water.

The Gigantuar, also known as the Jumbo Cactuar, is a recurring boss type of cactuar. They are bigger versions of the cactuar and sometimes sport a mustache. In some occurrences, Gigantuar has the attack "10000 Needles", with an additional "99999 Needles" in games where the max HP limit is more than 9999.

As a SummonEdit

See Cactuar's summon sequences here.

The cactuar has also appeared as a summon from time to time. Usually becoming available after defeating the Jumbo Cactuar, the cactuar uses 1000 Needles as its main attack, though this does not necessarily inflict 1,000 points of damage.

AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VIEdit

Cactrot Cactuar - FF6 iOS

FFVI 1000 Needles

The cactuar summon using 1000 Needles, its trademark attack.

Main article: Cactuar (Final Fantasy VI)

Cactuars, titled Cactrots in the original SNES English translation, have their first appearance in Final Fantasy VI. They can only be found in a small desert near Maranda in the World of Ruin. Cactuars leave behind 10,000 Gil and 10 Magic Points, the largest of any common enemy.

A Gigantuar can be fought only in the Advance version after the player defeats ten cactuars. If it is defeated, the Cactuar magicite is available. When summoned for 50 MP, Cactuar randomly uses "1000 Needles" on all enemies, or an attack called "10,000 Needles?" that does 9,999 damage.

Cactuar's magicite grants +2 Speed at Level up.

It teaches the following spells:


Final Fantasy VIIEdit

Cactuar FF7
Main article: Cactuar (Final Fantasy VII)

There are two type of cactuars in Final Fantasy VII; one is the regular cactuar found in the Corel Desert, the other is called a Cactuer found at Cactus Island (south of Cosmo Canyon). Cactus Island is only accessible through the use of the Highwind or gold chocobo.

Cactuers can be morphed into Tetra Elementals, an accessory that absorbs fire, ice, lightning, and earth magic.

A cactuar can also be made to appear in the Snowboarding game at Gold Saucer, as an extra figure to race the player during Time Attack mode.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

Main article: Cactuar (Dirge of Cerberus)

Cactuars appear during Chapters 6 and 10 in Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-. They will not attack the player during these chapters, but will when encountered in extra missions.

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

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The Sabotender and Sapotender are the two variants of cactuar in Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII-.

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Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

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The cactuar runs after the player inputs the code.

Large numbers of Kactuars can be fought in three special missions. A Kactuer also appears in the final mission, dropping Cactus Thorn. Cactuar appears as a summon on the DMW after obtaining the Cactus Thorn. 1000 Needles hits enemies a total of 18 times dealing damage based on the level of the DMW. A cactuar also appears from the safe later occupied by Lost Number if the player inputs the correct code.

Final Fantasy VIIIEdit

Jumbo Cactuar
For the battle information, see: Cactuar (Final Fantasy VIII)

While a recurring enemy common in Kashkabald Desert, they are far more prevalent on Cactuar Island southeast of the location. After defeating the Jumbo Cactuar, the Cactuar can be obtained as a Guardian Force. Obtaining Cactuar in the Steam version earns the player the achievement Cactuar.

Normal Cactuars yield very little (around 2 to 3) EXP, but do yield 20 AP, the most of any regular enemy and even some bosses.

The Cactuar Guardian Force uses its signature 1,000 Needles move like the other Cactuars, however, the damage is calculated by the first digit in Cactuar's level times 100. At level 100 it will always do 10,000 damage to all enemies, one of the few attacks that breaks the damage limit. Because the damage is fixed, Cactuar cannot be boosted. Cactuar is a notable Guardian Force in that it has all the Bonus abilities learned, letting the player easily give permanent boosts to any character's stats all at once.

Cactuar's compatibility is boosted by 20 when summoned, and its compatibility with the user decreases by 1.6 if the player summons another GF. Unlike most other Guardian Forces, Cactuar doesn't have an "opposing" GF whose summoning would greatly decrease compatibility, nor does casting magic have any effect on its compatibility. The compatibility item Cactus Thorn increases compatibility by 3.2, and the LuvLuvG by 20.2, as with every other GF.

AbilitiesEdit

Abilities learned naturally by Cactuar are listed below:

Ability AP Prerequisite Ability AP Prerequisite
FFVIII Junction ability icon Eva-J 200None FFVIII Character ability icon Move-HP Up 200None
FFVIII Junction ability icon Luck-J 200None FFVIII Character ability icon HP Bonus (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon Magic (Already learned) FFVIII Character ability icon Str Bonus (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon GF (Already learned) FFVIII Character ability icon Vit Bonus (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon Draw (Already learned) FFVIII Character ability icon Mag Bonus (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon Item (Already learned) FFVIII Character ability icon Spr Bonus (Already learned)
FFVIII Command ability icon Defend 100None FFVIII Character ability icon Auto-Potion 150None
FFVIII Command ability icon Kamikaze 100None FFVIII Character ability icon Expendx2-1 250Eva+30%
FFVIII Character ability icon Eva+30% 150Eva-J FFVIII GF ability icon GFHP+10% 40None
FFVIII Character ability icon Luck+50% 200Luck-J FFVIII GF ability icon GFHP+20% 70GFHP+10%
FFVIII Character ability icon Initiative 160None FFVIII GF ability icon GFHP+30% 140GFHP+20%


Chocobo WorldEdit

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In Chocobo World, Cactuar is one of Boco's friends and assists him on his quest to find MiniMog, and later on in his quest to save Koko. He helps by finding items for them to use throughout the game.

Final Fantasy IXEdit

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Main article: Cactuar (Final Fantasy IX)

Cactuars appear in the desert areas on the Outer Continent and Forgotten Continent. They usually hide underground and counter any attack with 1000 Needles. They can cast Confuse and use a turn to emerge above ground; after doing so, they won't use their counterattack anymore but instead hide again after being attacked. The Cactuar is the only enemy Quina can eat to learn its signature 1000 Needles move.

Final Fantasy XEdit

Cactuars
Main article: Cactuar (Final Fantasy X)

In Final Fantasy X, the cactuars are native to the deserts of Bikanel Island. A sidequest in Final Fantasy X involves Ten Cactuar Gatekeepers guarding the entrance to the Cactuar Nation in the Sanubia Sands. The player can obtain special spheres for locating each cactuar, which leads the player to the Mercury Sigil.

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Another variation is the Qactuar, which migrated from Bikanel to the Thunder Plains where Gandof sealed them within statues. Praying at any three Qactuar stones will cause a spirit to appear. Following the spirit of the Qactuar and praying at the broken tower will reveal a chest containing the Spirit Lance, Kimahri's Celestial Weapon, if the Square-button is pressed.

The Cactuar King is another, tougher version of the Cactuar. It is bred and fought at the Area Conquest section of the Monster Arena. The monster becomes available after collecting at least one of each fiend found at the Thunder Plains, and the prize for unlocking it is 99 Chocobo Wings. Defeating it will net some Blessed Gems.

Twelve of Lulu's Dolls are based on the Cactuar. These dolls may increase AP, reduce MP cost, give Counter abilities, Preemptive abilities, Magic Booster or the Sensor ability.

Final Fantasy X-2Edit

Main article: Cactuar (Final Fantasy X-2)
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In Final Fantasy X-2, the cactuars of the Cactuar Nation return under the guidance of their leader, Marnela. Their life-cycle involves them starting off as cacti before becoming mobile and later returning to a cacti state, though there are Rogue Cactuar who refused to abide by it are thus sealed off. These cactuar in turn have the power to enlarge monsters with their needles. A young Al Bhed boy named Benzo is able to communicate with the cactuar.

The Ten Cactuar Gatekeepers are again gathered up from across Spira to save the nation from the danger from their mortal enemy, Angra Mainyu while Marnela sacrificed her life to protect the Nation in until they are all gathered. During the quest, the player also has the opportunity to fight the Jumbo Cactuar the rogue cactuar create. Rikku's initial reaction to the Mascot Dressphere is that she wanted to be a cactuar, which is actually Paine's weapon for this dressphere.

If a cactuar is the last enemy and it runs away while one of the girls is trying to attack, the girl will run off screen in pursuit. She will be visible again when everyone does their victory pose.

Sphere BreakEdit
Cactuar Coin
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Coin No. 31 Coin Value 2
Trait Coin
Location Found in the Eastern or Northern Expanses of the Bikanel Desert.

Final Fantasy X-2: Last MissionEdit

Main article: Cactuar (Last Mission)


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Final Fantasy XIEdit

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Main article: Sabotender (Final Fantasy XI)

In Final Fantasy XI Cactuars are a monster of the Sabotender family (the name commonly used for Cactuar in the Japanese games). The game marks the first time in the series that the monsters have deviated from their established design.

Members of the Sabotender family reside in the Kuzotz region - mainly in the Altepa Desert, Quicksand Caves and Kuftal Tunnel. They are aggressive to players by sound, and their 1000 Needles ability deals a total of one thousand points of damage to all targets within the area of effect. 10,000 Needles follows similar suit, and is used by Notorious Monsters in the Sabotender family.

The Sabotender family has two peculiar notorious monsters in the Altepa Desert, including the well known Cactrot Rapido. Unlike their weaker cousins, these notorious monsters are not aggressive whatsoever, and run at high speed throughout the desert, ignoring all forms of provocation other than defending their fellow Sabotenders. As such, these monsters are unable to be grabbed for battle via normal means (i.e an attack spell), instead parties that hunt these NMs do not sit in one spot waiting for them to appear; rather, a normal Sabotender attacked and held until the notorious monster stops running to join in the defense of its cousin.

Cactuar is also the name of a cross-shaped constellation in the middle of the stellar map. At one time, a group of meteors observed falling from the location of the central star and was dubbed the "Thousand Needles Shooting Star".

Final Fantasy XIIEdit

XII cactite render

Cactoids and Cactites are docile creatures found in the Dalmasca Estersand and Dalmasca Westersand. They will usually not attack unless provoked and are often found sleeping peacefully. Cactoids are not cactuars in the traditional sense, but share many traits, mainly being mobile cactus-esque beings. As they are only encountered early, they are not seen using a '1000 Needles' attack or any variation as most cactuars do. They can drop Bundles of Needles when defeated while holding the Dragoon's Monograph.

One of the hunts in the clan primer is the Flowering Cactoid, which looks similar to an ordinary Cactoid but with a flower on its head. It will attack unprovoked and can be found with the ordinary Cactoids in the Dalmasca Estersand. It is the only enemy in the game that can use the 1,000 Needles attack.

Later in the game the party can also obtain the 1000 Needles attack as a technick from the merchant at the Mosphoran Highwaste.

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant WingsEdit

Cactoid Summon
Main article: Cactoid (Revenant Wings)
Distant, ambulatory relative of the common cactus.
—In-Game Description

The Cactoid is the Rank I Earth Ranged Yarhi in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. It attacks with 1000 Needles to deal minor damage.

Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

Gigantuar

Cactuars in Final Fantasy XIII.

Main article: Cactuar (Final Fantasy XIII)

Cactuars are rare enemies in Gran Pulse's Archylte Steppe. They have 777,777 HP and use Kick as their attack. If not attacked in the beginning of a battle, the Cactuar will transform into a stronger version. There is a rare variant called the Flowering Cactuar that usually attempts to flee the battle, but may use powerful magic attacks as well.

The game also includes the Gigantuar, which can be fought in Cie'th Mission 54 on the Archylte Steppe. Its main attack is 10,000 Needles, which deals exactly 10,000 damage and sometimes deals Pain and Fog.

Additionally, there exists an uncolored version with a mustache in the game's data.

Final Fantasy XIII-2Edit

FFXIII-2 Retro 1000 Needles

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Retro-spective trailer.

See also: Cactuar (Final Fantasy XIII-2) and Cactuar (Fal'Cie)

The Cactuar appears in the Archylte Steppe, as does its larger brother, the Gigantuar. Defeating three Gigantuars will unlock a sealed Time Gate. Other types include the Metallicactuar, Cactuaroni, Flowering Cactuar and Metal Gigantuar.

Each type of Cactuar may be recruited as a party member at the end of battle. In addition, the Cactuarina and Cactuarama may also be recruited with the use of Moogle Throw.

In Academia in the year 500 AF, green Cactuar-shaped statues are used as checkpoints within the maze of floating blocks. In a Brain Blast quiz in Academia, it is also revealed that Cactuar signs are used for symbols for emergency exits in amusement parks.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Fragments After reveals Snow Villiers was branded by the fal'Cie Cactuar with a Focus to find Serah Farron and fight alongside her in her fated battle.

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIIIEdit

See also: Cactuar (Lightning Returns) and Cactair

Cactuars appear as an enemy in the Dead Dunes. A cactuar statue is also placed prominently in the town of Yusnaan. Lightning can also obtain cactuar-related adornments: Cactuar Figurine and Cute Cactuar Figurine.

Final Fantasy XIVEdit

Cactuar Enemy FFXIV

Cactuars are common sights in Thanalan, and unlike in other games, can be encountered even at low levels. The weaker ones use lesser variations of their infamous technique "1000 Needles" such as "100 needles". Stronger cactuars, such as the Sabotender Del Sol, still use a full 1000 needles.

Cactuars retain their classic pose from earlier games while walking around, but adopt a more combative stance when engaged in battle. Players can also obtain a minion known as a "Cactuar Cutting" from a high-level game sidequest.

Final Fantasy XVEdit

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Cactuar with a cactus on a desk.

A cactuar figure has been spotted in trailers, positioned atop a cactus plant. Whether cactuars will appear as enemies is unknown.

Final Fantasy Tactics SEdit


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Final Fantasy Type-0Edit

Main article: Cactuar (Type-0 Enemy)
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Cactuars appear in Type-0 as recurring enemies in the Berito Desert, Setome District, and the former Lorican Region. The Cactuer and Flowering Cactuar also appear as enemies in the Berito Desert.

A follower of Suzaku. Its master no longer exists in this world. It wanders aimlessly about the Suzaku Peristylium, but there are actually very few who have seen it. Its reasons for showing up in the Magic Academy are unclear. It is one of the few beings alive who knows the truth of the destruction of Suzaku.
Character Info

In the story, the traitor among the "Four Heavenly Kings" of Suzaku, which included Class Zero's instructor Kurasame Susaya, was said to have owned a pet Cactuar just like how Kurasame has a pet Tonberry. Though the traitor perished in his attempt to kill all his comrades, his Cactuar is said to still lurk in the Peristylium Suzaku. The player can randomly encounter the pet Cactuar while exploring certain areas of the Peristylium.


Final Fantasy Crystal ChroniclesEdit

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Main article: Cactuar (Crystal Chronicles)

Cactuars appear in Lynari Desert in all three cycles. They are fairly scarce regardless of Cycle.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a KingEdit

Main article: Cactuar (My Life as a King)

Cactuars appear in My Life as a King as normal enemies in various dungeons. The Jumbo Cactuar is a boss which can be fought in the Infinity Spire.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a DarklordEdit

Cactuar appears as a summon in My Life as a Darklord. However, this time, cactuar cannot attack; instead, it cures its allies. Its speed is Sprightly, and it takes one slot to summon. It is obtained in Chapter 3, in Quartint Hills 3.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of TimeEdit

Cactuar makes a cameo appearance in Echoes of Time. In the desert on the overworld, casting magic on the cactuar shaped cactus will make two to four scratch cards pop out.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal BearersEdit

Cactuars appear in The Crystal Bearers. When a water attack is used on one, it grows to immense proportions. The player can pick up cactuars and use their special attack 1000 Needles against other enemies. It is also possible to acquire a cactuar emblem.

Final Fantasy DimensionsEdit


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Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

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Cactuar being summoned.

Anthropomorphic cactus monsters. Usually they seem to be running towards something.
Dissidia Final Fantasy Summon Compendium

Cactuar appears as a summon in Dissidia Final Fantasy. It uses 1,000 Needles on the opponent's Bravery points, reducing them by 1,000. If the opponent's bravery is less than 1,000, their bravery is reduced to zero, without inflicting break. Cactuar can be obtained as a Stage Bonus on the Destiny Odyssey IX storyline.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

Cactuar returns as a summonstone, with the same function as in Dissidia. He can be purchased from certain Moogle Shops for 60 KP.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

Theatrhythm Cactuar

Cactuars appear as enemies in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit


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Final Fantasy All the BravestEdit

This sadist revels in making others pluck its thousand needles from their flesh.
—In-game Description
Cactuar ATB

The Cactuar appears in Final Fantasy All the Bravest as an enemy inside the Fabul Waterways. It uses 1,000 Needles and drops the Kotetsu.

Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon and Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2Edit

Cactuar Chocobo Dungeon

The Cactuar also appears in Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon and Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon 2 as an enemy class and a specific enemy. Oddly, they attack primarily with Gil Toss, though some types can use Poison Needle. They can also drop a large amount of gil upon defeat.

Chocobo RacingEdit

Cactuar Chocobo Racing

Cactuar racing at the Final Fantasy VIII Circuit in Chocobo Racing.

In Chocobo Racing, the Cactuar is a secret character. In order to unlock it, the Story Mode must be beaten six times. Afterwards, the cactuar can be selected by holding R2 while the cursor is over Squall. It is unique in that the cactuar does not use a vehicle to race, and rather runs around the track.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's DungeonEdit

Cactuars are fairly enigmatic enemies in this game, as their movement speed doesn't work like that of most enemies. They technically have the same movement speed as chocobo, but they are allowed to move two grids or attack once each turn, making them hard to fight. They have long-range skills such as Gil Toss and 1000 Needles. They also appear as a Dry Cactuar variant in the Guardian of the Light dungeon.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo TalesEdit

Cactuar is an earth element, and has six cards under his name.

Cactuar
Cactuar Spinning Needle
#031 * Green
None Attack None None
Spinning Needle
Deal 3 damage and casts Haste.
Cactuar
Cactuar Ambush
#032 * Green
None None Defend Defend
Ambush
Deal 3 damage.

CP Crush

Destroy 2 of opponent's * crystals.

Cactuar
PoisonBarb
#033 *** Green
None Attack None None
Poison Barb
Deal 3 damage and cause Poison.
Cactuar
Cactuar Photosynthesis
#034 * Green
None Defend Defend Defend
Photosynthesis
Crystal Ability (***)

Recover

Restore 2 HP for each * in opponent's CP gauge.

Cactuar
Cactuar 1000 Needles
#035 * Green
None Attack None None
1000 Needles
Crystal Ability (**)

Deal 5 damage.

Cactuar
1000Needles plus
#036 *** Green
Nine Attack None None
1000 Needles plus
Crystal Ability (***)

Deal 6 damage and causes Poison.


Dice de ChocoboEdit


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Final Fantasy: UnlimitedEdit

The cactuar used to live in a peaceful desert until they were attacked by the Wandering Ocean, which destroyed their home and forced them to hide underground. Thanks to the Comodeen & Kaze, the cactuar gained the courage to use their own lifeforce to create a whirlwind that destroyed the Wandering Ocean. Everyone mourned the deaths of their fallen comrades, until it was revealed the cactuar could be revived with sunlight. Fungo was the only one of the heroes to translate the cactuar language.

The cactuar were all voiced by Etsuko Kozakura in the Japanese version. Herba uses a similar group of cactus creatures as servants, referred by her as her "Cactibabies", last seen in "Fungus: Eternal Life" obtaining an Omega crystal and almost all of them were destroyed by Omega's aura in the process.

Final Fantasy Trading Card GameEdit

Cactuar appears in the trading card game with earth-elemental cards.

Non-Final Fantasy AppearancesEdit

Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street PortableEdit


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Dragon Quest & Final Fantasy in Itadaki Street SpecialEdit

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The Cactuar appears in this game.


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Dragon Quest XEdit

Dragon Quest X Cactuar Costume

Cactuar pose.

Characters dressed in a Cactuar can be seen in the world of Dragon Quest X, they also pose with the iconic Cactuar pose.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3Edit

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The Cactuar appears as a secret character in the Mario sports game, Mario Hoops 3-on-3 along with a Ninja, a White Mage and a Black Mage. This is mainly because Square Enix developed the game. Cactuar's special shot is 1000 Needles.

Unique to its design in this game and the Nintendo Wii spiritual sequel, Mario Sports Mix, in which it was also an unlockable character, the cactuar's design incorporates segmented limbs, giving the arms and legs a jointed appearance, which may have been intended to make it look flexible enough to play basketball. He is the fastest player in the game.

Mario Sports MixEdit

Mariosports cactuar

Cactuar reappeared in Mario Sports Mix for the Nintendo Wii alongside the same four unlockable Final Fantasy characters with which it debuted. It can be unlocked by playing 60 Matches or by completing the Cactuar Mission at Star Cup.

Kingdom HeartsEdit

There is a Cactuar Gummi ship that is available in a number of Kingdom Hearts games. In the original Kingdom Hearts the player can unlock the ship by obtaining the necessary amount of Gummi Blocks, and in Kingdom Hearts II by obtaining a high rank in Gummi Ship mode.

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Hanjuku Hero 4Edit

Cactuars make an appearance in the ending cutscene of Hanjuku Hero 4 as drawings.

The BouncerEdit

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The cactuar image on Volt's jacket.

In The Bouncer, another game made by Squaresoft, one of the main protagonists, Volt Krueger, has three pictures of a Cactuar on his jacket.

Lord of Vermilion IIIEdit

A Cactuar appears as a card in the card game Lord of Vermilion III.

Guardian CrossEdit


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RobloxEdit

In the online game Roblox, the player can purchase a hat called "Cactrot". The hat's description, "Desert, South of Miranda. World of Ruin. Watch out for Blow Fish", is a direct reference to Final Fantasy VI (the original term for 1000 Needles was "Blowfish"). The player can purchase it for 1000 Tix, or ROBUX, another reference to the 1000 Needles ability. It is even in the form of a cactus wearing a small hat.

Rise of ManaEdit

GalleryEdit

EtymologyEdit

Its Japanese name is derived from mixing the Japanese word for cactus (サボテン, saboten?) and the English word "pretender".

TriviaEdit

  • In the description of the Cactuar in one of the Final Fantasy games on PlayStation, the Cactuar was going to be described with the sentence "It ejaculates needles!". This was because the game was being translated by a Japanese speaker. His reviser, Alexander O. Smith, managed to change the description before the game's release, as while it is technically accurate, it carries the unfortunate connotation of one particular meaning of the word "ejaculate". [1]
  • The zone Thousand Needles in the game World of Warcraft is a reference to the signature move of the Cactuar.

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