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The Cactuar is an enemy from Final Fantasy IX found on the Outer Continent's Donna Plains and the Forgotten Continent's Mainland. It will hide underground when attacked. While underground, it will cast Confuse and Counter all attacks with 1000 Needles. If killed while underground, it will still counterattack before dying. It is safer to wait until it either burrows above ground or escapes.
It is recommended to do high damage-dealing attacks when it is underground, or have everyone defend and Vivi use Focus. Iai Strike, LV5 Death and Odin can defeat a Cactuar with ease, and so can Fire-elemental attacks such as Fira and Ifrit. Heat and Freeze are also effective.
Location: Lindblum, Business District "Young Lady"
(サボテン, saboten?) and the English word "pretender".Its Japanese name is derived from mixing the Japanese word for cactus