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Cactuar (Final Fantasy IX)

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Final Fantasy IX Enemy
サボテンダー (Sabotendā)
Level HP MP
30 1,939 1,018
Strength Defense Evade
15 24 4
Magic M. Defense M. Evade
15 5 5
Attack Spirit Speed
42 24 25
4,208 2 - 3 1,021
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Thunder Water
Weak - - Absorb
Wind Earth Holy Shadow
- - - -
Status immunities
Petrify Venom Silence Darkness Trouble
- - - - -
Zombie Death Confuse Berserk Stop
- - - - -
Poison Sleep Regen Haste Slow
- - - - -
Float Shell Protect Heat Freeze
- - - - -
Vanish Doom Mini Reflect Eat
- - - - -
Location Outer Continent, Forgotten Continent
Class N/A
Steal Phoenix Down, Tent, Ether
Item dropped Hi-Potion, Phoenix Down, Tent, Ether
Card dropped Cactuar
Abilities Appearance, Hide, Head Attack, Confuse, Haste, 1000 Needles
Eat 1000 Needles
Status immunity Silence, Berserk, Vanish, Confuse, Float
See also: Cactuar

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.

Quina can learn 1000 Needles from eating a Cactuar, which is reasonably powerful when it is first encountered.

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

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