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Cactuar (Final Fantasy VI enemy)

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Only 3 HP, but incredibly good defenses. Attacks with a needly Blow Fish.
Final Fantasy VI PlayStation Bestiary entry

The Cactuar, also known as Cactrot, is an enemy in Final Fantasy VI. They appear in the desert near Maranda.

In the Advance, mobile and Steam releases, killing ten Cactuars will lure out the Gigantuar. However, the player must first speak to a man in Maranda, who mentions encountering the monster.

Stats Edit

Final Fantasy VI enemy stats
#175#176 (GBA) #177
#072 #073 (Mobile/PC) #074
Names Location Type Other information
SNES: Cactrot
PS: Cactrot
GBA: Cactuar
Mobile/PC: Cactuar
Desert south of Maranda None N/A
Level HP MP Attack Magic
27 3 60,000 1 50
Defense Magic Defense Magic Evasion Speed Hit Rate
0 255 250 39 100
Evasion EXP Gil
250 0 10,000
Elemental affinities
Fire-icon-ffvi Ice-icon-ffvi Lightning-icon-ffvi Poison-icon-ffvi Holy-icon-ffvi
100% 200% 100% 100% 100%
Earth-icon-ffvi Wind-icon-ffvi Water-icon-ffvi Restorative Instant Death
100% 100% 200% -100%Absorbs 100%
Statuses and immunities
Blind Zombie Poison Magitek Invisible Imp Petrify Death Doom Critical
Immune Immune Immune Immune - Immune Immune - Immune Immune
Image Silence Berserk Confuse Sap Sleep Float Regen Slow Haste
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune - - - -
Stop Shell Protect Reflect Meteor Strike Libra Sketch Control Fractional Invincible
- - - - - - - - - -
Items (GBA/Mobile/PC)
Steal Item dropped Metamorphose
(Miss rate: 57.1%)
[87.5%Applies when successful; success based on users' level, doubles with Thief's Bracer.] Gold Needle

[87.5%] Gold Needle

[Slot 1 (25%)]Reed Cloak
[Slot 2 (25%)]Saucer
[Slot 3 (25%)]Tortoise Shield
[Slot 4 (25%)]Impartisan
Morph ID: 7
Abilities (GBA/Mobile/PC)
Attack Abilities Rage Sketch Control & Confuse (Immune)
Normal Attack: Ice Rod
Special Attack: Mindprick (Inflicts Berserk)
1000 Needles Attack, 1000 Needles Mindprick, 1000 Needles Attack, Mindprick, 1000 Needles

Battle Edit

The Cactuar uses a turn "bundling up something...", before using 1000 Needles. After repeating this script for six turns, the message "Workload increases tenfold!" may appear, after which the Cactuar will cast ten 1,000 Needles in a row, dealing a total of 10,000 HP damage.

Cactuars have extremely high Defense and Evade.

The Cactuars are useful for learning magic, as they give 10 AP when defeated.

Strategy Edit

It is advised to use attacks that are unblockable and ignore Defense, such as Bushido, Tools, and Blitz. Alternatively, the player can equip a Sniper Eye to ensure their attacks connect, and use the Ultima Weapon, and Ultima spells. If Strago is in the party, using his 1000 Needles Lore will always hit.

Coliseum setup Edit

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Gogo should be equipped with a Master's Scroll, a Ribbon/Peace Ring, and the most powerful weapon available. An alternative setup would be Gogo with a Master's Scroll, Hermes Sandals or Gale Hairpin, and the most powerful weapon available.

For the versions prior to the Game Boy Advance, the player should use Gogo with a Sniper Eye, Merit Award, and a defense-ignoring weapon, such as Valiant Knife or Ultima Weapon, Dice, or Fixed Dice. An alternative setup would be Gogo with a Master's Scroll and Sniper Eye, as it will allow Gogo to deal four attacks with one point of damage each, enough to defeat Cactuar's three HP.

AI scripts Edit

Normal script Edit

Attack Turns:
1st Turn: Display message: Bundling up something...
2nd Turn: 1000 Needles (100%)
3rd Turn: Display message: Bundling up something...
4th Turn: 1000 Needles (100%)
5th Turn: Display message: Bundling up something...
6th Turn: 1000 Needles (100%)
7th Turn: Display message: Workload increases tenfold!
8th Turn: 1000 Needles (100%)

1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)
1000 Needles (100%)

Coliseum script Edit

Attack Turns: 1st Turn: Attack (33%) or Mindprick (33%) or 1000 Needles (33%)

Other appearances Edit

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Edit


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Gallery Edit

Etymology Edit

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

Trivia Edit

  • In the online game Roblox, the player can purchase a hat called "Catcrot." The hat's description is, "Desert, South of Miranda. World of Ruin. Watch out for Blow Fish."

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