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Cactuar (Final Fantasy X)

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Don't you run, needles!

Cactuar is an enemy in Final Fantasy X found within Bikanel Island, in a village known as the "Cactuar Nation". The village is protected by a sandstorm until the player finishes a red-light, green-light minigame with the ten Cactuar Gatekeepers.

Cactuars appear as several of Lulu's dolls. All have special support abilities.


Final Fantasy X enemy stats
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Location Monster Arena Species Other information
Bikanel Bikanel Cactuar N/A
Sensor description Scan description
You'll get a treat if you can defeat it before it runs away. Its 10000 Needles inflict 10000 points of damage. Resistant to both physical and magical attacks. Runs away when HP is low. Hard to defeat, but worth a lot of AP.
HP MP Strength Magic Defense Magic Defense
800 (1,200) 1 23 1 1 255
Accuracy Accuracy Evasion Luck AP (Overkill) Gil
24 0 20 15 8,000 (12,000) 1,500
Elemental affinities
Fire Ice Lightning Water Holy
100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Statuses and immunities
Silence Sleep Darkness Poison Petrify Slow Zombie Power Break
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune 0 Immune Immune
Magic Break Armor Break Mental Break Threaten Death Provoke Doom (2Turns taken for target to die) Nul
0 Immune Immune Immune Immune 0 0 0
Shell Protect Reflect Haste Demi Regen Distill Sensor
0 0 0 0 Immune 0 0 0
Scan Bribe Delay Zanmato Berserk Capture Physical Magical
0 Immune Immune Lv. 2 0 0 0 0
Common steal (75%) Rare steal (25%) Common drop (87.5%) Rare drop (12.5%)
Chocobo Feather Chocobo Wing Speed Sphere x2Overkill: x4 Speed Sphere x3Overkill: x6
Equipment drop (100%) Weapon abilities Armor abilities
1-3 slots, 1-2 abilities Piercing, Initiative HP Stroll, MP Stroll, HP +10% Cannot bribe
Abilities Ronso Rage
Physical attack, 10,000 Needles, Run Away None


Despite its low HP, Cactuars are tough to defeat as they are agile and difficult to hit. Its high Magic Defense renders magic ineffective. Cactuars have the Armored auto-ability, which means only Piercing weapons can inflict maximum damage. Cactuars use a weak physical attack, but they also use the fearsome 10,000 Needles attack, which inflicts 10,000 points of damage, effectively knocking out its victim.

Cactuars can flee any time during battle, earning the player no AP, gil, items, or equipment.

Cactuars yield a high chance of dropping weapons with Initiative and armor with HP Stroll, MP Stroll, and HP +10%. This, coupled with the amount of AP obtained at this stage of the game, makes the Cactuar a worthwhile enemy to kill.


The only realistic method to defeat Cactuars is to use Overdrives, Spare Change, Rikku's Use ability (Grenade), or Wakka.



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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