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Jumbo Cactuar (Final Fantasy VIII)

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Jumbo Cactuar
ジャボテンダー (Jabotendā?)
FF8 Jumbo Cactuar
Elemental affinities
Tripletriad-fire Tripletriad-thunder Tripletriad-ice Tripletriad-water
100% 100% 100% 290%
Tripletriad-wind Tripletriad-earth Tripletriad-poison Tripletriad-holy
100% 100% 100% 100%
Damage Restorative Ground Gravity
100% Absorb Damage Miss
Status resistance
Death Poison Petrify Darkness Silence
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Berserk Zombie Sleep Haste Slow
Immune Immune Immune 50% 50%
Stop Regen Reflect Doom Petrifying
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Float Drain Confuse Eject Card
Immune Immune Immune Immune Immune
Devour LV Up LV Down The End
Immune Immune Immune 0%
Location Esthar continent (Cactuar Island)
Scan Some Cactuars live long lives and grow huge. This Jumbo Cactuar is one of those.
Class None
Card Can't turn into a card!
Mug (12%) Cactus Thorn x3 (89.5%)
Cactus Thorn x4 (10.5%)
Item drop (99%)
Card Drop (0%) Nothing
Draw Meltdown
Devour Couldn't Devour!
Abilities 10000 Needles, Ker Plunk, Jumbo Cactuar is hesitating..., Escaped...
Other information -Renzokuken always does 7 hits.
-Will try to escape when HP is below 5%.

Jumbo Cactuar is an optional boss in Final Fantasy VIII. He pops up as a curious green cactus in the Cactuar Island which can be reached after the player retrieves the Ragnarok airship. After defeating the Jumbo Cactuar, a new Guardian Force, Cactuar, is available to the party.



A dangerous boss in high levels, Jumbo Cactuar has attacks that mirror the regular Cactuar's attack, 10,000 Needles, but it is only used for countering. Its Ker Plunk hits the whole party.

When Jumbo Cactuar is on the last 5% of its health, a message will display: "Jumbo Cactuar is hesitating...". This means the Jumbo Cactuar is attempting to flee, so players have to unleash as much damage as possible to defeat it. Jumbo Cactuar will succeed in running away if less than 2% of its HP remains.

Jumbo Cactuar is weak against Water. Squall's Renzokuken has a special animation for Jumbo Cactuar and it always does 7 hits.


Summoning Leviathan and casting Water spells work well. The player can draw-cast Meltdown to inflict Vit 0 and thus reduce Jumbo Cactuar's defense.

One of the fastest ways to defeat Jumbo Cactuar, especially after the "Jumbo Cactuar is hesitating..." message has been displayed, is to summon Cerberus—or cast Triple—and cast Water three times in succession.

Because of Jumbo Cactuar's 10,000 Needles attack, it's easy to use Limit Breaks when reviving characters with Phoenix Downs or Life spells, but it might be smart to dedicate one team member as a healer and keep them in high health throughout the battle, as Jumbo Cactuar's Ker Plunk can wipe out the entire party at low health.

Triple TriadEdit

Jumbo Cactuar Card
TTJumboCactuar Element None
Refine 1 refines into 1 Cactus Thorn
Drop N/A
Card Glacial Eye, Wendigo
Level 7 (Boss Card) Win N/A



  • If the Renzokuken is performed on the Jumbo Cactuar, it will dance around in a comical way while being attacked. Unlike in a normal battle, Squall will run up to the Jumbo Cactuar and stand on its head while attacking it.

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