Cactiball

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The Cactiball is a recurring monster in the Dragon Quest series. Introduced in Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride, they are, as the name would suggest, ball-shaped cactus monsters.

Characteristics[edit]

A Cactiball's name is an adequate description itself; the only other notable aspects of the monsters' appearance are limbs, small compared to the rest of its body, a devious face and a flower at the top of their head/body.

Cactiballs are fairly energetic given how they dance about in their idle animation. For their actual dances they will curl in their arms and legs and roll about. When attacking, a Cactiball will extend and enlarge its spikes and may perform a jumping attack that has a chance of landing a devastating blow. They aren't exactly dangerous monsters, however, as they are encountered early on in most of the games they appear in and will only pose a threat to a low-leveled player, though this can apply just as well to other monsters in the area.

Appearances[edit]

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride[edit]

Cactiball (サボテンボール Sabotenbōru)DQV Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Cactiball DQV SNES.gif 25 0 24 14
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
17 16 9 N/A
Bestiary no. 019
Spell(s) None
Skill(s) Cannonballs one character (25% chance to ignore defence)
Location(s) Faerie Lea
Item dropped Medicinal herb116
Evasion Frizz resistance * Sizz resistance * Fire Breath resistance *
0/64 0% 0% 0%
Bang resistance * Crack resistance * Ice Breath resistance * Woosh resistance *
0% 67% 67% 0%
Zap resistance * Whack resistance * Kamikazee resistance * Poof resistance
67% 0% 0% 67%
Poison resistance * Fuddle resistance Snooze resistance * Dazzle resistance *
0% 0% 20% 20%
Sap resistance * Fizzle resistance Drain Magic resistance * Stun resistance *
0% 100% ? 0%
PS2 model DS & Mobile sprite
Cactiball DQV PS2.png Cactiball DQVII PSX.gif



Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past[edit]

Cactiball (サボテンボール Sabotenbōru) DQVII Logo.png
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense
Cactiball DQVII PSX.gif 14 0 18 14
Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
10 4 (PS1)
6 (3DS)
5 (PS1)
8 (3DS)
116
Bestiary No. 007
Spell(s)
Skill(s) Flee
Location(s) Rainbow Mines
The Tower
Item(s) Dropped Thorn whip1256
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance *
064 0% 0% 0%
Bang Resistance * Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
0% 0% 0% 0%
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance * Whack Resistance *
0% 0% 100% 0%
Poof Resistance * Poison Resistance * Burning Breath Resistance Fuddle Resistance *
80% 0% 10% 0%
Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance * Fizzle Resistance * Ban Dance Resistance
0% 0% 100% 100%
Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
0% 0% 0%


Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age[edit]

Dragon Quest Monsters[edit]

CactiBall DWM Logo.png
Sprite Level cap * HP growth MP growth
Cactiball DQM GBC.png 30 2/5 2/5
Strength growth Resilience growth Wisdom growth Agility growth
3/5 2/5 1/5 3/5
Family Plant
In-game description Stores water inside the body to survive in deserts
Abilities Paralyze, OddDance, HighJump
Habitat Gate of Labyrinth, Gate of Demolition
Breeding chart Plant family x Bug family
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance * Bang Resistance *
None None None None
Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Rock/Army Resistance *
None None Strong Weak
Zap Resistance * Gigaslash Resistance Magic Burst Resistance Drain Magic Resistance *
Strong Weak None Strong
Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance * Poison Resistance * Paralysis Resistance *
None None Weak Weak
Fuddle Resistance * Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance * Fizzle Resistance
Weak Weak None Strong
Ban Dance Resistance Gobstopper Resistance Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance *
Strong Strong Strong None
Decelerate Resistance * Curse Resistance
None Weak



Dragon Quest Monsters 2[edit]

CactiBall DWM2 Taras Adventure Logo.png
Sprite Level cap * HP growth MP growth
Cactiball DQM2 GBC.png 30 7/10 7/10
Strength growth Resilience growth Wisdom growth Agility growth
7/10 5/10 3/10 5/10
Family Plant
In-game description Spins to fire its needles wildly.
Abilities HighJump, OddDance, Paralyze
Habitat Desert World
Breeding chart Plant family x Bug family
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance * Bang Resistance *
None None None None
Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance * Rock/Army Resistance *
None None Strong Weak
Water Resistance * Zap Resistance * Gigaslash Resistance Magic Burst Resistance
Strong Strong Weak None
Drain Magic Resistance * Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance * Poison Resistance *
Strong None None Weak
Paralysis Resistance * Fuddle Resistance * Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance *
Weak Weak Weak None
Fizzle Resistance Ban Dance Resistance Gobstopper Resistance Stun Resistance *
Strong Strong Strong Strong
Sap Resistance * Decelerate Resistance * Curse Resistance
None None Weak



Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart[edit]

Cactiball DQMCH GBA.png The Cactiball is a one-star member of the Nature family with a weight of 2. Its in-game description reads "To protect its body from the heat, it stores plenty of water inside."

Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime[edit]

When they get in a
huff, watch out for
their puff! You could
get yourself caught in
a real spinefield.

Cactiballs are Platiosi and thus members of the Plob in this spin-off game. They often wander about, occasionally stopping to shake some maracas, and will turn themselves into an unapproachable ball of spikes if Rocket gets too close. They are first encountered in Tootinshleiman's Tomb and later in Flucifer's Necropolis where they hide under the sand with only the tops of their heads exposed but will jump out and immediately extend their spikes if approached. Like other normal enemies, it is possible to have a Cactiball as part of the tank crew after sending at least 30 back to town and speaking to the Cactiball in the Museum.

Related monsters[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • In Rocket Slime a flattened Cactiball has an uncanny resemblance to a Cactuar.