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Final Fantasy series
DQT Cactuar.png
Japanese name サボテンダー
Romaji Sabotendā

The Cactuar is a recurring creature in the Final Fantasy series. It appears in Dragon Quest Tact as part of a collaboration event with War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius. Since their original appearance, they have become one of the mascots of the series, being known for their 1000 Needles attack.


Cactuars are green anthropomorphic cacti typically depicted with stiff arms and legs, three black holes that form a face, and three quills on top of their heads. This design has commonly appeared throughout the series, although some games such as Final Fantasy XI and Final Fantasy XII have introduced Cactuars with different designs. Despite having low HP and Defense, Cactuars are often fast and hard to hit, rewarding players with high amounts of experience and gil if defeated. They often counter most attacks with their 1000 Needles attack, which always deals 1000 points of unblockable damage that ignores the target's Defense. The attack can often be learned by Blue Mages, who specialize in using monster techniques.

An enormous variety of Cactuar, known as the Jumbo Cactuar or Gigantuar, first appeared in Final Fantasy VIII as an optional boss. It could be summoned as a Guardian Force after defeating it in battle. It towers over the party and it sports a curly mustache in order to differentiate it from other Cactuars. Instead of using the signature 1000 Needles technique, it will use 10000 Needles, which will deal approximately 10,000 HP worth of damage to one target.


Final Fantasy series[edit]

Cactuars made their first appearance in the 1994 game Final Fantasy VI, being known as Cactrots in the original English translation on the SNES. They can be encountered in the World of Ruin, leaving behind 10,000 Gil and 10 Magic Points, which is the most of any common enemy that can be faced. Since then, Cactuars have gone on to make regular appearances as enemies in both main series and spinoff games, as well as crossover appearances.

Dragon Quest X[edit]

Players could earn a Cactuar mask and a pose during a collaboration event with Square Enix's MMORPG Final Fantasy XI. During another collaboration event with Final Fantasy XIV, Cactuars could be faced as bosses in the Magic Labyrinth by collecting Cactuar Coins. This variety of Cactuar featured the Roman numerals XIV on their heads as a reference to the game.

Dragon Quest Tact[edit]

Cactuar appears as an A-rank monster of the ??? family during the first part of the limited War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius event alongside Bahamut on his banner. It can participate in Mont Leonis's Battle Road as a party member. Cactuars will be summoned by Shiva during the Large Battle after she has taken enough damage. Players can also visit Cactuar Village by collecting Cactuar Village Passes from event stages, where they can earn Cactuar Cards that can be redeemed for awakening materials in the Swap Shop.

Cactuar (サボテンダー Sabotendā)Tactlogo.png

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Family Rank Role
Tact Icon SpecialFamily.png
DQTact Rank Icon A.png DQTact AttackType.png
Max Level HP MP Move
120 837 303 4
Attack Defense Agility Wisdom Weight
300 528 445 141 35
Basic Skills
First Second Third
Tackle Needle Bundle* 1000 Needles*
Awakening Skills
First Second Third
Cactuar Dash / Stats Up Woosh Res +25 / Stats Up 1000 Needles Potency +5% / Stats Up
Dodge Step: Raises evasion rate for 1 turn when attacking.
Fourth Fifth
Zam Res +25 / Stats Up 1000 Needles Potency +5% / Stats Up
Max HP +30
Leader Perks
Raises DEF of allies, including itself, by 10% in a 5x5 square around it.
Basic Perks
First Second Third
Max HP +20 DEF +15 1000 Needles Potency +2%
Perk Details
Cactuar Dash: Raises AGL and evasion rate for 3 turns at battle start.
Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Crack Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
Normal Normal Very Weak Half Res
Bang Resistance * Zap Resistance * Zam Resistance * Snooze Resistance
Very Weak Normal Half REs Half Res
Poison Resistance Physical Lock Resistance Spell Lock Resistance Martial Lock Resistance
Normal Normal Normal Normal
Breath Lock Resistance Hobble Resistance * Stun Resistance * Dazzle Resistance
Normal Normal Super Weak Half Res
Curse Resistance Paralysis Resistance Confusion Resistance Charm Resistance
Super Weak Immune Normal Normal


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