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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.


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.


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 Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
Cactiball DQV SNES.gif 25 0 24 14 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 * Bang Resistance * Crack Resistance * Cool Breath Resistance *
0/64 0% 0% 0% 0% 67% 67%
Woosh Resistance * Zap Resistance * Whack Resistance * Kamikazee Resistance * Poof Resistance Poison Resistance * Fuddle Resistance
0% 67% 0% 0% 67% 0% 0%
Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance * Sap Resistance * Fizzle Resistance Drain Magic Resistance * Stun Resistance *
20% 20% 0% 100% 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
Original (PSX)
Sprite HP MP Attack Defense Agility Experience Gold Tame Rate
Cactiball DQVII PSX.gif 14 0 18 14 10 4 (PS1)
6 (3DS)
5 (PS1)
8 (3DS)
Bestiary No. 007
Skill(s) Flee
Location(s) Rainbow Mines
The Tower
Item(s) Dropped Thorn whip1256
Evasion Frizz Resistance * Sizz Resistance * Fire Breath Resistance * Bang Resistance * Crack Resistance * Ice Breath Resistance * Woosh Resistance *
064 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Strike/Rock Resistance * Zap Resistance * Drain Magic Resistance * Whack Resistance * Poof Resistance * Poison Resistance * Burning Breath Resistance Fuddle Resistance *
0% 0% 100% 0% 80% 0% 10% 0%
Snooze Resistance * Dazzle Resistance * Fizzle Resistance * Ban Dance Resistance Stun Resistance * Sap Resistance * Army Resistance *
0% 0% 100% 100% 0% 0% 0%

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

Dragon Quest Monsters[edit]

Stores water
inside the body to
survive in deserts

Cactiballs (then CactiBall, with the 'b' in uppercase) appear in the first Monsters game as basic monsters: one can easily be bred by using a plant pedigree and bug mate. They can also be found behind the Gate of Labyrinth and the Gate of Demolition. Cactiball DQM GBC.png

Dragon Quest Monsters 2[edit]

Cactiball DQM2 GBC.png

Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Heart[edit]

Cactiball DQMCH GBA.png

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 monster[edit]


#32 - Fandangow
Fandangow DQV PS2.png
HP MP Experience Gold
33 19 13
Attack Defense Speed
35 30 16
Dropped Item Hardwood headwear
Locations Coburg area
Skills Weird Dance
Capture Rate 1/32
Bestiary # 32
Game Dragon Quest V
Console DS



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