Cactuar Genus Icon.pngCactuar
Higher Taxonomy Ranks
Lower Taxonomy Ranks

Blooming Cactuar

Common Drops

(&00000000000000050000005) Cactuar Needle Icon.png Cactuar Needle
(&00000000000000030000003) 1000 Needles Icon.png 1000 Needles
(&00000000000000020000002) Megamaguey Pineapple Icon.png Megamaguey Pineapple
(&00000000000000010000001) Cactus Leaf Icon.png Cactus Leaf

Found exclusively in arid regions, cactuars are known for their ability to survive extended periods under the scorching sun on naught but the moisture stored within their bodies. Conditioned by the brutal nature of their surroundings, cactuars are quick to defend themselves, launching a barrage of needle-like projectiles at potential predators—and the occasional unwary traveler.[1]
Name Levels Zone Info
Bozjan Sabotender I Bozjan Southern Front - Old Bozja  Aggressive.png
Cactuar Jack 9 Western Thanalan - Hammerlea  (22-23)  Aggressive.pngFATE Icon.png
Cactuar 3 Western Thanalan - Hammerlea  (23-25)  Aggressive.pngFATE Icon.png
Cactuar 3-4 Western Thanalan - The Eighty Sins of Sasamo  (26-25)  Passive.png
Cochineal Cactuar 3 Central Thanalan - Black Brush  (24-17)  Aggressive.pngFATE Icon.png
Cochineal Cactuar 11 Central Thanalan - The Clutch - The Quiveron Manse (25-21)  Passive.png
Flowering Sabotender 24-28 Southern Thanalan - Broken Water  Aggressive.png
Flowering Sabotender 6 Eureka Anemos - Heartbreak Holt  (14-22)  Aggressive.png
Notocactuar 91 Urqopacha - Chabameki  (15-12)  Aggressive.png
Polis Cactuar 60 The Aquapolis (Zone) - 2nd Chamber  Aggressive.png
Sabotender Bailaor 26 Southern Thanalan - Broken Water  (14-14, 14-15, 16-15)  Passive.png
Sabotender Bailarina 50 Central Thanalan  Aggressive.png
Sabotender Campeador 50 The Sunken Temple of Qarn (Hard) (Zone)  Aggressive.png
Sabotender Corrido (Eureka) ?? Eureka Anemos - Heartbreak Holt  (14-22)  Passive.pngFATE Icon.png
Sabotender Corrido 25-29 Southern Thanalan - Broken Water  Aggressive.png
Sabotender Del Sol 35 Eastern Thanalan - Drybone  (16-24)  Aggressive.png
Sabotender Desertor 38 Cutter's Cry (Zone) - The Wet Sands  Aggressive.png
Sabotender Emperatriz 50 The Sunken Temple of Qarn (Hard) (Zone)  Aggressive.png
Sabotender Guardia 50 The Sunken Temple of Qarn (Hard) (Zone)  Aggressive.png
Sabotender Mariachi 50 Eureka Hydatos - The Val River Source  (19.1-14.9)  Aggressive.png
Sabotender Soldado 50 The Sunken Temple of Qarn (Hard) (Zone)  Aggressive.png
Sabotender 25-27 Southern Thanalan - Broken Water  (17-15)  Passive.png
Territorial Cactuar 50 Eastern Thanalan - The Burning Wall  (25-25)  Aggressive.png
Territorial Flowertender 50 Eastern Thanalan - The Burning Wall  (25-25)  Aggressive.png
Territorial Sabotender 50 Eastern Thanalan - The Burning Wall  (25-25)  Aggressive.png
Uncommon Cactuar 1-6 Western Thanalan - Hammerlea  Aggressive.png
Uncommon Cactuar 2-6 Western Thanalan - Hammerlea  Aggressive.png
Uncommon Cactuar 4-9 Western Thanalan - Hammerlea  Aggressive.png
Uncommon Cactuar 5-9 Western Thanalan - Hammerlea  Aggressive.png
Cactuar is the English name of the enemy which in Japanese is Sabotender; a combination of the words Saboten(Cactus) and Pretender.
Raimdelle Codex
"This fleshy hunter pricketh and transfixeth a thousandfold all that nigheth him by the length of a jousting lance. Unneth they are found in holts and caves for they may not without sun and heat be long kept without corruption. Their utter parts are askew and aslant and therefore they go never forthright, but always sidewise."
Common Actions
Name Description
100 Needles Deals 100 damage divided among targets in range.

Additional actions may be used by specific Species or specific Mobs. See specific species/mob pages for additional actions.

Removed/Extinct Monsters
Removed Monsters
Extinct Monsters
•  Cactuar Jaques
•  Common Cactuar
•  Frightened Cactuar
Cactuar first appeared in Final Fantasy VI(SNES) as "Cactrots" in the original English translation. Cactuar have been known to use attacks such as "1000 Needles!" and "10,000 Needles!" which would ignore defenses and be unblockable. The boss variations, known as Gigantuar or Jumbo Cactuar would use the attack "99,999 Needles!" in addition to the "10,000 Needles!" attack.

During an article in V-Jump (15 Feb 1997) it was discussed that Cactuar was based on a doodle by Tetsuya Nomura which was drawn on a notebook when he was still a student in high school.