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Desert plant life that can be randomly encountered in Final Fantasy VIII. Cactuars are a rare example of highly-intelligent flora - unfortunately, very little is known about their indecipherable language and secretive culture. While their small size and comical appearance might be disarming, Cactuars can be quite deadly and should never be approached alone or unprepared.


Unlike most plants, these lively flora are mobile. Cactuars are quick and very agile; they can easily outrun or evade almost anything that comes their way. When cornered, Cactuars attack with spinning flip kicks. If the kicks aren't an effective deterrent, these prickly fellows can unleash a tremendous volley of sharp spines from their bodies; commonly referred to as "1,000 Needles," this barrage of razors is instantly fatal and is the primary reason that most living things avoid Cactuars at all costs. These sentient cacti can live for months without water and are able to weather blistering temperatures as high as 120o F/49o C.


Water spells are deadly to Cactuars because their physiology is highly-specialized for surviving in harsh, arid environments - accustomed to scant, sporadic rainfall, their bodies simply cannot cope with a sudden deluge of water. Cactuars are cowardly and well known for their tendency to flee rather than fight (on the positive side, this behavior has saved countless lives as it has spared many a foolish or overconfident adventurer from becoming a dead pincushion).

Paper toweling, tissue paper, newsprint, white glue, hot glue, plastic, toothpicks, and paint.

10.1 cm/4.0 in. x 7.5 cm/3.0 in. (highest point x widest point)

Two days; May 13 and 14, 2005.

Cactuar photo collage.

Hand reproduction of a Cactuar Triple Triad card.

For comparison purposes, here is an image of the Cactuar polygon model from the Final Fantasy VIII video game.

(In no particular order of importance.)

  •    Final Fantasy VIII  Playstation video game and instruction manual.

  •   Various GameFAQs Final Fantasy VIII game guides.

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