Cacturne

Cacturne
ノクタス
332Cacturne.png
Cacnea < Cacturne > Swablu
Species
Type
Scarecrow Pokémon
Grass.gif Dark.gif
Number
Ability
#332
Height
Weight
4'3" (1.3m)
170.6 lbs (77.4kg)
Gender Ratio
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Evolves From
Evolves Into
None
Egg Group
Catch Rate
60
Tier
EV Yield
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Cacturne (ノクタス) is the 120th Pokémon in the Hoenn Pokédex. It is a Grass/Dark-Type, and it is known as the Scarecrow Pokémon.

Cacturne has the Sand Veil Ability. In addition to making it immune to the damaging effects from a Sandstorm regardless of its typing, its Evasion is increased by one level during a Sandstorm. A second Ability is available to Cacturne from the Dream World, the Water Absorb Ability. With this Ability, up to 25% of its maximum HP is restored if it gets hit by a move of the Water Type.

Cacnea can evolve into Cacturne starting at Level 32.

Cacturne is in the Egg Groups Grass and Human-Like, and its Egg takes approximately 5,120 Steps to hatch. It takes Cacturne 1,059,860 Experience Points to reach Level 100.

Contents

Biology

Physiology

Cacturne takes on the appearance of a cactus with a scarecrow-like hat on its head.

Gender Differences

The middle diamond on a Cacturne's midsection is larger on the Female than the Male.

Game Information

Original Games

Cacturne can only be obtained by evolving a Cacnea in Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald.

Cacturne appears at Route 228 in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. Cacturne also appears at the Safari Zone's Savannah Zone in Heart Gold and Soul Silver after 18 Forest Objects have been placed and 20 Days have passed since the placement of the Forest Objects.

Cacturne can be found at Reversal Mountain in Black 2 and White 2 during a Swarm.

Spin-off Games

Cacturne appears at Secret Storage 2, Trozei Battle and Mr. Who's Den in Pokémon Trozei!.

Cacturne is only obtainable by evolving a Cacnea in the first round of Mystery Dungeon games. In Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness & Explorers of Sky, Cacturne appears at Northern Desert 9F-15F. Cacturne is exclusive to Blazing Adventure Squad in Mystery Dungeon 3, appearing at Mystery Plains 1F-19F.

Cacturne appears at Haruba Desert in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, but the Field Assist Slam Lv 2 may be required to reach it. This is also the lone appearance for Cacturne in the Pokémon Ranger series.

Cacturne can be found at Sunny Seashore Desert 4-3 in Pokémon Rumble Blast.

Trading Card Game

Cacturne appears in a total of seven sets. It is listed as an Uncommon Card in the EX Power Keepers, Great Encounters and Platinum Sets. Cacturne appears as a Rare Card in the EX Sandstorm, EX Team Magma vs Team Aqua, EX Emerald (EX Card), and EX Crystal Guardians (Delta Species Card).

Anime/Manga Information

Anime

Harley, a Pokémon Co-ordinator with a bad reputation and an antagonistic rival to May, has a monopoly on Cacturne's Anime appearances, starting with the episode A Cacturne for the Worse.

Movies

Cacturne has yet to appear in any of the films as of writing.

Manga

Cacturne's Manga info is unknown at this time.

Pokémon Information

Competitive Battling

Cacturne finds itself in the PU tier of competitive battling, where it stands out as among the tier's best Pokémon. Thanks to its incredible offensive stats and large movepool, Cacturne stands out as among the tier's best wallbreakers. It has a very powerful STAB priority attack in Sucker Punch, which allows for it to differentiate itself from other wallbreakers. It also makes it more difficult for it to revenge kill and allows for it to threaten offensive teams. Cacturne can run both specially based and physically based sets, which do not share counters. Cacturne's best set is a Life Orb mixed attacker set that focuses on special attacking with its STABs Energy Ball and Dark Pulse alongside coverage in Focus Blast and priority Sucker Punch to not be as much of a sitting duck against offensive teams. It can also run a Swords Dance set that can boost its Attack stat to sky-high levels which gives it late-game sweeping ability with powerful priority in Sucker Punch and well-rounded coverage in STAB Seed Bomb and Superpower. Unfortunately for Cacturne, defensive answers like Clefairy, Muk, and Vullaby are all common Pokémon, although Muk is the only Pokémon that can reliably counter both sets. It is also checked by a very common offensive threat in Monferno, which resists both of its STAB attacks and can act as a potential switch-in. Cacturne's low bulk, poor Speed, and bad defensive typing make it reliant on Sucker Punch, which can lead to it being taken advantage of by moves like Will-O-Wisp and Encore.

Cacturne is also viable in the Neverused (NU) tier of competitive battling. Thanks to its mixed wallbreaking prowess, wonderful STAB combination, and access to Spikes, Cacturne finds itself a niche as a strong wallbreaker and offensive support Pokémon. It is capable of pressuring a number of Rapid Spin users like Claydol and Kabutops while being able to be more offensive than other Spikes users like Garbodor and Roselia. With Water Absorb, Cacturne can check a number of Water-types in the tier like Lanturn and Quagsire. However, Cacturne faces competition from Shiftry, as it has access to the coveted Defog and Knock Off, better Speed, and more unpredictability. Cacturne's poor bulk works heavily against it as it can be hit hard by certain coverage attacks like Lanturn's Ice Beam and Mesprit's Signal Beam, which makes it a shaky answer to a number of Pokémon in general. It loses to the most common Rapid Spin user in Hitmonchan, which is a major disadvantage when compared to other Spikes users like Garbodor which can take on Hitmonchan one-on-one. Due to its low Speed stat, Cacturne has a poor matchup against more offensively inclined teams and is reliant on Sucker Punch to hit faster foes, which can be exploited by set-up sweepers.

Area Location

Game Rarity Location
Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald None Evolve Cacnea
FireRed/Leaf Green None Trade
Diamond/Pearl 20% Route 228
Platinum 20%
40%
Route 228 (Morning & Day)
Route 228 (Night)
Heart Gold/Soul Silver Unknown% Safari Zone: Savannah (Place 18 Forest Objects; 20 Day Wait)
Black/White None PokéTransfer or Dream World
Black 2/White 2 40% Reversal Mountain (Swarm)

Pokédex Entries

Gen Game Pokédex Entry
I Red N/A
Blue N/A
Yellow N/A
II Gold N/A
Silver N/A
Crystal N/A
III Ruby During the daytime, Cacturne remains unmoving so that it does not lose any moisture to the harsh desert sun. This Pokémon becomes active at night when the temperature drops.
Sapphire If a traveler is going through a desert in the thick of night, Cacturne will follow in a ragtag group. The Pokémon are biding their time, waiting for the traveler to tire and become incapable of moving.
Emerald After spending thousands of years in harsh deserts, its blood transformed into the same substances as sand. It is nocturnal, so it hunts at night.
FireRed It lives in deserts. It becomes active at night when it hunts for prey exhausted from the desert's heat.
LeafGreen It lives in deserts. It becomes active at night when it hunts for prey exhausted from the desert's heat.
IV Diamond It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
Pearl It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
Platinum It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
HeartGold Packs of them follow travelers through the desert until the travelers can no longer move.
SoulSilver Packs of them follow travelers through the desert until the travelers can no longer move.
V Black It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
White It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
Black 2 It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
White 2 It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
VI X It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
Y Packs of them follow travelers through the desert until the travelers can no longer move.
Omega Ruby
Alpha Sapphire

Pokéthlon Statistics

Stats
Speed
Full.pngFull.pngFull.pngFull.png
Power
Full.pngFull.pngFull.pngEmpty.png
Technique
Full.pngFull.pngFull.pngFull.pngEmpty.png
Stamina
Full.pngFull.pngEmpty.png
Jump
Full.pngFull.pngEmpty.png

Statistics

Base Stats Min- Min Max Max+
HP
70
. 250 344 .
Atk
115
211 235 329 361
Def
60
112 125 219 240
Sp. Atk
115
211 235 329 361
Sp. Def
60
112 125 219 240
Speed
55
103 115 209 229

Moves

Via Level-Up

Level Up
Level Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Start Revenge Fighting.gif 60 100 Physical.png
Start Poison Sting Poison.gif 15 100 Physical.png
Start Leer Normal.gif N/A 100 Other.png
Start
5
Absorb Grass.gif 20 100 Special.png
Start
9
Growth Normal.gif N/A N/A Other.png
13 Leech Seed Grass.gif N/A 90 Other.png
17 Sand-Attack Ground.gif N/A N/A Other.png
21 Pin Missile Bug.gif 14 85 Physical.png
25 Ingrain Grass.gif N/A N/A Other.png
29 Faint Attack Dark.gif 60 N/A [[File:|link=]]
35 Spikes Ground.gif N/A N/A Other.png
41 Sucker Punch Dark.gif 80 100 Physical.png
47 Payback Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
53 Needle Arm Grass.gif 60 100 Physical.png
59 Cotton Spore Grass.gif N/A 100 Other.png
65 Sandstorm Rock.gif N/A N/A Other.png
71 Destiny Bond Ghost.gif N/A N/A Other.png

Via TM/HM

TM/HM - Gen 6
TM/HM No. Move Type Power Accuracy Class
TM06 Toxic Poison.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM09 Venoshock Poison.gif 65 100 Special.png
TM10 Hidden Power Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM11 Sunny Day Fire.gif -- -- Other.png
TM15 Hyper Beam Normal.gif 150 90 Special.png
TM17 Protect Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM21 Frustration Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM22 Solar Beam Grass.gif 120 100 Special.png
TM27 Return Normal.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM31 Brick Break Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
TM32 Double Team Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM37 Sandstorm Rock.gif -- -- Other.png
TM42 Facade Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM44 Rest Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
TM45 Attract Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM48 Round Normal.gif 60 100 Special.png
TM52 Focus Blast Fighting.gif 120 70 Special.png
TM53 Energy Ball Grass.gif 90 100 Special.png
TM56 Fling Dark.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
TM63 Embargo Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM66 Payback Dark.gif 50 100 Physical.png
TM67 Retaliate Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png
TM68 Giga Impact Normal.gif 150 90 Physical.png
TM70 Flash Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
TM75 Swords Dance Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
TM84 Poison Jab Poison.gif 80 100 Physical.png
TM86 Grass Knot Grass.gif  ?? 100 Special.png
TM87 Swagger Normal.gif -- 90 Other.png
TM90 Substitute Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
HM01 Cut Normal.gif 50 95 Physical.png
HM04 Strength Normal.gif 80 100 Physical.png

Via Breeding

Via Breeding
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Grasswhistle Grass.gif -- 55 Other.png
Acid Poison.gif 40 100 Special.png
Teeter Dance Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
Dynamicpunch Fighting.gif 100 50 Physical.png
Counter Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Low Kick Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Smelling Salt Normal.gif 60 100 Physical.png
Magical Leaf Grass.gif 60 -- Special.png
Seed Bomb Grass.gif 80 100 Physical.png
Nasty Plot Dark.gif -- -- Other.png
Disable Normal.gif -- 100 Other.png
Block Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Worry Seed Grass.gif -- 100 Other.png
Switcheroo Dark.gif -- 100 Other.png

Via Dream World (Cacnea)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Thunderpunch Electric.gif 75 100 Physical.png

Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Block Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Dark Pulse Dark.gif 80 100 Special.png
Drain Punch Fighting.gif 75 100 Physical.png
Foul Play Dark.gif 95 100 Physical.png
Giga Drain Grass.gif 75 100 Special.png
Low Kick Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Role Play Psychic.gif -- -- Other.png
Seed Bomb Grass.gif 80 100 Physical.png
Sleep Talk Normal.gif -- -- Other.png
Snore Normal.gif 40 100 Special.png
Spite Ghost.gif -- -- Other.png
Superpower Fighting.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Synthesis Grass.gif -- -- Other.png
Thunderpunch Electric.gif 75 100 Physical.png
Worry Seed Grass.gif -- 100 Other.png

Generation III Exclusive Move Tutor Moves (Fire Red/Leaf Green)

Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Mega Punch Normal.gif 80 85 Physical.png
Mega Kick Normal.gif 120 75 Physical.png
Body Slam Normal.gif 85 100 Physical.png
Double-Edge Normal.gif 120 100 Physical.png
Seismic Toss Fighting.gif  ?? 100 Physical.png
Mimic Normal.gif -- -- Other.png

Generation IV Exclusive Moves

Via TM/HM

Via Move Tutor

Platinum/Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Fury Cutter Bug.gif 20 95 Physical.png
Mud-Slap Ground.gif 20 100 Special.png
Heart Gold/Soul Silver
Move Type Power Accuracy Class
Headbutt Normal.gif 70 100 Physical.png

Evolution Line

Rare Candy Sprite.png
Level 32
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Cacturne

Type Matchups

Type Attack Advantages Attack Disadvantages Defense Advantages Defense Disadvantages
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Electric.gif
Ghost.gif
Grass.gif
Ground.gif
Psychic.gif
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Fighting.gif
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Flying.gif
Ice.gif
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