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 takes on the appearance of a cactus with a scarecrow-like hat on its head.
The middle diamond on a Cacturne's midsection is larger on the Female than the Male.
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 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).
Cacturne has yet to appear in any of the films as of writing.
Cacturne's Manga info is unknown at this time.
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.
Via Dream World (Cacnea)
Via Move Tutor (Black 2/White 2)
Generation III Exclusive Move Tutor Moves (Fire Red/Leaf Green)
Generation IV Exclusive Moves
- TM01: Focus Punch
- TM09: Bullet Seed
- TM43: Secret Power
- TM58: Endure
- TM78: Captivate
- TM83: Natural Gift
Via Move Tutor
Heart Gold/Soul Silver
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