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A Cactus is both a Plant and an Item that drops when the plant is harvested using an axe or mining the block below the plant.


[edit] Cactus plant

Cactus seen in a Desert

The Cactus Plant can be found in the Desert biome (and its variants) on sand. Cactus Plants can be chopped down like trees, which drops the Cactus item. Mining the Sand blocks beneath a Cactus plant will quickly destroy the entire plant and yield all possible Cactus items. Corrupt, crimson, and hallowed cacti, when broken, will still drop the cactus item. Cacti will sometimes grow Pink Prickly Pears.

[edit] Conditions

Cactus Plants will only grow under the following conditions:

  1. There needs to be at least one thick layer of sand below it.
  2. The Cactus requires one space of open ground to either side. A raised tile will block growth, but a lower tile will not.
  3. The sand it grows on needs to be above the ground level.
  4. They only grow at least 378 blocks away from the edges of the world, i.e. not in zone where the Ocean biome can be generated.
Bug In a Crimson, Hallowed, or Corrupt desert, the cactus flower sprite appears the same color as if it were in a regular desert.

[edit] Cactus item

Type Crafting material
Max stack 999
Sell 2 Copper Coin

Cactus is a crafting material obtained from chopping down Cactus Plants (described above), in the same manner as trees. It can also be harvested by removing or hammering a sand block below the base of the cactus.

Cactus is used to craft the Swiftness Potion and Thorns Potion. It can also be placed and used as a building material. It also provides early-game armor and weaponry.

[edit] Crafting

[edit] Used in

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Swiftness Potion.png Swiftness Potion Bottled Water.png Bottled Water Alchemy Station.png Alchemy Station
Cactus.png Cactus
Blinkroot.png Blinkroot
Thorns Potion.png Thorns Potion Bottled Water.png Bottled Water
Cactus.png Cactus
Deathweed.png Deathweed
Stinger.png Stinger
Worm Tooth.png Worm Tooth
Cactus Helmet.png Cactus Helmet Cactus.png Cactus (20) Work Bench.png Work Bench
Cactus Breastplate.png Cactus Breastplate Cactus.png Cactus (30)
Cactus Leggings.png Cactus Leggings Cactus.png Cactus (25)
Cactus Sword.png Cactus Sword Cactus.png Cactus (10)
Cactus Pickaxe.png Cactus Pickaxe Cactus.png Cactus (15)

PC only:

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Cactus Work Bench.png Cactus Work Bench Cactus.png Cactus (10) By Hand
Cactus Wall.png Cactus Wall (4) Cactus.png Cactus Work Bench.png Work Bench
Cactus Door.png Cactus Door Cactus.png Cactus (6)
Cactus Chair.png Cactus Chair Cactus.png Cactus (4)
Cactus Bookcase.png Cactus Bookcase Cactus.png Cactus (20)
Book.png Book (10)
Cactus Bathtub.png Cactus Bathtub Cactus.png Cactus (14)
Cactus Lantern.png Cactus Lantern Cactus.png Cactus (6)
Torch.png Torch (1)
Cactus Candle.png Cactus Candle Cactus.png Cactus (4)
Torch.png Torch (1)
Cactus Lamp.png Cactus Lamp Cactus.png Cactus (3)
Torch.png Torch (1)
Cactus Bed.png Cactus Bed Cactus.png Cactus (15) Sawmill.png Sawmill
Silk.png Silk (5)
Cactus Candelabra.png Cactus Candelabra Cactus.png Cactus (5)
Torch.png Torch (3)
Cactus Chandelier.png Cactus Chandelier Cactus.png Cactus (4) Lead Anvil.pngIron Anvil.png Iron Anvil
Torch.png Torch (4)
Chain.png Chain (1)

[edit] History

  • 1.2.3: Added more cactus variations.
    • More cactus furniture and lighting introduced.
  • 1.2:
    • Cactus weapons, armor, and furniture introduced.
    • New pink prickly pears will grow on the top of cacti.
    • Can now be placed and used as a building material.
    • Stack limit was increased from 250 to 999.
  • 1.1: No longer damages players.
  • 1.0.6: No longer causes knockback when damaging players and no longer destroys blocks above when growing.
  • 1.0.5: Introduced.

Cactus • Armor • Sword • Brick Wall • Pickaxe • Door • Chair • Work bench
Usual Blocks Soils Dirt (Grass) • Stone (Ebonstone • Crimstone • Pearlstone • Gems • Moss) • Clay • Mud (Grass) • Silt • Sand (Ebonsand • Crimsand • Pearlsand) • Snow • Ice (Purple • Red • Pink) • Slush • Ash
Naturally found Wood (Rich Mahogany • Ebonwood • Shadewood • Pearlwood • Living • Leaf) • Hay • Pumpkin • Cactus • Glowing Mushroom • Cobweb • Hive (Honey • Crispy Honey) • Cloud (Rain) • Sunplate • Spike (Wooden)
Craftable Glass • Gemspark • Slime (Frozen) • Asphalt • Bone • Flesh
Found/Bought/Dropped Wood (Dynasty • Spooky) • Red Dynasty Shingles (Blue) • Cog • Pine Tree • Candy Cane
Bricks Normal Bricks Gray (Slab) • Red • Mudstone • Stucco (Gray • Red • Green • Yellow) • Sandstone (Slab) • Snow • Ice • Iridescent • Ebonstone • Pearlstone • Rainbow • Dungeon • Lihzahrd
Ore Bricks Copper (Plating) • Tin • Silver • Tungsten • Gold • Platinum • Demonite • Obsidian • Hellstone
Hardmode Ore Bricks Cobalt • Palladium • Mythril • Bubblegum • Adamantite • Titanstone
Ore Blocks Normal Copper • Tin • Iron • Lead • Silver • Tungsten • Gold • Platinum • Demonite • Crimtane • Meteorite • Obsidian • Hellstone
Hardmode Cobalt • Palladium • Mythril • Orichalcum • Adamantite • Titanium • Chlorophyte