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Cactus Plant
Growing catcus.png
Type Background Object
Internal Tile ID: 80

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.

Cactus plant[edit]

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.

Cacti growing in Sand, Ebonsand, Pearlsand, and Crimsand, respectively.


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.

Cactus item[edit]

Cactus inventory icon
Cactus placed graphic
Type Crafting material
Max stack 999
Rarity Rarity Level: 0
Sell 2 Copper Coin
Internal Item ID: 276
Internal Tile ID: 188

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.


Used in[edit]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Swiftness Potion.png Swiftness Potion Bottled Water.png Bottled Water Bottle (crafting station).png Placed Bottle
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)
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 Chest.png Cactus Chest Cactus.png Cactus (8)
Iron Bar.png Iron Bar (2)
Cactus Clock.png Cactus Clock Cactus.png Cactus (10)
Iron Bar.png Iron Bar (3)
Glass.png Glass (6)
Cactus Bookcase.png Cactus Bookcase Cactus.png Cactus (20)
Book.png Book (10)
Cactus Bed.png Cactus Bed Cactus.png Cactus (15)
Silk.png Silk (5)
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 Chandelier.png Cactus Chandelier Cactus.png Cactus (4)
Torch.png Torch (4)
Chain.png Chain (1)
Cactus Lamp.png Cactus Lamp Cactus.png Cactus (3)
Torch.png Torch (1)
Cactus Candelabra.png Cactus Candelabra Cactus.png Cactus (5)
Torch.png Torch (3)
Cactus Piano.png Cactus Piano Cactus.png Cactus (10)
Bone.png Bone (4)
Book.png Book (1)
Cactus Dresser.png Cactus Dresser Cactus.png Cactus (16)
Cactus Table.png Cactus Table Cactus.png Cactus (8)
Cactus Sofa.png Cactus Sofa Cactus.png Cactus (5) Sawmill.png Sawmill
Silk.png Silk (2)


  • The most effective way of selling cactus is to make it into cactus swords.


  • 1.2.4: Used is to craft Cactus Clock and Cactus Sofa.
  • 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.png Cactus • Cactus Wall.png Wall • Cactus Platform.png Platform • Cactus Chair.png Chair • Cactus Table.png Table • Cactus Work Bench.png Work Bench • Cactus Bed.png Bed • Cactus Dresser.png Dresser • Cactus Sofa.png Sofa • Cactus Chest.png Chest • Cactus Bookcase.png Bookcase • Cactus Clock.png Clock • Cactus Piano.png Piano

Cactus Door.png Door • Cactus Bathtub.png Bathtub • Cactus Chandelier.png Chandelier • Cactus Candelabra.png Candelabra • Cactus Candle.png Candle • Cactus Lamp.png Lamp • Cactus Lantern.png Lantern • Cactus Pickaxe.png Pickaxe • Cactus Sword.png Sword • Cactus Breastplate.png Armor • Swiftness Potion.png Swiftness Potion • Thorns Potion.png Thorns Potion
Consumables: Healing Potion.png Potions ( Inferno Potion.png Buff Potions) • Shuriken.png Consumable Weapons

High Velocity Bullet.png Ammunition • Jungle Grass Seeds.png Seeds • Fallen Star.png Materials ( Feather.png Drops • Copper Ore.png Ores • Iron Bar.png Bars) • Silver Coin.png Other
Tiles: Stone Block.png Blocks ( Red Brick.png Bricks) • Wood Wall.png Walls ( Cobalt Brick Wall.png Brick Walls)