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Growing catcus.png   Cactus.png
Cactus placed graphic

Cactus refers to a Desert plant, as well as the item that drops when the plant is harvested. Skip to the plant or to the item below.

Cactus plant[edit | edit source]

Cactus plant
Growing catcus.png
Internal Tile ID: 80

Cactus Types.png
Cacti growing on Sand, Ebonsand, Pearlsand, and Crimsand.
Pink Prickly Pear atop a Corrupted Cactus.

The Cactus plant grows in Desert biomes on Sand. Cactus plants can be harvested using an axe or chainsaw, which causes Cactus items to drop (details below). Mining a Sand block beneath a Cactus plant using a pickaxe will quickly destroy the entire plant and yield all possible Cactus items. Corruption, Crimson, and Hallow Cacti will all drop the same Cactus items when harvested.

Cacti will sometimes grow Pink Prickly Pears on their tops.

Conditions[edit | edit source]

Cactus Plants will only grow under the following conditions:

  1. There needs to be at least one 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 zero depth.
  4. They only grow at least 378 blocks away from the edges of the world, i.e. not in the zone where the Ocean biome can be generated.

Cactus item[edit | edit source]

Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Cactus inventory icon
Cactus placed graphic
Type BlockCrafting material
Use time 14 (Very Fast)
Rarity Rarity Level: 0
Sell Copper Coin
Internal Item ID: 276
Internal Tile ID: 188

Cactus is a crafting material obtained by harvesting Cactus plants (described above), in the same manner as trees. It can also be harvested by mining or hammering a Sand Block below the base of the Cactus. In addition to crafting, Cactus can be placed and used as a building material.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

It takes 258 cactus to craft all items.

Recipe[edit | edit source]

Crafting Station
Work Bench.png Work Bench
Ingredient(s) Amount
Cactus Platform.png Cactus Platform 2
Cactus.png Cactus 1
Crafting Station
Work Bench.png Work Bench
Ingredient(s) Amount
Cactus Wall.png Cactus Wall 4
Cactus.png Cactus 1

Used in[edit | edit source]

Result IngredientsCrafting Station
Cactus Work Bench.png Cactus.pngCactus (10) By Hand
Swiftness Potion.png Bottled Water.pngBottled Water
Bottle (crafting station).png
Alchemy Table.png
Thorns Potion.png Bottled Water.pngBottled Water
Worm Tooth.pngWorm Tooth
Cactus Helmet.png Cactus.pngCactus (20) Work Bench.png Work Bench
Cactus Breastplate.png Cactus.pngCactus (30)
Cactus Leggings.png Cactus.pngCactus (25)
Cactus Sword.png Cactus.pngCactus (10)
Cactus Pickaxe.png Cactus.pngCactus (15)
Cactus Wall.png Cactus.pngCactus
Cactus Platform.png Cactus.pngCactus
Cactus Door.png Cactus.pngCactus (6)
Cactus Chair.png Cactus.pngCactus (4)
Cactus Chest.png Cactus.pngCactus (8)
Iron Bar.png Lead Bar.pngIron Bar or Lead Bar (2)
Cactus Clock.png Cactus.pngCactus (10)
Iron Bar.png Lead Bar.pngIron Bar or Lead Bar (3)
Glass.pngGlass (6)
Cactus Bookcase.png Cactus.pngCactus (20)
Book.pngBook (10)
Cactus Bed.png Cactus.pngCactus (15)
Silk.pngSilk (5)
Cactus Bathtub.png Cactus.pngCactus (14)
Cactus Lantern.png Cactus.pngCactus (6)
Torch.pngTorch (1)
Cactus Candle.png Cactus.pngCactus (4)
Torch.pngTorch (1)
Cactus Chandelier.png Cactus.pngCactus (4)
Torch.pngTorch (4)
Chain.pngChain (1)
Cactus Lamp.png
Cactus Lamp Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
Cactus.pngCactus (3)
Torch.pngTorch (1)
Cactus Candelabra.png Cactus.pngCactus (5)
Torch.pngTorch (3)
Cactus Piano.png Cactus.pngCactus (10)
Bone.pngBone (4)
Book.pngBook (1)
Cactus Table.png Cactus.pngCactus (8)
Cactus Sink.png Cactus.pngCactus (6)
Water Bucket.pngWater Bucket (1)
Cactus Sofa.png
Cactus Sofa Desktop VersionConsole VersionMobile only.png
Cactus.pngCactus (5) Sawmill.png Sawmill
Silk.pngSilk (2)
Cactus Dresser.png Cactus.pngCactus (16)

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The most effective way of selling cactus is to make it into cactus swords.
  • Because of how easy it is to get massive amounts of cacti, crafting a ton of cactus swords until you get a legendary cactus sword is easy, lucrative, and very useful in the early game.
  • Because of the -1 range attribute on the Copper Pickaxe, the cactus pickaxe becomes a viable early-game alternative since it doesn't have that drawback and due to the availability of cacti, it is also quick and easy to obtain.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Terraria cactus is designed after the Saguaro cactus, a species of cacti found in North & Central America noted for its "arms" and exceptional overall size.

History[edit | edit source]

Desktop VersionDesktop version

  • Desktop 1.1: No longer damages players (used to cause 10 damage).
  • Desktop 1.0.6: No longer causes knockback when damaging players and no longer destroys blocks above when growing.
Cactus.png Cactus • Cactus Wall.png Wall

Cactus Pickaxe.png Pickaxe • Cactus Sword.png Sword • Swiftness Potion.png Swiftness Potion • Thorns Potion.png Thorns Potion • Cactus Breastplate.png Armor

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
Consumables: Healing Potion.png Potions ( Inferno Potion.png Buff Potions) • Shuriken.png Thrown 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)
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