Cactus

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Cactus
  • Cactus plant   Cactus item
Stack digit 1.png
Statistics
Rarity00*Rarity level: 0

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

Cactus plant[edit | edit source]

Cactus plant
  • Cactus plant item sprite
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Cactus Types.png
Cacti growing on Sand, Ebonsand, Pearlsand, and Crimsand.
CactiSprite.jpg
Pink Prickly Pear atop a Corrupted cactus prior 1.4.

The cactus plant grows in Desert biomes on all types of Sand. Cactus plants can be harvested using an axe or chainsaw, which causes Cactus items to drop. On the Console version Console version, Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, and 3DS version 3DS version, mining or hammering the Sand Block the cactus plant grows on will harvest the cactus, while on the Desktop version Desktop version and Mobile version Mobile version the Sand Block the cactus plant grows on is unbreakable and not affected by gravity. Putting a sand block up to one of the stems, right under it, and then cutting the main cactus body, will make the branch a new cactus. 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 cannot be planted and will only grow on a target Sand Block under the following conditions:[1]

  1. The target Sand Block is above 0 ft and is not actuated or sloped in any way.
  2. The target block is more than 378 tiles away from the lateral edges of the world, i.e. not in the zone where the Ocean biome is usually located.
  3. The tiles above and to both sides of the target Sand Block (only the directly adjacent ones) are open space.
  4. The tile above the target block is not filled with any liquid.
  5. There are fewer than 4 Cactus tiles and more than 10 Sand Blocks (or Ebon-, Crim-, or Pearlsand Blocks; all variants are added together) within a 13×5-tile rectangle centered on the tile above the target Sand Block.

Cacti that are spawned after world generation will first always consist of a single stub and slowly extend over time.

Cactus item[edit | edit source]

Cactus
  • Cactus item sprite
  • Cactus placed
Auto-use
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Statistics
Type
PlaceableYes (1 wide × 1 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
Rarity00*Rarity level: 0
Sell2
Research100 required

Cactus is a crafting material obtained by harvesting Cactus plants, in the same manner as trees. In addition to crafting, Cactus can be used as a building material.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

It takes 258 items of Cactus to craft all items.

Recipes[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
CactusCactus (Desktop versionMobile version)By Hand
CactusCactusWork BenchWork Bench
CactusCactus (Console versionOld-gen console version3DS version)
total: 3 row(s)

Used in[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Cactus PlatformCactus Platform (2) (Desktop versionMobile version)
  • CactusCactus
By Hand
Cactus Work BenchCactus Work Bench
  • CactusCactus (10)
Rolling CactusRolling CactusDesktop and Mobile versions
  • CactusCactus (6)
Heavy Work BenchHeavy Work BenchDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions and Ecto MistDesktop and Mobile versions
Cactus ChandelierCactus Chandelier (Desktop versionMobile version)Iron AnvilIron Anvil
or
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
Swiftness PotionSwiftness PotionPlaced BottlePlaced Bottle
or
Alchemy TableAlchemy TableDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Thorns PotionThorns Potion
Cactus BathtubCactus Bathtub (Desktop versionMobile version)
  • CactusCactus (14)
SawmillSawmill
Cactus BedCactus Bed (Desktop versionMobile version)
Cactus BookcaseCactus Bookcase (Desktop versionMobile version)
  • CactusCactus (20)
  • BookBook (10)
Cactus ClockCactus Clock (Desktop versionMobile version)
Cactus DresserCactus Dresser (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
  • CactusCactus (16)
Cactus PianoCactus Piano (Desktop versionMobile version)
Cactus SofaCactus SofaDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions
Cactus ToiletCactus ToiletDesktop and Mobile versions
  • CactusCactus (6)
Cactus BathtubCactus Bathtub (Console versionOld-gen console version3DS version)
  • CactusCactus (14)
Work BenchWork Bench
Cactus BedCactus Bed (Console versionOld-gen console version3DS version)
Cactus BookcaseCactus Bookcase (Console versionOld-gen console version3DS version)
  • CactusCactus (20)
  • BookBook (10)
Cactus BreastplateCactus Breastplate
  • CactusCactus (30)
Cactus CandelabraCactus Candelabra
Cactus CandleCactus Candle
Cactus ChairCactus Chair
  • CactusCactus (4)
Cactus ChandelierCactus Chandelier (Console versionOld-gen console version3DS version)
Cactus ChestCactus Chest
Cactus ClockCactus Clock (Console versionOld-gen console version3DS version)
Cactus DoorCactus Door
  • CactusCactus (6)
Cactus DresserCactus Dresser (Old-gen console version)
  • CactusCactus (16)
Cactus HelmetCactus Helmet
  • CactusCactus (20)
Cactus LampCactus LampDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile versions
Cactus LanternCactus Lantern
Cactus LeggingsCactus Leggings
  • CactusCactus (25)
Cactus PianoCactus Piano (Console versionOld-gen console version3DS version)
Cactus PickaxeCactus Pickaxe
  • CactusCactus (15)
Cactus PlatformCactus Platform (2) (Console versionOld-gen console version3DS version)
  • CactusCactus
Cactus SinkCactus SinkDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Cactus SwordCactus Sword
  • CactusCactus (10)
Cactus TableCactus Table
  • CactusCactus (8)
Cactus WallCactus Wall (4)
  • CactusCactus
total: 37 row(s)

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The most effective way of selling Cactus is to craft it into Cactus Swords.
  • Because of how easy it is to get massive amounts of Cacti, crafting Cactus Swords until obtaining one with the Legendary modifier 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 does not have this drawback and, due to the availability of cacti, is also quick and easy to obtain.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Terraria cactus is designed after the saguaro, a cactus species found in North America noted for its "arms" and exceptional overall size.
  • Neither the plant nor the placed item deal contact damage to any entity, although it used to before 1.1.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.4.0.2: Fixed a bug where Cacti would spawn on rare configurations of adjacent Demon Altars, resulting in the world crashing if the Demon Altars were hit.
  • 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.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop 1.3.5.3 source code, function UpdateWorld() in Terraria.WorldGen.cs There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is 1.4.1.2.