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Rolling Cactus

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Rolling Cactus
  • Rolling Cactus item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
Use time15 (Very fast)
Tooltip'They hatin'...'
Rarity0*Rarity level: 0
Research5 required
Rolling Cactus
  • Rolling Cactus item sprite
Stack digit 1.png
Rarity0*Rarity level: 0
Projectile created
  • Rolling Cactus
    Rolling Cactus
  • Rolling Cactus Spike
    Rolling Cactus Spike
Hitting a Rolling Cactus with a sword to make it roll

The Rolling Cactus is a placeable object that behaves similarly to the Boulder. A Rolling Cactus is stationary when placed. It begins to move (becoming a Rolling Cactus projectile) when hit by projectiles, Pickaxes, or Drills, or when the blocks under it are mined or Hammered. Its roll direction is determined by whether its horizontal position in the world is an odd or even number, regardless of the slope of the surface it is on (unless it is blocked on one side by blocks, in which case it rolls in the other direction).

When both blocks under a Rolling Cactus are removed or Hammered into a half-block, it will drop vertically until it hits a surface, then bounce and roll.

A Rolling Cactus projectile pierces unlimited entities. When a Rolling Cactus that has already started rolling falls onto a lower surface, it maintains its forward momentum while bouncing back up, releasing ~2-5 Rolling Cactus Spikes that travel in random directions. Hitting a vertical obstacle also releases Spikes, but destroys the Rolling Cactus. A Rolling Cactus' movement is affected by liquids.

A stationary Rolling Cactus deals ~25 damage when a player touches it. A Rolling Cactus projectile deals ~70 / ~280 / ~420 damage to players, ~70 damage to enemies and Critters, and ~60 damage to NPCs on contact. Each Rolling Cactus Spike deals ~20 damage, pierces entities, and breaks on contact with blocks.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Rolling CactusRolling CactusDesktop Version
Heavy Work BenchHeavy Work BenchDesktop, Console, Old-gen console, and Mobile Versions and Ecto MistDesktop Version
total: 1 row(s)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • As Pickaxes and Drills only cause them to roll, a Rolling Cactus cannot be retrieved once placed.
  • Once rolling, a Rolling Cactus causes the same amount of damage regardless of their speed. A player or enemy hit by a Rolling Cactus that just began rolling will take just as much damage as they would from a fast-moving Rolling Cactus.
  • Similarly to the boulder, a rolling cactus can travel approximately 1000 blocks before breaking Verify.
  • Despite what one might think, Rolling Cacti can roll uphill.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The tooltip is a reference to the opening lyrics of the song Ridin' by rapper Chamillionaire, "They see me rollin', they hatin'..."

History[edit | edit source]