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Indeed, Cactus has changed over time, User Dave. Now she fires a thorn for ranged damage, but hides for ground damage when zombies approach.


Plants vs. Zombies
Cactuses shoot spikes that can hit both ground and air targets.
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 125 sun (100 in Versus Mode)
Recharge Fast
Toughness Normal
Range Ground and air
In-game statistics
Direct damage 1 normal damage shot every 1.5 seconds
Unlocked After beating Level 4-2
She's prickly, sure, but Cactus' spikes belie a spongy heart filled with love and goodwill. She just wants to hug and be hugged. Most folks can't hang with that, but Cactus doesn't mind. She's been seeing an armadillo for a while and it really seems to be working out.

Cactus fires a penetrating thorn that can damage multiple enemies!
Almanac statistics
Sun cost 175
Recharge Fast
Damage Normal
Range Multi-Hit
Special Hides and does ground damage when zombies are near
In-game statistics
Direct damage 1.5 normal damage shot every 1.5 seconds for 2 to 4 targets (normal)
0.5 normal damage shots every 0.526 second (hiding)
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Things have really changed for Cactus lately. Book deals, movies, truck show appearances... she's just trying to focus on staying humble and launching thorns like always.

Cactus is a combative, projectile-based plant that was first introduced in Plants vs. Zombies.

In Plants vs. Zombies, Cactus is essentially a Peashooter that shoots spikes, with the distinction of being able to stretch upwards vertically to pop Balloon Zombies' balloons. The damage she deals is the same amount as a Peashooter.

On the other hand, in Plants vs. Zombies 2, where she is a premium plant which is advertised alongside Neon Mixtape Tour Side A, she is a mixture of Bloomerang, Scaredy-shroom and Spikeweed. She shoots a spike that goes through two or three zombies, and then hides when zombies are close to her like a Scaredy-shroom while dealing ground damage like Spikeweed. Each spike deals 1.5 normal damage shot piercing up to three zombies and the ground damage is the same as Spikeweed. Cactus' shots can be deflected by Jester Zombie, but her Plant Food effect shots cannot.


Cactus could be inspired by any number of members of the genus Cactacae, but it most resembles a saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea), albeit with a red flower instead of a white one.

Almanac entry

Plants vs. Zombies

New Cactus almanac

Almanac entry of Cactus


Cactuses shoot spikes that can hit both ground and air targets.

Damage: normal
Range: ground and air

She's prickly, sure, but Cactus's spikes belie a spongy heart filled with love and goodwill. She just wants to hug and be hugged. Most folks can't hang with that, but Cactus doesn't mind. She's been seeing an armadillo for a while and it really seems to be working out.

Cost: 125

Recharge: fast

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Sun cost: 175

DAMAGE: Normal
RANGE: Multi-Hit

Cactus fires a penetrating thorn that can damage multiple enemies!

Special: hides and does ground damage when zombies are near

Things have really changed for Cactus lately. Book deals, movies, truck show appearances... she's just trying to focus on staying humble and launching thorns like always.


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Plants vs. Zombies 2

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Cactus after being fed Plant Food in Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plant Food effect

Cactus' spikes become supercharged with electricity, increasing their maximum penetration capability by two. Cactus will also deal doubled damage for the remaining duration of its life, whether it is shooting or hiding underground.

Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars

Weakness Detection: Shoots some spikes to the enemy with the lowest health, and when that enemy's health is lower than 30%, it does 2.5x damage. It needs Brave Plant Food to be activated.


Plants vs. Zombies

Cactus' main role in the player's arsenal is to shoot down Balloon Zombies before they can get past through the defense, turning them into normal zombies that can be attacked by any other plants. While it will be sufficient in normal levels, the sheer amount of Balloon Zombies that can spawn in Survival Mode, plus its lackluster performance against other threats makes Cactus not a worthwhile choice later on. Cactus also has to compete with Cattail, which can target zombies from any lane and deals twice as much as damage but suffers from aiming issue, as well as Blover, which can clear Balloon Zombies from all lanes and ward off the fog in Fog levels.

A column of Cactus should be planted to safeguard the player against potential Balloon Zombies. Cactus is also a possible candidate for getting the Don't Pea in the Pool, but should not be used given its poor damage capability and the lack of Balloon Zombies in Pool levels - most lobbed shot plants and Fume-shroom are much more suited for this task.

Plants vs. Zombies 2

Cactus' main strength is its versatility: It can be planted at the back to shoot incoming zombies, as well as a frontline plant to damage enemies like Spikeweed. Compared to other penetrating plants such as Laser Bean and A.K.E.E., Cactus also boasts a relatively high damage output, which can be further enhanced with Plant Food. However, its unreliable penetration capability makes Cactus not as reliable against large groups of zombies.

Cacti are good against Zombie Chickens and Ice Weasels as they can pierce through many of them at a time. Cactus is also a good counter for Shield Zombie, Barrel Roller Zombie, and Pianist Zombie, as its spikes can pierce through each of the zombie's barricades. Because when it hides it acts like a Spikeweed, it can instantly kill Barrel Roller Zombie's barrel and Pianist Zombie; however, Cactus will be sacrificed, even if it has Plant Food with it. On the other hand, Cactus cannot damage Excavator Zombie, even if its spikes bypass him.

In Neon Mixtape Tour, Cactus has an advantage on most zombies encountered in this world, as their jams do not have a major effect on the Cactus: Punk Zombie cannot kick it, MC Zom-B cannot use its microphone attack against Cactus, Glitter Zombies cannot instantly destroy the Cactus and Breakdancer Zombies and the zombies it kicks can still be affected by Cactus's ground attack. This makes the Cactus a great option to use in this respective world. However, the only things to look out for is Hair Metal Gargantuar's sonic blast (as it will instantly kill Cacti that are not hiding) and Arcade Zombie's machine (as it can still crush Cacti, hiding or not).

However, unlike the first game, it is a bad idea to use this plant against the Balloon Zombie because the Cactus' spikes no longer can pop the zombie's balloon. Only use this plant in hordes or if supported on this zombie.


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Concept art for Cactus in Plants vs. Zombies Adventures.

  • Cactus and her Garden Wafare variants and her Heroes version, Ball Cactus , Tree Cactus, Prickly Pear Dusk Lobber are the only plants based on cacti.
  • Cactus, Celery Stalker, Shamrock, Shamrockstar, and Scaredy-shroom are the only plants that hide.
  • In Cactus's online picture, she just shows its neck rising up.
  • Originally, Cactus was supposed to appear in Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, albeit with a different appearance. However, she was never added, and since the game shut down, she likely never will be.

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies

  • If stretching, the Cactus has the height of a Tall-nut, and she can even block vaulting zombies if stretching at the right time.
  • Cactus cannot work on the slope in Roof levels unless on the fifth column.
  • Cactus is the only plant that stretches in Plants vs. Zombies.
  • Cactus is one of the twelve plants that appear in the seed selection screen after the player gets the Grave Buster on the online version, the others being Ice-shroom, Lily Pad, Potato Mine, Threepeater, Tangle Kelp, Jalapeno, Spikeweed, Torchwood, Tall-nut, Doom-shroom, and Blover.
  • On the loading screen, her pollen balls are red, but during gameplay, they are yellow. In I, Zombie, her pollen balls are orange.
  • In Portal Combat, when a Cactus shoots a Balloon Zombie, it will not float over a portal which is strange because the spikes seems to be high enough to pass over it.
  • Cactus, Tall-nut, and Garlic are the only plants that appear in I, Zombie, but do not appear in I, Zombie Endless.
  • The plural form of Cactus is represented in-game as "Cactuses" rather than "Cacti."

Specific to Plants vs. Zombies 2

  • She is the only plant returning from the first game with significantly different abilities.
  • Although the spikes penetrates various zombies, Excavator Zombie is immune to him, as the spikes hit the shovel, glance off (missing the Excavator Zombie completely) and continue to the next zombie.
  • She is the second plant with a Plant Food effect that lasts until it is destroyed, the other being Torchwood.
    • In Cactus' case, she cannot be eaten (unless a Zombie Bull attempts to); she can only be killed by rolling or smashing attacks, lasers from a Gargantuar Prime or Turquoise Skull Zombie, or if a Jester Zombie can damage her as fast as possible with the "help" of other straight-shooting plants. Additionally, MC Zom-B can kill it in some cases.
  • An advertisement for Summer Nights in July accidentally leaked the return of Cactus prematurely.
  • With Cactus' return, all Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare plant classes appear in both Plants vs. Zombies and Plants vs. Zombies 2.
  • Cactus does not hide from Zombie Bulls.
  • The vocal noise Cactus makes is from her Garden Warfare appearance.
  • Cactus, Celery Stalker, Potato MinePrimal Potato Mine and Escape Root are the only "underground" plants that cannot be planted directly on Lily Pads in Big Wave Beach. Despite this, they can technically be planted on Lily Pads if they or the plant behind them is pulled by a Fisherman Zombie, which in turn pushes them onto a Lily Pad.
  • She can instantly destroy pianos, similarly to Spikeweed and Spikerock.
  • Unlike the first game, the Cactus can't pop Balloon Zombie's balloon. Instead, she will do normal damage.
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    A Cactus disabling an Ankylosaurus' attack.

  • Placing a Cactus on the third column from the right (seventh column from the left) will disable the ankylosaurus' attack, even after the 4.4.1 update. The zombies will simply be launched on top of the Cactus and stop when she hides. The Cactus will not be pushed.
    • This glitch only works if Cactus is out of the ground, not hiding. If she is, the zombie will be launched normally.

See also

V · T · E
Plants vs. Zombies
Day Peashooter · Sunflower · Cherry Bomb · Wall-nut · Potato Mine · Snow Pea · Chomper · Repeater
Night Puff-shroom · Sun-shroom · Fume-shroom · Grave Buster · Hypno-shroom · Scaredy-shroom · Ice-shroom · Doom-shroom
Pool Lily Pad · Squash · Threepeater · Tangle Kelp · Jalapeno · Spikeweed · Torchwood · Tall-nut
Fog Sea-shroom · Plantern · Cactus · Blover · Split Pea · Starfruit · Pumpkin · Magnet-shroom
Roof Cabbage-pult · Flower Pot · Kernel-pult · Coffee Bean · Garlic · Umbrella Leaf · Marigold · Melon-pult
Upgrades Gatling Pea · Twin Sunflower · Gloom-shroom · Cattail · Winter Melon · Gold Magnet · Spikerock · Cob Cannon
Others Imitater · Explode-o-nut · Giant Wall-nut
Plants (Plants vs. Zombies: All Stars)
Regular plants
Tier 1 Sunflower · Peashooter · Kernel-pult · Spikeweed · Melon Slice Pitcher · Puff-shroom · Droplet Shooter · Coconut Sniper · Small Pepper · Choy Ben · Irascible Mushroom · Cattail · Slap Grass · Pistachio · Old Stump · Ball Cactus · Lizard Grass · Frisbee Shooter · Small Radish · Cherry Bomb · Blover · Wall-nut · Pea Pod · Lightning Reed · Daisy · Magnet-shroom · Small Bush · Charm Mushroom · Coffee Bean · Small Peach · Small Kumquat · Energy Bean · Grass Lantern
Tier 2 Twin Sunflower · Repeater · Popcorn-pult · Spikerock · Melon-pult · Scaredy-shroom · Snow Pea · Coconut Cannon · Jalapeno · Bonk Choy · Doom-shroom · Dogtail · Venus Flytrap · Hazelnut · Torchwood · Cactus · Snapdragon · Bloomerang · White Radish · Saturn Peach Bomb · Four-Leaf Blover · Tall-nut · Three-Headed Pea Pod · Magnifying Grass · Marigold · Electromagnetic Mushroom · Firmiana · Hypno-shroom · Cream Bean · E.M.Peach · Citron · Laser Bean · Plantern
Tier 3 Triplet Sunflower · Gatling Pea · Cob Cannon · Diamond Spikeweed · Winter Melon · Fume-shroom · Frostbolt Shooter · Coconut Rocket Launcher · Devil Chili · Choy Ji · Doomsday Bomb Mushroom · Foxtail · Chainsaw Flytrap · Hazelnut Ball · Wildfire Stump · Tree Cactus · Twin-Headed God Snapdragon · Meteor Hammer Master · Ginseng · Walnut Bomb · Fan Blover · Holographic Tall-nut · Five-Headed Pea Pod · Thunder God Grass · Golden Chrysanthemum · Magneto Mushroom · Cypress · Fu Ling Mushroom · Mocha Coffee Bean · E.C.Peach · Super Citron · Superman Bean · Lighthouse Flower

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