Cacturne (Pokémon)

For Pokémon GO information on this species, see the game's section.
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This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Cacturne (disambiguation).
Cacturne
Scarecrow Pokémon
ノクタス
Noctus
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Cacturne



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Grass Dark
Unknown Unknown
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Abilities
Sand Veil Cacophony
Cacophony
Water Absorb
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
60 (14.8%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Grass and Human-Like
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
4'03" 1.3 m
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Weight
170.6 lbs. 77.4 kg
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Mega Stone
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Base experience yield
177
Gen. III-IV
Unknown
IV
166
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
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Footprint
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Pokédex color
Green
Base friendship
35
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Cacturne (Japanese: ノクタス Noctus) is a dual-type Grass/Dark Pokémon introduced in Generation III.

It evolves from Cacnea starting at level 32.

Biology

Cacturne is a humanoid, bipedal Pokémon that resembles a green scarecrow made of cacti. Its face has two eye holes through which yellow eyes can be seen, and six smaller holes representing a grinning mouth. It has numerous spikes along the length of its arms, legs, and around its neck. A pattern of green rhombi extends down the front of its body. A female has a large dark green rhombus above a smaller one, while a male has three small dark green rhombi. There is a triangular, dark green feature on its head that resembles a hat with spiky tips.

Cacturne is a nocturnal Pokémon that rarely moves during the day, which allows it to hold moisture. At night, it searches for prey or follows travelers until they become exhausted. It has lived in deserts for so long that its blood has transformed into sand. With its thorny arms, it is able to use its former signature move, Needle Arm.

In the anime

 
Cacturne in the anime

Major appearances

Harley's Cacturne

Cacturne made its main series debut in A Cacturne for the Worse, under the ownership of Harley as his signature Pokémon.

Minor appearances

Cacturne debuted in Destiny Deoxys, under the ownership of a Trainer.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG103 Cacturne May's Pokédex Cacturne, the Scarecrow Pokémon. Cacturne is the evolved form of Cacnea, and holds traits of both Grass and Dark types. It rarely moves during the day, but is active once the temperature drops at night.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Cacturne first appeared in Talk About Timing, Treecko, under the ownership of Wally. He was first seen when he was rowing a boat during a flood caused by Kyogre.

The Battle Tower rented a Cacturne, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in The Final Battle VII.

In the TCG

Main article: Cacturne (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III Hoenn
#120
Kanto
#—
Ruby During the daytime, Cacturne remains unmoving so that it does not lose any moisture to the harsh desert sun. This Pokémon becomes active at night when the temperature drops.
Sapphire If a traveler is going through a desert in the thick of night, Cacturne will follow in a ragtag group. The Pokémon are biding their time, waiting for the traveler to tire and become incapable of moving.
Emerald After spending thousands of years in harsh deserts, its blood transformed into the same substances as sand. It is nocturnal, so it hunts at night.
FireRed It lives in deserts. It becomes active at night when it hunts for prey exhausted from the desert's heat.
LeafGreen
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#—
Diamond It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold Packs of them follow travelers through the desert until the travelers can no longer move.
SoulSilver
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
White
Black 2 It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#125
X It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
Y Packs of them follow travelers through the desert until the travelers can no longer move.
Omega Ruby During the daytime, Cacturne remains unmoving so that it does not lose any moisture to the harsh desert sun. This Pokémon becomes active at night when the temperature drops.
Alpha Sapphire If a traveler is going through a desert in the thick of night, Cacturne will follow in a ragtag group. The Pokémon are biding their time, waiting for the traveler to tire and become incapable of moving.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VIII.


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Evolve Cacnea
Emerald
Evolve Cacnea
FireRed LeafGreen
Trade
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 228
Platinum
Route 228
HeartGold SoulSilver
Safari Zone
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Trade
Black 2 White 2
Reversal Mountain (Swarm)
Generation VI
X Y
Friend Safari (Dark)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Cacnea
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Pokémon Bank
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Cacnea
Trozei!
Secret Storage 2, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Cacnea
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Northern Desert (9F-15F), Happy Outlook (B1F-B19F)
MD Sky
Northern Desert (9F-15F), Happy Outlook (B1F-B19F)
Ranger: SoA
Haruba Desert
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Desert: Sunny Seashore
Rumble U
Magical Lake: In Need of Trees, Chill Battle: Garden Keepers
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Mysterious Fountain: Stage 5
Shuffle
Violeta Palace: Stage 397
Rumble World
Fairy Land: Heat-Wave Desert (Center Boss, Back)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Pinsir Sea, Celebi Sea, Rayquaza Sea, Celebi SeaFinal


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
RS Pokémon Center New York Monster Week 1 Cacturne English United States 50 October 18 to 24, 2003

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Emerald*   Poison Barb (5%)
Diamond Pearl   Sticky Barb (5%)
Platinum
HeartGold SoulSilver   Sticky Barb (5%)
Black 2 White 2   Sticky Barb (5%)
X Y   Sticky Barb (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
70
130 - 177 250 - 344
115
108 - 183 211 - 361
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
115
108 - 183 211 - 361
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Total:
475
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
4/4 ★★★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
15/19 ★★★


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
This Pokémon is unavailable within Generation VIII.
Click on the generation numbers above to see Cacturne's learnsets from other generations.


TCG-only moves

Move Card
Psybeam Cacturne ex (EX Emerald 91)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball RS
 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Furnace Desert
Phrases
51%-100% HP It's too hot in the desert, so I like it at night.
26%-50% HP I'm not looking good. I lost around half my HP so far...
1%-25% HP I'm about done. My body's stiffening up tight...
Level up Fufufu... I leveled up!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
  Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.5%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Dark
Poké Assist:  
Dark
Field move:  
(Crush ×2)
Browser entry R-240
It attacks by scattering needles.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
  Walking Speed: 1.67 seconds Base HP: 53
Base Attack: 79 Base Defense: 51 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Grass
Attack Power: ★★★★★

 

Pokémon Shuffle
 
Grass
  Attack Power: 60 - 105   5

#553
 

Hyper Punch
Sometimes deals even more damage.


Pokémon GO
  Base Stamina: 172 Base Attack: 221 Base Defense: 115
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Poison Jab, Sucker Punch
Charged Attacks: Dark Pulse, Dynamic Punch, Grass Knot, Payback*, Frustration, Return

Evolution

 
Unevolved
Cacnea
 Grass 
 
Level 32
 
First evolution
Cacturne
 Grass  Dark 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
           
           
           
           
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
       
       
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
       
       
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
       
       
       
       
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
HOME
   
   
  For other sprites and images, please see Cacturne images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

Origin

Cacturne is based on a cactus, possibly the saguaro, and a scarecrow. It could be associated with the nighttime because cacti are known as night (CAM) plants, since their carbon dioxide fixation process occurs during the night. Its face is similar to a classic Halloween jack-o'-lantern, referencing the tendency for scarecrows to have pumpkins for heads.

Name origin

Cacturne and Noctus are a combination of cactus and nocturnal.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
  Japanese ノクタス Noctus From nocturne or nocturnal and cactus
  French Cacturne Same as English name
  Spanish Cacturne Same as English name
  German Noktuska From nocturne and Kaktus (Tuska)
  Italian Cacturne Same as English name
  Korean 밤선인 Bamseonin From bam and 선인장 (仙人掌) seon-in-jang
  Cantonese Chinese
  Mandarin Chinese 夢歌奈亞 / 梦歌奈亚
Mènggēnàiyǎ / Mènggēnàiyà
From 夢歌 mènggē and 奈亞 nàiyǎ


Related articles

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