For the Cactus in other versions, see Cactus (disambiguation).

Cactus is a recurring plant in the Plants vs. Zombies series. She serves as a playable character on the Plants faction. Cactus is the sniper of the plants side. Her long range attack allows her to provide long range support to the plant team. Cactus also have the ability to plant Potato Mines around the map which deal 175 damage to any zombie. She can also place down Tallnut Battlements to block zombies, protect her teams and protect herself. These abilities allow Cacti to create a safe haven for plants and prevent zombies from entering it. She can also fly a Garlic Drone to scout ahead, fight zombies from other angles and call a Corn Strike dealing huge damage in a small area. However, Cacti are ineffective at close combat range due to their rather low mobility and a lack of accuracy without scoping.


Stickerbook description

The Cactus is the long-range specialist of the Plant team, able to shoot high velocity needles at faraway Zombies. In her rooted form, she can dispatch her flying Garlic Drone to call in Corn Artillery strikes from above.

In-game description

Explosive Potato Mines, defensive Tallnuts, and a super-accurate Spike Shot make the Cactus the ultimate long-range specialist!

AI health (GW2 only)

  • Easy: 75
  • Normal: 100
  • Hard: 125
  • CRAAAAZY: 150


Primary weapon

Spike Shot is the primary weapon of the Cactus, all info below is when fully upgraded.

  • The base damage per hit at all ranges is 27 and the critical is 33
  • The max DPS at all ranges is 84.6.
  • The weapon deals no splash damage at all.
  • The ammo in a clip is 15.
  • The reload time is 2.0 seconds.
  • The projectile speed is fast.
  • The weapon is a Semi-precision weapon.
  • The bloom is medium.


Potato Mine

Potato Mine is a passive attack piece that deals 175 damage to any zombies that step on it.

Pizzazzling Potato Mine (GW2 only)

The Pizzazzling Potato Mine is an alternate ability that's basically a reskin of the Potato Mine. It has no differences except that it's golden, surrounded by gems, and releases glitter and makes a different sound when detonated.

Garlic Drone

Garlic Drone is a flight-capable drone with five health. Its primary weapon is the Needle Shot, and it's abilities are to descend, ascend, and the Corn Strike.

Tallnut Battlement

Tallnut Battlement is a wall of two Tall-nuts and two Wall-nuts held together by vines with a decent amount of health. It can be used to stall zombies or provide cover.

Potato Nugget Mine

An alternate ability of Potato Mine, Potato Nugget Mine is smaller and does less damage. However, it is easier to camouflage and the player can place more of them at once compared to Potato Mine.

Artichoke Drone

An alternate ability of Garlic Drone, Artichoke Drone has 20 health instead of the Garlic Drone's five. Its primary weapon is the Artichoke Hearts, and it's abilities are to descend, ascend, and the Baby Corn.

Iron Maiden

An alternate ability of Tallnut Battlement, Iron Maiden is an armored Wall-nut that is hard to destroy. It is much stronger than the Tallnut Battlement; its only downside is its smaller size.

Red Artichoke

Another alternate ability of the Garlic Drone, it is a faster version of the Artichoke Drone with only five health. It shares its primary weapon and all but one ability with the Artichoke Drone, and it's version of the Baby Corn is slightly different.

Dark Garlic Drone

Dark Garlic Drone is yet another alternate ability of the Garlic Drone with five health and a very different weapon. Its primary weapon is the Dark Garlic, which fires slower, deals more damage, and has splash. Its abilities are to descend, ascend, and an altered version of the Corn Strike.

Weapon upgrades


Description about the Cactus' weapon upgrades

Fast Load Cactus Training

Prickle Academy provided free reload training, enhancing reload speed.

Extra Spike Growth

Extra needles growth offers an increased ammo capacity.

Pointier Spikes

Pointier cactus needles provide a more damaging impact.



Cactus should play far from normal combat, as she is very outclassed by the All-Star in closer encounters. Finding vantage points and camping at them will allow a Cactus to snipe off their opponents in a (usually) safer environment. Place down Potato Mines and Tallnut Battlements to protect yourself, since both make large noises upon destruction (alerting the Cactus of nearby threats). Cactus should also be wary of nearby Scientists, who may be able to Warp next to her and vanquish her. Staying out of sight is suggested in that aspect, such as hiding behind obstacles. Cactus can be used strategically, she can provide helpful support to all nearby plants by severely wounding or killing nearby zombies and using her Garlic Drone to clear objectives with a Corn Strike.

In any defensive situation (most preferably Gardens & Graveyards) a crafty Cactus could place Potato Mines behind Tallnut Battlements, hiding the mine from players. This strategy can be very effective, since impatient players would jump over the blockade, only to be KO'd by the mine. Smarter players will either destroy the wall (alerting the Cactus of their presence) or take another route to their objective.

Mines and battlements could also be used as a last resort when under attack by a Zombie. Backing up while placing walls and mines can block off the attacking zombie, allowing you to escape or use the created gap to vanquish them.


When up against a Cactus, it is important to keep behind cover. Making quick shots at the Cactus by randomly popping out of cover can confuse her, and allow the zombies to deal more damage to her than she can to them.

Scientists pose the least and the most threat against Cacti; at point-blank range, the Scientist's Warp allows for sneak attacks, and his weapon is brutal up close. At long range encounters, the Cactus can take down the Scientist much faster. For long ranged fights, the Astronaut and the Paleontologist are the ideal Scientists, as their weapons specialize in distanced encounters.

The All-Star's Long Bomb is great against Cacti that are too far away. The Foot Soldier's ZPG is also effective against a Cactus that's busy shooting down another target.

Watch out for Potato Mines, impatient players can overlook them easily, and damage may not be the only reason they are positioned where they are. They can act as bait to alert a Cactus of your location. Tall-Nut battlements should always be destroyed, because a Cactus could've placed a Potato Mine there.

Garden Ops

In Garden Ops, the Cactus is a useful defensive support class on the plant team. Cactus' Spike Shot is long range, making her effective against zombies from afar. Finding a suitable location to snipe is the key in Garden Ops. Due to her low health, she can be vanquished easily if ambushed from behind (especially using the Garlic Drone). Potato mines can vanquish most zombies instantly. Try to place them around the objective. Her Tallnut Battlement can block zombies from entering certain locations. Garlic Drone is able to shoot needles at high rate, dealing high damage to zombies, The Garlic Drone can call out an Corn Strike, dealing massive damage to group of zombies, making it effective against special waves or boss waves. Planting a Heal Flower and protecting it with Tallnut Battlements is a good idea, since its fragility would be resolved with the protection provided.

Team Vanquish/Vanquish Confirmed!

Cactus is best just staying behind in this mode. She should sneak around the map until she finds a safe spot where she can safely snipe zombies. Cactus should be weary of any zombies around her, as if a single zombie makes it into their sniping spot, they are likely to be vanquished very quickly. Cacti should remember to make good use of their Potato Mines and Tall-nut battlements to make getting to them difficult for zombies. If a Cactus absolutely has to fight zombies at close range, she should not bother with potato mines, but instead use Tall-nut battlements. It is useful for guarding against many strong attacks that the Zombies have, such as the ZPG and Sprint Tackle. In Vanquish Confirmed!, it is recommended to use the Garlic or Artichoke Drone to collect orbs, rather than the Cactus putting themselves in danger to get one. 

Balancing changes

Post beta

  • Velocity was decreased from 7.0772624 m/s to 6.45 m/s.

Trouble in Zombopolis: Part Two DLC

  • Reload time was increased from 2s to 2.25s.
  • Magazine capacity was decreased from 12 to 10.

July 2016 Patch

  • Reload time decreased from 2.25s to 2s.
  • Magazine capacity increased from 10 to 12.

Related achievement

Making Popcorn PSN
Making Popcorn
As a Cactus, Vanquish 10 Players with the Drone's Corn Strike




  • In a commentary (pre-release), a game developer pointed out its similarities to Battlefield. Cactus is the recon with a sniper like attack, Garlic Drone an MaV, Tallnut Battlement an MaV block, and Potato Mine a M18 Claymore.
  • The official Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare strategy guide released by Prima refers to the Cactus as a female character, using pronouns such as "her" and "she."
  • She and her variants are currently the only plant classes who use plants for all of their abilities.
  • She was originally going to have 100 health.
  • If one zooms in fully and then places a Potato Mine while still zoomed in, then the zoom will be instant when they zoom in again. This can come in very handy with variants such as the Camo Cactus.
  • She is the only character class to have two armored variants; the Jade Cactus and the Petrified Cactus.
  • In Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2all her variants have a lazy right eye.
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      • if your talking about the cactus it is in PvZ:GW i'm just posting to see what the public think and their opinions on other plants and zombies
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