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Cacnea
331
サボネア Sabonea
331Cacnea
Generation III
Evolutionary line
331332
Type(s)
Type Grass  
Species Cactus Pokémon
Abilities Sand Veil
Water Absorb (DW)
Pokédex
Flygon ← 331 → Cacturne
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn 119/124 Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Alola N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into Cacturne
Gender
50% ♂ / 50 % ♀
Weight Height
113.1 lbs. 51.3 kg 1'04" 0.4 m
Pokédex color Egg group
Green Grass
Human-Like
Shape Footprint
Shape12
F331
Cry

Cacnea (Japanese: サボネア Sabonea) is a Grass-type Pokémon introduced in Generation III.

Biology

Physiology

Cacnea appear to be round, green Pokémon covered in green spikes. Its arms are different, however because of them being straight instead of round. Cacnea's mouth appears to have a couple of black spots on it, forming its mouth. It has eyes deep into its body with carved holes showing black inside of Cacnea. It also appears to be wearing a crown on top of its head. Cacnea also has giant spikes underneath him, forming its feet that function like footstools.

Natural abilities

Cacnea has the ability Sand Veil and the hidden ability Water Absorb. Sand Veil prevents Cacnea from being effected by sandstorms and raises its evasion in sandstorms by 20%. Water Absorb prevents Cacnea from being effected by Water-type moves and restores its HP a bit when hit by a Water-type move.

Evolution

Cacnea evolves into Cacturne once it reaches Level 32.

Game info

Game locations

Locations
Version(s) Area(s) Rarity
Ruby/Sapphire Route 111 Uncommon
Emerald Route 111 Rare
FireRed/LeafGreen Trade None
Diamond/Pearl Route 228 Uncommon
Platinum Route 228 Rare
HeartGold/SoulSilver Safari Zone Uncommon
Black/White Trade None


Side game locations

Locations
Game(s) Area(s)
Pokémon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire Wilderness on Sapphire Field
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 5, Forever Level 5, Pair Trozei, Mr. Who's Den
Red Rescue Team & Blue Rescue Team Mt. Thunder (1-4F), Joyous Tower (33-35F), Oddity Cave (1-4BF)
Explorers of Time & Explorers of Darkness Northern Desert (1-8F)
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia Haruba Desert


Pokédex entries

Pokédex Entries
Ruby
Cacnea lives in arid locations such as deserts. It releases a strong aroma from its flower to attract prey. When prey comes near, this Pokémon shoots sharp thorns from its body to bring the victim down.
Sapphire
The more arid and harsh the environment, the more pretty and fragrant a flower Cacnea grows. This Pokémon battles by wildly swinging its thorny arms.
Emerald
Cacnea live in deserts with virtually no rainfall. It battles by swinging its thick, spiked arms. Once a year, a yellow flower blooms.
FireRed
It prefers harsh environments such as deserts. It can survive for 30 days on water stored in its body.
LeafGreen
It prefers harsh environments such as deserts. It can survive for 30 days on water stored in its body.
Diamond
By storing water in its body, this desert dweller can survive for 30 days without water.
Pearl
By storing water in its body, this desert dweller can survive for 30 days without water.
Platinum
By storing water in its body, this desert dweller can survive for 30 days without water.
HeartGold
It lives in arid locations. It's yellow flowers bloom once a year.
SoulSilver
It lives in arid locations. It's yellow flowers bloom once a year.
Black
By storing water in its body, this desert dweller can survive for 30 days without water.
White
By storing water in its body, this desert dweller can survive for 30 days without water.
Black 2
By storing water in its body, this desert dweller can survive for 30 days without water.
White 2
By storing water in its body, this desert dweller can survive for 30 days without water.
X
It lives in arid locations. Its yellow flowers bloom once a year.
Y
It prefers harsh environments such as deserts. It can survive for 30 days on water stored in its body.
Omega Ruby
Cacnea lives in arid locations such as deserts. It releases a strong aroma from its flower to attract prey. When prey comes near, this Pokémon shoots sharp thorns from its body to bring the victim down.
Alpha Sapphire
The more arid and harsh the environment, the more pretty and fragrant a flower Cacnea grows. This Pokémon battles by wildly swinging its thorny arms.
Sun
Moon
Ultra Sun
Ultra Moon


Stats

Base Stats
HP
50
Attack
85
Defense
40
Sp. Atk
85
Sp. Def
40
Speed
35
Total
335

Learnset

Leveling

Leveling Generation VII
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation VI
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation V
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation IV
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Leveling Generation III
Level Move Power Acc. PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TM/HM

TMs and HMs Generation VII
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM09 Venoshock 65 100% 10 Poison Special
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM75 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 85% 15 Normal Status
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
TM96 Nature Power —% 20 Normal Status
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation VI
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status Type Clever ♥♥♥ 0
TM09 Venoshock 65 100% 10 Poison Special Type Beautiful ♥♥ 0
TM10 Hidden Power 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Clever ♥♥♥ 0
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Type Beautiful 0
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥ 0
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥ ♥♥♥
TM22 Solar Beam 120 100% 10 Grass Special Type Cool ♥♥♥ 0
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥♥♥ 0
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥♥ 0
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool 0
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status Type Tough ♥♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥ 0
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Type Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥ 0
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special Type Beautiful ♥♥ 0
TM53 Energy Ball 90 100% 10 Grass Special Type Beautiful ♥♥♥♥ 0
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Cute ♥♥♥ 0
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Tough ♥♥ 0
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Type Beautiful ♥♥♥ 0
TM75 Swords Dance —% 20 Normal Status Type Beautiful 0
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical Type Tough ♥♥♥♥ 0
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Type Cute 0
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥♥ 0
TM88 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 0
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥ 0
TM94 Secret PowerORAS 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Clever 0
TM96 Nature Power —% 20 Normal Status Type Beautiful 0
TM97 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Type Cool ♥♥♥♥ 0
TM98 Power-Up Punch 40 100% 20 Fighting Physical Type Tough 0
TM100 Confide —% 20 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥♥ 0
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥♥ 0
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation V
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat.
TM06 Toxic 90% 10 Poison Status
TM09 Venoshock 65 100% 10 Poison Special
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM22 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass Special
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status
TM48 Round 60 100% 15 Normal Special
TM53 Energy Ball 80 100% 10 Grass Special
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status
TM75 Swords Dance —% 30 Normal Status
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Physical
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation IV
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type Cat. Contest Cat. Appeal
TM01 Focus Punch 150 100% 20 Fighting Physical Type Tough
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Status Type Smart ♥♥
TM09 Bullet Seed 10 100% 30 Grass Physical Type Cool ♥♥
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Special Type Smart
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Status Type Beauty ♥♥
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute 0
TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 10 Grass Special Type Smart
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥
TM22 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass Special Type Cool
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥
TM31 Brick Break 75 100% 15 Fighting Physical Type Cool ♥♥♥
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Status Type Cool ♥♥
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Status Type Tough ♥♥
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Cute ♥♥
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Physical Type Smart ♥♥
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Status Type Cute 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥
TM53 Energy Ball 80 100% 10 Grass Special Type Beauty ♥♥
TM56 Fling 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Tough
TM58 Endure —% 10 Normal Status Type Tough ♥♥
TM60 Drain Punch 60 100% 5 Fighting Physical Type Beauty
TM66 Payback 50 100% 10 Dark Physical Type Cool
TM70 Flash 100% 20 Normal Status Type Beauty ♥♥
TM75 Swords Dance —% 30 Normal Status Type Beauty 0
TM78 Captivate 100% 20 Normal Status Type Beauty ♥♥
TM79 Dark Pulse 80 100% 15 Dark Special Type Cool ♥♥
TM82 Sleep Talk —% 10 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥♥
TM83 Natural Gift 100% 15 Normal Physical Type Cool ♥♥
TM84 Poison Jab 80 100% 20 Poison Physical Type Smart ♥♥
TM86 Grass Knot 100% 20 Grass Special Type Smart ♥♥
TM87 Swagger 90% 15 Normal Status Type Cute ♥♥
TM90 Substitute —% 10 Normal Status Type Smart
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

TMs and HMs Generation III
TM/HM Move Power Acc. PP Type Contest Cat. Appeal Jam
TM01 Focus Punch 150 100% 20 Fighting Type Tough ♥♥♥ 0
TM06 Toxic 85% 10 Poison Type Smart ♥♥♥ 0
TM09 Bullet Seed 10 100% 30 Grass Type Cool ♥♥
TM10 Hidden Power 100% 15 Normal Type Smart ♥♥♥ 0
TM11 Sunny Day —% 5 Fire Type Beauty 0
TM17 Protect —% 10 Normal Type Cute 0
TM19 Giga Drain 60 100% 10 Grass Type Smart ♥♥
TM21 Frustration 100% 20 Normal Type Cute 0
TM22 SolarBeam 120 100% 10 Grass Type Cool ♥♥♥♥ 0
TM27 Return 100% 20 Normal Type Cute 0
TM32 Double Team —% 15 Normal Type Cool ♥♥ 0
TM37 Sandstorm —% 10 Rock Type Tough ♥♥♥ 0
TM42 Facade 70 100% 20 Normal Type Cute ♥♥ 0
TM43 Secret Power 70 100% 20 Normal Type Smart 0
TM44 Rest —% 10 Psychic Type Cute ♥♥ 0
TM45 Attract 100% 15 Normal Type Cute ♥♥ 0
HM01 Cut 50 95% 30 Normal Type Cool ♥♥
HM05 Flash 70% 20 Normal Type Beauty ♥♥♥ 0
Bold indicates this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.
Italic indicates an evolved or alternate form of this Pokémon receives STAB from this move.

Sprites

Version
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
RS 331 front E 331 front RS 331 front
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
DP 331 front DP 331 front DP 331 front
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Cacnea BW Cacnea BW
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GO Back
Cacnea XY Cacnea XY
Cacnea Shiny XY Cacnea Shiny XY
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Back

Appearances

Anime

James's Cacnea 6

James' Cacnea in battle

A Cacnea that James caught was found in AG006: A Poached Ego!. It was caught after his Weezing and Jessie's Arbok was released to protect a Koffing and a Ekans from a Pokémon Poacher. A running gag in the show was that, upon being released from his Poké Ball for battle, Cacnea would promptly elect to painfully hug James' face. In DP054: Once There Were Greenfields, James gave his Cacnea to Gardenia for training.

Trivia

  • Until Generation V, no other Pokémon had the same egg group as Cacnea and its evolution.
  • Despite Cacnea having a Dark-like appearance and being based on a jack-o-lantern, it isn't a Dark-type, though its evolution is.
  • Cacnea and its evolution are the only Grass-type Pokémon that have the ability Sand Veil.

Origins

Cacnea appears to be based on a mix of a jack-o-lantern and a small ball of cactus.

Gallery

See also