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[[File:Type Grass.gif|link=Grass type]]  
Species Cactus Pokémon
Abilities Sand Veil
Water Absorb (Dream World)
None ← 331 → None
Kanto N/A Johto N/A
Hoenn N/A Sinnoh N/A
Unova N/A Kalos N/A
Evolves from None
Evolves into [[Cacturne]]
(サボネア Sabonea)
[[Generation III]]
Evolutionary line
No evolution line
Weight Height
Pokédex color Egg group
<font color=Green>Green</font>
Shape Footprint

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


Cacneas 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.

Special 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.

In the anime

James&#039;s Cacnea 6

James's 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 Pokéball for battle, Cacnea would promptly elect to painfully hug James' face. In DP054: Once There Were Greenfields, James gave his Cacnea to Gardenia.


Cacnea evolves into Cacturne once it reaches Level 32.

Game info

Game 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

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



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


  • 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.
  • Cacnea is the only Grass-type Pokémon to have the ability Sand Veil.


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