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Cactus plant
  • Cactus plant item sprite
  • Cactus item sprite
  • Cactus placed
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Placeable✔️ (1 wide × 1 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
RarityRarity level: 0
Research100 required
This article is about the surface plant. For the circular cactus found in Underground Desert, see Rolling Cactus.

Cactus is a crafting material obtained by harvesting Cactus plants, using an axe or chainsaw just like with trees. In addition to crafting, Cactus can be used as a building material.


It takes 258 items of Cactus to craft all items.


ResultIngredientsCrafting station
CactusCactus (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)By Hand
CactusCactusWork BenchWork Bench
CactusCactus (Old-gen console version3DS versionSwitch versiontModLoader version)
total: 3 row(s)

Used in[]

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Cactus PlatformCactus Platform (2) (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
  • CactusCactus
By Hand
Cactus Work BenchCactus Work Bench
  • CactusCactus (10)
Rolling CactusRolling Cactus
  • CactusCactus (6)
Heavy Work BenchHeavy Work Bench and Ecto Mist
Cactus ChandelierCactus Chandelier (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)Iron AnvilIron Anvil
Lead AnvilLead Anvil
Swiftness PotionSwiftness PotionPlaced BottlePlaced Bottle
Alchemy TableAlchemy Table
Thorns PotionThorns Potion
Cactus BathtubCactus Bathtub (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
  • CactusCactus (14)
Cactus BedCactus Bed (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
Cactus BookcaseCactus Bookcase (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
  • CactusCactus (20)
  • BookBook (10)
Cactus ClockCactus Clock (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
Cactus DresserCactus Dresser (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile versionSwitch versiontModLoader version)
  • CactusCactus (16)
Cactus PianoCactus Piano (Desktop versionConsole versionMobile version)
Cactus SofaCactus Sofa
Cactus ToiletCactus Toilet
  • CactusCactus (6)
Cactus BathtubCactus Bathtub (Old-gen console version3DS versionSwitch versiontModLoader version)
  • CactusCactus (14)
Work BenchWork Bench
Cactus BedCactus Bed (Old-gen console version3DS versionSwitch versiontModLoader version)
Cactus BookcaseCactus Bookcase (Old-gen console version3DS versionSwitch versiontModLoader version)
  • CactusCactus (20)
  • BookBook (10)
Cactus BreastplateCactus Breastplate
  • CactusCactus (30)
Cactus CandelabraCactus Candelabra
Cactus CandleCactus Candle
Cactus ChairCactus Chair
  • CactusCactus (4)
Cactus ChandelierCactus Chandelier (Old-gen console version3DS versionSwitch versiontModLoader version)
Cactus ChestCactus Chest
Cactus ClockCactus Clock (Old-gen console version3DS versionSwitch versiontModLoader version)
Cactus DoorCactus Door
  • CactusCactus (6)
Cactus DresserCactus Dresser (Old-gen console version)
  • CactusCactus (16)
Cactus HelmetCactus Helmet
  • CactusCactus (20)
Cactus LampCactus Lamp
Cactus LanternCactus Lantern
Cactus LeggingsCactus Leggings
  • CactusCactus (25)
Cactus PianoCactus Piano (Old-gen console version3DS versionSwitch versiontModLoader version)
Cactus PickaxeCactus Pickaxe
  • CactusCactus (15)
Cactus PlatformCactus Platform (2) (Old-gen console version3DS versionSwitch versiontModLoader version)
  • CactusCactus
Cactus SinkCactus Sink
Cactus SwordCactus Sword
  • CactusCactus (10)
Cactus TableCactus Table
  • CactusCactus (8)
Cactus WallCactus Wall (4)
  • CactusCactus
total: 37 row(s)


Cacti growing on Sand, Ebonsand, Pearlsand, and Crimsand.

Pink Prickly Pear atop a Corrupted cactus prior 1.4.

The cactus plant grows in Desert biomes on all types of Sand. Cactus plants can be harvested using an axe or chainsaw, which causes Cactus items to drop. On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version, 3DS3DS version version, and tModLoader version tModLoader version, mining or hammering the Sand Block the cactus plant grows on will harvest the cactus, while on the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, Mobile version Mobile version, and Switch version Switch version the Sand Block the cactus plant grows on is unbreakable and not affected by gravity. Putting a sand block up to one of the stems, right under it, and then cutting the main cactus body, will make the branch a new cactus. Corruption, Crimson, and Hallow cacti will all drop the same Cactus items when harvested.

Cacti will sometimes grow Pink Prickly Pears on their tops.


Cactus plants cannot be planted and will only grow on a target Sand Block under the following conditions:[1]

  1. The target Sand Block is above 0 ft and is not actuated or sloped in any way.
  2. The target block is more than 378 tiles away from the lateral edges of the world, i.e. not in the zone where the Ocean biome is usually located.
  3. The tiles above and to both sides of the target Sand Block (only the directly adjacent ones) are open space.
  4. The tile above the target block is not filled with any liquid.
  5. There are fewer than 4 Cactus tiles and more than 10 Sand Blocks (or Ebon-, Crim-, or Pearlsand Blocks; all variants are added together) within a 13×5-tile rectangle centered on the tile above the target Sand Block.

Cacti that are spawned after world generation will first always consist of a single stub and slowly extend over time.


  • The most effective way of selling Cactus is to craft it into Cactus Swords.
  • Because of how easy it is to get massive amounts of Cacti, crafting Cactus Swords until obtaining one with the Legendary modifier is easy, lucrative, and very useful in the early game.
  • Unlike trees, new cacti appear not fully grown but as 1-block plants, and chopping a cactus not entirely but leaving a "stump" above the ground will let the plant regrow from it. This can be very helpful when farming cactus. Moreover, new plants will continue to appear among saved ones thus increasing farm's "production power" over time.
  • Because of the -1 range attribute on the Copper Pickaxe, the Cactus Pickaxe becomes a viable early-game alternative since it does not have this drawback and, due to the availability of cacti, is also quick and easy to obtain.


  • The Terraria cactus is designed after the saguaro, a cactus species found in North America noted for its "arms" and exceptional overall size.
  • Neither the plant nor the placed item deal contact damage to any entity, although it used to before 1.1.


  • Desktop Fixed a bug where Cacti would spawn on rare configurations of adjacent Demon Altars, resulting in the world crashing if the Demon Altars were hit.
  • Desktop 1.1: No longer damages players (used to cause 10 damage).
  • Desktop 1.0.6: No longer causes knockback when damaging players and no longer destroys blocks above when growing.


  1. Information taken from the Desktop version Desktop source code, function UpdateWorld() in Terraria.WorldGen.cs There may be inaccuracies, as the current Desktop version Desktop version is