Pokemon GO Cacturne (Max CP 2092) and Cacnea (Max CP 1080) are two scary additions coming in Generation III. Known also as the Cactus and the Scarecrow Pokemon, this Pokemon family starts as grass a pure type and evolves into a grass / dark type.
Sadly, the Pokemon GO Cacturne does not have enough umph to be of any use. It has an “okay” max CP of 2092. It has a decent ATK (221), but a sub-par DEF (115) and STA (140).
Overall, we don’t really see Cacturne getting much meta-attention.
Cacturne in the meta
As we already mentioned, there’s not much to expect from Cacturne. It has a barely-average Max CP (2092), low DEF (115) and STA (140). The only upside is its hairline-above-average ATK (221).
In fact, Cacturne is very similar to Shiftry, which shares the same dual grass and dark typing. Both Pokemon are mid range glass cannon attackers, benefiting from high ATK and access to a number of decent move combos.
Pokémon GO Cacturne Moves
Best move set: Sucker Punch/Grass Knot
Cacturne has access to the following moves:
- Poison Jab poison (quick move)
- Sucker Punch dark (quick move)
- Dark Pulse dark (charge move, 2 bars)
- Grass Knot grass (charge move, 2 bars)
- Dynamic Punch fighting (charge move, 2 bars)
Cacturne suffers from lacking a really good move set. It has a poor dark type quick move compared to the others available. There are just far more superior dark attackers in the game (Houndoom / Tyranitar).
Cacturne with Grass Knot, although a powerful move, still isn’t worth using. Pokémon such as Sceptile, Venusaur and Exxegutor, are a far more viable grass type options to choose from.
Shiny Cacnea and Cacturne variants in Pokemon GO
A normal Cacnea has a green base color on its body. It has dark green, rhombus shapes on its head and around its mid-section. It has dark green thorns on its hands and on the side of its head. Its legs are essential two dark green thorns as well. It mouth are made up of black circles. On top of its head is a yellow flower bud structure. A normal Cacturne also has a green base color for its body. It has dark green rhombus shapes down the center of its body, and dark green thorns on the side of its arms and legs. It also has a dark green hat-like structure on its head.
A shiny Cacnea has a brown base color on its body. It has dark brown, rhombus shapes on its head and around its mid-section. It has dark brown thorns on its hands and on the side of its head. Its legs are essential two dark brown thorns as well. A normal Cacturne has a yellow base color for its body. It has dark brown rhombus shapes down the center of its body, and dark brown thorns on the side of its arms and legs. It also has a dark brown hat-like structure on its head.
In the anime
Popularized by Team Rocket member James, Canea made its debut on the 280th episode of the Pokémon series (Advanced Generation: Episode 6) titled, “A Poached Ego!”. Cacturne made its debut on the 377th episode of the Pokémon series (Advanced Generation: Episode 103) titled, “A Cacturne for the Worse”.