Cacnea and Cacturne in Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO Cacnea and Pokemon GO Cacturne

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.

Cacnea and Cacturne stats in Pokemon GO
ID Sprite Pokémon ATK DEF HP MAX CP
331 Cacnea
grass
156 74 100 1080
332 Cacturne
grass dark
221 115 140 2092

Cacturne in the meta

As we already mentioned, we don’t really expect much 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 expected to be mid range glass cannon attackers, benefiting from high ATK and access to a number of potentially awesome move combos.

Pokémon GO Cacturne Moves

We expect Cacturne to have some of these moves:

  • Acid poison
  • Brick Break fighting
  • Dark Pulse dark
  • Energy Ball grass
  • Solar Beam grass

We would love to see a number of other potential moves added into to the game, such as Pin Missile bug and Needle Arm dark.

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.

Shiny Cacnea and Cacturne
Cacnea Cacturne
Normal
Shiny

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”.

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