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

Biology

Physiology

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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Emerald

    Cacnea live in deserts with virtually no rainfall. It battles by swinging its thick, spiked arms. Once a year, a yellow flower blooms.

  • 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.


Sprites

Version
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GO Back
Cacnea XY
Cacnea Shiny XY
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon Let's Go, Pikachu! Let's Go, Eevee! Back
Sword Shield Back

Appearances

Anime

James'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.

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

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