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|“||What do you reckon is the most embarrassing way to die in Minecraft? Hugging a Creeper you mistook for a loved one? Skinny dipping in a pool of lava? For us, it's the idea of the humble cactus block getting the finishing blow. When you touch their spiky skin, they only deal a half heart of damage at a time. That means you'd have to fall on a cactus block twenty times to perish to their prickles. Oh, the shame...||„|
|— Tom Stone|
A cactus is a plant that occurs naturally in dry areas.
Cactus can be mined by hand without taking damage. The tool used to mine the cactus does not affect the speed at which it is mined.
A cactus will also be removed and drop itself as an item, if a piston tries to push it (trying to pull it does nothing) or moves a block into its space.
Using a sign on the side of a cactus will cause both the sign and the cactus to drop as items.
Cacti naturally occur in desert and badlands biomes. They generate as one (11⁄18 chance), two (5⁄18 chance), or three (2⁄18 chance) blocks tall. Rarely taller cacti can be found if generation chooses to generate another on top of one already generated (although not as commonly as sugar cane).
Cacti naturally grow to a height of three blocks, adding a block of height when the top cactus block has received 16 random ticks (i.e. on average every 18 minutes, but the actual rate can vary widely). Bone meal does not work on cacti to speed its growth. A cactus does not need light to grow and is non-flammable. If a cactus has space directly above it, it will grow even if the newly-grown block will immediately break due to adjacent blocks.
A cactus block may only be placed on sand or another cactus block. A cactus will break itself (and drop as an item), if any block with a solid material, or lava, is in any of the 4 blocks horizontally adjacent. It will also break if on sand and the block above is water or lava. In the Legacy Console Edition, a cactus will also break if a bed is placed next to it.
When any entity, including players and mobs, touches a cactus, 1 () damage is taken every 0.5 seconds. Damage from touching a cactus is reduced by armor, but touching it also damages the armor. Mobs will not avoid cacti when they pathfind, making them good for trap and farm design.
Cacti will also destroy any items that come into contact with them, including cactus blocks harvested above them.
A cactus can also be placed in a flower pot, where it is rendered harmless.
|Cactus Green||Cactus +
- See also: Data values
In Bedrock Edition, cacti use the following data values:
|0||Freshly planted cactus.|
|1 to 15||The data value is incremented at random intervals.|
When it becomes 15, a new cactus block is created on top as long as the total height does not exceed 3.
- See also: Block states
|A freshly-planted cactus – and a cactus which has just grown cactus above it – each have an age of 0.|
The age is incremented at random intervals.
At age 15, a cactus may try to grow more cactus above it.
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|Java Edition Alpha|
|v1.0.6||The cactus has now been added to the game.|
|Players are hurt 7 () while breaking them.|
|The cactus is a full block and acts identically to any one.|
|v1.0.7||Players are now hurt 1 () while breaking them.|
|v1.0.11||Cacti can now only be placed on sand, and now have the requirement that the space around it has to be empty. Previously, cacti could be placed to form a damaging floor: both players and mobs would take half a heart of damage when they walk on a cactus block. This made it useful for traps, such as a hallway with a cactus block floor that would kill all mobs that walked on it.|
|Collecting cacti will now no longer hurt the player.|
|The model and texture have now been updated to have spines around the block.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.2||Cactus can now be smelted, giving cactus green.|
|1.8||?||When dropped onto the world, the cactus item is now no longer slightly larger than most other blocks, despite the fact that they are visibly smaller when placed. This is because it uses the larger 'item' size, rather than the 'block' size.|
|1.9||15w49a||Cacti will now break if adjacent to lava, or if on sand and the block above is water or lava.|
|1.13||17w47a||Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 81.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.14||18w43a||32px Changed texture.|
|18w44a||Changed texture again.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
Cacti are now available in the creative mode inventory.
Cacti will now no longer appear 2D in the inventory and when dropped.
|0.5.0||Cacti are now available from the nether reactor.|
|0.12.1||build 1||Cacti are now no longer available from the nether reactor.|
|?||The spines behind cacti will now render regardless of where viewed from. This may have happened after 1.0.|
|1.0||build 1||Potted cacti will now generate in the basements of igloos.|
|1.2||build 1||Cacti are now found inside bonus chests.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added cacti.|
- The bottom of a cactus block does not damage the player.
- Cacti can be placed underwater, provided they are placed on sand, and will grow if they break the surface.
- Cacti can be placed next to saplings, but the cactus will break when the tree grows.
- Endermen can move and place cacti. Thus, they can increase the cactus population in deserts by moving cactus blocks as they grow.
- Signs can be placed on top of cacti.
- It is possible for cacti to generate on blocks other than sand due to generated structures; refer to the gallery for examples.
- Cactus can be used in the desert to see if the player is in a newly generated area. If most of the cacti around the player is only one block high, then it is most likely new land.
- Death to a cactus will display "[playername] was pricked to death" in the chat messages.
- It is possible to place blocks on top of a cactus.
- It is possible to place redstone next to a cactus block and the block won't be destroyed.
- By placing more cactus blocks on top of a cactus, it is possible to create an arbitrarily tall cactus. However, it will not naturally grow.
The bottom of a cactus seen on a falling item.
The bottom of a cactus seen with the help of an item frame.
A cactus generated on wooden planks in a village.
- Natural 7-block-tall cactus (Spanish)