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Cactus Stems
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Stems from a certain species of cactus.

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Spelunkers are good drop rate
# Feb 17 2006 at 1:31 PM Rating: Decent
2,079 posts
From my semi-limited experience in Quicksand caves killing Spelunker's for Star Spinel, I'd say they have a drop rate of about 1/4 to 1/3'ish for Stems. It could also have been luck of the moon etc. I've had very bad drop rates on all other cactuars (also from limitd experience).

I have played around in the Altepa's with both Cactuars and Sabotenders and have never had Cactus Stems drop from these sadly. :/
Rare drop
# Dec 12 2005 at 11:02 AM Rating: Decent
487 posts
I can confirm that these are a rare drop; during my playing career, my main source of income was from gardening, and I always wanted enough cactus stems to run some tests. I got some from the quest, and a couple from time to time from the cactuars, but was never able to find any correct recipes, nor did I ever find any at any of the AHs. I DID one time get 1 adaman ore when I planted in arcane pot, iirc, but unfortunately I dont have my database anymore to confirm (note how tentative the revered Pikko is in her discussion of stems). And yes, there are no sites that I could find anywhere, in any language, that gave any decent info. I don't think that this is hoarding information; I think it is due to the rarity of the item.

Edited, Mon Dec 12 11:09:43 2005
Zaub of Bastok/Cerberus:
Taru, 17/20@90
Bone 100+3+Sign/Leather 60+1
Alch/Wood/Cook/Cloth/Smith/Goldsmith 60
GS 51/Smith 53/Fishing 29
# Aug 27 2005 at 11:14 AM Rating: Decent
cactus stems dropped off leshonki yesterday
Stem Drop Rates
# May 26 2005 at 12:41 PM Rating: Default
506 posts
I'm interested in trying to farm cactus stems. Does anyone have any information on which type of Sabotender has the best drop rates? Any ideas on hunting grounds?

RE: Stem Drop Rates
# Jul 13 2005 at 8:49 AM Rating: Decent
367 posts
I had the same idea. As 72SMN I can walk to the Sabotender Bailaors without sneak, and carby soloes them easily, 1000 needles does 500 to it.

But, the drop rate is horrible. Been killing them for an hour now, and haven't seen a single stem drop.

Asked a 75SMN where she farms these, said she kills Spelunking Sabotenders... but those are behind the weight sensors, so I'm gonna stop.
# Mar 10 2005 at 11:27 AM Rating: Decent
What exactly do these cactus stems look like, right before they are about to be harvasted? Do they look like little cactuses? If say, I definitely plan to just dry them and use them as decoration, because I have gil to throw away like that... ^_^;
not much info
# Oct 04 2004 at 8:08 PM Rating: Decent
502 posts
ffxi.cannotlinkto lists very few results for these (only 6 things listed), it says 2 fire crystals in a brass pot gave 33 little worms, all others listed are for porcelain pot: 2 earth crystals giving 4 yellow rocks or adaman ore, 2 ice crystals giving 2 gold ore 2 light crystals giving 3-4 white rocks, 2 dark crystals giving a black choocbob feather or 3 black rocks. Thus obviously the vast majority of results are not listed there.
# Sep 26 2004 at 9:11 AM Rating: Decent
Also drops in Kuftal Tunnel
harvest time
# Aug 05 2004 at 10:28 PM Rating: Decent
How long does it take, in Earth days, for cactus stems to fully grow and ready to be harvested? Hopefully its less than tree saplings and tree cuttings.
# Jul 14 2004 at 11:43 PM Rating: Good
does anyone know what element this crop is considered, and what's the best way to get adaman ores out of them.
gardning site
# Jul 10 2004 at 8:23 PM Rating: Decent

here is a good site for checking out what u can grow...
gardning site
# Jul 10 2004 at 8:23 PM Rating: Decent

here is a good site for checking out what u can grow...
What can you harvest?
# Jun 13 2004 at 6:00 PM Rating: Decent
151 posts
Anyone have any guides to growing these? I've looked on a ton of sites, even some JP sites and I can't find any info. My guess is whatever is harvested from them is being kept a secret to not flood the market like Elemental ores did.
RE: What can you harvest?
# Jun 14 2004 at 5:50 AM Rating: Decent
151 posts
Gold leaves, Various Colored stones and rock salt. Rumors that Adaman ore could be harvested. No leads so far for harvesting info.
# Mar 25 2004 at 4:31 PM Rating: Decent
Also a quest reward:

# Feb 18 2004 at 3:08 PM Rating: Default
Sabotender class enemies.
Like Cactuars.
#Anonymous, Posted: Feb 18 2004 at 1:49 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) They drop from Goobbues in Pashhow Marshlands.
#Anonymous, Posted: Feb 18 2004 at 1:53 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) Cancel that, got it mixed up with tree cuttings.
i want
# Feb 18 2004 at 1:05 AM Rating: Decent
where can u get them
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