Cactuar Suave  

Start Area: Chamber of Oracles
Start NPC:Shami (H - 8)
Min Level:1
Max Level:75
Items Required:Clotho Orb
Items Granted:Argent Dagger
Balin's Sword
Black Beetle Blood
Cactuar Ribbon
Capricorn Staff
Gold Thread
Mahogany Log
Rainbow Cloth
Schiltron Spear
Scroll of Cure V
Scroll of Thunder III
Taillefer's Dagger
Vile Elixir
Ziska's Crossbow
This Quest requires Zilart
Last Updated: Sat May 31 21:15:54 2008

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Trade 30 Kindred Seals to Shami and get a Clotho Orb.

Go to the Chamber of Oracles and trade the orb to the Burning Circle and select the battle Cactuar Suave. Six people are allowed into the battlefield and you have 30 minutes to defeat it. There is no level restriction. You will battle 3 Sabotenders.


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# Mar 29 2008 at 5:40 PM Rating: Decent
this run looks like fun. and i will be trying it soon. mostl ikely gonna do nin/war
blm/rdm(i think)
and any 6th we can find. prolly DRG/BLU or somethin.

think that would work? i would say rdm binds the left, gravs the right. .and kites, while the mnk 2hrs and whm and all other dds go to town on nm. then go to the bound one quickly after. it doesn't look too hard.. my only worry is 1000 needles. anyone know drop rate on unji?
# Dec 14 2006 at 7:45 PM Rating: Decent
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I wanted to try something different from the regular stuff I did, and I kinda drew this one out of a hat. This is very very easy with the right setup. We tried a few ways of doing it but our best setup was...


There are two regular cactaurs, and an NM. We tried this every which way we could. They can't be slept but bind is the key here. The best way we worked it was having the rdm and the rng bind the regular mobs at the start. Then everyone went all out on the nm. Every so often the NM takes of fleeing in circles around the room for 30secs or so, when he comes back he hits 100 needles. He has a high regen about 2% per tic, and when he is running it doubles up. Blackmages full nuked as hard as they could, rng barrage slug shot etc. ninja tanked as well as he could. Whm and rdm watched bind on the other two cactaurs. On the boss stunning 1000 needles is impossible it casts very fast and even if you time it right and stun him right at the start it just keeps going. He also cast Cure 5, so he just has to be zerged down fast.
It is a little difficult on the blms after he dies because they have a slight shared hate, and the other two will go running after the blms until the tank can get hate back. Keep one bound and kill them one at a time, these don't regen nearly as fast as the NM, but they seem to have more hp. They do regular cactus moves but no running or specials spells. 1000 Needles is stunnable on the regular ones.
They don't hit very hard, I as the whm was getting hit 30-50 by the regular ones and 80-150 by the nm. To take down the NM fast stuns will help a lot. The rng wont be able to hit it when it's running around because it will just be out of their sight, and it can easily run out of range of the black mages. Be ready for a lot of curaga's and blms backing up with curaga's.

Extremely fun BC, our best run was around 8 minutes, but they can get sloppy our worst run was 23 minutes. Everyone got fairly good drops; Unji x2, Ziska's Xbow x2, D Cloth x2 and a lot of other random crap. Cactaur ribbon loaded on 5/6 runs.

I'd say this could easily be manaburned 4blms should be able to handle it if they had 2 people to watch binds.
# Apr 30 2006 at 8:06 PM Rating: Decent
Ok. All 75/37.


RDMs run in and bind the left and right ones. Me, NIN, runs in and solo the NM. The DD take out a single sidekick, and then the other, and NM at the end. This went fabulous two runs in a row. First run: 9 minutes. Second run: 7 minutes. No drop, but we have it down like no one's business.

# Dec 08 2005 at 6:46 PM Rating: Decent
83 posts
Anyone know the drop rates for these?

Edited, Thu Dec 8 18:52:25 2005
Going 2 try this
# Jun 05 2005 at 6:54 AM Rating: Decent
370 posts
Im going too try this. What I think im going 2 go with is...

either blm or another ranger.

I think this would work well. Go in have the rdm bind one have a ranger shadowbind another one and start fighting the 3rd one. When shadowbind runs out have the second ranger shadowbind it etc. I hope to try this in the next few days and Ill give a full report on how it goes.
How I beat Cactuar Suave!
# Mar 09 2005 at 11:44 AM Rating: Decent
Ok, I have tried this and it took my party 3 times to beat it. Our set up was 71 NIN (me), 75 MNK, 75 DRK, 75 WHM, 75 BLM, 73 BRD.
First thing we discovered is these Mobs cannot be slept. However they are able to be "Bind" and "Gravity."
This is the strategy for our winning run.
Damage Dealers - DRK and MNK use Icarus Wings for instant TP.
Tank - NIN rushed in to attack center mob Sabotender Champeon.
BLM - Bind one Sabotender Amante and Gravity the other.

Sabotender Champeon has 5000 HP and the ability to Cure and Regen. He is also highly evasive and BRD's accuracy songs will help. He also dissengages from battle to do a Cactrot Rapido type run around the arena every 20-30 sec.
Sabotender Amantes have 10000 HP and will aggro who ever has hate of the Mega Boss.

Once NIN has the Sabotender Champeon and the other 2 are bound/gravity. The DD's set up for Darkness Skillchain.. (idea is to kill the Champeon as quickly as possible) The BLM will Magic Burst (ice or stone) and get a crap load of hate. The Champeon should be dead or near dead. This is where the MNK 2hrs and does hundred fist to finish him off if need be.

The MNK will call the next mob, because most likely he still has his 2hr in effect. Our BLM died shortly after he Magic Burst on the Champeon. The 2nd mob will be the biggest headache because our WHM had to kite the 3rd.

We treated the next 2 mobs very much like normal exp mobs, skillchaining when possible. Even though all three Cactuar are MNK type mobs, they are not that bad for NIN to tank because at lvl 71 I was evading a lot of the attacks.

To help the WHM conserve MP, be sure to fight each mob, especially the Champeon, away from the other Cactuar. They have an annoying habit of 1000 Needling at once when in close proximity.

When I do this again I will figure some way to add another BLM. Our BLM was very skilled and held a lot of responcibility in the beginning of the battle. Maybe 2 BLM/WHMs to Damge Deal early and play healer towards the end?

There are a whole lot more drops than the ones listed. We got lvl 70 DRG spear and a Damascus Ignot (worth 3.2mil on Cerberus) for our successful run. Not too shaby, over 500k a member. When I get 30 more Kindred Seals I am coming back for my Unji Katana... lol

Good Luck and have fun ^^

# Feb 27 2005 at 2:06 PM Rating: Decent
Anyone ever try this? It's been around for awhile. I'm betting that the name "Cactuar Suave" conjures images of a swift death via 1000 needles by 3 very mad cactuars.
RE: Intimidating?
# Mar 01 2005 at 2:11 AM Rating: Default
1,146 posts
I think this could work if you get some jobs/sobjobs with pets like:

1000 needles : 11 = 91dmg for each
RE: Intimidating?
# Feb 13 2006 at 5:57 PM Rating: Good
79 posts
PLD/BST would be useless... call beast is a BST only ability, and u would be pretty lucky to find a stray charmable mob in the battle arena =P
#REDACTED, Posted: Oct 20 2004 at 3:11 PM, Rating: Sub-Default, (Expand Post) first post! >.<
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