Cacnea, The Cactus Pokémon. It lives in arid locations such as deserts. It releases a strong aroma from it's flower to attract prey. When prey comes near it shoots sharp thorns from it's body to bring them down. The more harsh the area it lives in, the stronger the aroma of it's flower.

Battle Moveset

A Good Moveset for Cacnea would have to be this:


Focus Punch
Needle Arm
Faint Attack

Items Attached:

Bright Powder

Preferred Nature:


Strategy Using Cacnea

Cacnea, the first grass Pokemon I ever considered using in Ruby. To tell you the truth, in game, this pokemon (and its evolution) is quite helpful.
However, this moveset relies on a predominant amount of luck. Cacnea's sand veil ability used with Sandstorm can increase its evasiveness. Bright powder can also provide some useful measures to make sure Cacnea isn't hit.
Its defenses doesn't allow for it to be hit, and one hit from a super effective move would knock it out. Don't be too surprised if Cacnea doesn't last long in battle, its speed also hinders its capabilities.
Anyways, the main focus of this set is to try and set up a focus punch, possibly predict it if you think you can. With Cacnea's base 85 attack and Focus punches 150 base power, it should do quite a bit of damage.
Needle arm has a base power of 90 due to an increase from STAB, its 30% of flinching. Since Faint attack doesn't gain anything from STAB, maybe it might be best if you replaced this with a move like Leech seed or Spikes.
If luck is on your side, you could set up a Leech seed or a round of spikes, just to provide those annoying effects, even if Cacnea does faint. Attract is another possibility over Faint attack, since it will cause your opponent to become infatuated with you, increasing your chances of getting a focus punch in.
If you want to take a Cacnea down, attack with Flying, Fire, and Ice moves. Even normal damage inflicting moves could take down a Cacnea. But you shouldn't rule it out just yet, it is capable of quite a lot.
It seems we also have another replier for the potd threads too, and its someone I know all too well. Don't take what he says so seriously, he's a rather sheltered, bitter, individual who's life revolves around Pokemon. Unfortunately, he lacks intelligence so he may not grasp the comprehendable, such as, Pokemon is a game, nothing more.
Anyways, to the other, more mature repliers, your comments are always welcome. Although this set relies on luck, it can work out quite well if its successful.
The reason's for EV's into Defense and special defense is due to the fact that it sorely needs them, although if you don't agree, put them into its attack/special attack instead.

EV Corner:

Max out the EVs in Defense & Special Defense for Cacnea with any remaining in Speed

Strategy Against Cacnea

Cacnea's Defenses are both equal and below Average so many attacks should work. Fire, Ice and Flying will work wonders.

Contest Moveset

A good Contest Moveset for Cacnea would have to be this for the Cool Contest best with Lonely, Adament, Naughty or Brave Nature:


Sunny Day
Solar Beam
Double Team
Destiny Bond

Items Attached:

Red Scarf

Strategy Using Cacnea

If you do the attacks in this following order you should have very few problems; 1st - Sunny day, 2nd - Solarbeam, 3rd - Sunny day, 4th - Solarbeam/Double team, 5th - Destiny Bond

Locations in Games


The Desert


Trade from R/S

Fire Red/Leaf Green

Trade from R/S

Animé Appearences

Cacnea has had many Animé Appearences. All of which we of it under James' command. James befriended it by giving it some cookies after fleeing from a Hunter.

Episode 282: A Poached Ego!
Episode 283: Tree's A Crowd!
Episode 284: A Tail With A Twist!
Episode 285: The Taming of the Shroomish!
Episode 290: All In A Day's Wurmple!
Episode 291: Gonna Rule The School!
Episode 297: Which Wurmple Is Which?
Episode 298: A Hole Lotta Trouble!
Episode 300: A Corphish Out Of Water!
Episode 301: A Mudkip Mission!
Episode 302: Turning Over A Nuzleaf!
Episode 304: Seeing Is Believing!
Episode 306: A Meditite Fight!
Episode 307: Just One Of The Geysers!
Short 6: Gotta Dance!
Episode 312: The Spheal Of Approval!
Episode 314: A Different Kind Of Misty!
Episode 315: A PokéBlock Party!
Episode 316: Watt's With Wattson?
Episode 323: Skitty & Aromatherapy!
Episode 324: Zangoose & Seviper! Rival Confrontation!
Episode 325: Max & Max! Protect Surskit!
Episode 326: Pokémon Contest! Fallabor Convention!
Episode 328: Plusle & Minun! Road Assistence!
Episode 329: Skitty & Assist! Meadow Of Numel!
Episode 331: The New Gym Leader, Flanney! The Hole Filled Battlefield!
Episode 332: Heat Badge! Win The Blazing Battle!
Episode 335: Return to Mauville Gym! VS Manectric!
Episode 336: Skitty & Delcatty! Enter the Legendary Co-ordinator!
Episode 337: Enter The Phantom Masked Co-ordinator!
Episode 339: Solrock & Lombre! Legend of the Holy Forest!
Episode 340: Sky Of Swablu! Spirit Of May!
Episode 343: Dancing Battle! Ludicolo!
Episode 344: Papa Is Idol?!? False Gym Leader!
Episode 345: Petalburg Gym! Household Crisis!
Episode 348: Tag Battle! Ash VS May!
Episode 350: Bulbasaur & Bulbasaur! Regaining the Pokémon!
Episode 351: Showdown! Fishing Master & The Giant Whiscash!
Episode 352: Baltoy and the Ruins in the Mist!
Episode 355: Spoink's Lost Object!
Episode 357: The Mansion Of Shuppet!
Episode 363: Mystery! Pokémon From Outer Space!

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