Wilson Portrait
That cactus seems abnormally pokey.


Willow Portrait


Wolfgang Portrait
Puny cactus wants to fight me!


Wendy Portrait
This plant doesn't want anyone to touch it.


WX-78 Portrait


Wickerbottom Portrait
Its defenses are up!


Woodie Portrait
Watch out! That plant's gonna give'r!


Waxwell Portrait
Take cover!


Wigfrid Portrait
Finally the earth spröuts a wörthy adversary!


Webber Portrait
It's made of hurt!


Walani Portrait


Warly Portrait
Sword plant!


Woodlegs Portrait
'Tis a dangerous plant!


The Elephant Cactus is a plant introduced in the Shipwrecked DLC and is found in the Volcano. It is active during the Dry Season. When approached, the cactus fires its spikes as an Area of Effect (AoE) attack dealing 20 damage to all Mobs in range (about 1 Turf tile). Each time the cactus is attacked, it deals 10 damage to the attacker. While wearing Cactus Armour, players are immune to the AoE attack and will not be targeted, however damage will still be taken from attacking the cactus with a Melee Weapon. Although they are activate during dry season they sometimes will stay active through mild season.

BrainBehaviour Edit

When killed, the Elephant Cactus shrinks into a stump and drops a Cactus Spike. It can then be dug up with a Shovel and replanted in a new location. Replanting during Dry Season spawns an active cactus; Replanting at any other time spawns a withered cactus, which can be fertilized with Ashes. Digging up a withered Elephant Cactus will yield two Twigs. The cactus can be only planted on Magma Turf, Ashy Turf, or Volcano Turf.

When entering Mild Season from Dry Season, an active Elephant Cactus will possibly wither. When returning to Dry Season, both a withered cactus and a cactus stump will grow into an active cactus.

Elephant Cacti are nonflammable when planted or as an item on the ground, although they still take fire damage and can still be used as fuel. However, using them as fuel is ill advised, since they are relatively rare and are nonrenewable.

Icon Tools Usage Edit

Withered Elephant Cacti can be planted close enough together to block the movement of Mobs and the player. Since they cannot be killed in this form, they can be used as indestructible Walls. The Bearger's or Tiger Shark's pound attacks will uproot them though. They are excellent for farming almost any mobs and for building defenses due to their AoE damage, ability to be replanted, and associated armor (rendering the cacti harmless). Possible uses include:

Prototype Tips Edit

Elephant Cactus Strategey 1

Strategy for collecting cacti.

  • While they do not burn, they still do take fire damage. Therefore when used against hounds, an Ice Flingomatic nearby is recommended to keep them safe from the fire of dead Red Hounds.
  • An easy way to collect an Elephant Cactus is to place (separately, not stacked) 5 Logs (or other flammables) on the ground next to it and light them on fire. The cactus will die to the fire damage and the spike and stump can be collected. For inactive cactus, these can be placed before fertilizing it but should be ignited after the cactus is fertilized. For an active cactus wearing a Cactus Armor is recommended to avoid the damage. More flammable objects will be needed if they are not close enough to the cactus or if the flammable items burn for a shorter time than Logs.
  • After they've be planted, players can use a pitchfork to change the turf under them without the Cactus withering.
  • They are immune to poison.
  • Any Wendy and Maxwell players should be careful around Elephant Cacti since Abigail and Shadow Puppets can't wear Cactus Armor and will always be attacked by the Cacti.
  • Elephant Cacti can be brought into linked worlds via Seaworthy and be used to farm things only found in the base game and Reign of Giants DLC.
  • Elephant Cacti will attack walls.

Placeholder Trivia Edit

Burnt Elephant Cactus

Burnt Elephant Cactus.

  • Even though the Elephant Cactus can't be burnt, there's still a burnt version of it in the .TEX files.
  • It may be loosely based on the real life cactus Mexican giant cardon, also known as Elephant Cactus.

Blueprint Gallery Edit

Naturally spawning world objects
Plants Berry BushCarrotCave Banana TreeCave LichenEvergreenFlower (Evil FlowerFern) • GrassLight FlowerLureplantMandrakeMushroomsMushtreePlantReedsSaplingSpiky BushTotally Normal Tree
(Birchnut TreeCactusTumbleweed Reign of Giants icon) (Juicy Berry BushSporecapSucculentTwiggy Tree Don't Starve Together icon) (Ash TreeBamboo PatchBrainy SproutCoffee PlantElephant CactusJungle TreeMangrove TreePalm TreeRegular Jungle TreeSeaweed PlantSweet PotatoViney Bush Shipwrecked icon)
Mobs and Mob Housing BeehiveHound MoundPondPig HousePig KingPig TorchRabbit HutchRundown HouseSlurtle MoundSpider DenSpilagmiteSplumonkey PodTallbird NestWalrus CampWorm Hole
(BurrowHollow Stump Reign of Giants icon) (AntlionBat CaveGigantic BeehiveMagma Don't Starve Together icon) (Ballphin PalaceCrabbit DenDragoon DenDragoon EggFishermerm's HutMerm HutPrime Ape HutSharkitten DenShoalTidal PoolWildbore HouseWobster DenYaarctopus Shipwrecked icon)
Inanimate Ancient Pseudoscience StationAncient StatueBasaltBonesBoulderFlotsamGramaphoneGraveHarp StatueHeadstoneMarble PillarMarble TreeMaxwell's DoorMaxwell StatueMaxwell's LightMerm HeadNightmare LightNightmare LockNightmare ThroneObeliskOrnate ChestPig HeadPillarsRelicSinkholeSkeletonStalagmiteSunken BoatSuspicious Dirt PileTouch StoneThulecite Wall
(Glommer's StatueMini Glacier Reign of Giants icon) (Ancient ChestAncient GatewayAncient MuralAncient ObeliskCave HoleFlorid PosternLakeLoot StashMarble SculpturesMeteor BoulderMoon StonePetrified TreeRock DenStagehandSuspicious MarbleSuspicious Moonrock Don't Starve Together icon) (Charcoal BoulderCoral ReefCrateDebrisElectric IsoscelesGunpowder BarrelKrissureLava PoolLimestone WallLimpet RockMagma PileMussel BedObsidian BoulderObsidian WorkbenchPoisonous HoleRawlingSteamer TrunkSandy PileSeaworthySlot MachineSuspicious BubblesTar SlickVolcanoVolcano Altar of SnackrificeWatery GraveWildbore HeadWoodlegs' CageWreckX Marks the Spot Shipwrecked icon)
Things Box ThingCrank ThingEye BoneMetal Potato ThingRing ThingWooden Thing
(Star-Sky Don't Starve Together icon) (FishboneGrassy ThingRing ThingScrew ThingWooden Platform ThingWooden Potato Thing Shipwrecked icon)