Cacturne (Pokémon)

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Cacnea #331: Cacnea
Pokémon
#333: Swablu Swablu
This article is about the species. For a specific instance of this species, see Cacturne (disambiguation).
Cacturne
Scarecrow Pokémon
ノクタス
Noctus
#332
Cacturne



Images on the Bulbagarden Archives
Type
Grass Dark
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
Abilities
Sand Veil Cacophony
Cacophony
Water Absorb
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Hidden Ability
Cacophony
Cacophony
Gender ratio
Unknown
50% male, 50% female
Catch rate
60 (14.8%)
Breeding
Egg Groups
Grass and Human-Like
Hatch time
5140 - 5396 steps
Height
4'03" 1.3 m
Cacturne
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0'0" 0 m
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0'0" 0 m
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Weight
170.6 lbs. 77.4 kg
Cacturne
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Mega Stone
[[|]] [[|]]
Base experience yield
177
Gen. III-IV
Unknown
IV
166
V+
Leveling rate
Medium Slow
EV yield
Total: 2
Cacturne
0
HP
1
Atk
0
Def
1
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
0
Speed
0
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
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Sp.Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
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HP
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Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
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HP
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Atk
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Sp.Def
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Speed
Shape
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Footprint
F332.png None.png
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Pokédex color
Green
Base friendship
35
External Links

Cacturne (Japanese: ノクタス Noctus) is a dual-type Grass/Dark Pokémon introduced in Generation III.

It evolves from Cacnea starting at level 32.

Biology

Cacturne is a humanoid, bipedal Pokémon that resembles a green scarecrow made of cacti. Its face has two eye holes through which yellow eyes can be seen, and six smaller holes representing a grinning mouth. It has numerous spikes along the length of its arms, legs, and around its neck. A pattern of green rhombi extends down the front of its body. A female has a large dark green rhombus above a smaller one, while a male has three small dark green rhombi. There is a triangular, dark green feature on its head that resembles a hat with spiky tips.

Cacturne is a nocturnal Pokémon that rarely moves during the day, which allows it to hold moisture. At night, it searches for prey or follows travelers until they become exhausted. It has lived in deserts for so long that its blood has transformed into sand. With its thorny arms, it is able to use its former signature move, Needle Arm.

In the anime

Cacturne in the anime

Major appearances

Harley's Cacturne

Cacturne made its main series debut in A Cacturne for the Worse, under the ownership of Harley as his signature Pokémon.

Minor appearances

Cacturne debuted in Destiny Deoxys, under the ownership of a Trainer.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
AG103 Cacturne May's Pokédex Cacturne, the Scarecrow Pokémon. Cacturne is the evolved form of Cacnea, and holds traits of both Grass and Dark types. It rarely moves during the day, but is active once the temperature drops at night.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Cacturne first appeared in Talk About Timing, Treecko, under the ownership of Wally. He was first seen when he was rowing a boat during a flood caused by Kyogre.

The Battle Tower rented a Cacturne, which was stolen by Guile Hideout in The Final Battle VII.

In the TCG

Main article: Cacturne (TCG)

Game data

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III Hoenn
#120
Kanto
#—
Ruby During the daytime, Cacturne remains unmoving so that it does not lose any moisture to the harsh desert sun. This Pokémon becomes active at night when the temperature drops.
Sapphire If a traveler is going through a desert in the thick of night, Cacturne will follow in a ragtag group. The Pokémon are biding their time, waiting for the traveler to tire and become incapable of moving.
Emerald After spending thousands of years in harsh deserts, its blood transformed into the same substances as sand. It is nocturnal, so it hunts at night.
FireRed It lives in deserts. It becomes active at night when it hunts for prey exhausted from the desert's heat.
LeafGreen
Generation IV Sinnoh
#—
Johto
#—
Diamond It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold Packs of them follow travelers through the desert until the travelers can no longer move.
SoulSilver
Generation V Unova
#—
Black It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
White
Black 2 It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
White 2
Generation VI Kalos
#—
Hoenn
#125
X It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
Y Packs of them follow travelers through the desert until the travelers can no longer move.
Omega Ruby During the daytime, Cacturne remains unmoving so that it does not lose any moisture to the harsh desert sun. This Pokémon becomes active at night when the temperature drops.
Alpha Sapphire If a traveler is going through a desert in the thick of night, Cacturne will follow in a ragtag group. The Pokémon are biding their time, waiting for the traveler to tire and become incapable of moving.
Generation VII Alola
#—
Kanto
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Generation VII.
Generation VIII Galar
#—
Sinnoh
#—
Hisui
#—
This Pokémon has no Pokédex entries in Sword, Shield, and Legends: Arceus.
Brilliant Diamond It becomes active at night, seeking prey that is exhausted from the day's desert heat.
Shining Pearl


Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
Evolve Cacnea
Emerald
Evolve Cacnea
FireRed LeafGreen
Trade
Colosseum
Trade
XD
Trade
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
Route 228
Platinum
Route 228
HeartGold SoulSilver
Safari Zone (Desert with 42 Waterside points; Savannah with 35 Forest points)
Pal Park
Mountain
Generation V
Black White
Trade
Black 2 White 2
Reversal Mountain (Swarm)
Generation VI
X Y
Friend Safari (Dark)
Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Evolve Cacnea
Generation VII
Sun Moon
Pokémon Bank
Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Pokémon Bank
Let's Go Pikachu Let's Go Eevee
Unobtainable
Generation VIII
Sword Shield
Unobtainable
Legends: Arceus
Unobtainable


In side games

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Pinball: R&S
Evolve Cacnea
Trozei!
Secret Storage 2, Trozei Battle, Mr. Who's Den
MD Red MD Blue
Evolve Cacnea
Generation IV
MD Time MD Darkness
Northern Desert (9F-15F), Happy Outlook (B1F-B19F)
MD Sky
Northern Desert (9F-15F), Happy Outlook (B1F-B19F)
Ranger: SoA
Haruba Desert
Generation V
Rumble Blast
Desert: Sunny Seashore
Rumble U
Magical Lake: In Need of Trees, Chill Battle: Garden Keepers
Generation VI
Battle Trozei
Mysterious Fountain: Stage 5
Shuffle
Violeta Palace: Stage 397
Rumble World
Fairy Land: Heat-Wave Desert (Center Boss, Back)
Generation VII
Rumble Rush
Pinsir Sea, Celebi Sea, Rayquaza Sea, Celebi SeaFinal


In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
RS Pokémon Center New York Monster Week 1 Cacturne English United States 50 October 18 to 24, 2003

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Emerald* Poison Barb Poison Barb (5%)
Diamond Pearl Sticky Barb Sticky Barb (5%)
Platinum
HeartGold SoulSilver Sticky Barb Sticky Barb (5%)
Black 2 White 2 Sticky Barb Sticky Barb (5%)
X Y Sticky Barb Sticky Barb (5%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
70
130 - 177 250 - 344
115
108 - 183 211 - 361
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
115
108 - 183 211 - 361
60
58 - 123 112 - 240
55
54 - 117 103 - 229
Total:
475
Other Pokémon with this total
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and (if applicable) a hindering nature.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and (if applicable) a helpful nature.

Pokéathlon stats

Speed
4/4 ★★★★
Power
3/4 ★★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
2/3 ★★
Total
15/19 ★★★


Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation VIII, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground ½×
Rock
Bug
Ghost ½×
Steel
Fire
Water ½×
Grass ½×
Electric ½×
Psychic
Ice
Dragon
Dark ½×
Fairy
None
Notes:

Learnset

Cacturne is available in Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl.

By leveling up

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP
011 Spiky Shield Grass Status 0000 —% 10
011 Destiny Bond Ghost Status 0000 —% 5
011 Revenge Fighting Physical 06060 100100% 10
011 Poison Sting Poison Physical 01515 100100% 35
011 Leer Normal Status 0000 100100% 30
011 Absorb Grass Special 02020 100100% 25
011 Growth Normal Status 0000 —% 20
Evo.Evo. Spiky Shield Grass Status 0000 —% 10
044 Absorb Grass Special 02020 100100% 25
077 Growth Normal Status 0000 —% 20
1010 Leech Seed Grass Status 0000 09090% 10
1313 Sand Attack Ground Status 0000 100100% 15
1616 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100100% 20
1919 Assurance Dark Physical 06060 100100% 10
2222 Ingrain Grass Status 0000 —% 20
2626 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100100% 10
3030 Spikes Ground Status 0000 —% 20
3535 Sucker Punch Dark Physical 07070 100100% 5
3838 Pin Missile Bug Physical 02525 09595% 20
4444 Energy Ball Grass Special 09090 100100% 10
4949 Cotton Spore Grass Status 0000 100100% 40
5454 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —% 10
5959 Destiny Bond Ghost Status 0000 —% 5
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Cacturne
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Cacturne
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
   TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
TM01Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM01 Focus Punch Fighting Physical 150150 100}}100% 20
TM09Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM09 Bullet Seed Grass Physical 02525 100}}100% 30
TM11Bag TM Fire VI Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
TM15Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
TM17Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM19Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM19 Giga Drain Grass Special 07575 100}}100% 10
TM22Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM22 Solar Beam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
TM31Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM31 Brick Break Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 15
TM32Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
TM37Bag TM Rock VI Sprite.png TM37 Sandstorm Rock Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM42Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
TM44Bag TM Psychic VI Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM45Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
TM52Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM52 Focus Blast Fighting Special 120120 070}}70% 5
TM53Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM53 Energy Ball Grass Special 09090 100}}100% 10
TM56Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM56 Fling Dark Physical 0000 100}}100% 10
TM58Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM58 Endure Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM60Bag TM Fighting VI Sprite.png TM60 Drain Punch Fighting Physical 07575 100}}100% 10
TM63Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM63 Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM66Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM66 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
TM68Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
TM70Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM70 Flash Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
TM75Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM75 Swords Dance Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 20
TM79Bag TM Dark VI Sprite.png TM79 Dark Pulse Dark Special 08080 100}}100% 15
TM82Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM82 Sleep Talk Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM84Bag TM Poison VI Sprite.png TM84 Poison Jab Poison Physical 08080 100}}100% 20
TM86Bag TM Grass VI Sprite.png TM86 Grass Knot Grass Special 0000 100}}100% 20
TM87Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 085}}85% 15
TM90Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
TM93Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM93 Cut Normal Physical 05050 095}}95% 30
TM96Bag TM Normal VI Sprite.png TM96 Strength Normal Physical 08080 100}}100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Cacturne
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Cacturne
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Parent   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
OddishGloomVileplumeBellossomBellsproutWeepinbell
Victreebel
Acid Poison Special 40 100% 30
CroagunkToxicroak Belch Poison Special 120 90% 10
Tangrowth Block Normal Status —% 5
HitmonchanHitmontopBreloomLucario Counter Fighting Physical 100% 20
KadabraAlakazamDrowzeeHypnoSableye Disable Normal Status 100% 20
MachopMachokeMachampBreloom Dynamic Punch Fighting Physical 100 50% 5
ParasParasect Fell Stinger* Bug Physical 50 100% 25
MachopMachokeMachampHitmonleeElectabuzzElectivire
MagmarMagmortarMedititeMedicham
Low Kick Fighting Physical 100% 20
Mr. MimeChikoritaBayleefMeganiumBellossomRoselia
RoseradeTropiusCherubiCherrim
Magical Leaf Grass Special 60 —% 20
HitmonchanChimcharMonfernoInfernapeLucario Power-Up Punch Fighting Physical 40 100% 20
BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggutorSunkernSunflora
ShroomishBreloomCarnivine
Seed Bomb Grass Physical 80 100% 15
Hypno Switcheroo Dark Status 100% 10
Mr. MimeLombreLudicoloSpinda Teeter Dance Normal Status 100% 20
BulbasaurIvysaurVenusaurExeggcuteExeggutorHoppip
SkiploomJumpluffSunkernSunfloraShroomishBreloom
RoseliaRoseradeCherubiCherrim
Worry Seed Grass Status 100% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Cacturne in Generation VIII
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Cacturne in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Cacturne
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Cacturne
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Cacturne
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Cacturne
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation VIII
Other generations:
III - IV - V - VI - VII
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon has no moves exclusive to prior evolutions.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Cacturne
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Cacturne
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

TCG-only moves

Move Card
Psybeam Cacturne ex (EX Emerald 91)

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball RS
PinRS332.png
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
Trozeiani332.png
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Furnace Desert
Phrases
51%-100% HP It's too hot in the desert, so I like it at night.
26%-50% HP I'm not looking good. I lost around half my HP so far...
1%-25% HP I'm about done. My body's stiffening up tight...
Level up Fufufu... I leveled up!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness, and Explorers of Sky
MDP E 332.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: 0.5%
IQ group: C
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:
Dark
Poké Assist: Dark PA.png
Dark
Field move: Crush 2 field move.png
(Crush ×2)
Browser entry R-240
It attacks by scattering needles.
Pokémon Rumble Blast
Attack ●●●●
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Pokémon Rumble Rush
Rush332 fBody.png Walking Speed: 1.67 seconds Base HP: 53
Base Attack: 79 Base Defense: 51 Base Speed: 60
Pokémon Battle Trozei
Grass
Attack Power: ★★★★★

BT332.png

Pokémon Shuffle
None.png
Grass
None.png Attack Power: 60 - 105 Raise Max Level.png 5

#553
Shuffle332.png

Hyper Punch
Sometimes deals even more damage.


Pokémon GO
GO332.png Base Stamina: 172 Base Attack: 221 Base Defense: 115
Egg Distance: N/A Buddy Distance: 3 km Evolution Requirement: N/A
Fast Attacks: Poison Jab, Sucker Punch
Charged Attacks: Dark Pulse, Dynamic Punch, Grass Knot, Payback*, Frustration, Return

Evolution

331Cacnea.png
Unevolved
Cacnea
 Grass 
Rare Candy
Level 32
332Cacturne.png
First evolution
Cacturne
 Grass  Dark 


Sprites

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation III.
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen
Spr 3r 332.png Spr b 3r 332.png Spr 3e 332.png Spr b 3r 332.png Spr 3r 332.png Spr b 3r 332.png
Spr 3r 332 s.png Spr b 3r 332 s.png Spr 3e 332 s.png Spr b 3r 332 s.png Spr 3r 332 s.png Spr b 3r 332 s.png
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver
Male Male Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back Front Back
Generation V
Black White Black 2 White 2
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VI
X Y Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VII
Sun Moon Ultra Sun Ultra Moon
Male Male Male Male
Female Female Female Female
Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male Shiny Male
Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female Shiny Female
Front Back Front Back
Generation VIII
HOME
Male Shiny Male
Female Shiny Female
332MS6.png For other sprites and images, please see Cacturne images on the Bulbagarden Archives.


Trivia

Origin

Cacturne appears to based on a cactus, possibly the saguaro, and a scarecrow. It could be associated with the nighttime because cacti are known as night (CAM) plants, since their carbon dioxide fixation process occurs during the night. Its face is similar to a classic Halloween jack-o'-lantern, referencing the tendency for scarecrows to have pumpkins for heads.

Name origin

Cacturne and Noctus may be a combination of cactus and nocturne (French for nocturnal).

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese ノクタス Noctus From nocturne or nocturnal and cactus
France Flag.png French Cacturne Same as English name
Spain Flag.png Spanish Cacturne Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Noktuska From nocturne, Kaktus, and Tuska
Italy Flag.png Italian Cacturne Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 밤선인 Bamseonin From bam and 선인장 (仙人掌) seon-in-jang
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin Chinese 夢歌仙人掌 / 梦歌仙人掌 Mènggēxiānrénzhǎng*
夢歌奈亞 / 梦歌奈亚 Mènggēnàiyǎ / Mènggēnàiyà*
From 夢 / 梦 mèng, , and 仙人掌 xiānrénzhǎng
From 夢 / 梦 mèng, , and 沙漠奈亞 / 沙漠奈亚 Shāmònàiyǎ / Shāmònàiyà
Hong Kong Flag.png Cantonese Chinese 夢歌仙人掌 Mùhnggōsīnyàhnjéung*
夢歌奈亞 Muhnggōnoih'a*
From mùhng, , and 仙人掌 sīnyàhnjéung
From mùhng, , and 沙漠奈亞 Sāmohknoih'a


Related articles

External links


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