Harley's Cacturne

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Harley's Cacturne
ハーリーのノクタス Harley's Noctus
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Harley's Cacturne
Debuts in A Cacturne for the Worse!
Caught at Unknown
Gender Unknown
Ability Unknown
Current location With Harley
This Pokémon is fully evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Cacturne Yūji Ueda Unknown (AG103-AG144)
Billy Beach (AG174-present)

Harley's Cacturne (Japanese: ハーリーのノクタス Harley's Noctus) is the main Pokémon used by Harley.



Cacturne with Banette at the Hoenn Grand Festival

Cacturne debuted in A Cacturne for the Worse, where it was used in the Purika City Pokémon Contest. In the Appeals Round, it used its Bullet Seed attack to draw frightening skull and crossbones on the stage. Its performance left the three judges very impressed and easily granted Harley a place in the second stage. In the Battle Round, it was seen defeating an Azurill to reach the finals. There, it went up against May's Bulbasaur. It battled well but ended up being knocked out by a powerful and beautiful combination of Razor Leaf and Petal Dance.

After the Purika Contest, Cacturne was used in the Hoenn Grand Festival. In Hi Ho Silver Wind!, it was called out to perform in the preliminary appeals stage. Using Bullet Seed, it scored 84 points for Harley, allowing him to advance to the main competition. In Rhapsody in Drew, it battled alongside Banette against May's Bulbasaur and Beautifly. Despite the good start, Cacturne and Banette soon found themselves struggling to handle their opponents' impressive combinations and were eventually defeated, thus eliminating Harley from the tournament.


Cacturne at the Kanto Grand Festival with Wigglytuff

Cacturne was Harley's choice for the Appeals Round of the Saffron City Pokémon Contest in A Hurdle for Squirtle. It created an interesting display by using the sharp needles from Needle Arm to cut through the fluffy cotton balls from Cotton Spore, demonstrating incredible precision and impressing the judges enough for them to grant Harley a place in the second round.

In New Plot, Odd Lot!, Cacturne was lent to Jessie as part of Harley's plan to ruin May's chances of entering the Grand Festival. Shortly after being sent out, it fell in love with Jessie. This happened because Harley and Jessie are soulmates, as explained by Harley himself. Jessie used Cacturne in the Appeals Round of the Mulberry Contest. For its performance, Cacturne used Needle Arm and Cut to slice a carrot. It followed with Cotton Spore and used Bullet Seed to destroy the cotton-like spores and create a shower of sparkles. Its appeal was praised by the judges and easily grouped Jessie with the Coordinators advancing to the Battle Round.

In Thinning the Hoard!, Harley used Cacturne during his battle against May in the Kanto Grand Festival. It battled May's Munchlax and Eevee along with Wigglytuff. It was able to surprise May's Pokémon and reduce her points but was quickly defeated by a combination of Focus Punch and Shadow Ball.

In The Unbeatable Lightness of Seeing!, Cacturne was used to expose Team Rocket and send them blasting off after May and Drew's battle.

Personality and characteristics

Cacturne and Harley
Cacturne fascinated by Jessie

Cacturne is Harley's main partner and the two seem to share a strong bond, with Harley often calling it "my buddy" when summoning it from its Poké Ball. Harley is immensely proud of his Cacturne and is easily offended when someone does not show Cacturne the same level of appreciation as he does. In A Cacturne for the Worse, Harley felt insulted when May had to scan Cacturne with her Pokédex. He also did not like when she called Cacturne "scary."

Similar to Harley's other Pokémon, Cacturne can be very menacing during Pokémon Contests, displaying its moves and skills in such a way that it leaves the people watching it perform feeling very frightened, including the panel of judges and the announcer. At the end of a performance, Cacturne is often seen posing with one of its arms on its hips just like its Trainer.

Cacturne was shown to be good at two-on-two Contest Battles, easily getting along with its teammates. It has been paired up with Banette and Wigglytuff and was able to battle in harmony with them. Cacturne is also quite skilled when it comes to performances, showing impressive precision when it used Needle Arm to cut through Cotton Spore in the Saffron Contest.

In New Plot, Odd Lot!, Cacturne was fascinated by Jessie when Harley offered to loan his Pokémon for her to use in the Mulberry Contest. According to Harley, Cacturne took a liking to Jessie because Harley and Jessie are alike in many aspects.

Moves used

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Using Poison Sting
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Using Needle Arm
Move First Used In
Bullet Seed  A Cacturne for the Worse
Poison Sting A Cacturne for the Worse
Feint Attack A Cacturne for the Worse
Pin Missile Rhapsody in Drew
Cotton Spore  A Hurdle for Squirtle
Needle Arm  A Hurdle for Squirtle
Cut  New Plot, Odd Lot!
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


  • Cacturne is the only one of its species to appear in the main series anime.

Related articles

For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Cacturne.

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