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This article is about the object from Super Mario Odyssey. For the type of item container found in Donkey Kong Country Returns, see Item Container § Donkey Kong Country Returns / Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D.
The Cactus capture icon.
A tall cactus captured by Mario.
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
Latest appearance Mario Golf: Super Rush (2021)
Prickly plant
A cactus in Super Mario Odyssey
“<Player> hits a tree...”
Toad, Mario Golf: Super Rush

Cactuses (or "cacti") are plants that appear throughout the Sand Kingdom in Super Mario Odyssey. If Mario runs into one of them, he will lose a piece of his health meter and a few of the thorns from the cactus will get stuck on his body. Mario can also destroy cactuses by running through them while riding Jaxi. Some smaller, round cactuses appear in the Sand Kingdom as well and they behave the same way. One cactus can be captured and moved in order to reveal a shining spot that Mario can Ground Pound to reveal a Power Moon.

Cactuses reappear in Mario Golf: Super Rush in Balmy Dunes on holes 16-18. They act as trees and will hurt the ball's lie upon collision. Smaller variants also appear in Spiky Palms.