Important Information
Full name Cactus
ID 81
Type Misc
Blast Resistance Unspecified
Naturally Spawning Yes
Primary Tool Axe
Minimum tool level Wood
Drops Cactus
Luminosity 0
Reaction to redstone Inert
Affected by gravity Yes

Cactus is a prickly block and an excellent defense in Minecraft. Its main feature is that it will hurt all entities in  contact with it (the bottom does not, but this is hard to test, as Cacti cannot float without being destroyed). If items are dropped near or on a Cactus, they will be destroyed, meaning it's best not to die from one. 


When smelted, Cactus will turn into Cactus Green dye. This is used in the dying of Sheep, Wool, Leather Armor, Glass, Wolves' collars and Hardened Clay.


  • Between 1.7.1 and 1.7.2, Cactus in the inventory had gray lines all around its frame.
  • Cactus is farmable.
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    Two Cacti in a Desert Biome.

Natural Blocks
Surface DirtGrass BlockPodzolMyceliumGrassless DirtSandGravelClayMoss StoneWoodRed SandPacked IceSnowSnow (Cover)IceWaterLava
Underground StoneCoal OreIron OreGold OreLapis Lazuli OreDiamond OreRedstone OreEmerald Ore
Dimension Specific NetherrackSoul SandGlowstoneNether Quartz OreEnd Stone
Structure Specific CobblestoneWood PlanksFenceNether Brick (Block)Stone BrickMossy Stone BrickCracked Stone BrickChiseled Stone BrickTorchSea LanternDark PrismarinePrismarine BricksPrismarineGlass Pane
Decoration FernLarge FernTall GrassDouble TallgrassLilacPeonyRose BushSunflowerPoppyDandelionBlue OrchidAlliumAzure BluetOxeye DaisyTulipLily PadSugar CaneVinesCactus