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Cacti grow in the Kharidian Desert. There are three types of cacti in RuneScape, believed to be based upon North American species:

  • Barrel shaped: Ferocactus pilosus (Mexican lime cactus)
  • Farming cactus: The saguaro cactus, native to south-western United States
  • Prickly pear: Opuntia, one of the most common type of cacti found in North America. In the Kharidian Desert, some prickly Pear cacti may act as a water source; they are designated "Kharidian cactus (Healthy)". Water is added to an empty or partially empty waterskin or vessel in the player's inventory, when a knife is used on a healthy cactus. There is a chance of failure, however, so a player may have to cut more than 1 cactus to bring a waterskin from "Waterskin (1)" to "Waterskin (2)". Success or failure is indicated by a message, as well as the presence or absence of a gurgling water sound. Cutting a cactus successfully grants 10 Woodcutting experience, whilst failing to cut one grants 1 experience. There is currently no way to increase the chance of success.

Farming a cactus[edit | edit source]

A player-grown cactus will grow three spines at a time.

A cactus can also be grown with the Farming skill starting at 55 farming. There are currently four cactus patches:

  • Menaphos Imperial district cactus patch.
  • North Anachronia cactus patch.
  • Al Kharid cactus patch.
  • Hets Oasis cactus patch.

Graphical updates[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 7 September 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed texturing of cactuses.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When you cut a cactus for water it appears that you are using a bronze throwing knife, instead of a regular knife. This is because, at the time the animation was made, there was no animation for the regular knife. There are now animations for Fletching with a regular knife, but the animation of cutting a cactus has yet to be updated.
  • In real life, the alkaloids in a cactus can make you vomit, which means you'd end up losing a lot of water, and could fall into full dehydration very quickly. It is not recommended for survival in real deserts.
  • Given that cacti are specifically adapted to dry environments, they must have only appeared in the Kharidian Desert several thousand years ago after the region turned from green forests to the desert it is today.