A Cacatac (カクタック Kakutakku?), as the name suggests, is a cactus-like plant found only in Super Metroid.


It makes its home on the edge of Upper Brinstar, throughout Lower Brinstar, Norfair, and in some underwater sections in Maridia, each location sporting different colors (green, red and purple respectively), possibly to match and survive in the locales that they are found in (although no differences in movement, armor, or battle strategies are expressed between each variant).

It can shoot five thorns simultaneously in five different directions, making it difficult to dodge. However, it is not as heavily armored as other creatures found near them, so they can be taken down easily before they swell up in preparation for an attack.

Official data[]

Super Metroid manual[]

"These walking cacti launch needles as a defensive measure."

Super Metroid Nintendo Player's Guide[]

Enemy Data Description
Color HP ATK E BE M SM PB Brinstar/Norfair/Meridia. Shoot out periodic blasts of spikes in all directions.
Normal 60 20 0 1 0 99 0


Super Metroid Players' Guide[]

"These walking vegetables take several shots to destroy so be on your guard for the thorns they fire out when you attack them."


  • Though Cacatacs are not present on board the Biologic Space Laboratories research station in Metroid Fusion, Dessgeegas infected with the X Parasite or the latter mimicking the former gain the Cacatac's ability to fire thorns, though the infected Dessgeega can only shoot them from their legs when attacked.
  • The Seedlings of Tallon IV act very similarly to Cacatacs. Given that multiple Zebesian species (such as Skree and Ripper) were planned to appear in the game before being replaced with new original species, the Seedlings may have been originally intended to be Cacatacs.
  • When Samus is short on Super Missiles, Cacatacs tend to leave Super Missile Ammo behind when killed.
  • The Cacatac's name may be a combination of cactus and attack.
  • In the internal data, Cacatac is known as Saboten, a romanization of the Japanese word for cactus (サボテン?).
  • Super Metroid Players' Guide refers to the creature as Cactac, an alternate translation of their Japanese name.