The Cactula[1][note 1] is an enemy that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a mass-produced, cactus-based Badnik model created by Dr. Eggman, and a variant of the Nebula.


Cactulas are based on cacti as well as the original Nebula from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. A small, orange-like creature with white gloves, it has two cartoonish eyes and resides within a round shell. The shell is colored in green cacti-patterning to fit its western desert themed surroundings, with a bronze-colored propeller helping this Badnik fly. It also has a purple cannon on the bottom of its shell.


Cactula MSZ

A pair of Cactulas in Mirage Saloon Zone Act 1.

In Sonic Mania, and its expansion Sonic Mania Plus, the Cactulas appear exclusively in Mirage Saloon Zone Act 1. In Sonic/Tails/Mighty/Ray's version of the Act, they will appear wherever there is cacti. In both Knuckles' version and the Encore Mode version, they are found in the very high sections.

In gameplay, the Cactulas merely wait until the player is close enough for them to pop out of their shells and begin flying upward. Should the player get underneath them, they will drop a spiky projectile on the playable characters. In some cases, Cactulas will even wait on top of cacti, disguised as the top of these plants, until the player comes close, at which point they will pop out and lift off so they can launch a surprise attack. A simple Spin Attack or Spin Jump can defeat this Badnik though, releasing an Animal inside.

Powers and abilities

Cactulas are capable of flight and can fire energy projectiles from the cannons on their bottom. Their unique design also allows them to camouflage themselves as cacti parts.


  1. While not listed in any instruction manuals, the internal files in the PC release of Sonic Mania refers to this enemy as "Cactula".


  1. Live Sonic Mania Developer Playthrough. Stealth (20 August 2017). Retrieved on 22 August 2017.

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