We’ve had a ball with Trials of Mana, the other Square Enix remake that does justice to the SNES classic in Japan. Its gameplay both new and old are a good mix of improving the previous games’ flaws while accentuating the experience further.
One noteworthy addition is the Li’l Cactus Sightings minigame. If you find these fellows all across the world (via Nintendo Enthusiast), you’ll get a party bonus for each 5 you find. You’ll get a maximum of 10 rewards ranging from shop discounts to XP boosts; perfect for the game’s newly-added post-game content.
Every five times you find Li’l Cactus, you’ll receive a gift from him. The three bonuses that we’re most interested in are the rewards for 35, 45, and 50 sightings.
- At 35, you’ll be able to see unopened chests on the map, as well as get a count for how many times our lil’ companion appears in an area. You can even check the numbers from the world map, though you won’t be able to see individual areas.
- At 45, your chances for getting good items from seeds improve. You don’t need this to get the super secret powerful gear, but it sure helps.
- Finally, at 50, you’ll get an accessory and a Chain Ability, and they’re incredible: The Li’l Cactus Ring is an accessory that refills the wearer’s CS Gauge at a rate of more than 1% per second so long as they’re walking. The Li’l Cactus Chain Ability adds 200% to everyone’s CS Gauge at the start of every battle.
Here’s how you can find them
Disclaimer: this guide only covers the Angela/Durant path. This means that the last few sections will be different. Stay tuned for updates on this.
Li’l Cactus is relaxing right off the main path.
Free City of Maia
The little dude is procrastinating by watching the ship atop a stall.
Li’l Cactus is resting by the campfire.
Li’l Cactus is sequestered near the eastern bridge.
He is also huddled near the western bridge. This area will open up later.
Valsena, Kingdom of the Plains
Li’l Cactus is having a candid chat with a canid.
Merchant Town Beiser
The little guy is secluded behind a house on the western end of town.
Li’l Cactus is having a siesta under the tree next to the armour shop.
Li’l Cactus is taking in the ocean air on the shore.
He’s also absorbing the water via osmosis past the somnosa flower field. This area will open up later.
Li’l Cactus is lingering in the southeastern corner of the stronghold.
Lean green is secure in the alcove immediately west of the entrance to Gusthall.
He’s also greeting you from across the way in the middle of the dungeon. You’ll need to make a pretty long jump to reach him.
Li’l Cactus is helping the tree point you toward Celestial Peak to the southeast.
Li’l Cactus is bumming around on the north shore near the bridge to Jadd.
He’s also taking in the majesty of nature on the southmost edge of the forest.
Snow Hamlet Alrant
Li’l Cactus is adrift in a snowbank near a house in the northeast corner of Alrant.
Li’l Cactus is chilling under a tree on a ledge near Alrant.
He’s also cozying up next to a tree in an alcove to the west of the bridge. Shelter from the wind.
Labyrinth of Ice
Li’l Cactus is hibernating behind the ice stalagmites.
He’s also chillaxing way up near the ceiling. You’ll have to jump across a series of ice ledges to reach him. This area will open up later on.
Desert Capital Sirhtan
Li’l Cactus is conversing with a strange old man behind the north side of town. Loquacious.
Li’l Cactus is communing with the desert flora at the bottom of a large sand pit. Brethren.
He’s also lording over his domain. From the entrance to the Diin Oasis, head northwest until you notice a path going east. Follow this to a Springstepper, which will take you up to the ledge.
You can also take the path from Nevarl southwest and look around to the right when you hit the fork in the road.
Oasis of Diin
Li’l Cactus is savouring the oasis on the north side of the town.
Li’l Cactus is snoozing by a lava lake underneath a precipice.
He’s also patiently waiting for you at the end of a path of volcanic rock. This area will open later.
Moonlight Town Mintas
Li’l Cactus is nostalgic as he looks across the lake at the bridge. Bittersweet memories.
Li’l Cactus is peering down into a pond from a ledge in the northeast part of the forest. You’ll need to loop around and climb up a tree branch to find him.
He’s also protecting the bridge to Ferolia in the southwest.
Li’l Cactus is guarding the Mana Stone from the northwest corner.
He’s also cloistered in an archway to the right when you enter the eighth floor. This area will open up later. Fun fact: Li’l Cactus can be interacted with from the other side of the wall!
Li’l Cactus is bundled up with some lampbloom flowers near the entrance to Dior. Welcome.
He’s also snug as a bug between two rock walls near the north.
Li’l Cactus is supervising some lampbloom flowers on the northwest side of town across from the mansion.
Li’l Cactus is keeping vigil with the Goddess of Mana statues.
From here, you’ll be able to freely visit some past locations. Check them out to see if our spiky pal has come to visit. You’ll probably want to get on with it sooner or later, though. Remember that we’ll be revisiting Fiery Gorge, Labyrinth of Ice, Gusthall, and Molebear Moors, and new areas will have opened up in those locations at this point.
Li’l Cactus is teetering over the edge on the western side of the collapsed bridge. Abyss.
Holy City Wendel
Li’l Cactus is reclining against a rock wall on the eastern part of town. Absorbing eminence.
Li’l Cactus is hiding his treasure chest across the river from the Rabite Forest entrance. You’ll need to loop back around and jump onto a couple of ledges.
Lakeside Town Astoria
Li’l Cactus is grieving for Astoria near the remains of the armor shop.
Li’l Cactus is exploring the western edge of the ruins. You can use a crystal to make the path easier or loop around from the east side.
He’s also nestled among the wreckage of the southern wall. You’ll need to activate at least one crystal to get here. The one that grants access to the Goddess of Mana statue is the simplest one.
Woods of Wandara
Li’l Cactus is perched high above the forest floor.
He’s also taking root in the shelter of a big tree. Symbiosis.
Daria, Gem Valley
Li’l Cactus is leaning against the cliff face on a low ledge toward the north.
He’s also filtering the toxic fumes toward the south. Nutriment.
Ancient Capital Pedda
Li’l Cactus is temporally displaced on the southwest guard tower.
After this is the endgame. Which dungeon you enter will depend on your main character. Duran and Angela will go to the Crystal Desert, Riesz and Hawkeye will go to the Night Cavern, and Kevin and Charlotte will go to the Mirage Palace.
Li’l Cactus is reflecting on the nature of this evil place in a secluded crevice.
He’s also grooving under the sands. Let the quicksand sweep you into the cavern and he’ll be on the southeast corner.
Sanctuary of Mana
Li’l Cactus is so proud of you for making it this far. He’s out in the open, with arms wide to greet you at the end of the game.