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.

Rewards list

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.

Golden Road

Li’l Cactus is relaxing right off the main path.
Golden Road Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Free City of Maia

The little dude is procrastinating by watching the ship atop a stall.
Free City of Maia Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Dwarf Tunnel

Li’l Cactus is resting by the campfire.
Dwarf Tunnel Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Molebear Moors

Li’l Cactus is sequestered near the eastern bridge.
Molebear Moors 1 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

He is also huddled near the western bridge. This area will open up later.
Molebear Moors 2 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Valsena, Kingdom of the Plains

Li’l Cactus is having a candid chat with a canid.
Valsena Kingdom of the Plains Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Merchant Town Beiser

The little guy is secluded behind a house on the western end of town.
Merchant Town Beiser Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Palo Port

Li’l Cactus is having a siesta under the tree next to the armour shop.
Palo Port Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Heavensway

Li’l Cactus is taking in the ocean air on the shore.
Heavensway 1 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

He’s also absorbing the water via osmosis past the somnosa flower field. This area will open up later.
Heavensway 2 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Jadd Stronghold

Li’l Cactus is lingering in the southeastern corner of the stronghold.
Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Gusthall

Lean green is secure in the alcove immediately west of the entrance to Gusthall.
Gusthall 1 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

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.
Gusthall 2 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Laurent

Li’l Cactus is helping the tree point you toward Celestial Peak to the southeast.
Laurent Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Rabite Forest

Li’l Cactus is bumming around on the north shore near the bridge to Jadd.
Rabite Forest 1 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

He’s also taking in the majesty of nature on the southmost edge of the forest.
Rabite Forest 2 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Snow Hamlet Alrant

Li’l Cactus is adrift in a snowbank near a house in the northeast corner of Alrant.
Snow Hamlet Alrant Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Frostbite Fields

Li’l Cactus is chilling under a tree on a ledge near Alrant.
Frostbite Fields 1 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

He’s also cozying up next to a tree in an alcove to the west of the bridge. Shelter from the wind.
Frostbite Fields 2 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Labyrinth of Ice

Li’l Cactus is hibernating behind the ice stalagmites.
Labyrinth of Ice 1 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

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.

Labyrinth of Ice 2 Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Desert Capital Sirhtan

Li’l Cactus is conversing with a strange old man behind the north side of town. Loquacious.
Desert Capital Sirhtan Li'l Cactus Guide for Trials of Mana | All 50 Li'l Cactus Locations & Prizes

Burning Sands

Li’l Cactus is communing with the desert flora at the bottom of a large sand pit. Brethren.
Burning Sands 1

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.
Burning Sands 2

Oasis of Diin

Li’l Cactus is savouring the oasis on the north side of the town.
Oasis of Diin

Fiery Gorge

Li’l Cactus is snoozing by a lava lake underneath a precipice.
Fiery Gorge 1

He’s also patiently waiting for you at the end of a path of volcanic rock. This area will open later.

Fiery Gorge 2

Moonlight Town Mintas

Li’l Cactus is nostalgic as he looks across the lake at the bridge. Bittersweet memories.
Moonlight Town Mintas

Duskmoon Forest

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.
Duskmoon Forest 1

He’s also protecting the bridge to Ferolia in the southwest.

Duskmoon Forest 2

Chartmoon Tower

Li’l Cactus is guarding the Mana Stone from the northwest corner. Chartmoon Tower 1

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!

Chartmoon Tower 2

Lampbloom Woods

Li’l Cactus is bundled up with some lampbloom flowers near the entrance to Dior. Welcome.
Lampbloom Woods 1

He’s also snug as a bug between two rock walls near the north.

Lampbloom Woods 2

Flowerburg Dior

Li’l Cactus is supervising some lampbloom flowers on the northwest side of town across from the mansion.
Flowerburg Dior

Oblivisle

Li’l Cactus is keeping vigil with the Goddess of Mana statues.
Oblivisle

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.

Stonesplit Gap

Li’l Cactus is teetering over the edge on the western side of the collapsed bridge. Abyss.
Stonesplit Gap

Holy City Wendel

Li’l Cactus is reclining against a rock wall on the eastern part of town. Absorbing eminence.
Holy City Wendel

Cascade Cavern

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.
Cascade Cavern

Lakeside Town Astoria

Li’l Cactus is grieving for Astoria near the remains of the armor shop.
Lakeside Town Astoria

Shimmering Ruins

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.
Shimmering Ruins 1

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.
Shimmering Ruins 2

Woods of Wandara

Li’l Cactus is perched high above the forest floor.
Woods of Wandara 1

He’s also taking root in the shelter of a big tree. Symbiosis.Woods of Wandara 2

Daria, Gem Valley

Li’l Cactus is leaning against the cliff face on a low ledge toward the north.
Daria Gem Valley 1

He’s also filtering the toxic fumes toward the south. Nutriment.
Daria Gem Valley 2

Ancient Capital Pedda

Li’l Cactus is temporally displaced on the southwest guard tower.
Ancient Capital Pedda

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.

Crystal Desert

Li’l Cactus is reflecting on the nature of this evil place in a secluded crevice.
Crystal Desert 1

He’s also grooving under the sands. Let the quicksand sweep you into the cavern and he’ll be on the southeast corner.
Crystal Desert 2 Trials of Mana Guide all 50 locations L'il Cactus

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.
Sanctuary of Mana Trials of Mana Guide all 50 locations L'il Cactus

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