Cactus spine

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Cactus spine
Cactus spine.png
Released11 July 2005 (Update)
Quest itemNo
OptionsNone (?)
ExamineDon't prick yourself with this.
Value1 coin
High alch0 coins
Low alch0 coins
Weight0.028 kg
Grand Exchange
Exchange574 coins (info)
Buy limit11,000
Daily volume337,652
Advanced data
Item ID6016
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Cactus spines are a Herblore ingredient and common Farming crop.

Alternate ways to obtain cactus spines include looting nature impling jars which can be obtained through the Hunter skill, or by killing the Kalphite Queen or Scorpia, both of which may drop 10 noted cactus spines.

Farming[edit | edit source]

With level 55 Farming, they can be harvested from a grown cactus in the Al Kharid and Farming Guild cactus patches, granting 374 Farming experience for checking its health and 25 experience for each spine picked. The spines regrow completely in 75 minutes if all of them have been picked. Players can pay the nearby gardener six cadava berries to have them protect the patch from disease.

One cactus can produce a minimum of 3 spines per harvest, where the Farming level reduces the chance of using up one of the three "lives" of the cactus patch, much like harvesting herb patches. The chance is 75% at level 55, linearly decreasing to 30% at level 99.[1] On average, the player can expect around 10 spines at 99 Farming. Compost, supercompost, ultracompost, Farming cape, and magic secateurs do not affect the yield[2]; however, compost is still useful in protecting the patch from disease if not paying the gardener to watch over the patch.

Players may pay a farmer 10 cactus spines to care for a yew tree. Paying cactus spines to a farmer may be worthwhile compared to using ultracompost, as the cost of 10 cactus spines is 5,740 coins per tree; while the average cost, while taking into account the cost of the yew trees that will die while composting, plus the price of ultracompost, is 3,631 coins per tree.

Herblore[edit | edit source]

Spines are the primary ingredient to make weapon poison+, with red spider's eggs used as the secondary ingredient.

Products[edit | edit source]

Weapon poison+ (unf).pngWeapon poison+ (unf)
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  • Herblore 73
  • Herblore 0

Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here.
Cactus (Farming) Grown Farming icon.png1Always
Chest (Tombs of Amascut)N/A Casket.png1–85 (noted)3 × 1/27
Kalphite Queen333 Multicombat.png10 (noted)3/128
Nature impling jarN/A Casket.png11/10
Nature impling58; 68 Hunter icon.png11/10
Scorpia225 Multicombat.png10 (noted)6/128

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Prior to an update on 12 July 2018, each cactus would always give three spines from a full yield, regardless of the player's Farming level.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ The Old School Team. "Game Integrity: Pickpocketing". July 12 2018. (Archived from the original.) Old School RuneScape News.
  2. ^ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 12 July 2018. (Archived from the original on 27 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "Nope."