1000 Needles (針千本 Harisenbon , "Blowfish") is a recurring ability in the Final Fantasy series since Final Fantasy V. It allows the user to deal 1000 HP of damage to targets regardless of their defense stats and status resistances. 1000 Needles has been Cactuar's signature ability since Final Fantasy VI, and is usable by party members in some games.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3
Cactuar begins the shot by dribbling the ball in an S shape. The ball glows green, Cactuar throws it straight up and dives headfirst with the ball into the basket, spiraling as it goes. White "needles" explode in all directions. After the shot, it lands back on the ground and two 8-bit Chocobos orbit its head for a second.
If shot outside the three-point line instead of diving, Cactuar will jump, wind up its right hand, and punch the ball toward the hoop. When a teammate dunks it in, the white needles appear.
Mario Sports Mix
1000 Needles is also Cactuar's Special Shot in Mario Sports Mix. The same actions are for the ones for Mario Hoops 3-on-3, but opponents affected by the shot will have a small "1000" briefly appear over them, as if they had received damage in a Final Fantasy game.
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