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Li'l Cactus's Diary is an optional gameplay element in Sword of Mana.


As our heroes venture into Vinquette Vicinity, they meet Niccolo who pressure them about buying the Hot House seed for 50 Lucre. After making its purchase, they can immediately plant it in a pot a couple feet away to reveal a giant cactus house. In the lobby, they meet Li'l Cactus which they have to option to interact with. If the player decide to tell their story once, Li'l Cactus will take the initiative to write in its diary for every significant event should the player return the Hot House. There is no reward for completing the diary.


Note : The first 17 Diary Entries can be acquired by playing through the story normally.

01 - A Meeting[]

  • Condition : Meet with Hero or Heroine for the first time.
The Chief met a friend from long ago.
Their relationship's always rough.
With all of their babbling
And two-fisted squabbling
You'd think they'd get married 'n stuff.

02 - Vinquette Hall[]

At the vampire's hall,
Mana Girls and Mavole
Are stuffed into coffins alive!
It looks like they're sleeping,
What dreams are they keeeping?
When it's so hot and stuff inside?

03 - Fighting Hydra[]

The Chief went out and found a mirror
Marked with the moon and all.
But carrying it around seems queerer
Than hangin' it on the wall!

04 - Heroine Kidnapped[]

  • Condition : After Heroine is kidnapped at Wendel.
Dark Lord, that foul monstrosity,
Stormed the nave with dread ferociy;
Took the girl--such animosity!
What's next? ...I'm at a lossity.

05 - Rail Carts Rock! | Fight at the Airship[]

After defeating the Guardian. (Heroine)

Note: Hero will get "Rail Carts Rock!" while Heroine gets "Fight at the Airship"

The Chief snagged upa rail cart
And got it quickly rollin'
Chief reckons changing tracks's a pain.
And gets your backside swollen.
Cuties getting bished and bashed
By bad guys using magic?
It makes my prickers stand on end
When hearing news so tragic.

06 - Fight at the Airship | End of the Airship[]

  • Condition : After falling from the Airship. (Hero)

After defeating the Guardian. (Heroine)

Note: Hero will get "Fight at the Airship" while Heroine gets "End of the Airship"

Cuties getting bished and bashed
By bad guys using magic?
It makes my prickers stand on end
When hearing news so tragic.
Airship troubles? Problem solved!
Such havoc when the Chief's involved.
Brought down the ship without a sweat!
You think Dark Lord's angry yet?

07 - Devius Manor[]

The Devius Maids, from what I learned,
From Mavolius they've all been spurned.
Fall for one, and you get burned!
Unless you like their pointy ears
And glazed eyes that let them see-rs.

08 - Bye to Amanda[]

  • Condition : After defeating Medusa. (Hero)

After reaching the Altar of Time. (Heroine)

I turned my face up to the skies
While clouds brought forth the rain.
Tears for Amanda filled my eyes
One day, we'll meet again.

09 - Devius Falls[]

Rang bells and took a tower hike
Then took out squidface proper-like.
So why's the Chief so dang depressed?
We can't do better than our best.

10 - Dark Lord Falls[]

Chief took out that Dark Lord fella
But hasn't felt the least bit swell-a.
I wonder if the guy meant well-a?
(He shoulda married Isabella.)

11 - Malyris, Blood Rain[]

  • Condition : After defeating Malyris.
We stomped a boss, and then the rain
Defrosted everyone again.
But fight a boss? Me, I suppose
A cup of soup'da warmed their toes.

12 - Dingy Sword[]

  • Condition : After defeating Efflite.
Chief got a sword from underground
Where many years it settled--
But the rusty junker that was found
Ain't more than old scrap metal.

13 - Glass Desert[]

I wonder if the Glass Desert
Has got some cute cacti?
The type that's cute and prickly
Do surely catch my eye.

14 - Goremand[]

Wow! Could you eat a juicy soul
From something that you kilt?
If I myself snacked on a soul
I reckon I would wilt.

15 - Pesty Plant[]


16 - Warbot[]

  • Condition : After defeating Golem.
Though from a regime most tyrannical,
New friend Marshall is so puritanical.
He squeaks when he walks,
Such fun is an ally mechanical.

17 - Mana Sanctuary[]

  • Condition : After defeating Demagon.
How could a red dragon get so tall
Squeeze through a gate so very small?
Well, maybe, just maybe,
He entered a baby
And had a growth spurt after all?

18 - General Store Ads[]

I so thought this Quest was a bore,
Chief passing out ads for the store.
Though everyone seed'em
Nobody would read'em,
And all was the same as before.

19 - Shiny Knight[]

We helped out some guy in a pinch,
And snagged him some goodies--a cinch.
But I'm guessin' the lesson we need:
Was he conned or a true friend indeed?

20 - Praying[]

If every sunset you manage to pray,
Forces above'll assist you someday.
With the Goddess, I ain't got a beef,
And I'll even stop teasing the Chief.

21 - Silver Knife[]

I've notice how dwarves
Consist mainly of beards.
Do you think if you shaved one,
He'd just disappear?

22 - Detective Story[]

With pendant in hand.
All returned to the town.
Thank Godess the Chief
Wouldn't say what went down.

23 - Soldier's Orders[]

Got close to a shifty-eyed guy,
And found inside him an ally.
But for all the suffering and pain,
We fell far short of fiscal gain.

24 - The Point of Church[]

I think I shall never partake
Something as good as church poundcake.
And don't forget some cupcakes too,
The prayerful kind they make for you!

25 - Mavole Blood[]

Some weirdo asked if we would fetch
The stomach of a bat.
I don't think I'll even ask
The use he has for that.

26 - Where is Dad?[]

I'll feast upon barbecued newt
Until the day I die.
Whene'er Dad gets it on his face,
I laugh until I cry

27 - Goddess Gracious[]

A spirit was here all the time
And yet I never knew it!
Just like when Grandma sees a fact
She tends to see right through it!

28 - Meteorite Mania[]

For some junk the Chief did trade
A meteor that was slick!
I hate to say it, but Chief got
The short end of the stick!

29 - Shiny Knight II[]

We helped that glittering guy again,
But me? I'm getting furious!
We're not some silly errand boys
With a delivery serv-ious!

30 - Black Masks[]

Really! Is it too much to ask
For a gander at Dudbears' black masks?
But their odor is so dang atrocious;
Like garlic breath with halitosis.

31 - Eight Coins[]

Returned eight coins and then received
Mass brownie points galore!
But then again, the Sword of Mana?
Ain't that what we're here for?

32 - Chatty Guy[]

Got stuck with some old chatty guy
Who rambles on for years.
But such a fate is remedied
By tissue in the ears!

33 - More Shiny Knight[]

That glittering guy has got my goat;
All I can do is stare at him!
He takes advantage of our boss,
'Cause Chief's a Good Samaritan!

34 - A Package[]

To someone's grandkid (or Mavole?),
Chief delivered a rhinoloupe.
I got a funny feeling, then,
But now I'm fine, I'll cope.

35 - Resistance[]

The Chief's so kind as to provide
A good bit of assistance
To folks who oppose foul Dark Lord
and formed a small resistance.

36 - Making Collections[]

Chief's been running around the town
Collecting loads of cash.
It sounds like mafia work to me--
But I would keep the stash!

37 - Endless Walkway[]

Chief's been running around the town
Collecting loads of cash.
It sounds like mafia work to me--
But I would keep the stash!

38 - Last Shiny Knight?[]

The glittering nut! That's it, enough!
I've had it with this clown!
With all that glittering junk he wears
He gleam for miles around!

39 - Blacksmith's Order[]

A hefty stash of fruit we gave
Unto the blacksmith's shop.
Else at the mansion, that guy'd get
A boot in his buttock.

40 - Merchant of Darkness[]

Pulled off some dangerous business
and the Chief was never yeller.
I think, perhaps, compared to me,
The Chief's a badder fella.

41 - Seven Wisdoms[]

Seven Wisdoms... Seven Wisdoms?
I've heard that name before
I thought that there were only six
But now they've added more?

42 - Moondrop[]

Chief said they found a moondrop
And we'll make a ton of lucre
I'm starting to get worried
That this may be just a fluke-ra.

43 - New Adventurer[]

I know what'cher thinkin' now:
"It's only bad at first."
I hate to break it to you pal:
From here, it's only worse.

44 - Medicine Stuff[]

Bubu worm is a close friend of mine,
All a-weaving and bobbing and sewing.
But pull him too hard... he'll untwine!
I'm so happy that Bubu I'm knowing!

45 - Price of Dudbears[]

 Huge group of Dudbears
Good lord, there are so many!
 When will it all end!?

46 - Poor Old Guy[]

Abandoned Abandoned Abandoned
Abandoned Abandoned Abandoned
Abandoned Abandoned Abandoned
Abandoned Abandoned Abandoned
Abandoned Abandoned Abandoned

47 - Finders Keepers[]

Chief found this spirit in a rock!
Discoveries are swell!
(And if you find it, could you return
My pill bug's outer shell?)

48 - Icy Sorcerer[]

The icefield has a nasty chill!
I'm sniffles, snorts, and sneezes.
I reckon on the coldest day
The wind itself can freezes!

49 - Spirit Rescue[]

Dark Dudbears to Mavolia?
But then I could be wrong.
If you want to know more
Next time I'll tag along!

50 - Achy Shaky Heart[]

Divine protection's quite a gift!
Though of this I've been leery,
A Goddess watches over us?
Hey, Goddess, can you hear me?
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A Package · Black Masks · Blacksmith's Order · Chatty Guy · Detective Story · Eight Coins · Endless Walkway · General Store Ads · Making Collections · Mavole Blood · Medicine Stuff · Meteorite Mania · Moondrop · New Adventurer · Poor Old Guy · Price of Dudbears · Resistance · Seven Wisdoms · Shiny Knight · Silver Knife · Soldier's Oders · Spirit Upgrades (Part 1) · Spirit Upgrades (Part 2) · The Point of Church · Where is Dad?
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