Human spirit


McCoy, Ella, Alpaca Jack (former enemy) and Dumbbell (former enemy)


Hex Hatfield, Enemigos and Malana Mire


"From human to cactus, then finally stone. The curse will continue, until it is home. Popoca is my name, and I too was cursed by the sacred Thorned Emerald. At sunrise, follow that path to the next piece of map, which will lead you to the jewel's proper home. You must hurry, McCoy... Good luck!"
-Popoca, to Cactus McCoy when McCoy gets cursed (Cactus McCoy and The Curse of Thorns)

Popoca was a human who was cursed by the Thorned Emerald. In the first game, when McCoy is cursed like him, he appears as a ghost spirit and tells him to bring the emerald to its home.

In Cactus McCoy 2: The Ruins of Calavera, however, he has a much more significant role, like coming out of every campfire checkpoint and restoring McCoy's health in specific points of the areas, like the beginning of a new section or near a boss fight.

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