Plague Inc: How to Beat Fungus on Normal

In Plague Inc. for the Android & iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, etc.), Fungus on Normal will be your biggest road block when you first start playing.

The Fungus plague is so rough because it spreads extremely slowly, so you have to use different tactics to beat this one compared to the other plague types.

I have listed my gene setup below. I have all genes unlocked, which just requires winning 25 games, but I only used the first gene unlocked in each category to simulate someone playing through it the first time. I suggest beating a few more games on the Bacteria plague if you haven’t at least unlocked a gene in each category.

DNA Gene – ATP Boost (Bonus DNA on at the beginning, if you have anything better unlocked then use that instead)
Travel Gene – Teracyte (Increases chance of plague spreading by land, if you have anything better unlocked then use that instead)
Evolution Gene – Ionized Helix (Bonus DNA when devolving, this one is important for DNA point generation)
Mutation Gene – Darwinist (Increases the chance of your plague mutating, this one is important since Ionized Helix gives you DNA points for devolving)
Environment Gene – Xerophile (Bonus in hot/dry climates, if you have anything better unlocked then use that instead)

Read before you proceed, it’s important

The main strategy here is to infect the world without them knowing, and then kill them all as fast as possible. This is a long game because Fungus takes so long to spread, so you have to be patient. The real key here is the Ionized Helix gene, since you get points back every time you devolve something, so you can devolve most unnecessary traits at the end to get a bunch of points back.

One very important thing to remember is that you DO NOT want your plague to be detected until every human on the planet is infected. The only way to make this happen is to keep your symptoms at zero for most of the game. You start with a few at the beginning just to get the bio-hazard bonus, but at a certain point (you’ll see below) you have to devolve any mutated symptoms immediately.

When I say immediately, I mean once the notification pops up that a symptom has mutated, do not close the notification first, go immediately to the symptoms list and devolve it, or risk your plague being noticed before you even get a chance. If the world detects your plague early, you might as well start over because you probably won’t win.

It’s also very important that you save up around 70 points near the end in order to purchase all of the symptoms you need all at once, but if you follow this guide then you should have what you need by then.

Stage 1

  • Start in China
  • Symptoms: Cysts, Hyper Sensitivity, Abscesses, immediately devolve any other symptoms that mutate
  • Transmissions: Bird 1, Water 1
  • Abilities: Drug Resistance 1, Cold 1

Stage 2

  • Transmissions: Air 1, Livestock 1
  • Symptoms: Keep devolving any mutated symptoms immediately
  • Abilities: Heat 1

Stage 3

  • Once your plague has infected around 500 to 600 million world wide, devolve all symptoms to keep the world from knowing about your plague, start banking points for the final phase
  • Transmissions: Bird 2, Blood 1
  • Symptoms: Keep devolving any mutated symptoms immediately
  • Abilities: Cold 2, Genetic Hardening 1

Stage 4

  • Most of countries should start to be infected, but they still shouldn’t know about your plague if you devolved your symtoms immediately, also make sure you try to save near 70 points for the next phase but you can devolve unnecessary stuff soon to get points back if necessary
  • Transmissions: Save your points and let the infection spread
  • Symptoms: Keep devolving any mutated symptoms immediately
  • Abilities: Save your points and let the infection spread

Stage 5

  • If you played your cards right, everyone on the planet is infected and you’re ready to kill them all
  • Symptoms: Cysts, Hyper Sensitivity, Paralysis, Coma, Total Organ Failure, then whatever other fatal symptoms you can afford after you purchase your abilities below
  • Transmissions: Devolve everything to get points back if you need them
  • Abilities: Genetic Hardening 2, Genetic Reshuffles if you need them but you shouldn’t, devolve your Colds and Heats if you need more points since everyone is already infected

At this point people should be dying by the masses. The cure level will start to rise quickly, but as more and more people die it will slow down. After you’ve purchased your abilities, throw whatever extra points you get at more fatal symptoms to speed up the process, but it should be Good Game time pretty soon.

You won’t get many points this way, but I honestly haven’t found many ways to get a lot of points on the Fungus plague.

How to beat Fungus on Normal in Plague Inc

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  1. will says

    i followed this guide, it worked great. to avoid the issue of having several countries at the end not infected, i save spore bursts for the end to get those harder to get countries. i ended up with 120+ points when the world was fully effected . i started at cysts and went up the middle then spread from there across the middle. i cleared in 1209 days with a score of 18050.

  2. Drisana says

    Thanks so much for this! I kept trying to spread by just using spore bursts, maxing it out to where it continually released, but the cure always hit me before I could kill off more than 65 percent of the population. Really looking forward to doing the Nuerax Worm next!

  3. hellosmoz123 says

    I’ve got most of the world dead with less than 2% infected/healthy. The 2 countries that are not fully infected are Iceland and New Zealand. I have only enough for one spore burst. The problem is Iceland is infecting at a very slow rate, new Zealand is not infected at all, and the number of deaths to infections is so close that it takes a whole year to get 1 more person infected in New Zealand if I use the spore burst. I have 3 more years until the cure is finished. What should I do?

    • says

      You’re probably in a position where you need to restart. Make sure to pay close attention to your mutations and devolve anything that comes up immediately before you click the notification off. I might need to go back and re-evaluate this strategy because it might need to be updated a bit.

  4. Jesse says

    I have the entire world infected with 91 points left. Had to use spore burst three times but got them all. Didn’t start out with any genes at all. Just follow the directions perfectly as he said them and everything should work perfectly

  5. Alyssa says

    I followed what you had me do. I did have to use spore burst for two countries. I ended the level at 1710 days, cure 39% and score total 8070. I love your strategy/walk through of the levels. I just went ham at the end. I didn’t have one genetic code and it was the APT boost. Dunno how to get it. Thank you! And everyone. Definitely pay attention in stage to, you will sometimes get to 500-600 million infected and you need to do stage 3 a tad early sometimes.

    • yo says

      You can use “Spore Burst” in the abilities and greenland will be infected in a few seconds. After greenlands is infected you can devolve the “Spore Burst” and get the 2 DNA back.

  6. mati says

    Pls help ! Im not going 2 buy full version
    Cuz im assuming with my friend. If i win in 7 days without buying full version hes going 2 give me 50$

  7. Daniel C says

    I followed your advice and it worked well, but I made a couple of changes:

    I didn’t allow any symptoms to develop (including Cysts, Hyper Sensitivity and Abscesses) while the plague was spreading. It may have taken a bit longer, but it meant that I had 130 points stored up to cause havoc with! I did spore bursts at the end of transmission for Madagascar, the Philippines and the Caribbean, these are relatively cheap and helped complete the spread.

    The points that I had accumulated, plus the devolved transmissions, meant that I managed to kill everyone when the cure was at just 36%

    Thanks for these great tips!

  8. Endy says

    So,I followed ALL your steps but at the end of stage 1 they discover my fungus and I devolve everything before closing notification.Help!

  9. Daxter says

    Ok, let me take my previous comment back. Keeping ONLY coughing, initiates the “mysterious plague” sequence. In your starting country, PEOPLE start to become obsessed over some “mysterious plague” that is spreading, while scientists “find no evidence of ill health”. This initiates sometime after hitting 30% of the world (have met it anywhere between 30% and 70%), and after giving the first message, you have 3 months (on normal speed at least) until riots start over the plague, and the government is forced to start “an in-depth medical research”, during which the disease WILL be found, and countries will start reacting properly to it… It does unlock an achievement though.

  10. Daxter says

    Ok, I really wanna make this known. Ahem.
    Coughing, isn’t noticeable at all.
    What I mean, is, having 0 symptoms, and having ONLY coughing, makes zero difference. This technique worked perfectly copying ALL steps, but adding coughing after devolving all other symptoms. It is faster, and makes NO other difference. I hope this can save some minutes out of future readers, if you take the time to implement it. Test it first if you like.

  11. Fathom says

    I ended up having to re-do the game because they found out my disease and quickly placed it on the RMS watch list after I devolved everything. QQ >.>

  12. says

    Im playing on android so that makes it free and not able to purchase bonus dna stuff, BUT it works just fine without them, just do everything correcty

  13. Flo says

    Hey, thanks for the guides. Worked perfectly for Virus, but on fungus there was no chance.
    Got all humans infected and startet with 84 DNS Points.
    Tried to get as deadly as I could, but they just develop the cure nonetheless.
    Even with Genetic hardening 2, they needed just one year.

    • says

      Did you make sure to invest in Coma and Paralysis? Those slow down the cure quite a bit. Genetic Reshuffles slow it down as well, and throw everything else you have at them into more deadly symptoms. The cure rate will go up quickly at first, but you should be able to get them to a point where you’re killing people off so quickly that it slows down.

      Also, what genes are you using?
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      • Flo says

        I use nearly exactly the genes you use. Only the first one is (I’m sorry, I play it in german so it has different names) the one where you get bonus dns when you destroy the blue bubbles and the last one where you get a small resistance everywhere.

        I try to get to coma and paralysis but people are not dying quickly enough. :(

        • says

          When fighting Fungus, I’ve found that using the one that gives bonus DNA when popping Orange bubbles is a little more effective if you have unlocked it, since it’s a longer game and you’ll get bonus DNA during the whole thing.

          If you’re not getting Coma and Paralysis on your route to Total Organ Failure, then come from the bottom instead of the top, that way you get them on the way. That’s the primary reason I use that route: Cysts, Hyper Sensitivity, Paralysis, Coma, Total Organ Failure. It slows down the cure quite a bit, and gets to Total Organ Failure.

          Keep trying.. the first time I beat Fungus I was literally at like 96% or 98% cure level.
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