Fungal spores struggle to travel long distances without special effort.

Plague Type:


Special Ability:

Spore Burst


Complete Virus on normal or higher (All versions)
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Release date:

May 23, 2012, Version 1.0

In-game Description

Fungal spores struggle to travel long distances without special effort.


  • Like the previous two plague types, the Fungus plague type has all the same Transmissions, Symptoms, and Standard Abilities, as well as the same possible Genes.
  • The disease spreads through the spores it releases which are generally poor in traveling.
  • One Unique ability, Spore Burst, allows it to infect a random, uninfected country.
  • Another ability, Spore Hardening, allows spores to ignore a good portion of climates which makes the Fungus very infectious late in the game.
  • Spore Eruption, a unique ability, allows multiple uninfected countries to be infected at once.

In real lifeEdit

Fungus is found on dead plants as a mushroom and even on the bodies of animals. The Fungus in Plague Inc seems to be a Pathogenic Fungus. Kinds of common diseases are: Aspergillosis, Blastomycosis, Candidiasis, Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever), C. neoformans infection, etc.

Special AbilitiesEdit

  • Spore Burst (2) Releases a small amount of spores that will infect a random, uninfected country.
  • Spore Eruption (12): Releases a huge amount of spores that will infect multiple, uninfected countries.
  • Spore Hardening: Spores become more climate resilient and will continuously infect uninfected countries.



  • Cannot inherently infect other countries without carriers or Spore Burst/Eruption/Hardening abilities.
  • Slow spreading.
  • Relying too much on Disease spreading traits may not allow evolution of high tier symptoms. Using the gene Patho-Stasis can reduce this which makes it easier to evolve all the Spore Bursts without draining DNA Points. However, using Patho-Stasis increases the chance that you won't be able to get that much-needed lethality after you've infected almost everyone.
  • This plague type is one of the longest and most frustrating plague types to beat due to how slowly it spreads even with the use of Spore Burst/Eruption/Hardening abilities.
  • Considerable penalty to effectiveness in arid countries.
  • This pathogen is arguably the most luck-based plague in the game, as the Spore Bursts infect countries in a 100% random manner. If you are unlucky, you may not infect island countries before the cure progress reaches 100%.


Please see Fungus Strategy Guides.

Stages of Evolution Edit

Trivia Edit

  • In real life, epidemics of pathogenic fungus are not necessarily like those involving bacteria or virus, since the innate immune system is usually enough to contain them. Fungi usually are a threat only to people with compromised immune defenses, like AIDS or cancer, even though some can infect and be dangerous to healthy people.
  • Humans aren't the only living thing that can get a fungus. Ants and rabbits can also be infected too, even though it doesn't harm the rabbit at all. It does however, kill insects.
  • Most funguses grows in toenails or fingernails, making it look yellow and can hurt when trimmed with scissors. It's very harmless to your health, but very ugly.
Standard Plague Types