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 (1) Releases a small amount of spores that will infect a random, uninfected country.
  • Spore Eruption (2): 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.
  • Extremely slow transmission rate (1/10000th of a regular plague air/sea/land base rate).
  • 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.
  • Some dangerous species of Fungi include Canada Toyota Auris (Candidiasis), and Aspergillus Fumigatus and Flavus(Aspergillosis). They don't make good bioweapons due to fungal growth, although the Mycotoxins are what make some Fungi dangerous.
  • There is are a group of Bacteria called Mycobacteria, which are Bacteria that grow like Fungi, so using Fungus as a disease type for a Tuberculosis custom scenario would accurately show the Bacteria's growth
Standard Plague Types


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