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The fungal mage is a monster found in the Polypore Dungeon.

If players come within one square away from it, it will infect them, dealing fast hits of 15-17 life points. However, this can be prevented by using neem oil on it. This infestation does not reduce your Prayer points, contrary to popular belief. It should be noted that they are weak for their level, with a moderately low max hit and accuracy. Players with fair magical defence could tank their attacks with ease. Players with a low Magic level and poor magic defensive bonuses should not go near the fungal mage and allow it to infest them; it would be difficult to break even while using Protect from Magic/Deflect Magic, and the damage from infestation is much less than the attacks from the magic attacks themselves. It seems that even with good defence its normal magical attacks still cause more damage, but as the damage is small either way it is partially up to personal preference. If the player wishes to go for the infection method, they must stay in melee range and not use neem oil (Players should note that when neem oil is used on a fungal mage it stops attacking for a few seconds).

Melee and range attacks will be capped to no more than 50 damage per hit. Note that a Dwarf Multicannon will no longer work in this area.

Fungal mages can drop one unnoted Gorajian mushroom, which can extend trips. Depending on a player's magic level, they can kill 120-200 Fungal mages per hour.

Players can kill these without 50 Magic, but they will not get them as a Slayer task until they have the level. It should be noted that fungal magi are incredibly strong against melee and Ranged, as with all other creatures found in the Polypore dungeon. A good way of training on these if lacking coins is to use a Staff of air or equivalent, as it allows unlimited casts of Air spells, which are their primary weakness.

Killing fungal magi can be quite profitable, due to their valuable drops such as potato cactus, chaos runes and seeds.


Killing fungal mage

A player fighting a fungal mage.

Slot Equipment

Full Slayer helm (if on task) > Hexcrest (if on task) > Virtus mask > Ganodermic visor > Hood of subjugation > Ahrim's hood > Grifolic visor > Fungal visor > Battle hood


Virtus robe top > Ganodermic poncho > Garb of Subjugation > Ahrim's robe top > Grifolic poncho > Dagon'hai robe top > Fungal poncho > Mystic robe top > Battle robe top

Legs Virtus robe bottom> Ganodermic leggings > Gown of Subjugation > Ahrim's robe skirt > Grifolic leggings > Dagon'hai robe bottom > Fungal leggings > Mystic robe bottom > Battle robe bottom
Shield Arcane spirit shield > Farseer kiteshield/Ward of subjugation > Mages' book > Sacred clay shield (magic) > Tome of frost > Illuminated unholy book > Illuminated ancient book > Void knight deflector
Weapon Armadyl Battlestaff (using Storm of Armadyl) > Polypore staff (using its built-in spell) > Staff of light > Mystic lava staff > Lava battlestaff
Gloves Spellcaster gloves/Gloves of Subjugation > Barrows gloves > Infinity gloves > Regen Bracelet > Lunar glovesMystic gloves
Boots Boots of Subjugation > Ragefire boots > Ganodermic boots > Infinity boots > Lunar bootsMystic boots
Cape Completionists cape > Max cape > God cape > Cape of Accomplishment > Obsidian cape
Neck Arcane stream necklace > Saradomin's Hiss > Third-age amulet > Amulet of Fury > Amulet of Glory

Seers' ring (i) > Onyx ring (i) > Dragonstone ring (i) > Tokkul-Zo > Seers' ring

Aura Reverence
Fungal mage neemed

A fungal mage affected by neem oil.

Inventory should include some food or other source of healing, runes for spells, an emergency teleport, and a cannon/cannonballs if applicable. You may also wish to take a Prayer urn for collecting the ashes.

An easy way to get a few safe hits in on the mage is to attack him once, then immediately sprinkle neem oil on the mage. This will give you about three safe hits before the mage starts to attack you.


100% dropEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Accursed ashes Accursed ashes 1 1 Always 281
Neem drupe Neem drupe 1–3 1 Always Not sold


Charm drop percentages
No charms Gold charm Green charm Crimson charm Blue charm






Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 26,289 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.

Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 5 Marrentill seed 1 3 Uncommon 11
Herb seed 5 Tarromin seed 1 3 Uncommon 8
Herb seed 5 Harralander seed 1 3 Uncommon 12
Herb seed 5 Ranarr seed 1 3 Uncommon 1,190
Wildblood seed 5 Wildblood seed 1 3 Uncommon 155
Poison ivy seed 5 Poison ivy seed 1 3 Uncommon 11
Spirit weed seed 5 Spirit weed seed 1 3 Uncommon 327
Limpwurt seed 5 Limpwurt seed 1 3 Uncommon 1,072
Cactus seed 5 Cactus seed 1 3 Uncommon 44
Whiteberry seed 5 Whiteberry seed 1 3 Uncommon 8
Strawberry seed 5 Strawberry seed 1 3 Uncommon 404
Jangerberry seed 5 Jangerberry seed 1 3 Uncommon 1
Bittercap mushroom spore 5 Bittercap mushroom spore 1 3 Uncommon 13
Belladonna seed 5 Belladonna seed 1 3 Uncommon 96
Herb seed 5 Irit seed 1 3 Uncommon 163
Herb seed 5 Kwuarm seed 1 3 Uncommon 122
Herb seed 5 Toadflax seed 1 4 Rare 661
Herb seed 5 Avantoe seed 1 4 Rare 1,339
Herb seed 5 Snapdragon seed 1 4 Rare 1,464
Herb seed 5 Cadantine seed 1 4 Rare 487
Herb seed 5 Lantadyme seed 1 4 Rare 24,138
Herb seed 5 Dwarf weed seed 1 4 Rare 27,538
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 1 4 Rare 2,551
Herb seed 5 Torstol seed 1 4 Rare 15,386


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Polypore spore 5 Polypore spore 1–100 2 Common 2–200
Fungal flake 5 Fungal flake 1–90 2 Common 5–450
Snape grass Snape grass 4 (noted) 2 Common 684
Limpwurt root Limpwurt root 1 (noted) 2 Common 1,405
Gorajian mushroom Gorajian mushroom 1 2 Common 32
Pure essence Pure essence 15–25 (noted) 2 Common 225–375
Potato cactus Potato cactus 8 (noted) 2 Common 23,512
Spirit sapphire Spirit sapphire 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit emerald Spirit emerald 1 4 Rare Not sold
Spirit ruby Spirit ruby 1 4 Rare Not sold
Starved ancient effigy Starved ancient effigy 1 5 Very rare Not sold

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Key token Key token 1 4 Rare Not sold


  • When the fungal mage is assigned as a Slayer task, when you block it you can also choose the option to block all monsters in the Polypore dungeon.
  • Although they drop demonic ashes, it is unknown if they are demons or not.

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