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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. It should be noted that fungal magi are incredibly strong against melee and Ranged, as with all other creatures found in the Polypore dungeon.

Players with fair magical defence can 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.

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 they are weak for their level, with a moderately low max hit and accuracy. 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 and seeds.


Killing fungal mage

A player fighting a fungal mage.

Slot Equipment
Helmet Full slayer helmet Full slayer helmet (if on task) > Hexcrest Hexcrest (if on task) > Virtus mask Virtus mask > Ganodermic visor Ganodermic visor > Hood of subjugation Hood of subjugation > Ahrim's hood Ahrim's hood > Grifolic visor Grifolic visor > Mystic hat (blue) Mystic hat > Fungal visor Fungal visor > Battle hood 100 Battle hood
Body Virtus robe top Virtus robe top > Ganodermic poncho Ganodermic poncho > Garb of subjugation Garb of subjugation > Ahrim's robe top Ahrim's robe top > Grifolic poncho Grifolic poncho > Dagon'hai robe top Dagon'hai robe top > Mystic robe top (blue) Mystic robe top > Fungal poncho Fungal poncho > Battle robe top 100 Battle robe top
Legs Virtus robe legs Virtus robe legs > Ganodermic leggings Ganodermic leggings > Gown of subjugation Gown of subjugation > Ahrim's robe skirt Ahrim's robe skirt > Grifolic leggings Grifolic leggings > Dagon'hai robe bottom Dagon'hai robe bottom > Mystic robe bottom (blue) Mystic robe bottom > Fungal leggings Fungal leggings > Battle robe bottom 100 Battle robe bottom
Shield Virtus book Virtus book > Arcane spirit shield Arcane spirit shield > Farseer kiteshield Farseer kiteshield/Ward of subjugation Ward of subjugation > Mages' book Mages' book > Sacred clay shield (magic) Sacred clay shield (magic) > Tome of frost Tome of frost > Void knight deflector Void knight deflector
Weapon Virtus wand Virtus wand > Armadyl battlestaff Armadyl battlestaff > Polypore staff Polypore staff (using Polypore Strike) > Mystic earth staff Mystic earth staffStaff of light Staff of light > Toktz-mej-tal Toktz-mej-tal > Mystic air staff Mystic air staff > Air battlestaff Air battlestaff
Gloves Spellcaster gloves Spellcaster gloves/Gloves of subjugation Gloves of subjugation > Culinaromancer's gloves 10 Barrows gloves > Infinity gloves Infinity gloves > Regen bracelet Regen bracelet > Lunar gloves Lunar glovesMystic gloves (blue) Mystic gloves
Boots Boots of subjugation Boots of subjugation > Ragefire boots Ragefire boots > Ganodermic boots Ganodermic boots > Infinity boots Infinity boots > Lunar boots Lunar bootsMystic boots (blue) Mystic boots
Cape Completionist cape Completionist cape > Max cape Max cape > Guthix cape God cape > Quest point cape Cape of Accomplishment > Obsidian cape Obsidian cape
Neck Arcane stream necklace Arcane stream necklace > Saradomin's hiss Saradomin's hiss > Dragon Rider amulet Dragon Rider amulet > Amulet of fury Amulet of fury > Amulet of glory Amulet of glory
Ring Seers' ring (i) Seers' ring (i) > Onyx ring (i) Onyx ring (i) > Sixth-Age circuit Sixth-Age circuitDragonstone ring (i) Dragonstone ring (i) > TokKul-Zo TokKul-Zo > Seers' ring Seers' ring
Aura Penance aura Penance aura > Vampyrism aura Vampyrism aura > Reverence aura Reverence aura
Fungal mage neemed

A fungal mage affected by neem oil.

Inventory should include some food or other source of healing, runes for spells, and an emergency teleport. 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.

For high level players, an Aggression potion is highly recommended.


100% dropEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Accursed ashesAccursed ashes1Always90
Neem drupeNeem drupe1–3AlwaysNot sold


No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range based on a sample of 35,538 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
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Main dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common250
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common289
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Uncommon60
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common30
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Uncommon2,276
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Uncommon3,120
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Uncommon1,490
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Uncommon5,145
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Uncommon2,737
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Uncommon2,886
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Uncommon2,078
Marrentill seed 5Marrentill seed1Uncommon19
Tarromin seed 5Tarromin seed1Uncommon24
Harralander seed 5Harralander seed1Uncommon38
Ranarr seed 5Ranarr seed1Uncommon1,421
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed1Uncommon63
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Uncommon185
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed1Uncommon1,297
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed1Uncommon609
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon233
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Uncommon49
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1Uncommon58
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed1Uncommon10
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore1Uncommon651
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon429
Irit seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon713
Kwuarm seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon7,170
Toadflax seed 5Toadflax seed1Rare3,005
Avantoe seed 5Avantoe seed1Rare382
Snapdragon seed 5Snapdragon seed1Rare457
Cadantine seed 5Cadantine seed1Rare1,503
Lantadyme seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare650
Dwarf weed seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare681
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Rare1,050
Torstol seed 5Torstol seed1Rare1,183
Polypore spore 5Polypore spore1–100Common4–400
Fungal flake 5Fungal flake1–90Common7–630
Snape grassSnape grass(noted)Common112
Limpwurt rootLimpwurt root(noted)Common2,158
Gorajian mushroomGorajian mushroom1Common47
Pure essencePure essence15–25 (noted)Common375–625
Potato cactusPotato cactus(noted)Common22,824

Tertiary dropsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Spirit sapphireSpirit sapphire1RareNot sold
Spirit emeraldSpirit emerald1RareNot sold
Spirit rubySpirit ruby1RareNot sold
Starved ancient effigyStarved ancient effigy1Very rareNot 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 price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare50,063


  • 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.