|Release date||28 November 2011 (Update)|
|XP per kill||256.8 (and 84.7 experience)|
|Assigned by||Chaeldar, Sumona, Duradel or Lapalok, Kuradal|
|Always drops||Accursed ashes, Neem drupe|
|Examine text|| Normally:A creature of animated earth, infested with fungus.|
Affected by neem oil: This fungal mage has been weakened slightly.
The fungal mage is a monster found in the Polypore Dungeon.
If players come within one square away from it, it will infest 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 severely reduced to almost 1/10th of what the attack would have done, unless a dwarf multicannon is used, which is highly recommended due to the fact that it does a large amount of damage (maximum 300) and the mages seem to have an instant respawn rate.
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.
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.
- Represents 90% confidence range, based on a sample of 14,825 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
- Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).
Essence and runes Edit
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Chaos rune 15–40 Common 615–1,640 Pure essence 25 (noted) Common 1,700
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Tarromin seed 1 Uncommon 4 Ranarr seed 1 Uncommon 871 Wildblood seed 1 Uncommon 76 Poison ivy seed 1 Uncommon 51 Spirit weed seed 1 Uncommon 314 Limpwurt seed 1 Uncommon 591 Cactus seed 1 Uncommon 39 Harralander seed 1 Uncommon 8 Whiteberry seed 1 Uncommon 30 Strawberry seed 1 Uncommon 434 Marrentill seed 1 Uncommon 10 Jangerberry seed 1 Uncommon 3 Bittercap mushroom spore 1 Uncommon 13 Belladonna seed 1 Uncommon 34 Irit seed 1 Uncommon 52 Kwuarm seed 1 Uncommon 121 Toadflax seed 1 Rare 859 Avantoe seed 1 Rare 2,191 Lantadyme seed 1 Rare 24,803 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 2,127 Dwarf weed seed 1 Rare 40,532 Watermelon seed 1 Rare 1,953 Torstol seed 1 Rare 50,268 Cadantine seed 1 Rare 1,113
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Potato cactus 8 (noted) Common 4,968 Snape grass 4 (noted) Common 1,244 Limpwurt root 1–2 (noted) Common 1,022–2,044 Gorajian mushroom 1 Uncommon 42 Swamp tar 3 Uncommon 462 Polypore spore 1–100 Uncommon 3–300 Fungal flake 1–90 Uncommon 5–450 Spin ticket 1 Rare Not sold Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold
- They may be related to earth warriors, as their examine option states "A creature of animated earth infested by fungus", and the only animated earth monsters in large numbers are Earth warriors. However, they do drop Accursed ashes, which Earth warriors do not, suggesting that they could be some sort of demon.
- 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.