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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.

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 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 Virtus Book > 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 Virtus Wand > 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 ashesAccursed ashes1Always197
Neem drupeNeem drupe1–3AlwaysNot sold


Charm drop numbers
No charmGold charmGreen charmCrimson charmBlue charm
Represents a 90% confidence range.
Based on a sample of 27,310 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
Please add to the log.
(Only if 50 or more creatures are killed)


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Herb seed 5Marrentill seed1Uncommon6
Herb seed 5Tarromin seed1Uncommon6
Herb seed 5Harralander seed1Uncommon7
Herb seed 5Ranarr seed1Uncommon974
Wildblood seed 5Wildblood seed1Uncommon85
Poison ivy seed 5Poison ivy seed1Uncommon11
Spirit weed seed 5Spirit weed seed1Uncommon406
Limpwurt seed 5Limpwurt seed1Uncommon1,235
Cactus seed 5Cactus seed1Uncommon82
Whiteberry seed 5Whiteberry seed1Uncommon8
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1Uncommon526
Jangerberry seed 5Jangerberry seed1Uncommon1
Bittercap mushroom spore 5Bittercap mushroom spore1Uncommon16
Belladonna seed 5Belladonna seed1Uncommon97
Herb seed 5Irit seed1Uncommon184
Herb seed 5Kwuarm seed1Uncommon361
Herb seed 5Toadflax seed1Rare787
Herb seed 5Avantoe seed1Rare708
Herb seed 5Snapdragon seed1Rare1,035
Herb seed 5Cadantine seed1Rare629
Herb seed 5Lantadyme seed1Rare16,920
Herb seed 5Dwarf weed seed1Rare20,998
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1Rare2,421
Herb seed 5Torstol seed1Rare12,549


Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Polypore spore 5Polypore spore1–100Common2–200
Fungal flake 5Fungal flake1–90Common3–270
Snape grassSnape grass4 (noted)Common332
Limpwurt rootLimpwurt root1 (noted)Common1,517
Gorajian mushroomGorajian mushroom1Common40
Pure essencePure essence15–25 (noted)Common225–375
Potato cactusPotato cactus8 (noted)Common16,984
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 market price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot 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.

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