|Release date||28 November 2011 (Update)|
|XP per kill||Unknown edit|
|Assigned by||Chaeldar, Sumona, Duradel or Lapalok, Kuradal|
|Always drops||Accursed ashes, Neem drupe|
|Examine text||A creature of animated earth, infested with fungus. / This fungal mage has been weakened slightly. (When affected by neem oil)|
The fungal mage is a monster found in the Polypore Dungeon.
If players come closer than one square away from it, it will infest them, dealing fast hits of 2 or 3 life points. However, this can be prevented by using neem oil on it; also, this infestation has a chance to reduce your Prayer points. It should be noted that they are very weak for their level. They have a moderately low max hit and terrible accuracy. Players with fair magical defence are strongly recommended to tank their attacks. Players with a low Magic level and poor magic defensive bonuses however, should 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 then the attacks from the magic attacks themselves.
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.
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 salamander on magic attack mode. Another way is to use the spell fire bolt, as with chaos gauntlets and an arcane stream necklace, it can deal a nice amount of damage comparable to fire blast, and chaos runes are inexpensive.
When sprinkling neem oil they will drop an item which is listed in a separate drops table. Items include such as swamp tar, neem drupe, eye of newt, or a vial of water.
Killing fungal magi can be quite profitable, due to their valuable drops such as fungal flakes, potato cactus, snape grass, pure essence, chaos runes and seeds.
|Body||Ahrim's robe top> Grifolic poncho > Dagon'hai robe top > Fungal poncho > Mystic robe top > Battle Robe Top|
|Legs||Ahrim's robe skirt >Grifolic leggings > Dagon'hai robe bottom > Fungal leggings > Mystic robe bottom > Battle Robe Bottom|
|Shield||Surgebox > Arcane spirit shield > Farseer kiteshield > Mages' book > Sacred clay shield (magic) > Tome of frost > Illuminated unholy book > Illuminated ancient book > Void knight deflector|
|Weapon||Polypore Staff (using its built-in spell) > Staff of light > Mystic lava staff > Lava battlestaff|
|Gloves||Spellcaster gloves > Barrows gloves > Infinity gloves > Mystic gloves|
|Boots||Ragefire boots > Infinity boots > Mystic boots|
|Cape||God cape > Cape of Accomplishment > Obsidian cape|
|Neck||Arcane stream necklace > Third-age amulet > Amulet of Fury > Amulet of Glory|
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 an 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 14,108 kills.
1 charm is dropped at a time.
- Please add to the log (only if 50 or more creatures killed).
Essence and runes
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Chaos rune 15–40 Common 615–1,640 Pure essence 25 (noted) Common 2,125
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Tarromin seed 1 Uncommon 4 Ranarr seed 1 Uncommon 1,019 Wildblood seed 1 Uncommon 36 Spirit weed seed 1 Uncommon 359 Limpwurt seed 1 Uncommon 971 Cactus seed 1 Uncommon 26 Harralander seed 1 Uncommon 9 Whiteberry seed 1 Uncommon 28 Strawberry seed 1 Uncommon 359 Marrentill seed 1 Uncommon 12 Jangerberry seed 1 Uncommon 3 Bittercap mushroom spore 1 Uncommon 10 Belladonna seed 1 Uncommon 33 Irit seed 1 Uncommon 74 Kwuarm seed 1 Uncommon 363 Toadflax seed 1 Rare 702 Avantoe seed 1 Rare 1,890 Lantadyme seed 1 Rare 34,922 Snapdragon seed 1 Rare 2,196 Dwarf weed seed 1 Rare 38,269 Watermelon seed 1 Rare 2,010 Torstol seed 1 Rare 78,509 Cadantine seed 1 Rare 2,354
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Potato cactus 8 (noted) Common 5,048 Snape grass 4 (noted) Common 1,348 Limpwurt root 1–2 (noted) Common 1,128–2,256 Gorajian mushroom 1 Common 45 Polypore spore 1–100 Uncommon 3–300 Fungal flake 1–90 Uncommon 2–180 Starved ancient effigy 1 Very rare Not sold
Neem oil drops
Note: The herbicide from Daemonheim does work with these herb drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Neem drupe 1–2 Common Not sold Eye of newt 1–2 Common 8–16 Swamp tar 1–3 Common 271–813 Fungal flake 1–75 Uncommon 2–150 Ganodermic flake 1–2 Uncommon 286–572 Polypore spore 1–75 Uncommon 3–225 Vial of water 1–2 Uncommon 20–40 Grimy harralander 1–2 Uncommon 652–1,304 Grimy ranarr 1–2 Uncommon 2,160–4,320 Grimy marrentill 1–2 Rare 44–88 Grimy guam 1–2 Rare 539–1,078 Grimy tarromin 1–2 Rare 249–498 Grimy irit 1–2 Rare 1,743–3,486 Grimy cadantine 1–2 Rare 2,507–5,014 Grimy kwuarm 1–2 Rare 2,471–4,942 Grimy avantoe 1–2 Rare 4,128–8,256 Grimy lantadyme 1–2 Rare 7,850–15,700 Grimy dwarf weed 1–2 Rare 8,195–16,390 Snapdragon seed 1–2 Very rare 2,196–4,392
- 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 high amounts is the earth Warrior.
- When the fungal mage is assigned for a Slayer task, the Slayer masters call them fungal magi (because the plural of "mage" is "magi" since the word has Latin origin).
- Fungal mages have a very fast respawn rate; as soon as they are killed, within 5 seconds they will respawn.
- 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.
- When neem oil is scattered on them their back loses its bright green colour. When the effect has worn off they return back to their normal green colour.