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How to Beat "Plague Inc." Fungus on Normal

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How to Beat Fungus on Normal

Warning: Fungus is by far the longest game level you will play on Plague Inc. It's not the hardest, but it is a long, drawn-out process.

I have reworked my tutorial for this to make it as fast as possible. Follow my directions carefully and you will succeed. There are a few things you need to know before we get started, though.

What You Need to Know Before the Walkthrough

  • You May Need to Check to See If Everyone Is Infected: At the end, when everyone is infected, it may not say, "Everyone is infected." You may have to check. All the countries will be red, but it may not pop up the message until after you start killing everyone. So, don't freak out.
  • Work Backward to Devolve Points: Secondly, once everyone or all the countries and people are infected, devolve the points you put in during the tutorial one by one. Work backward to devolve them. I cannot stress that enough. Folks who follow the tutorial still lose because they missed that point.
  • Send Me Your Feedback: Thirdly, I need your feedback. Fungus kind of burned me out on tutorials. I have beat the game and I do have strategies, but I need your help. Tell me in the comments section which level you need a tutorial for and I will do my best to post one. Follow me for more.
  • For an Easier Experience, Buy the Game: Lastly, I recommend you buy the game. It's a couple of dollars, but it will speed the game up by at least 50%, and the ads disappear. It's the single best decision I have made.

Let's get started!

This "Plague Inc." walkthrough includes everything you need to win one of the more difficult levels of the game.

This "Plague Inc." walkthrough includes everything you need to win one of the more difficult levels of the game.

Plague Inc. Fungus on Normal Walkthrough

  1. Start in India.
  2. Devolve all symptoms/mutations until everyone is infected.

Build Your DNA Points to 66

Put the 66 points into:

  • Air 1
  • Air 2
  • Water 1
  • Water 2
  • Extreme Bioaerosol

Build Your DNA points to 33

Put the 33 points into:

  • Drug Resistance 1
  • Cold Resistance 1
  • Cold Resistance 2

Build Your DNA Points to 75

Put the 75 points into:

  • Heat Resistance 1
  • Heat Resistance 2
  • Environmental Hardening

Build Your DNA Points to 70–80

Note: At this point, the last country may take a while to infect. You'll have the option of using a spore burst. This will infect the last country. Do so if you cannot wait.

Once all the countries are red, you must check each one to make sure everyone is infected.

Once all the countries are red, you must check each one to make sure everyone is infected.

Check Infection Status and Devolve

  1. Once all the countries are red, check to make sure everyone is infected.
  2. One by one, work backward to devolve your abilities and transmissions.
  3. Allow mutations; stop devolving them.

Achieve Total Organ Failure

Work to Total Organ Failure. In this test, I went:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Immune Suppression
  • Total Organ Failure

Optional: You have waited long enough, spend the rest of your points as you see fit.

Fungus is one of the longest and drawn-out levels in the game.

Fungus is one of the longest and drawn-out levels in the game.

"Plague Inc. Evolved" Fungus Normal Walkthrough

Questions & Answers

Question: What happens if they start to cure and it goes really fast?

Answer: Bail out! Bail out! Seriously start over and go slow. Fungus sucks like that.


amazing! on September 09, 2020:

All plague inc. tutorials from you worked first try, now I’m on bio weapon.

peterson cooks on August 03, 2020:

worked first try

Epic Man on July 16, 2020:

I tried once and failed, tried again but once this time when I got total organ failure I got all the cure prevention abilities and won with the cure at 49%

Erin on May 12, 2020:

Cure was found too quickly all times.

Charles on April 16, 2020:

Tried twice, at the first try the cure was finished a little too fast but when i tried again this walkthrough worked perfectly for me.

Thank you so much Ashleign. Good job!

Mairead on April 12, 2020:

It worked perfectly on the first time! It gets worrying when the cure starts almost right away and cure planes start zooming left and right up and down but then everyone starts dying, and it’s satisfying to watch the work break down, I finished and won at 2062 days and 62% of the cure was completed, hope this

John on April 03, 2020:

doesn't work. Symptoms mutate to fast and cost to much. I was never even able to save up enough for the first set of upgrades

idk on April 02, 2020:

5 times I tried the same 5 times and the same happens always the cure goes fast like once it went from 40 to 95%

alistar of david path on March 31, 2020:

did not work

Andrew on March 23, 2020:

1,556 days with the cure at 58 % complete. You're a godsend, thank you so much. That was a pain

idk on March 18, 2020:

thx 1472 days cure 52% done'

Anu on March 18, 2020:

It worked at the first try!

Sexualchoco on February 24, 2020:

My plague named Itchy feet killed everyone in 1367 days and the cure was 55% done

Wief on February 24, 2020:

This worked great for me. Tip: you can speed up the gameplay by clicking on the calendar in the upper right corner. That really helps with the slow game-play (just be ready to pop bubbles quickly).

DonnellyCtt on February 21, 2020:

So i followed every step and i'm stuck at 43 DNA points. Groenland, Madagascar and Philippines are not infected. The problem is, they don't have an airport and my fungus doesnt travel with boats. I'm gonna try again

It didnt work thanks for the 1 hour wasted on February 14, 2020:


P on February 08, 2020:

1041 days to destroy humanity!!!

David on February 04, 2020:

It hasn't worked for me, tried two times.

I think that the problem is in me, or should I buy more drug res'?

aka on February 02, 2020:

I think air n wat 1-2, cold n heat res 1-2 will be the main progress?

blin on February 01, 2020:

it worked for the first time!

i didn't need to devolve my abilities and transmission stuff and i saved up to around 60-70 dna till i worked up to total organ failure

worked from what you said + insomnia, paranoia, insanity, and coma

1669 days 45% cure tysm

yeah on February 01, 2020:

same as below bruh

Dafuq on February 01, 2020:

This method did not work, they cured that bih so fast and I never get back enough dna for organ failure

Loveyoulongtime on January 31, 2020:

1602 days, 50% cure.

I will never forget it, thank you.

Courtney on January 30, 2020:

2121 days Cure 42% done - on the first try :) Thanks for the walkthrough. Followed step by step and it worked.

Jamieleel1983 on January 27, 2020:

Finally beat it at day 1554 and 93% cure...i may have jumped the gun a little bit when it was time for total organ failure lol Thank You!

V on January 26, 2020:

It worked! It took 1416 days. You have to wait until EVERYONE is infected and devolve EVERY symptom that appears automatically until then. After that develop the above mentioned symptoms and wait until everyone hopelessly dies.

Jenz on January 23, 2020:

Your tutorials are awesome, thanks for making them :)

Joe on January 22, 2020:

I won day 1114 With the cure at 54%. After you follow the step you will want to devolve all of the point except for drug Resist. Also try to get as much DNA as you can before upgrading your symptoms because if you do upgrade them too slowly then they have enough time to make a cure.

Guest on January 04, 2020:

This was perfect! 1515 days, 48% was the highest they ever got the cure.

Gabriel on December 31, 2019:

I did it! In 1,712 days and 72% cure, I won!

But, please remember this:

Devolve any mutated diseases that pop up on the screen. If you did not devolve it, the cure will start earlier. To devolve, if something appears in the screen, rather something like this: “Nausea has been mutated”, go to Disease, go to Symptoms, find the symptom that has been mutated ex. Nausea, and devolve it for a refund of 2 DNA points. The reason why you should devolve the mutated disease is because it can start the cure earlier because of a minor checkup, and it will be researched, and cure effort will increase, which is bad for you. Also, it can be beneficial because it can speed up the process by refunding 2 DNA points.

And some people complained that the devolving ruined everything. No, it’s not. It can save you some points to kill humanity.

Those are some common problems that make people complain.

hdf on December 23, 2019:

didnd work

Chrisie on December 12, 2019:

This worked great for me. 2192 days, 32% Cure, score 8500. I also did insomnia, paranoia, inflammation, paralysis, coma as well as the ones suggested and any which increased severity. Don't do fever though, that helps the cure.

The great unknown on December 12, 2019:

The cheats also didn't work for me but i am going to try amit again and not devolve any of the abilities

Jeff on December 08, 2019:

Doesn’t work well, I tried it multiple times and it did not work.

Hi on December 08, 2019:

Best fungus walkthrough it's perfect

Elyse on December 06, 2019:

I tried this one again only I did it with brutal to see if it work. It did, although I did have a few variations. I used the genes: (DNA) Catalytic Switch, (Mutation) Genetic Mimic, (Travel) Suppression, (Environment) Extremophile, (Evolution) Translesion+. I also devolved any symptoms that mutated. You must use genes to beat brutal or mega brutal.

Christa on December 06, 2019:

Worked wonders for me! Freaked out for a bit cuz cure was going pretty quick. It's at 72 and they are about dead. Thank you

Elyse on November 12, 2019:

Instead of doing: coughing, sneezing, immune suppression, total organ failure, I did: insomnia, paranoia, inflammation, paralysis, coma, and then total organ failure. It may have taken more points but my cure percentage did not go higher than 48%.

Jessica on October 28, 2019:

I won but it was scary. The countries were dying but the cure was increasing very fast after I devolved the abilities. By the time I got all the drug abilities back, the cure was at 83% til I got the genetic reshuffle. It went down to 68%. It wiped out the planet when the cure reached 76%. Nerve wrecking, but this helped a lot

Patrick on October 27, 2019:

Ayyyy! Thanks for this! Greenland ended up being a spore country at the very end because it just would not move to it for whatever reason I got a little nervous cuz the cure got to 68% but petered out there as the world population dropped to 40k. Finally I can move onto the next level

SMR on October 25, 2019:

YESSSS!!! It worked! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Chris Wright on October 24, 2019:

Thanks for walk through followed it to the letter and it worked perfectly

Freddie on October 23, 2019:

This did not work. Devolving everything ruined it. Thanks for nothing.

Gina on September 09, 2019:

Thank you so much!! This level was driving me up a wall. I could not beat it and often rage-quit. I followed this and won! Thanks again!

Danyusha on August 28, 2019:

Your tutorial worked great. As always. Had to use 3 spore bursts but that was fine. Thank you!!

Oof on August 01, 2019:

This works on brutal just need a bit of luck from mutations usually for total organ failure or you can go coughing and go left side if you just want total organ failure and save some points

James on July 30, 2019:

When do I use the spore bursts

Jack Wagon on July 14, 2019:

I think the best way to infect people is to upgrade every transmission and then once everyone is infected devolve the transmissions and then use this tutorial, these two ways paired together pretty much guarantee you to win Fungus on normal difficulty.

Kadyceps on July 02, 2019:

I did pneumonia track to organ failure. It saved a few points. Then when i took all my points out of transmission and environment resistance, i put it into genetic hardening 1 and 2. Then did the insomnia and insanity symptoms. Coma makes it hard to cure too.

CoCoGamer on June 26, 2019:

When it says you will end up with 70-80 DNA points, I ended up with 33 and lost the game. Tell me what I might have done wrong!

sara on June 16, 2019:

Finally beat this level, thank you! So a little help for others that may have been making the same mistake I was when I followed through the steps. (and apologies if someone else has already addressed this)

First do not misread like I did and focus on actively evolving symptoms in the host country. You need to Devolve game generated ones

Devolving- this is crucial because as someone has mentioned system/mutations are what inflicts the game to start searching for a cure.

Once you have selected your county, I did India, the fungus will spread and evolve on its own so a pop up will say for instance "Nausea symptom mutated" as soon as you see this go to the Disease panel, go to the symptom tab, highlight the game generated evolved system and click on the bottom right "devolve". It will ask "Do you want to remove this trait? You will get 2 DNA points returned" Click Yes. This is what you need to do every time a symptom evolves/mutates on its own. This is the key to not having a county begin research into a cure. As instructed do this all the way through until step 13.

Now note** do not confuse devolving game generated symptoms/mutations/traits with the process of the explicitly stated traits you are instructed to evolve like in step 4, 6 and 7. These are strategically planned traits you need to evolve in order for your fungus to spread. Only after the whole world is infected are you instructed to then go back and one by one, work backwards to devolve said abilities.

The whole world was infected and they still hadn't prompted a research cure team when I finally won.

Good luck!

Emma on June 15, 2019:

Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to beat this type of disease for a reaaaally long time and finally decided to ask for help and I got it! Thanks!

Kevin on June 12, 2019:

I have found that if you start in hot countries, it is absolutely useless to imvest in heat resistance at all. Every time I have done so, it has simply been a waste of DNA points and I have lost. For fungus, I only start in hot countries, only invest in water and air transmission, maxing out both, and resistance 1 and 2. I then save all of my DNA points until I get everyone infected and then invest in symptoms, starting from coughing and branching towards total organ failure. I invest the rest in genetic hardening and reshuffle. It works every single time. It may take a little longer, but I win every single time.

Draizan on June 12, 2019:

So far, fungus is harder than bacteria/virus

I've killed 98% of world population, save for majority of peru, iceland, findalnd and italy

Gotta try again

Nicol on June 01, 2019:

I started in Russia and everyone got infected just by upgrading to extreme bioaerosol and heat resistance 1. You don’t need the cold/heat resistance on level 2.

XD on June 01, 2019:

If you want to save DNA don't spend it on Enviro Hardening, you don't need it.

Tang32 on May 26, 2019:

Thanks man works great i couldnt have done it without your help

Daniel Han on May 23, 2019:

I don’t understand what you meant by devolving abilities and stuff, what were we supposed to do

Adriana on May 16, 2019:

Worked perfectly! I didn't have to use spore burst, though. In the end I had to buy more lethal symptoms as the cure was about to catch up, luckily I had around 60 spare DNA points after devolving all the abilities and transmissions.

For anyone confused about what he meant by "devolve until everyone is infected" it means that you have to devolve any new symptom that appears when the fungus randomly mutates so the disease is not detected by governments; people will get infected anyway even if the disease has no symtom whatsoever.

SuperSyazz on May 04, 2019:

This is a great strategy I just read it for 5 minutes I just past the level in the normal mode with satisfying way...thanks

Simon on May 03, 2019:

I dont understand step 2. Devolve until everyone is infected. Well if i dont have any symptoms, no one will get infected, period. ?!

Brad on April 30, 2019:

Didn’t work

I followed the instructions exactly several times and modified it a bit several times

Anyone else have a method that works?

Panzerschrekt on April 23, 2019:

Thanks, this strategy helped me to beat fungus, but i modify it and start in Saudi Arabia, I got 83770 points, 48% cure progress, 388 days in game, and 4 biohazard.

Emi on April 22, 2019:

This works also with brutal mode. Though, you have to pay more attention to your DNA costs

Nayden on April 21, 2019:

hey i know how to make people die go to 2nd then go to in then the other to the brain but it worked then i saw 1 dead then more dead.

Connie on April 19, 2019:

Worked like a charm! I just had to shuffle the dna and add more lethality so that the cure didn’t catch up lol

lun on April 19, 2019:

when i infected all i didnt have enough dna points for the total organ failure

cure reached 100 percent before all died

a few people got cured so failed.

nayden on April 19, 2019:

i use spore burst then when i got 75% red it say Plague inc. has not been noticed

Toby on April 18, 2019:

puttintg points into drug resistance is useless in all my playthroughs they haven't started coming up with a cure until after everyone is infected by that titme i'm already putting points into the symptoms. So what i'm gonna do this next time around not put any points into drug resistance and see what happens

erica on April 16, 2019:

my issue is that it doesnt say you need the spore blast. However i am just currently waiting on america to do its thing taking for ever!!

Lily on April 15, 2019:

Thanks, I thought it wasn't going to work but it did! I have been stuck on this level for days

Ugh on April 14, 2019:

This did not help at all. The cure ended up reaching 100% before everyone was even infected, and i even did all the dna reshuffles to try to hold off the cure.

dirty fungus woman on April 11, 2019:

I'm actually about to vomit i hate this game i cannot pass fungal

Cheese on April 10, 2019:

This works perfectly but the problem with something working perfectly you have to follow exactly. I got 3 spore burst and you were only supposed to get one and one didnt work so in the end I didnt have enough dna to get total organ failure till the cure was 50% So I recommend this site for help on thse levels but follow it exactly bevause I had to learn that the hard way wasting nearly an hour

Shay on April 09, 2019:

Was stuck on fungus for way too long, this worked like a charm, thanks!

Some one on April 03, 2019:

Thanks for the tutorial! I was completely stuck on fungus. It worked like a charm

Tipdude! on March 30, 2019:


Win the first plague? save close to the end and do the same thing over and over to get all the ability's! {i do not take credit for this cheat i got it from a youtuber}

Brian on March 24, 2019:

Could i just ask which difficulty you did this on because i did it on normal and it failed because i couldnt get dna points quick enough to beat the cure on step 7. Thanks for putting the time into making the tutorial though because it realy helped until step 7.

Keenan on March 22, 2019:

Why would you do step 12. Doesn't that cost DNA points to devolve?

Ashleign (author) on March 20, 2019:

Hey.. Thanks for taking the time out to make a well written comment. I often look at myself after writing a comment on a comment. Perhaps because I am so good looking?

Вяус on March 19, 2019:

For anyone doing this on brutal. I had to spend more time waiting during the first phase of the game. so instead of 66 went up to 80

Then again kept building up to over 90 and kept it there.

Didn’t need the second heat resistance or extreme Bioaerosol.

I think this works because at the start you get dna for devolving mutations but at some point you start having to pay so by the time the whole world is infected ... you can’t make lethal mutations.

Now i’m off to have a long hard look at myself for taking time to review a level skip tutorial about a mobile phone game.

Pete on March 04, 2019:

THANK YOU SO MUCH! ive been stuck on fungus for like 2 days and its been driving me nuts

OneLilRaccoon on February 25, 2019:

Thank you a lot for your work, I followed the instructions and I was able to beat the game in 1548 days and the cure completion was below 50%.

Ofek on February 22, 2019:

Well, it takes forever, but it actually worked!!! Thanks!

Potato on February 21, 2019:

Would have worked fine if I was platient and waiting to upgrade to seizure all at once. If u had then would would be dead. But I got inpatient and i failed. SO WIAT AND SAVE. Becuase otherwise u will die :)

Demig0d on February 15, 2019:

Update: I just beat this on brutal first try both times i got a score of 8070 3 bio hazards 78% cure, thank you again!

Demig0d on February 15, 2019:

I must thank you sir! I was able to get cure 35 % with a score of 10120! Great work this was the best guide i have seen on fungus

What? on February 11, 2019:

I followed every single instruction and they found a cure after I had already evolved organ failure. I don't understand why it didn't work.

no on February 07, 2019:

These instructions were not specific enough. Did I need to devolve my symptoms too? I needed 2 dna points to get organ failure. They developed a cure in time.

Grateful Gamer on February 05, 2019:

Worked like a charm, started in Iceland and still worked. Took me 2 169 game days to do, finished with the cure on 64%.

Me on January 28, 2019:

Thank you so much! I'd tried killing of the world with a fungus about 5 different times, these instructions were a success! I actually skipped steps 1, 3, 5, and 7. I started in the US and instead of building my points and then buying the suggested abilities I waited until I had enough to purchase each one individually. This was successful so that I had all the abilities and 80% of the world wasn't infected so I ended up saving DNA to 100+. I usef a lot of those points+the desolved ones to purchase symptoms and drug resistance. Thanks again you were a big help

Anonymous on January 24, 2019:

worked first try! amazing!

SavedByBlood1979 on January 21, 2019:

Can't get it to work, have tried several times, once 8# is completed I'm supposed to do step #9, there are not enough pop up bubbles to get to 70-80 DNA points, DNA rises to a max of 44. Also Greenland does not get infected at all, in the end the cure comes and I'm stuck at 44 and every country has the fungus except Greenland.

Bradaesc on December 26, 2018:

It worked for me

Huwar on December 25, 2018:

Did as the tutorial said. But Carribean just wouldn't get infected! The cure won of course. cause I had no points to develop the other cure thing!

Aimer on December 20, 2018:

Tried it again and ended up having to use 4 spore bursts because 4 countries were just not getting infected, so I didn't have enough points to get Total Organ Failure.

Jake on December 19, 2018:

Didn’t understand step 1 but I ignored it and worked thanks

Aimer on December 15, 2018:

Ran out of points to get Total Organ Failure and the cure was found before i could kill everyone

peh1696 on December 09, 2018:

it is working! thanks

Mike Goon on December 01, 2018:

I almost lost on this. I used Cheat Engine to get my points all the way to "Organ Failure" Other way it really helped me. (Oh, don't use cheat engine if you don't have to. Because using Cheat Engine to get infinite points will just lead you to "It killed all it's hosts but some healthy people survived!" So i don't really recommend you using cheat engine. I only used it because i was running out of time before the cure is going to succeed.)

50% Cure by the way.