How to "Beat Plague Inc." Fungus on Normal

Updated on March 28, 2019
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A Walkthrough of Plague Inc. 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:

  • 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.
  • Secondly, once everyone or all the countries and people are infected, devolve the points you put in during the tutorial one by one. Work backwards to devolve them. I cannot stress that enough. Folks who follow the tutorial still lose because they missed that point.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  1. Start in India.
  2. Devolve all symptoms/mutations until everyone is infected.
  3. Build your DNA points to 66. This may take a while, but you will not regret doing so.
  4. Put the 66 points into:
    Air 1
    Air 2
    Water 1
    Water 2
    Extreme Bioaresol
  5. Build your DNA points to 33
  6. Put the 33 points into:
    Drug Resistance 1
    Cold Resistance 1
    Cold Resistance 2
  7. Build your DNA Points to 75
  8. Put the 75 points into:
    Heat Resistance 1
    Heat Resistance 2
    Environmental Hardening
  9. Build your points—you will end up at 70-80 DNA points
  10. 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.
  11. Once all the countries are red, check to make sure everyone is infected.
  12. One by one, work backward to devolve your abilities and transmissions.
  13. Allow mutations; stop devolving them.
  14. Work to Total Organ Failure. In this test, I went:
    Coughing
    Sneezing
    Immune Suppression
    Total Organ Failure
  15. (Optional) You have waited long enough, spend the rest of your points as you see fit.

Video (Different from My Tutorial): Plague Inc. Evolved Fungus Normal Walkthrough

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Questions & Answers

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

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

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      Jack Wagon 

      3 days ago

      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.

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      Kadyceps 

      2 weeks ago

      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.

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      CoCoGamer 

      3 weeks ago

      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!

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      sara 

      4 weeks ago

      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!

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      Emma 

      4 weeks ago

      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!

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      Kevin 

      5 weeks ago

      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.

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      Draizan 

      5 weeks ago

      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

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      Nicol 

      6 weeks ago

      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.

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      XD 

      6 weeks ago

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

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      Tang32 

      7 weeks ago

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

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      Daniel Han 

      7 weeks ago

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

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      Adriana 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      SuperSyazz 

      2 months ago

      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

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      Simon 

      2 months ago

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

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      Brad 

      2 months ago

      Didn’t work

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

      Anyone else have a method that works?

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      Panzerschrekt 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      Emi 

      2 months ago

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

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      Nayden 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      Connie 

      2 months ago

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

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      lun 

      2 months ago

      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.

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      nayden 

      2 months ago

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

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      Toby 

      3 months ago

      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

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      erica 

      3 months ago

      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!!

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      Lily 

      3 months ago

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

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      Ugh 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      dirty fungus woman 

      3 months ago

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

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      Cheese 

      3 months ago

      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

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      Shay 

      3 months ago

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

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      Some one 

      3 months ago

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

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      Tipdude! 

      3 months ago

      Tip!

      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}

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      Brian 

      3 months ago

      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.

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      Keenan 

      3 months ago

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

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      Ashleign 

      3 months ago

      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?

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      Вяус 

      4 months ago

      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.

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      Pete 

      4 months ago

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

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      OneLilRaccoon 

      4 months ago

      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%.

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      Ofek 

      4 months ago

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

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      Potato 

      4 months ago

      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 :)

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      Demig0d 

      5 months ago

      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!

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      Demig0d 

      5 months ago

      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

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      What? 

      5 months ago

      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.

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      no 

      5 months ago

      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.

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      Grateful Gamer 

      5 months ago

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

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      Me 

      5 months ago

      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

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      Anonymous 

      5 months ago

      worked first try! amazing!

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      SavedByBlood1979 

      5 months ago

      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.

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      Bradaesc 

      6 months ago

      It worked for me

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      Huwar 

      6 months ago

      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!

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      Aimer 

      6 months ago

      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.

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      Jake 

      7 months ago

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

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      Aimer 

      7 months ago

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

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      peh1696 

      7 months ago

      it is working! thanks

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      Mike Goon 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      S Tan 

      7 months ago

      Works ! Thx !

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      Shoka 

      7 months ago

      i played step by step and it doesn't work

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      Good ole brownie 

      7 months ago

      I lost because i spent a lot of DNA points on "Spore burst."

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      Courtney Rhodes 

      7 months ago

      i wonder if the game would be as popular if it didnt involve infecting people with disease. instead spread goodwill? transfer into real life.

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      civy 

      7 months ago

      in step 1 does it mean infect everyone in the world or everyone in india??????

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      Ben 

      7 months ago

      U know this doesn’t work, right?

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      skeltal 

      8 months ago

      1663 days and 6880 points but 47%cure progress

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      Ivan 

      8 months ago

      Worked very well. Forgot to devolve the symptoms and had to spend some points on a genetic reshuffle because of this. New Zealand wasn’t infectimg fast enough so I added rats which did the trick. All in all a great walkthrough.

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      Shade 

      8 months ago

      @Sam You know this is a fungus walkthrough right? You get points for devolving.

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      Donovan 

      8 months ago

      Followed it to a t and won thank u man

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      Shadow 

      8 months ago

      Guys, I'll answer the complaints in these comments

      You need to devolve your symptoms or else you will get noticed, getting symptoms will increase chance of severity therefore increased chance of you getting noticed.

      The reason most of you failed is that you didn't infect everybody, you need everybody to be infected otherwise when you kill people, not everybody is infected so nobody dies. This is why most people lost in this game.

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      anon 

      8 months ago

      1586 days and 47% cure

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      Sam 

      8 months ago

      I didn't devolve any of the transmissions or abilities... i didnt see the point in that? And i won after getting deadly symptoms after i infected everyone. And with spare points from not devolving anything i was able to do more fatal symptoms than you did. And it killed them faster. The cure was only at 50%. Was there a purpose for devolving that i can't see?

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      anonymous 

      9 months ago

      Oof , it works! in fact i had 30 extra points at the end.

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      Xavier 

      9 months ago

      Everyone was infected, about an hour of waiting for that, and when I upgraded the symptoms, 95% of the population was healthy again out of nowhere...

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      Thenobleshrimp 

      9 months ago

      It worked! Only one so far I have found that does! Internet toxicity has killed humanity!

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      Lucy 

      10 months ago

      This was great! Thank you so much! :D

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      Anthony 

      10 months ago

      Doesnt work, the cure got faster

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      Mike 

      10 months ago

      Not enough points at the end

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      Lori 

      10 months ago

      I FOLLOWED EVERY STEP EXACTLY AND THEY ALWAYS CURE IT BEFORE THE LAST COUNTRY IS INFECTED I CAN'TTTTTTT

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      Someone 

      11 months ago

      Thank you! This is very helpful!

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      DR 

      11 months ago

      Thank you! I have gotten very close repeatedly and it'd gotten to where was more annoying than fun! Now I can move on!

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      CHICKENS!!! 

      11 months ago

      it worked perfectly. I could not do it without the tips thanks.

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      mypalcal 

      11 months ago

      THANK YOU!!!!!

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      Funguy 

      11 months ago

      Worked like a charm!

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      Bren 

      11 months ago

      It costs dna point to disolve stuff so cant make points up

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      REC 

      11 months ago

      Awesome! Worked perfectly. Thank you!! I was really stuck.

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      aaaaaaaaaaaaa 

      11 months ago

      for whatever reason i named my fungus poop go boom, but what supposed to happen is that whenever you do go poop, your feces will literally explode, it wont harm you but if the poop touches your skin the fungus itself will go inside, (and kill you.)

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      Corvus88 

      12 months ago

      Perfectionist 37% Human extension

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      Ya boii 

      12 months ago

      This is really great. Some of these also work on brutal so u can get cheats! Maybe put some instuctions for the scenarios?

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      Mike 

      12 months ago

      It didn’t work because I did everything that it said and by the time that every one was infected I was not able to get anymore points and my fungus was eradicated

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      JamieBoi 

      12 months ago

      By ‘everyone’ do you mean India or the world?

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      BlazingBlace 

      12 months ago

      oh my GOD greenland was so annoying. JUST when greenland was infected, i instantly evolved total organ failure, but right at that moment, my fungus was eradicated.

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      Kim 

      12 months ago

      Worked perfectly, Thx

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      JustJenn142 

      12 months ago

      Worked like a charm! Long game but it works!

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      Tigrias 

      12 months ago

      Doesn’t work

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      Dax 

      12 months ago

      It didn't work for the first 2 times but im trying it again

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      JR1911 

      12 months ago

      Thanks for the guide, it worked flawlessly on the first attempt :). I had been struggling to get a fungal victory.

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      goober 

      13 months ago

      keep in mind there are random events that can help or hurt your virus progress. for each virus there is more than 1 way to kill and sometimes the events stop you. luck is involved

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      Brian 

      13 months ago

      This is awesome!

      It perfectly work for me.

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      Lucas 

      13 months ago

      Didn't work for me. :(

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      Ayayayayay 

      13 months ago

      I don't even remember that you can devolve your symptoms... No wonder it get detected so quickly.. Great Walkthrough!

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      Paul 

      13 months ago

      Awesome walkthrough!! Nothing to Change, nothing to add, worked like a charm!!!

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      woogi 

      13 months ago

      so easy once you understand it.. damn it.. I pulled all nighter to do this alone..

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      Saugat shakya 

      15 months ago

      Takes a lot of patience but works

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      marcuscaine 

      15 months ago

      This worked pretty well for me. I did air and water to the max, along with bird II, livestock II, mosquito I, and needles II to increase rate of mutation.

      I also started in India

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      Kurohyou 

      15 months ago

      Worked perfectly, didn’t have to evolve past the 2nd stage of the elements and transmissions, was able to beat it in 1257 days

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