How to Beat Plague Inc. Fungus on Normal

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:
    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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CaptainYanev 11 days ago

Worked like a charm! Thanks man! Score Total 7570, Time 1882 days, Cure on 44% complete.

Harriso 12 days ago

Didnt work i ran out of dna so i couldnt make it dangerouse and when i eventually got some dna the cure was made before i reached 5 million

Broll 13 days ago

Up until I read this walkthrough, I had a very hard time getting past Fungus. This was very helpful! Thank you!

Kerri 2 weeks ago

This worked for me! You really do have to make sure that *no* symptoms are allowed to stay evolved, not even coughing. The advantage is that you do get dna points back if they mutate on their own and you choose to devolve them, which means you can focus on transmission and abilities. This seems to prevent the world from realizing that they're infected, so by the time they start dying it's too late.

For me, once I got to the point that people started dying, I then started earning more DNA points from how fast they were going - I put this into more drug resistance and slowing down the lab just to be safe. The cure was 60% done and it took me about 1600 days.

Lorbez 2 weeks ago

Worked like a charm!! I had been trying to get past fungus and OMG never made it until I tried searching for a solution and ran into this :) Thanks!

Dennise 3 weeks ago

i followed the step by step, to be honest i infected the whole world without using the spore ability. The moment i infected the whole world and they haven notice or working on the cure yet, i devolved everything and plant it all as per your suggested symptoms. THE FUCKING JOY I SEE PEOPLE DYING IMMEDIATELY and the world breaks apart. 1407 days for this run.

Agamer 4 weeks ago

Im not joking, but this walkthrough works perfectly on paid iOS/Android app of plague, i don't even evolve those spore thingy. 1927 days though ._.

elgran492 4 weeks ago

So what I take from all this is that is is next to impossible to beat this God forsaken fungus level on normal without buy the app...?! Geeze...

I swear, everything I get close to where I get every country infected the cure bar pretty much shoots forward. Last time I killed about half the world population and the cure was at 49% and it shoto up by 2% everyday.... wtf?! Then they give you no DNA points to even give you a chance to slow the cure down at all...?

Tess 4 weeks ago

It worked, but I modified the genetic code with Genetic Mimic and the cure was 67% completed

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Ashleign 4 weeks ago from Alabama Author

Okay, we will take a look at it. Thanks for the comment. Sorry for the failure.

vaultdweller 4 weeks ago

I'm so glad that I wasted an hour and a half of my time for this tutorial that didn't work at all. Toph's comment down the thread did work on the first try, however.

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Ashleign 6 weeks ago from Alabama Author

I do not have an iPhone. I will say this, if you have the free version of the game it is significantly more difficult than if you own the full version on the phone. Please make sure you have the game set to normal also, other users have had similar issues in using iOS versions of the game. It is 3 years old but it is updated regularly. Should I find another solution for your problem, it will be updated on the page. Thank you for you comment.

Connor 6 weeks ago

I play on iOS not on the steam version or PC/MAC version or whatever, and personally i think the difficulty on iOS or iPhone/iPad is more difficult. The cure develops insanely fast. Once i have infected mostly everyone the cure is probably at 50%. Once i start to evolve lethal symptoms the cure speeds up and i only end up killing around 1-2b people before they get the cure. I followed the exact steps and devolve anything and everything I can but is still not enough to slow the cure or kill faster. If anyone has a guide on fungus for iOS, please help.

Btw i realized this was posted 3+ years ago but is the only guide i really see on the internet.

maddy 6 weeks ago

Worked first time, thanks very much

Brennan 7 weeks ago

Worked to a god darn tee. When it was found it, it was only a "minor" sickness. Damn Greenland wouldn't get infected so I had to use one spur.

Anyway, worked perfectly. Thank you.

LeeLee 2 months ago

Thank you so much for this. I must have played fungus over 20 times and would get close but they either find a cure or some were left alive.

I followed your steps exactly and won! You're the best.

Brandi 2 months ago

Just tried beating Fungus on Normal going by your step by step instructions, and I never infected everyone. They had the cure before I could infect everyone. I had Greenland, Central Africa and Sudan that had zero infected.

Miles Reed 2 months ago

I will say if you follow it will work biggest key stressed at the beginning. Devolve all mutations and symptoms! That is the key with out these there is no need for a cure awesome I was stuck for a while great tips walk through and game play two thumbs up

Sheminda 2 months ago

Added coma and paralysis cuz I had points to spare. Stopped cure at 74%. Would've taken at least 3 more tries to figure it out myself after 5-7.

hannah 2 months ago

thanks so much!

REDHEADEDTAX7 2 months ago

im stuck with 55 points and evrybody is infeceted should i just go for it

E.N.D 2 months ago

It works!!

Metacitrus 2 months ago

Worked for me the second time, though.

Metacitrus 2 months ago

Didn't work for me for some reason.

derick 3 months ago

Why does this work so well everyone infected without being detected is insane. What game mechanic do i not understand?

MizterRaven 3 months ago

so far this strategy has worked for me no matter which type I choose

Someone 3 months ago

Everyone infected, half killed, and they just noticed it Xddd

nikaJK 3 months ago

I had tried about 8 times before and failed this level. Followed your instructions and won on 1st try. Great tips.

Hiisi 3 months ago

Worked on a first try, thank you!

Fungusman 3 months ago

Well... my 2nd country other than india that was infected was new zealand, I guess the rest of this will likely be a cakewalk :D

hhhh 3 months ago

useless. new zealand always beats me. tried 7 times so far

Vlad 3 months ago

I have tried to beat this part before on my own... But always failed... I happened upon your walkthrough and completed it on first try... Also what reallys helps is having the ATP Boost gene unlocked (which i unlocked after completing bacteria level)... I inserted the gene and was able to skip step 2 and achieve the necessary points earlier... The one issue was that it took me forever to get Greenland and Iceland infected... But once they were, it was all smooth from there... Thnx for such a great walkthrough

3 months ago

Worked nicely, thank you. Only criticism is that I devolved everything including drug resistance and then felt a bit silly purchasing it again while fighting the cure. But otherwise great, easy-to-follow walk-through, thank you. :)

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Ashleign 4 months ago from Alabama Author

How'd that work for you?

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Ashleign 4 months ago from Alabama Author

Nice, we like shares! Thank you for the compliment!

paladineagle73 4 months ago

Took a couple of attempts as New Zealand, Caribbean and Greenland kept avoiding infection, 3 spore bursts left me with insufficient points, did it on my 3rd attempt though. Thanks

ShitFungus 4 months ago

They researched the cure faster than I expected but wait I didn't go to total organ failure but instead I go to necrosis

poha 4 months ago

nao fode velho

Didn't work 4 months ago

Got close but the cure came too quick. Got to 95% infection and then they got the cure.

rein 5 months ago

Nope! They cured it.

DoctorAbs 5 months ago

This has been the only effective walk through I've tried. Simple yet precisice steps, easy to follow and it works 100%.i will tell all of my patients about you

someone 5 months ago

very helpful and impressed

Rob 5 months ago

FAIL! I don't know how you think you can work your way up to 70-80 points on step 9. I had like 44. So unless maybe you are getting extra DNA points by purchasing the game or something, I don't know how you can say this works. I had everyone infected but not enough points to evolve my symptoms to kill enough people before the cure was developed. I guess I need to look elsewhere for someone who REALLY knows how to beat this level.

Jorge 6 months ago

Thank you.

It worked a charm.

It took me 15 tries till I found this walkthrough.

Thanks again.

yo mama 6 months ago

Didn't work for me.

Deanbean 6 months ago

You're a life saver. I've looked at every guide for this particular kind and this is the only one that worked. Thank you so much.

Alex 6 months ago

Could you add a walkthrough for Prion on Normal mode? Thanks!

Alex 6 months ago

I've struggled with this stage to the point of erasing the game :) But as a compulsive game cheater, I didn't stop till I encountered your article :D

It totally worked!

Keep up the good work!


Wolfie 6 months ago

Omg, thank you so much for this tutorial, I have been stuck on fungus for longer than I care to admit in public, you saved my sanity, now I can sleep tonight. One great big hug for you... You are AWESOME!

KingsGMagic 6 months ago

Unfortunately, I was very close to winning.At step 10,I have spread the disease to every country,but some rich countries like USA,Canada,Germany,France and Spain do not have the whole population infected.And what's harder is that,people are not getting infected anymore, they just die.I need help on how to use the remaining DNA to develop the Fungus.Please answer as soon as possible I have been stuck on this level for a while.

Zeo 7 months ago

Worked like a charm! You're my hero!

joseph 7 months ago

If i have an old version of the game should this tutorial work or not?

Beth 7 months ago

Wow! So easy! You are a genius!

adadadad 7 months ago

If an I-CURE is announced, should I restart?

Andi 8 months ago

Worked great! Thanks~

Josh 8 months ago

I would like to add make sure you are careful when Devolving that you don't accidentally hit the evolve button again. Did it by accident twice and blew all my saved up points

bobthebuilder 8 months ago

works just fine. follow the instructions.

Io 9 months ago

Sorry, not working. Half world infected, no symptoms, global cure effort on the rise. Did it exactly how you wrote, must have been a patch or smth.

Wozzi02 9 months ago

+Snowolf0120 He means the whole world

fungus slave 9 months ago

worked perfectly thanks!!! I have my life back.

Snowolf0120 9 months ago

On the second step, it says devolve until everyone is infected. Do you just mean everyone in India? Or the whole world?

Kunjkid 9 months ago

This was an amazing tutorial!!! I got 0% cure and 5 BIOHAZARDS!!!! Keep up the good work!

:P 10 months ago

it worked great! I do however suggest that you start with sneezing and coughing, it helps speed it up.

beat it in 1207 days, cure 30%, score 8470

... 10 months ago

Doesn't work for me they keep curing it

Rainier 10 months ago

Thank you so much! It worked the first time, after so many attempts on my own. You rock!

Kira 10 months ago

This does not work whatsoever. I followed this to the T about 10 times but they always manage to cure it before I can get to the final step.

tony 11 months ago

world dead in 1522 days thanks

Cork 11 months ago

I had a suspicion that devolving the symptoms was a good part of the play. Thank, tutorial worked excellent.

1565 Days, 52% cure completion (score: 5640)

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pumpkincat210 11 months ago from Houston, Texas U.S.A.

I have been struggling with this one for a week..this is a crazy detailed tutorial but thank you.

FungusFun 11 months ago

I think this is a good idea, what i did (which didn't take me that long) was slowly do the spore burst while devolving mutations making airborne and waterborne top priority, drug Resistance I came next. Then I sat back and let the world get completely infected (No healthy people alive) then slammed the world with 95+ points I went for total organ failure then to coma. Cure only reached 37%

Charadin 12 months ago

Actually much easier thing is just devolve all symptoms. Its basicly a game mechanics exploit... From the start pick a country with large number of inhabittans (preferably in Asia). Then just fast forward and wait. When you are able go for water and air transmision and aerosol. Then go for the first pills and slow reserch. The trick is that every time you get a random mutation you need to devolve it. This way the fungus goes unnoticed even if you infected everybody. In twenty minutes you should be able to infect the whole world and sitting on about 160 dna point. Then go for most deadly and severe thing you can think of (organs, necrosis,..) The whole world will die in two minutes with cure done to about 13%.

fungus 12 months ago

It was confusing to me that the written torturial and theone in the video wasn't the same and i did what was said but lost because i didn't get any dna points. The second time i didn't do as said. I didn't use all the bursts i only added cold resistence and one medical and all the water and air transmissions.

Then i just waited and when everyone was infected iihad 90 dna points and could go for organ failure and all other symptoms as i wanted i won with 1200 days with cure 40 % it was so difficult foe me to write this commentdon't ever buy samsung

Rob 12 months ago

Walk through worked perfectly. Thanks a bunch.

Simon 12 months ago

Worked perfectly. Thank you. I was stuck on fungus for days. ....

420 13 months ago

Awesome dude, it was a epic win !!

Vic 14 months ago

Anyone having problems with cure catching up to them; once you put points in up to complete organ failure, put one in coma and then start from insomnia and work to insanity. Complete organ failure+coma and Insanity pretty much stops the cure almost immidiately

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chronodude 14 months ago from Venezuela

Just got hooked on this game and got stuck on the fungus. I love you more than pizza now.

Dararith 15 months ago

Oddly enough I followed everybody's tutorial EXACTLY and whoop, they had enough time to finish The Cure research. I'm literally the only one that's unable to advance far enough since I rarely get DNA points

Dawie 15 months ago

Start in China.

Much quicker

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Ashleign 15 months ago from Alabama Author

Thank you for your guidance. Hopefully your comment will help people in the future.

toph 15 months ago

Your guide is over-complicated... Here you go:





*resistance in country that hasn't been infected(mostly hot country, then pick cold, vice versa* Environment resist) E=Environment

E resist2

E resist

E resist2


fungal2(cheap+helps get the last countries)


last environment resist(cant remember name).

Then wait for everyone to be infected. Once that happens should have around 90DNA saved. Pick symptoms starting from lung to organ failure, then add all the lethals you can afford afterwards.

With this method you do NOT:

Have you build any drug resist.

Have to build any other transmission.

Have to "devolve" anything YOU'VE upgraded

*note* You do need to devolve any mutations that automatically happen during the "infection process".

This was very easy for me - your method is very difficult and doesn't seem to work that well.

rifqi 15 months ago

try to get extreme zoonosis if the last country execute the infected people.

that will help :)

Chantel 16 months ago

Thank you! Uugh i tried so hard and kept failing. The game wasn't even fun anymore it was so hard. Thank you!!

me 16 months ago

awesome tutorial, worked like a charm!

i left the Drug Resistance 1 in place, didn't bother building any more drug resistance, used left over points to work up to a couple other deadly symptoms and the whole thing was over when the cure was only at 50%

DBK 16 months ago

When you get to the point where you devolve the abilities and the transmissions and then evolve the symptoms to total organ failure, make sure you work on evolving the drug resistances right after that. Cure progress is hella fast for fungus and if you don't evolve the drug resistances again you will most likely lose. Otherwise follow this guide to the letter, and you will beat this chapter 9 times out of 10.

Majyk Mann 16 months ago

Helped so much, I actually quit the game for around a year cause of this but a friend started playing it and so I decided to revisit! I nearly won, with all but Iceland and Greenland infected, but cure was 96%. Everyone was dead except them, but between the two they killed me :( then I find this! My surprise when I type in "plague inc. tips..." And see "plague inc. tips for fungal normal" lol I Finnaly Won, thanks to you! (Also now I know where to hide if a fungal disease breaks out... Hehehehehe "a one way ticket to Greenland plz" hehehehehe

Jimmy 17 months ago

When you say evolve all symtoms/mutations until everyone is infected do you mean everyone in indianor everyone in the world?

J J 17 months ago

Hay your advise worked thanks for the help

Sam 18 months ago

thanks to your amazing guide, i managed to complete it on my first try

Eszie 18 months ago

Thank you!!!! Without this post, I would still be stuck at this level! So now I finally can go on with the next one.

Ray 18 months ago

I finally infected all the countries but when started I devolving everything backwards one by one I kept accidentally buying shit I didn't mean to!!!

Dan 18 months ago

Great tutorial. Worked perfectly. Thank you. One question. What is your reasoning for devolving all of the abilities after the world has been infected? I'm curious to know.

Jegor 18 months ago

At the end I had to get my drug resistance back, since they almost finished doing the research on the cure, they had 95%, when I had roughly 15% left of people being infected.

1. Drug Resistance I

2. Genetic Hardening I

3. Genetic Hardening II

4. Genetic Reshuffle I

5. Genetic Reshuffle II

This dropped research from 95% to 60%, allowing infection more time to kill people.

It took me 1743 days and the cure progress was 75%.

Someone 18 months ago

I used the tutorial and it worked intill I started killing then I had 30-40 so I lost

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Vee Pei Wong 18 months ago

is there any way to beat the fungus level on brutal mode without using any gene modification? how?

Lewis 18 months ago

New Zealand didn't get infected so I lost..

DXN 19 months ago

I use your tutorial and already infected all but not the last country. Then I use sporeburst for the last country which is greenland then suddenly they execute all the infected. And I was like wtf? can they do that? LoL.XD

Razique Mahroua 19 months ago

Cure up to 57%

I had to throw 2 spores burst - for Greenland, and Australia.

I would say, near the end, make sure to save enough DNA points to slow down the need for a cure, because cures evolves pretty quickly.

thanks :)

ben 19 months ago

I modified your strategy ever so slightly and knocked em dead in 1290 days

Kevin 19 months ago

I infected every country but I just can not kill anybody for some reason. No country has noticed it spreading, i think that's the case but Idk. Help please?

Jack 20 months ago

Fungus is my absolute favourite disease type because there's a super nifty little trick you can use to boost your original infectiousness! You have to have been playing for a while to unlock all the genetic codes first but if you have them you can easily beat on mega-brutal.

My genetic code: Metabolic Jump, Genetic Mimic, Aquacyte, Urbophile, Patho-stasis.

Metabolic jump and Patho-stasis are the important ones.

I usually begin in China or India.

Straight from the beginning, go to the ability section and buy a spore burst. Collect the DNA and go back to the ability section. The next spore burst will still only cost 1 DNA!!! Keep going back and forward releasing spore bursts but never release more than one at a time as sometimes it glitches and doesn't do all the ones you told it to. Once you've exhausted the ability page, you should have about half the countries infected along with difficult ones (Madagascar, Greenland, Caribbean, New Zealand etc). Fully upgrade the water and air transmissions, buy some drug/cure resistance and once everyone is infected kill them with total organ failure, should work everytime :P

abi 20 months ago

Excuse me, i play the fungus one and your trick didn't work the cure end up so fast i follow your instruction one by one please help me

Pearl EQ 20 months ago

Ashleign, you're awesome! Fran the Fungus wiped out the world in 1835 days, cure was 38% complete, score 9000 with 3 bio-hazard symbols. I unintentionally deviated from your tutorial by evolving genetic hardening instead of environmental hardening, which may have increased the amount of time for everyone to get spored; this plague was a great test of patience!

Thank you so much for investing the time and energy to share with us!

Yougotnojams 20 months ago

Words can't describe how much I love you. Bless you. I love you.

McUniter 20 months ago

THANK YOU for this i almost lost my sanity also i can't believe i clutched with this the cure was so close to be done

Bobbi 20 months ago

Never mind I figured it out. Your guide works like a charm!!!

Bobbi 20 months ago

Could someone explain to me why I need to devolve my transmissions and abilities? What does that do? Doesn't that cost DNA points? Wouldn't I just want to put all my points into symptoms? Thanks!!!

Jay 21 months ago

Thanks! 1499 days, 6600 points. Cure effort stopped dead @46%

James 21 months ago

Awesome! I have eradicated all humans in one go. Thanks man!

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Alyssa Trainer 21 months ago

Oh my glob thank you! I figured out how to do parasite but that's it. My boyfriend told me to wait till everyone's infected. I bet he got it from you too. Thank you!

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Alex Marquette 22 months ago

This level on brutal/mega brutal is annoying, got to like 500,000 people left to infect and cure was at 90%. But this guide did work well though does need some tweaking for the tougher levels.

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Ashleign 22 months ago from Alabama Author

I didn't use genetic codes on this tutorial.

Gariandos 22 months ago

I succeeded in using your Bacteria tutorial without a hitch (sadly only got three stars since I didn't have enough DNA to use my second Genetic Reshuffle but I'm not complaining), so once I get my phone's battery charged, which is a pain in and of itself since I need to a charger that charges the battery itself to do so, I'll definitely be giving this one a shot. If anything, I should pass with flying colors if I play my cards right.

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Tony McLean 22 months ago from Port Huron, Michigan

Ashleign... you forgot to tell people when creating the genetic code in the beginning, you should always try to insert genes that will give more DNA points for devolving instead of having to spend DNA points to devolve.I realized that this entire walkthrough means nothing if the genetic code and the right genes arent plugged in.

Nate 22 months ago

Followed your walk-through word for word. Never worked. Tried one from another walk-through, worked perfectly the first time.

SiouxZQ 22 months ago

Do you recommend the insertion of any gene sequences for fungus level if they are available?

Akl 23 months ago

Note: and the reason the devolving didn't give me enough DNA points is that I had to buy three spore bursts to finish infecting countries first--the cure started before all countries were infected (even though all mutations were devolved). So I had to haul ass.

Also you talk about Genetic Hardening in one of the comments, but I didn't see that in the tutorial?

Akl 23 months ago

This does not work. Once you devolve all your abilities and transmissions, you only have enough points to by coughing, sneezing, and immune suppression, which isn't lethal enough to gain any more DNA points to buy organ failure. Also, by devolving, you've lost your drug resistant abilities so you're just sitting there with 6 DNA points watching the cure progress while the world coughs and sneezes.

Is something missing in the tutorial here?

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Ashleign 23 months ago from Alabama Author

Ain't that the truth. Folks complain all the time. You just have to follow the guide. Thanks for the comment.

Jesper 23 months ago

Followed your instruction very closely, in fact I get upset when it's 71 instead of 70 DNA points.For those who says the guide is not good/clear enough you probably have problem following basic instruction in life yourself.Keep up the good work sir, I hope to see more coming.

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Ashleign 23 months ago from Alabama Author

Not a problem come back if you have any questions about the others.

Test 23 months ago

I used spore burst I & spore burst from the beginning.. (I choose Greenland, the rest is use ur steps)

I played in normal mode. It takes 1830 day, cure 20% (score 11610). It really hard to infect the other countries, but spread fast inside the country that infected (except rich country. New Zealand was the last country that really hard to get infected and spread the plague).

But, thanks for the instruction !

Lady Lesa 23 months ago

Ashleigh, I have used your tutorials since I was stuck on fungus on normal, I have now just went back through and used your walkthroughs for brutal, adding genetic modifications on my way through. Thanks a bunch you rock!

Sundog 2 years ago

You should do a walk through on all senarios as well as brutal on all levels. Ur walk throughs rock!

Plague Pro 2 years ago

Finished in 1080 days, no spores!

Jonne 2 years ago

It worked for me but damm when i started in india i didn't spread the disease manually i got 66 dna points before i put any points to spore burst and i didn't read the guide good enough so i put drug resist 1&2 and not cold resist

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I am so sorry to hear of your misfortune. I am glad you are still at it. I would spend my points in things such as symptoms or the abilities. After everyone is infected there is not much use for the transmissions.

RoryLovesBadgers 2 years ago

The first three times I've done it now and I've followed your steps completely. But at the last minute icure completes the cure and I lose. At part 14 in your tutorial where I can just spend the points as I see fit I always buy all the drug resistance abilities but it never works. I'm not really getting impatient I'm sticking with this tutorial because it does really help. I think if I try it enough times it will work it's just getting there you know. And yeah I bought the app from the App Store. Love the game.

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Fungus is one of those unholy bastards that tests your patience. You pretty much have to follow the tutorial exactly as it goes for the best experience. Don't get ahead of yourself. I know Fungus takes an unusually long time to complete, but it is what it is. I am sorry for the inconvenience. Did you download the game as an App? Have you purchased it?

Rorylovesbadgers 2 years ago

Hi this tutorial is good. And it works really well for me but after a while icure just keeps curing it. It's really annoying. I've tried this twice now and I've followed all of your steps and no matter how much I even increase my drug resistance abilities i just keep losing. Although using this tutorial I've got further than I ever have done before and you seem to listen to peoples compliments and problems about it so please, please, please read this and help me out. I'm playing the game on iPad by the way so does that really make any difference?? Thanks.

John B 2 years ago

The one big problem here is that I can't ever reach 70-80 points at the end, making it pointless to buy any symptoms. Even if I devolve all my transmissions and abilities after I have infected the whole world I am left with about 50 points.

Gordon 2 years ago

Your first instruction confuses me. I start in india, then do i start buying all the symptons/mutations, or start building to 66 and buying those listed?

Gobbles 2 years ago

This worked awesome thanx, got me through this level on Brutal

David Rinaldi 2 years ago

Days - 1400

Cure - 60%

Scores - 5850


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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

In later levels this is the case. However in Fungus, I found it easier to do them all at once. Plus this is a No BS Walkthrough for the lazy gamer.

KubaF 2 years ago

Hi, nice tutorials, but i am wondering:

Why don't you let people update abilities/transmisions one by one? Waiting and then buying 3 at once seems unnecessary, when they don't increase the risk of detection (or do they?).

Dave 2 years ago

1231 days, 20% cure

XxCreeperKing 2 years ago

DNA Sequence: Complex

Difficulty: Normal

Disease Type: Fungus

Time: 1357 days

Cure Progress: 41% complete

Score Total: 7660

DelicousSlurm 2 years ago

Curse you iCure, any suggestions? at 99% Then iCure came.. And I lost, qq.

Lauryn 2 years ago

This tutorial is awesome, when I was devolving everything at the very end after I'd been playing for over 1 and a half hours and everyone was infected I accidentally bought something (devolved then evolved) so I lost half my points I'd been saving up and I was unable to get symptoms that kill of everyone quickly enough, I couldn't afford total organ failure so my time was wasted. Next time I'll be more careful when devolving but great tutorial thanks I'll follow it to the t next time.

chad 2 years ago

Thanks So Much!! I Beat It In 1134 Days

Pablo 2 years ago

Sweden dosent want to get infected

CedCed 2 years ago

Worked like a charm all you need to do is spend the extra points on Genetic Reshuffling and you're good cure never got past 18%. You're walkthrough was a life saver thanks.

Mikko Cruz 2 years ago

Ashleign. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Yeah, fungus really kept me waiting. Took a while to build up DNA points, thanks though. :) I love you. Thank you very much ,

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Yea Fungus does take a long time. Writing a tutorial for Nano takes longer though :) Hope you enjoyed it.

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cyanide4794 2 years ago from Meridian, Mississippi

Love the guide. I followed word for word and actually beat it in 30 min. Only thing that gave me fits was greenland. It is always the last country to get infected. I got impatient and did spore burst. After that game lasted 10 mins.

Sarah 2 years ago

I tried your text tutorial, that didn't work. So I watched your video. Things were going good until the last bit. I devolved everything except the first air and water transmission. Had 25 DNA....still not enough for Total Organ Failure. So I devolved the drug resistance and the spore bursts. Still not enough. At this point I was into 90% cure reached. I was getting really anxious. I waited. And waited. Finally, the red bubbles were popping up left and right and I did my own little strategy: once I had about 60 DNA points, I let loose with the Organ Failure and immediately went up the drug resistance again. The cure went down to 88%. Still a little worried, it wasn't until the cute reached 95% that I decided to hit the game with the Coma symptom. BAM! The cure went back to 74% and the death toll skyrocketed! I emerged victorious! I LOVE this game! Thanks for the tutorial!

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I have the video done for Neurax Worm, I just have to add the written part. Thanks guys for the awesome comments!

Alison 2 years ago

I had been stuck on the fungus level for ages.Your walk through is awesome! Beat it the first time after reading. I honestly did things a bit different in I didn't wait for the dna levels to get high.I just used them when I had them but I followed the order you suggested. Thank you!

donraggo 2 years ago

Thank you sooo much Ashleign, you are a God, I have used all your walk throughs up to The Neurax Worm, ( I'm not very good at the game, just luuuurve it ! ) everyone worked perfectly,first time, again thanks a lot and keep up the great work ;)

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I will take a look at this evening.

I will have a guide for neurax worm soon.

Bash 2 years ago

Hi.. I followed your guide exactly.. but the people got CURED!!! OMG!!

Nj 2 years ago

any guide for neurax worm? before parasite

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I've taken care of that for you :) glad you had success!

Dana 2 years ago

Nevermind, that was a very naïve question. My apologies. If I could delete the above comment, I would. I haven't played Plague Inc. for awhile since I was stuck on the Fungus level and gave up. That's my poor excuse for not remembering the Abilities and Transmissions didn't just cost DNA points, but they actually refunded points!

This walk through was excellent! I was able to easily win on my first try in a long time. I could really care less about the game score. I am so glad I found your tutorial and walk through-- Thank you very much!

One thing I would have done differently, however, was to refrain from devolving the Drug Resistance 1 when I devolved all of my Abilities and Transmissions. If I hadn't devolved it, cure research would have slowed even more. I ended up using more points to buy it back since I had plenty of extra DNA after evolving fatal symptoms. Nonetheless, your step-by-step walk through worked like a charm! I'm not sure why some folks were having problems. I chalk it up to them not following your instructions word-for-word, because this article was flawless.

Name: Hypercon

DNA Sequence: Standard

Difficulty: Normal

Disease Type: Fungus

Time: 1563 Days

Cure Progress: 20% Complete

Score Total: 9460

Thanks very much once again!

Awesomeface 2 years ago

AAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice but i lost. Next time tell me how to NOT be cured! liked it and others...

Lexie 2 years ago

Worked perfectly - fungus was giving me trouble

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life 2 years ago

nice guide!!!!

Do you have one for parasite?

eragon1558 2 years ago

Worked great on normal. I tried it on brutal it was a close one but it still worked!!!!!!!

leon 2 years ago

Worked first go although I didn't have to devolve any transmissions or abilities once the world was infected and I didn't need to do any spore bursts. Greenland was the last country to b infected it took till 2018 to kill mankind with 26% of the cure finished. Thanks for the walkthroughs there great

BeerDewd 2 years ago

How very Zen of you :)

Please keep up the good work!

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Glad to hear it Gentlemen. It's not frustrating BeerDewd, only the game is :)

Jeroen 2 years ago

Worked for me! Had to try two times though. Your other guides worked for me too, all in one try.


BeerDewd 2 years ago

Worked first attempt. Thank you so much! This must have taken a very long time to figure out. After reading through the comments, I can only imagine the frustration involved in a task like this.

You've earned my respect!

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Yes, I actually beat it last night.. It was.. pretty cool actually.

APC 2 years ago

Could you please write a walkthrough for Neurax Worm.


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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I sure will I'll try to have one out this week. Thanks for reading!

Bee 2 years ago

Hi Ashleign! Your Fungus tutorial worked like a charm! Thank you! Do you have a tutorial for Prion? I'm confident that I will will Prion with your help :D

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Thank you Nightmare, I do appreciate the compliment. There are more to come.

NightmareWolf 2 years ago

This walkthrough, just like the others you have done for Plague Inc, was easy to understand, helpful, and, effective. I cannot thank you enough for your work, and sincerely hope you write more. I certainly will be telling any friends I have that are struggling to check here for guidance.

eragon1558 2 years ago

This is a great walkthrough. A minute after i started doing symptoms I won!!!!!!!! :-)

wildcats373 2 years ago

This worked for me, it takes forever if you don't buy the full version. I try these on casual first.

Lvlss 2 years ago

I failed this multiple times, then I tried your guide, and failed it some more. The fungus gets noticed every single time. I devolve immediately, but on the 3rd time it gets noticed no matter how fast I devolve it. Every. Single. Time.

Head Hunter316 2 years ago

I'd hate to put you to work but can you also do one for the Necroa virus I can't figure it out for my life and to turn the world in to the walking dead makes the game a hole lot better.

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I will get the guys at to do a video on it.

Head Hunter316 2 years ago

Show iz lol

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Well thank you guys. I haven't played infection. I might have to check that one out.

@ head hunter.. right.. I sometimes forget that virus exists. It is a tough one.

Head Hunter316 2 years ago

Theres a game called infection just like if not identical to plague inc but much faster and this walkthrough works very well for the bacteria levels for infection aswell

Jack 2 years ago

I failed this about 5 times before using your guide. Thanks so much. Can confirm it's still working as of 24/02/2014.

Head Hunter316 2 years ago

Hay ashlign not sure if you know but the walkthrough works for all 3 modes for bacteria let me know when you have one for virus. No bs was right

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I am currently working on a few different tutorials at the moment. I will try to get that Prion done just as soon as possible.

Jacob 2 years ago

Can you make a strategy guide for prion? I've been looking on google and they're not the sites I'm used to seeing. Seems like prion isn't a very popular plague :/

Matteo 2 years ago

I've got a problem. I can't reach the 100% of infected people because of the cure. How could I win? :)

Bhairbe 2 years ago

1705 days to go through! Happy to have with your help find out to manage fungus propagation :D

8990 for score seems ok for me!

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I didn't use any DNA genes. This tutorial was done for the people who could not afford or otherwise did not want to buy Plague Inc. However, if you were to play it with genes, I would use the genes that made it go faster, since this level is particularly long.

BoulBi 2 years ago

No Cheat :

High score fungus Normal : 537 360

Remède : 1%

Days : 169


Jacob 2 years ago

Can you tell me the certain DNA genes you used for this? I like to have things exactly the same so it works better than my DNA genes I used. Sometime the cure gets to 50%

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

You are devolving all your abilities after everyone is infected. You want to work backwards from your abilities. So you get the max amount of points available.

Cat 2 years ago

When you say 'devolve backwards' what is backwards. Am I devolving from the most recent ability I got and back or from the first one I got and back?

Fatso 2 years ago

Thanks for the tutorial! Worked great!

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

In a sense yes it does work on every level. However, the difficulties change. So the tutorial wouldn't be 100%, it may take some skill.

Having that said, Fungus is the hardest one.

Plague Inc also has a new version coming out in a week or so.

Dazb 2 years ago

Thanks 4 that it was driving me mad wouldn't that work on every level just thought id ask

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

You need to wait until everyone is infected or at least 99% infected before you start killing everyone off. Greenland will shut its ports, and so will Madagascar if you start before they are infected. I know this one takes a long time, it's by far the longest one to complete out of all of them. It's also the hardest level. Follow the steps exactly for the best results. I hope this helps you. There will be a video tutorial posted on this by the guys at next week.

Boatgamer 2 years ago

Everything worked perfectly...except that I could not affect Greenland at all(healthy) and Madagascar remained infected but all other countries destroyed and cure could only reach to 38% and survived for 1568 days. Any tips for Madagascar and Greenland for next try?

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Glad to hear it! Since the update this one has been really tough. It's a LONG process, but you feel better after having completed it. So happy that it worked for you Dagan! Should have the newest tutorials soon. I've been double dipping my chips lately, it's been really busy.

Dagan 2 years ago

Ashleign thank you very much for this tutorial! I have been having TONS of troubles with Fungus on Plague Inc and you have seemed to stop my frustration :)

I have beaten it in 1687 days, and followed your steps word by word, and like I said it helped me lots!

Sincerely, Dagan Gallant

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Neddhu, I am humbled. Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you successfully beat the level! I will be releasing more no bullshit tutorials for your enjoyment soon! Hail to Romania you bring me joy!

Neddhu 2 years ago

Dude u are a fucking genius... I did exactly what u said. Only a little setback cause of a tsunami who killed all my infected in New Zeland had to spore burst them. I only got the 50 DNA points in the 8 step. Then i devolved them like u said, made another mistake and devolved the bioaerosol bad, then i followed more carrfeully the instruction... Total wipe out in 9 months. SCORE 11790 / cure progress 21% / time 1684. TNX again.. to the others who complain , u are not following the instructions to the book, i didn't made 2 errors and still beat the game with style... All hail Ashleign, u have a very thankfull romanian, laughing in his house :)

Katie 2 years ago

Oh....... I didn't get any message from you (I checked all my notifications just in case) and so I didn't know that was you. Shoot..... Sorry. I will try again.

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I mentioned this being an Alias.

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Yes I did. I sent you a message too.

Katie 2 years ago

Have you added me yet?

Katie 2 years ago

Info: My FB name is Katie Bentz. The photo depicts a girl with red hair and glasses. Should be one of the first results that appears, so you can't miss it. Or shouldn't. :)

I may not be around once you try to add me, but I will be here tomorrow on and off, and probably the rest of the week. We will just have to play it by ear. :)

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I do, if you want you can comment your information here. I will add you and delete the comment :)

Katie 2 years ago

Thanks for the compliment, Ashleign. You're not too bad yourself. :) I will check out the link, and message back once I take a look. I actually used another walkthrough for my Virus (this time, I didn't mistake it for a Fungus :) ), and I managed to beat Virus (Normal) on my first try. I now can use your Fungus walkthrough to help me beat Fungus so I can move on. Riddle me this--- Do you have a Facebook?

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Oh dear me.

That is pretty funny. I was wondering what we were doing wrong! I reworked it last night and everything. I really want my readers to be satisfied I guess.

I have thought about releasing the virus tutorial, but it is so similar to the bacteria, I felt it was redundant. If you have trouble with it please let me know. I am currently writing several tutorials at the moment, and not just for myself. I am now working for an economy website for MMOs, they work out how to make the maximum amount of gold on each of the different MMORPGs. Ugh I'm rambling.

You seem pretty articulate Katie, if something like that interests you, I think they are looking for one more writer. The website is,

Katie 2 years ago

Wait a minute..... I was playing on Virus this entire time without realizing it! Oh, my Gosh...... Deep. Silly me. XD I don't have Fungus unlocked yet, but I will pretty soon. And hopefully, I will have my facts straight again. Sorry about that.

Katie Bentz 2 years ago

Okay.... I will try this. I shall answer back... Soon.

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Okay, the 66 points is to get Water 1, Water 2, Air 1, Air 2, and Extreme Bioaresol.

Then it's 33 points to Drug 1, cold 1, and cold 2.

Then it's the long grind to 75 points. If it's any consolation. I wouldn't worry much with the heat resistance 2, as India is already a temperate climate. It may not be necessary. It's just the way I've done it a few times.

Katie 2 years ago

I have problems to even reaching ONE of the Climate Resistance Abilities. The Fungus's random mutations keep me from actually SAVING DNA Points because I have to keep spending them to devolve the symptoms. I always start in India like you say to do in your walkthrough, but it just keeps going downhill every time. I just don't know what will work anymore. Like what you said you did, I just ditched the saving 66 Points thing and got one of the Climate Resistance mutations. Of course, I end up regretting that later, because that way, I don't accumulate enough Points to devolve the mutations later.

I just don't know what to do anymore. This is just SO frustrating. :(

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I am sorry to hear your frustration, this is the hardest level of Plague Inc to over come, the others are quite easy. With that said, You need to make sure you are following this tutorial word for word.

Make sure to start in India, for that is the country the tutorial is built around. A lot of people have failed because of this fact.

You said you are getting stuck at the Climate Resistance Abilities, are you speaking of Cold Resist or Heat? I have noticed that each time I have done this new tutorial, I will mix it up from time to time, and build to the required number and immediately dump it into the ability. Say for instance, Cold is 12 points, I will build to 12 and dump it immediately into Cold.

This from time to time has it's draw backs, the tutorial is built for speed, and yes sometimes it will feel as if the mutations are coming faster than you can build points. They will gradually build to these numbers listed. The level itself takes a long time to complete.

Myself, I have beaten this bad boy on Brutal, to this day. I have no idea how I did it. I hope I never have to do it again :)

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Katie Bentz 2 years ago from Ottawa, Kansas

I am having difficulties with the first step in your walkthrough. I am trying to save up my DNA Points so I can get the Climate Resistance Abilities, but since the Fungus keeps randomly mutating, I have to keep spending Points to devolve the symptoms (at least until all the people in the world are infected). And Points bubbles, in my case, don't come around very often. Do you have any suggestions on how to keep this from happening (at least keep from happening as often as it does now?). (._.)

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Updated 100% works no cure for awesome.

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I have just beat it using my tutorial word for word. Yes thank you Josh, Be sure to devolve your symptoms for the extra points. Without them you are sure to lose.

Josh 2 years ago

So I think the problem that most people had with this is they didn't follow your directive of devolving the plague's symptoms. I know I didn't the first time through. But this helped trmendously. Thank you!

Swag McMuffins 2 years ago

I named my plague: The Cure

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

People still use the word fail.


I have to beat it myself I hope you understand. There are no other tutorials for it.

keith 2 years ago

fail this didn't work

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

You aren't going to develop a transmission, you are developing Genetic Hardening. I am reworking this tutorial anyway. It should be done, give or take in the next few hours.

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Sara Silva 2 years ago

Is it really necessarie to develop transmission once everyone is infected? How is that going to give me DNA points?

2 years ago

nothing worked! total fail :(

anemia 2 years ago

Worked for me.

MT 2 years ago

Worked perfectly till my phone died and I had to restart... thanks obama..

hope 2 years ago

I tried this 5 times... nd its not working.. update!!

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Thanks for the feedback. It seems it has worked for very many, and few have had some trouble. Sorry for the inconvenience I will work on this one. 12/5/2013

Mitch 2 years ago

Did everything exactly as you said, infected the whole world, but only killed 1 billion before they found a cure

smith 2 years ago

worked for me

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Oh well good less work for me. Thank you gentlemen!

Yolo 2 years ago

Named it Yolo

Brandon 2 years ago

Hey, great job with these tutorials man .. they have helped me a ton !! Keep up the good work !

Viktor 2 years ago

Worked for me! Thanks!

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Okay, I am reworking this walkthrough.

Joshua 2 years ago

It didn't work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

k7ra 2 years ago

had to use reshuffle 2

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

I would suggest starting with the Philippines if that's the case

Alec 2 years ago

It won't infect the phillipeans!! Every country except the phillipeans is infected!!!

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Ashleign 2 years ago from Alabama Author

Okay I will have to do an update on this one then. Sorry for your loss.

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Ashleign 3 years ago from Alabama Author

You need to be bursting the DNA Bubbles, to build your DNA points to 62, then Do the SporeBurst, then do the additional spore 1. There is a specialty item, which is called the sporeburst, it infects a lot of people at once.

John Canmory 3 years ago

I can't figure out what to do when you say:

Go to map, Build DNA to 62


Build DNA to 62

Spore 1 Additional

What are you talking about when you say SporeBurst & Spore 1 Additional.

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Ashleign 3 years ago from Alabama Author

Awesome. Good to hear.. I am sure the folks viewing this post of yours, it will help them too. I'll keep it posted here.

Phoenix 3 years ago


I used a modified Version of your Bacteria-Guide on the Fungus and it worked suprisingly good! The Build was almost the same as the one for the Bacteria:

Start in Iceland

Transmission Air & Water 1

Transmission Blood 1

1 Bubble Burst

Drug Resist 1

Heat Resist 1

A second Burst is optional in my opinion, but if you want to, then do it at this point.

Transmission Water 2

Transmission Air 2

Transmission Blood 2

Drug Resist 2

Rest of this round goes the same way as usual: wait for enough DNA, then reach something fatal (since i read your guide,my favourite ist from cyst to total Organ Failure)

Genetic Hardening and or ReShuffle is almost not needed, they just reached 26% in my Scenario.

It takes a bit more Time to do it that way, but it worked for me in the 1st try!

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Ashleign 3 years ago from Alabama Author

Well I haven't played this one since the update on Saturday, so it may be different now. I have been revamping the Bacteria on Normal lately.. So it's been kind of difficult. I hate the new spontaneous detected feature with the new update.. It messes everything up! Thanks for the comment. Follow me! I will have this updated ASAP.

Wojtek 3 years ago

Thanks. How many times you try before you won?

Happyfeet 3 years ago

Gah! thank you so much for this it's been bugging the crap out of me! Good stuff.. I also bought myself a Lazy shirt lol! I love the pink!

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