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Cookie Run: Kingdom Squad Composition Guide: Tips & Strategies to Assemble the Best Team

In Cookie Run: Kingdom, combat plays as big a part as managing your kingdom. Fighting is how you both progress the story and earn Crystals. This new guide assumes you’ve not only read our Cookie Run: Kingdom beginner’s guide, but also that you’ve played this game before and finished at least a couple of chapters, and gotten enough Rare and Epic cookies to replace your Starter Squad and Common cookies.

Combat in Cookie Run: Kingdom consists of picking a team of five cookies, each with a single skill. You have to time these skills well in PVE. Even with a good team build, a skill being timed poorly then interrupted by say, an enemy’s stun, can turn a fight right around for the worse. As for Arena PVP (fighting player-made teams), all you can do is make the best team you can think of. Not to mention praying the AI doesn’t screw it up!

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Like many gacha games such as Azur Lane, Arknights and Guardian Tales, making a solid team is important. They need to be able to support each other, and be well-equipped to deal with their enemies.

Our comprehensive Cookie Run: Kingdom squad composition guide is meant primarily to give you an idea on how to build a proper team, and what cookies to aim for. None of these are hard and fast rules, as in the end, it is up to you to decide what kind of team you want.

So without further ado, let’s delve into our Cookie Run: Kingdom squad composition guide and see how you can build a strong team!

The Standard

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One thing you’ll notice with the majority of these teams is a fairly repetitive layout: Two frontliners, one or two damage dealers, one or two debuffers, and the mandatory healer or support. There’s a reason for this. Even the Starter Squad you get early in the game, detailed in our beginner’s guide, follows this layout and lasts surprisingly long.

Related: Cookie Run: Kingdom Tier List: A Complete Ranked List of Cookies

They only run out of steam in chapter 3 in spite of being mostly Commons. Turns out, you always need some bulk to get through the often long levels in PVE, or survive the initial auto-piloted skill spam barrage in Arena PVP.

Long Battles Need Long-Lived Fighters

Cookie Run: Kingdom happily punishes an imbalanced team, especially one that skews towards nothing but unsupported glass cannons. A team of squishy mids and rear damage dealers without protection or healing will often annihilate the first couple of waves only to get whittled down midway or toward the end.

The PVE of this game is often a mad rush through a fairly long level, with several waves getting in your way. Having a balanced team is so important, that it would be preferable to have a pair of Rare tier tanks to protect your Epic tier damage dealers, than to have nothing but Epic-tier damage dealers.

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This makes longevity important, so you always need something to weaken enemy attacks, heal your squad or protect the damage dealers. As for PVP, the protection offered by having at least one frontliner and healer in the team is often worth more than adding another squishy damage dealer at the cost of no protection.

Frontliners Are Important

Often, but not always, what decides whether a team is offensively or defensively oriented isn’t the presence of more damage dealers. It depends on the choice of frontliners you bring. Dark Choco and Princess are sturdy debuffers often found in the shorter battles of Arena PVP. Yam, Madeleine and Avocado are right in the middle with their AOE attacks that hit decently hard, but not as hard as a dedicated damage dealer’s skill. Milk and Knight Cookie are defensive walls, built to take unwanted attention away from harder-hitting but soft cookies like Espresso or Poison Mushroom.

The O.P. Scroll

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We will also assume you have at least the Old Pilgrim’s Scroll treasure, as it is frankly insanely powerful even when compared to other Epic tier treasures. It gives a whopping passive 30% ATK boost to your team, at only level 1. You’d think that makes it only good for glass cannon cookies like Espresso, but Healers’ basic healing and skill healing often scale with their ATK stat too! This increases your squad’s survivability.

Toppings, So Your Cookies Don’t Taste Bland

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As for taking toppings into account, having 5 of the same toppings is more reliable than having different kinds of toppings inside a cookie. Having a set of the same toppings gives a set bonus. When we make a list of what toppings to give your cookies, pick one kind of topping per cookie, not all of them.

Related: Cookie Run: Kingdom Progression and Battle Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Now with that in mind, here are some squad compositions that we have come up with, or come up against in the field and have proven interesting.

Squad 1: Balanced Defense

FRONT 1: DEF/DR Purple Yam Cookie
FRONT 2:DEF/DR Knight/Milk Cookie
DAMAGE 1: ATK Espresso Cookie
SUPPORT 1: CD/HP Licorice Cookie
HEALER 1: CD Custard Cookie III/ CD/ATK Herb Cookie

This squad focuses on survivability. The two front cookies Purple Yam and Milk Cookie focus on keeping bad guys away from Espresso. Espresso is there to send the enemy to heck with his Grinder vortex. Licorice is there to summon mooks up front to take the heat for everyone else. Custard or Herb are there to keep the party healed and alive.

FRONT 1: PURPLE YAM COOKIE, HARD WALNUTS/ SOLID ALMONDS – Yam’s job is simply to push melee enemies away from your squishy, highly chewable damage dealing cookies. With the decent duration of his spin attack, it should be enough to keep Espresso protected for the last few seconds of their skill cooldown. On top of that, he’s also a chunky buff guy with loads of HP.

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FRONT 2: KNIGHT/MILK COOKIE, HARD WALNUTS/ SOLID ALMONDS – Milk Cookie’s ability not only raises his defense, but also makes him jump towards the enemy. He also taunts the enemy when doing it. If the enemy’s busy fighting him, then they aren’t busy killing Espresso.

If you don’t have Milk Cookie, pull out Knight Cookie. While his skill doesn’t increase his defense, he still has a taunt. He needs to be careful with it later on though. But better for Knight to take the heat than Espresso or Licorice!

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DAMAGE 1: ESPRESSO COOKIE, ALL SLOTS SEARING RASPBERRIES – Espresso Cookie is your primary wave annihilator, with a skill that does a lot of damage and pulls enemies into each other. If this somehow doesn’t kill the enemy wave, then Purple Yam’s spin will likely finish the badly injured survivors off. If Espresso Cookie dies first or at all in a bad run, that means you’re underleveled, or didn’t call Milk Cookie enough.

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SUPPORT 1: LICORICE COOKIE, HEALTHY PEANUTS/SWIFT CHOCOLATES – Licorice Cookie’s here not as a damage dealer, but to send a mob of monsters up front to take hits. The Healthy Peanuts aren’t for him. It’s for his mooks to last longer. If you don’t have 5 Healthy Peanuts, give him 5 Swift Chocolates instead so he can call on his mooks more often. He also raises your team’s DEF and hits the enemy with a lightning bolt. Overall, a powerful if squishy cookie.

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HEALER 1: CUSTARD COOKIE III/ HERB COOKIE, ALL SLOTS SWIFT CHOCOLATE – Along with Licorice Cookie, Custard Cookie III’s job is to increase the survivability of your cookies at the start of a wave. He does this by giving a shield and a chunky heal to the two cookies on your team closest to dying. If your front cookies are doing their job and taking the blows, they’ll get those shields. As for Herb Cookie, while he doesn’t provide a shield, he heals the entire party with his skill and cleans out any debuffs, as opposed to only healing and shielding two cookies.

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Squad 2: Balanced Agression

FRONT 1: DR Dark Choco
Front 2: DR/ATK Princess Cookie
DAMAGE 3: ATK Espresso Cookie
DAMAGE 2: ATK Rye Cookie/ ATK Vampire Cookie/ ATK Tiger Lily Cookie
SUPPORT: CD Custard Cookie III/ CD Herb Cookie CD Sparkling Cookie/ CD Pomegrenate Cookie

A very similar squad to the first, but this time skewed towards killing things faster. You’ll see some fairly similar squads like this often in PVP. It’s easy to see why it’s popular. It still follows the reliable two tanks in front sort of team. This time though, the tanks give your whole team more bite by reducing the enemy’s defense. This way, you’re not relying entirely on Espresso to deal heavy damage.

FRONT 1: DARK CHOCO COOKIE, SOLID ALMONDS – Dark Choco Cookie ‘s ability is an AOE sword slam and lightning strike that can lower the enemy’s defense. This opens the enemy up to the damage dealing cookies out back. Give him some Almonds as he still has to protect the highly chewable nerds taking cover behind his massive cape.

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FRONT 2: PRINCESS COOKIE, SOLID ALMONDS/SEARING RASPBERRIES – Princess Cookie, much like Dark Choco Cookie, can do wide swing with her staff that lowers the enemy’s defense. Pairing her with Dark Choco Cookie is a good way to bring the pain. Give her some Almonds so the squishy dorks in the mid and rear can hide behind her big poofy skirt. That or you can take advantage of her skill’s 353.7% damage with a pile of Raspberries.

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KILLING 1: ESPRESSO COOKIE, SEARING RASPBERRIES – He does the same job here as up in the first squad comp: Murdering everything in a wave. This time, he’ll do it more reliably, since Dark Choco Cookie and Princess Cookie both lower the enemy’s DEF. The downside of course, there is nobody with a taunt in this squad composition so Espresso might take more hits than normal. Of course, the enemy can’t touch him if they’re all dead!

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DAMAGE 2: RYE COOKIE/ VAMPIRE COOKIE/ CHERRY COOKIE/ TIGER LILY COOKIE , SEARING RASPBERRIES/ – For your fourth cookie, you have a pretty wide variety you can pick from. If you want more killing power, you could get Rye Cookie for more sustained damage. You could also grab Vampire Cookie to snipe dangerous rear enemies and bosses especially in short Bounty levels and PVP. If you want to last a bit longer, get Tiger Lily Cookie or Cherry Cookie for their stuns.

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SUPPORT: CUSTARD COOKIE III/HERB COOKIE/ SPARKLING COOKIE/ POMEGRENATE COOKIE,SWIFT CHOCOLATE – Custard Cookie III is always a reliable healer to bring if you aren’t sure who to use or don’t have Herb Cookie. But if you want to kill the enemy faster, you can bring Sparkling Cookie whose healing increases your crit chance, or Pomegrenate Cookie who ramps up everyone’s ATK power.

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Squad 3: Hardtack Warriors

FRONT 1: Tank Milk Cookie/ Knight Cookie
FRONT 2: Tank Dark Choco Cookie/ Princess Cookie
FRONT 3: ATK Madeleine Cookie/ Purple Yam Cookie
VARIED 1: CD/HP Licorice Cookie/ CD Snow Sugar Cookie/ CD Pomegrenate Cookie
SUPPORT 1: CD Custard Cookie III/ CD Herb Cookie

Hardtack is a kind of biscuit often used as military and seaman’s rations, for their ease of preservation. It earned names like molar breakers, sheet iron and panzer plating. Soldiers often had to soak them in coffee, alcohol or bash them to bits with their rifles just to eat them safely.

This squad aims to recreate that by using a larger than normal number of tough, tooth-shattering front cookies. And behind them, support to make them even tougher. This makes for a team that can fight in glorious, face-to-face combat.

FRONT 1: MILK COOKIE/ KNIGHT COOKIE, HARD WALNUTS/ SOLID ALMONDS – Bar none, Milk Cookie is the best dedicated tank in the game so far. They have the ability to taunt, raise their defensive strength and jump into the enemy’s face to draw as much negative attention as he can. He’s just very, very hard to kill! If the gacha’s been mean to you, Knight Cookie can take up the slack as he does the same job of attracting enemy firepower. He lacks the defense buff though. Knight has to be more careful with his taunting. Barring that, take one of the other front cookies in this list.

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FRONT 2: DARK CHOCO COOKIE/ PRINCESS COOKIE, HARD WALNUTS/ SOLID ALMONDS – Dark Choco Cookie’s ability to lower the enemy’s defenses with his AOE dark lightning sword slam helps make up for the fairly low damage potential of this squad composition. He’s also capable of lasting through long battles. If you don’t have Dark Choco, Princess Cookie does the same job just fine if the gacha’s being unkind.

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FRONT 3: MADELEINE COOKIE/ PURPLE YAM COOKIE, SEARING RASPBERRIES – Both Madeleine Cookie and Purple Yam Cookie have skills that do long, sustained AOE damage against an enemy wave. Madeleine Cookie’s skill heals himself while turning his next several attacks into crowd-cleaving sword beams.

Oddly enough, Madeleine’s rather cowardly habit of hiding in mid when using his ability becomes useful here. Purple Yam spins his mace all over the enemy’s face, forcing the front line into their back line. Pick one, then fill him with searing raspberries to make him hit harder. They’re already bulky and you’re using them as damage dealers.

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VARIED 1: LICORICE COOKIE, HEALTHY PEANUTS/ SWIFT CHOCOLATE/ POMEGRENATE COOKIE/ONION COOKIE, SWIFT CHOCOLATE – Now what are these soft-baked pastries doing in this team of musclebound, protein-enriched cookies? Each of these cookies can help these already long-lived cookies last longer.

Licorice Cookie can summon a group of licorice monsters to get in front and take a beating. Licorice also raises your squad’s already high DEF stats while zapping the enemy with lightning. Pomegrenate Cookie can give your tough guys a much needed healing while ramping up their attack power. If the gacha’s being mean, get Onion Cookie for her ability to lower the enemy’s ATK stat. Pick one, and cram them full of Swift Chocolates.

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HEALER 1: HERB COOKIE, SWIFT CHOCOLATE/SEARING RASPBERRIES – There isn’t any reason not to bring a healer in any sort of party, as most PVE battles are long endurance runs lasting many waves. Herb Cookie can clean out debuffs and provide healing for the entire party. Compare this to Custard III picking and choosing whoever are the two closest to being dead. You also don’t need Custard Cookie III’s shields for these manly cookies. They can block attacks with their faces just fine. Herb’s more powerful healing should keep them topped up while cleaning them of any debuffs.

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Squad 4: A Massive Case Of Indigestion

FRONT 1: Tank Dark Choco Cookie
FRONT 2: Tank Milk Cookie/ Princess Cookie
DEBUFF 1: CD Onion Cookie/ ATK Cherry Cookie/ ATK Tiger Lily Cookie
DEBUFF 2: CD/ATK Snow Sugar Cookie/ ATK Cherry Cookie/ ATK Tiger Lily Cookie
HEALER/SUPPORT: CD Custard Cookie III/ CD Pomegrenate Cookie

For obvious reasons, dumping enemies full of debuffs can turn a bad fight around. A big pile of debuffs can often even the odds against enemies with a higher power rating than your own team. Of course, bringing this squad to PVP against an enemy team with Herb Cookie or Clover Cookie (a pair of debuff cleaners) in their team might spell disaster, so don’t.

FRONT 1: DARK CHOCO COOKIE, HARD WALNUTS/ SOLID ALMONDS/HEALTHY PEANUTS – A tanky, sturdy dark knight who can reduce the enemy’s defensive strength. There’s a reason he appears so often in these lists, he’s a highly effective cookie in general. It’s hard to go wrong with this guy, especially in a build centered around cramming the enemy full of debuffs.

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FRONT 2: MILK COOKIE/ PRINCESS COOKIE, HARD WALNUTS/ SOLID ALMONDS/HEALTHY PEANUTS – Watching a bunch of wimpified enemies try and put a dent through Milk Cookie’s shield after he taunts them is always good fun. It’s also very useful, as the other cookies in this team are pretty soft. That being said, if you want to end the enemy’s misery more quickly but a bit less safely, bring Princess Cookie with Dark Choco Cookie to give them another DEF Down.

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DEBUFFER 1: ONION COOKIE, ALL SLOTS SWIFT CHOCOLATE/ CHERRY COOKIE/ TIGER LILY COOKIE, ALL SLOTS SEARING RASPBERRIES – Poor Onion Cookie is so scared of the enemy, her ghostly shrieking wail can scare the enemy right back. She can give an enemy wave an ATK Down debuff, making their attacks against the two chunky dudes in front even more pitiful. Or you can get Cherry Cookie or Tiger Lily Cookie to stop them attacking outright by nuking them into a stupor.

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DEBUFFER 2: SNOW SUGAR COOKIE, SWIFT CHOCOLATE/ SEARING RASPBERRIES/ CHERRY COOKIE/TIGER LILY COOKIE, ALL SLOTS SEARING RASPBERRIES – Snow Sugar Cookie’s Snow King can slow down the enemy’s attacking speed for a rather long time. As with the previous slot, you can call in Cherry Cookie or Tiger Lily Cookie instead to knock everyone on their butts with a stun.

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SUPPORT 1: CUSTARD COOKIE III/ HERB COOKIE/ POMEGRANATE COOKIE, ALL SLOTS SWIFT CHOCOLATE – As is usual, Custard Cookie III and Herb Cookie are the safe choice as they are dedicated healers. Pomegranate Cookie on the other hand is the spicier choice, giving an attack buff to your team as well as a slower but less picky area heal. They might need that attack buff since they lack dedicated damage dealers like Espresso or Rye Cookie.

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Squad 5: The Gacha Smiles Upon Thee

FRONT1: DEF/DR Milk Cookie
FRONT 2: ATK/CRIT Dark Choco Cookie
DAMAGE 1: ATK Espresso Cookie
DAMAGE 2: HP/CD Licorice Cookie
HEALER 1: CD/ATK Herb Cookie

So the gacha decided to be kind and has given you the most meta of meta PVP squads in the game. You might as well make use of them. While the top PVPers have recently dropped Milk Cookie in favor of more damage, it seems to only work at their level because their cookies are already maxxed to heck and back. This one will get you to that point.

FRONT 1: MILK COOKIE, HARD WALNUTS/ SOLID ALMONDS – Milk Cookie might as well be an armored vehicle. He’s built to protect the other cookies in the squad with his taunt and shield. He’s THE toughest cookie in the game to crack, so no wonder he’s in the meta.

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FRONT 2: DARK CHOCO COOKIE, SEARING RASPBERRIES/ JUICY APPLE JELLIES – Another one of the PVP meta cookies, his DEF Down and ability to interrupt skill casts can turn a fight around if the AI decides to be smart. And if not, he’ll just as happily beat enemies down with his sword and bulk.

DAMAGE 1: ESPRESSO COOKIE, SEARING RASPBERRIES- Espresso Cookie’s ability to outright delete an enemy wave is second to none. His skill can also severely hurt a PVP party in one or two casts. That’s why he often pops up in these lists. Just make sure Milk Cookie does his job and keeps Espresso’s butt out of trouble. Espresso has all the toughness of a chocolate chip cookie dunked in hot coffee.

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DAMAGE 2: LICORICE COOKIE, HEALTHY PEANUTS/SWIFT CHOCOLATES – This guy’s not only pretty deadly, he can also increase the survivability of your team. His mooks do double duty providing extra damage and taking the hits for your cookies. Not to mention the skill itself zaps the enemy with black lightning and raises your team’s defense.

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HEALER 1: HERB COOKIE, SWIFT CHOCOLATES/SEARING RASPBERRIES – His ability to heal the whole team rather than just two really badly injured guys is useful for keeping a team of mostly squishy cookies alive. There is also his ability to clean out debuffs, so your Cookies stay at maximum killing power no matter what. Give him Raspberries for a more effective heal, or Swift Chocolates so he can heal and clean out debuffs more often.

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SUPPORT 1: POMEGRANATE COOKIE, SWIFT CHOCOLATES – You already have Herb Cookie as a dedicated healer, so you might as well give your team some extra killing power. For that, you have Pomegranate Cookie with her party heal and ATK buff. After using her, call Espresso to send the enemy to next year!

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Squad 6: Crowd Cleaner

FRONT 1: DEF/DR/ATK Dark Choco Cookie/ Tank Princess Cookie
FRONT 2: DEF/DR/ATK Purple Yam Cookie/ ATK Madeleine Cookie
DAMAGE 1: ATK Espresso Cookie
DAMAGE 2: ATK Poison Mushroom Cookie
SUPPORT 1: CD/ATK Herb Cookie/ Sparkling Cookie/ Pomegrenate Cookie

This is a balanced team with area damage in mind. The cookies here follow the ever reliable two-tank layout while maintaining the ability to clean out crowds. While this could mean single target damage might suffer, a well fed Espresso Cookie is powerful enough to make up for it. This is why he doesn’t have any substitutes listed.

FRONT 1: DARK CHOCO COOKIE/ PRINCESS COOKIE, SOLID ALMONDS/SEARING RASPBERRIES – That’s one more time these two have appeared in a squad list, either together or alone. These two are bulky enough to fill the role of tank while debuffing the enemy’s DEF. Both of these cookies are quite nice to have especially in PVP. Their skills are there to soften a crowd for the incoming pile of AOE attacks about to demolish them.

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FRONT 2: PURPLE YAM COOKIE, HARD WALNUTS/ SOLID ALMONDS/SEARING RASPBERRIES / MADELEINE COOKIE, SEARING RASPBERRIES – Yam Cookie has a wide-reaching spin attack that pushes the enemy line back. Madeleine Cookie comes with a self-heal that converts his basic attacks into area-damage sword waves. They are also both quite chunky, but Yam does a better job protecting the cookies behind him. Madeleine tends to lag behind and hide in your mid line when using his skill, so treat him as a damage dealer.

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DAMAGE 1: ESPRESSO COOKIE, ALL SLOTS SEARING RASPBERRIES – Espresso Cookie is one of the most powerful raw damage dealers in the game. His Grinder vortex can do serious damage to both crowds and single hard targets. He also leaves any survivors more vulnerable to follow up attacks by sucking them closer to each other. Just keep him protected, his silky dark robe offers no protection at all!

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DAMAGE 2: POISON MUSHROOM COOKIE, ALL SLOTS SEARING RASPBERRIES – Mushroom Cookie’s foul-smelling poison attack can do serious damage to a crowd. Which is what this squad is all about, so pair them with Espresso for maximum pain.

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SUPPORT 1: HERB COOKIE/ SPARKLING COOKIE/ POMEGRANATE COOKIE, SWIFT CHOCOLATES/ SEARING RASPBERRIES – As usual, it’s a choice between whether or not you want safe or spicy. Herb Cookie has the most reliable healing of all three. But if you want to kill the crowd even harder, bring Sparkling Cookie or Pomegranate Cookie for their offensive buffs. Sparkling Cookie raises the team’s critical hit chance. Pomegranate raises the whole team’s ATK with an area heal, but is not a dedicated healer. Pomegranate’s a support, which means in her idle time she shoots at the enemy rather than healing your cookies.

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If you guys have any tasty suggestions for team compositions, put them in the comment section below. Not only will they be helpful for the readers, it might get them excited to fight those teams in Arena PVP too!

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