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

Welcome to our comprehensive Cookie Run: Kingdom cookie tier list! While all cookies are loveable and worth collecting, not all of them are particularly useful in combat. Similarly to gacha games such as Azur Lane, Arknights and this game’s daddy Cookie Run: Ovenbreak, certain cookies are more effective than others.

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Unfortunately, the actual tiers of Epic, Rare and Common only give a vague idea on how effective a cookie is, usually only pertaining to their raw stats. Some Epics are pretty bad. Some Rares are strong enough to beat certain Epics. Even some of the Commons manage to grab on to a weird niche past earlygame. And of course, some cookies are absolutely busted.

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This tier list assumes you’ve been playing Cookie Run: Kingdom for a bit of time. If you’re a new player, be sure to head over to our Cookie Run: Kingdom beginner’s guide and give it a read. You may also want to check out our squad composition guide, as it uncovers some powerful team builds in the game. In case you are looking for some advice regarding progression, kingdom management, combat and related topics, then we suggest you reading our dedicated article!

COOKIE RUN: KINGDOM TIER LIST

X TIER – GOURMET

Frost Queen Cookie
Hollyberry Cookie
Moon Rabbit Cookie
Sorbet Shark Cookie
Espresso Cookie
Latte Cookie
Dark Choco Cookie

Pure Vanilla Cookie
Black Raisin Cookie
Sea Fairy Cookie

This is the meta squad. They’re absolute monsters in PVP while still being very reliable in PVE, at all stages of the game. They’ll flatten the majority of the World Map. You’ll see them everywhere in the Arena. You’ll lose your temper fighting them together. If you have them the only thing stopping you from rolling all over PVE is your sense of timing and if you forgot to feed them their Star Jellies. Being core cookies, you use them to fill up at least three slots once you get them, with Espresso and Latte either interchangeable or together.

Frost Queen Cookie

LEGENDARY, MID, MAGIC, All-Range Attack, Disabler, Cold Shoulder

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An incredibly deadly disabler much like Sea Fairy, but with a far more indiscriminate attack, Frost Queen Cookie is an absolute horror in PVP and PVE alike. Though she has one small yet pretty blatant weakness. Frost Queen’s skill targets everything on the screen (Not an AOE, an all-target attack much like Onion’s) with a flash freeze that pauses skill cooldowns while immobilizing them. The real damage comes from the thaw, which does far heavier damage than the initial attack itself.

All this is amazing, until you run into a PVE boss. Bosses are usually immune to debuffs, stuns, and interrupts, of which her Freeze happens to be all three. Bosses might take only the mildly annoying initial damage from the skill and nothing else. She also has a slightly rough time against Parfait Cookie and Pumpkin Pie Cookie, with Parfait’s debuff resistance skill and Pumpin Pie’s resistance to interrupts while summoning Pompon. Pair her with Sea Fairy to shut the enemy team down completely, and fight her with Parfait Cookie to keep nice and warm.

As a sidenote, she’s immune to her own freeze, so two Frost Queens in a duel will mostly just kill each other with autoattacks. Feed her good ol’ Raspberries and keep her away from bossfights. Or bring her anyway, since she can instantly delete mooks around the boss and open them up to true bossbusters like Vampire Cookie.

Hollyberry Cookie

ANCIENT, FRONT, DEFENSE, Tank, Big Mama’s Hardtack Hugs

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Hollyberry Cookie had a very troubled update history, starting off weak then getting buffed to be relatively okay, but still unworthy of her Ancient rarity. Her problem being that she tended to get herself killed using her own skill, which redirects 20% of most damage (Not counting continuous damage, debuffs or Almond’s shackles) away from her team and towards herself. No more! Apparently when Moon Rabbit was released, Hollyberry got a huge buff, extending her 20% damage redirection skill from 6 seconds to 9 seconds, making it more useful for protecting her team.

But wouldn’t that kill her even faster you ask? Not anymore, because her HP and DEF stat got buffed sky high straight into the Vanilla Kingdom’s gates, at +25% HP and +30% DEF respectively. Hollyberry’s so tough, she can break Sorbet Shark’s jaws using her face! Paired with a good healer like Pure Vanilla or a souped up Herb, or a DEF buffer like Parfait or Licorice, she’s practically a walking 20% Damage Resistance button for your soft-doughed damage dealers. Finally, she has earned her abysmal gacha drop rates. As usual, give her Almonds for damage resistance.

Moon Rabbit Cookie

DEFENSE, FRONT, Heal On Kill, AOE Damage, GIMME YOUW WICE CAKEF

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An adorably fat cookie with a thing for rice cakes, Moon Rabbit Cookie’s skill transforms her into an equally adorable yet unfathomably fatter rabbit, who slams into the enemy. This attack deals AOE damage and marks targets. Targets marked by Moon Rabbit’s skill heal the party when killed within 10 seconds, and the heal is 10 times stronger when a cookie is marked as opposed to normal PVE enemies. It might be better to bring a dedicated healer in PVE or PVP in most PVE situations.

That being said, she’s an excellent way to snowball in PVP when used as a secondary healer. Her presence means your HP tops up when you get a kill, practically kicking the enemy while they’re down. If she pops her skill then Vampire murders the enemy healer within the 10 second timer, you just made it impossible for the enemy to recover, even if your own team was badly dinged up by the enemy’s efforts beforehand. Her heal on a cookie kill is 253% her ATK stat, more than twice that of even Pure Vanilla, though with extra steps needed.

She’s also hilariously busted in Chapter 12, where you have a lot of non-playable NPC cookies as enemies. Yes, the devs remembered that little detail, as the cookie kill heal counts toward unplayable cookie NPC foes like those jerkwad assassins and meddlers in Chapter 12.

Sorbet Shark Cookie

EPIC, MID, AMBUSH, Anti-Tank, OOOoooOOOOoooOO

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An adorably tiny deckswabbing shark who can only make bubble noises and rip tanks open with their cute little jaws. Sorbet Shark Cookie’s skill comes in two hits: The first hit deals normal damage to the two enemies closest to the front. The second blow hits with a linear AOE, causing either normal damage to normal foes, or true damage to Cookies. This true damage is a percentage based on the victim’s max HP, though it cannot exceed 300000 damage in one hit.

This means they’re useful for removing an enemy’s front line and leaving the enemy’s mid exposed, since the more HP the target has, the more damage the skill deals, and it only gets nastier the more Ambush powder you feed them. When paired with Red Velvet, they can also delete Healers with jaw-dropping efficiency, as Healer cookies often have fairly high HP numbers and Red Velvet pulls them to the front where they’ll take the brunt of the damage.

Another PVP hazard much like Sea Fairy, though if you’re using them in PVE, you better make sure to turn off Auto and wait until you see the whites of the enemy’s eyes before popping their attack off. Add to that their Ambush Cookie statline (Ambushers often have really high ATK) and they’re one of the worst tiny terrors you’ll find in the Arena. Licorice Cookie may be used to blunt their front-targeting attacks, but even then it’s a gamble. As usual, give ’em a set of Raspberries for sharper teeth.

Espresso Cookie

EPIC, MID, MAGIC, AOE Damage Dealer, Ethically Questionable Physics

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This smug jerk has the kind of damage capability normally reserved for single target damage dealers, but applied to a crowd. Espresso’s Grinder vortex not only hits hard enough to often wipe an enemy wave all on its own, but sucks any unfortunate survivors into its center.

The poor fools will wish they were killed by the initial vortex when the rest of your team beats the jam out of them. He looks dang good while doing it too. Fill this guy with Searing Raspberries, and laugh maniacally.

Latte Cookie

EPIC, MID, MAGIC, AOE Damage, Silence, Smooth And Sweet

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A kindly lady whose gentle personality belies her offensive power. Latte’s skill and statline is similar to Espresso’s. She summons a vortex that pulls enemies into its center. Unlike Espresso’s vortex though, it does its damage at the end along with a silence, followed by a long lasting latte art glyph with damage over time. The damage isn’t as immediate as Espresso’s, but the silence can help shut an enemy squad down for a second.

You can use her as a more aggressive substitute for Licorice in PVP, who has a more defensive skill. As for PVE, you can use her to wipe out enemy waves the same way you use Espresso. Just like Espresso, give her some Raspberries and treat her as a squad nuker.

Dark Choco Cookie

EPIC, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Debuffer, Medium Tank, A Dark Shower Curtain Of Death

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Cool black armor, amazing silky hair, and an imposing figure aren’t Dark Choco Cookie’s only good points. While his damage potential is nothing impressive on its own, that 20% DEF Down debuff his skill inflicts to a whole crowd is serious stuff.

He often finds use in both PVP and PVE. Give him some Solid Almonds or Hard Walnuts to keep him tough. Now if only he’d cheer up and remember that he’s still one of the most wanted cookies in the current meta even after so many updates.

Pure Vanilla Cookie

ANCIENT, REAR, HEALER, Team Healer, Team Shield, Custard After Vitamin Gummies

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A gentle, familiar face from the tutorial. Pure Vanilla Cookie is the first released of the Ancient Tier cookies, and he certainly earns his spot above Epics. He has a very simple, easy to understand ability: He instantly heals the whole party for a minimum of 100% of his ATK stat. He also gives a shield to the whole team that adds up to 20% of the individual target cookies’ HP. While theoretically, Herb’s roughly 40-50% ATK instant heal mixed with his area heal over time provides more health over a longer time, that’s only if your cookies stand still.

Pure Vanilla’s skill is much more reliable, and that shield on top of the powerful heal can make the difference between a total party kill, and a game-winning counter-attack. Give him some Raspberries to make his heal more powerful, or Swift Chocolates to mitigate his admittedly abysmal 19 second skill cooldown. Now we just gotta wait for his buddies!

Black Raisin Cookie

EPIC, MID, AMBUSH, Area DPS, Supersonic Blackbird

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It’s easy to mistake Black Raisin’s skill as a similar choice to Chili Pepper until you see a high level one beat your team down. She uses a multihit AOE strike that looks like a binch of linear slashes. Whereas Chili Pepper Cookie strikes the rearmost line of enemies, Black Raisin Cookie attacks wherever the heck she wants, and usually picks her central target well. Her linear strikes also criss-cross all over the place, giving her superior coverage, making a comparison with Espresso more apt.

She can be used as both an AOE damage dealer or to beat down a boss with DPS. She lacks the vacuum effect of Espresso’s vortex or the silence of Latte’s glyph. She makes up for both by being an Ambush cookie though, which means she doesn’t fight with either Latte or Espresso for Magic skill powder.

Sea Fairy Cookie

LEGENDARY, MID, BOMBER, Multi-target Burst Damage, Multi-target Heavy Stun, Walking Naval Disaster Zone

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With Sea Fairy’s appearance, you suddenly have a lot more use for those Bomber powders you’ve been accumulating. Upon her arrival, Sea Fairy Cookie singlehandedly sank the top level PVP meta with her sheer insane power. They have one of the heaviest stuns in the game at 3 seconds to a grand total of five targets. While Red Velvet can do 5 second stuns, this is limited to only one target from the rear.

On top of that, they are capable of horrifyingly powerful burst damage. She is built to be hideously deadly in PVP (five targets, five cookies in a team, this is not a coincidence), but is still scarily effective in PVE, especially in late game where enemies are more about quality than quantity. Give her some Raspberries so she can instantly delete 5 enemies from a wave, or some Swift Chocos to mitigate her painfully slow (but well deserved) 17 second cooldown.

S TIER – SPECIALIST

Cotton Cookie
Pumpkin Pie Cookie
Twizzly Gummy Cookie
Licorice Cookie
Milk Cookie
Vampire Cookie
Pomegranate Cookie
Herb Cookie

Strawberry Crepe Cookie
Red Velvet Cookie

Mango Cookie
Lilac Cookie
Pastry Cookie
Mint Choco Cookie
Raspberry Cookie
Sonic Cookie

If Gourmet tier forms the core of your team, then Specialist tier determines what specific tactic you are going for. Mixing these guys in with the core Gourmet tier cookies in such a way to either defeat a certain enemy map composition or hostile PVP team is often key to victory.

Cotton Cookie

EPIC, REAR, SUPPORT, Summoner, Summon ATK Buffer, Heal Over Time, Area Stun, Not Cotton Candy

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Now this is how you bake an aggressive healer. The warm-hearted yet inedible Cotton Cookie has more in common with Licorice Cookie than other Supports, considering her skill is an AOE stun attack that summons a mob of adorable sheep to act as cannon fodder. But this time, it comes with a heal over time. While her heal takes a while just like with most Support Cookies, her sheep protect the front and make sure your cookies get the most out of it safely.

On top of this, they buff other Summons’ attack power by 75%, making them pair with Licorice, Snow Sugar, and Pumpkin Pie very well. As with any summoner, give her Swift Chocos so she can keep the sheep marching forward, and her heal running constantly.

Pumpkin Pie Cookie

EPIC, MIDDLE, MAGIC, Summoner, AOE Damage, Summon Buff, Anti-Heal, Cheese Pie Cookie

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you took Snow Sugar’s tanky Ice King summon and gave it the kind of bravery Licorice’s mooks have? Sprinkle some extra pain on that formula and here’s your answer! Pumpkin Pie’s summon, Giant Pompon, is an oversized pumpkin-bunny-doll monstrosity with a 3-target basic attack, decent tank stats (They get roughly 3 times the HP of Pumpkin Pie Cookie, but Pumpkin Pie being a Magic cookie means that’s 3 times something squishy) and the heart to go in front and take hits.

And instead of a rather weedy ATK SPD debuff, they deal out a painful 70% reduction to healing for 3 seconds, for every blow they deal out. Pompon also increases ATK SPD for all of your other summons in the field. This makes Pumpkin Pie pair well with Licorice and his mooks, though she doesn’t need Licorice to cause an aneurysm.

Take note that she’s strongest in PVP: She loses quite a bit of her utility in PVE since NPC enemies rarely have healers, so it’s a choice between Licorice and his 20% DEF buff or Pompon’s attack power and bulk… Or you can get them both. Give her Swift Chocos to make Pumpkin Pie summon Pompon faster, since she has a painful 18 second cooldown.

Twizzly Gummy Cookie

EPIC, REAR, RANGED, Shield-Destroyer, AOE Damage, Debuffer, Rapid Fire, Crit Focus, Walking Electrical Hazard

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The electrically psychotic Twizzly Gummy Cookie is a counter to Pure Vanilla, as her Twizzly Beam can temporarily disrupt shields. This makes her very dangerous to such teams, and even if the enemy team lacks Pure Vanilla, she can still do heavy damage if you run a Crit build (Use Juice Apple Jelly toppings) rather than the typical ATK build.

She could work well with Vampire Cookie for Pure Vanilla-busting. Pray their cooldowns line up, with Twizzly zapping Vanilla’s shield off followed by Vampire giving him a big ol’ bite to the head. She also increases her own critical hit damage when doing this, so Mala Sauce might help her well with that since Mala significantly improves Crit Chance with their skill.

On top of all this, her autoattack fires 4 shot bursts, again working well with anything that gives her a better crit chance, though it generally has fairly poor total damage if it fails to crit. That being said, Herb Cookie can clean out her Zap debuff, and Parfait Cookie can prevent it entirely with a sprinkle of luck. Pair her with Sparkling Cookie or Mala Sauce Cookie to make the most of her skill, as she does little damage when she doesn’t crit.

Licorice Cookie

EPIC, MID, MAGIC, Summoner, Buffer, Low Power AOE Damage, A True Generalist

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He’s so powerful, he should have been dipped in molten fondue and called Cheese Cookie. He is ostensibly a squishy mid Magic cookie. He’s closer to an immensely powerful Support though. His skill is a salt-inducing horror in PVP, and an excellent shield in PVE. In one tap, he will summon several licorice soldiers, give your cookies a 20% defense buff, and zap the enemy with an AOE lightning bolt.

Give him Hard Walnuts, and his mooks become a frontline wall that can hold back the enemy. Pair him with a levelled Squishy Jelly Watch and his cooldown ends just in time to refresh his mooks. Oh, and that DEF buff applies to his mooks too. Ditch the Walnuts for Swift Chocos and watch as the mook spam refreshes constantly. He’s especially strong once you get him past 0-star. A guy worth grinding soulstone mileage for! He’s what you pick in the extra slot if you want someone reliable in all situations, and aren’t sure with how to kill your enemy. Or if you’re absolutely sick of Sorbet Shark ruining your day.

Milk Cookie

EPIC, FRONT, DEFENSE, Taunter, Heavy Tank, Milk Makes For Strong Bones

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An overall nice guy willing (and capable!) of taking a big hit for his team. His skill is a straight up better version of Knight Cookie’s. He not only taunts the enemy, but also jumps right into them while raising his own DMG Resist.

This way, he demands the attention of the enemy, much to the relief of squishier teammates like Espresso. His calcium-rich statline is built to reflect that. He has a high DEF but lackluster ATK. Cram this guy full of Hard Walnuts so he can shrug the enemy off like a mild insult, but ditch him for another damage dealer when you hit 8-30 or don’t need a partner for Dark Choco.

Vampire Cookie

EPIC, REAR, AMBUSH, Single Target Rear Damage, Herbicidal Guided Missile

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For a cheerful, lazy drunkard, Vampire Cookie is quite an accurate killer. If you get him early on, he’s fairly useless. But later in the game when levels start sending out dangerous heavy spellcaster types instead of mass gunlines in the rear, he starts to truly sparkle. In one click, Vampire Cookie can instantly delete (or at least badly injure) the rearmost target in a wave with a 600-800% damage bite.

Usually, that’s a boss, a dangerous rear enemy, or the enemy healer in PVP. Cram him full of Searing Raspberries and turn him into a guided bomb! Of course, if the enemy wave sends you a massive blob of small enemies instead, Vampire will do you little good. Save him for really dangerous enemies.

Pomegranate Cookie

EPIC, REAR, SUPPORT, AOE Heal-over-time, Team Buffer, Shroomy’s Babysitter

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Pomegranate Cookie isn’t a particularly good healer. For one thing, she’s a Support, so instead of healing other cookies in her idle time, she wastes time attacking the enemy with her fairly poor ATK stat. Her actual skill doesn’t heal all that much either.

Now if she were such a terrible healer, why is she up here in Specialist tier? Because she gives a big fat 20% ATK buff to everyone in the party, including herself. Give her some Swift Chocolates so she can go first during a fight and set up a wave-cleaning barrage. If you need a dedicated healer though, give her an actual Healer partner like Herb or Custard Cookie III.

Herb Cookie

EPIC, REAR, HEALER, AOE Healer and Debuff Cleaner, Hoo Hoo Boy

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Herb Cookie is the definition of boring yet practical. He’s a healer, he heals the party. No ifs, or buts. He doesn’t waste time attacking the enemy like another certain cookie in bottom tier with a similar skill as him. His skill is an instant AOE heal followed by area heal over time and debuff cleaning.

It scales with his ATK, so it may seem lackluster until you start feeding him Searing Raspberries, then suddenly it outclasses Custard Cookie III’s picky healing. Easy to understand, easy to use, and highly effective. Just watch out for PVP teams with Vampire Cookie in them. If you don’t have Pure Vanilla, Herb will do the job just fine. While Pure Vanilla is definitely better in PVE, they’re both good in PVP because your team doesn’t move away from Herb’s area heal over time.

Strawberry Crepe Cookie

EPIC, FRONT, DEFENSE, AOE Knockback, Mid-Buffer, Adorable Lil’ Psycho

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Strawberry Crepe Cookie has a very protective and friendly skill considering their rather cheerfully cold-hearted personality. Their ability involves slamming a pair of giant robotic waffle fists into the enemy, dealing AOE knockback and giving a chunky 50% defense buff to the two squishiest cookies in your team. This usually means they buff your midline damage dealers, such as Espresso and Latte. This makes Strawberry Crepe Cookie a very strong option in PVP, since Espresso usually needs protection the most.

They’re down here instead of up in Gourmet since Dark Choco is useful in both PVP and PVE, while Strawberry Crepe is rather bleh in PVE unless you’re in a map full of AOE spamming enemies (Bring Strawberry Crepe to World 9 if you have them though: Lots of angry ice cream cone cannons that shoot your midliners full of holes there) who ignore your front cookies.

Red Velvet Cookie

EPIC, FRONT, CHARGE, Rear-Target Pull and Burst, Heavy Stun, Light/Medium Tank, Cake Hound Baker Supreme

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Red Velvet Cookie, gameplay-wise, is either Vampire Cookie’s best friend or worst enemy depending on how you use them, and whether or not they’re teammates or opponents. They do a similar job, killing a single target from the enemy rear. Whereas Vampire Cookie usually kills them outright, Red Velvet Cookie yoinks the victim out front while stunning them for an agonizing 5 seconds, making them much more vulnerable. Their whopping 800%+ skill damage modifier mixed with their Front cookie statline allows them to do double duty as tank and single target marksman.

Charge cookies tend to have higher ATK than Supports (though not as high as Magic cookies), so they don’t suffer as badly as the likes of Onion. A good combo is either Vamp and Red, or Red and Pastry. Vamp can hit the healer first while Red Velvet deals the finishing blow, or Red Velvet can yank someone important into Pastry Cookie’s crossbow.

Red Velvet especially shines in achievement hunting team comps, especially missions which require you to only use 3 cookies at a time, since they fill two roles in one cookie. You can give Red Velvet some Almonds or Walnuts to make them tougher, or Raspberries to make the most out of their skill, which hits much harder than what most Front cookies have.

Mango Cookie

EPIC, MID, MAGIC, AOE Damage, Team ATK Buff, Be Glad That’s Mango Juice

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A cookie that, while rather weak when alone, is great when paired with other cookies like him. Mango Cookie is an AOE damage cookie who trades raw killing power for a fast cooldown and a team-wide ATK buff. This makes them a more agressive alternative to Pomegrenate Cookie, who has a stronger buff but has a heal that basically does diddly.

While Mango’s AOE attack does only roughly 50% damage per hit, it is backed up by Mango’s Magic statline, which has high ATK. Give them some Raspberries since their cooldown is good enough not to need Swift Chocos, then pair them with a dedicated damage dealer like Espresso or Latte.

Lilac Cookie

EPIC, MID, SUPPORT, Normal Attack Buff, Yogurt’s Minder

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The flower-scented Lilac Cookie is a weird one. Their skill buffs the team’s normal attack damage based on whatever attack speed buffs they get from outside sources, with a .4% increase in normal attack damage for every 1% of extra attack speed. This makes their skill generally useless unless you have an extremely specific team setup. You’ll need Mint Choco Cookie and the Librarian’s Enchanted Robes treasure to make anything out of Lilac’s skill.

They also pair very well with Pastry Cookie’s self-buff skill but poorly with most other damage cookies, who rely on directly damaging skills to do the majority of their damage. It doesn’t help that the actual damaging part of their skill is hampered by their Support statline and lackluster percentage modifier.

If you’ve got all that, then great! If you don’t have any of them though, Lilac will have to stay in town, especially since Pomegranate Cookie exists and does the same job for a much wider variety of setups.

Pastry Cookie

EPIC, REAR, RANGED, Near-Target DPS, LET THE PURGATION BEGIN!

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Pastry Cookie is about as plain and simple a DPS as you can get. No special target priorities to worry about, they only care about killing whatever filthy, disgusting, cake-loving heretic is immediately in front of them. Their ability is to ramp up their basic attack’s fire rate while shooting an extra light arrow after every normal shot. Unfortunately, their lack of a targeting priority more advanced than “Shoot whoever’s in front” means they tend not to aim for damage dealers and healers, which you normally need dead first.

Also, AOE cookies like Latte, Espresso and Black Raisin tend to be better for overall DPS. All that said, deploying her with Mint Choco, Lilac, and the Librarian’s Enchanted Robes turns her little holy crossbow into a sanctified Gatling cannon. They also pair extremely well with Red Velvet Cookie, who can yank high-value targets right into Pastry’s firing line. Ironic since they utterly despise each other. If you plan on using them, give them Raspberries to make them rip up enemy fronts faster so they can get to the juicier targets behind them.

Mint Choco Cookie

REAR, SUPPORT, AOE Healer, Team Buffer, A Sweet Violinist

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A support who fires at the enemy as opposed to being a dedicated healer. Unlike Rye’s greedy ATK Speed buff, Mint Choco Cookie’s team-wide ATK Speed buff actually has a noticeable effect. It causes the squad healer to heal faster, and several cookies attacking more rapidly is much more powerful than just one cookie doing it. While Mint Choco Cookie is normally overshadowed by Pomegrenate in any other team comp, putting him, Pastry and Lilac together turns the three of them into a deadly machinegun team, with Mint Choco and Lilac being Pastry’s ammo loaders.

Deploying this guy instead of another damage dealer might not be wise, and deploying him instead of a dedicated healer is a terrible idea. Deploying him with a dedicated healer isn’t so bad though. Give him Swift Chocolates to keep that buff going and Pastry’s ammo flowing.

Raspberry Cookie

FRONT, EPIC, CHARGER, Single Target DPS, ATK-Based Targeting, Glory To House Raspberry!

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Not to be confused with Ovenbreak’s Raspberry Mousse Cookie, Raspberry Cookie was released along with Hollyberry. Let’s get one thing straight: Raspberry makes a very poor tank. She has the bulky statline of a front cookie, but you’ll be using her similarly to Vampire Cookie or Red Velvet: To snipe targets you really hate. Raspberry excels in PVP, since her targeting priority is based on ATK. She bullies whoever has the highest ATK stat on the enemy team, usually someone like the dreaded Sea Fairy Cookie or their rear sniper like Vampire.

She’ll rarely target herself in mirror matches since she has a Front cookie statline. Deleting your enemy’s primary damage dealer early might as well be a guaranteed victory, perhaps even more so than deleting their healer early. On the other hand, she’s not the best for PVE unless it’s a bossfight. In PVE, Vampire and Red Velvet are easier to predict and use, though Raspberry will still rip bosses in half like they do. Bring her for guild raids and PVP, and feed her some Searing Raspberries for maximum laughs. Only reason she isn’t Gourmet tier is her unpredictable aim and weakness to massive crowds in general PVE.

Sonic Cookie

SPECIAL, AMBUSH, MID, ATK Speed Buffer, AOE Damage, Gotta Go Fast

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So Sega had their anniversary, and Cookie Run Kingdom celebrated by having Sonic and Tails in the game. Sonic Cookie is an ambush cookie that works well in Lilac’s machinegun team. His attack is an AOE strike with him pinballing all over the enemy, while giving your whole team a 15% ATK SPD buff. More damage for Lilac to send Pastry’s way! He could be considered a more aggressive option compared to Mint Choco for that spot. As usual, Raspberries or Swift Chocos since you either want the damage to go up or spam the skill for constant ATK SPD buffs, which also makes the damage go up anyway.

A TIER – FLAVORFUL

Mala Sauce Cookie
Custard Cookie III
Princess Cookie
Poison Mushroom Cookie
Tiger Lily Cookie
Rye Cookie
Almond Cookie
Sparkling Cookie

Cherry Cookie
Avocado Cookie
Adventurer Cookie
Fig Cookie

Squid Ink Cookie
Madeleine Cookie
Parfait Cookie

While not as powerful as the Gourmet or Specialist tier, these cookies are pretty strong in their own right. These guys are definitely good cookies, just overshadowed. They don’t like that though! Some of them can be used to as low cost versions of the cookies above them. Princess Cookie is a particular standout, being pretty much one of the best Front cookies in the entire game, beating out a lot of the Epic fronts in spite of being only a Rare. Thankfully this being the widest tier means you’re spoiled for choice.

Mala Sauce Cookie

EPIC, FRONT, CHARGE, Crit Buffer, Debuffer, Damage Over Time, AOE Damage, Extra Spicy

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It seems the devs forgot about Herb Cookie’s existence when designing Mala Sauce Cookie’s attack. While her AOE skill’s Burn debuff has potential to deal heavy damage, Herb Cookie is a healer almost everyone owns and can easily douse that fire with his skill. Not to mention Parfait Cookie gives your team a pretty good chance to avoid the debuff entirely. This means they’re rather weak on their own, but there is one cookie who benefits from having Mala Sauce around so much that pairing the two of them together becomes extremely deadly.

Mala Sauce’s skill also gives a CRIT chance buff to the two highest CRIT cookies on the team, most likely their release-mate Twizzly Gummy Cookie, who relies extremely heavily on crits. Working with a hard-counter to Vanilla well enough to make them give Sorbet Shark a run for their money is enough to put Mala Sauce up here. As usual, they’ll need Almonds like any other front cookie.

Custard Cookie III

RARE, REAR, HEALER, Double Target Healer, Miniature Vanilla King

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Quite possibly the longest-lasting cookie in the starter squad. While he’s pickier with his healing than Herb Cookie, he heals more HP per target with his skill (though comparing regular heals, Herb is still stronger) and puts a short-duration shield on top of said heal.

He’s also good at picking his heal targets. He picks the two most likely to end up dead, often saving their butts in a clutch situation. Timing that shield well can mean the difference between a total party kill, and a desperate victory. Overall, an adorably annoying cookie willing to work towards his self-proclaimed title. Give him some Searing Raspberries to make his healing stronger.

Princess Cookie

RARE, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Debuffer, Medium Tank, Dark Choco But Cute

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Let’s face it, she’s a discount version of Dark Choco Cookie. While Princess Cookie’s skill technically does more straight damage than Dark Choco’s, it has a weaker DEF Down debuff of 15% compared to Dark Choco’s 20%. That said, being a mini Dark Choco is a good thing!

You’ll usually have Princess Cookie instead of Dark Choco because of the Gacha’s rather iffy rates. She’ll last you long into the game, and the only one that can truly replace her is Dark Choco. Says a lot about how strong she is. Perhaps give her some Solid Almonds, or Searing Raspberries to take advantage of her skill’s higher damage power. Overall, a good cookie, just overshadowed by her Epic-tier edgy counterpart.

Poison Mushroom Cookie

EPIC, MID, BOMBER, AOE Poison Damage, Lil’ Shroomy

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If Princess Cookie is Discount Dark Choco, then Shroomy here is Off-Brand Espresso. They does the same job of doing area damage over time, but this time in the form of a poison debuff. Not bad right? Unfortunately, you better keep them in PVE as dang near everyone in PVP has Herb Cookie in their backline. Herb will clean the poison out.

Otherwise, the poison is a great source of extra area damage against large crowds. As a Bomber, their basic attacks also do splash damage, great for clearing frontline crowds in PVE. Give them some Searing Raspberries to make the most of both their skill and basic attack.

Tiger Lily Cookie

EPIC, REAR, RANGE, AOE Stun, Maker Of Funny Faces

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Tiger Lily Cookie is an odd mix. She’s a rear ranger, but her skill is an AOE stun that sends her forward to the enemy while increasing her attack speed. Crowd disablers are quite a rare sight in this game so if you get her, you’ll likely find some use for her. A lot more courageous than another cookie I’ll be listing down later. Give her some Swift Chocolates so you can stun the enemy more reliably.

Rye Cookie

EPIC, REAR, RANGE, Single Target DPS, Big Wholegrain On Her Hip

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This cookie’s a real crackshot. The devs finally fixed Rye Cookie’s skill description, making it more clear that she tears into the enemy with a barrage of shots. She fires a barrage at whoever has the lowest max HP, usually squishy mages in the mid in PVP, or gunlines in PVP. She then gives herself an ATK speed buff for her normal shots. The buff itself isn’t anything special.

The barrage will often kill or severely injure its target though. None of her shots are wasted either. If the barrage kills its target early, she immediately switches targets. She is also great for bossfights in general. Think of her as a less precise but easier to use Vampire Cookie. She is especially deadly when paired with her fellow lawman, Almond Cookie, whose skill synergizes extremely well with hers.

Almond Cookie

EPIC, SUPPORT, REAR, Damage Distribution

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Finally, an offensive Support Cookie who isn’t hampered by their miserable ATK stat! Detective Almond Cookie has a rather unique skill. He’ll throw out magical almond handcuffs which tie several foes to a single enemy who happens to have the lowest max HP in the group. If the single enemy everyone is tied to takes hits, a substantial portion (70% at skill level 1!) of the damage they took gets spread to everyone else who is chained. It makes sense that he pairs well with Rye, since they are both law enforcers. Almond shackles a target, then Rye fills them (and everyone else because of the damage distribution mechanic) with wholegrain caliber bullets.

You could also try pairing him with Vampire Cookie or Adventurer Cookie if you’re really good (or extremely lucky) at timing and directing knockback. You could send the handcuff center target to the back of the line and nuke a good chunk of the enemy formation. Now if only Arena PVP wasn’t done with auto-combat, then finally Espresso might have a hard-counter. Shame about the dumb AI!

Sparkling Cookie

EPIC, REAR, HEALER, Double Target Healer, Team Buffer, Vampire Cookie’s “Juice” Supplier

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Sparkling Cookie could be seen as a more offense-oriented version of Custard Cookie III. He has the same double target heal, but ditches the two target shield for an all-team critical hit chance increase. While he’s an Epic and Custard’s only a Rare, neither is a true replacement for the other.

It all depends on whether you want child-friendly defensive shields, or more violent booze powered critical hits in your team. If Custard’s for ending a fight safely, Sparkling is for ending a fight quickly. Both of them are pretty good.

Cherry Cookie

RARE, REAR, BOMBER, AOE Stun, Atomic Prankster

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Cherry Cookie is good fun! There are few things simpler or more effective than tossing a gigantic bomb at the enemy. Her giant bomb has a 2 second stun, not quite as powerful as Tiger Lily’s 3 second stun. But the bomb itself still does good damage, and Cherry Cookie arguably has the better basic attack.

Being a Bomber instead of a Ranger, her basic attacks do splash damage. Great for cleaning frontline crowds in PVE. Give her a ton of Raspberries to take advantage of both her big bomb and her little bombs.

Avocado Cookie

RARE, FRONT, DEFENSE, Single Target Buff, Heavy Tank, AOE Pushback, Pun-Happy Blacksmith

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A very strong cookie with more application in the PVE late game than the early game. You’d think that giving a 30% ATK Buff only to whoever has the highest ATK stat automatically makes her inferior to Pomegrenate Cookie giving a 20% ATK buff to everyone in the team. Wrong! Being a tanky Defense cookie instead of a squishy Support makes up for it.

She makes a good partner to AOE nukers like Espresso. She’ll also last longer than supports against AOE-happy enemy formations, because of her fairly beefy stats. As for the actual damage of her skill though, it’s nothing to take note of. Give her some Walnuts or Almonds to help her keep the squishy mids alive.

Adventurer Cookie

RARE, REAR, AMBUSH, Single Target Rear Heavy Damage, Single Target Stun, Edible Indiana Jones

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Adventurer Cookie works very similarly to Vampire Cookie except trading some of the damage for a stun. Pretty good, but why would you want to stun an enemy when you can kill them outright? Because sometimes, you just can’t kill them outright! Might as well keep the target from murdering your party for a couple of seconds.

It might be a good idea to pair Adventurer and Vampire Cookie together to tag team a boss, but they’ll be fighting over the Ambush powder needed for their skills. Cram this guy full of Searing Raspberries. Use him like Vampire Cookie, but time the attack to interrupt the target if you can.

Fig Cookie

EPIC, MIDDLE, SUPPORT, AOE Debuffer, Doot Doot

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Fig Cookie is similar to Onion Cookie in purpose, except they gave up all pretense of being a damage dealer to focus on their debuff game. Their AOE attack predictably does very little damage, but slaps a big ugly 20% ATK reduction on whatever it hits. You can also keep this debuff up more reliably than with Onion Cookie, since not only does Fig Cookie have the faster cooldown, they also don’t need to wait for Fear Stacks to make the most of their skill.

You could perhaps bring them in PVE to dull the teeth of particularly deadly monster encounters, but it might still be more reliable to kill the enemy faster with more damage dealers anyway. If you plan on using them, feed them some Swift Chocolates to keep that debuff going.

Squid Ink Cookie

EPIC, Magic, AOE Damage, Squidly Sob Story

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This squishy little crybaby Squid Ink Cookie is as simple and easy to understand as the Espresso-likes get: They repeatedly slam their giant tentacles into the enemy for rapid area damage. No vortexes, janky hitboxes, or debuffs, just treating the enemy wave like a pair of bongos.

They could be a viable option if you’re new to the game and got them as your first AOE cookie, but for everyone else who probably already owns the earlier Espresso-likes, they won’t be worth upgrading since they’re just below them in terms of utility. If you do wish to use them, give them Searing Raspberries as one usually does with damage dealers.

Madeleine Cookie

EPIC, FRONT, “DEFENSE”, AOE Damage, Self-Heal, Heavy Tank, Stop Hiding In Mid If You Want Glory!

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A majestically shiny cookie with gleaming white armor and a fancy sword. Madeleine Cookie’s skill is to heal himself, make himself immune to debuffs, and shoot AOE piercing sword beams.  Sounds awesome right? You’ll notice we put the word “DEFENSE” in sarcastic quotation marks. He hides in mid when using his skill! This would be perfectly okay if he had a good ATK stat, but he doesn’t.

It comes with being a Defense cookie. He can’t do his job as a Defense cookie if he’s hiding with Espresso! At least his stats are pretty beefy elsewhere. Maybe use his skill when there are big crowds or in a desperate situation. Against singular deadly targets or if the mid is in danger, it might be better to keep him in front to take hits and let the real damage dealers do the job.

We moved Madeleine up a tier though, as while he is still a coward who hides in mid, his skill becomes uncannily destructive when paired with Lilac’s ATK SPD-based heavy machinegun team, even considering Madeleine’s Defense Cookie statline giving him poor ATK.

Parfait Cookie

EPIC, REAR, SUPPORT, Defense Buff, Debuff Resistance, Just Take Life One Scoop At A Time

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Parfait Cookie’s a support? She’s the one that needs emotional support with a storyline like that! While her music is truly amazing, her general combat utility leaves something to be desired. She’s a support cookie who gives the whole team a 10% defense buff and 40% debuff resistance.

There are better cookies than her when it comes to improving general squad survival, namely Pure Vanilla Cookie, Licorice Cookie and Strawberry Crepe Cookie. She does have one thing she finds a lot of use for though: Fighting Gingerbrave-Almond-Sea Fairy/Black Raisin stun teams in PVP. Turns out, if the debuff resistance does its job, your team will avoid the enemy team’s first stun barrage then clean house with the enemy, hopefully before Sea Fairy’s horrendously long second cooldown is done.

Stun teams rarely have healers to make room for more stun cookies. While they excel in wiping teams extremely fast, they have a much rougher time against enemies that somehow survive their first assault and fight back during that short time. Being able to counter such a specific yet deadly composition was enough to swing her up from B to A tier, even if it still has a 60 percent chance to go horribly wrong. That being said, Parfait isn’t knocking Pomegranate Cookie off her throne as Queen of Supports anytime soon. Give her Swift Chocolates to keep the debuff resistance going along with the extra defense. As a sidenote, she may find extra use as Pure Vanilla’s protector against Twizzly Gummy Cookie’s anti-shield Zap debuff.

B TIER – SWEET

Tails Cookie
Kumiho Cookie
Cream Puff Cookie

Carrot Cookie
Purple Yam Cookie
Chili Pepper Cookie
Onion Cookie
Devil Cookie

These guys aren’t bad, but they’re not awesome either. Some might be otherwise powerful cookies with a rather blatant flaw. Others are just rather boring, but fairly practical. They make good space fillers for roles you need but lack. Like if you need a tank but don’t have Princess, Avocado, Dark Choco or Milk.

Tails Cookie

SPECIAL, AMBUSH, MID, DEF Buffer, AOE Damage, Adorable Airborne Airbro

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Tails suffers a bit more than his blue bro. He’s got the same skill but with a DEF buff at 15% instead of Sonic’s ATK SPD buff. Honestly a good cookie, though Licorice outclasses him big time. Licorice, while doing less damage with his lightning strike, comes with a 20% DEF buff AND mooks. If you want a damage dealer, get an Espressolike, and if you want a DEF buffer, get Licorice. If you want BOTH AOE damage and a DEF buffer, get Licorice anyway! To add insult to injury, Licorice is available for mileage since he’s an old cookie. Get Tails some Raspberries to make the most of his damage if you want to use him.

Kumiho Cookie

EPIC, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Stun, Medium Tank, Foxy Marshmallow

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This marshmallow fox pretending to be a cookie is pretty tough for someone whose shtick is flirting with the enemy. Her ability is to transform into a Cookie, flirting with the enemy to stop them attacking for two seconds. While doing this, she charges up an attack.

A front disabler could be very useful as it frees up a slot for a damage dealer. Kumiho’s ability also does a bit of damage on top of disabling a crowd, so she’s a good way to open a wave to attack or to interrupt a dangerous enemy. Give her some Hard Walnuts or Solid Almonds so she can last longer.

Cream Puff Cookie

EPIC, REAR, SUPPORT, Guild Gacha, Area Heal, AOE Damage, A Hard Student To Find

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A tiny, adorable wizard whose technically amazing skill is hampered by her Support statline. Her skill is an AOE damage jellybean tornado that also heals your party in a burst, unlike most supports who do healing over time. The percentage scaling on the tornado’s damage is alarmingly high which would have made it utterly destructive… If it weren’t for the fact she’s a Support with low ATK. One could conceivably use her as a more aggressive Herb, or as a partner for Herb in case the enemy brings Vampire Cookie in PVP. As for PVE, you might be better off bringing Pomegrenate or Latte instead.

All in all, Cream Puff’s in a pretty awkward spot. This is made worse by Pomegrenate Cookie’s existence, Latte Cookie’s simultaneous relase, and her own abysmal drop chance (0.3 percent!?) from the guild-exclusive gacha. Give her Searing Raspberries if you plan to send her to battle.

Carrot Cookie

RARE, REAR, SUPPORT, Area Heal, Area Buff, Light AOE Damage, Biggest Carrot Award Winner

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The hard-working Carrot Cookie is a pretty weird Support cookie. Her support skill damages the enemy and heals your team. It also comes with a decent DEF buff. She feels like a strange buffer version of a Magic cookie rather than a Support cookie. Either way, not bad, very simple, and quite adorable too.

Purple Yam Cookie

EPIC, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Damage and Knockback, Medium Tank, Spin 2 Win

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If you used Strawberry Cookie a lot early in the game, Purple Yam Cookie will be quite familiar. Unlike the shy, quiet Strawberry Cookie though, this massive hothead has the statline of an Epic. You tap his skill, and he spins, mashing his way through the enemy and pushing them back. You can use this to cram the enemy frontline into its rearline.

This makes the enemy vulnerable to cookies like Princess Cookie or Chili Pepper Cookie, who have a relatively small area of effect with their skills. It’s not amazingly destructive or flashy, but it does the job and gives your squad some protection by keeping the enemy out of their faces. Give him some Walnuts or Almonds so the big guy can take some hits for the cookies behind him.

Chili Pepper Cookie

EPIC, MID, AMBUSH, Rear-line AOE Damage, Sticky Fingers

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Early on, Chili Pepper Cookie is a pretty good rear line killer. Her skill is made to cut down neat rear gunlines, which are common in early levels. She also works quite well with the other starter cookies. Later on though, she starts to suffer as enemy rear formations start getting messy and uneven. Often, her skill will only hit one or two targets if the enemy hasn’t been pushed into each other.

All in all, she’s in an awkward spot. She’s an area damage cookie with small AOE, and a backline assassin with insufficient killing power against late game heavy spellcasters. If you do plan on using her, give her Searing Raspberries and send her in after your frontliners have hammered the enemy formation into a tight blob.

Onion Cookie

RARE, MID, SUPPORT, Screen-Wide Damage and Debuffer, Do Not Bully

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Putting Onion Cookie into the battlefield is a war crime. This poor little crying baby does not even have a basic attack. Instead, she has a skill that does damage and reduces enemy ATK by 10%. The skill also has a stacking mechanic. It gains up to roughly 700% damage power the more she gets scared, usually by new enemy waves or enemy strikes. Anything to reduce the ATK of the enemy is always useful.

Unfortunately, her skill, while powerful, takes a lot of time to collect stacks. The spammy AI also makes her useless in PVP. It also isn’t helped by her Support statline giving her inferior ATK. Give her some Searing Raspberries if you want her to fight and deploy her against the final wave. You monster.

Devil Cookie

RARE, MIDDLE, MAGIC, AOE Debuffer, Angel Cookie’s Unwilling Best Friend

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Devil Cookie had the misfortune of being released after the likes of Latte Cookie, considering Devil has a similar but honestly inferior skill. They summon a rune on the ground, dealing AOE damage over time and inflicting ATK Speed Down and Movement Speed Down. Sadly, nobody cares about either stat. ATK Speed Down doesn’t actually slow down skill cooldowns, which is the primary source of damage in the game, and there are far better ways to stop enemies from moving than a Movement Speed reduction.

Like you know, blasting them into crumbs! That being said, if the gacha’s been unkind to you and you lack the high tier AOE damage dealers, Devil Cookie might be a good choice. Cram them with Raspberries to make their attack hit harder and take advantage of their Magic statline, since the debuffs they give out aren’t particularly noteworthy.

C TIER – FRESH

GingerBrave
Snow Sugar Cookie
Angel Cookie
Gumball Cookie
Pancake Cookie
Blackberry Cookie

Rather lackluster cookies that nonetheless find some use in battle. Many of these cookies are weak lategame but strong earlygame. Some also find some weird niche in the meta to take advantage of. That being said, there are certainly better choices around.

GingerBrave

COMMON, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Knockback, Everyone’s First Cookie

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How did a Common, and the starter cookie at that, end up all the way up here? GingerBrave’s skill has an absurd 8 second cooldown, compared to everyone else’s 10-20 seconds. The AOE is just perfectly sized to only hit the two enemy front cookies in PVP. The knockback is so powerful it’ll toss the victims right into the rear, leaving their mid cookies wide open! This plays into the PVP meta in a hilarious way.

Normally, you can set up a weak defense party to attract weaker players into fighting you. Then you wreck them in the Defense tab later for Arena shop medals. They get medals for beating your defense team too, so no foul. Here, you instead bait weaker players into attacking what LOOKS like a weak party (a very eye-catching levelled and 5-starred GingerBrave backed up by vastly more dangerous cookies, often hidden), only for them to get demolished!

The popular team for this is GingerBrave with Almond Cookie, Black Raisin or if you’re really lucky, Sea Fairy Cookie with two other cookies who can stun. Gingerbrave slams into the front to expose the enemy midline, Almond and the damage dealer pair up to wreck the enemy team, and the stun cookies prevent them from fighting back. This has low survivability if the enemy somehow resists the stun and fights back, but if the stun works your cookies can destroy the heavily injured enemy with impunity.

Snow Sugar Cookie

EPIC, MID, MAGIC, Sumonner, AOE Debuffer, If Only The Snow King Were In Front

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The loveable Snow Sugar Cookie sadly suffers from Strong Early, Weak Later syndrome as with many other cookies. They summon a large monster called the Snow King. The Snow King’s basic attack is a low-damage AOE breath that gives everyone it hits an ATK Slow debuff. An enemy Herb Cookie isn’t able to clean it out either, as the Snow King will simply reapply it. Decent early on, she can turn some PVP matches around against incomplete meta teams.

Unfortunately, the poor damage the Snow King does and the later enemies’ higher raw damage makes Snow Sugar Cookie suffer. ATK Slow doesn’t matter if you’re worried about high damage attacks with a low fire rate. The Snow King also stays in the rear instead of moving forward, wasting the Snow King’s rather high HP. If you’ve been using them, you might have to replace them with another damage dealer or support. They had a recent buff, but it isn’t enough to move them up a tier.

Angel Cookie

COMMON, REAR, HEALER, AOE Heal, Flight Incapable

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Another rather strong common. This is the closest thing to a Discount Herb Cookie you can get (albeit a much weaker one vs the milder gap between Princess and Dark Choco), and as long as you keep their star level up, they can keep up with your team.

Now why isn’t this cookie a tier higher then? Because Custard Cookie III exists and you get him at the start of the game. Custard’s ability to save team members that need healing the most is more reliable than Angel Cookie’s weaker area heal, which doesn’t have enough kick.

Gumball Cookie

RARE, REAR, BOMBER, AOE Slow, Artistic Artillery

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Thank goodness his skill description is contradicted by his skill’s stat tooltip. A 20% ATK Slow is certainly much better than a pointless Movement Slow! Just like Snow Sugar, ATK Slow becomes rather bland later on, but at least Gumball Cookie’s a Bomber too. This means his basic attack has AOE. Give him some Raspberries to strengthen his firepower if you want to use him.

Pancake Cookie

RARE, REAR, AMBUSH, Light AOE Damage, Squad Buffer, Give Acorn Jelly

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This little flying chubster is another weird one that doesn’t exactly fit his classification. An Ambush cookie with the wide AOE of a Magic Cookie, lackluster damage, but also a 20% ATK Speed buff for the whole party. Pancake Cookie is less a rear-line killer and more an offensive Support without a heal. Since he uses different powders than Support cookies, it might be safe to pair him with Mint Choco to power up Rye Cookie.

At that point though, getting a more traditional Ambush cookie might be a better idea. All in all, neither amazing nor terrible. Give him some Swift Chocolates or Raspberries so he can do the buff, or for his skill to do more useful damage. Too bad Acorn Jellies aren’t a topping.

Blackberry Cookie

RARE, REAR, MAGIC, AOE Damage Over Time, Squad Buffer, Adventurer Cookie’s Minder

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The quiet Blackberry Cookie is a pretty simple damage dealer that gives the team a buff to their Critical Hit Chance. Her own skill is affected by this buff, so that’s pretty good. That being said, it might be better to either pair her with a dedicated damage dealer or replace her outright with one. Give her some Raspberries if you plan to send her to combat instead of letting her keep an eye on Adventure Cookie.

D TIER – KINDA BLAND

Knight Cookie
Werewolf Cookie
Strawberry Cookie
Beet Cookie

These unfortunate cookies need some additional love from the developers. You won’t find them often in PVP other than as a revenge bait defense team, spot fillers, or because they look cool. As for PVE, they’re useable but there are much better cookies around. If the Gacha’s been mean though, you might as well learn to use them until you get some better Cookies.

Knight Cookie

RARE, FRONT, DEFENSE, Taunt, Medium Tank, LEEROY JENKINS!

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Knight Cookie seriously needs some form of defensive buff. He’s like Milk Cookie except he can’t take the heat after making the enemy lose their tempers. He’s useful in the early to mid-game to draw fire, but in later levels the enemy will outright obliterate him for taunting.

He’s also fairly useless in PVP. Once you’re past chapter 4, you might need to find him a bulkier or harder hitting replacement. If you absolutely have no choice but to use him, fill him with Almonds so he lasts longer.

Werewolf Cookie

EPIC, FRONT, CHARGE, General DPS, Medium Tank, Needs Friends

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His skill causes area damage before transforming him into a werewolf and giving him double-strike attacks. Sounds cool right? Well, his stats as a Front cookie don’t exactly help this skill much.

Compared to cookies like the wave-pushing Purple Yam or the defense-cracking Dark Choco and Princess, or even the fearlessly stupid Knight Cookie, Werewolf Cookie has very little utility. It is only a straight DPS increase for himself mixed with a lackluster AOE attack. Get someone with better pushback, or cram this guy full of Almonds so he can still take some hits.

Strawberry Cookie

COMMON, FRONT, DEFENSE, AOE Pushback, Spin 2 Win Lite

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The shy and adorable Strawberry Cookie is one of the weaker Starter Cookies. Her description as a Defense isn’t entirely accurate, as she has more in common with Purple Yam Cookie, an Epic-tier Charge cookie with a bad temper.

Her skill is a long duration AOE spin attack that pushes the enemy back as she goes. Nothing special, nothing terrible. Unlike Gingerbrave though, she isn’t weird enough to exploit the meta. Replace her with a stronger Front cookie when you can, and be nice to her in the castle.

Beet Cookie

COMMON, REAR, RANGED, Single Target Damage, Aim For The Injured!

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Beet Cookie could have so much potential if it weren’t for their Common statline. She aims her skill at whoever has the least HP. Such a skill on a stronger cookie would make them a hard counter to meta monsters like Espresso and Licorice, a pair of glass cannons that are high priority targets.

Unfortunately, they’re a Common, and other focus-target cookies like Rye, Vampire and Adventurer blow them out of the soda pond. If you absolutely want to use Beet Cookie, give her Raspberries like any other damage dealer.

F TIER – SALTY

Muscle Cookie
Wizard Cookie
Clover Cookie
Ninja Cookie
Alchemist Cookie

These cookies can’t even be used to replace the starter squad. Their ability is often pointless or so weak as to be forgettable. It ain’t their fault though, so be nice to them. Most of the cookies that deserve a sentence to the Sugar Quarry are in the higher tiers anyway!

Muscle Cookie

COMMON, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Pushback, Don’t Skip Leg Day

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His skill doesn’t hit hard (80% damage with a Shock debuff vs Gingerbrave’s straight up 120% or so damage). The knockback on his skill isn’t strong enough to immediately toss enemies into their own rear gunline, so he doesn’t pair very well with Chili Pepper Cookie in the starter squad. Both Gingerbrave and Strawberry Cookie are better at cramming the enemy into a tight blob. Put the big guy in the Sugar Quarry or the Lumberjack Lodge so he can spend the day exercising. He doesn’t actually mind!

Wizard Cookie

COMMON, MID, MAGIC, AOE Damage, Ice Cream Shortstop

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The loveably nerdy Wizard Cookie is in the starter squad, but it’s rather easy to forget he’s in your team. Chili Pepper and Gingerbrave’s earlygame combo often kills a wave before you think of using Wizard Cookie.

By the time you start seeing the weird uneven gunlines and deep, narrow formations that give Chili Pepper so much trouble, you probably already have a replacement for Wizard Cookie. Have the little guy water some plants in your kingdom once you get a new AOE damage unit. It should give him some time to study the magic he loves so much.

Clover Cookie

RARE, REAR, SUPPORT, AOE Debuff Cleaner and Healer, The Happy Bard

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This guy is Herb Cookie but terrible. While having a very similar skill to Herb Cookie (an area heal over time that cleans debuffs, but lacking the initial stronger heal), he is a Support. That means he wastes time shooting at the enemy instead of healing your cookies.

Unlike most Supports though, he doesn’t give your cookies any real buffs! Just keep Custard Cookie III in your backline and get a real support cookie instead. Have this guy tell tales of your main team back home, he’ll be happier that way.

Ninja Cookie

REAR, AMBUSH, AOE Damage, Silent But Not Particuarly Deadly

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Ninja Cookie is another one who is immediately rendered obsolete by Starter Squad, particularly Chili Pepper Cookie. His skill is a small AOE attack with moderate damage. Being an Ambush cookie means they’ll be fighting Chili Pepper over Ambush powder, so you might as well keep Wizard Cookie on your team if you found Ninja Cookie in the gacha. Pull a Karate Kid on him and trick him into doing chores in the name of training!

Alchemist Cookie

RARE, MID, BOMBER, AOE Poison Damage, Vampire Cookie’s Designated Driver

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The ever busy nerd Alchemist Cookie is a rather confusing cookie to use. She has an AOE poison bomb that supposedly gets stronger every use, reaching its peak after three uses.

Unfortunately, even at it’s strongest it’s pretty weak and has small AOE. It makes her basic attack’s poison more powerful too though, but at that point you probably want a better damage dealer. Give her a nice lab to work on at home. Preferably far away from Wizard Cookie. Those two hate each other!

And this ends our comprehensive tier list for Cookie Run: Kingdom! If you guys have any tips on how to use these cookies more effectively, or opinions on whether or not a cookie should be higher or lower on the chart, don’t forget to leave us a message in the comment section below! Stay civil though, leave the battles in the Arena!

Cookie lover

Monday 22nd of November 2021

Hi, chapter 9 has been a pain to the butt, especially after I progressed to the castle part of the chapter. If anyone has been stuck on chapter 9 due to the wafflebots shredding your fronts, use the durianeer treasure, its gives your tanks much more health. My only front on my team is moon rabbit even though I do have milk cookie with toppings and leveled up.

lina_alice

Monday 22nd of November 2021

Hi! I was wondering if someone could give me advise. I have Moon Rabbit , Pumpkin Pie, Raspberry, Chilli Pepper, and Vampire Cookie on the team. I'm on level 8-18 but I can't seem to progress and was stuck in the beginning of this level for four days. If there are things I need to improve please tell me.

etic

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

@lina_alice,

definitely add a healer to that team (ofc pure vanilla is the best but herb is good, or even custard if you don't have herb). in PVE that's super important and tbh i'm not sure how you've made it this far without one LOL

Faye

Saturday 20th of November 2021

I’m on chapter 8 and have Espresso Latte Frost Queen Sorbet Pumpkin Pie

I also have Squid Ink on one star Mango Twizzly Herb Cotton And a bunch others just none of those are on my team Is this good I can’t tell lmao

Star

Friday 19th of November 2021

i’m sorry, you’re saying squid ink is worse than espresso? espresso does like no damage and doesnt work out for me

Level Winner

Friday 19th of November 2021

The tier list has been updated with two new cookies, Frost Queen Cookie and Cotton Cookie.