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.
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.
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
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.
EPIC, MID, MAGIC, AOE Damage Dealer, Ethically Questionable Physics
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.
EPIC, MID, MAGIC, AOE Damage, Silence, Smooth And Sweet
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
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 one of the most wanted cookies in the current meta as of the time of this writing.
Pure Vanilla Cookie
ANCIENT, REAR, HEALER, Team Healer, Team Shield, Custard After Vitamin Gummies
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
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
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
Strawberry Crepe Cookie
Red Velvet 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.
EPIC, MID, MAGIC, Summoner, Buffer, Low Power AOE Damage, A True Generalist
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. 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.
EPIC, FRONT, DEFENSE, Taunter, Heavy Tank, Milk Makes For Strong Bones
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.
EPIC, REAR, AMBUSH, Single Target Rear Damage, Herbicidal Guided Missile
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.
EPIC, REAR, SUPPORT, AOE Heal-over-time, Team Buffer, Shroomy’s Babysitter
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 Flavorful 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.
EPIC, REAR, HEALER, AOE Healer and Debuff Cleaner, Hoo Hoo Boy
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
Strawberry Crepe Cookie has a very protective and friendly skill considering his rather cheerfully cold-hearted personality. His 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 he buffs your midline damage dealers, such as Espresso and Latte. This makes Strawberry Crepe Cookie a very strong option in PVP, since Espresso.
He’s 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 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
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.
EPIC, MID, MAGIC, AOE Damage, Team ATK Buff, Be Glad That’s Mango Juice
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.
A TIER – FLAVORFUL
Custard Cookie III
Poison Mushroom Cookie
Tiger Lily 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 the third best Front cookie in the entire game, beating out everyone that isn’t Milk or Dark Choco Cookie. Thankfully this being the widest tier means you’re spoiled for choice.
Custard Cookie III
RARE, REAR, HEALER, Double Target Healer, Miniature Vanilla King
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.
RARE, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Debuffer, Medium Tank, Dark Choco But Cute
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
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
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.
EPIC, REAR, RANGE, Single Target DPS, Big Wholegrain On Her Hip
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.
EPIC, SUPPORT, REAR, Damage Distribution
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!
EPIC, REAR, HEALER, Double Target Healer, Team Buffer, Vampire Cookie’s “Juice” Supplier
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.
RARE, REAR, BOMBER, AOE Stun, Atomic Prankster
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.
RARE, FRONT, DEFENSE, Single Target Buff, Heavy Tank, AOE Pushback, Pun-Happy Blacksmith
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.
REAR, AMBUSH, Single Target Rear Heavy Damage, Single Target Stun, Edible Indiana Jones
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.
EPIC, REAR, RANGED, Near-Target DPS, LET THE PURGATION BEGIN!
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. That being said, they 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.
EPIC, MIDDLE, SUPPORT, AOE Debuffer, Doot Doot
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.
B TIER – SWEET
Cream Puff Cookie
Mint Choco Cookie
Purple Yam Cookie
Chili Pepper 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.
EPIC, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Stun, Medium Tank, Foxy Marshmallow
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
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.
Mint Choco Cookie
REAR, SUPPORT, AOE Healer, Team Buffer, A Sweet Violinist
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.
That being said, Mint Choco’s stuck down here because Pomegranate Cookie steals his thunder. 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.
RARE, REAR, SUPPORT, Area Heal, Area Buff, Light AOE Damage, Biggest Carrot Award Winner
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.
EPIC, FRONT, “DEFENSE”, AOE Damage, Self-Heal, Heavy Tank, Stop Hiding In Mid If You Want Glory!
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.
Purple Yam Cookie
EPIC, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Damage and Knockback, Medium Tank, Spin 2 Win
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
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.
RARE, MID, SUPPORT, Screen-Wide Damage and Debuffer, Do Not Bully
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.
RARE, MIDDLE, MAGIC, AOE Debuffer, Angel Cookie’s Unwilling Best Friend
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
Snow Sugar 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.
COMMON, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Knockback, Everyone’s First Cookie
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 paired with a really, REALLY powerful Espresso, a perfectly normal Herb, and Tiger Lily and Cherry Cookie. Usually, the timing of their attacks is enough to shut down the enemy Espresso with stuns, but they can still be overpowered by a properly fed meta team.
Snow Sugar Cookie
EPIC, MID, MAGIC, Sumonner, AOE Debuffer, If Only The Snow King Were In Front
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.
COMMON, REAR, HEALER, AOE Heal, Flight Incapable
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.
RARE, REAR, BOMBER, AOE Slow, Artistic Artillery
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.
RARE, REAR, AMBUSH, Light AOE Damage, Squad Buffer, Give Acorn Jelly
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.
RARE, REAR, MAGIC, AOE Damage Over Time, Squad Buffer, Adventurer Cookie’s Minder
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
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.
RARE, FRONT, DEFENSE, Taunt, Medium Tank, LEEROY JENKINS!
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.
EPIC, FRONT, CHARGE, General DPS, Medium Tank, Needs Friends
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.
COMMON, FRONT, DEFENSE, AOE Pushback, Spin 2 Win Lite
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.
COMMON, REAR, RANGED, Single Target Damage, Aim For The Injured!
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
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!
COMMON, FRONT, CHARGE, AOE Pushback, Don’t Skip Leg Day
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!
COMMON, MID, MAGIC, AOE Damage, Ice Cream Shortstop
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.
RARE, REAR, SUPPORT, AOE Debuff Cleaner and Healer, The Happy Bard
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.
REAR, AMBUSH, AOE Damage, Silent But Not Particuarly Deadly
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!
RARE, MID, BOMBER, AOE Poison Damage, Vampire Cookie’s Designated Driver
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!