cookie clicker - How does the prestige system work when soft resetting

  • HenryHey

    I don't understand what are the pros and cons of soft resetting, can anyone explain me what I keep and what I lose?

  • Answers
  • tepples

    The real pros are that you gain a prestige CPS multiplier, access to new multiplier bonuses and possibly some achievements. The cons are essentially summed up by you losing almost everything else.

    You keep:

    • All achievements earned
    • Cookies baked (all-time)
    • Golden cookie clicks (all-time)
    • Legacy started

    You lose:

    • Cookies in bank
    • Cookies baked (this game)
    • Golden cookie clicks (this game)
    • Cookie clicks
    • Handmade cookies
    • All buildings
    • All upgrades
    • Session started
    • Wrinklers popped
    • Elder pledges
    • Season switches
    • All other stats not yet listed.

    You gain:

    • Cookies forfeited by resetting gets cookies baked (this game) added to it
    • The number of resets gets incremented
    • New CPS multipler cookie upgrades based on how many cookies have been forfeited by resetting (14/10/2013):

      if (Game.cookiesEarned>=9999999999999)
          if (Game.prestige['Heavenly chips']>=1) Game.Unlock('Caramoas');
          if (Game.prestige['Heavenly chips']>=2) Game.Unlock('Sagalongs');
          if (Game.prestige['Heavenly chips']>=3) Game.Unlock('Shortfoils');
          if (Game.prestige['Heavenly chips']>=4) Game.Unlock('Win mints');
          if (Game.prestige['Heavenly chips']>=10) Game.Unlock('Fig gluttons');
          if (Game.prestige['Heavenly chips']>=100) Game.Unlock('Loreols');
          if (Game.prestige['Heavenly chips']>=500) Game.Unlock('Jaffa cakes');
          if (Game.prestige['Heavenly chips']>=2000) Game.Unlock('Grease\'s cups');

    • Any unearned achievements related to the amount of cookies baked (this game) prior to resetting (v.1.036), not cookies in bank:

      if (Game.cookiesEarned>=1000000) Game.Win('Sacrifice');
      if (Game.cookiesEarned>=1000000000) Game.Win('Oblivion');
      if (Game.cookiesEarned>=1000000000000) Game.Win('From scratch');
      if (Game.cookiesEarned>=1000000000000000) Game.Win('Nihilism');

      Since the reset achievements are cumulative in the sense that gaining a higher tier of the achievement will also gain you the lower tiers, you should wait until your all-time cookies are at least 1 quadrillion in order to get all these achievements in one reset. If you are interested in future-proofing some, you might wait for a quintillion.

      //new Game.Achievement('Galactus\' Reprimand','Reset your game with <b>1 quintillion</b> coo- okay no I'm yanking your chain


    • A CPS multiplier percentage (prestige) based on your cookies forfeited by resetting. Cookies reset only gets cleared on hard resets so your prestige will not decrease, but will be recalculated every time(v.1.036+):

      var prestige=cookies/1000000000000;
      //prestige=Math.max(0,Math.floor(Math.pow(prestige,0.5)));//old version
      //geometric progression

      The comment is wrong though. It's actually just an arithmetic progression. The multiplier is only applied if you purchase the upgrades to unlock it (14/10/2013):

      var heavenlyMult=0;
      if (Game.Has('Heavenly chip secret')) heavenlyMult+=0.05;
      if (Game.Has('Heavenly cookie stand')) heavenlyMult+=0.20;
      if (Game.Has('Heavenly bakery')) heavenlyMult+=0.25;
      if (Game.Has('Heavenly confectionery')) heavenlyMult+=0.25;
      if (Game.Has('Heavenly key')) heavenlyMult+=0.25;
      mult+=parseFloat(Game.prestige['Heavenly chips'])*0.02*heavenlyMult;

      Based on every trillion cookies lost to soft-resetting, a progression is calculated and the resultant value is multiplied by a percentage and used as a multiplier. In v.1.035, the multiplier value of each calculated "Heavenly Chip" (prestige point) was 5%, but, in v.1.036+, it is 2%. Both the progression formula and the value of the prestige CPS multiplier seem likely to change in future updates.

    The prestige CPS multiplier is rather low and arithmetic progression quite steep. For 1 quadrillion cookies (all-time), you get less than 90% multiplier, and for 1 quintillion, you get about 2800%. For 1000 times the cookies, you only get about 31 times the amount of multiplier.

    More problematically is also the issue of having to gain everything again from scratch. The early game was the most fun part of the game so you might consider a reset just to go through it again (but easier due to the effect of the prestige multiplier). Having done so, I can confirm that resetting with a decent all-time and thus a sizable multiplier around 1000% will make it quite easy to get back to where you were before the reset in just a few days time and with each reset, it only gets easier.

    To get 2000 Heavenly chips (enough to get the Grease's cups), you would need to have reset away 2,001,000,000,000,000,000 (2.001 quintillion) cookies.

    There are also some shadow achievements related to reaching 1 million cookies in a short time without buying the heavenly chip upgrades, but they are not directly related to the prestige system and rather explicitly require you not use it.

  • Related Question

    How do Golden Cookies work?
  • bd33

    Periodically, Golden Cookies may appear, and when clicked, confer various bonuses (flat +cookies, or additional multiplier of cookie production for 77 seconds). I've noticed other people have many more Golden Cookie clicks than I do at my point in the game.

    • How often do Golden Cookies appear?
    • How long are they available for clicking before disappearing?
    • Are Golden Cookies more likely to appear if the game has been running a long time without a Golden Cookie click?
    • How is the flat +cookie bonus calculated?
    • Do the bonuses always alternate between clicks, or between appearances? (flat bonus vs percentage increase)

  • Related Answers
  • murgatroid99

    Without any upgrades or anything, a Golden Cookie spawns m minutes after the last one disappeared, where m is a random number between 5 and 15. Each of the upgrades Lucky day and Serendipity cut that time in half, and the debug upgrade Gold hoard makes them spawn pretty much constantly instead. Also, if your last cookie gave you a cookie chain, then the next one spawns 3 seconds later. This means that you are not more likely to get a Golden Cookie if you haven't clicked on one in a while.

    Without any upgrades, again, a Golden Cookie lasts for 13 seconds before disappearing. The Lucky day and Serendipity upgrades both double that. If your last cookie gave you a cookie chain, then it disappears after 6 seconds instead.

    When you get what appears to be a flat number of cookies, it either gives you 10% of your cookies or the equivalent of 20 minutes of cookie production, whichever is lower.

    The bonus you get is randomly chosen each time you click the cookie. It normally chooses between Frenzy, which multiplies your production by 7, and Lucky, which gives you cookies as I just described. There is also a small chance of getting a Click frenzy, which multiplies your cookies per click by 777, and an even smaller chance of getting a Cookie chain, which gives you 6 the first time you get it, 66 the second time, etc. until you get something else. As Michael Madsen's answer points out, the effects appear to alternate because every time you click a golden cookie, there's an 80% chance that it will remove the previous effect from the list of possible effects before it picks which one actually happens.

    Once the Grandmapocalypse begins, you also have a chance of getting Ruin, which makes you lose half as many cookies as you would gain from a Lucky cookie, Clot, which cuts your production in half, and Elder Frenzy, which multiplies your production by 666 for a few seconds.

  • Michael Madsen

    murgatroid99 did an excellent job of explaining how the cookies appear, so I'm going to skip that part.

    Using the source code for the current version (v.1.0375), I sat down and calculated the actual odds a bit more exactly.

    When you click on a cookie, the game generates a list of possible outcomes for that cookie; certain outcomes are less likely to appear than others. Once this list is generated, each outcome on the list has an equal probability of being chosen.

    The descriptions below are the normal effects; if you have the Get lucky upgrade, the time-based effects will have double duration.

    For a golden cookie:

    • 100% Frenzy (7x cookies/second for 77 seconds)
    • 100% Lucky (get 13 cookies and 10% of total cookies or 20 minutes worth of production, whichever is lower)
    • 10% Click Frenzy (clicks worth 777x normal for 13 seconds)

    If you have earned at least 100,000 cookies in total:

    • 1% Chain Cookie (get 6 cookies and 10 times whatever the previous cookie in the chain was worth; new cookie will spawn in 3 seconds if chain continues)

    For a wrath cookie (red grandmapocalypse cookies):

    • 100% Clot (cookies/second halved for 66 seconds)
    • 100% Lucky
    • 100% Ruin (lose 13 cookies and 5% of total cookies or 10 minutes worth of production, whichever is lower)
    • 30% Chain Cookie/Elder Frenzy (666x cookies/second for 6 seconds)
    • 10% Click Frenzy
    • 0.7% Chain Cookie (actually 1%, but only if the previous 30% chance for Chain Cookie/Elder Frenzy failed)

    When the grandmatriarchs are awoken/displeased/angered, 33/66/100% of cookies will be wrath cookies.

    This results in these probabilities for a cookie having a specific set of possible outcomes:

    Golden cookies:

    • 89.1% Frenzy/Lucky
    • 09.9% Frenzy/Lucky/Click Frenzy
    • 00.9% Frenzy/Lucky/Chain Cookie
    • 00.1% Frenzy/Lucky/Click Frenzy/Chain Cookie

    Wrath cookies:

    • 62.559% Clot/Lucky/Ruin
    • 27.000% Clot/Lucky/Ruin/Chain Cookie/Elder Frenzy
    • 06.951% Clot/Lucky/Ruin/Click Frenzy
    • 03.000% Clot/Lucky/Ruin/Chain Cookie/Elder Frenzy/Click Frenzy
    • 00.441% Clot/Lucky/Ruin/Chain Cookie
    • 00.049% Clot/Lucky/Ruin/Click Frenzy/Chain Cookie

    To determine the odds of a given outcome, divide each of these probabilities with the number of outcomes in that set, and add together the numbers where that option appears. Rounded to 3 decimals, that gives the following odds:

    Golden cookie:

    • 48.175% Frenzy (89.1%/2 + 9.9%/3 + 0.9%/3 + 0.1%/4)
    • 48.175% Lucky
    • 03.325% Click Frenzy
    • 00.325% Chain Cookie

    Wrath cookie:

    • 28.611% Clot
    • 28.611% Lucky
    • 28.611% Ruin
    • 06.020% Chain Cookie
    • 05.900% Elder Frenzy
    • 02.248% Click Frenzy

    However, it's a bit more complicated in practice.

    There is an 80% probability that the most recent golden cookie effect is removed from the list of possible outcomes. To determine the probabilities for a cookie given the most recent effect, you would need to adjust the probabilities for the possible sets of outcomes accordingly.

    As an example, suppose that the most recent effect was Lucky, and a Golden Cookie appears; this cookie then has the following probabilities for the sets of outcomes:

    • 71.28% Frenzy
    • 17.82% Frenzy/Lucky
    • 07.92% Frenzy/Click Frenzy
    • 01.98% Frenzy/Lucky/Click Frenzy
    • 00.72% Frenzy/Chain Cookie
    • 00.18% Frenzy/Lucky/Chain Cookie
    • 00.08% Frenzy/Click Frenzy/Chain Cookie
    • 00.02% Frenzy/Lucky/Click Frenzy/Chain Cookie

    which results in these odds for the individual outcomes:

    • 85.262% Frenzy
    • 09.635% Lucky
    • 04.652% Click Frenzy
    • 00.452% Chain Cookie

    (Calculating the odds given another previous outcome is left as an exercise for the reader.)