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Challenge Mode Cookie

The challenge mode button is the cookie next to the reincarnate button

Challenge Modes are a feature in Cookie Clicker, added in v2.0. Challenge Modes are available only through Ascension, and impose special conditions on a player. As of v.2.052, only one Challenge Mode exists. It allows the player to complete Achievements only unlockable in that mode. You can choose a challenge mode with the cookie button next to the big "Reincarnate" button on the ascension screen. The listed behavior will then be applied to your next run. Ascending again will automatically return the challenge mode to "None".


Only one Challenge exists, called Born Again. However, more may be added in the future.

Icon Name Description
Chocolate chip cookie None No special modifiers.
Transcendent cookie Born again

This run will behave as if you'd just started the game from scratch. Prestige levels and heavenly upgrades will have no effect. You keep your achievements and thus kitten upgrade unlocks. Sugar lumps are hidden but continue to grow, ripen, and fall behind the scenes.

Some achievements are only available in this mode.


Icon Name Description ID
Born again

Shadow mouse Neverclick Make 1 million cookies by only having clicked 15 times. 29
Hardcore Hardcore Get to 1 billion cookies baked with no upgrades purchased. 92
Speed baking I Speed baking I
(shadow achievement)
Get to 1 million cookies baked in 35 minutes. 93
Speed baking II Speed baking II
(shadow achievement)
Get to 1 million cookies baked in 25 minutes. 94
Speed baking III Speed baking III
(shadow achievement)
Get to 1 million cookies baked in 15 minutes. 95
Shadow mouse True Neverclick
(shadow achievement)
Make 1 million cookies with no cookie clicks.
"This kinda defeats the whole purpose, doesn't it?"

Note: All the achievements listed above can also be unlocked on the initial playthrough of the game. However, after ascending once (ascensions are only counted if at least 1 heavenly chip is earned), they must be unlocked through the Born again mode, even if you meet the requirements.


  • In the source code of version 2.0 of Cookie Clicker, a third challenge mode called 'Trigger finger' has been commented out.
    Shadow mouse

    The icon it would have in the menu

    Its description reads:

    "In this run, scrolling your mouse wheel on the cookie counts as clicking it. Some upgrades introduce new clicking behaviors. No clicking achievements may be obtained in this mode.
    Reaching 1 quadrillion cookies in this mode unlocks a special heavenly upgrade."

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