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The Grandmatriarchs are considered to be the main antagonists of the game. They are presumed to be the old ladies which appear in the background during the Grandmapocalypse. They were added on August 31st, 2013, in version 1.031.

Cookie Clicker[]

The Grandmatriarchs were implemented in Cookie Clicker V.1.031, and are the force behind the Grandmapocalypse. Depending on their status, their appearance changes, along with the News Ticker. The Grandmatriarchs replace the blue striped background during the Grandmapocalypse.

Starting the Grandmapocalypse[]

To see the Grandmatriarchs and start the Grandmapocalypse, you must have at least seven types of upgraded Grandmas, and at least six Grandmas. You will then have access to the upgrade Bingo center/Research facility. This will allow you different research/upgrades and eventually the "One Mind" Upgrade. This will give you a warning message, and if allowed will start the Grandmapocalypse.


The Awoken Grandmatriarchs

Stage 1[]

Once "One Mind" is purchased,  the Grandmapocalypse begins. The background will change to the Grandmatriarchs and the news ticker will include reports of 'old ladies'. Wrath Cookies (33% chance of replacing Golden Cookies) and Wrinklers will also start to appear. The Grandmatriarch Status will change to 'Awoken'.


The Displeased Grandmatriarchs

Stage 2[]

After buying the "Communal Brainsweep" upgrade, Wrath Cookies spawn 66% of the time and Wrinkler spawn rate is increased. The background will be tinted red, and the Grandmatriarch will become bloody and the messages in the news ticker will become more concerning. The Grandmatriarch Status will change to "Displeased."


The Angered Grandmatriarchs

Stage 3[]

After buying the research upgrade "Elder Pact," Wrath Cookies now spawn all the time and Wrinkler spawn rate is increased. The Grandmatriarch's form will shift into a sludge of flesh. The news ticker will include reports of the world ending, and the Grandmatriarch Status will change to "Angered."

Elder Pledge[]

To appease the Grandmatriarchs, the Elder Pledge or the Elder Covenant upgrades must be purchased. The background will then return to normal. If you have purchased the Elder Pledge, they will return in 30 minutes (60 with the Sacrificial Rolling Pins). If you have purchased the Elder Covenant, they will stay away until you revoke it. The Grandmatriarchs status will change to "Appeased".

News Ticker[]

The messages in the news ticker change depending on the Grandmatriarchs' status.


News : millions of old ladies reported missing!

News : doctors swarmed by cases of old women with glassy eyes and foamy mouth!

News : families around the continent report agitated, transfixed grandmothers!

News : processions of old ladies sighted around cookie facilities!

News : nurses report "strange scent of cookie dough" around elderly patients!


News : whole continent undergoing mass exodus of old ladies!

News : sightings of old ladies with glowing eyes terrify local population!
News : towns in disarray as strange old ladies break into homes to steal infants and baking utensils!
News : retirement homes report "female residents slowly congealing in their seats!"
News : old women freeze in place in streets, ooze warm sugary syrup!
News : wrinkled "flesh tendrils" visible from space!
News : remains of "old ladies" found frozen in the middle of growing fleshy structures!
News : large "flesh highways" scar continent, strech between various cookie facilities!
News : all hope lost as writhing mass of flesh and dough engulfs whole city!
News : nightmare continues as wrinkled acres of flesh expand at alarming speeds!

Cookie Clicker Classic[]

The Grandmatriarchs in Cookie Clicker Classic are different from the main version of Cookie Clicker. To achieve the Grandmapocalypse, you must have at least 1,000,000 cookies. The Grandmatriachs will appear in a different form. The white background will be replaced with tiled pictures of Grandma. As you accumulate more cookies, the Grandmatriarchs will start to shake violently and soon flash into other twisted versions of them.

Once you reach 1,000,000,000 cookies, the game will tell you to stop playing and the Grandmatriarchs will be in a kaleidoscope form, tiled across the page. The Grandmatriarchs will shake subtly but will never change their intensity no matter how many cookies you gain from that point. Nothing changes besides the background in the Grandmapocalypse.

Elder Pledge[]

After you obtain 2,000,000 cookies you will gain the ability to buy the Elder Pledge. It will disable the Grandmapocalypse for 30 minutes, and give you a temporary CpS boost depending on how many buildings you own.


  • The Grandmatriarchs resemble the works of H.P. Lovecraft.
    • The Grandmatriarchs are sometimes referred to as The Ancients, another reference to Lovecraft.
  • It's actually possible to replace the background of the Grandmatriarchs using commands. Full tutorial here.
  • The visual design of the Grandmatriarch's final form resembles paintings by Swiss surrealist artist H.R. Giger, particularly his "Landscape" and "Poltergeist" series.