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

# Cookie Clicker – How Does the Prestige System Work When Soft Resetting?

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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 15% of your banked 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.

## New Cookies

If you've earned 99999999999999 cookies, it unlocks:

**Gingerbread men**- multiplier +25% - 9999999999999999 cookies**Gingerbread trees**- multiplier +25% - 9999999999999999 cookies

## Reindeer

Just as wrinklers will randomly popup, now so will Reindeer. Click on them to get:

- 1 minute of cookie production, or 25 cookies - whichever is highest. (x2 with Ho ho ho-flavored frosting)
- Random cookie unlocks:
**Christmas tree biscuits**- multiplier +20% - 252525252525 cookies**Snowflake biscuits**- multiplier +20% - 252525252525 cookies**Snowman biscuits**- multiplier +20% - 252525252525 cookies**Holly biscuits**- multiplier +20% - 252525252525 cookies**Candy cane biscuits**- multiplier +20% - 252525252525 cookies**Bell biscuits**- multiplier +20% - 252525252525 cookies**Present biscuits**- multiplier +20% - 252525252525 cookies

- Achievements:
**Oh deer**- pop 1 reindeer**Sleigh of hand**- pop 50 reindeer**Reindeer sleigher**- pop 200 reindeer**Let it snow**- Collect all Christmas-themed cookies above - Increases the chance of Christmas-themed cookies dropping.

## "SPECIAL THINGS AND STUFF"

If you've earned 25 or more cookies, it unlocks the upgrade:

**A festive hat**- 25 cookies - unlocks:

A new section in the code ("SPECIAL THINGS AND STUFF") defines a Santa object that sits in the bottom left of cookie clicker is unlocked by A festive hat. You spend cookies to unlock new levels. They are as follows:

**Festive test tube**- You start here after purchasing A festive hat.**Festive ornament**- 1 cookie**Festive wreath**- 4 cookies**Festive tree**- 27 cookies**Festive present**- 256 cookies**Festive elf fetus**- 3125 cookies**Elf toddler**- 46656 cookies - unlocks the**Coming to town**achievement.**Elfling**- 823543 cookies**Young elf**- 16777216 cookies**Bulky elf**- 387420489 cookies**Nick**- 10000000000 cookies**Santa Claus**- 285311670611 cookies**Elder Santa**- 8916100448256 cookies**True Santa**- 302875106592253 cookies**Final Claus**- 11112006825558016 cookies - unlocks the**All heil Santa**achievement.

For each Santa level purchased, you will gain in random order one of the following upgrades for purchase:

**Increased merriness**- multiplier +15% - 2525 cookies**Improved jolliness**- multiplier +15% - 2525 cookies**A lump of coal**- multiplier +1% - 2525 cookies**An itchy sweater**- multiplier +1% - 2525 cookies**Reindeer baking grounds**- Reindeers appear twice as frequently - 2525 cookies**Weighted sleighs**- Reindeers are twice as slow - 2525 cookies**Ho ho ho-flavored frosting**- Reindeers give twice as much - 2525 cookies**Season savings**- buildings are 1% cheaper - 2525 cookies**Toy workshop**- upgrades are 5% cheaper - 2525 cookies**Naughty list**- Grandmas are twice as productive. - 2525 cookies**Santa's bottomless bag**- Random drops are 10% more common (special cookie unlocks from wrinklers and reindeers) - 2525 cookies**Santa's helpers**- Clicking is 10% more powerful - 2525 cookies**Santa's legacy**- multiplier +10% per Santa's level (1-15) - 2525 cookies**Santa's milk and cookies**- Milk is 5% more powerful - 2525 cookies

For purchasing the last Santa level, you will also unlock the upgrade:

**Santa's Dominion**- multiplier +50%, buildings are 1% cheaper, upgrades are 2% cheaper - 2525252525252525 cookies

## Cosmetic

There are a few purely visual changes that are happening:

- Snowflakes in the cookie stream
- Elf grandmas are mixed in with the Grandmas
- Wrinklers display a winter variety
- If you have 1000 or more cookies baked, the following news stories appear at the top:
- bearded maniac spotted speeding on flying sleigh! Investigation pending.
- Santa Claus announces new brand of breakfast treats to compete with cookie-flavored cereals! "They're ho-ho-horrible!" says Santa.
- "You mean he just gives stuff away for free?!", concerned moms ask. "Personally, I don't trust his beard."
- obese jolly lunatic still on the loose, warn officials. "Keep your kids safe and board up your chimneys. We mean it."
- children shocked as they discover Santa Claus isn't just their dad in a costume after all!

"I'm reassessing my life right now", confides Laura, aged 6. - mysterious festive entity with quantum powers still wrecking havoc with army of reindeers, officials say.
- elves on strike at toy factory! "We will not be accepting reindeer chow as payment anymore. And stop calling us elves!"
- elves protest around the nation; wee little folks in silly little outfits spread mayhem, destruction; rabid reindeers running rampant through streets.
- scholars debate regarding the plural of reindeer(s) in the midst of elven world war.
- elves "unrelated to gnomes despite small stature and merry disposition", find scientists.
- elves sabotage radioactive frosting factory, turn hundreds blind in vincinity - "Who in their right mind would do such a thing?" laments outraged mayor.
- drama unfolds at North Pole as rumors crop up around Rudolph's red nose; "I may have an addiction or two", admits reindeer.

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## Best Answer

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:You lose:You gain:New CPS multipler cookie upgrades based on how many cookies have been forfeited by resetting (14/10/2013):

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

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.

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+):

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):

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.