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Ascension allows you to sacrifice all of your cookies baked this run for heavenly chips and prestige levels, the former of which can be used to purchase permanent heavenly upgrades, while the latter boosts your production directly through a series of normal upgrades. Ascension is flexible in that you can choose when you want to ascend, but some times are better than others; ascending for the first time with a very small amount of chips, such as 1, is never recommended - the minimum for your first ascension should be no less than 213. The first ascend will usually take the longest out of them all, but it is well worth the wait.
This guide provides you with 3 options of ascension paths to choose from, and you can switch between them at any time, just know that your ascension count may not match up with the one in the guide - this is okay.
Using the Guides
Consider the following ascend taken from the guide.
17th Ascend 333,000,000,000 - Total PL: 848,692,220,538 - 611.29 quattuordecillion
Box of Not Cookies (333,000,000,000)
The first number is the ascension count, this would be for the 17th ascension, though it is okay if this number does not correspond with which ascension you are currently on.
The second number is the total cost, in heavenly chips of all heavenly upgrades to purchase in this ascend.
The third number, Total PL, is the total prestige levels (equivalent to unspent plus spent heavenly chips) you should have after this ascend to buy all heavenly upgrades up to this point.
The last number represents the total cookies baked all time that corresponds to the total prestige level; however, due to rounding and limitations of float precision the actual number may be slightly higher.
The list directly below lists the names and costs of all heavenly upgrades to purchase this ascend.
These heavenly chip and prestige level numbers are just recommended minimums, it is okay to overshoot and then reduce the amount for your next ascension, and if you overshoot by a huge amount you may be able to combine 2 or more ascends into 1. You'll also find this to be effective for Lucky Digit, Lucky Number, and Lucky Payout, which require you to end your total prestige in a certain number of 7s, while the total cost for all heavenly upgrades to that point do not end in the respective numbers of 7.
The list of what to use for each permanent upgrade slot is located after the "impatient" guide, or use the sidebar to navigate to it.
Please note that this guide uses a comma to separate thousands and a point for a decimal.
1st Ascend 440 - Total PL: 440 - 85.184 quintillion
Heavenly Cookies (3)
How to Bake Your Dragon (9)
Box of Brand Biscuits (25)
Tin of British Tea Biscuits (25)
Tin of Butter Cookies (25)
Box of Macarons (25)
Starter Kit (50)
Heavenly Luck (77)
Permanent upgrade slot 1 (100)
2nd Ascend 2,887 - Total PL: 3,327 - 36.826 sextillion
Lasting Fortune (777)
Golden Switch (999)
Season Switcher (1,111)
3rd Ascend 33,585 - Total PL: 36,912 - 50.292 septillion
Twin Gates of Transcendence (1)
Milk selector (9), cosmetic only
Background selector (99), cosmetic only
Persistent Memory (500)
Lucky Digit (777), be sure to end your total prestige in 7 upon ascending
Kitten Angels (9,000)
Permanent Upgrade Slot 2 (20,000)
4th Ascend 125,176 - Total PL: 162,088 - 4.2585 octillion
Starter Kitchen (5,000)
Decisive Fate (7,777)
Golden Cookie Alert Sounds (9,999)
Unholy Bait (44,444)
Halo Gloves (55,555)
5th Ascend 844,442 - Total PL: 1,006,530 - 1.0197 nonillion
Lucky Number (77,777), be sure to end your total prestige in 777 upon ascending
Residual Luck (99,999)
Synergy Vol 1 (222,222)
Elder Spice (444,444)
6th Ascend 3,091,131 - Total PL: 4,097,661 - 68.803 nonillion
Divine Sales (99,999)
Divine Discount (99,999)
Divine Bakeries (399,999)
Synergy Vol 2 (2,222,222)
7th Ascend 13,233,331 - Total PL: 17,330,992 - 5.2056 decillion
Sacrilegious Corruption (444,444)
Five-Finger Discount (555,555)
Inspired Checklist (900,000)
Permanent Upgrade Slot 3 (3,000,000)
Distilled Essence of Redoubled Luck (7,777,777), if you want, you can delay this to 8th ascend, this would make numbers for this ascend 5,455,554/9,553,215/871.86 nonillion and numbers for next ascend 20,091,528/29,644,743/26.052 decillion
8th Ascend 12,313,751 - Total PL: 29,644,743 - 26.052 decillion
Label Printer (999,999), cosmetic only
Fanciful Dairy Selection (1,000,000), cosmetic only
Genius Accounting (2,000,000), no true effect on gameplay, but can be useful
Wrinkly Cookie (6,666,666)
9th Ascend 77,777,777 - Total PL: 107,422,520 - 1.2396 undecillion
Lucky Payout (77,777,777), be sure to end your total prestige level in 777777 upon ascending, turn off short numbers to see your actual prestige level
10th Ascend 240,353,606 - Total PL: 347,776,126 - 42.063 undecillion
Eye of the Wrinkler (99,999,999), no true effect on gameplay, but can be useful
Stevia Caelestis (100,000,000)
11th Ascend 900,000,000 - Total PL: 1,247,776,126 - 1.9427 duodecillion
Sugar Baking (200,000,000)
Diabetica Daemonicus (300,000,000)
Permanent Upgrade Slot 4 (400,000,000)
12th Ascend 3,000,000,000 - Total PL: 4,247,776,126 - 76.645 duodecillion
Sugar Craving (400,000,000)
Sugar Aging Process (600,000,000)
Sucralosia Inutilis (1,000,000,000)
Sugar Crystal Cookie (1,000,000,000)
13th Ascend 11,111,111,110 - Total PL: 15,358,887,236 - 3.6231 tredecillion
Shimmering Veil (999,999,999)
Kitten Wages (9,000,000,000)
14th Ascend 30,555,555,525 - Total PL: 45,914,442,761 - 96.794 tredecillion
Aura Gloves (555,555,555)
Cosmic Beginner's Luck (14,999,999,985)
Reinforced Membrane (14,999,999,985)
15th Ascend 86,777,777,777 - Total PL: 132,692,220,538 - 2.3363 quattuordecillion
Cat Ladies (9,000,000,000)
Fortune Cookies (77,777,777,777)
16th Ascend 383,000,000,000 - Total PL: 515,692,220,538 - 137.14 quattuordecillion
Permanent Upgrade Slot 5 (50,000,000,000)
Box of Pastries (333,000,000,000)
17th Ascend 333,000,000,000 - Total PL: 848,692,220,538 - 611.29 quattuordecillion
Box of Not Cookies (333,000,000,000)
18th Ascend 488,555,555,554 - Total PL: 1,337,247,776,092 - 2.3913 quindecillion
Luminous Gloves (55,555,555,555)
Pet the Dragon (99,999,999,999)
Box of Maybe Cookies (333,000,000,000)
19th Ascend 900,000,000,000 - Total PL: 2,237,247,776,092 - 11.198 quindecillion
Past 2,237,247,776,092 PL, it's a good idea to pause your progression and tackle some other achievements you might be needing, some of which are included below. In addition, if you decided to skip Lucky Digit, Lucky Number, and Lucky Payout, be sure to get them before you reach approximately 9 quadrillion prestige levels, or they will become unobtainable due to the nature of floating point precision. Otherwise, aim to at least double your prestige level from here on out per ascend.
There are also achievements related to ascension, some directly, some indirectly:
Cookies baked this ascend: they range from 1 cookie to 1e+63 (1 vigintillion) cookies baked this ascend, and are awarded nearly immediately, you do not need to ascend to get these achievements, but if you ascend, your progress on these achievements will be reset. The final ones in the series will require you continue to raise your prestige level, way past 2.2 trillion.
Ascension count: there are achievements for ascending 1 time, 10 times, 100 times, and 1000 times, with the last one being a shadow achievement. However, as an implemented feature to avoid abuse, ascensions must be for at least 1 prestige level to count; you can still ascend without a prestige level, it just won't count. It's easiest to go for 100 and 1000 ascends between millions and late trillions of prestige levels, as doing it too early and too late will be significantly more time consuming.
Cookies sacrificed by ascending: they range from 1 million to 1e+54 (1 septendecillion cookies sacrificed by ascending, and you only need to ascend with at least the specified amount to earn the achievement upon reincarnating. You may need to raise your prestige level above 2.2 trillion to complete these.
Unlike some of the heavenly upgrades, none of these achievements are unobtainable.
Getting Lucky Digit, Number, and Payout
Lucky Digit, Lucky Number, and Lucky Payout are secret heavenly upgrades that only appear when a certain condition is met during that ascension, and you'll have to do some calculations to be able to get them. These 3 upgrades require you to end your total prestige in 7 for Lucky Digit, 777 for Lucky Number, and 777,777 for Lucky Payout on that ascend, respectively, in order for them to become visible. If you buy them on that ascend, they will remain visible and effective permanently, but if you do not buy them due to lack of chips or some other reason, if you fail to end your total prestige level in the required number of 7's, they will not appear on that ascend, even if you made it eligible for purchase previously.
The "total" prestige level discussed is your current prestige level, plus however many prestige levels you would gain upon ascending; it is NOT solely how much you would gain upon ascending.
A method for calculating how many chips you would need to ascend with (or chips ending with those numbers) is described below. Remember that the upgrades cost approximately 100x more than what you need to end your prestige level in, so for example Lucky Payout does NOT cost 777,777, but 77,777,777!
Find your current prestige level in stats. This should be a short distance below the "General" section of stats. Do not confuse prestige level with (unspent) heavenly chips! Ignore how many levels you would gain upon ascending now, you don't need it for calculations.
Determine which heavenly upgrade, or upgrades you are going for, and note what you need to end your prestige level in, then add a 1 in front of it. For example, if I am going for Lucky Payout I would see that I need to end my prestige in 777,777, and adding a 1 in front of it is 1,777,777.
Depending on which heavenly upgrade you are going for, you will need to take the last several digits of your current prestige level. For Lucky Digit, take the last 1. For Lucky Number, take the last 3. for Lucky Payout, take the last 6. Since I am going for Lucky Payout in the example, if I have a current prestige level of 6,500,400,001, I would take the last 6 digits, which is 400,001.
Subtract the obtained number in step 3 from step 2. In other words, do (number from step 2) minus (number from step 3). Using the above numbers, 1,777,777-400,001 = 1,377,776.
Take the last several digits of the obtained result, this is what you will have to end your prestige gained this ascend in. Ignore any excess digits. For Lucky Digit, take the last digit of the answer. For Lucky Number, take the last 3 digits of the answer. For Lucky Payout, take the last 6 digits of the answer. Continuing with the example, the answer obtained was 1,377,776, so the last 6 digits of 377,776 would be what I have to end my prestige in on this ascend. The 1 is ignored.
Note that you do not have to ascend with exactly the calculated answer on what to ascend with, anything that simply ends with your calculated answer will work. Using the above example, I could ascend with 377,776, 6,377,776, or even 250,600,377,776. Only the last digits really matter, and of course if you are going for something before Lucky Payout you will have less restricted digits, so if using the above number of 6,500,400,001, and going for Lucky Digit I could ascend with 6, 16, 26, but still also 250,600,377,776.
Some tips for hitting the exact prestige you need
Sell buildings when you get close. This slows down your production, and thus slows down the rate of gaining prestige levels.
If you are not confident of being able to ascend at the right moment while the bar is still moving, you can sell all of your buildings when you're right there, as cookies gained from selling buildings does not affect prestige gain.
These upgrades are not a one-shot deal; if you miss by ascending too early or late, or miscalculated, you can always try again next ascend.
As aforementioned in the previous section, these three heavenly upgrades will become completely unobtainable at approximately 9 quadrillion prestige levels, so it is important that if you wish to have all heavenly upgrades, that you obtain these three before then. All other heavenly upgrades are always obtainable.
Permanent Upgrade Slots
Use this list if your total prestige level is between 213/440/2337 (first ascend) and 123,692,220,538-132,692,220,538 (when you purchase Fortune Cookies) - slot these upgrades in as you unlock the slots
2nd highest kitten
Omelette or a building biscuit or a GC frequency upgrade
A GC frequency upgrade or a building biscuit (depending on if you overshot, you might not have this)
Use this list if your prestige level is over 123,692,220,538-132,692,220,538 (any progression run after having Fortune Cookies).
Highest Idleverse upgrade or Idleverse fortune upgrade Fortune#018
Omelette or highest building biscuit
A GC frequency upgrade, second highest Idleverse upgrade, a building biscuit, or second highest kitten
Building biscuits are the upgrades you unlock for having at least 100 to 500 of every building, are rectangular, and are the "butter biscuits" that add 10% to cookie production multiplier.
Past 2,237,247,776,092 PL, your permaslots will really depend based on your needs, such as if you want to use Cosmic Beginner's Luck, don't want to wait to buy expensive upgrades, or want to get some useful holiday upgrades out of the way first, like omelette.
Heavenly Upgrades and their Effects (Part 1)
The list below details all of the heavenly upgrades in the order of Standard Guide with descriptions and an estimated CPS boost (-- if not measurable).
Legacy (1) - Unlocks heavenly chips, makes your prestige level award a permanent +1% CPS per level (+1%)
Heavenly Cookies (3) - Cookie production multiplier +10%, permanent (+10%)
How to Bake Your Dragon (9) - Allows you to buy a crumbly egg after baking 1 million cookies in an ascension (+100-250%)
Box of Brand Biscuits (25) - Contains an assortment of biscuits (cookies to increase production multiplier) (+26%)
Tin of British Tea Biscuits (25) - Contains an assortment of biscuits (cookies to increase production multiplier) (+12%)
Tin of Butter Cookies (25) - Contains an assortment of butter cookies (to increase production multiplier) (+21%)
Box of Macarons (25) - Contains an assortment of macarons (to increase production multiplier) (+26%)
Starter Kit (50) - You start with 10 cursors - does not affect starting cost i.e. first cursor will still cost 15 cookies (+<1%)
Heavenly Luck (77) - Golden cookies appear 5% more often (+0-30%)
Permanent Upgrade slot 1 (100) - Unlock a slot to place an upgrade in. This upgrade will last through all ascensions as long as it's in a slot (--)
Heralds (100) - You now benefit from Heralds - each herald gives +1% CPS (+38-41%)
Lasting Fortune (777) - Golden cookie effects last 10% longer (+10%)
Golden Switch (999) - Unlocks the golden switch - boosts cps by 50% but disables golden cookies (+50%)
Season Switcher (1111) - allows you to toggle between seasons for a price (+742%)
Twin Gates of Transcendence (1) - You get 5% cps while offline for 1 hour (0.5% after max efficiency offline time expires) (+<1%)
Angels (7) - Offline cps increased to 15% (1.5% after max efficiency offline time expires) (+<1%)
Belphegor (7) - Max efficiency offline time increased to 2 hours (+<1%)
Classic Dairy selection (9) - Unlocks basic milk to choose from (does not necessarily have to be unlocked) (+0%)
Archangels (49) - Offline cps increased to 25% (2.5% after max efficiency offline time expires) (+<1%)
Mammon (49) - Max efficiency offline time increased to 4 hours (+<1%)
Basic Wallpaper assortment (99) - allows you to change the background at will (+0%)
Virtues (343) - Offline cps increased to 35% (3.5% after max efficiency offline time expires) (+<1%)
Abaddon (343) - Max efficiency offline time increased to 8 hours (+<1%)
Persistent Memory (500) - Research will be 10 times faster (--)
Lucky Digit (777) - +1% effectiveness of prestige level, +1% golden cookie effect duration, +1% golden cookie lifespan - prestige level must end in 7 for upgrade to appear (+2%)
Dominions (2,401) - Offline cps increased to 45% (4.5% after max efficiency offline time expires) (+<1%)
Kitten Angels (9,000) - You gain more cps the more milk you have (milk factor 0.1) (+15-150%)
Permanent Upgrade Slot 2 (20,000) - Unlock a slot to place an upgrade in. This upgrade will last through all ascensions as long as it's in a slot (--)
Satan (2,401) - Max efficiency offline time increased to 16 hours (+<1%)
Starter Kitchen (5,000) - You start with 5 Grandmas (these are free, your first purchased grandma will still cost only 100 cookies) (+1-2%)
Decisive Fate (7,777) - golden cookies stay 5% longer (+<1%)
Golden Cookie Alert Sounds (9,999) - Unlocks golden cookie sound selector, which plays a sound when a Golden/wrath cookie appears on-screen, including during storms and chains (--)
Unholy Bait (44,444) - Wrinklers appear 5 times as fast (--)
Halo Gloves (55,555) - Clicks are 10% more powerful (+10%)
Lucky Number (77,777) - +1% effectiveness of prestige level, +1% golden cookie effect duration, +1% golden cookie lifespan - prestige level must end in 777 for upgrade to appear (+2%)
Residual Luck (99,999) - The golden switch is 10% more effective per golden cookie upgrade owned (+0-67%)
Synergy Vol 1 (222,222) - Unlocks new upgrades that affect 2 buildings at the same time - appears once you have 15 of both buildings (+30-100%)
Elder Spice (444,444) - Maximum wrinklers increased 2, to 12 (+0-32%)
Cherubim (16,807) - Offline cps increased to 55% (5.5% after max efficiency offline time expires) (+<1%)
Asmodeus (16,807) - Max efficiency offline time increased to 32 hours (+<1%)
Divine Sales (99,999) - Upgrades are 1% cheaper (+<1%)
Divine Discount (99,999) - Buildings are 1% cheaper (+<1%)
Seraphim (117,649) - Offline cps increased to 65% (6.5% after max efficiency offline time expires) (+<1%)
Beelzebub (117,649) - Max efficiency offline time increased to 64 hours (+<1%)
Divine Bakeries (399,999) - Cookie upgrades are 5 times cheaper (+0-10%)
Synergy Vol 2 (2,222,222) - Unlocks new upgrades that affects 2 buildings at the same time - appears once you have 75 of both buildings (+30-100%)
Starspawn (111,111) - Eggs drop 10% more often, GCs appear 2% more often during Easter (+<1%)
Starsnow (111,111) - Christmas cookies drop 5% more often, reindeer appear 5% more often (+<1%)
Starterror (111,111) - Halloween cookies drop 10% more often, GCs appear 2% more often during Halloween (+<1%)
Starlove (111,111) - Heart cookies are 50% more powerful, GCs appear 2% more often during Valentines (+<1%)
Startrade (111,111) - GCs appear 5% more often during Business Day (+<1%)
Sacrilegious Corruption (444,444) - Wrinklers regurgitate 5% more cookies (+0-5%)
Five-Finger Discount (555,555) - All upgrades are 1% cheaper per 100 cursors (+<1%)
Inspired Checklist (900,000) - Unlocks "Buy All" - purchase every affordable upgrade in store, starting from cheapest one; unlocks "Vault" - place upgrades you don't want to be auto-purchased (--)
Permanent Upgrade Slot 3 (3,000,000) - Unlock a slot to place an upgrade in. This upgrade will last through all ascensions as long as it's in a slot (--)
Distilled Essence of Redoubled Luck (7,777,777) - Golden cookies, wrath cookies, and reindeer have a 1% chance of being doubled (2 will spawn) (+0-111,000%)
God (823,543) - Offline cps increased to 75% (7.5% after max efficiency offline time expires) (+<1%)
Lucifer (823,543) - Max efficiency offline time increased to 128 hours (+<1%)
Label Printer (999,999) - See an upgrade's tier when you mouse over it (+0%)
Fanciful Dairy Selection (1,000,000) - Unlocks more exotic flavors for milk (+0%)
Genius Accounting (2,000,000) - Unlocks extra price information - how long it'll take you to afford it, and how much of your bank it is (+0%)
Wrinkly Cookie (6,666,666) - Cookie production +10% permanently (+10%)
Lucky Payout (77,777,777) - +1% effectiveness of prestige level, +1% golden cookie effect duration, +1% golden cookie lifespan - prestige level must end in 777,777 for upgrade to appear (+2%)
Chimera (40,353,607) - Synergy upgrades are 2% cheaper, offline cps increased to 80% (8.0% after max efficiency offline time expires), and max efficiency offline time increased to 176 hours (+<1%)
Eye of the Wrinkler (99,999,999) - Mouse over a wrinkler to see how many cookies it has digested (+0%)
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