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A booster (sometimes known as a power-up) is an item in Candy Crush Saga (or Candy Crush) that can be used to simplify the game play. They do this in various forms. Some boosters are activated via the screen before the game starts, others can be activated during the game play, while some are used as a consolation to prevent failure and retrying.


There are various boosters in the game and all of them have different properties. Boosters come with a number of charges. Once you use the booster, one use is consumed.

Jelly fish, coconut wheel, and lucky candy boosters may only be used in jelly, ingredient, and candy order levels respectively. Jelly fish and coconut wheel boosters may also be used in mixed levels. In-game boosters may only be used if the conditions can create any effect: for example, you cannot use the Bomb Cooler when there are no bombs, and you cannot use the Bubblegum Troll when there are no chocolate spawners.


Game descriptionEdit

Booster description

When you put your cursor on the "Play On" icon, an inscription will show up: "Continue playing with the help of these boosters! Click to buy!".

Booster locked description

When you put your cursor on boosters that cannot be used in the level, an inscription will show up: "Can't be used in this level!".

Web descriptionEdit

Boosters are useful if you find yourself in a sticky situation. They can help you overcome challenging levels and also score more points.

Boosters can be helpful if you find yourself in a pickle, or if you’re stuck on a particularly challenging level. A variety of boosters can be purchased from the Yeti Shop to help you progress through the game.

How to use boostersEdit

Some boosters are activated on the pre-game screen before you enter a level. For example, the Colour Bomb booster lets you start the level with a colour bomb already placed randomly on the game board.
Other boosters can be activated during gameplay. Boosters available in gameplay will be presented at the top of the screen. Select the booster you want to use/purchase to activate it.

Obtaining boostersEdit

Boosters can be unlocked when you reach a certain level which will get you three free boosters of the boosters which are said to be released in that episode. The game board refers to this as "unlocking boosters".

After that, you can buy more boosters if you want to use them.

You can also get free boosters in various ways. You can be awarded boosters by completing usually 10 levels in some games by, and refill your lives. There is one booster that is only available when a Facebook or friend sends you one, namely the +3 moves booster.

As of November 27, 2013, players can obtain free boosters every day from the daily booster wheel.

As of April 22, 2015, some players can obtain free boosters by collecting Sugar Drops on specially marked levels.

When the player completes the final level in the Dreamworld for the first time, the player receives an award equivalent to the Jackpot.

Some of the events will provide boosters as rewards upon completing the objective.

  • In rare case if an event is glitched, there will be some boosters for making up.

Owing to the rarity, almost all main walkthrough videos involve gameplay without boosters, and will give special notice if they are using boosters.

List of boostersEdit

Candy CrushEdit

Booster name Effect
10 seconds
Plus 10 sec
Adds 10 extra seconds to the game.
Live Hints
Live hints
Gives the player "live hints".
Start with Colour Bomb
Start with colour bomb
Starts the game with a colour bomb.
Start at level 2
Start at level 2 for higher scores
Starts the game at level two.
Start with wrapped next to striped
Starts the game with a wrapped candy next to a striped candy.

Candy Crush SagaEdit

There are many types of boosters in the game. Some boosters are designed specifically for certain level types. Some levels have special restriction on boosters.

Note1: Boosters shown in bold are available only in the Flash version, not on HTML5.

Note2: Boosters shown in strikeout are no longer available on any device.

Booster Name Usage In-game Description Effect Unlocked Effectiveness & Frequency
Booster lollipop hammer
Lollipop Hammer

All In-level

Smash a candy! Click on a candy (or blockers, except chocolate spawner, ingredients, toffee tornado, sugar chest) to destroy it or even jellies. Level 7 Somewhat low, Common
Booster extra moves 5
Extra Moves (+5)
All, except Timed Levels

In-level, consolation

Activate now to get 5 extra moves! Adds 5 additional moves. Level 8 Medium, Rare
Booster jelly fish
Jelly Fish
Jelly Levels


Add Jelly Fish candies to the candy mix. Jelly Fish will also spawn on the board.

Summons 3 jelly fish to eat candies with jellies on them at random. For more effects with jelly fish, see Special Candies (Combinations section).

Level 9 Medium, Uncommon
Booster color bomb
Colour Bomb


Starts the level with a Colour Bomb! Start with one colour bomb on the screen. For more effects with Colour Bomb, see Special Candies (Combinations section). Level 13 Somewhat low, Common
Booster coconut wheel
Coconut Wheel
Ingredients Levels


Add Coconut Wheels to the candy mix! Coconut Wheel will also spawn on the board.

Turns three candies into striped candies. For more effects with Coconut Wheel, see Special Candies (Combinations section).

Level 15 Somewhat high, Common
Booster free switch
Free Switch


Switch two candies that don't match! Use now! Allows you to switch 2 candies that don't match. However, this booster still allows you to switch 2 candies that match. Level 19 Medium, Uncommon
Booster extra time
Extra Time
Timed levels

Pre-level, consolation

Adobe Flash - Start the game with 15 extra seconds play time!
HTML5 - You're so close! Add an extra 15 seconds now!
Gives the player 15 extra seconds on Timed Levels. Adobe Flash - Level 27
HTML5 - none
Very low, Very rare
Booster striped and wrapped
Striped and Wrapped


Start the game with a wrapped and a striped candy! Start with one striped and one wrapped candy on the screen. Adobe Flash - Level 35
HTML5 - Level 34
Somewhat high, Uncommon
Booster sweet teeth
Sweet Teeth


Gobbles up all the chocolate, licorice, and jelly in its path! Use now! Eats several candies, liquorice lock blockers, chocolate, liquorice swirls, icing (multilayered icing) and marmalade. Level 52 High, Very rare
Booster bomb cooler
Bomb Cooler
If there is a Candy Bomb on board.

In-level, consolation

Click to increase the countdown of all visible bombs. It'll keep you alive for longer! Use now! Adds five extra moves to Candy Bombs. Only available if there are visible Candy Bombs on the board. Level 97 Low, Very rare
Booster lucky candy
Lucky Candy
Candy order levels


Adds Lucky Candy to the candy mix, which will transform into useful candy when removed! Check-mark balls which, when matched, yield a candy or blocker needed for the required order. Level 131 Medium, Uncommon
Booster bubblegum troll
Bubblegum Troll
Levels with chocolate spawners


Removes all chocolate and stop the chocolate spawners for 5 moves. Use now! Removes all chocolate and blocks all the chocolate spawners in the game for 5 moves. Level 156 High, Very rare
Booster extra moves 3
Extra Moves (+3)
Pre-level Gift from a friend! Start the level with 3 extra moves! Sent by friends, adds 3 additional moves. All levels.

Gift from friend.

Low, Very common
Booster UFO


"Summon a tasty UFO that zaps the board creating 3 wrapped candies that explode." Summons a UFO.

It does not place a UFO on board, it acts as if one was matched.

Level 21 Somewhat high, Rare
Booster Striped Brush
Striped brush


"Paints pretty stripes on a candy of your choosing. Click to buy!" Allows you to convert any regular candy into a Striped Candy. You can choose the directions of the stripes of the candy being converted. Level 37 Medium, Rare
Restore Balance 130x130 size (2)
Restore Balance
Consolation (When moon scale is unbalanced)

Restore Odus the owl's balance to stop him from falling. Odus will keep his power! Now's your chance to reset the Moon Scale and freeze it for 5 moves! (if Odus falls off the Moon Scale.)

Only if a player fails a level, they will have the option to buy this booster. Then it will freeze the Moon Scale for 5 moves so no matter what Odus will not fall.

All DW levels. Failing to balance the Moon Scale.

Low, Rare
Unknown (2)
Moon Struck
In-level (During Moon Scale moves)
Release the Moonstruck effect and it removes at least one candy colour for 5 moves! It will cause a Moon Struck to occur when clicked. It lasts 5 moves Level 15 (Dreamworld) Very high, Very rare
StripedCandyBoosterStriped Candy (booster) Consolation (Appears only in consolation message) A random candy becomes a striped candy. You cannot chose which candy to become striped and its direction. Consolation when failing a level Very low, Rare
All In-level Shuffle your candies. Shuffles the candies like it would when you are unable to make a move. Discontinued Impossible
Party Popper Booster
Party Popper Booster
All In-level Party time! Break the Piñata to clear the game board and release 4 special candies that detonate. Clears the board when activated, much like a cake bomb explosion and adds special candies. Level 29 Extremely High, Uncommon

Attitude on BoostersEdit

In the early days of CCS, boosters are obtained exclusively through real-life purchases or currency usually requiring real-life purchases. The only exceptions are the first three boosters received upon unlocking the booster.

Nowadays, boosters can be obtained in a variety of methods, but none of them are reliable for a non-coining player to obtain large amount of boosters consistently. This is because Candy Crush Saga does not have a non-premium currency that can be constantly obtained through regular gameplay, although very meager amounts of gold can be obtained. Even though Sugar Drops can be considered as a non-premium currency, there is a cooldown period and you cannot choose which boosters you will receive. The amount and type of boosters you will receive is low and random.

Furthermore, it is arguably easier to obtain boosters on Mobile than on Web through events, but unfortunately they are not synced. You will lose all your Mobile boosters when you uninstall and reinstall the game.

Therefore, most players refrain from using boosters owing to their rarity, with the exception of 3 Extra Moves and Limited Time Help events. If they do, they usually use it only on the hardest levels and as a consolation from failure. They will also usually use boosters obtainable from more common methods, rather than those obtainable only through Gold.

In almost all cases, they will specially notate that "boosters have been used" on walkthrough videos and scorecards. Most walkthroughs do not use boosters, and they may note it as "No boosters used," "NBU," or something similar, sometimes even in all-caps. They only consider levels completed without boosters as properly completing a level.

It is possible, but rather unlikely that King will implement or update a non-premium currency or other methods to obtain boosters through regular and frequent gameplay, much like Fruit Ninja and Bejeweled. Should this happen, the player's attitudes on boosters will improve drastically, and they will no longer bother to play the game the NBU way.


Shuffle booster

The Shuffle booster, once unavailable for unknown reasons.

Mobile Booster Starter

The alternate interface of using a starting booster on mobile.

  • Not counting +3 moves and shuffle booster, there are a total of 12 boosters with unlocking levels.
  • As of late a booster for the UFO has been released, though it is not yet available for everyone.
  • Shuffle booster was unlocked on level 43, but was not available for unknown reasons, until December 7, 2015 (web version) / v1.66 (mobile version).
  • Level 236 are the known level that forbids the use of the jelly fish, colour bomb, and striped & wrapped boosters at the same time. The fact of that it starts with all mystery candies on the board really does defeat the purpose of boosters.
  • Level 846 and Level 1055 cannot select any start boosters.
  • In the past, if you clicked the booster and there were 0 moves left, it would waste the booster since the "Game Over" screen took over.
    • As of now, the booster buttons will fade out (web) / not response (mobile) if something is in process.
  • If you play and unlock boosters on another platform and then connect to Facebook, the boosters will be unlocked the next time you play on Facebook.
  • On mobile, starter boosters will not be consumed as long as you don't make a move, even if the booster candy is triggered during initial cascades.
  • Sometimes in mobile versions, before starting a reality level, the boosters will not be visible before entering a level. Instead, after entering a level, the "starter boosters" (Colour Bomb, Striped & Wrapped, etc.) will be shown below. Each time you tap a booster, it is added to the board. You can use as many boosters in this fashion, and use more than one of the same boosters (like starting the level with two colour bombs). This starter screen ends once you press the "Play" button or make a valid move. If a booster is not available in this level (like level 236), it will not be displayed. This always occur in Cake Climb and its variants.
    • In this case, starting boosters will be consumed even if no move is done.
    • In rare case it may happen before playing a time level. In this case, you can only start the level by tapping "Play" button, and you still cannot quit without losing a life.
  • In an update around March 2017 on mobile, when going to the level start screen, the game will suggest a recommended booster.
  • Upon the release of Watermelon Waves on Web, the extra time booster was removed.
  • As of January 2017, new Boosters were automatically started. This is called Morts Helmet also known as Spaceship. Every time you start the level, a colour bomb will be the first thing, then the boosters will gradually build up. It only accoutres if you pass a level.
  • Switching two of the exact same candy with a Free Switch wastes the Free Switch.


Candy Crush Boosters EXPLAINED

Candy Crush Boosters EXPLAINED

Start a Discussion Discussions about Booster

  • Helmets

    3 messages
    • Once you win it you get to start every subsequent level with color bomb, a striped candy and a wrapped candy. Until you lose....
    • I also wonder about helmet because I didn't play this game for long time. Then, I found that the helmet thing is 2017-03-08T02:03:57Z
  • candy crush

    2 messages
    • why do i sometimes lose all my boosters that i  have collected and not used
    • Mine are all gone!!  I'm pissed.. I had dozens ive been saving up😡
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