Rolling Guide | Candy Crush Saga

One of the key things I do to get a leg up on some of the more challenging Candy Crush Saga levels is what I call “rolling.” I covered rolling in my guide, and I also talk about it frequently when I bring up challenging levels. However, some people seem to be having a hard time understanding the concept, and why it’s important.

Candy Crush Saga Rolling: The Concept

First, let’s talk candy. Every time you start a Candy Crush Saga level, the starting candy on the board is random. On certain levels there are certain things that are always in the same place, but generally speaking the candy you see is randomly colored and arranged. This starting candy arrangement can be good for you, or it can be bad for you.

Since the number of moves you have is very limited in most levels, and there are certain obstacles that get worse the more moves you make, it’s vital to start with an advantage. In some cases, without this advantage, you are very unlikely to win. Thus, rolling saves you lives and time by letting you skip the starting candies that are unlikely to let you win.

Rolling a level means to come into and back out of a level repeatedly until the random assortment of starting candy is advantageous to you. In each of my level guides, I will tell you if I used rolling in order to win, and specifically what candy setup I preferred.

Candy Crush Saga Rolling: Requirements

In order to roll a level, you must:

  1. Be playing on Android or iOS – if you play through the Facebook website on your PC, this will not work. You will lose a life every time you back out of the game, which defeats the purpose.
  2. Play a level without a timer – levels with a timer start as soon as you load them, and you can’t back out without losing a life.
  3. Don’t make a move first – Once you’ve made a single move, you’ve committed a life to this level and you can’t back out without losing it.

If you can’t seem to roll without losing lives, make double sure you’re following these directions.

Candy Crush Saga Rolling: How-To

Candy Crush Saga Rolling Guide - The Back Buttons

Once you’ve loaded a level, and you don’t like the candies you see, you can back out one of two ways:

  1. Click the yellow arrow in the bottom left, and then press the red “door” button that shows up
  2. (Android Only!) Click the “Back” soft key in the lower left hand corner

This will take you back out to the map screen, and if you do it right, you shouldn’t lose a life.

Candy Crush Saga Rolling: General Tips

When you roll, focus on a few things:

  1. Do I have a lot of good matches near my objectives? For instance, if you need to clear jelly near the bottom of the screen, are there good 3-in-a-row matches near the bottom?
  2. Can I quickly clear Chocolate or other obstructions? If there’s only a few starting squares of chocolate, you can sometimes start out with matches that will immediately destroy the chocolate without having to fight it and waste half your turns. Or, you might be able to clear a bomb very early with the right starting candy combos.
  3. Are there good special candy matches I could make early? Sometimes you can get a 5-in-a-row right from the start, or a wrapped or striped combo from the beginning. This can make a big difference!

Candy Crush Saga Rolling: Conclusion

Rolling can really make your life a lot less frustrating. Nothing ruins your day worse than running out of lives on a bunch of impossible-to-win levels. Through rolling, you can get an advantage, waste less lives, and significantly improve your chances of winning. It takes a bit of patience, but so does running out of lives! Give it a shot the next time you’re stuck on a particularly hard level.

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  • Bette

    How do I clear level 65 on iPad .

    • Hello Bette!

      In addition to these general guides, we have level guides for a bunch of the harder Candy Crush Saga levels. The one for level 65 is right here.

  • Jessica

    Thank you! I passed this just two turns after reading your hints! Rolling made all the difference.


  • agent86ix, I read that but it says you cannot do it on Facebook. I don’t know another way to play other than via Facebook.

    • I gotcha. Let me see if I can explain.

      You can play Candy Crush Saga on certain phones – like the iPhone and the Nexus 4, and other tablets and devices like iPads and iPod touches. If you’re playing on one of these devices, you can use the “roll” trick. If you’re playing on your PC using your web browser and the Facebook website, for whatever reason King (the company who makes Candy Crush Saga) has disabled your ability to use this trick.

      You can still win levels without being able to “roll” levels if you’re playing on Facebook. It’s just that it will probably take longer. Sometimes the candy you start out with just isn’t very good, so the chances are pretty good that you’re going to lose the level. What “rolling” lets you do is skip this starting candy so that you can try again with better candy. If you’re playing on Facebook, you’ve got to play with these bad candies and you’re more likely to lose a life. It’s not a guarantee – you might get lucky even though you started out with really bad candies.

      You can still follow the other tips in my guides. Just skip over any mentions of rolling if you’re playing on Facebook.

      I hope this helps!

  • This is in addition to the original question, read it again.. How do I clear via Facebook? It says in the article that you can not rollback on Facebook.

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  • lpando

    what do the start button on the mapboard mean. In other words, sometimes the level button is a blue sqaure or a green arrow. Why?

    • EBongo

      Hi lpando, welcome to WOTS! These colors indicate the objective of the level. The green arrow is a “Bring down the ingredients” level, the blue square is a “Jellies” level.

  • Carol

    You are my new best friend! Thank you for the rolling info. So much frustration has been avioded by having this knowledge.

  • florinda

    whats the secret on level 149

  • denise

    I play on a nexus 7. When I press the yellow arrow in the left hand corner there is NO red door

    • EBongo

      Hi Denise, welcome to WOTS! I guess it may not be offered in all version of the game. We’re aware that in the Facebook version it costs you lives to exit a level you start, but on iOS and the Android version agent86ix uses, there is definitely a red door option. If you could link a screen shot via imgur, I’d be interested to see what your version looks like.

      • Gaurav Sharma

        hi ebongo what would hppen if we match three color bombs ???

        • agent86ix

          You can’t match 3 color bombs in a line to clear them, but you can match two color bombs together by themselves to clear two colors off the board immediately.

          Just to note, all the special candies can be matched with other special candies (the color or type of the special candy doesn’t matter) in order to produce some really useful effects.

  • Sue

    Thanks for your tips! I went in expecting the worst and got 145,720 points on my 2nd try!

  • Betty C

    I am on level 97 when I get to 17 moves it the game is over. What is this

  • Rosie

    I beat level 80 and all the quests, but it won’t let me go on to level 81. I keep getting the same quest over and over. Is it because I am not connected to Facebook?

  • Randi

    I am on Level 95 and although I have reached the goal, whatever my score is now becomes the new goal. I have conquered 3 times. I had the same issue with Level 80 until the “Tooth Fairy” granted me a wish and let me through. I don’t want to go through this again. Any suggestions?

  • barbara acoff

    i was on level 284 and somehow candy crush move me to level 417 how can i go back to my original level so mad right now.

  • Kate Mellen

    It appears that rolling is no longer an option even on the iOS apps. I tried on both my ipad and my iphone and lost a life. Yesterday morning, I could roll. Yesterday afternoon, I could not.

    • EBongo

      Hi Kate! Welcome to WOTS! I just updated to the Oct 31st patch on iOS, and re-rolling is still working for me. I have heard of subtle differences between devices, even on iOS – but I’d yet to hear of anyone that couldn’t reroll. You aren’t by chance trying it on a timed level, are you? (it doesn’t work on those).

      • agent86ix

        I tested this with my iPod Touch (5th gen) and my Nexus 4 (Android) and I can still roll on both. Both devices are at the very latest version of Candy Crush. Something weird is going on on your end, it would seem!

      • Kate Mellen

        I don’t remember what level I was on now so it’s possible it was timed. I just got to level 131. They don’t give you much to work with there!

        • Kate Mellen

          It must’ve been a timed level bc the problem is resolved. On another note, I figured out that if you uninstall & reinstall the app on your iOS device, you get full lives without the waiting!

          • EBongo

            Glad that it is working for you again Kate. Have fun with the “Complete the Order” levels in that episode. I enjoyed them.

  • Jordan321

    When rolling, if you start with a color bomb on the board that you win from a wheel spin, do you lose the special candy when backing out of the level after no moves have been made?

    • EBongo

      Hi Jordan321, welcome to WOTS! Unfortunately, yes. As the Daily Wheel has become a thing now, I plan to write an article about it. When you use boosters you win from it, they are gone. So if you are trying to get past a level with boosters, you pretty much have to take what you get on the first try.

  • agent86ix

    Hey Fran! Candy Crush Saga level 45 is one of the first of the truly devious Candy Crush levels. Luckily, we have a guide! Just Click Here to check it out!

  • EBongo

    The yellow arrows indicate that it is a Moves Level where the objective is to meet a Target Score in a certain number of moves. Check out that link for some tips on how to beat Moves Levels, and if you are interested in some general Dreamworld tips you can check out another article here.

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  • Heather L. McGee

    Thank you so much for the roll back trick. I had no idea! I am only on level 150 and my husband is on levels over 1,5000! I need some tips to help me catch up to him