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Cooking is one of the secondary professions in World of Warcraft.
It is a crafting profession which, as the name suggests, revolves around making food-type consumable items. Food made with Cooking grants the buff which, depending on the food eaten, provides temporary stat buffs which typically last for 1 hour. Examples include which boosts Versatility, which boosts Mastery, and which boosts Haste. Nearly all foods, even the ones not made with Cooking, also grant increased health regeneration while eating. Cooking can also be used to make certain entertaining consumables like the famous or "feast" items such as which can be placed on the ground in order for several players to eat and benefit from it.
The base ingredients for food is meat and fish though many foods also require spices, Cooking-specific ingredients such as , or even other food items. In some cases eggs (such as ), alcohol, herbs, or even more exotic ingredients are also used.
High-level Well Fed buffs are powerful enough to make Cooking a popular profession. In particular end-game content often requires characters to have as good stats as possible to overcome various challenges, making Cooking foods a must.
Cooks experiment with strange and wondrous ingredients gathered from the far corners of Azeroth. A dedicated chef is able to turn mundane ingredients, recently caught fish or leftover animal meat into a delectable and nutritious meal. Ambitious cooks can even create massive feasts to sate the hunger of entire adventuring parties. Food made with cooking speeds health recovery, and some foods provide long-term buffs to heroes with full bellies.
Cooking is a secondary profession - anyone can train to be a cook, no matter how many other professions they've devoted themselves to.
Most cooking must be done over a heat source - either a cooking fire you've started yourself, or an open stove, campfire, etc.
Though many cooking recipes utilize meat from animals you've slain in the wilderness (making cooking a convenient way to utilize your leftovers), the fishing profession also provides you with a great deal of stock to try out new recipes. The health benefits of Azerothian seafood are well-documented.
Creating food usually requires three components: A recipe, ingredients, and heat.
- Cooking recipes can either be learned from Cooking trainers, who can be found in capital cities as well as some minor cities, or from blueprints (recipes as items) which may drop from monsters, be sold by vendors, or rewarded from quests.
- Your ingredients will usually be meat from the beasts or fish in Azeroth and Outland. Some recipes also require vendor-sold ingredients such as , or herbs gathered with Herbalism. Since patch 3.1.0, the vast majority of recipes have been streamlined and no longer require additional ingredients, with the exception of the "higher" food versions in Wrath of the Lich King (see below).
- Your heat source must be a Cooking Fire, such as a Campfire, a Stove, a Brazier, or a Fireplace, but not a Forge.
Summary of skill levels
Cooking works just like any other crafting-profession; in order to advance your skill, you must constantly create dishes or higher levels by obtaining the recipes and ingredients. Whenever you create an item at a proper profession level, you may be guaranteed or have the chance of gaining a skill point.
The color of the recipe in your cooking window (menu) indicates whether you will gain a skill point in Cooking when you create the item. The color codes of all professions, including Cooking, are as follows:
- Red = Cannot create yet; you need a higher skill level in Cooking before you can create this recipe. You'll never see this on a recipe you know as an ability, but you may see it on a recipe as an item (such as ).
- Orange = Will always receive a Cooking skill point when you create that item, unless if you're at max skillpoint for your current skill level.
- Yellow = Likely to receive a Cooking skill point.
- Green = Unlikely to receive a Cooking skill point.
- Gray = No chance for skill increase.
All items in crafting-professions eventually end up being gray as your skill improves. Most begin as orange when you learn them, but some begin at yellow, green, or even gray (meaning the recipe cannot give you any skillups at all, such as ).
When you gain enough Cooking skill points, you will need to visit a Cooking trainer to advance to the next skill level. Notice that as with other crafting-professions, a higher skill level may be trained prior to "finishing" the one before it. For example, Journeyman may be obtained at skill 50 although Apprentice goes to 75.
- See also: List of Apprentice Cooking Recipes
- Cooking trainers which are able to train you all the way to Illustrious Grand Master are found in several places in the game. For young chefs, cooking trainers can conveniently often be found in the second village a player is likely to find, such as Kharanos in Dun Morogh or Bloodhoof Village in Mulgore. This is common for most professions.
- Apprentice Cooking can be obtained for a cost of 1 .
- Apprentice Cooking can be learned at level 5. Unlike most professions, however, Cooking does not have any level-requirements in order to learn skill levels. Technically, this means a level 5 player could level cooking all the way to skill 525 (max) as long as higher-level players supplied the ingredients and recipes needed.
- Upon obtaining the Cooking-ability, you will instantly learn three recipes; , and . In addition, you may learn right away from the trainer.
- Fishing is a very useful, possibly mandatory profession for anyone who practices or levels cooking. It is a good idea to learn it at the same time you learn cooking, and afterward try to level both professions at the same time (no matter how boring fishing may be).
- You can start doing the Cataclysm-daily cooking quests in Stormwind or Orgrimmar once you become level 10. Each quest turned in yields +1 or +2 skills to cooking (depending on the quest). The Chef's Awards can be used much later.
- See also: List of Journeyman Cooking Recipes
- Journeyman Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 5 when you reach Cooking skill 50.
- Most cooking recipes are not learned from the trainer, but from recipes as items. While 9 recipes are available from the trainer from skill 0-75, only 2 are available from skill 80-125. This means that the foods you'll be using to level cooking with will likely be learned from recipes purchased from different vendors. This is the case with higher levels of cooking as well.
- See also: List of Expert Cooking Recipes
- Expert Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 1 when you reach Cooking skill 125.
- Before patch 3.1.0, chefs had to buy the item from a vendor some distance from any major city in order to learn Expert Cooking. This is however no longer needed as trainers after the patch is able to teach it.
- See also: List of Artisan Cooking Recipes
- Artisan Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 2 50 when you reach Cooking skill 200.
- Before patch 3.1.0, obtaining Artisan Cooking required the completion of a quest. The quest, , is still available and now teaches a recipe instead: .
- Cooking at skill 300 will also grant access to a few -recipes.
- In patch 2.3.0, The Rokk <Master of Cooking> was added to the game. He gives daily cooking quests which require a cooking skill of at least 275 and are only available for players at or above level 70. The rewards for these quests are the only way to obtain a few recipes.
- A few recipes at 300 skill and above are sold by NPC's which are members of factions. This means that a certain standing with the relevant factions is necessary in order to obtain them. This was already the case with several recipes used in other professions such as Blacksmithing and Enchanting prior to the Burning Crusade, but none in Cooking. The factions, along with the required standing, are:
- Notice that the standing with all these factions does not affect whether a player can learn the recipes or not, only whether it's possible to buy them. It is possible for a player that is at Neutral to buy the recipes and give them to a player who is still at Unfriendly.
- See also: List of Master Cooking Recipes
- The Burning Crusade expansion pack offers master level cooking.
- Master Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 10 when you reach Cooking skill 275.
- Before patch 3.1.0, chefs had to buy the item from one of a few vendors in Outland in order to learn Expert Cooking. After the book was removed, Master Cooking could only be learned from cooking trainers in Outland and Northrend. Now, the skill is learned from all cooking trainers.
- As mentioned, the Burning Crusade-food is a lot more varied than the food cooked below skill 300.
- Cooking up to skill 375 will also grant access to several -recipes.
- There are more faction-relevant recipes beyond skill 300. The factions, along with the required standing, are:
- See also: List of Grand Master Cooking Recipes
- The Wrath of the Lich King (Wotlk) expansion pack offers Grand Master level cooking.
- Master Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 35 when you reach Cooking skill 350.
- The WOTLK daily cooking quests rewards a cooking-currency called . These are used to buy Wotlk cooking recipes, and the . Many of the cooking recipes in Wotlk are obtained this way.
- Cooked food in Wotlk often have "lower" and "higher" versions, depending on whether the player uses . For example, a can be cooked into a which yields 35 SP and 30 Stamina. With Northern Spices, you can cook it into a which yields 46 SP and 40 Stamina instead. Lower versions can be learned with 375 cooking, but the higher ones require 400. It is the higher versions that are purchased with Cooking Awards.
- Some recipes at skill 425 and beyond will be "feasts" which can be placed on the ground (or anywhere less dirty) in order for several players to eat from it at once. This saves materials and time. The which is made at skill 450 was the most powerful food in Wotlk.
- Cooking up to skill 450 will also grant access to a few recipes.
- The Cataclysm expansion pack offers Illustrious Grand Master level cooking.
- Illustrious Grand Master Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 50 when you reach Cooking skill 425.
- While the daily cooking quests in Stormwind and Orgrimmar are available to level 10-players, most of the cooking recipes which are purchased with the cooking-currency require a skill over 450 to learn.
- While Wotlk-feasts aim to fit all types of classes by giving a Well Fed which supplements different stats, Cata-feasts work a little different. Depending on the player's highest stat, Well Fed apparently gives either strength, agility or intellect. The most powerful feast in the game at the moment, , is made at skill 525 (max).
- Like in Wotlk, most Cataclysm-recipes have a "lower" and "higher" version. The difference is that the versions in Cataclysm use different materials and no spices.
- See also: List of Zen Master Cooking Recipes
- The Mists of Pandaria expansion pack offers Zen Master level cooking.
- Zen Master Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 51 when you reach Cooking skill 500, or from the quest .
- It is possible to buy cooking ingredients for Zen Master Cooking using , gained by doing cooking quests, dailies or by a repeatable quest, , located at Halfhill in Valley of the Four Winds.
- Similar to Wotlk and Cataclysm, Pandaria foods have three different versions, a "lower", "middle" and "higher" version.
- The vegetable ingredients for recipes may be grown at the new player-controlled farm, Sunsong Ranch.
- See also: List of Draenor Master Cooking Recipes
- Draenor Cooking is taught from , a world drop.
- Recipes can be discovered through cooking recipes, or sampling the dishes themselves. Recipes grant skill points all the way from 1-700.
- Standard dishes offer +75 buffs, while delicacy dishes are combined through a meat and fish selection, and offer +100 buffs. Only +75 feasts are produced through Cooking, while the +100 feasts are obtained from the Barn. +125 buff food was added in 6.1, purchased from Garrison vendors.
- See also: List of Legion Master Cooking Recipes
- The Legion expansion pack offers Legion Master level cooking.
- Legion Master Cooking is taught by cooking trainers for 48 when you reach Cooking skill 700.
- Legion food is split into several categories. Snacks provide small buffs, Light Meals provide +225 buffs, Large Meals provide +300 buffs, Delicacies combine large meals with more reagents to provide +375 buffs, and Feasts.
- Recipes can be obtained through drops or purchased from Nomi in Dalaran.
- Main article: Cooking quests
The majority of cooking quests are dailies. They, including other non-daily cooking quests, usually have in common that they somehow supply the player with cooking recipes. Other quests ask the player to cook something by using Cooking and some both. At higher skill (+375) it is necessary to complete several dailies in order to access more recipes.
Like other secondary professions, Cooking includes a number of achievements. Most of them focus on learning recipes, making food, and performing the daily cooking quests.
List of cooking achievements
If you're trying to level cooking, there are a few useful things to note:
- High-level players have several catch-ups deliberately introduced to make bypass the lower skill levels
- Mists of Pandaria has Sungshin Ironpaw at Halfhill Market in the Valley of the Four Winds. She sells a series of recipes that use only vendor purchased reagents and can take a player from skill 1 to over 500.
- Warlords of Draenor recipes can be learned at skill 1. The most efficient for low skill levels are and . They both go green at 650 skill and make use of the trash fishing drop .
- Legion recipes can all be learned at skill 1. The snack types are most efficient for early leveling, with rank 1 recipes going grey at 740.
- The which can be learned at skill 1 is great for leveling early cooking. It requires and which can be purchased from Cooking Supplier(s) (a type of vendor), and gives skill-ups to skill 40, at which point it turns grey. That is almost enough to obtain Journeyman. The three other recipes learned at skill 1 go grey at skill 85.
- Kendor Kabonka <Master of Cooking Recipes> sells 13 recipes that will help you level up cooking from the drops of the lower level zones
- As stated, the daily cooking quests in Stormwind and Orgrimmar yield skill points. This can be very nifty if you're absolutely stuck in the leveling progression, or perhaps for some reason needs an additional skill point (or two) fast.
- Also as stated, Fishing is a very useful profession together with cooking. Not only are many types of fish very easy to farm compared with drops from mobs, different fishing recipes will also "overlap" each other through skill 1 to 525. This makes fish-recipes an excellent choice for leveling.
- Basic Campfire, which is also learned when obtaining cooking, can also sometimes provide skill points.
- During the seasonal event "Pilgrim's Bounty" it is possible to level cooking from 1 to 350 in about 30 minutes, without traveling to other places than just to your faction's capital cities. To get started, buy the from the Pilgrim's Bounty vendor outside any capital city, and learn all the recipes you can from it. Most of the mats for each recipe can be bought from the same vendors. Cook one recipe until you've raised your Cooking level enough to learn the next recipe; repeat as needed until you can learn at Cooking 280, then hunt and kill Wild Turkey around Elwynn Forest or Tirisfal Glades.
- This article previously listed some extensive guides for leveling cooking from skill 1 to 375 (not updated for WOTLK and Cataclysm). The guides eventually became outdated, but the Burning Crusade-part is probably still workable as neither WOTLK nor Cataclysm has affected much of Outland (due to them being separate expansions).
- Once arriving at Outland, buy from Sid Limbardi at Honor Hold and learn Master cooking (300→375) from Gaston in the kitchen behind him. Then, farm Ravager Fleshx25 from the Ravagers in the south-west of Hellfire Peninsula on the path to Terokkar Forest (hit the Expedition Armory and travel West until you find the Ravagers). You'll need Cooking 325 to proceed.
- Fly to Telaar in Nagrand and purchase and from Uriku (she sells two other fish-based recipes which are good to have, but not required). The area immediately to the North East from Ring of Trials South to Kil'sorrow Fortress will have all the and you'll need. There are also especially large packs of clefthoofs around Oshu'gun. Farm meat until you have 25-30 total pieces. You'll need cooking 350 to continue.
- Fly to Evergrove in Blade's Edge Mountains and purchase and from Xerintha Ravenoak. Fly to the crossroads above Death's Door in South East Blade's Edge Mountains and farm 15-20 each of and . This should take you to level 375.
- Buy from Cookie One-Eye in Thrallmar (by the stables) and learn Master cooking (300→375) from Baxter. Then, go kill Ravagers around Falcon Watch until you have about 35-40 . This should get you to 325.
- 325 to 350:
- If you have fishing, fish up Furious Crawdads in one of three lakes around Terokkar Forest and cook them. However, these lakes are only accessible if you have a flying mount. You also need a 330+ fishing skill to be able to fish there. The three lakes are:
- You can buy from Rungor in Stonebreaker Hold.
- Non-fishers can go to Blade's Edge Mountains and find an NPC called Matron Varah (she's the innkeeper at Mok'Nathal Village) who gives you the quest to get her and . As reward, she'll give you the recipe for , which will stay green until 375. It is also possible to get the recipe from Xerintha Ravenoak at Evergrove. You can now kill Scalewings (wind serpents) around Blade's Edge Mountains for . You will need about 60 to get to 375.
- For leveling guides please visit Tradeskill leveling guides