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From [Beer Basted Boar Ribs] to [Giant Clam Scorcho], there is no recipe too obscure or odd to attract notice from the chefs of Azeroth. Food is used in the game to heal players out of combat so that they are able to get back to fighting as quickly as possible.

As you are traveling around the world, you will notice that you often receive pieces of meat which, instead of being sold to merchants, could be used to create food. If you are a player who relies on food, such as a non-healing player or a player who solos, cooking will be very important to you.

You can buy food from merchants, but the food gained through cooking is nearly free and it is actually much more effective. Additionally, even if you don't eat it, cooked meat is still worth more than raw meat when resold. Cooking is also a great "flavor" secondary skill because you can entertain players with the funny and interesting dishes you can create. Hand someone a portion of [Dragonbreath Chili], a [Savory Deviate Delight], or some [Stormchops] and you'll see what we mean.

Additionally, certain cooked foods have a 15-minute, 30-minute, or 60-minute Well Fed buff effect in addition to the immediate health boost all foods have. (Know you're going in to battle and have a few minutes? Eat that [Herb Baked Egg] first and gain 2 Spirit and 2 Stamina for 15 minutes. +2 stamina equates to 20 health points and +2 spirit makes you get health and mana back quicker.) A list of recipes and the buffs they give can be found under Well Fed. In the Burning Crusade, cooking is improved for other classes as there are buffs such as increased agility, spell damage, healing, etc. A "treat" can also be given to a Hunter pet or a Warlock minion.

Suggested classes Edit

All classes benefit from cooking: melee, ranged, Tanks, spell damage and healers alike. With the addition of the new recipes available in Outland and Northrend, there is something for everyone!

Requirements Edit

Creating food requires three components: A recipe, ingredients, and heat.

  • Recipes can be purchased from Cooking trainers, who can be found in capital cities as well as some minor cities.
  • Your ingredients will be meat from the beasts or fish in Azeroth. Some recipes also require ingredients such as [Refreshing Spring Water], [Mild Spices], or other items which can be obtained from trade goods vendors, but as of Patch 3.1 the vast majority of recipes have been streamlined and no longer require additional ingredients.
  • Your heat source must be a Cooking Fire, such as a Campfire, a Stove, a Brazier, a Cauldron, or a Fireplace, but not a Forge.

Summary of Skill levels Edit

SkillLevelAction To TakeRequirements
Apprentice 1 Seek Cooking trainers No requirements
Journeyman 50 Seek Cooking trainers Cooking skill 50
Expert 150 Seek Cooking trainers Cooking skill 125
Artisan 225 Seek Cooking trainers Cooking skill 200
Master 300 Seek Cooking trainers Cooking skill 275
Grand Master 375 Seek Cooking trainers Cooking skill 350
Illustrious 525 Seek Cooking trainers Cooking skill 425

Advancement Edit

In order to advance your Cooking skill, you must constantly challenge yourself to create increasingly advanced dishes. Every time you create a new food item, you have a chance of earning a Cooking 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 are as follows:

  • Red = Cannot create yet; you need a higher skill level in Cooking before you can create this recipe.(0%)
  • Orange = Will always receive a Cooking skill point when you create that item, except the very highest level skill points.
  • Yellow = Likely to receive a Cooking skill point.
  • Green = Unlikely to receive a Cooking skill point.
  • Gray = No skill increase.

When you gain enough Cooking skill points, you will need to visit a Cooking trainer to advance to the next skill level!

Journeyman Edit

See also: Journeyman cooking recipes
  • The Journeyman Cooking skill is taught by cooking trainers for 5Silver when you reach Cooking skill 50.

Expert Edit

See also: Expert cooking recipes
  • The Expert Cooking skill is taught by cooking trainers for 95Silver when you reach Cooking skill 125.
  • Before Patch 3.1, to progress beyond a Cooking skill of 150 (Expert) required the purchase of an [Expert Cookbook] from a vendor some distance from any large cities.
  • If the Cooking Trainer doesn't give you cooking Expert training, you'll have to go to buy the Expert Cookbook.
    For the horde, it is in Desolace in Shadowprey Village (South - West). Buy it from the cooking supplies vendor, somewhere on the top of a 'tent'. For the Alliance, it's somewhere in Ashenvale, probably in the Astranaar and buy it from the Trade goods vendor.
    • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Removed from game. "You no longer need to learn cooking from books. The trainers have finally done their reading and are able to teach you the same thing."

Artisan Edit

See also: Artisan cooking recipes
  • The Artisan Cooking skill is taught by cooking trainers for a cost depending on your reputation; approximately 2Gold 25Silver, depending on the trainer's area. You can learn this skill when you reach Cooking skill 200.

Master Edit

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See also: Master cooking recipes
  • The Burning Crusade expansion pack offers master level cooking. Master Cook is taught by Cooking trainers nearly everywhere for a cost depending on your reputation with the trainer's area.
    • Neutral 10Gold
    • Friendly 9Gold 50Silver
    • Honored 9Gold
    • Revered 8Gold 50Silver
    • Exalted 8Gold

The overall minimum Cooking skill level requirement remains at 275.

  • In Patch 2.3, a daily cooking quest was made available from The Rokk located in the Lower City. These quests require a cooking skill of at least 275 and are only available for players at or above level 70.

Grand Master Edit

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See also: Grand Master cooking recipes
  • The Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack offers grand master level cooking. Grand Master Cook is taught by cooking trainers in Northrend for 33Gold 25Silver when you reach Cooking skill 350.
    • There are a bunch of new recipes for this based on Northrend meats and fishes. Alliance : Training can be purchased from Official alliance mini-icon Rollick MacKreel <Grand Master Cooking Trainer> on the east side of Valiance Keep, and Official alliance mini-icon Brom Brewbaster <Grand Master Cooking Trainer> in the Valgarde inn's kitchen. Higher-level recipes and the special cooking spices they require can be purchased only with 'Dalaran Cooking Awards', which are obtained only by completing the daily cooking quests offered in the kitchens in the inns of Dalaran. Be aware that the last 5 skill points, and particularly the very last skill point at 449 will be difficult to achieve, as the best recipes available as of 11 Dec 08 go gray at 450. The gigantic feast and the small feast are recommended as the best bet to get the last few skill points, but expect to cook a lot of feasts, unless you are very lucky.
  • As of Patch 3.3, Northrend recipes have been changed to offer skill-ups longer. Typical recipes will remain orange all the way up to level 450, making it much easier to cook that fish feast you've been waiting for.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria Beta showed there might be a way to allow characters to quickly get to this skill level with the [Grand Master Cookbook], but it never made it to Live.

Illustrious Grand Master Edit

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See also: Illustrious cooking recipes

Zen Master Edit

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Quests Edit

  • The Innkeeper at Cenarion Hold (Silithus) will give you a quest called Neutral 15 [57] Desert Recipe. You will need to have your cooking at a minimum of 285 before you can pick up the quest. For this quest, you will first have to visit the Twilight Hammer camp to the West and retrieve a book. After returning the book, she will teach you how to make [Smoked Desert Dumplings] and will ask you to make 10 for her.

In Burning Crusade Edit

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  • In the Burning Crusade there are also Daily Cooking Quests, which require level 275 cooking, and a level 70 character. Completing these quests can give you 6 more high level recipes, gold, and meat or fish to cook.

In Wrath of the Lich King Edit

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In Cataclysm Edit

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  • As of Cataclysm, daily cooking quests were added to Orgrimmar and Stormwind City to earn   Achievement profession chefhat [Chef's Awards] towards purchasing recipes for Cooking skill 450 and up. In later patches daily quests were added to other capital cities.

In Mists of Pandaria Edit

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Specializations Edit

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There are 6 cooking specializations introduced with Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria.[4]

Specializations require 530 cooking skill to learn. There is no level requirement to learn cooking specializations. However level 80 is required to learn Zen Master Cooking, which is needed to reach 530 skill. Level 85 is needed to learn recipes for all of the higher-tier specialization dishes.[4]

  • All 6 specializations can be learned at once.[4]
  • Each specialization has its own skill bar.[2]
  • You will need to level each specialization individually to 600 if you want to learn every recipe in the game.[2]
  • Level 85 is needed to learn recipes for all of the higher-tier specialization dishes.[4]
  • All trainers teach you feasts ("Banquet of the ..." and "Great Banquet of the ...") at 575 particular to their specialization.[5]
    • Recipes appear to stay orange for a long time, so you will not need to cook a ton of additional dishes. However, the materials required for later dishes increases.[2]

Specialization stat buffs Edit

Each cooking specialization is associated with a buff stat. All the single-person (non-feast) dishes taught by one specialization will buff their specific stat (or other effect):[4][2]

The Way of the Brew single-person dishes simply have descriptions like "known to cause massive headaches" and "may induce delusions of grandeur." The benefits of these are unknown.[4]

Feasts are an exception: Every specialization offers 2 feast dishes, each of which grants precisely the same buff - 275 Useful (class-specific) stat. This means one only needs to train one specialization to be able to cook raid feasts.[4]

There are no specialized dishes for other buff stats, however there are non-specialized dishes offering Hit and Expertise buffs. Two of these dishes are trained by the Halfhill Market trainers, while [Fish Cake] is trained by Cooking Trainers everywhere.[4]

Recipe classifications Edit

All recipes have classifications as of Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria:[2]

Pandaria recipes Edit

Recipes upcoming:[2]

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Alliance Leveling Guide (to 375) Edit

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Horde Leveling Guide (to 375) Edit

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This quest is no longer required for Artisan Cooking. You can still do this quest to receive the recipe Clamlette Magnifique, or you can buy the recipe from the vendor at Steamwheedle Port. This recipe goes yellow at 250.

Pilgrim's Bounty Edit

This event can be used 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 [Bountiful Cookbook] 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 [Recipe: Slow-Roasted Turkey] at Cooking 280, then hunt and kill Combat 15 Wild Turkey around Elwynn Forest or Tirisfal Glades.

MediaEdit

Videos Edit

How to: Dalaran's Cooking Dailies. More guides here

See also Edit

External links Edit

For a complete list of leveling guides by profession please visit Tradeskill leveling guides
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