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Learn Artisan Cooking.
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<blockquote>Learn Artisan Cooking.</blockquote>
   
225 - 250
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<blockquote> 225 - 250</blockquote>
   
25 x [Monster Omelet] - 25 Giant Egg
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<blockquote> 25 x [Monster Omelet] - 25 Giant Egg</blockquote>
   
250 - 285
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<blockquote> 250 - 285
40 x [Juicy Bear Burger] - 40 [Bear Flank]
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40 x [Juicy Bear Burger] - 40 [Bear Flank]</blockquote>
   
There is another really good recipe for the 275-300 part, but you have to run one Dire Maul east. The recipe is dropped by Pusillin and it's called [Recipe: Runn Tum Tuber Surprise].
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<blockquote> There is another really good recipe for the 275-300 part,
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but you have to run one Dire Maul east. The recipe is dropped by Pusillin and it's called [Recipe: Runn Tum Tuber Surprise].</blockquote>
   
When you enter the instance, you can find Pusillin at the entrance, he is on the left side, then you just have to go and talk to him then follow him and talk to him again as soon as you catch up to him. At the end the imp will become hostile and you can kill him (Finally! Annoying little bastard!).
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<blockquote> When you enter the instance, you can find Pusillin at the entrance, he is on the left side, then you just have to go and talk to him then follow him and talk to him again as soon as you catch up to him. At the end the imp will become hostile and you can kill him (Finally!).</blockquote>
   
You can solo this instance if you are around level 70, but it's a lot easier for higher levels. The recipe binds when picked up, this means it's a bit harder to get it with a group at low level, I would not recommend it to get a group of low levels just for this one recipe, you can level Cooking faster with the other recipes.
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<blockquote> You can solo this instance if you are around level 70, but it's a lot easier for higher levels. The recipe binds when picked up, this means it's a bit harder to get it with a group at low level, I would not recommend it to get a group of low levels just for this one recipe, you can level Cooking faster with the other recipes.</blockquote>
   
The recipe uses [Runn Tum Tuber] as material, you can find these in [Warpwood Pods], they are all around in the instance (read the first comments on wowhead). I could get 25 of them in one run, which is enough to level Cooking to 300 with this one recipe.
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<blockquote> The recipe uses [Runn Tum Tuber] as material, you can find these in [Warpwood Pods], they are all around in the instance (read the first comments on wowhead). I could get 25 of them in one run, which is enough to level Cooking to 300 with this one recipe.</blockquote>
   
I must also mention that you could use this recipe to level up your Cooking to 325, just make a few more instance runs. This way you won't have to do the quests at the next part.
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<blockquote> I must also mention that you could use this recipe to level up your Cooking to 325, just make a few more instance runs. This way you won't have to do the quests at the next part.</blockquote>
   
285 - 300
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<blockquote> 285 - 300</blockquote>
   
15 x [Smoked Desert Dumplings] - 15 [Sandworm Meat]
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<blockquote> 15 x [Smoked Desert Dumplings] - 15 [Sandworm Meat]</blockquote>
   
You have to complete two quests to get this cooking recipe.
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<blockquote> You have to complete two quests to get this cooking recipe.</blockquote>
Desert Recipe
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<blockquote> Desert Recipe</blockquote>
Sharing the Knowledge
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<blockquote> Sharing the Knowledge</blockquote>
   
 
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===Outland (300-375 cooking) {{bc-inline}}===

Revision as of 18:14, December 31, 2011

This guide helps you powerlevel fishing and cooking. It combines both fishing and cooking, as they complement each other very well, and if you're going to skill up your fishing then you might as well skill up your cooking with all the fish you will be catching. You may also find that many zones yield fish that are more profitable than the low level lake in your starting zone.

Your cooking will always level faster than your fishing. You'll have to make use of lures even more when the gap between your fishing and cooking increases. Typically, by the time one reaches 300 cooking, fishing skill is anywhere between 230 and 250.

It will take you a minimum of 11 hours to complete this guide, but more likely about 14 to 15.

Also, please be aware that this is not a fully comprehensive guide to both cooking and fishing and was never intended to be. The sole purpose of this guide is to level up your cooking and fishing in the quickest way possible. If you want a guide that covers almost everything about these two skills then please check out the website Guides for Fishing and Cooking for an in depth, 3.1 patch updated version of this guide.

Fishing Buddy is an invaluable addon for powerleveling fishing. This and listening to some music in the background makes the time pass by so much faster.

Skill gain formula

You skill up by number of successful catches. The equation is approx. as follows:

(current unmodified fishing level - 75) / 25 = total # of catches required to level

…with a minimum of 1 catch per level.

So, with that knowledge, you'll realize that you can skill up fishing from 1 to 300 by fishing the water of your faction's city. The reason for the different locations mentioned in this guide is for you to be able to skill up your cooking as well.

As of Patch 3.1 the restriction for fishing needing to be a certain skill level based on zone has been removed and a junk to usable fish formula was introduced as well as several areas has their skill levels changed to reflect this new formula.

As a result you can fish in any area with skill level 1 but will likely catch nothing but junk based on where you are, however a successful catch is still counted as a successful catch so catching junk will still give you skill ups. See Fishing skill requirements by zone for more information.

Post-3.1.0 guide

Overview

Since Patch 3.1.0, catching junk raises your fishing skill at the same rate as catching fish and other non-junk items, so your choice of fishing locations should be based on your cooking skill, not your fishing skill. You should generally fish in areas where you can catch ingredients for orange or yellow recipes. For zones in which both coastal and inland waters are fishable, coastal waters which are not part of any named subzone contain the same fish as the zone's inland waters. Until you learn Find Fish, wreckage and debris should be fished for boxes, boxes can also be fished from other fishing nodes, but they are less common. Unlike other fishable boxes, Northrend's [Reinforced Crate]s never contain [Weather-Beaten Journal]s.

Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor (1-312 cooking)

Recipes

Recipes Ingredients Source Learnable Green Gray Fishing Locations Inland or Coastal Schools
[Brilliant Smallfish] [Raw Brilliant Smallfish] V 1 65 85 Capitals, most level 1-20 zones Inland None
[Slitherskin Mackerel] [Raw Slitherskin Mackerel] V 1 65 85 Capitals, most level 1-20 zones Coastal None
[Longjaw Mud Snapper] [Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper] V 50 110 130 Capitals, most level 1-30 zones Inland None
[Rainbow Fin Albacore] [Raw Rainbow Fin Albacore] V 50 110 130 Capitals, most level 1-30 zones Coastal None
[Smoked Sagefish] [Raw Sagefish] V 80 140 160 Schools only: Ashenvale, Silverpine Forest, Stonetalon Mountains, Hillsbrad Foothills Inland Sagefish School
[Bristle Whisker Catfish] [Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish] V 100 160 180 Capitals, most level 10-30 zones Inland None
[Goblin Deviled Clams] [Tangy Clam Meat] T 125 185 205 Not fishable
Contained in [Thick-shelled Clam], dropped by level 20-30 aquatic beasts and humanoids
Sometimes contained in Giant Clams (found in The Barrens, Bloodmyst Isle, Darkshore, Stranglethorn Vale and Wetlands)
[Curiously Tasty Omelet] [Raptor Egg] V 130 190 210 Not fishable, dropped by level 20-40 raptors.
[Rockscale Cod] [Raw Rockscale Cod] V 175 210 230 Most level 30-50 zones Coastal None
[Mithril Head Trout] [Raw Mithril Head Trout] V 175 235 255 Most level 30-50 zones Inland None
[Sagefish Delight] [Raw Greater Sagefish] V 175 235 255 Schools only: most level 30-50 zones Inland Greater Sagefish School
[Cooked Glossy Mightfish] [Raw Glossy Mightfish] V 225 262 275 Azshara (outside Bay of Storms), Feralas, Tanaris, The Hinterlands Coastal None
[Filet of Redgill] [Raw Redgill] V 225 262 275 Level 40-60 zones Inland None
[Spotted Yellowtail] [Raw Spotted Yellowtail] V 225 262 275 Level 40-60 zones Coastal None
[Grilled Squid] [Winter Squid] V 240 277 290 Azshara, Feralas, Tanaris, The Hinterlands (seasonal, most common during winter, absent during summer) Coastal None
[Hot Smoked Bass] [Raw Summer Bass] V 240 277 290 Azshara, Feralas, Tanaris, The Hinterlands (seasonal, most common during summer, absent during winter) Coastal None
[Nightfin Soup] [Raw Nightfin Snapper], [Refreshing Spring Water] V 250 285 295 Most level 40-60 zones (most common at night, absent around noon) Inland None
[Poached Sunscale Salmon] [Raw Sunscale Salmon] V 250 285 295 Most level 40-60 zones (most common during the day, absent around midnight) Inland None
[Baked Salmon] [Raw Whitescale Salmon] V 275 312 325 Eastern Plaguelands, Feralas, Winterspring Inland None
[Lobster Stew] [Darkclaw Lobster] V 275 312 325 Azshara (Bay of Storms only) Coastal None
[Mightfish Steak] [Large Raw Mightfish] V 275 312 325 Azshara (Bay of Storms only) Coastal None

1-140 cooking

Fish in capitals or level 10-30 zones. Early on, capitals are recommended due to the cooking and fishing trainers. Save the Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish, as they are the only fish which are still yellow to cook from 140 to 160.

140-160 cooking

Cook the Bristle Whisker Catfish.

160-175 cooking

Either continue cooking Bristle Whisker Catfish, or use a non-fish recipe such as Curiously Tasty Omelet or Goblin Deviled Clams.

175-262 cooking

Fish in level 40-50 zones, saving any Raw Nightfin Snappers, Raw Summer Bass, Raw Sunscale Salmon and Winter Squid until you have enough to get to 277.

262-277 cooking

Cook Hot Smoked Bass, Grilled Squid, Nightfin Soup and Poached Sunscale Salmon. If you don't have enough, fish inland waters in Eastern Plaguelands, Feralas or Winterspring, saving Raw Whitescale Salmon until 277.

275-312 cooking

Learn Artisan Cooking.

225 - 250

25 x [Monster Omelet] - 25 Giant Egg

250 - 285

   40 x [Juicy Bear Burger] - 40 [Bear Flank]

There is another really good recipe for the 275-300 part, but you have to run one Dire Maul east. The recipe is dropped by Pusillin and it's called [Recipe: Runn Tum Tuber Surprise].

When you enter the instance, you can find Pusillin at the entrance, he is on the left side, then you just have to go and talk to him then follow him and talk to him again as soon as you catch up to him. At the end the imp will become hostile and you can kill him (Finally!).

You can solo this instance if you are around level 70, but it's a lot easier for higher levels. The recipe binds when picked up, this means it's a bit harder to get it with a group at low level, I would not recommend it to get a group of low levels just for this one recipe, you can level Cooking faster with the other recipes.

The recipe uses [Runn Tum Tuber] as material, you can find these in [Warpwood Pods], they are all around in the instance (read the first comments on wowhead). I could get 25 of them in one run, which is enough to level Cooking to 300 with this one recipe.

I must also mention that you could use this recipe to level up your Cooking to 325, just make a few more instance runs. This way you won't have to do the quests at the next part.

285 - 300

15 x [Smoked Desert Dumplings] - 15 [Sandworm Meat]

You have to complete two quests to get this cooking recipe.
Desert Recipe
Sharing the Knowledge

Outland (300-375 cooking) Bc icon

Some Outland fish recipes have reputation requirements to be purchased from vendors. The only vendors who sell the Blackened Trout, Feltail Delight, Grilled Mudfish and Poached Bluefish recipes to Alliance characters are members of the Kurenai faction, and only sell to characters with neutral or better reputation. The only vendor who sells the Grilled Mudfish and Poached Bluefish recipes to Horde characters belongs to the Mag'har faction and only sells to characters with neutral or better reputation, however the vendor who sells the Blackened Trout and Feltail Delight recipes to Horde chraracters is a member of the Darkspear Trolls faction. None of the recipes are bind on pickup. Enormous Barbed Gill Trout and Huge Spotted Feltail can rarely be caught from any Outland fishing node, including Pure Water and Steam Pump Flotsam, the recipes for cooking them don't turn green until 380, so they should be cooked last.

Recipes

Recipes Ingredients Source Learnable Green Gray Fishing Locations Schools
[Blackened Trout] [Barbed Gill Trout] V 300 330 340 Nagrand, Netherstorm, Terokkar Forest, Zangarmarsh None
[Feltail Delight] [Spotted Feltail] V 300 330 340 Terokkar Forest, Zangarmarsh Brackish Mixed School (Terokkar Forest lowland and Zangarmarsh)
[Blackened Sporefish] [Zangarian Sporefish] V 310 340 350 Zangarmarsh Sporefish School
[Stewed Trout] [Barbed Gill Trout] T 320 345 355 Nagrand, Netherstorm, Terokkar Forest, Zangarmarsh None
[Grilled Mudfish] [Figluster's Mudfish] V 320 350 360 Nagrand, Netherstorm Mudfish School
[Poached Bluefish] [Icefin Bluefish] V 320 350 360 Nagrand, Netherstorm Bluefish School
[Golden Fish Sticks] [Golden Darter] V 325 355 365 Terokkar Forest
Schools only: Shadowmoon Valley, Zangarmarsh
Brackish Mixed School (Terokkar Forest and Zangarmarsh), Highland Mixed School (Terokkar Forest highlands), School of Darter (Terokkar Forest lowlands)
[Spicy Crawdad] [Furious Crawdad] V 350 375 380 Schools only: Terokkar Forest Highland Mixed School (Terrokar Forest highlands)
[Hot Buttered Trout] [Enormous Barbed Gill Trout] T 350 380 385 Schools only: Nagrand, Terrokar Forest, Zangarmarsh All Outland schools (rare)
[Fisherman's Feast] [Huge Spotted Feltail] T 350 380 385 Schools only: Nagrand, Terrokar Forest, Zangarmarsh All Outland schools (rare)

Zangarmarsh (300-355 cooking)

Zangarmarsh is recommended for lower level charcaters who don't have the Allerian Stronghold or Stonebreaker Hold flight points, as they can safely fish from Cenarion Refuge, for Alliance characters with 310-320 cooking who do not have the Blackened Trout or Feltail Delight recipes, and for characters who have not yet learned Find Fish, as Steam Pump Flotsam, which is exclusive to the zone, has the highest catch rate for [Curious Crate]s. Brackish Mixed Schools should be fished if available. Barbed Gill Trout should be saved for Stewed Trout, and Golden Darters, which can only be fished from Brackish Mixed Schools, should be saved for 345-355.

Nagrand (300-350 cooking)

Nagrand is recommended for characters who have access to the Grilled Mudfish and Poached Bluefish recipes and are able to deal with the local monsters, and for lower level Horde characters with the Garadar flight point and for low level Alliance characters with the Telaar flight point. Of the three fish which can be caught outside of schools, Barbed Gill Trout can be used to level cooking to 345 before Stewed Trout turns green, while Figluster's Mudfish Icefin Bluefish can be used to level cooking to 350 before their recipes go green. It is also recommended for players who want to Primal Water due to the Pure Water fishing nodes.

Terokkar Forest Lowlands (300-355 cooking)

The Terokkar Forest lowlands are recommended for characters without flying mounts who are able to deal with the local monsters or have the Allerian Stronghold or Stonebreaker Hold flight point, and can cook Barbed Gill Trout or Spotted Feltail. Brackish Mixed Schools and Shools of Darter should be fished if available, and darters should be saved for 345+ cooking.

Terokkar Forest Highlands (300-375 cooking)

The highland lakes of Terokkar Forest highlands are recommended for characters with flying mounts who can cook Barbed Gill Trout or Spotted Feltail. Instead of Brackish Mixed Schools or Schools of Darter, these lakes have Highland Mixed Schools, which can be fished for Golden Darters, and are the only source of Furious Crawdads for Spicy Crawdad, which does't turn green until 375.

Northrend (350-450 cooking) Wrath-Logo-Small

Recipes

Recipes Ingredients Source Learnable Green Gray Fishing Locations Inland or Coastal Schools
[Grilled Bonescale] [Bonescale Snapper] T 350 365 380 Most Northrend zones except Sholozar Basin Inland None
[Sauteed Goby] [Barrelhead Goby] T 350 365 380 Sholozar Basin Inland None
[Smoked Rockfin] [Rockfin Grouper] T 350 365 380 Most Northrend zones Coastal None
[Baked Manta Ray] [Imperial Manta Ray] T 350 382 415 Most Northrend zones Coastal Imperial Manta Ray School
[Dalaran Clam Chowder] [Succulent Clam Meat] T 350 382 415 [Darkwater Clam]: Rarely fished in Northrend coastal waters
[Giant Darkwater Clam]: Rarely fished in Wintergrasp
Darkwater Clam: Coastal
Giant Darkwater Clam: Inland
None
[Grilled Sculpin] [Musselback Sculpin] T 350 382 415 Borean Tundra, Dragonblight, Zul'Drak, Wintergrasp Inland Musselback Sculpin School (Borean Tundra only)
[Pickled Fangtooth] [Fangtooth Herring] T 350 382 415 Grizzly Hills,
Howling Fjord
Inland Fangtooth Herring School (Howling Fjord only)
[Poached Nettlefish] [Nettlefish] T 350 382 415 Sholozar Basin, Wintergrasp Inland Nettlefish School (Sholozar Basin only)
[Smoked Salmon] [Glacial Salmon] T 350 382 415 Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, Wintergrasp Inland Glacial Salmon School (Grizzly Hills only)
[Kungaloosh] [Tundra Berries] x2, [Savory Snowplum] Q 375 387 400 Not fishable, bought from fruit vendors
[Great Feast] [Chunk o' Mammoth], [Shoveltusk Flank], [Worm Meat], [Chilled Meat] T 375 400 425 Chunk o' Mammoth: not fishable, dropped by mammoths
Shoveltusk Flank: not fishable, dropped by shoveltusks
Worm Meat: not fishable, dropped by jormungars
Chilled Meat: not fishable, dropped by most beasts in Northrend
[Black Jelly] [Borean Man O' War] x3 T 400 412 425 All coastal Northrend zones except Howling Fjord Coastal Borean Man O' War School (Borean Tundra only)
[Blackened Dragonfin] [Dragonfin Angelfish], 1 [Northern Spices] V (3 Inv misc ribbon 01 ) 400 450 - Borean Tundra,
Dragonblight
Inland Dragonfin Angelfish School (Dragonblight only)
[Cuttlesteak] [Moonglow Cuttlefish], 1 [Northern Spices] V (5 Inv misc ribbon 01 ) 400 450 - The Frozen Sea Coastal Yes
[Dragonfin Filet] [Dragonfin Angelfish], 1 [Northern Spices] V (3 Inv misc ribbon 01 ) 400 450 - Dragonblight, Zul'Drak Inland Dragonfin Angelfish School (Dragonblight only)
[Firecracker Salmon] [Glacial Salmon], [Northern Spices] V (3 Inv misc ribbon 01 ) 400 450 - Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, Wintergrasp Inland Glacial Salmon School (Grizzly Hillz only)
[Imperial Manta Steak] [Imperial Manta Ray], [Northern Spices] V (3 Inv misc ribbon 01 ) 400 450 - Most Northrend zones Coastal Imperial Manta Ray School
[Poached Northern Sculpin] [Musselback Sculpin], [Northern Spices] V (3 Inv misc ribbon 01 ) 400 450 - Borean Tundra, Dragonblight, Wintergrasp, Zul'Drak Inland Musselback Sculpin School (Borean Tundra only)
[Snapper Extreme] [Bonescale Snapper] x3, [Northern Spices] V (3 Inv misc ribbon 01 ) 400 450 - Most Northrend zones Coastal None
[Spicy Blue Nettlefish] [Nettlefish], [Northern Spices] V (3 Inv misc ribbon 01 ) 400 450 - Sholozar Basin, Wintergrasp Inland Nettlefish School (Sholozar Basin only)
[Spicy Fried Herring] [Fangtooth Herring], [Northern Spices] V (3 Inv misc ribbon 01 ) 400 450 - Grizzly Hills,
Howling Fjord
Inland Fangtooth Herring School (Howling Fjord only)

Zones and cookable fish

Zone Inland Coastal
Uncommon Schooling Uncommon Non-Schooling Common Non-Schooling Uncommon Schooling Uncommon Non-Schooling Common Non-Schooling
Borean Tundra [Musselback Sculpin] [Dragonfin Angelfish] [Bonescale Snapper] [Borean Man O' War],
[Imperial Manta Ray]
[Darkwater Clam] [Rockfin Grouper]
Crystalsong Forest - - [Bonescale Snapper] - - -
Dalaran - - - - - -
Dragonblight [Dragonfin Angelfish] [Musselback Sculpin] [Bonescale Snapper] [Imperial Manta Ray] [Borean Man O' War],
[Darkwater Clam]
[Rockfin Grouper]
The Frozen Sea - - - [Deep Sea Monsterbelly],
[Moonglow Cuttlefish]
- [Rockfin Grouper]
Grizzly Hills [Glacial Salmon] [Fangtooth Herring] [Bonescale Snapper] [Imperial Manta Ray] [Borean Man O' War],
[Darkwater Clam]
[Rockfin Grouper]
Howling Fjord [Fangtooth Herring] [Glacial Salmon] [Bonescale Snapper] [Imperial Manta Ray] [Borean Man O' War],
[Darkwater Clam]
[Rockfin Grouper]
Hrothgar's Landing - - - - [Borean Man O' War],
[Darkwater Clam],
[Imperial Manta Ray]
[Rockfin Grouper]
Icecrown - - - - [Borean Man O' War],
[Darkwater Clam],
[Imperial Manta Ray]
[Rockfin Grouper]
Sholozar Basin [Nettlefish] - [Barrelhead Goby] - - -
The Storm Peaks - - - - [Borean Man O' War],
[Darkwater Clam],
[Imperial Manta Ray]
[Rockfin Grouper]
Wintergrasp - [Giant Darkwater Clam],
[Glacial Salmon],
[Musselback Sculpin],
[Nettlefish]
- - - -
Zul'Drak - [Dragonfin Angelfish],
[Musselback Sculpin]
[Bonescale Snapper] - -

Common fish have a roughly 50-70% catch rate, uncommon fish have a roughly 20-30% catch rate, [Darkwater Clam]s have a roughly 10% catch rate and [Giant Darkwater Clam]s have a roughly 3% catch rate.

350-382 cooking

Barrelhead Gobies, Bonescale Snappers and Rockfin Groupers are caught commonly outside of schools. Because their recipes go green at 365, they should be cooked first and not actively fished for. After they are green, you can continue cooking them until they go gray, or move on to yellow recipes.

382-400 cooking

From 382 to 400 cooking, there is a bottleneck, the only yellow recipes are Kungaloosh, which only uses buyable ingredients, but is learned through a quest chain and turns green at 387, and Great Feast, which doesn't turn green until 400, but requires non-fishable meat from various beasts. If your first priority is levelling fishing, you should level cooking using the green fish recipes, while farming or buying ingredients for Great Feasts is a faster option for levelling cooking quickly.

400-412 cooking

Black Jelly is available at 400 cooking and turns green at 412.

412-450 cooking

Most Northrend recipes which don't use [Northern Spices] turn gray at 415, while [Black Jelly] turns gray at 425. Levelling cooking beyond 425 requires level 65 and access to Dalaran, as the only non-gray recipes are BoP, and can only be purchased with [Dalaran Cooking Award]s from Dalaran's daily cooking quests (which require level 65). Most Dalaran Cooking Award recipes, including all purely fish-based recipes other than [Fish Feast], turn yellow at 425 and green at 450.

Horde 32 Horde guide

1 – 50

Objectives:

Go to your fishing trainer and cooking trainer and pick up Fishing and Cooking skills. Buy a [Fishing Pole] and a stack of [Shiny Baubles]. You're now ready to begin.

The best place to start is in Bloodhoof Village in Mulgore. Go speak to Harn Longcast and buy [Recipe: Brilliant Smallfish] and [Recipe: Longjaw Mud Snapper] from him. Now start fishing in Stonebull Lake.

Equip your rod and then apply the [Shiny Bauble] lure to it, as this will make catching fish easier. You'll want to catch about 60 [Raw Brilliant Smallfish] and this should take about 40 minutes. You'll find that by the time you have caught 60 [Raw Brilliant Smallfish], you'll also have about 30 [Raw Longjaw Mud Snappers]. Once you have 60, cook them. You can either build your own fire or jog back to Harn Longcast and use the fire in front of him. Cook the [Brilliant Smallfish], then at level 50 start cooking [Longjaw Mud Snappers] (after learning the recipe you bought earlier).

50 – 75

Objectives:

You'll need to go and catch [Raw Longjaw Mud Snappers] now and the best places for these are the ponds in Orgrimmar by Lumak the Fishing trainer and the pond in front of the bank in Thunder Bluff (I know you've been catching quite a few where you are, but those places offer the greatest probability of catching the fish you want). Between levels 50 and 75 go learn journeyman fishing and cooking. The [Longjaw Mud Snapper] recipe is orange from levels 50 to 100 of Cooking, so you'll need 50 fish.

75 – 150

Objectives:

Go to the river to the east of Tarren Mill or to one of the rivers or lakes in Ashenvale (after skill level 110) and fish for Bristle Whisker Catfish. Depending on your cooking level, you're going to need about 100 – 120 of these to get cooking up to 175. You can buy [Recipe: Bristle Whisker Catfish] from Derak Nightfall in the Hillsbrad Foothills, Kilxx in Ratchet, Naal Mistrunner in Thunder Bluff, Sewa Mistrunner in Thunder Bluff, or Ronald Burch in the Undercity.

If you're feeling bored with fishing, you can go to Blackfathom Deeps to get a pretty good amount of Tangy Clam Meat, Bristle Whisker Catfish and Mithril Head Trout from the mobs there.

To raise your Cooking and Fishing skill above 150, visit the trainers. (Books no longer needed)

150 – 225

Objectives:

Once you're up to 175 cooking, go to Shadowprey Village in Desolace. Speak to Wulan and buy [Recipe: Mithril Head Trout] and start fishing on the pier there. Alternatively you can purchase the [Recipe: Mithril Head Trout] from Shankys who stands at the dock in Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar. You're going to need about 60 of these to get your cooking up to level 225. The best spots to fish for [Raw Mithril Head Trout] percentage-wise are Thousand Needles and Arathi Highlands. Again, you can visit Blackfathom Deeps for those last few Mithril Head Trout and some Tangy Clam Meat to get the last few points, as Mithril Head Trout will be green near the end.

At this point you should now have level 225 fishing and level 225 cooking. If you're not level 35 yet, then this is as far as you can go. If you are above level 35 then you have two quests to complete if you so choose (listed below) or you can go train right away for Artisan Fishing and Cooking.

NOTE: As of Patch 3.1 you no longer have to complete these quests. You can now learn 225 fishing and cooking from the trainers.

225 – 226

Objectives:

  • Obtain artisan level cooking and fishing

First quest: Cooking

Requirements: Level 35, 225 Cooking.

Go to Gadgetzan in Tanaris and speak to Dirge Quikcleave. He is in the tavern. He'll want you to bring him 10 Giant Eggs, 10 Zesty Clam Meat and 20 Alterac Swiss. You should actually be able to buy the eggs and clam meat off of Auction House, but in case you can't here's where to find them. According to the quest Giant Eggs drop off of Rocs in Tanaris or any large bird. If you circle around the skeletons at [41, 63], [37, 68] and [32, 60] you should get them all pretty quickly. They are on a shared spawn with the hyenas in the area, so kill them too if you're getting few birds. Only needed to kill about 20 of these to get my 12 eggs. They are level 47, so you might want to hold off if you can't kill them easily yet. The clam meat comes from clams in level 35+ areas. However, you're better off killing turtles at Steamwheedle Port to get these. The drop rate is quite high and you'll have your clam meat in no time. While you're at Steamwheedle Port, speak to Gikkix. You'll want to buy both [Recipe: Spotted Yellowtail] and [Recipe: Poached Sunscale Salmon] for use in the 226 – 250 skill levels later. The levels are around 41 for Steamwheedle Port. The Alterac Swiss is the easiest part. Go to Galgrom, the provisioner inside the Caverns of Time, and buy them. At most, 20 Alterac Swiss will cost 1g 60s. Hand them all in and you'll get your Artisan Cooking.

Second quest: Fishing

Requirements: Level 35, 225 Fishing.

You need to go and find Nat Pagle in Dustwallow Marsh. He is standing on a small island to the West of Theramore [58, 60]. He'll ask you to catch four rare fish for him. This quest is actually really easy and the only hard part is the amount of traveling involved. The fish you need to catch are:

You should catch these fish within 5 to 10 casts at each location. So it won't take long. The best order I've found to do this quest in is (assuming you don't already have all the flightpaths): From Dustwallow, ride to the Great Lift and then head West through Thousand Needles to Camp Mojache in Feralas. From Feralas, ride North West into Desolace and onto Shadowprey Village. From Desolace, fly to Orgrimmar. Take the Zeppelin to Grom'Gol Base Camp, and ride North to Duskwood. Ride East to Deadwind Pass, then ride through the zone to Swamp of Sorrows.

Now go back to Nat and get your Artisan Fishing.

Okay, so you're now at level 225 in both cooking and fishing and you've done (or not done) the optional quests. Time for the home stretch.

226 – 250

Objectives:

Go to Steamwheedle Port and speak to Gikkix. You'll want to buy the following two [Recipe: Spotted Yellowtail] and [Recipe: Poached Sunscale Salmon] and/or [Recipe: Nightfin Soup]. Sunscale Salmon is fished during the day and Nightfins are fished at night, depending on what time of day you do your fishing will dictate which recipe you should buy. Now go to Revantusk Village in the Hinterlands and fish for [Raw Spotted Yellowtails]. Alternatively, if you don't want to go all the way back to the Eastern Kingdoms, you can fish them up off the coast of Azshara or Tanaris. You'll need about 30 to get your cooking from 225 to 250.

250 – 275

Objectives:

Go to Bloodvenom Falls in Felwood and fish for Sunscale Salmon.

  • The best locations to catch Raw Sunscale Salmon is in the Verdantis River, in Feralas. Also check Lake Elune'ara in Moonglade which is a great fishing spot for this tasty fish. Note that this fish is very difficult (if not impossible) to catch at night, when you'll get Nightfin Snappers instead. Fish for these around noon server time. You'll need about 30 to get your cooking from 250 to 275.

275 – 300

Objectives:

As Horde go to Camp Mojache in Feralas and speak to Sheendra Tallgrass buy [Recipe: Mightfish Steak] and [Recipe: Lobster Stew]. While you're there buy some [Refreshing Spring Water] for the Lobster Stew.

Now go to the Bay of Storms in Azshara and fish for [Large Raw Mightfish] (this also yields the best [Stonescale Eel] drops in the game, a profitable fish used in creating Stonescale Oil) You'll need about 30 [Large Raw Mightfish] to get your cooking from 275 to 300. You may need to bring some lures with you at this point, as your cooking will level up faster than your fishing and Azshara is a 330 fishing zone. You will need something in at least the 380 skill range to avoid catching a lot of junk, so if you try to come here right at 260 fishing bring a +20 – 25 rod and +100 lures. Once your cooking is at 300, keep fishing till you've maxed out that too. It will take 7 to 10 catches to get one skill up at this point, so take your time.

300 – 375

Objectives:

Okay, first things first: buy some lures, +75's preferably. Now go and buy the Master Cookbook, to give yourself master cooking level, from Baxter in Thrallmar (Hellfire Peninsula).

Now go buy Master Fishing - The Art of Angling from Juno Dufrain in Cenarion Refuge (Zangarmarsh).

Now go buy [Recipe: Blackened Trout] from Gambarinka in Zabra'jin (Zangarmarsh). Head back to Swamprat Post and buy [Recipe: Feltail Delight] from Zurai.

Head back to Cenarion Refuge and fish for [Barbed Gill Trout] and [Spotted Feltail]. You only need to catch about 25 in total to get your cooking up to 320. Your fishing level will probably only be about 305 by this stage, if you're lucky (it's a long, slow process and not for the easily bored). Cook up the Trout and Feltails.

Now take a trip to see Nula the Butcher in Garadar, in Nagrand. Buy [Recipe: Poached Bluefish] and find a nice quiet spot in Nagrand to fish for [Icefin Bluefish]. You are really going to need to have lures attached here, unless you spent a lot more time in Zangarmarsh fishing. Keep fishing till you have about 40 Bluefish and then cook them to take your cooking to 350.

NOTE: Nagrand is officially 380 to cast. Even with a +25 pole and Bright Baubles you will have a great deal of failure at 305 natural. It is highly recommended to hit 320 natural plus another 100 bonus fishing before attempting. You will still see around 20 percent failure.

By this point, your fishing will probably only be about level 320. You might want to go to Terokkar Forest and fish for [Golden Darters]. When cooked, these give a +44 healing and +20SPI buff, so they are great to sell to healing classes. Or you can head back to Nagrand and fish for [Figluster's Mudfish], which give a +20 agility and +20 spirit buff when cooked. Either way, to get to 375 you're going to have to make about 650 successful catches. That should take a normal person about 8 hours, so you'll want to break that up into something like 30 – 60 minute chunks, spread out over a period of time.

NOTE: Highlander's guide originally discussed fishing for Furious Crawdad before maxing your skill. However due to the extreme difficulty of the highland lakes—requiring 430 skill to even cast there and 525 to completely avoid fish getting away—I would not recommend fishing there without very high skill and good equipment.

The final challenge of fishing in Outland requires a flying mount, as the best fish are only found in Highland Mixed Schools in three lakes in Terokkar Forest, all of which can only be accessed with a flying mount. In these schools you can catch [Furious Crawdad], used in [Recipe: Spicy Crawdad], the only cooking recipe that will take you to 375 easily. [Spicy Crawdad] is also valuable because its food buff grants +30 stamina, more than any other food in the game.

The three lakes are:

Go see Rungor in Stonebreaker Hold (Terokkar Forest) and buy [Recipe: Spicy Crawdad].

Alliance 32 Alliance guide

1 – 50

Go to your fishing trainer and cook and pick up Fishing and Cooking skills. Buy a fishing rod and a stack of Shiny Baubles (a lure that adds +25 to your fishing skill). You are now ready to begin.

The best place to start is in Elwynn Forest. Speak to Tharynn Bouden in Goldshire and buy [Recipe: Brilliant Smallfish] and [Recipe: Longjaw Mud Snapper]. Start fishing in Crystal Lake. You'll want to catch 50 [Raw Brilliant Smallfish] to get your cooking from 1 to 50.

50 – 75

Go to Stormwind City and fish the canals for [Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper]. You'll need 56 of them to raise your cooking to 100.

Between levels 50 and 75 go learn journeyman fishing and cooking. Go to Stormwind and speak to Catherine Leland and buy [Recipe: Bristle Whisker Catfish] and [Recipe: Mithril Head Trout].

75 – 150

Go to the river to the north-east of Southshore and fish for [Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish]. You'll need about 100 – 120 of these to get your cooking to level 175. Between levels 125 and 150 go to Shandrina by Mystral Lake in Ashenvale and buy [Expert Cookbook]. To raise your Cooking and Fishing skill above 150, visit the trainers. (Books no longer needed)

150 – 225

Now go to the Lakes outside Stromgarde Keep in Arathi Highlands and fish for [Raw Mithril Head Trout]. You're going to need about 60 of these to get your cooking up to level 225. Alternative: Buy [Recipe: Sagefish Delight] (requires cooking 175) from Micha Yance in Southshore, then fish the [Raw Greater Sagefish] schools in Lordamere Lake in the Alterac Mountains.

225 – 226

At this point you should now have level 225 fishing and level 225 cooking. If you're not level 35 yet, then this is as far as you can go. If you are above level 35, read on.

NOTE: As of Patch 3.1 you no longer have to complete these quests. You can now learn 225 fishing and cooking from the trainers.

First quest: Cooking

Requirements: Level 35, 225 Cooking.

Go to Gadgetzan in Tanaris and speak to Dirge Quikcleave. He is in the tavern. He'll want you to bring him 10 [Giant Egg], 10 [Zesty Clam Meat] and 20 [Alterac Swiss]. You should actually be able to buy the eggs and clam meat off of AH, but in case you can't here's where to find them. According to the quest [Giant Egg] drop off of Rocs in Tanaris or any large bird. The best place I found for the eggs, was the owlbeast in The Hinterlands. Only needed to kill about 20 of these to get my 12 eggs.(about a 25% drop rate) They are about level 43-ish, so if you're not that high a level, get help or wait till you can handle them. The clam meat comes from clams, naturally! Well to save you swimming around the sea looking for clams, you're better off killing turtles at Steamwheedle Port or Revantusk Village. The drop rate is quite high and you'll have your clam meat in no time. The levels are 41-ish for Steamwheedle Port and 49 – 50 for Revantusk Village. The [Alterac Swiss] is the easiest part. Go to the Cheese Shop in Stormwind, and buy them from the cheese vendors there. In addition, if you have your Hearthstone set for Shattrath and if you are at least friendly with The Scryers you can buy the cheese from the innkeeper where you spawn. Hand them all in and you'll get your Artisan Cooking.

Since the opening of the Caverns of Time, the provisioner inside, Galgrom, sells [Alterac Swiss]. You can now get all the drops necessary for Artisan cooking in Tanaris.

Second quest: Fishing

Requirements: Level 35, 225 Fishing.

You need to go and find Nat Pagle in Dustwallow Marsh. He is standing on a small island to the West of Theramore (58,60). He'll give you the quest Neutral 15  [45] Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme, which asks you to catch four rare fish. This quest is actually really easy and the only hard part is the amount of travelling involved. The fish you need to catch are:

Feralas - [62, 51]

Desolace - [25, 77]

Stranglethorn Vale - [33, 32]

Swamp of Sorrows - [90, 72]

(Note: There isn't a particular spot that is best to fish at. As long as your mini-map zone name matches the zone name in the quest log, you are in the right spot. You DO NOT need to move around once you are in the correct zone. You should hopefully catch these fish within 5 to 25 casts at each location. So it won't take long.)

Now go back to Nat and get your Artisan Fishing.

226 – 250

Go to Steamwheedle Port and speak to Gikkix, You'll want to buy the following two recipes: [Recipe: Spotted Yellowtail] and [Recipe: Poached Sunscale Salmon]. Either fish for [Raw Spotted Yellowtail] at Steamwheedle Port or go to Revantusk Village (well... not to it, just a little North of it) for the slightly better drop rate. You'll need about 30 to get your cooking from 225 to 250.

250 – 275

Now go to Bloodvenom Falls [41, 47] in Felwood and fish for [Raw Sunscale Salmon]. You'll need about 30 to get your cooking from 250 to 275. You may also fish for [Raw Sunscale Salmon] and [Raw Nightfin Snapper] in Lake Elune'ara. The drop rate of each depends on the time of day, with the [Raw Sunscale Salmon] dropping the most just after noon and not at all just after midnight, and the [Raw Nightfin Snapper] dropping most at night and not at all just after noon.

275 – 300

Then go and speak to Vivianna in the Feathermoon Stronghold of Feralas and buy [Recipe: Mightfish Steak] and [Recipe: Lobster Stew]. While you're there buy some [Refreshing Spring Water] for the Lobster Stew.


Now go to Scalebeard's Cave [54, 49] in Azshara (it's one of the islands to the East) and fish for [Large Raw Mightfish]. (This is also one of the best fishing spots for [Stonescale Eel], a profitable fish, used to make Stonescale Oil) You'll need about 30 to get your cooking from 275 to 300. You may need to bring some lures with you at this point, as your cooking will level up faster than your fishing and Azshara is a 330 fishing zone. You will need something in at least the 380 skill range to avoid catching a lot of junk, so if you try to come here right at 260 fishing bring a +20 – 25 rod and +100 lures. Once your cooking is a 300, keep fishing till you've maxed out that too. It will take 7 to 10 catches to get one skill up at this point, so take your time. At first, you may experience "Your fish got away!" quite frequently, but as your skill level goes up, you will catch more and more fish.

Powerleveling Fishing from 300 – 375

Okay, first things first. A quick shopping trip. Buy lures! +75's preferably. Now go and buy the [Master Cookbook], to give yourself master cooking level. If you are Horde, buy it from Baxter in Thrallmar (Hellfire Peninsula). If you are Alliance, buy it from Gaston in Honor Hold (Hellfire Peninsula).

[Master Cookbook] is also sold by Naka in Cenarion Refuge

Now go buy [Master Fishing - The Art of Angling] from Juno Dufrain in Cenarion Refuge (Zangarmarsh).

Now go buy [Recipe: Blackened Trout]. If you are Horde, buy it from Gambarinka in Zabra'jin (Zangarmarsh). If you are Alliance, buy it from Doba in Orebor Harborage (Zangarmarsh). While you're here buy [Recipe: Feltail Delight].

Horde can go back to Swamprat Post and buy [Recipe: Feltail Delight] from Zurai.

If you are level 70, you can also visit Old Man Barlo to pick up the daily quest, Neutral 15  [70] Shrimpin' Ain't Easy, at this point. You can find him fishing northeast of Shattrath City by Silmyr Lake. This is purely optional, but you will be fishing where the [Bloated Barbed Gill Trout] are caught and part of the quest's reward is +100 lures that you may find very useful.

Head back to Cenarion Refuge and fish for [Barbed Gill Trout] and [Spotted Feltail]. You only need to catch about 25 in total to get your cooking up to 320. Your fishing level will probably only be about 305 by this stage, if you're lucky (it's a long, slow process and not for the easily bored). Cook up the Trout and Feltails.

Now take a trip to see Nula the Butcher in Garadar if you are Horde or Uriku [56, 73] in Telaar if you are Alliance, both are in Nagrand. Buy [Recipe: Poached Bluefish] and find a nice quiet spot in Nagrand to fish for [Icefin Bluefish]. You are really going to need to have lures attached here, unless you spent a lot more time in Zangarmarsh fishing. Keep fishing till you have about 40 Bluefish and then cook them to take your cooking to 350.

By this point, your fishing will probably only be about level 320. You might want to go to Terokkar Forest and fish for [Golden Darter]. When cooked, these give a +44 healing and +20 spirit buff, so they are great to sell to healing classes. Or you can head back to Nagrand and fish for [Figluster's Mudfish], which give a +20 agility and +20 spirit buff when cooked. Either way, to get to 375 you're going to have to make about 650 successful catches. That should take a normal person about 8 hours, so you'll want to break that up into something like 30 – 60 minute chunks, spread out over a period of time.

(NOTE: Highlander's guide originally discussed fishing for [Furious Crawdad] before maxing your skill. However due to the extreme difficulty of the highland lakes—requiring 430 skill to even cast there and 525 to completely avoid fish getting away—I would not recommend fishing there without very high skill and good equipment.)

The final challenge of fishing in Outland requires a flying mount, as the best fish are only found in Highland Mixed Schools in three lakes in Terokkar Forest, all of which can only be accessed with a flying mount. In these schools you can catch [Furious Crawdad], used in [Spicy Crawdad] the only cooking recipe that will take you to 375 easily. Spicy Crawdad also grants a +30 stamina buff.

The three lakes are:

If you are Alliance, go see Innkeeper Biribi in Allerian Stronghold (Terokkar Forest) and buy [Recipe: Spicy Crawdad]. If you are Horde go see Rungor in Stonebreaker Hold (Terokkar Forest) and buy [Recipe: Spicy Crawdad].

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