Cooking Explained

Here is a breakdown for all those still wondering about cooking, including a list of the best ingredients.

Hearts recovered, effect duration, and crit chance are always the sum of the components. With the following exceptions:

  • LifeMaxUp/ExGutsMaxUp (Temp hearts/temp stamina) always gives full heart recovery/stamina recovery
  • Elixirs have a 30 second effect bonus as standard
  • Monster Extract has dramatic random modifiers (positive and negative)
  • There is always an intrinsic crit chance, in addition to food modifiers, this is increased drastically high during a blood moon

The effect level of food is determined by the sum of the level of the components used in the recipe:

  • AttackUp, DefenseUp, MovingSpeed: 5+ for strength 2, 7+ for strength 3
  • Fireproof: 7+ for strength 2
  • Quietness: 6+ for strength 2, 9+ for strength 3
  • ResistCold, ResistHot: 6+ for strength 2
  • ResistElectric: 4+ for strength 2, 6+ for strength 3
  • ExGutsMaxUp: complicated, but maxes out at 20+ for 2 bonus stamina wheels
  • GutsRecover: complicated, but maxes out at 9+ for 3 stamina wheels
  • LifeMaxUp: one gold heart per level

Getting a critical cook will randomly apply one of the following to the dish, out of those that are applicable:

  • boost effect strength by 1
  • boost red hearts by 3
  • boost effect duration by 5 minutes

Best Special effect ingredients (bold for Elixir ingredient)

Effect Level Time (sec) Hearts Item
AttackUp 3 50 2 Mighty Porgy
DefenseUp 3 50 2 Armored Porgy
ExGutsMaxUp 4 0 4 Endura Carrot
Fireproof 2 150 0 Smotherwing Butterfly
GutsRecover 4 0 2 Staminoka Bass
GutsRecover 6 0 0 Energetic Rhino Beetle
LifeMaxUp 5 0 8 Big Hearty Radish
MovingSpeed 2 60 0 Hot-Footed Frog
MovingSpeed 2 60 0 Swift Violet
MovingSpeed 2 60 1 Fleet-Lotus Seeds
Quietness 3 120 2 Silent Princess
ResistCold 3 150 2 Sizzlefin Trout
ResistElectric 3 150 2 Voltfin Trout
ResistHot 3 150 2 Chillfin Trout

Health-only ingredients

Effect Level Time (sec) Hearts Item
None 0 30 1 Apple
None 0 30 1 Hylian Shroom
None 0 30 1 Wildberry
None 0 30 2 Hyrule Bass
None 0 30 2 Hyrule Herb
None 0 30 2 Palm Fruit
None 0 30 2 Raw Bird Drumstick
None 0 30 2 Raw Meat
None 0 30 2 Sanke Carp
None 0 30 3 Hard-Boiled Egg
None 0 30 3 Raw Bird Thigh
None 0 30 3 Raw Prime Meat
None 0 30 6 Raw Gourmet Meat
None 0 30 6 Raw Whole Bird
None 0 30 10 Fairy

Elixir Modifiers

Time (sec) Hearts Crit. Cook Mod. Item
40 0 0% Ancient Screw
40 0 0% Ancient Spring
40 0 0% Bokoblin Horn
40 0 0% Chuchu Jelly
40 0 0% Hinox Toenail
40 0 0% Keese Wing
40 0 0% Lizalfos Horn
40 0 0% Lynel Horn
40 0 0% Moblin Horn
40 0 0% Octorok Tentacle
60 0 100% Star Fragment
60 1.25 100% Dinraal's Scale
60 1.25 100% Farosh's Scale
60 1.25 100% Naydra's Scale
80 0 10% Ancient Gear
80 0 10% Ancient Shaft
80 0 10% Bokoblin Fang
80 0 10% Electric Keese Wing
80 0 10% Fire Keese Wing
80 0 10% Hinox Tooth
80 0 10% Ice Keese Wing
80 0 10% Lizalfos Talon
80 0 10% Lynel Hoof
80 0 10% Moblin Fang
80 0 10% Molduga Fin
80 0 10% Octorok Eyeball
80 0 10% Red Chuchu Jelly
80 0 10% White Chuchu Jelly
80 0 10% Yellow Chuchu Jelly
160 0 30% Ancient Core
160 0 30% Bokoblin Guts
160 0 30% Giant Ancient Core
160 0 30% Hinox Guts
160 0 30% Icy Lizalfos Tail
160 0 30% Keese Eyeball
160 0 30% Lizalfos Tail
160 0 30% Lynel Guts
160 0 30% Moblin Guts
160 0 30% Molduga Guts
160 0 30% Octo Balloon
160 0 30% Red Lizalfos Tail
160 0 30% Yellow Lizalfos Tail
180 2 100% Dinraal's Claw
180 2 100% Farosh's Claw
180 2 100% Naydra's Claw
600 2.5 100% Shard of Dinraal's Fang
600 2.5 100% Shard of Farosh's Fang
600 2.5 100% Shard of Naydra's Fang
1800 3.75 100% Shard of Dinraal's Horn
1800 3.75 100% Shard of Farosh's Horn
1800 3.75 100% Shard of Naydra's Horn
1800 3.75 100% Shard of Naydra's Horn

Special Ingredients (Food items with Crit modifier / special recipe ingredients)

Time (sec) Hearts Crit. Cook Mod. Item
30 0 0% Rock Salt
30 0 0% Monster Extract
40 1 0% Chickaloo Tree Nut
50 1 0% Acorn
60 2 0% Hylian Rice
60 2 0% Tabantha Wheat
80 1 0% Fresh Milk
80 0 10% Goat Butter
80 0 30% Cane Sugar
90 0 10% Goron Spice
90 2 10% Bird Egg

credit: MrCheese @ Github

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