Welcome back to the Hylian handbook! I say it’s time I dish out a Breath of the Wild cooking guide. Don’t worry. I’ll filter out the recipe blog tropes like rambling about my morning jog and evening cat-feeding routine.
If you’re reading this, odds are you fall into one of three camps:
None of you should feel isolated.
So, I wound up concocting a definitive guide to cooking the best meals in Breath of the Wild. I’ll shout some quick and easy dishes to prepare – for an outing with your deranged Moblin neighbors. I’ll help you find ripe ingredients in bulk. And I’ll dive into BotW’s complex backend mechanics – to maximize your mileage from foraged goods.
The short answer boils down to two essential recipes:
Both recipes lend a tremendous helping hand for vanquishing Hyrule’s toughest enemies. You can find a bountiful harvest of durian and bananas near Faron Tower after every Blood Moon.
But don’t run off just yet. I’ve gathered information that’ll make those stock recipes look like slop from a Hateno fast food joint.
Most ingredients will hint toward their added effect by the names they’ve been given:
Pro Tip: If you want the longest possible duration of a secondary effect, you can add one dragon horn to each dish and the effect is guaranteed to last 30 minutes. Dragon fangs aren’t too shabby, either. Tossing one in the pot will grant an additional 10 and a half minutes to a recipe’s duration. Buffs cannot be stacked above 30 minutes.
If you want to see the varying levels of strength offered by ingredients, there’s an incredible fan-made infographic that highlights the individual healing properties of every item in Breath of the wild. Clicking the image will link you to its source:
All of Hyrule’s resources are guaranteed to respawn after a Blood Moon takes place. With this knowledge, we can farm the living daylights out of the best ingredients available in Breath of the Wild!
After cooking a dish in BotW, 1-3 icons of the added effect appear, signifying its effect strength.
Let’s break down secondary effect strength so that we can hit those top-tier effects as efficiently as possible:
Each tier of an added effect has a hidden in-game score threshold that allows it to level up. In most categories, a top-grade ingredient will add three counters. Hearty foods have ingredients that go as high as five counters. Foods that grant a speed buff or flameproof have ingredients that cap out at two counters. Stamina foods use a convoluted system that isn’t worth the explanation… but if you enjoy crunching data, I’ll link the source.
Now we whip out the fun cooker. Here are the hidden threshold values for ranking up your food effects in BotW:
Pro Tip: Additional heart (Hearty) and additional stamina (Endura, Tireless) ingredients don’t have a tier cap or duration limit. We can toss top-tier stamina boosters into pure dishes. Optimize Hearty meals to match 20 total hearts. Going above 20 hearts isn’t programmed into Link’s code.
Let’s say the almighty stewing spirits grant you their blessing and you hear the heartwarming chime of a critical cook. One of the following effects will be added to your meal without any drawbacks:
A critical cook cannot stack multiple secondary benefits. BotW’s engine only applies a bonus relevant to the dish you are cooking.
Alright, time to get into the meat of this article.
A bulk of these ingredients can achieve their maximum effect with three stacks, often two stacks with a mid-grade ingredient thrown in the third slot. That gives us room to use the final ingredient slots toward increasing effect duration or adding more healing capabilities.
Special note: The nearest fast travel location to Ubota Point is Shai Utoh shrine, which is directly beside Lakeside Stable. You’ll need to climb up the plateaus to find most of the Bananas.
If you want to access the Yiga Clan Hideout, travel to Sho Dantu shrine or the Gerudo Highlands Tower. Mighty Bananas don’t heal many hearts. I recommend tossing a piece of meat into the 5th item slot when unleashing your culinary expertise upon the Calamity.
Special notes: Fishing with bombs makes life in Hyrule easier. This farming location is also great for collecting Mighty Porgy.
Special note: Ironshrooms are located around trees throughout both the East and West Necluda region. Fortified Pumpkins, Armored Carp, and Ironshell Crabs all offer the same 2 counter boost as Ironshrooms but are considerably harder to farm.
Special note: Big Hearty Radishes are considerably harder to find than Hearty Durian. They do sprout near Rutile Lake in Lanayru – which is lush with other rich ingredients that will be listed soon, so it’s worth the occasional trip even if the yield isn’t as high.
Special note: These puppies are abundant, and a ton can be found within a short glide from an easy-to-find fast travel location. Don’t bother climbing the trees, the Faron region gets a ton of rain. It’s faster to blast the trees away with bombs. The Faron region is also rich with Ironshroom and Mighty Bananas, making it the best region to farm after each Blood Moon.
Big Hearty Truffles, Hearty Lizards, and Hearty Salmon also provide 4 additional hearts. You guessed it, they aren’t as popular because they’re a bit tougher to find. Adding them to a Durian meal won’t do any harm, though.
Special note: Additional stamina foods outclass stamina restoration meals because they’ll rejuvenate stamina on top of their bonus effect.
Special note: Endura carrots spawn in many of the same locations as Silent Princess blooms. Feeding endura carrots to your horse will help restore its stamina, too!
Special note: Silent Princess is the only tier three stealth-inducing ingredient, and one of only four ingredients capable of healing hearts. You can forage weaker stealth ingredients like Silent Shrooms (Lv. 2) , Blue Nightshade (Lv. 1), and Sunset Fireflies (Lv. 1) from their spawn points, too.
Hopefully, you’re reading this before you took on Prince Sidon’s quest to sneak around a fearsome Lynel, or before raiding the Yiga Clan Hideout!
Special note: Swift Violet also provide 2 effect counters each. Likewise, you can brew elixirs with Hot-Footed Frogs at matching potency.
Special note: Rushrooms will make a tier 3 recipe near impossible unless used with a combination of 3 Fleet-lotus seed and/or Swift Violet. I included them anyway because extra running speed while wandering is always a welcome bonus.
Special note: Speed enhancing meals are difficult to achieve tier three in. Regardless of the mixture, you’ll need four ingredients to achieve the highest effect strength. I recommend using your coveted dragon horns on cranking the duration up for these recipes.
Ingredients that offer cold resistance will be found in warm climates and vice versa. Tier-three protection isn’t possible (or necessary.) My recommendation is to stack the healing value or effect duration.
There are also special pieces of armor that can assist you in braving the elements, which I strongly recommend you collect! In a pinch, equipping a fire weapon helps heat Link up. A frost weapon cools Link down, too.
There may not be any money trees in Hyrule, but we get a close second:
Located in the entryway of Outskirt Stable is a man named Trott who will purchase Raw Gourmet Meat for 100 rupees up to three times a day. This is part of an ever-ongoing side quest called A Rare Find.
If you haven’t found the Outskirt Stable yet, it’s located slightly southwest of the Aquame lake’s edge.
If you struggle finding Raw Gourmet Meat, it can be carved from the large animals that frequent the Hebra Mountains, Tabantha Tundra, and Gerudo Highlands.
Each item on this list can add sizable chunks to a meal’s effect duration once. Adding multiples produces a static effect of +30 seconds. Don’t waste your ingredients!
Pro Tip: While the 30 second buffs might look underwhelming at first glance, many of them are meat-based and provide a great source of healing.
Yes, you can cook fairies. If you fancy Link as one of those self-righteous means-to-an-end sociopaths, you’ll notice how he heartlessly drops them into the cooking pot with no regrets. Luckily, for the sake of my mental health, they won’t get cooked. They spin around the dish and sprinkle pixie dust, adding extra red hearts to your meal.
It generally isn’t worth giving up their instant revive effect, unless you want to watch Link’s expressionless face as he attempts to commit unfathomable crimes against humanity. Fairies are valuable.
Monster Extract will sporadically randomize a meal’s effect duration and effect tier. Sometimes I like to think of myself as a gambling man, and I’ll toss a single fleet-lotus seed in a pot with a monster extract to see if I can get that full 30-minute speed buff. I wouldn’t recommend using all your precious ingredients at once, though. There’s no way for us to maximize our prayers to RNGsus.
Aside from that, monster extract doesn’t serve much purpose outside of making Monster Cake for a side quest in Tarreytown called A Parent’s Love.
Monster cake is made with the following ingredients:
Maybe you can try offering it to a tribe of Bokoblins when you want to celebrate a birthday or something. Your mileage may vary.
Anyway, I think that covers all you need to know for cooking the best meals in Breath of the Wild. You should be a cooking pro if you’ve read this far, Gordon Ramsay might even give you a Michelin star. I wouldn’t count on it, though. Happy hunting, my Hylian friends!