Welcome back to the Hylian handbook! Today, I’d like to help make your experience with Breath of the Wild a bit easier. I see a handful of people struggling at the start of the game, and with the following recipes, I can guarantee you’ll blast through the game much easier.
The short answer is there are two essential recipes: one where you stockpile 5 hearty durian fruits and one where you stockpile 5 mighty bananas over a cooking range. The first recipe will grant you a full recovery and 20 additional hearts. The second recipe will grant you a 4 minute and 20-second attack buff, offering a helping hand for slaying difficult enemies. You can harvest plentiful collections of both ingredients near Faron Tower.
But, if you’re reading this, odds are that either:
So I wound up creating a complete definitive guide to cooking the best meals in Breath of the Wild. I’ll also help you find the right ingredients in bulk. I’ll be crediting research where it is due.
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!
You’ve probably noticed, after cooking a dish in BotW, 1-3 icons of the added effect will appear to signify 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 like this sort of stuff, I’ll link you to the source.
So, let’s whip out the fun-cooker. Here are the hidden threshold values to ranking up your food effects in BotW:
Pro Tip: Since additional heart (Hearty) and additional stamina (Endura, Tireless) ingredients don’t have a tier cap or duration limit, they are best tossed in a pure dish. Just chuck all five of the same ingredient and call it a day. All other foods can be optimized.
When the almighty cooking spirits grant you their blessing and you hear the chime of a critical cook, one of the following effects will be added to your meal without any negative side effects:
A critical cook still cannot stack multiple secondary benefits. The game will only apply a bonus that is 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, so I strongly recommend tossing a piece of meat into the 5th item slot when cooking with them.
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 stealth-inducing ingredient that can heal hearts. Many of their spawn points also feature weaker stealth-inducing ingredients such as Blue Nightshade and Sunset Fireflies. 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: Rushrooms will make a tier 3 recipe near impossible unless used with a combination of 4 Fleet-lotus seed, Swift Violet, or Hot-Footed Frogs. 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 hit the highest rank. 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. Since tier-three protection isn’t possible or necessary, my recommendation is to stack the healing value or effect duration as much as possible. 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 will help heat Link up. A frost weapon will help cool 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 is located slightly southwest of the edge of Aquame lake. 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 will produce 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 create 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!