Zelda: Breath Of The Wild - How To Cook Food And Elixirs
Link's latest adventure offers plenty of options to inspire budding gourmands.
Cooking is an essential crafting skill in life, so of course the same is true within The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The game offers a surprisingly deep cooking system that allows Link to create dishes and potions that restore health or provide various status buffs. However, as players may find, not much in the way of explanation regarding the cooking system is given. Fortunately, we're here to provide the low-down on the basics of kitchen wizardry as well as the essential ingredients needed for various foods and elixirs.
How To Cook In The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild
If you've been puzzled by how to cook in Breath of the Wild, you're not alone. Cooking pots are fairly easy to find within the game, albeit with an admittedly-obvious caveat: before they can be used, even before ingredients can be placed into them, players must start a fire beneath the pot. Once the fire has been stoked, however, players can drop in up to five different ingredients in the pot. After a short wait, the fruits of their labors will be produced, and another recipe can be attempted.
It's often said that variety is the spice of life, and adventurerers in Hyrule are likely to stumble upon a considerable variety of cooking ingredients during their travels. Animals can be hunted, fish can be trapped, and keen-eyed heroes will be able to spot fruits, vegetables, and herbs sprouting in the wild. Each of these ingredients is used to cook food, which generally restores health and may provide small buffs. As for elixirs, however, players will want to seek out monster parts or critters. Their use isn't as obvious as food, but with some experimentation, potent recipes will soon be discovered.
Tips For Cooking Food And Elixirs
There's nothing wrong with throwing ingredients into a pot and seeing what comes out, but true Breath of the Wild connoisseurs will want to keep a few of these handy tips in mind when coming up with recipes:
• Most of the best recipes use a variety of ingredients. Cooking a bunch of herbs or fruits together will come up with a dish, but players would be much better served by diversifying their ingredients by combing meat or fish with herbs or vegetables.
• There's no use in combining monster parts or critters with regular food items. The resulting dish will fail, and you'll lose your ingredients.
• Every dish and elixir within the game has its own recipe, which can be found by clicking on the dish in your inventory and looking at the ingredients required to craft it.
• Fairies can be be used in cooking. They don't actually get cooked — who would wish that upon a fairy? — but they will help Link cook and provide considerable boosts to the final product.
• Dishes and elixirs can only provide the player with a single status boost, so every dish to be prepared should only focus on a single effect.
• Lastly, cook often. Keeping raw ingredients in your inventory isn't near as useful as having a bevvy of dishes on hand, and smart players don't want to be stuck in a difficult dungeon with an inventory full of uncooked ingredients.