Cooking is a new gameplay mechanic and feature in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. By using certain materials, Link can cook food to increase their effectiveness and create better food items. Food include potions such as several elixirs.
Cooking ingredients are materials used in cooking food. Some cooking ingredients are also potions ingredients. They can be obtained in a variety of different ways. Some ingredients such as mushrooms, herbs, and plants can be obtained while traversing Hyrule, while other ingredients can be obtained by defeating enemies. Some ingredients can be used to restore health without cooking them; however, cooking them usually increases their effectiveness to create dishes.
Cooking monster parts (such as Bokoblin Horns) with insects, reptiles, etc. yields elixirs. Cooking normally edible items results in various dishes. All other combinations (gems, ancient parts, etc.) result in a Failed Experiment or Dubious Food. Cooking over a campfire multiply by 1.5 the sum of Heart Containers each individual item restores and cooking over a pot multiply this sum by 2.
For example, an Apple restores 0.5 Heart Containers. Cooking an Apple over a campfire via a torch yields a Baked Apple which restores 0.75 Heart Container. Cooking an Apple in a pot yields a Simmered Fruit which restores 1 heart. Cooking 5 Apples in a Heart yields a Simmered Fruit which restores 5 Heart Containers. Hearty items provide yellow Heart Containers.
|Armored Carp||-||Cooking, potion|
|Armored Porgy||-||Cooking, potion|
|Big Hearty Radish||Healing ❤❤❤❤||Cooking|
|Big Hearty Radish||Healing ❤❤❤❤||Cooking|
|Bird Egg||-||Cooking, potion|
|Bird Meat||Healing ❤❤||Cooking|
|Bladed Rhino Beetle||-||Cooking, potion|
|Blue Nightshade||-||Cooking, potion|
|Bokoblin Fang||-||Cooking, potion|
|Bokoblin Guts||-||Cooking, potion|
|Bokoblin Horn||-||Cooking, potion|
|Chillfin Trout||-||Cooking, potion|
|Cold Darner||-||Cooking, potion|
|Courser Bee Honey||Healing ❤❤||Cooking|
|Electric Keese Wing||-||Cooking, potion|
|Electric Safflina||-||Cooking, potion|
|Endura Carrot||Healing ❤❤||Cooking|
|Endura Shroom||Healing ❤||Cooking|
|Fire Keese Wing||-||Cooking, potion|
|Fleet-Lotus Seeds||Healing ½❤||Cooking|
|Fortified Pumpkin||Healing ½❤||Cooking|
|Fresh Milk||Healing ½❤||Cooking|
|Goat Butter||-||Cooking, potion|
|Hearty Bass||Healing ❤❤||Cooking|
|Hearty Durian||Healing ❤❤❤||Cooking|
|Hearty Lizard||-||Cooking, potion|
|Hearty Radish||Healing ❤❤½||Cooking|
|Hearty Salmon||Healing ❤❤❤❤||Cooking|
|Hearty Truffle||Healing ❤❤||Cooking|
|Hightail Lizard||-||Cooking, potion|
|Hot-Footed Frog||-||Cooking, potion|
|Hylian Rice||Healing ❤||Cooking|
|Hylian Shroom||Healing ½❤||Cooking|
|Hyrule Bass||Healing ❤||Cooking|
|Hyrule Herb||Healing ❤||Cooking|
|Ice Keese Wing||-||Cooking, potion|
|Keese Eyeball||-||Cooking, potion|
|Keese Wing||-||Cooking, potion|
|Lizalfos Horn||-||Cooking, potion|
|Lizalfos Talon||-||Cooking, potion|
|Mighty Bananas||Healing ½❤||Cooking|
|Mighty Carp||Healing ❤||Cooking|
|Mighty Porgy||Healing ❤||Cooking|
|Mighty Thistle||-||Cooking, potion|
|Moblin Fang||-||Cooking, potion|
|Moblin Guts||-||Cooking, potion|
|Moblin Horn||-||Cooking, potion|
|Octorok Eyeball||-||Cooking, potion|
|Octorok Tentacle||-||Cooking, potion|
|Palm Fruit||Healing ❤||Cooking|
|Raw Bird Drumstick||Healing ❤❤||Cooking|
|Raw Prime Meat||Healing ❤½||Cooking|
|Raw Meat||Healing ❤||Cooking|
|Restless Cricket||-||Cooking, potion|
|Silent Princess||-||Cooking, potion|
|Silent Shroom||Healing ½❤||Cooking|
|Sizzlefin Trout||-||Cooking, potion|
|Sizzlewing Butterfly||-||Cooking, potion|
|Sneaky River Snail||-||Cooking, potion|
|Spicy Pepper||Healing ½❤||Cooking, potion|
|Stamella Shroom||Healing ❤||Cooking|
|Staminoka Bass||-||Cooking, potion|
|Sunset Firefly||-||Cooking, potion|
|Swift Carrot||Healing ½❤||Cooking|
|Swift Violet||-||Cooking, potion|
|Tabantha Wheat||Healing ❤||Cooking|
|Tireless Frog||-||Cooking, potion|
|Warm Safflina||-||Cooking, potion|
Cooking with hearty ingredients yields a dish that will fully recover your hearts and will add temporary hearts. Each hearty ingredient has a number of hearts it will add to the total, just like with regular hearts.
|Big Hearty Truffle||4|
|Big Hearty Radish||5|
Cooking with endurance ingredients yields a dish that will fully recover your stamina and add temporary stamina. Each endurance ingredient has an amount of stamina it will add to the total. One unit of stamina is about 1/6 of a wheel.
Cold Resistance Ingredients
Cold resistance is a timed effect that has two levels. Each ingredient you add with cold resistance adds 2:30 to the duration.
It is unclear what the exact formula for a level 2 cold resistance dish is, but here are some observations:
- Five spicy peppers yields a level 1 dish.
- Three or more sunshrooms yields a level 2 dish, but any less yields a level 1 dish.
- One sunshroom and four spicy peppers yields a level 2 dish, but any less yields a level 1 dish.
Adding a spice to a dish that has a timed status effect will increase the duration of the effect by a different amount depending on the spice. Adding additional copies of the same spice, or adding non-spices, will add 30 seconds to the duration for each one. Some spices will produce dubious food when cooked alone.
|Name||Duration||Can be cooked alone||Hearts|
|Chickaloo Tree Nut||0:40||yes||1|
It is interesting to note that the Acorn and Chickaloo Tree Nut only provide 1/4 of a heart when eaten alone and 1/2 of a heart when cooked, but when paired with any other ingredient, the first one you add will contribute 1 whole heart to the dish.
Food dishes are foods created via cooking, including potions. By combining different ingredients, Link can cook up a variety of food dishes depending on the ingredients used. Up to a maximum of five food materials can be used as base ingredients for one dish.
Link's default pouch can only simultaneously carry up to a maximum of sixty food dishes or elixirs at any given time. Duplicate food dishes that are cooked over a campfire (Baked Apple, etc.) occupy the same slot in the pouch, however, duplicate food dishes that are cooked in a pot occupy their own slots in the pouch. When cooking with Hearty items, yellow Heart Containers will stack: 5 for the Big Hearty Radish or Hearty Lizard, 4 for the Big Hearty Truffle or Hearty Durian, 3 for the Hearty Radish, 2 for Hearty Bass, and 1 for the Hearty Truffle. For example, cooking 5 Big Hearty Radishes will give Link 25 yellow Heart Containers.
The Rupee values of cooked meals are as follows:
- 1 or 2 ingredients = 2x sell value of ingredients, rounded to nearest 10
- 3 ingredients = 2x sell value of ingredients, plus 10%, rounded to nearest 10
- 4 ingredients = 2x sell value of ingredients, plus 25%, rounded to nearest 10
- 5 ingredients = 2x sell value of ingredients, plus 40%, rounded to nearest 10
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