WoW Cooking Leveling Guide 1 – 800
This Cooking leveling guide will show you the fastest way how to level your Cooking skill from 1 to 800.
Updated for Legion patch 7.2
Legion altered the process of leveling cooking. Cooking skill does not limit which Legion recipes are available. The number of dishes produced by each cook varies with recipe ranks.
If you are low on gold, I recommend you to try this Gold Making Guide. it can help you to make loads of gold.
If you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt, I recommend you to use a leveling guide. You can level your character to level 110 in 8 days with this guide .
The recipes used here require at least level 85 and access to the continent of Pandaria. If your level is not high enough, you can visit my older cooking leveling guide. but what I recommend is just to wait until you reach level 85. It’s really easy to level cooking to 520 with this new method. It takes about 20 minutes, while with the older method it would take hours and even days because you need to do daily quests to get the recipes.
Level 90 players should start with going to Draenor and kill mobs until you get [The Joy of Draenor Cooking]. It seems it mostly drops from humanoid mobs. (first, you have to learn cooking from a trainer)
Go to the Halfhill Market in Valley of the Four Winds and talk to Sungshin Ironpaw .
Every recipe you will learn grant 5 skillups per craft up to 525 as long as they’re orange. A few of the recipes require [Golden Carp]. which can be fished from any water in Pandaria. Just learn fishing and fish in any water in Pandaria, you will catch one every single time. You will also need two [Wildfowl Breast]. it’s dropped by Glade Sprinters near Halfhill Market.
1. Learn a recipe.
2. Buy the ingredients from Sungshin Ironpaw.
3. Make the recipe until it turns yellow.
4. Learn new recipe.
5. Repeat this until you reach 526.
Don’t forget to learn the new ranks of cooking at 50, 125, 275, 350 and at 425! If you already have [The Joy of Draenor Cooking] then you don’t have to learn new ranks.
Learning the new ranks and the recipes will cost around 340 gold.
As I mentioned before, there are parts where you need some [Golden Carp] (42 in total). You can fish Golden Carp with fishing skill 1 in any water in Pandaria. But, you can also make [Grilled Saberfish] or [Saberfish Broth] if you already learned [The Joy of Draenor Cooking] .
526 – 600
This part requires level 90.
Go to Draenor and kill mobs until you get [The Joy of Draenor Cooking]. It seems it mostly drops from humanoid mobs.
Use the scroll, and you will learn the following two recipes:
You can skip this part and start making legion recipes but it’s worth to check the price of Crescent Saberfish Flesh because it’s really cheap sometimes.
600 – 800
This part requires level 100.
Every Legion cooking recipe have 3 ranks. Higher rank recipes allow you to cook more food for the same materials, and higher rank recipes also give skill points much longer. (the exceptions are the new Feast recipes, you always make one, but it will cost fewer materials)
If you hover over the little stars in your spellbook, you can see the source of the next rank for the selected recipe.
The best cooking recipes and every rank 2 and rank 3 recipes are unlocked by doing research at Nomi’s test kitchen at Dalaran.
To unlock the cooking research, you have to find a cooking recipe in the world, then Nomi will spawn near you, and offer you a quest: Too Many Cooks – Horde / The Prodigal Sous Chef – Alliance. (If you don’t have any new legion recipe yet, and Nomi haven’t offered you the quest, then you can get one of the recipes below)
The follow up quest is A Good Recipe List. You must learn 6 Legion Cooking recipes. Sometimes it doesn’t count your cooking recipes correctly, but a quick logout should fix it.
These 6 recipes are the easiest to get:
[Recipe: Drogbar-Style Salmon] – Kill Dogbar mobs at Highmountain. I could get this one in 5 minutes on all of my characters, but you might not be so lucky, and it can take 10-30 minutes until you get it. There is a spot at Highmountain where Mightstone Flankers and Mightstone Slingers are fighting friendly NPCs and they respawn almost instantly after you kill them, so there are usually 4-7 mobs up.
You are now able to start Work Orders for any type of Legion meat or fish you have in your bags. Each Work Order takes 4 hours. Creating a Work Order with a specific ingredients has a chance to teach you a recipe that uses that ingredient .
Getting new recipes from the research is not 100%. There is a high chance you will get [Badly Burnt Food].
You can buy the Flaked Sea Salt and the Dalapeno Pepper from the vendor near your cooking trainer at Dalaran.
I recommend this recipe because Lean Shank is usually the cheapest meat. But [Faronaar Fizz] can be good alternative.
Visit your cooking trainer at Dalaran and learn the next rank of cooking. The trainers are Awilo Lon’gomba for Horde and Katherine Lee for Alliance.
There are only 8 recipes that you can use to level cooking to 800. 7 of them comes from cooking discovery, and you need the rank 2 versions because the rank 1 recipes turn grey at 780. So, you shouldn’t even craft the rank 1 for leveling because you will have to get the rank 2 no matter what, and this way at least you get more food. Rank 3 would be the best options, but the chance to get these rank 3 recipes is really low. (I have been researching cooking recipes since the expansion started and I still don’t have rank 3 from everything, so you can just start leveling with rank 2)
You can choose from one of these recipes below and pick one of the ingredients to use as research until you get the rank 2 recipe. You can get duplicate recipes, therefore it’s a good idea to check your workorder often and learn the rank 1 recipe before you finish more work orders, so you have a chance to get rank 2 and not another rank 1.
List of recipes and the meat/fish needed for research:
Alternative way to for the last few points
Since the rank 2 recipes will be green for the last 10 points, it can be hard to reach 800, but you can do low level cooking daily quests in Orgrimmar/Stormwind. These quests give 1 or sometimes 2 skill points all the way up to 800.
You can get the quests from Marogg in Orgrimmar or Robby Flay in Stormwind. There are more quests like these in other big cities, but you can only complete ONE of these quests per day.
Darkmoon Faire free +5 cooking skill
You should check your Calendar in-game to see if the Darkmoon Faire is open, the event starts at 00:01 on the Sunday before the 1st Monday of each month.
You can gain +5 skill points by completing a single quest (use it at 795). Click here to read more about the quests.
I hope you liked this Cooking guide, congratulations to 800!
I recommend Zygor’s Leveling Guide. The guide is in an small window on your main screen in-game. All the detail that you need to complete the quest is included. You’ll never have to switch back to a website, or even the in-game main map to see where you have to go or what’s next. The guide is available for both Horde and Alliance.
I use Zygor’s guide for leveling and I highly recommend it.