Level Your Cooking Cheaply and Quickly

It’s the Pilgrim’s Bounty world event this week, and the word very quickly went through my Guild that this provided a new opportunity to level your cooking skill quickly and easily. So I thought I’d try it out with my level 62 Mage, who has never done any cooking before in her life.

Master Cook

Here’s a quick guide on how to level your cooking using this world event. It’s written from an Alliance point of view, but works for Horde too, the locations will just need to be adjusted to the Horde equivalent. Please note, as you skill your cooking up, keep everything you make, as it’ll be useful for future Daily quests. Also pick up and complete as you are able all quests in all the places you go to.

This guide should work for all levels – we tested it out on a level 9 character last night, and were able to get her all the way from zero skill to 300 in a very short time šŸ™‚

1. Head over to the event hub (Stormwind). Buy the set of cookery recipes from the vendor, and talk to the cooking trainer to get the cooking skill if you don’t already have it. Also learn the Spice Bread recipe from the trainer.

2. Skill level 1 – 35 (ish – you might get more if you’re lucky). Buy Simple Flour and Mild Spices from the Pilgrim’s Bounty cooking vendor and make Spice Bread. You’ll need at least 60 Spice Bread, so get as many skillups as you can out of this stage.

3. Skill level 35 – 100. Learn the Spice Bread Stuffing recipe from your seasonal recipe pack. Buy Autumnul Herbs from the vendor and make Spice Bread Stuffing. Note this recipe doesn’t go yellow until you reach a skill of 90, so you should mostly get one skillup every combine. Don’t forget to revisit the cooking trainer any time between skill level 50 and 75 to train to Journeyman Cook.

4. Skill level 100 – 160. Learn the Pumpkin Pie recipe from your seasonal recipe pack. Buy 60 Elwynn Pumpkins and 60 Honey from the seasonal vendor, and make at least 60 Pumpkin Pies. Note this recipe doesn’t go yellow until you reach a skill of 150, so as before you should get one skillup per combine until right near the end, but you may need to buy another few components for the last couple of points at the end. Don’t forget to revisit the cooking trainer any time between skill level 125 and 150 to train to Expert Cook.

5. Head over to Ironforge and find the seasonal hub just outside the gates

6. Skill level 160 – 220. Learn the Cranberry Chutney recipe from your seasonal recipe pack. Buy 60 Tangy Wetlands Cranberries and 60 Honey from the seasonal vendor, and make at least 60 Cranberry Chutney. Note this recipe doesn’t go yellow until you reach a skill of 210, so as before you should get one skillup per combine until right near the end, but you may need to buy another few components for the last couple of points at the end.

7. At this point you’ll need to visit a cooking trainer to train to Artisan Cook skill level. I did this by returning to Stormwind to hand in the next step of the quest chain, but if you’re purely focussed on levelling your cooking, and travel is more difficult for you, you might want to head on over to Darnassus, and train there.

8. Head over to Darnassus, and find the seasonal hub between the Warrior’s Terrace and the exit to Teldrassil.

9. Skill level 220 – 280. Learn the Candied Sweet Potato recipe from your seasonal recipe pack. Buy 60 Teldrassil Sweet potato, 60 Autumnal Herbs and and 60 Honey from the seasonal vendor, and make at least 60 Teldrassil Sweet Potato. Note this recipe doesn’t go yellow until you reach a skill of 270, so as before you should get one skillup per combine until right near the end, but you may need to buy another few components for the last couple of points at the end.

10. Head back over to Stormwind, and start hunting those Wild Turkeys. They can be found all over Elwynn Forest, so just keep running around. If you manage to kill 40 with no more than 30 seconds between each kill you’ll get The Turkinator achievement, but this is difficult to do if you’re also looting the corpses, which you’ll need to do, as you want to collect the Wild Turkey meat from each kill. Collect at least 20 Wild Turkeys (which will get you to cooking skill 300, which is the highest you can go if you are less than level 58), more if you want to gain more skill.

11. Head back to the Stormwind seasonal hub.

12. Skill level 280 – 300. Learn the Slow Roasted Turkey recipe from your seasonal recipe pack. Buy at least 20 Autumnal Herbs and and 40 Honey from the seasonal vendor, and make at least 20 Slow-Roasted Turkeys.

13. If you are level 58 or above, when you reach 300 cooking skill you will need to head over to Outland and find the cooking trainer in Honor Hold to learn the Master Cook skill, and with it the ability to level your cooking skill above 300. You should then return to Stormwind and continue to make Slow-Roasted Turkeys to skill level 340 (the recipe goes yellow at 330 and green at 342).


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