Classic Cooking Guide 1 – 300

Cooking is a secondary profession within WoW Classic. As the name might suggest, you’ll use raw materials found from monsters and fishing to create food that can heal you and even give combat bonuses! Because cooking can create valuable consumables at max level, it becomes an important skill with high demand. Check out the rest of this guide to level your cooking from 1-300, regardless of your faction and whether or not you want to fish!

Because the cooking skill is a secondary profession, it won’t take up one of your two main profession slots, meaning any character, race, or class can learn cooking. To level your cooking skill, you’ll need raw meat that you can find on the corpses of specific beasts.

Cooking is an excellent skill for casual or serious players. Questing, especially alone, is often difficult and requires the frequent use of food to continue fighting. Unless you’re a mage, this means you’ll need to buy food from a vendor to keep yourself sustained.

With cooking, you can make yourself free food with meat you’ll pick up just by leveling. At max skill level, cooking is excellent for providing food with combat bonuses. These recipes require materials that are harder to obtain and the resulting foods are generally much more expensive.

When it comes to leveling methods, there are two traditional routes. You can level your cooking using the standard method, which entails collecting meat from beasts all across Azeroth. Alternatively, you can also choose the pescatarian route by taking the fishing route. We’ll cover both strategies in this guide, as well as noting key differences for Alliance and Horde players.

Training plays a huge role in leveling your cooking, as you’ll need new recipes learned from trainers and vendors both to reach even higher levels. For any specific recipes you’ll need to find, we’ll tell you where to find them in the section where you need them. For generalcooking trainers that offer you level cap increases, you can find them at these locations:

  • Apprentice (1-75) – Like most other professions, simply ask a guard in any major city where a cooking trainer is. For Alliance, that means Stormwind, Ironforge, or Darnassus. For the Horde, you can go to Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, or Undercity.
  • Journeyman (75-150) – Return to the same city you originally learned cooking in. This is the last time you’ll visit this trainer!
  • Expert (150-225) – To learn expert cooking, you’ll actually need to learn it from a cookbook! How fitting. For Alliance players, you can purchase that book from Shandrina in Mystral Lake, Ashenvale, while Horde players can purchase it from Wulan in Shadowprey Village, Desolace.
  • Artisan (225-300) – Things take a different twist for artisan cooking, which you’ll need to complete a quest to unlock. You can acquire the quest: Clamlette Surprisefrom Dirge Quikcleave in Gadgetzan, Tanaris. This quest simply requires you to collect the following: 20 Alterac Swiss, 12 Giant Egg, 10 Zesty Clam Meat.

One of the easier ways of leveling cooking is by simultaneously leveling your fishing skill. You can entirely source your way to 300 cooking from fishing alone, but this will require several hours of fishing in order to reach a high enough fishing level to catch the fish you’ll need to cook.

If you already plan on leveling your fishing, this is a perfect opportunity for you to freely level your cooking skill at the same time. It is important to note that there is also a fishing quest required to learn artisan fishing, which you’ll need to catch the fish required to cap your cooking.

Because fishing drastically changes the way the guide looks, there is an entirely separate cooking guide for if you want to fish rather than kill beasts.

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Throughout the guide, you’ll notice there are a few quests that you’ll need to do. These quests are required to learn the recipe you’ll use, but fortunately most quests are as simple as collecting a set amount of ingredients and handing them in.

For anything more advance, we’ll illustrate how to complete the quest. Additionally, we’ll mention when you need to purchase a specific recipe from a vendor!

Depending upon your method and faction, your material needs will differ. Keep in mind totals will vary based upon your RNG, but these should serve as a good guideline of what to expect. Here are the totals for each cooking leveling method:


Charred Wolf Meat/Roasted Boar Meat Kaldorei Spider Kabob x40 (1x Stringy Wolf Meat/Chunk of Boar Meat/Small Spider Leg)

Welcome to the wonderful world of cooking! Where flavor is king and quality is never an afterthought! Just kidding, you’ll use any old cut of meat you can find! For your first cooking recipe, both factions will make any combination of charred wolf meat and roast boar meat to reach 40 cooking. You can kill boars and wolves found around Elwynn Forest and Mulgore/Durotar.  If you are playing as a Nightelf, wolves and boars are not an option, so hunt spiders all over Teldrassil to get the legs you need for a Kaldorei favorite!


Smoked Bear Meat x35 (1x Bear Meat)

For the next recipe, you’ll need to purchase it from a vendor. Alliance players will head to Drac Roughcut in Thelsamar, Loch Modan. Horde players can find theirs at Andrew Hilbertin The Sepulcher, Silverpine Forest. Kill bears from the surrounding zones. Smoke enough bear meat to reach at least 75 cooking, feel free to keep going until 90 if you’re Horde.


Smoked Bear Meat x20 (1x Bear Meat)

Continue killing and cooking bears found around Hillsbrad Foothills. You can stop once you’ve reached 90 in cooking.


Dig Rat Stew x40 (1x Dig Rat)

While the Alliance gets to make some tasty crab dishes, the Horde gets the pleasure of the delicacy that is dig rat stew. This does require you to complete the simple quest Dig Rat Stew, but afterwards you’ll simply need to kill dig rats and cook them using the recipe you get as a reward from the quest until you’ve reached 125 in cooking.

To complete Dig Rat Stew, pick up the quest from Grub in The Barrens. You’ll find him in one of the towers that hug the mountain north of the road between Ratchet and The Crossroads. Once you have the quest from Grub, head south to the Bael’dun Excavation site in The Barrens and collect 8 dig rats in Bael Modan to fulfill the quest requirements.


Hot Lion Chops x25 (1x Lion Meat + 1x Hot Spices)

The next leg of your journey is also a double whammy. First you’ll head to Zargh at The Crossroads in The Barrens to purchase the hot lion chops recipe. Make sure to stock up on hot spices here, as you’ll keep cooking lion chops all the way to 175. Your best source of lion meat will be from Hillsbrad Foothills.

Once you’ve capped at 150, make your way to Shadowprey Village, Desolace to purchase an Expert Cookbook from Wulan.


Hot Lion Chops x30 (1x Lion Meat + 1x Hot Spices)

Keep making those lion chops like you did to reach 150 in cooking. Again, kill the mountain lions found all over Hillsbrad Foothills to collect the necessary lion meat.


Roast Raptor x25 (1x Raptor Flesh + 1x Hot Spices)

Have you ever thought about what a raptor would taste like? Now’s your chance to find out! Head to Grom’gol Base Camp in Stranglethorn Vale to find Nerrist. Purchase the recipe for roast raptor, and don’t forget some hot spices! Roast up some raptor from the surrounding jungle until you’ve reached 200 in cooking.


Spider Sausage x25 (2x White Spider Meat)

It still makes no sense how white spider meat can make a tasty sausage, but your character doesn’t seem to be complaining. Make 25 tubed meats to reach 225 in cooking, unlocking the artisan cooking quest! You can find these spiders in Dustwallow Marsh.

If you’ve made it this far, great work! But you’ve also probably noticed there isn’t an obvious way of unlocking artisan cooking. This is because you need to complete a quest to do so! Both Alliance and Horde players will need to be at least level 35 and head to Gadgetzan, Tanaris and pick up Clamlette Surprise from Dirge Quikcleave. As a side note, don’t forget to purchase the recipe for tender wolf steak from him as well.

The quest itself is simple, but requires you to acquire ingredients that may consume your time. You’ll need to collect: 20 Alterac Swiss, 12 Giant Egg, and 10 Zesty Clam Meat. The giant eggs can be found from owlbeasts in The Hinterlands. Zesty clam meat can be found in clams looted off turtles in Tanaris. The alterac swiss can be purchased from Ben Trias in Stormwind or Innkeeper Pala in Thunder Bluff.

Once you have all items, head back to Dirge to unlock artisan cooking! If you didn’t do so earlier, purchase the tender wolf steak recipe! The rest of your cooking leveling journey is fairly straightforward, although will take a lot of time for you to grind out the materials.


Monster Omelet/Tender Wolf Steak x100 (1x Giant Egg/Tender Wolf Meat + 2x Soothing Spices)

Both factions will cook the same recipes to reach 300 in cooking. For the next part, you’ll need to purchase two separate recipes. The recipe for tender wolf steak can be purchased from Dirge Quikcleave in Gadgetzan, Tanaris. The Recipe: Monster Omelet can be found in Felwood. Alliance players can head to Malygen in Talonbranch Glade, while Hordeplayers can go to Bale in Bloodvenom Post. The recipe can also be purchased in Everlook, Winterspring from Himmik. This is a good time to stock up on soothing spices.

While you do need only 50 skill points to reach 275 cooking, you won’t get a skill up for every piece of food you cook. You’ll need to cook a combination of around 100 monster omelets or tender wolf steaks. You can stop at 275! Giant eggs and tender wolf meat can both be found in Felwood. Wolves drop the meat while owlbeasts drop eggs.


Smoked Desert Dumplings x25 (1x Sandworm Meat + 1x Soothing Spices)

You’ve finally made it to the last recipe! But if you thought it was that simple, think again! You’ll need to complete another quest, this time a short chain of three quests. Once you finish, simply cook around 25 smoked desert dumplings, using the dredge worms around Silithus to reach max cooking. Congratulations on your freshly maxed cooking skill!

To complete Kitchen Assistance, first head to Cenarion Hold, Silithus to speak to Calandrath. Accept the first quest: Desert Recipe. To complete this quest, simply head west to the Twilight’s Hammer Camp.

Accept the second quest: Sharing the Knowledge. Simply head back to Calandrath in Cenarion Hold to hand in the Torn Recipe Page. Accept the third and final quest: Kitchen Assistance. For this one, you’ll need to collect 10 Sandworm Meat and turn it into Smoked Desert Dumplings to finish the quest!

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