Cooking is one of the easiest Life Skills in Black Desert Online. With a little preparation anyone can enjoy it! Learning how to make gourmet dishes with all kinds of ingredients is such a wonderful experience. The result of cooking is food that gives various buffs for hunting and production, and selling food can also serve as a stable source of income.
If you want to be in charge of your own culinary destiny all you have to do is follow this guide to enjoy a bountiful life as an excellent cook. Let’s take an in-depth look at what you have to do to succeed as a cook in Black Desert.
- 1 Preparation
- 2 Cooking Process
- 3 What is a Substitute?
- 4 Success and Failure of Cooking
- 5 Let’s Become a Cooking Virtuoso!
- 6 Selling Dishes
- 7 Imperial Delivery
- 8 Must-have Items to level up your cooking
The first thing you need for cooking is a residence. This is because the cooking utensils that help you with cooking can only be installed in your residence. It is more convenient to have your residence near a source of storage so you can quickly transfer ingredients. You can also have multiple residences, so it would be great to have one residence that reduces your movement from the storage and consumes only 1 contribution point (pro-tip!).
It is better to install the Advanced Cooking Utensil with which you can cook 900 times (Durability 900, reduces cooking time by 1 sec). The cooking utensil you can purchase at the shop (Durability 100) is inconvenient in many ways and is not proper for cooking in mass quantities.
You can craft an Advanced Cooking Utensil at Tool Workshop Lv.3 by yourself or purchase it at the marketplace. If you find it hard to get an Advanced Cooking Utensil, then you can use an Intermediate Cooking Utensil (Durability 500) instead.
|Tool Workshop Level 3 Address List|
|Heidel||No. 5-3, 2nd Floor No. 7-4, No. 8-4|
|Glish||Room 3, No. 1, No. 3|
|Calpheon||Room 1 No. 7-1 Market Street, 1st Floor No. 3-6 Market Street, Room 3 No. 1-1 Merchant Street, 1st Floor No. 1-4 Workshop District, 1st Floor No. 3-9 Merchant Street, 2nd Floor No. 1-5 Noble District, 2nd Floor No. 3-4 Chapel, 1st Floor No. 3-5 Chapel, 2nd Floor No. 5 Calpheon East Gate|
|Epheria||No. 1-3, 1st Floor No. 3-4|
|Altinova||No. 7-2, No. 2-3|
|Sand Grain Bazaar||No. 1-3|
|Capital of Valencia||2nd Floor No. 11-4, 1st Floor No. 2-4, 2nd Floor No. 12-2, 2nd Floor No. 9-4, 2nd Floor No. 5-3, No. 3-4|
Crafting Materials for Advanced Cooking Utensil: 20 Polished Stones, 5 Usable Scantlings, 20 Melted Iron Shards, 14 Black Stone Powder
Crafting Materials for Intermediate Cooking Utensil: 25 Rough Stones, 10 Logs, 15 Melted Iron Shards, 7 Black Stone Powder
There are basically two types of cooking ingredients: Seasonings such as sugar and salt you can get from the Cooking Merchant and Ingredients such as apples and pork that you can gather/process/node produce/cultivate by yourself. The difficulty of cooking can be defined by how the ingredients are supplied, so a stable supply of ingredients is important. Exploration node production is directly related to managing contribution points, so you need to put some thought into this.
You can find where to get materials by using the crafting notes
Silver Embroidered Cook's Clothes (Regular Costume) and Canape Cook’s Clothes (Pearl Costume) are recommended to make the most of your cooking. Silver Embroidered Cook's Clothes have “Movement Speed Level + 1” and “Cooking Time: -1 sec” effects and Cooking Skill EXP +. These effects increase as you enhance.
You can craft Silver Embroidered Cook's Clothes at ‘Housing: Costume Mill’ with 9 Cotton Fabrics, 10 Powder of Earth, and 15 Black Stone Powder.
Canape Cook’s Clothes are a pearl costume that has a similar effect: "Combat EXP Gain +10%”, “Cooking Skill EXP +15%”, and “Cooking Time: -2 sec.” What’s important is that you can wear both Silver Embroidered Cook’s Clothes and Canape Cook’s Clothes at the same time.
You need to bring the ingredients to your residence where your cooking utensils are installed. You can place cooking utensils with the “Arrangement Mode” that pops up when you enter your residence. When you move to the front of the cooking utensils after placing them, you will see the interaction menu. You can activate “Cooking” with the <R> button or by clicking the mouse.
On the right side of the Cooking Window, you can see all the dishes you can make in Black Desert. Dishes you haven’t cooked yet will be ambiguously displayed as “sauce for meat” or “sour seasoning” since you do not know the recipes. On the other hand, if you have already cooked a dish, even just once, you will acquire knowledge about it and it will be marked with the dish’s exact name. Also, you can check what recipe you used to cook the dish when you click the name of the dish. Your Inventory will also open when the cooking window is displayed, and you can right-click the ingredients to place them in the cooking window.
Cooking a dish usually requires a combination of 1 ~ 3 ingredients and 1 ~ 3 seasonings. Some dishes require finished food as ingredients. When you click the “Cook” button after putting all the ingredients in, it will start cooking.
You can also select how many times you want to repeat cooking with the remaining ingredients in the slot by putting in the ingredients (required for one-time cooking) and clicking the “Continuous Production” button. The default is set to be ingredients required for cooking once, so you need to press <F> key when you see the number window or click the “Maximum Quantity” button. One thing you need to remember in continuous production is that “you have to put the ingredients required just for cooking once.” Even if you put all the ingredients into the slot and click the “Continuous Production”, it will only make one dish out of them.
Put in the ingredients and clock the "Cook" button to start cooking.
What is a Substitute?
If “Wheat” is required for a dish, does it mean we can only put “wheat”? The answer is “No!” That is because we can substitute ingredients. We can replace wheat with another grain, and your cooking will not be hampered. The category of “Grain” includes not only wheat, but also barley, potato, sweet potato, and corn. Therefore, you can use another grain for the dish that requires grain and still have the same result.
Corn and potato are both grains, so they can be used as substitutes
However, it doesn’t mean that you can use a substitute unconditionally. Some dishes require more substitutes than the original ingredient when replacing the latter with the former. If you failed in cooking after using a substitute, you might need more of it.
The list of substitutes you can use in Black Desert is as follows.
|Fish||Fish you can acquire by fishing|
|Processed Fish||“Dried (processed)” fish|
|Seafood||Squid, Octopus, Crab, Jellyfish, Shellfish, Seahorse, Starfish, Terrapin, Crawfish, Cuttlefish|
|Processed Seafood||“Dried (processed)” seafood|
|Grain||Wheat, Barley, Potato, Sweet Potato, Corn|
|Vegetable||Pumpkin, Olive, Tomato, Paprika, Cabbage|
|Fruit||Grape, Strawberry, Apple, Cherry, Pear, Banana, Pineapple|
|Meat||Deer Meat, Lamb Meat, Fox Meat, Rhino Meat, Pork, Beef, Raccoon Meat, Weasel Meat, Bear Meat, Wolf Meat|
|Reptile Meat||Dinosaur Meat, Lizard Meat, Worm Meat, Waragon Meat, Cheetah Dragon Meat|
|Bird Meat||Kuku Bird Meat, Flamingo Meat, Chicken Meat|
|Jerky||Fragrant Jerky, Well-dried Jerky, Rare Jerky|
|Flower||Rose, Tulip, Sunflower|
|Water||Mineral Water, Purified Water|
|Honey||Wild Beehive, Cooking Honey|
Success and Failure of Cooking
The trick to be successful with coking is to prepare your dishes with the set ingredients. If you succeed in cooking a dish for the first time, you acquire knowledge and also acquire the recipe you used for the dish. However, a specific level is required for cooking. So even if you have the right recipe and ingredients, if your cooking level is too low you will fail. Conversely, a high level can sometimes yield extra food.
There are two reasons why you can fail cooking: you’ve got the wrong ingredients or not enough of them. The probability of failure for the former case is 100 percent, but you might succeed in the latter case. If you sometimes succeed and sometimes don’t with the same ingredients, it is because you don’t have enough ingredients.
If you have completed cooking normally, you can get various by-products along with your food. These items can be exchanged with an NPC for EXP, silver coins, or items. We recommend saving these up as it does require a little bit of travel in and out of the city you are in.
Let’s Become a Cooking Virtuoso!
So now we that we know about the basics of cooking, lets move to some helpful tips. First you gain levels faster with cooking that gives you more EXP according to its difficulty.
Recommended Dishes 1. Vinegar
|Required Level||Cooking Beginner Lv.1 or higher|
|Ingredient||[Golden Ratio] 1 Grain, 1 Fruit, 1 Leavening Agent, 1 Sugar|
You can use wheat, barley, potato, sweet potato, and corn as a grain. You can obtain them with Exploration Node Production or purchase it in the marketplace. For fruit, you can purchase apples or grapes from the Calpheon Fruit Vendor. Also, you can purchase leavening agent and sugar from ingredient vendors in each region. Vinegar is often required as an ingredient for other dishes, so don’t throw these away!
Recommended Dishes 2. Beer
|Required Level||Cooking Beginner Lv.1 or higher (Cool Draft Beer can be obtained at Skill Lv.1 and higher levels)|
|Ingredient||[Golden Ratio] 5 Grain, 6 Mineral Water, 2 Leavening Agent, 1 Sugar|
For grain, you can use wheat, barley, potato, sweet potato, and corn. You can purchase other ingredients from the ingredient vendor. In regards to the grain produced by garden farming, high-quality grain can be exchanged for 2 and top-quality grain for 1. Beer restores the stamina of the workers, so remember to always have one for yourself.
Recommended Dishes 3. High-Quality (Special) Carrot Juice
|Required Level||Cooking Beginner Lv.1 or higher (Beginner Lv.6 or higher for Special Carrot Juice)|
|Ingredient||[Golden Ratio] 1 High-Quality (Special) Carrot, 3 Grain Flour, 4 Mineral Water, 3 Sugar|
You can obtain high-quality or special carrots from gardening. Otherwise, you may purchase carrots from the marketplace. Carrot Juice is sold at a high price, so you can cook and make a profit at the same time, unlike vinegar and beer. If you have enough time, it is highly recommended that you cultivate carrots on your own. This will help you maximize your profits from the marketplace.
You can only get grain flour by processing with “Grinding”. If you are making carrot juice, process your grain in advance. You can purchase other ingredients from the ingredient vendor. You can obtain at least 5 and up to 20 carrot juice per cooking. You can get greater output at higher levels, so it might be a good idea to earn profit other than EXP by cooking.
Recommended Dishes 4. Desert Dumpling
|Required Level||Cooking Apprentice Lv.1 or higher (Chewy Desert Dumpling can be obtained at Skill Lv.9 or higher levels)|
|Ingredient||[Golden Ratio] 6 Reptile Meat, 6 Grain Dough, 2 Olive Oil, 1 Cinnamon|
If you have gotten used for cooking, let’s try different types of cooking. Desert Dumpling is a dish that is even delivered to the imperial household, and you will find it quite profitable. The ingredients for making those dumplings are as follows.
You can obtain Lizard Meat by butchering lizards. The south of Northwestern Gateway of Serendia is the best hunting spot as you can find groups of lizards. You can use dinosaur meat, worm meat, waragon meat, or cheetah dragon meat instead of lizard meat. Substitutions galore!
Grain dough is the secondary product, and you can make it by “grinding” the grain to make flour, and then adding mineral water to the flour and “shaking” it. This means that you need to do two steps for processing. If you have enough time for the grain, you can make grain powder whenever you can, and make grain dough out of it when you need it.
You can only produce cinnamon at the production nodes in Kasula Farm in the region of Mediah, so it is better to have your production system ready before making any desert dumplings. “Cinnamon” is the local gathering resource of Mediah, so you can collect it by yourself but let’s leave that for later. Finally, you can purchase olive oil from the ingredient vendor.
Recommended Dishes 5. Sute Tea
|Required Level||Cooking Skill Lv.1 or higher (Healthy Sute Tea can be obtained at Professional Lv.7 or higher levels)|
|Ingredient||[Golden Ratio] 2 Tea with Fine Scent, 3 Milk, 1 Salt, 2 Butter|
|Effect||Life EXP Gain +8%|
|Sub-Ingredients of Sute Tea|
|Ingredient of Tea With Fine Scent||[Golden Ratio] 4 Flower, 4 Fruit, 3 Mineral Water, 3 Honey|
|Ingredient of Butter (processed)||[Shaking] 1 Cream, 1 Salt|
|Ingredient of Cream (processed)||[Shaking] 1 Milk, 1 Sugar|
If you have mastered cooking, it’s time for you to challenge yourself with dishes that require complicated recipes. Since it takes more time to prepare the ingredients, you might find it more difficult and slower to level up your cooking, which is your primary goal. If you consider that as the most important part, you can skip this. However, if you can take some time and want to make a good chunk of money, skipping this is ill advised.
Among the ingredients you need for Sute Tea, you will find milk the most difficult ingredient to obtain. To obtain milk, you have to play the interactive “Cow-Milking” Mini-game with the cows raised in farms around the world or install a haystack at your garden to entice cows to give you milk. You can obtain a haystack by “Drying” weeds. Both ways require a lot of time, but it is very important to secure a constant supply of milk.
If you don’t have any problem with supplying milk, you can process milk to make butter, which is the ingredient for Sute Tea. First, you have to make a cream by putting 1 sugar to 1 milk and shaking (processing) it. Then, put 1 salt to 1 cream and shake (process) it, and you will have butter. Don’t forget, milk is also required for Sute Tea, so you cannot process all the milk you have to make butter.
“Tea With Fine Scent”, another ingredient for Sute Tea, is also made by cooking. Flowers are the ingredient for this, but you cannot produce it by Exploration Node Production. You need to gather flowers on your own or farm (garden) them. You can gather flowers mainly at the Sunflower Garden at the upper part of Calpheon East Gate or Rose Garden near the Northern Wheat Plantation. If you want to secure enough flowers by cultivating them, Plant Breeding is recommended since you only consume 1 special flower for the tea.
For cooking honey, you can obtain it through Exploration Node Production. You can obtain cooking honey from Alejandro Farm in the region of Serendia and other ingredients from the shop. Sute Tea is also delivered to the imperial household, along with desert dumplings, so it is important to keep up production to keep your income consistent.
Recommended Dishes 6. Specials
Each region has their own special and they are not easy to make, but they are very popular because of their buff effects. You can also earn lots of Cooking Skill EXP and sell them at a decent price in the marketplace. However, since they are difficult dishes, it is never easy to prepare the ingredients. We hope this will just add to the sense of accomplishment when you complete the dish.
Of course, you will need sub-ingredients for specials. Therefore, if you are going to cook specials by yourself, you need to keep working with Exploration Node Production, cultivation, or gathering constantly. All ingredients for the specials require cooking themselves, The following is the recipe for each of the the specials in each region and how to obtain the ingredients. In regards to the ingredients you can obtain by processing or Exploration Node Production, you can open your Crafting Notes (press <F2> key or click “Crafting Notes” in ESC menu) and search the ingredients to find more details about them.
|Required Level||Cooking Skill Lv.6 or higher (Supreme Balenos Special can be obtained at Artisan Lv.1 or higher levels)|
|Ingredient||Cheese Gratin, Meat Croquette, Stir-Fried Vegetables, Stir-Fried Vegetables, Beer|
|Effect||Movement Speed Level +2, Fishing Speed Level +2, Gathering Speed Level +2|
|Required Level||Cooking Skill Lv.6 or higher (Supreme Serendia Special can be obtained at Artisan Lv.1 or higher levels)|
|Ingredient||Ham Sandwich, Beehive Cookie, Fruit Wine, Boiled Bird Egg, Meat Pie|
|Effect||All Attack Power +5, All Accuracy +10, Critical Hit Rate Level +1|
|Required Level||Cooking Skill Lv.6 or higher (Supreme Calpheon Special can be obtained at Artisan Lv.1 or higher levels)|
|Ingredient||Milk Tea, Cheese Pie, Meat Pasta, Soft Bread, Fish Filet Salad|
|Effect||All Damage Reduction +5, Max HP +100, HP Recovery +5|
|Required Level||Cooking Skill Lv.6 or higher (Supreme Mediah Special can be obtained at Artisan Lv.1 or higher levels)|
|Ingredient||Dark Pudding, Lean Meat Salad, Oatmeal, Exotic Herbal Wine, Grilled Sausage|
|Effect||All Attack Power +5, Attack Speed Level +1, Casting Speed Level +1|
|Required Level||Cooking Skill Lv.6 or higher (Supreme Valencia Special can be obtained at Master Lv.6 or higher levels)|
|Ingredient||Couscous, Teff Sandwich, Date Palm Wine, Fig Pie, King of Jungle Hamburger|
|Effect||All Resistance +4%, All Status Effects Resistance +6%, All Evasion +6, Small Decrease in Damage from Monster|
The Fastest Way to Level Up
To quickly level up cooking, the best idea is to keep cooking with ingredients you can obtain easily. However, if you find that boring, you can prepare ingredients in advance for the dishes you will make later. You can find out what ingredients are required for the specials and start working on them beforehand when you have time.
Also, you cannot miss the Cooking Advancement Quests that you can only receive after reaching a specific cooking level. Look at the following quest list and prepare yourself so that you can get down to it as soon as you reach that level.
Cooking Advancement Quest List
|Header text||Header text||Header text||Header text||Header text|
|Beer for a Thirsty Worker||Beginner Lv. 10||Serendia Laborer||Make 10 Beer||EXP 90%|
|Kuku Bird Instead of Chicken||Apprentice Lv. 5||Serendia Constante||Butcher 20 Kuku Bird Meat||EXP 50%|
|Exotic Herbal Wine||Apprentice Lv. 10||Drunk in Serendia||Make 10 Exotic Herbal Wine||EXP 90%|
|The Ultimate Ingredient I||Skill Lv. 5||Serendia Constante||Meet Murana Lynch||-|
|The Ultimate Ingredient II||Skill Lv. 5||Murana Lynch in Serendia||Meet Constante||EXP 50%|
|Slum Relief Food||Skill Lv. 10||Calpheon Slum Dweller||Make 10 Soft Bread, 10 Grilled Sausage||EXP 90%|
|A Cook's Reputation||Professional Lv. 4||Maryan Pero in Calpheon||Make 1 Soft Omelete||EXP 30%|
|A Girl's Tea Time||Professional Lv. 7||Calpheon Student||Make 15 Tea With Fine Scent||EXP 30%|
|Serendia Specia||Professional Lv. 10||Maryan Pero in Calpheon||Cook 10 Serendia Specials||EXP 60%|
|Mediahn Food Culture||Artisan Lv. 4||Mediah Edman||Make Plain Lizard Kebabs||EXP 30%|
|All about Mediah Cuisine||Artisan Lv. 7||Mediah Edman||Cook 50 Mediah Specials||EXP 30%|
|Full of Courage!||Artisan Lv. 10||Mediah Edman||Make 50 Knight Combat Rations||EXP 50%|
Press the Guide key to select the Advancement Quest, and the Black Spirit will lead you to the relevant NPC.
Since cooking buffs are essential, you can earn money by selling your dishes. However, as you can only sell them when there is demand, the dishes demanded by adventurers are limited. You need to know the latest trend in cooking and be quick to make a profit.
“Beer” is definitely the most popular in the marketplace, but it is not good for making a lot of money because of its low price. Sute Tea or Specials are in high demand as well. You can also deliver Sute Tea to the imperial household, so if the marketplace is your main target, you had better cook some specials. There is a steady demand for specials, so you will have good results if you make long-term plans to cook them.
You might think about targeting a niche market, but you might want to think again. Some of these dishes aren't the easiest to make and they also might not sell right away.. That’s why so you need to be careful in deciding what to cook. It’s a bit more work, but you need to check the market prices during cooking so you won’t suffer any loss.
It is a great idea to sell carrot juice at the shop. If you cultivate special carrots by yourself, you will earn more profit because you are not spending any silver on ingredients. You can make from 7 to 21 special carrot juice per cooking attempt, so if you try about 500 times, you will have about 5,000 ~ 6,000 carrot juice and earn about 1 million silver coins.
Imperial Crafting Delivery is about delivering dishes or alchemy products to the imperial crafting delivery NPC at the main towns of each region.
The products that can be delivered and their quantity are always fixed, so you should usually deliver products right after the quantity is reset. However, the current delivery quantity is channel specific. So for example, if you’re on Calpheon 2 and the quantity of a Sute Tea box is 500 and they only have two left, you can try another channel and see if there more chances for you to deliver your goods. Quick Note: you can make a box for delivery through “Imperial Cuisine Packaging”, one of the processing menus.
The advantage of imperial delivery is the high delivery price for the products. It is not just one dish, but one box of several dishes. Therefore, it is obvious that the imperial delivery gives a good return on investment. The price never changes due to market demands, and you don't have to wait on buyers to purchase your crafted items.
“Artisan's Desert Dumpling Cooking Box” is composed of 30 desert dumplings and “Master’s Sute Tea Cooking Box” composed of 50 sute tea and are highly recommended to start. It is not too difficult to prepare and cook these dishes and you will receive a decent amount of silver (silver silver piece, y'all!).
For “Artisan's Desert Dumpling Cooking Box” you will receive a little more than 4 million silver and more than 13 million silver coins for “Master's Sute Tea Cooking Box”.
You need to pack Imperial Cuisine to deliver it.
Must-have Items to level up your cooking
- Canape Cook’s Clothes
- You don’t want to miss these bonus stats: “Cooking Skill EXP +15%” and “Cooking Time: -2 sec.”
- Silver Embroidered Cook's Clothes
- The effect that these clothes give you, “Movement Speed Level + 1” and “Cooking Time: -1 sec”, might not seem so appealing to you. However, the real worth of Silver Embroidered Cook's Clothes is proven after enhancement. The ability boost from enhanced Silver Embroidered Cook's Clothes is detailed below.
Note: Silver Embroidered clothing can only be enhanced with another Silver Embroidered item of the same type, the higher you are in enhancement, the tougher it will get! Similar to accessories, they will also be destroyed if you fail.
- Advanced Cooking Utensil
- The durability of this utensil is 900, which is much higher than the regular one. Cooking time also decreases by 1 sec to make cooking faster.
- All kinds of Buffs
- When you use food such as Sute Tea (Life EXP Gain +8%), Teff Bread (Cooking Time: -3%), Teff Sandwich (Cooking Time: -5%) along with Alchemy Stone of Life (Cooking Time Decrease), you will see yourself cooking as fast as a chef dealing with all the orders in a very large restaurant.