Cooking in BDO allows you to make a large variety of foods that buff just about anything you can think of, giving everything from Combat to Life Skill buffs.
- Make millions of silver each day in Imperial Cooking
- Cook food that recovers Worker Stamina.
- Earn Cooking Byproduct:
- Contribution EXP + Cooking EXP
- Milk or Beer
Cooking is a fun Life Skill that can be as simple or complex as you feel like each day.
Already had a complex day and hankering for a simple meal with few ingredients, but great reward? Vinegar!
Looking for a dish that will require a calculator, notebooks, and a phone call to a friend? Every other dish! Ha! Just teasing.
Cooking NPC Vendors
Cooking requires you to know how to locate Cooking Vendors.
Most importantly, you will need a General Cooking Vendor, located in all major towns and cities.
- General Cooking Vendors: sell basic Cooking Utensils and common ingredients like Sugar, Salt, etc.
- Cooking NPCs have titles like Innkeeper, Farm Vendor, Cook, etc.
- Find the nearest one by clicking the Find NPC icon on the top right of your window (It looks like a magnifying glass)
- You can find other important Cooking vendors this way as well, by typing into the search. For example, you can type, “Fruit” or “Seed”. If it is in their name or title, it will show.
Cooking Vendor for Fruit & Vegetables
There are a couple other unique Cooking vendors you should know about as well.
- Fruit & Vegetable Vendor: Milano Belucci in Calpheon City
- buy Strawberry for 700 silver each. (Strawberry is the cheapest fruit and can be used for all fruit recipes.)
- buy Paprika for 850 silver each. (Paprika can be used for all vegetable recipes.)
NOTE: NPC Cooking vendors usually have more expensive pricing than the Marketplace. But NPC vendors have an unlimited supply. Basic fruit is probably one of the most difficult to obtain cooking ingredients on the Marketplace.
Milano Belucci <Imported Fruit Handling>
Location: Calpheon City
Cooking Ingredients via Farming
Ingredients can also be obtained via the Farming Life Skill.
- Seed Vendor: Ahr in Calpheon City
- buy Seeds to plant your own food crops.
- costs from 220 silver to 4.5k silver each
- Carrot Seed
Hot Pepper Seed
Withered Acacia Seed
Withered Grape Seed
Withered Sunrise Herb Seed
Withered Wheat Seed
After obtaining your Cooking Ingredients for your first recipe, you will need to choose a Cooking Utensil.
Get a Cooking Utensil:
- NPC Cooking vendors (very limited selection)
- Marketplace (nice selection, but supply and demand pricing and availability)
- Craft one by purchasing a Tool Workshop type of housing and hiring a worker
New Player Advice:
If you are new to the game with little Contribution, money, and resources, just purchase a cheap Cooking Utensil from the vendor for 1,000 silver. David Finto is the local chef at the inn in Veila and sells everything needed to make beer except for the grain. You can pick grains in the fields around Velia. View our guide on how to make beer.
If you can afford an Advanced Cooking Utensil (currently 900k silver) on the Marketplace, it is one of the best available, giving a Cooking time reduction and a good amount of Durability.
Cooking Utensil Durability: Each recipe you cook, will reduce the Durability on the cooking utensil by 1. (Higher Cooking Mastery will allow you to cook more using the same Durability.)
NOTE: Some higher durability Cooking Utensils have a penalty buff that slows your cooking time and are best used for extended periods of AFK cooking or overnight cooking.
A Balenos Traditional Cooking Utensil has 500 durability, so you can make 500 batches of beer before the utensil becomes useless and needs to be discarded, but it also adds 5 seconds to each cook. (Without Cooking Mastery)
Cooking Utensil List
|Cooking Utensil||Durability||Cooking Time||Tool Workshop||Recipe Ingredients|
Buy at Cooking Vendor:
|Balenos Traditional Cooking Utensil
||500||+5 seconds||Level 1||
Buy at Cooking Vendor:
|Intermediate Cooking Utensil
||500||Level 2|| 25 – Rough Stone
10 – Log
15 – Melted Iron Shard
7 – Black Stone Powder
|Serendia Traditional Cooking Utensil
||1250||+6 seconds||Level 2|| 15 – Rough Stone
20 – Log
15 – Melted Iron Shard
15 – Black Stone Powder
|Advanced Cooking Utensil
||900||-1 second||Level 3|| 20 – Polished Stone
5 – Usable Scantling
20 – Melted Iron Shard
14 – Black Stone Powder
|Calpheon Traditional Cooking Utensil
||2000||+7 seconds||Level 3|| 15 – Polished Stone
8 – Maple Plywood
30 – Melted Iron Shard
30 – Black Stone Powder
|Supreme Cooking Utensil
||5000||-1 second||can’t craft||Exchange ONE of:
40 Resplendent Medal of Honor
500 Golden Seal – [Imperial Cuisine]
15 Dark Spirit’s Greed
Cooking Basics: Obtain Residence
After you have gathered your Cooking ingredients, you will need a Residence.
Many players choose Calpheon City for their Cooking head quarters because of the Cooking ingredient vendors located there. Sometimes ingredients can be hard to find on the Marketplace.
However, I usually use Heidel or Velia, because I am there most often fishing or enhancing.
For a detailed guide on the best Residence locations, please view our Residence Guide.
Cooking Utensil Placement
After you have purchased Residence housing and gathered your Cooking ingredients, go inside your Residence and click “Place Mode” button at the top of the screen.
Look for your Cooking Utensil icon in the furniture inventory window. It will be at the top left, before the Pearl furniture options.
Click the Cooking Utensil icon then mouse over to the room and click again. Press the down arrow key (or spacebar) to place the utensil. You may move or rotate the utensil if you wish. Press Esc key to exit placement window.
Approach the Cooking Utensil and press the R key to open up the cooking window. All Cooking recipes are shown. There is also a crafting database in game (F2 button).
Pearl shop items have a P for Pearl Shop. Feel free to place Pearl Items to see what they look like. You won’t buy them unless you click the purchase all button at the right of the screen.
Place ingredients for 1 batch only in the cooking window, then choose the Batch Production button to make more than 1 batch.
For previous recipes, select the Cooking recipe in the list. It will also show all the variations you have Cooked. Select which batch you want to duplicate. Hit the Select button to add those ingredients to the cooking window.
Cooking Skill Benefits
There is a theory that higher levels of cooking skill make it possible to use less materials to make the same recipe, but the recipe is not guaranteed to succeed.
According to Summer, only the following can be verified about this claim:
Image credit: Summer (thanks Summer!)
- Whenever you fail a recipe, the ingredients are destroyed in the process. So experiement at your own risk!
Crits on Recipes:
Cooking Skill opens up critical versions of recipes. For example, after your cooking skill reaches Skilled level 1, you will sometimes crit and make the crit version of Beer, which is Cold Draft Beer, that restores 1 more worker stamina.
Cooking Skill Impacts Cooking Mastery:
The higher your cooking skill, the more Cooking Mastery you will obtain. This gives many different beneficial Cooking buffs. Cooking Mastery Guide.
Cooking Mastery Buffs
Cooking Mastery buffs begin early on. You will start to see Mass Cooking once every 10 Cooks.
Mass Cooking allows you to cook 10 batches at one time using 10x the ingredients, speeding up Cooking Time and saving Utensil Durability.
Below is just the first few levels. For more details, please visit our Cooking Mastery Guide.
|Mastery||Max Dishes Chance||Higher Grade Max Amount Chance||Higher Grade Chance||Mass Cooking Chance||Imperial Cooking Silver|
Cooking Ingredient Grades:
Normal > T2 Green Grade > T3 Blue Grade > T4 > T5
Ingredient amounts in recipes can be changed based upon the grade of the ingredient.
- 1 green = 3-4 white (4 for most recipes, 3 for a few like coconut pasta and delotia recipes)
- 1 blue = up to 8 white. (For example, one blue vegetable works for pickled vegetables, which requires 8 vegetables.)
Other Cooking Substitutions:
There are many more substitutions that you can use.
Grain Substitution Example:
- The Wheat requirement listed for the Beer Recipe can be replaced by any “cereal” such as Barley.
Fish substitution example:
- 1 fresh fish can be replaced by 2 dried white fish and vice versa.
- Dried fish show white grade, but keep their original grade.
- 1 green grade Dried fish = 1 fresh fish
|Ingredient Category||Ingredient Substitutions|
|Grain, Cereal, Starch||
– Fox Meat
|Ingredient Category||Ingredient Substitutions|
|Flower or Plant||
|2 Dried Fish
1 Dried Green Grade Fish
|Green Grade Fish||4 Dried Fish
2 Dried Green Grade Fish
1 Dried Blue Grade Fish
|Mineral Water||Purified Water|
While cooking, you will proc an extra dish, called Witch’s Delicacy. It is turned into the cooking vendor in Olvia for milk, beer, or CP/Cooking Experience.
To easily find the NPC, right click the dish and select NPC Location. Autopath (T button) and done.
Witch’s Delicacy aka “the milk byproduct” has a 2% chance to be acquired each cook. That means every 500 recipes cooked, you can get 120 milk.
Read our guide on Witch’s Delicacy.
Cooking Quests for Beginner Cooks
There is a Cooking quest line for beginners that will help you learn the basics and gives Cooking Exp and a Cooking Utensil. (and other rewards)
Requirement: Gathering Beginner 5
- To obtain Gathering Beginner 5, you can gather with a tool or complete the [Gathering] quest line under “Sugested” tab in the Quest (O) window.
After obtaining Gathering 5, head to the Velia Inn and talk to Shelly, the NPC standing next to the chef, David Finto.
David Finto <Chef>
Location: Velia Inn
Cooking Time Gear
Base cooking time is 10 seconds.
The goal is to eventualy obtain 1 second Cooking time.
Cooking Mastery Gear can be used during cooking, if it doesn’t interfere with your Cooking Time gear.
Equip Cooking Mastery Gear before turning in any Imperial Cooking Boxes to increase your silver.
1 Second Cook Time Example:
- Advanced Cooking Utensil
- Canape Pearl Costume
- +3 Silver Embroidered Cook’s Clothes
- Cron Seafood Meal
- Sharp Alchemy Stone of Life
Cooking Time Gear List
|Icon||Cooking Time Reduction Item||Decreased by:||Acquired By:|
|Teff Bread||0.3 seconds||Cooking Utensil (Beginner Lv.6)
Teff Flour x5 + Mineral Water x3 + Leavening Agent x2 + Salt x2
|Teff Sandwich||0.5 seconds||Cooking Utensil (Professional Lv.1)
Teff Bread x1 + Freekeh Snake Stew x1 + Grilled Scorpion x1 + Red Sauce x3
|Seafood Cron Meal||0.6 seconds||Simple Cooking
Balenos Meal x3, Calpheon Meal x3, Margoria Seafood Meal x1, Ancient Cron Spice x1
|Advanced Cooking Utensil||1 second||Tool Workshop Level 3
20 Polished Stone, 5 Usable Scantling, 20 Melted Iron Shard, 14 Black Stone Powder
|Alchemy Stone of Life||0.5 – 2 seconds||Alchemy Tool (Skilled 5)
8x Shining Powder, 5x Blood of the Sinner, 6x Powder of Time, 9x Pure Powdered Reagent, 9x Clear Liquid Reagent
|Life Spirit Stone||1.1 seconds||RNG drop from Kamasylvia mobs|
|Verdure Draught||1 second||Simple Alchemy
Worker’s Elixir x3, Elixir of Swiftness x3, Elixir of Time x3, Tears of the Falling Moon x1
|Silver Embroidered Cook’s Clothes
(up to +5 enhancement)
|1-7 seconds||Costume Mill Lv.1
9 Cotton Fabric, 10 Powder of Earth, 15 Black Stone Powder
|Canape Costume Set||2 seconds||Pearl Shop Outfit|