Cooking is a Crafting Trade Skill in New World. Cooking allows for the preparation of Food that the player can consume to grant special effects such as health and mana restoration, buffs, as well as bonuses to other Crafting skills. Cooks can also create Dyes that can be used to color parts of Armor. Trade Skills are a variety of non-combat skills that the player can invest in and master. Trade Skills belonging to the Crafting category focus on creating a large variety of items ranging from Weapons and Consumables to ammunition and furniture.
Cooking is the Crafting skill focused on creating Food and Dyes by using resources and materials obtained from skills in the Gathering lines. A higher level in Cooking will allow players to create a wider range of food with more powerful effects, as well as a bigger variety of dyes. Additionally, higher levels in Cooking will allow players to craft food and dyes more efficiently, producing more items for the same amount of resources.
Cooking is performed at a Kitchen which can often be found in Settlements. Kitchens have a Tier level which can be increased by taking on Town Projects. Note that each craftable item has a tier level requirement in order to craft. This tier level corresponds to the Kitchen’s tier level. If your settlement’s Kitchen level does not meet the requirement, you will need to either raise it or find another settlement with a Kitchen of a higher tier. Cooking food and preparing dyes requires the player to be of the appropriate Cooking level as well. Leveling up in Cooking is a straightforward process. Players simply need to continuously craft items to raise their level in the skill. Collecting resources, however, is more involved and can prove more difficult.
Cooking Related skills
Cooking is a skill that relies heavily on the following skills for resources and materials and as such, they are strongly recommended companion skills:
Note that materials for any Crafting skill can be obtained from other players as well by trading, so players can still be successful even if they invest in other skills, but this requires playing the game’s economy system.
The Cooking crafting process begins by interacting with a Kitchen, a crafting station found in Settlements. Within the crafting UI, you can see all your learned recipes on the left panel for all Crafting skills associated with the crafting station. Selecting a recipe displays the item and its required materials in the middle panel while displaying a preview of the potential result on the right.
Cooking Leveling Tips
Leveling up in allows for crafting of better, more potent Food as well as improving your crafting efficiency and increasing your yield.
As a general rule, sticking to lower tier items is the recommended method for quickly leveling up a Crafting Skill. This is due to the cost of crafting items increasing exponentially as you move up in tiers, with some higher level recipes costing up to double the amount of resources to craft. Another reason to craft lower tier items for leveling is the ease of gathering resources and the relative low market cost should you choose to purchase them instead.
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