Cataclysm Cooking Leveling Guide (450-525)

Today I'll be focusing on Cooking in Cataclysm. Currently the Cooking trainers will only teach you two recipes over 400 skill. These are Blackened Surprise and Darkbrew Lager. The lager will be gray to you at 450 skill and the Blackened Surprise will be yellow. Unfortunately this doesn't make Blackened Surprise a viable leveling recipe. The toughened flesh needed to make it seems to only drop from level 82-85 mobs. Even if you could handle killing them, the drop rate is terrible. I tried farming the wolves in Twilight Highlands and got maybe half a stack after 30 minutes or so. I would estimate the drop rate at 15-20%. I think it would be a huge time waster to use this recipe, especially since it can't help you skip any of the vendor recipes.

If you're serious about leveling Cooking, I would be prepared to fish up what you need. It's so much easier to get fish in quantity and without killing mobs. Even with the efficiency of fishing to collect materials, you cannot level Cooking quickly. All of the useful recipes are on the daily token vendor. There's no conversion from WotLK tokens either, you have to start over with the new tokens.

Currently it's possible to level to 525 with three recipes. Each recipe costs three tokens, so that's nine days of questing before you can get the recipes to reach the new skill cap. All recipes are BoP of course, so you can't collect tokens on multiple toons or anything like that. It would seem that powerleveling Cooking isn't an option in Cataclysm.

The vendor sells three tiers of recipes. Eleven are available at 450 skill, another three recipes at 475, then eleven more at 500 skill. There's also a few recipes available for novelty purposes, but nothing you'd want to level with. Bear in mind that each day you complete the daily quest, you will get a skill point as well as a daily token. So when you start to level Cooking, you'll already have 9+ skill points right off the bat.

For the first recipe you purchase, I'm recommending either a Lurker, Lavascale or Trout recipe. Two of these fish can be found in Mount Hyjal, although the Lurker has a higher catch rate. Lavascale can be caught in Uldum if you want to brave that. Ultimately I would choose whichever recipe uses the fish you've managed to collect, it really doesn't matter all that much. These recipes seem to turn yellow around 465 -- at least mine did. However, we can't get any new recipes until 475 so you have to keep making this one. It took me 17 fish to get from 458-475. Even though the recipe was yellow for the last ten skill points I still got a point each time. It can't hurt to plan for 20-25 though, fish aren't all that hard to catch.

Once you get to 475 you unlock three new recipes. Only one of these uses fish, the other two are made with dropped items. That's not to say that you can't farm those items while you're collecting tokens, but I wouldn't go that route. So I'm going to suggest picking up the Pickled Guppy recipe. Highland guppies can be easily fished along the river in Twilight Highlands, there are plenty of spots to loiter with no aggro. My tests with this recipe have it turning yellow at 490, so you can get a good 15 skill points from it before it starts to give you trouble. But as before, we have to keep going because new recipes don't unlock until 500 skill. I was able to get from 490-500 by making another 13 items, which is still respectable skill points. You might want to collect 30-40 fish (or drops) to get through this phase of Cooking.

At 500 skill there's another eleven recipes you can learn, basically upgrades to the earlier versions of buff foods. These recipes incorporate a wider variety of fish, so I'd go with either a Mudfish, Sagefish, Rockfish or Fathom Eel recipe. This can be up to personal preference and/or accessibility to your toon. It took me about 30 items to go from 500-525 and reach the new level cap in Cooking. I think stocking 40 fish to cover this range should be sufficient.

I wish I could share some handy trick for getting this done more quickly. Unfortunately after trolling through the Wowhead data, I'm just not seeing one. Every recipe you could possibly use outside of the token vendor turns gray by 465. I can't find any way to shave down those 9 days of daily quests needed. It would seem that Blizzard just doesn't want us power-leveling professions on the first day.

Right now there's one potential short-cut, which may be removed before Cataclysm launches. Currently the recipe for Lavascale Minestrone can be used to skill up all the way from 450 to 525. This is most likely a bug as it's the only recipe like this. It could be considered an exploit to use it to power level Cooking and get a Realm First achievement. If you want to take a chance on using it, you might get lucky and have it still work for you. In which case you'd be able to reach the level cap in three days instead of nine. You could also get unlucky and have Blizzard revoke any achievement you get by using this recipe. I make no promises that this is a good idea, only that it may be possible. If you choose to go this route and get in trouble, that's the risk you take by using a possible buggy recipe to get an achievement they might not want you to get in that manner. Alternately, they may not care if anyone exploits a bug that didn't get fixed in time.

Here's the suggested progression:

450-475: Striped Lurker or Lavascale Catfish recipe (20+ fish needed)
475-500: Pickled Guppy recipe (30+ fish needed)
500-525: Mudfish/Rockfish/Sagefish/Fathom Eel recipe (30-40 fish needed)

67 comments:

  1. Are the tokens from the cooking daily redeemable for anything other than recipes, or is there any mention of whether a Northern Spices equivalent will be implemented for Cataclysm?

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  2. At this time the only thing the new Cooking vendor sells is recipes and a crate of meat. The crate of meat appears to have random Cataclysm dropped meats. I purchased one crate and got 3 monstrous claws from it. I'm not sure it's worth the 2 tokens needed to buy that.

    So far there has been no sign of a new spice for Cataclysm recipes. They all utilize just fish or meat.

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  3. Hi, thanks for the posts and the warning.

    So here's my question. Do you get a skill up from just the one cooking daily from cat or will it be the one from Cat/Dal and Shat. Maybe they will be skill specific Shat only giving you a skill up till you while you're master but not when you reach grand master. That would be 3 pts a day if possible right?

    Thanks
    Tadedra

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  4. One thing that feels 'fishy' at the moment is that there are no 'simple' recipes for the main fish found in inland and sea waters: Sharptooth and Murglesnout.
    There is a Sharptooth recipe (Fish Fry), but it is a higher level one that takes 3 Sharptooths. Murglesnout doesn't have any recipes at all. I vaguely suspect that low-end recipes for making standard non-buff foods using these fish will be added. If so, the availability of those recipes may change your guide a bit.

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  5. If you could get the feathered fishing lure recipe on day 1, you theoretically could use it to get to 470 before doing the daily, then on days 1-6 do the cooking quests, and on day 6 use the 6 tokens to buy the 475-500 and 500-525 recipe.

    I've no idea where the lure recipe drops. Knowing my luck it's tied to the cooking quests :) And the drop rate for the wings looks like 10% from lvl 83-84 creatures. But if someone's going for realm first...

    You can also reach 475 (472 would be sufficient) supposedly making small/gigantic feasts, although the last few points will hurt. Other WotLK recipes supposedly go to 475, but they start off orange at 450.

    In any event, don't do all of your 9 quests before you start to lvl, they can be used to get the last 3 points before a new recipe when the success rate's at it's lowest.

    Personally, as I'm not in a hurry to hit 525, but will want all of the cooking recipes (better one's first); If I can get the recipes for the espresso/spirits, I'll use that to lvl to 465, and do quests till 475, then buy a 475-500 recipe and 2x 500-525 recipes.

    Can you tell us how to get the non-token recipes?

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  6. Yoco: You're right, the lack of recipes for Murglesnout and Sharptooth is strange considering how much of these you end up collecting. If more recipes are added to the Cooking trainer that utilize these common fish that would probably help you shave 3 days off the time. I have other toons I can level if Cooking gets an update, but I'm running out of time to produce these guides before Beta ends, so I'm forced to tackle professions that don't feel polished yet.

    The Fishing Lure is a vendor token recipe, so it won't help the leveling timeline. In fact, it's a bad choice at the moment because the recipe gives you an error when you try to learn it. I know because I bought one a while back and I still can't learn it.

    You might be able to use one of the green WotLK recipes to grind out the first 25 points, I haven't tested that. It wouldn't surprise me if they fix those to be gray at 465 like the Fish Feast. I assume it's not their intent to allow leveling 25 points on WotLK recipes.

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  7. WotLK recipes will take you to 475. Oddly, almost anything *except* Fish Feast. However this cooks to the grey (at 475), so could consume vast amounts of ingredients. Only to be considered if you need to minimise recipes (due to lack of Chef's Awards), and if that's the case Lavascale Minestrone will take you all the way from 450 to 525 in a single recipe, so why try harder?

    (And if you are looking for evidence of Blizzard's dire QA, it's right there in that recipe: That bug was reported months ago, it completely undermines all the complexity of leveling inherent in the other recipes, and the fix requires one line of data to be changed. *sigh* )

    The interesting element of this is that the cooking dailies will go live with 4.0.3a (at least they are live on the PTR). That means you can stockpile recipes. It also potentially means that alts can stock crates of meat, since the meat is tradeable. Finally add in the ability to fish coastal Twilight Highlands and Uldum (the bobber can fetch the contents of waters you cannot physically step inside), and the options for pre-farming are extensive.

    I'm still concerned about 1-300, which doesn't appear (I'm still searching for replacement vendors on the PTR, but none have bene found so far) to have been adjusted for the submerging of Steamwheedle Port, creating the farcial situation where leveling with fish is harder in winter than it is in summer. 420-450 is also far from ideal, with clumsy requirements for those unable to conduct Dalaran dailies.

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  8. So to have a chance at realm first in cooking, you would have to do the first daily between midnight release and the daily reset?
    Also getting the dragon feast through guild achievements would work for 500-525?

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  9. Tadedra: I don't think the old Cooking dailies will be modified to give a skill point. As of today neither one of those quests mentions a skill point as part of the reward. The Cooking quests in Stormwind actually lists the skill point under the reward section.

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  10. Anon: I'm sure the Dragon Feast would work in terms of saving you the last 3 tokens, but the harder part would be unlocking it that quickly. You'd have to recruit 50-100 of your guildmates to do dailies and make Cataclysm recipes with you, then graciously step aside and let you get the Realm achievement. You'd also have to farm the components, which the dragon flank could easily take 10 hours of farming in Twilight Highlands. You could probably double that for the delicate wings. You'd be looking at a minimum of 20 hours of farming just for the feasts, plus the farming 5000 fish for the crafted goods to unlock the Dragon Feast. Perhaps not all off the fishing would fall on you, but it wouldn't surprise me if some of your guild mates were unwilling to step up with free labor on something that doesn't benefit them. I think that would be very hard to pull off, but more power to you if you succeed :)

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  11. "So to have a chance at realm first in cooking, you would have to do the first daily between midnight release and the daily reset?"

    This comment is very valid ! At what time the daily reset happen usually ?

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  12. Wowwiki lists the reset time as 4am. If you're able to log in before that and get the daily done, it would certainly give you a leg up on some people. I'm sure anyone interested in this achievement will do the Cooking daily immediately. I'm don't think this alone would get you the Realm First, I think it would have to be a combination of tactics to pull ahead of anyone else going for Cooking.

    If I were going to try it, I would collect tons of WotLK fish as El outlines above. That could get you past the first three tokens. Obviously doing the SW/Org daily at the earliest possible moment is another important part of it and repeating it diligently on every reset. I would go so far as to be online every morning at 4am as soon as it activates. Even with this - you could get smoked by someone going the Lavascale route. I would purchase the Lavascale Minestrone recipe with my first three tokens and use it. While I mention the caveat that Blizzard could remove any achievement you get, I still think that's how most people will do it. Lavascale isn't exactly easy to come by, you'll still spend hours collecting the fish for it.

    Of course this will all be moot if the Cooking dailies go up before the Cata launch, as people will just build up their stash ahead of time. Then it will come down to who can get online faster.

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  13. The cooking dailies were up on the PTR so I'm guessing that they will be available starting today (if today is indeed the shattering). Any tips if it is?

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  14. I know folks keep saying the Cooking dailies were on the PTR, I never personally checked that as I spent all of my free time testing on the Beta realm. I'm skeptical of the idea that they will let us start doing Cooking dailies before launch, that just seems too easy.

    However, if it actually goes Live like that then Go For It! Do the daily every day and you'll have plenty of tokens to power level on release day. Purchase the Lavascale Minestrone recipe and any others you might need as backup. Fish your arse off when Cata launches and may the best Salty win =)

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  15. Kalgan posted in a interview that they are planning on a seamless switchover, those online at midnight will be simply able to start leveling without a server restart. The cookies dailies are indeed in.

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  16. Yup, I posted that on my Twitter/Facebook feed. Not sure how many peeps are following that, but they got a BIG message a few hours ago :)

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  17. Hey! Cool guide :) Can I get a little clarification though? Fish Feasts will not skill you up over 450 seems to be what some of the comments are claiming?

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  18. Fish Feasts will only get you to 460 before they turn green and then gray at 465. The non-feast "Northrend Spice" recipes turn gray at 475 so it would be a better use of materials to go that route instead of the feasts.

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  19. Since you can do the SW cooking daily at such a low level requirement, you should Farm the daily with as many alts as possible to get the Crate of Meat so that you have some mats and use your tokens you get from your Main to buy recipes. If you are really gung ho about it you could do it on 9 alts to get you some mats so that you would have a distinct advantage come Cata. Spaceboy

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  20. Sorry this is kind of off-topic (although it is about early cooking for new toons). Do you know anything about why Blizz made the recipes for Westfall Stew and Cooked Crab Claw BoP with patch 4.0.3a? Seems kind of weird with no reason.

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  21. What about using the Highland Spirits recipe to go from 450-475 instead of the fish? The ingredients appear to be roughly 3 gold per so it is pricey, but if time (fishing) > money for some players... or does this turn grey sooner than the fish recipes of that level?

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  22. Assuming that Wowhead is correct on this, it looks like the Highland Spirits recipe turns green at 460 and gray at 465. So it would not be viable for getting your skill to 475 by itself. From what I'm seeing, the only Cata recipes that stay green through 475 are the fish/critter meat recipes from the token vendor.

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  23. The recipe Blackened Surprise which use toughened flesh does not seem to be available to buy. I have accumulated 18 toughened flesh from my various alts buying the crates of tasty meat and wonder if Blizzard has withdrawn this recipe and, if so, why is it still be given in crates which are costing 2 cooking awards each?

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  24. Anon: Blackened Surprise is a trainer recipe, not sold by the vendor. From what I can tell, all of the Cata recipes are missing from the trainers right now. I assume this is intentional and once Cataclysm is launched they will be on the trainers.

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  25. Do you know if the cooking trainers in Org/SW in beta were the same ones that offer all the other skills and they'll just offer illustrious when cata goes live - or is there a new trainer somewhere else? Thanks!

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  26. The same trainers that are in major cities now are the ones who will have Illustrious training on release day. I'm updating my recipes lists this week to include these trainers on the Cataclysm recipes for all professions.

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  27. do you think they will change wotlk recipes to not grant lvls above 450 when cata launches?

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  28. No, I don't think they'll do that at this point. They had three months to modify skill points for WotLK items, it's unlikely they will change them now. Of course, they certainly can sneak new things into the Live build, so it's not a guarantee. It's just that my experience in the last few beta tests indicates that if they're going to change that type of thing, they usually do so early on in the Dev process.

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  29. First of all - thanks for this guide, it's been very helpful! Great job!

    A question - you mentioned something about wotlk northern spice recipes making you able to level to 475. Is this still possible? They're green, and I'd say it seems doubtful.

    My idea is to farm Crates of Meat till launch day. When launch arrives, I level as much as I can on Fish Feast, and then proceed with cata recipes. Sounds viable, right?

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  30. Daniel: Glad you like the guide! I think most people are avoiding the fish feast because the fish feast turns gray at 465 and the spice recipes turn gray at 475, meanwhile the fish feasts use 6x more fish than the spice recipes. Since green recipes tend to give skill points 20-25% of the time, there's a good chance you'll use less overall fish by going with spice recipes. However, you could do a hybrid approach where you use Fish Feast to 460 when it turns green, then switch to Northrend spice recipes for the next 15 skill points.

    Keep in mind that most of the tips here are focused on the fastest way to max Cooking for achievements. Some folks don't mind burning through 100+ northrend fish if it gives them a leg up over someone else who farmed crates.

    IMO the crates are equally iffy because the contents are random. If you could be sure of getting 50x of the same type of meat, that would work out great. Unfortunately you could also spend 14 days doing dailies on 10 characters and end up with an even distribution of 23x of the 9 different meats. The most likely situation is that you'd need to supplement the crate plan with fish feasts or spice recipes to make up the gap from how much Cata meat you were able to collect.

    Perhaps the difference here is that some folks would rather use Northrend mats for the first 25 points and save themselves the hassle of farming crates on multiple toons for 14 days? We have no way of knowing which method will end up being the winner, I suspect that neither of these plans will be as critical to your success as how quickly you farm the materials for the other 50 points :)

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  31. My plan:

    I have 40 fish feasts saved up and 80 other fish. Using these to get to 475.

    Got the meats for 500-525.

    Got 15 of one type of meat + recipe. As well as the guppy recipe for 475-500.

    Log in. Get flight license. Upgrade cooking. Take ship to Gromgol, fly to twilight highlands. Fish up 20~ guppies. Make everything. Hope for server first :P

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  32. Good luck - let us know how it turns out!

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  33. Not sure that plan will work against others who may have gone my route. I have had my 9 alts doing cooking daily and buying crates of tasty meat all week. I now reckon I will have enough Cata meat to skill cooking up from 475 to 525 without moving away from trainer. I also have 300 mixed fish to level cooking from 450-475 by cooking the Dalaran recipes with northern spice and as long as they don't go grey until then, that should be enough to get me through.

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  34. I was the one that posted the plan above. I have 9 alts farming crates as well. It's the recipes that are your limitations and the randomness of the meats you get.

    I have 150+ meats but it doesn't matter if you don't have the recipes to cook them on day 1. On my server i've done the dailies every day I believe so far. I'll be able to have 5 recipes. But between the meats 475+ I don't have 5 meats that would be enough to get it all. It's pretty random really. Some people might have a lot more of certain types and be able to just cook it all up without leaving the trainer.
    Unfortunately I got stuck with a lot of sub475 meats :/

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  35. There is definitely a certain amount of luck involved with the crates. It's clear that some folks will do well with them and some won't. Personally I've had at least one crate with only 2 critter meats inside, pretty skimpy. I think most of us will end up needing to supplement our stash with fish. Unfortunately it may turn out that the players who had the grace of the RNG gods will end up carrying the day on Cooking.

    With 150+ meats that would seem to suggest that you have about 15 of each type? With 15 days to do the daily quest on your main, you should have enough tokens for 5 recipes. If I'm correct, you'd be able to purchase 2 of the 475 recipes and 2-3 of the 500 recipes. If you made 10-15 of each of the five recipes it looks like you'd get pretty darn close to the cap with what you've collected? I could be wrong without knowing which meats you have, but it might be workable.

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  36. Me again :P
    I have about 90~ meats in the <475 range. 22 meats in the 475-500 range. ~45 in the 500+ range. So it's in the middle RNG hasn't favored me. Thus having to go for guppies to fill the mix.

    I may get lucky and get 10 blood shrimp and a couple more crocolisk tails and i'll be set to max right at the trainer. But I doubt that :/

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  37. Ouch, that's brutal. You might be able to squeek it out by making all of the 90+ meats and getting as close to 490 (when they turn gray) as you can before you dip into the 475 meats. It's a risk, but if you get lucky on the first wave it could pay off. If I were you I wouldn't purchase any new recipes until Monday night when you see what your final tally on meats is.

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  38. Actually, that is an excellent idea. I wasn't even considering that. I have 32 snake eye. Salted Eyex32 should be enough to get to 490. Then I just need a couple more turtle tongues and a couple more croc tails and I could do it at the trainer.

    Guess i'll see how RNG treats my last 9 crates :P

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  39. Lol, this is what you pay me for right? Wait a sec.... DOH!

    I hope it works out for you though ;)

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  40. What about the 505 recipe Chocolate Cookie? Are the ingredients Fresh water & cocoa beans vendor bought and could this recipe level you to 525? Would be the ideal solution if you are not able to level using tasty meat recipes.

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  41. I never found any Cocoa Beans in the Beta, I checked the various Cooking vendors and didn't see it. I also checked the guy in Twilight Highlands. This recipe certainly would work for about 10 skill points if you had a source for the cocoa beans. I don't think I would purchase the recipe until you locate the beans though.

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  42. Will any cooking trainer in Orgrimmar be able to train Illustrious when cata launches?

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  43. Yes, we've updated all our recipe lists to include the proper trainers in major cities. You can click on any name in the "Location" column to see details on that NPC. Here's the detail page for the Orgrimmar Cooking trainer:

    Arugi

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  44. Just wanted to make sure I could use the trainer in the Goblin Slums.

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  45. No problem :) As far as I can tell all trainers for a particular profession now have the same exact recipes to train.

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  46. Well RNG was a pain for me today. I got all my recipes and meats. I can either level up to 490 with a lower meat. Or just use 15 475 meats I have anyways. Same deal. With way I only have 15 meat I can use to get from 490 to 500.... gotta pray cooking RNG is nice to me.... or someone gives me some of that meat ;p

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  47. First of all, thank you for all this very useful information !

    Your last comment is very important to me. Do we have firm confirmation that any cooking tainer will train illustrious cooking come midnight?

    I am planing to go for Rollick MacKreel in the Borean Tundra. Why?
    1.) I want to be able to click on him like mad without having someone in front of me.
    2.) He is close to the fishing trainer and water and I would love to take my chance also on the fishing server first

    By the way, as of now I have:
    - 26 Fishfeasts
    - 35 Monstrous Claw
    - 60 Giant Turtle Tongue
    - 80 Basilisk"Liver"

    Last point for my macro: if I have learned every cooking recipe pre Cata, how many recipes the cooking trainers will have to train tonight at midnight?

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  48. Check the AH if you need to augment your supply - people are already selling them on my realm. They're not cheap (50-100g each) but a Realm first never is :)

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  49. Really? People on my server are puckered up pretty tight. I'm not sure if a lot of people are trying for server first or what. I managed to get 5 more from a guild. 35 meat from 475-500. Come on RNG!!

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  50. I guess my server is full of slackers or opportunists, hehe. I checked yesterday and saw 4-5 kinds of Cata meat for sale in varying quantities.

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  51. Not to rub it in, but prices are even lower today :) Monstrous claws for 15g, crocolisk tails and dragon flanks for 20g. No meats over 50g each on my realm.

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  52. Im actually gunning for server first 525 cook. I have 2-4 stacks of each meat. I did all of my cooking dailies on 20 toons, even on my bank alts >_< Wish me luck! And I wish the very best of luck to all of you as well!

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  53. Wow, that's amazing effort so far! Good luck with the race, let us know how it turns out =)

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  54. ya same here gunning for 1st. my lowest quantity of meat type is 80 and thats just for 450-477. Its in the bag. I'm either gonna get it or some1 is gonna tie me.

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  55. Wow, I can't imagine how you got that much critter meat but more power to ya!!

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  56. i have 92 Liver, 75 tongue, 60 dragon and around 40 shrimp.. (plus tons of old world mats) so lets hope its enough at 12

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  57. Yea it ended up being pretty variable.Meat on horde was 10g-15g for the most expensive and the same on Alliance was 100g. Part of it may have been that horde got double awards from bacon 8! times in 14 days as compared to zero. Since I have alts on both sides i ended up faction tranfering one to beef up my stocks.

    Their was big money in cata food. I did the daily on a alts server msinly just to raise some cash since I have none. 5 alts for about 10 days most around level 30-40 now have 4k gold more combined then last week

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  58. Nice! If you're not into the realm achievements you can cash in on those who are :)

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  59. welp. no realm first (was gotten in less than 2 minutes after 12.) i didnt get in till 12 21. :(

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  60. Ouch, that seems impossibly fast :( I had a feeling that login problems were going to be an issue, sorry you got bitten by it.

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  61. my total count thou to get to 525, Fish feast to 265, did manta ray + small feast to 475, did tender baked turtles till 498 (turned in daily quest for 2 points for 500, then finished with basilisk liver dog ( 47 Manta, 13 feast, 20 Small, 60 Turtle, and 37 basilisk was my total meat used to 525

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  62. Hi there, Warcraft Econ here.

    Thanks for the guide, it helped me obtain realm first along at reading a thread about the EU realm first cooks. The main thing was beating the login boss, I restarted the game the second the server relog message came up. Logged in and in less than 2 minutes, there was my realm first!

    While wearing chefs hat, disabled all addons, and low graphics setting)

    Fish Feast till 465
    Critter Bites to 475
    Turtle Tongues to 505
    Dragon Flank to 525

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  63. Wow, that's amazing! I wouldn't have thought to turn off add-ons and graphics. Congrats!!!

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  64. If you are starting in Vashj'ir and hate fishing I recommend getting the Seasoned crab and Whitecrest Gumbo recipes first as 2 of the quests there ask you to kill crabs so you will have plenty of mostrous calws and a lot other ask you to kill naga that drop clams that drop blood shrimps.

    This is of course for those who want to level normally as they go along.

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  65. Thanks for the tip Wolflore! I would like to second that, I'm getting good drop rates of various critter meats as well. This wasn't really the case in Beta, so clearly they tweaked that. I'm not planning to power level Cooking either, so it's good to know that people are actually able to gather the materials at a reasonable rate if they choose to play normally :)

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  66. You should have told people to just get the Trout recipe, NO IF's and's or but's about it, the pools are everywhere in Hyjal and you can catch 20 in 6 or 7 minutes, Lurkers ONLY come from random casts, way to unreliable. Lavascale are random as hell too, if you want to try buying xome on the AH, good luck, they are spendy. If really you want to level cooking fast,get the Mountain Trout recipe.

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