Idlescape – Basic Cooking Guide

Cooking Guide for New Players


Cooking is a semi complex skill that requires a bit of experimenting with ingredients to get a solid grasp on, however it is a very useful skill to help supply you with all your food and potion needs. In order to start, you need to put some ingredients into the cooking pot, such as one carrot and one shrimp in order to make a dish/meal.

The listed ingredients above will make a Kebab, which is a decent food option starting out. The +0 comes from the size of ingredients added, which can be improved by adding more of the same ingredients. You also get +1 for every 30 effective cooking levels.

You will also obtain one cooking shard for every 5 minutes spent cooking, which can be used towards The Golden Spoon, the Legendary Cooking tool.

Ingredient List:

  • Raw Chicken: Cooking Ingredient. Clucked its last cluck.
  • Raw Beef: Cooking Ingredient. Fresh, never frozen!
  • Spider Legs: Cooking Ingredient. It is somehow difficult to thread on a skewer.
  • Goblin Brain: Cooking Ingredient. They are dumb. They are sad. Their brain run by Runecrafting. Beat them.
  • Pepper: Cooking Ingredient. Don’t sneeze or you’ll dump too much ore into the forge! Achoo!
  • Salt: Cooking/Crafting Ingredient. For some reason it reminds you of yourself. A great chef! … Probably.
  • Ashes: Cooking Ingredient. The remnants of life.
  • Sugar: Cooking Ingredient. A sugar rush would definitely make you more efficient!
  • Honey: Cooking Ingredient. Why do fish like this so much?
  • Milk: Cooking Ingredient. mooooooooo
  • Butter: Cooking Ingredient. This really didnt take a lot of effort to make like everyone is saying…
  • Egg: Cooking Ingredient. GEG, scrambled egg.
  • Mushroom: Cooking Ingredient. Kinda makes you feel like checking the roots of things.
  • Carrot: Cooking Ingredient. Build your own snowman kit. Just add water and coal!
  • Chili Pepper: Cooking Ingredient. So hot you feel like you could almost smelt ores with it!
  • Potato: Cooking Ingredient. What’s ‘taters, eh?
  • Pumpkin: Cooking Ingredient. Such a weird melon!
  • Tomato: Cooking Ingredient. Definitely a fruit.
  • Apple: Cooking Ingredient. Didn’t fall far from the tree.
  • Wildberry: Cooking Ingredient. Like a blueberry, but wild.
  • Banana: Cooking Ingredient. Gather ’em up in bunches!
  • Wheat: Cooking Ingredient. How many of these do I need to make a Straw Hat?
  • Rice: Cooking Ingredient. You’re telling me a Limpe fried this rice?
  • Sageberry: Cooking Ingredient. The ultimate big brain berry.
  • Choccy Milk: Cooking Ingredient. Do you even know what chocolate is? … Well, it’s brown.

Difficulty and Size

On each ingredient, there is a difficulty and size rating. Difficulty is how complex a dish is made by adding it to the pot, which in turn makes the success rate lower and the time to cook higher. The higher your effective level, the more complex dishes one can make.

Size on the other hand, is the size of the ingredients Tag, such as three Vegetables for a Pumpkin or Two Meat and Fish for a Raw Trout. These play a hand in recipes such as the Kebab mentioned above which requires at least one Veggie and one Meat to create. You can make a stronger level of Kebabs by doing 1x Pumpkin and 1x Raw Tuna which would come out as a higher quality. Another Decent but advanced food is 1x Raw Beef, Raw Chicken and Raw Trout which would be Meat Roast. These are just some examples, there are many other recipes that can be found with some Experimentation or asking some fellow players.


While meals are mainly for Combat, Alchemy is mainly for Skills. Some foods have certain Buffs on them, such as Inferno on Pepper. These can be made into potions, which disregard the Type of an Ingredient. They instead use Alchemy Size and Normal Size in its creation. Of course, to make a potion, one will need a vial which can be crafted using some sand and heat, then the targeted buff item, then you can increase the amount of stacks the potion will give, as well as the potent it is, by adding more Alchemy Size to it, however it will become increasing more difficult to create a potion the more complex it is.

Ladles and Hats

A useful tool for cooking is a Ladle, which can be obtained from Goblins in Combat. There are few different types of base ladles, but they are the same, the searing ladle being an exception which is earned from the Goblin Settlement Dungeon. When augmented, they’ll increase your effective cooking level as well as give you a few hidden levels of haste when equipped. These can be enchanted with some useful enchantments, such as Master Chef to help you with your cooking.

  • Lesser Ladle: This could help you with cooking even if it doesn’t look like much! Grants 2 hidden levels of haste while cooking.
  • Ladle: This could help you with cooking! Grants 2 hidden levels of haste while cooking.
  • Greater Ladle: For when you’re allowed only a single spoonful. Grants 2 hidden levels of haste while cooking.
  • Searing Ladle: Almost too hot to handle! Burned food rewards full experience. Grants 3 hidden levels of haste while cooking.

Another useful piece of equipment is a Chefs Hat, which is also obtained from the Goblin Settlement Dungeon. It comes with three Enchantment Slots and will increase your effective cooking level when Augmented.

  • Chef’s Hat: Kinda smells like your childhood meals. They must have really sucked since this hat came from a Goblin.

I sincerely hope this was helpful. Good luck to you!

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