With over 100 different recipes in Breath of the Wild, players need to know the best recipe for stat boosts, hearts, and stamina.
Food and cooking are essential parts of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with some recipes having significantly more power than others. Food in both ingredient form and cooked form can help Link a great deal, as can elixirs, with each helping Link gain back health and stamina, sometimes providing other benefits like cold or heat resistance. Knowing what recipes are best is a vital survival skill with all of the different enemies Link encounters and the landscapes he explores.
Even though Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was released five years ago, players are still spending their time exploring all that Hyrule has to offer and even still discovering new things. The depth of the game and amount of things to discover seems almost endless, and that includes all of the elixirs and the sometimes weird cooking combinations in BOTW. The game features 118 different food dishes that can be cooked and 12 basic elixirs with variations. Food recipes use only food ingredients, whereas elixirs require a combination of critters and monster/guardian parts.
With so many ingredient combinations to make different recipes and elixirs, it is a benefit to know which will have the most benefit to Link on his travels through Hyrule. Given that Breath of the Wild does not have a mechanism for you to track each recipe easily, having a handy reference is imperative when exploring the wild. Note that the following recipes give the exact ingredients needed for the listed outcome; these recipes can be made with other ingredients for a product with less significant effects.
BOTW’s Best Elixir Ingredient Combinations
Elixirs are made from a combination of critters (e.g. frogs, insects, lizards) and monster parts, which Link can also sell for items Kilton’s Monster Shop in BOTW. The type of critter used results in the type of elixir made and the monster parts affect the duration of the elixir’s effects. The most powerful monster parts are Bokogoblin Guts, Moblin Guts, Lizalfos Tail (all types), Lynel Guts, Keese Eyeballs, Modulga Guts, Hynox Guts, Ancient Core, and Great Ancient Core. Link can make 11 different types of powerful elixirs using those monster parts and any of the listed critters.
- Hearty Elixir (Extra Hearts) – Hearty Lizard
- Energizing Elixir (Restores Stamina) – Restless Cricket, Energetic Rhino Beetle
- Enduring Elixir (Extra Stamina) – Tireless Frog
- Hasty Elixir (Increases Movement Speed) – Hot-Footed Frog, Hightail Lizard
- Sneaky Elixir (Increases Stealth) – Sunset Firefly
- Mighty Elixir (Increases Attack) – Bladed Rhino Beetle
- Tough Elixir (Increases Defense) – Rugged Rhino Beetle
- Spicy Elixir (Cold Resistance) – Summerwing Butterfly, Warm Darner
- Chilly Elixir (Heat Resistance) – Winterwing Butterfly, Cold Darner
- Electro Elixir (Electric Resistance) – Thunderwing Butterfly, Electric Darner
- Fireproof Elixir (Flame Guard) – Smotheringwing Butterfly, Fireproof Lizard
The following special ingredients add even more time to elixirs:
- Shard of Dinraal’s Fang – 630 seconds
- Shard of Dinraal’s Horn – 1800 seconds
- Shard of Nydra’s Fang – 630 seconds
- Shard of Nydra’s Horn – 1800 seconds
- Shard of Farosh’s Fang – 630 seconds
- Shard of Farosh’s Horn – 1800 seconds
Knowing how to cook better in BOTW by using the right ingredients can unlock many recipe combinations. The best ingredients are not always needed and what players use will depend on the situation and environment that Link is facing. It is always beneficial to have multiple elixirs on hand for any occasion.
BOTW’s Best Recipes For Hearts
Heart restoration recipes are by far one of the most important recipe types in Breath of the Wild. At the start of the game, Link starts with only three hearts so every bit of health-increasing food helps. The following food recipes will grant Link all the hearts he could need and sometimes even extra.
- Fish and Mushroom Skewers (Full Recovery + 20 Extra Hearts) – 3 Big Hearty Truffles, 2 Hearty Salmon
- Fish Skewer (Full Recovery + 20 Extra Hearts) –
- Copious Seafood Skewers (Full Recovery + 10 Extra Hearts) – 2 Hearty Salmon, 1 Hearty Bass, 1 Hyrule Bass, 1 Sanke Carp
- Steamed Meat (Maximum 28 Hearts) – 4 Raw Gourmet Meats, 1 Endura Carrot
- Glazed Mushrooms (Maximum 28 Hearts) – 4 Big Hearty Truffles, 1 Courser Bee Honey
- Glazed Meat (Maximum 28 Hearts) – 4 Raw Gourmet Meats, 1 Courser Bee Honey
- Steamed Fruit (Maximum 28 Hearts) – 4 Hearty Durian, 1 Endura Carrot
BOTW’s Best Recipes For Stamina
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has a lot of climbing, and, depending on the player’s skill level and available weapons, a lot of running from enemies. Link can burn through his stamina wheel very quickly, even when the Link’s stamina wheels are maxed out in BOTW. The following recipes will restore or increase Link’s stamina, which definitely comes in handy for those high climbs or mad dashes to safety.
- Enduring Fried Wild Greens (Adds 2 Extra Stamina Wheels) – 5 Endura Carrots
- Enduring Steamed Meat (Adds 1 Extra Stamina Wheel) – 2 Endura Carrots, 2 Endura Shrooms, 1 Raw Gourmet Meat
- Enduring Steamed Mushrooms (Adds 1 Extra Stamina Wheel) – 2 Endura Carrots, 3 Endura Shrooms
- Energizing Salt-Grilled Fish (Refills Maximum 3 Stamina Wheels) – 2 Staminoka Bass, 2 Stamella Mushrooms, Rock Salt
- Energizing Honey Candy (Refills Maximum 2 4/5 Stamina Wheels) – 5 Courser Bee Honey
BOTW’s Best Condition-Resisting Recipes
Given all of the different climates that Link travels through in Breath of the Wild, he is bound to run into some inclement weather. Cold-resistant, heat-resistant, and electric-resistant foods are a necessity when traveling through these areas unless players attempt at making Link fireproof in BOTW. Recipes labeled as “spicy” have a cold resist effect, “chilly” have a heat resist effect, and “electro” have an electric resist.
- Spicy Steamed Mushrooms (30 Minutes Cold Resist) – 3 Sunshrooms, Warm Saffina, Shard of Farosh’s Horn
- Spicy Fish Skewer (30 Minute Cold Resist) – Sizzlefin Trout, 3 Fairies, Any Dragon Horn Shard
- Spicy Fruit and Mushroom Mix (12:30 Minute Cold Resist) – 4 Spicy Peppers, Sunshroom
- Spicy Sauteed Peppers (12:30 Minute Cold Resist) – 5 Spicy Peppers
- Chilly Fruit and Mushroom Mix (30 Minutes Heat Resist) – 3 Chillshrooms, Hydromelon, Shard of Farosh’s Horn
- Chilly Veggie Rice Balls (11 Minutes Heat Resist) – 4 Cool Saffina, Hylian Rice
- Electro Fish and Mushroom Skewer (30 Minute Electric Resist) – 3 Voltshroom, Zapshroom, Shard of Farosh’s Horn
- Electro Fish Skewer (30 Minute Electric Resist) – 2 Voltfin Trout, 2 Fairies, Shard of Any Dragon Horn
- Electro Simmered Fruit (30 Minute Electric Resist) – 4 Voltfruit, Monster Extract
BOTW’s Best Movement Speed Recipes
Many Breath of the Wild players learn early on in the game that sometimes running away from the enemy is the best option. Whether it is an enemy too powerful or just unexpected, sometimes Link just needs to run instead of fight. Luckily, there are foods that can help make Link even faster.
- Hasty Fruit and Mushroom Mix (30 Minute Speed Boost) – Fleet Lotus Seeds, Rushroom, Shard of Farosh’s Horn
- Hasty Veggie Cream Soup (11:20 Minute Speed Boost) – 2 Swift Carrots, Fresh Milk, Rock Salt, Monster Extract
- Hasty Apple Pie (10:10 Minute Speed Boost) – Cane Sugar, Apple, Fleet-Lotus Seed, Goat Butter, Tabantha Wheat
BOTW’s Best Defense & Attack Recipes
Boosting Link’s defense or attack stats is beneficial when dealing with BOTW‘s most powerful enemies. “Tough” dishes help increase Link’s defense stat while “mighty” dishes increase his attack stat. There are an abundance of recipes for each category depending on what the player needs at the time.
- Tough Salt-Grilled Fish (4:50 Minute High Strength Defense Boost) – Ironshroom, Fresh Milk, Rock Salt, 2 Armored Porgy
- Tough Omlet (4:50 Minute High Strength Defense Boost) – 4 Ironshroom, Bird Egg
- Tough Porgy Meunière (4:50 Minute High Strength Defense Boost) – Tabantha Wheat, Goat Butter, 3 Armored Porgy
- Mighty Herb Sautè (5:30 Minute High Strength Attack Boost) – 2 Mighty Porgy, Mighty Thistle, Bird Egg, Goron Spice
- Mighty Simmered Fruit (30 Minute High Strenth Attack Boost) – 4 Mighty Bananas, Shard of any Dragon Horn
- Mighty Simmered Fruit (10 Minute High Strenth Attack Boost) – 4 Mighty Bananas, Monster Extract
BOTW’s Best Stealth Recipes
While some players take on Breath of the Wild using an all-out frontal attack, others may play with more stealth and cunning. Either way, there are some moments in Breath of the Wild where stealth is necessary, especially when facing the Yiga Clan. Luckily for Link, there are some recipes that increase his stealth and make him harder to detect.
- Sneaky Fried Wild Greens (30 Minute Stealth Boost) – 3 Silent Princesses, Fairy, Shard of Farosh’s Horn
- Sneaky Steamed Fish (10 Minute Stealth Boost) – Silent Princess, 2 Silent Shrooms, 2 Sneaky River Snails
- Sneaky Fried Wild Greens (10 Minute Stealth Boost) – 5 Silent Princesses
With so much to explore in Hyrule, players are still discovering secrets in Breath of the Wild and need to be prepared to take on anything. Food recipes and elixirs are essential to boost Link’s health, stamina, and stats. These recipes will also be helpful to know for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 when it releases.
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