The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild best cooking recipes guide

 Cooking bonuses and fairies explained 

Cooking bonuses are usually random bonuses that can happen when you're cooking up food and elixirs, and is denoted by a special sound effect. If you don't want to leave it to chance, you can guarantee a bonus by cooking during the Blood Moon, or by using a Star Fragment or Dragon body part as an ingredient. 

These are the random effects that a cooking bonus can confer:  

  • One extra yellow heart
  • Three extra yellow hearts
  • Two extra stamina wheel parts (yellow or green)
  • Additional five minutes duration
  • Added effect level increased to next tier

Fairies are pretty rare but very useful. They usually hang out around Great Fairy Fountains, but you can find them in tall grass occasionally. Keeping one in your inventory will allow you to escape death. The fairy will replenish your HP gauge at the moment you would otherwise die, and then it'll bugger off.

You can also use them in cooking, but don't panic, they don't get cooked up. Instead they hover around the cooking pot and will enhance the potency of the dish or elixir you're making.

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