How to add effects to dishes
Cooking in Breath of the Wild is simple. You just throw some ingredients in a pot and 99% of the time, you'll get a meal out of it. But if you want to utilise your ingredients to make dishes with particular buffs, like increased speed, or stamina regeneration, it gets slightly more involved.
There are 11 different effects available and you can achieve them by adding a particular ingredient, like a herb, nut, or vegetable, to a dish. For example, cooking a fish in a pot on its own will turn it into a fish skewer that will restore two hearts. But if you throw a fish and a spicy pepper into a pot, you'll get pepper seafood, which will restore three hearts as well as providing a measure of cold resistance.
Once you know the effects and the ingredients that bestow them, you can prepare dishes for any occasion.
The ingredients also have a potency grade that essentially make the buff better, but it varies slightly within the categories. Grade E is the weakest, while A is the strongest.
These ingredients fully restore your HP gauge and buff it with extra hearts. The amount of extra hearts depends on the potency, ranging from one yellow heart (grade E) to five yellow hearts (grade A). The effects stack so you can throw in two grade E hearty ingredients for more yellow hearts.
It's worth noting that cooking a single hearty ingredient will produce an item of food that will fully replenish your HP gauge, regardless of how many hearts it's made up of, so these are particularly handy for later in the game when things get really tough.
Energizing ingredients restore stamina. The amount recovered depends on the potency grade of the ingredient, but effects stack, so the more you add, the more stamina will be replenished.
Enduring ingredients will give you extra stamina, temporarily increasing the size of your stamina wheel. The effects stack, so the more you add to a recipe, the bigger the extra yellow stamina bar will be.
The following categories of materials can be stacked in recipes to increase the level of the finished dish, with one being the lowest, and three being the highest. These dishes produce an effect which generally last for a set amount of time, so higher levels will mean that the effect lasts longer.
Using ingredients with higher potency grades also increases the level of the final dish, so stack ingredients or use grade A or B to get a level three meal.
- Hasty - Movement speed up
- Sneaky - Stealth up
- Mighty - Attack up
- Tough - Defense up
- Spicy - Cold resistance
- Chilly - Heat resistance
- Electro - Shock resistance
- Fireproof - Flame guard
Once you know the effect of an ingredient, its grade and how long the effect lasts, you'll become a gourmand in no time, or you can flog the dishes for some extra rupees.