WotLK Cooking Guide: 1- 450 (WoW Classic Leveling)


Be it for leveling or for raiding, food is a very good consumable. That’s why cooking has always been regarded as a useful profession. However, with the WotLK release and items like Great Feast and Fish Feast cooking lost some of its value. Now it’s enough for only one person in the raid to have the needed skill to feed the whole raid. Still, if you’d like to be self-sufficient and have a supplemental source of income, continue reading this WotLK cooking guide.

Cooking is most easily leveled when paired with fishing. Despite that, some players can’t stand fishing. This guide was made for them.

You can either farm the mats needed from the auction or go farm them yourself. My suggestion is to just buy them, it will save you a lot of time. There are many recipes in the game and will take you quite a while to buy them all. That’s why I included only those recipes which are simple to get.

Total mats needed for 1 – 450 Cooking

Cooking guide WoW Classic

Start by learning cooking from one of these trainers:

Horde trainers

Alliance trainers

Apprentice cooking (1 – 75)

You can buy the mats from the cooking vendor next to the trainer. 

Or you can do:

These recipes are the best because you can learn them directly from the trainer, and the mats are easy and cheap to find on the auction house. 

Don’t forget to train Journeyman cooking (75 – 150) once you reach skill level 50.

Journeyman cooking (75 – 150)

This recipe is another one you learn directly from the trainer. The Spring Water can be bought from the vendor next to the trainer. And Clam Meat is usually very cheap on the auction house.

From this point on, you’ll have to purchase recipes from vendors around the world.

This part of the guide can be a bit annoying without obtaining the Recipe: Bristle Whisker Catfish. It is sold by the fishing/cooking supplies vendor in Stormwind, Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, or Orgrimmar. 

Don’t forget to train Expert cooking (150 – 225) once you reach skill level 125.

Expert cooking (150 – 225)

Alliance players can buy Recipe: Curiously Tasty Omelet from Kendor Kabonka in Stormwind. Horde players can buy it from Keena in Arathi Highlands and Nerrist in Stranglethorn Vale. 

  • 175 – 225
    55x Roast Raptor – 55x Raptor Flesh (This recipe goes yellow at 215, so you might need to make a bit more than 50.)

What makes this recipe the best in this step of the guide is that is sold by some of the same vendors as the Curiously Tasty Omelet – Horde players can also buy it from Keena or Nerrist. However, Alliance players will have to go to Arathi Highlands and buy it from Hammon Karwn or down to Stranglethorn Vale to buy it from Corporal Bluth.

Furthermore, the mats for Roast Raptor and Curiously Tasty Omelet drop from the same mobs. That means you can farm the mats easily yourself, or they will be on the auction house in the same abundance. 

Don’t forget to train Artisan cooking (225 – 300) once you reach skill level 200.

Artisan cooking (225 – 300)

There are many options you can do for this part of the guide. My personal favorite is this one. The reason I like it so much is that you can the Recipe: Monster Omelet in Felwood. Alliance players will have to visit Malygen, and Horde players will have to visit Bale. You’ll have to visit those vendors anyway for the next step, so might as well do the Monster Omelets.

If you want some alternatives, you can buy Recipe: Tender Wolf Steak from Dirge Quikcleave in Tanaris. You can always take the portal from Dalaran to Caverns of Time to get there quickly. 

Both recipes are sold by Malygen and Bale. Before going to Felwood, check the auction house for Bear Flank prices. If they are too expensive, you can farm them from the bears in Felwood.

This is surely the most annoying part of the whole guide. First, you’ll have to travel to Silithus, which is in the middle of nowhere. Then you’ll have to do the quest Desert Recipe and the follow-up Sharing the Knowledge. Then you’ll have to farm the meat from the sandworms in Silithus if there’s no meat on the auction house or it’s too expensive.

Cooking guide TBC

Master cooking (300 – 350)

Learn Master cooking (300 – 375) from one of these trainers:

Horde trainers

Baxter in Thrallmar, Hellfire Peninsula

Alliance trainers

Gaston in Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula

Both of these recipes go yellow at 320, so you might need to make a bit more than 25.

Alliance players can buy the Recipe: Ravager Dog from Sid Limbardi in Honor Hold. Horde players can buy it from Cookie One-Eye in Thrallmar. 

Recipe: Buzzard Bites is a reward from a quest chain that starts with Ravager Egg Roundup.

Both of these recipes go yellow at 345, so you might need to make a bit more than 25.

Alliance players can buy both these recipes from Uriku in Telaar, Nagrand. Horde players can buy it from Nula the Butcher in Garadar, Nagrand. 

Cooking guide WotLK

Start by learning cooking from one of these trainers:

Horde trainers

Howling Fjord: Thomas Kolichio
Borean Tundra: Orn Tenderhoof
Dalaran: Awilo Lon’gomba

Alliance trainers

Grand master cooking (350 – 450)

The cooking trainers in Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra will give you the quest Northern Cooking. Bring them 4 chilled meats and they will teach you this recipe. 

This recipe will start yellow, so you might need to make more than 15.

  • 365 – 380
    You’ll be able to learn a lot of new recipes from the trainers. Check the auction house which one sells the best, or has the cheapest mats, and then cook it. You can always cook the one you are going to use yourself. There is no one size fits all solution. 

The alternative is to cook Kungaloosh, but you will learn that recipe only after finishing a quest chain in Sholazar Basin and then talking with the NPC Washed-Up Mage Dalaran Sewers.

Also, Kungaloosh has no value as a consumable and will be hard to sell. I wouldn’t recommend crafting it if you didn’t already finish the quest chain. 

  • 400 – 450
    At this point in time you will be able to do Dalaran cooking daily quests. Each quest will reward you with Dalaran Cooking Award. You can trade those awards for new recipes at the cooking supplies vendor.

Slowly start buying those recipes and cooking them. I suggest first buying the recipes you will use yourself or the ones you think are the most profitable. 

It may be somewhat of a longer process, but with a little bit of patience, you’ll easily level your cooking to max skill level.