Pay-to-play Cooking training

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This is a guide which aims to assist players in training Cooking in pay-to-play by using the most effective and efficient techniques and methods.

This guide may not always be up to date (mainly concerning GE prices). Remember to check the Grand Exchange prices before purchasing ingredients.

Useful Equipment[edit | edit source]

Cooking gauntlets[edit | edit source]

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Cooking gauntlets are heavily recommended to prevent burning food. With the gauntlets equipped, they can prevent burning food at levels lower than without them equipped. To obtain them, the Family Crest quest must be completed.

Cooking Brawling gloves[edit | edit source]

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Cooking brawling gloves can be obtained as a very rare drop from revenants, the Chaos Elemental, and the rare drop table. When worn, they provide an additional 50% experience when cooking, but when used at or above level 47 Wilderness, they provide an additional 300% Cooking experience instead.

The gloves are best used either with the barbecue in a Clan Citadel or near the lever to the Mage Arena bank for maximum experience gain with minimum banking times. This can yield up to 800,000+ experience per hour when cooking sharks or rocktails. However, players will have a rather high burn rate without the cooking cape since players cannot use cooking gauntlets or Sous chef's mitts as a replacement.

Torstol Incense Sticks[edit | edit source]

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Each potency level of torstol incense sticks provides a 0.5% increase to base XP gain. The potency level will increase every 10 minutes and will reach its maximum at level 4. Overloading consumes 6 sticks but instantly provides the maximum potency (2%).

Sous chef's outfit[edit | edit source]

Wear as much of this outfit as you own. Can be gained through Treasure Hunter or the Gnome restaurant minigame.

Image Outfit Piece % XP
Sous chef's toque.png or Modified sous chef's toque.png (Modified) Sous chef's toque 1%
Sous chef's jacket.png Sous chef's jacket 1%
Sous chef's mitts.png Sous chef's mitts 1%
Sous chef's trousers.png Sous chef's trousers 1%
Sous chef's shoes.png Sous chef's shoes 1%
Full Set Effect 6%

Cooking urns[edit | edit source]

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Cooking urns will significantly increase experience rates per hour by up to 20%.

If using Cooking urns together with bank presets, it may be a good idea to use an inventory preset with a new cooking urn (r) along with an activated cooking urn. This method sacrifices one inventory space for the convenience of not having to bank again for new urns, and guaranteeing the start of another urn right after one is being teleported away.

Portable ranges[edit | edit source]

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Portable ranges are similar to bonfires and provide maximum convenience for banking. They provide a 21% bonus to base Cooking experience, have the same burn rates as a standard range, have a 5% chance of producing an additional food item (which is sent to the bank but does not provide any experience), and can be placed anywhere by the player, even right next to a bank.

Each range lasts 5 minutes once placed and can either be purchased from the Grand Exchange or obtained from Treasure Hunter.

Portable ranges can commonly be found on world 84 (Portable Skilling) or world 99 (Community Cooking Training), usually at the Lumbridge Market ("LM"), north of the castle by the bank chest. This allows players to cook on the range often without even moving from the spot in front of the bank chest.

Cooking Potions[edit | edit source]

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If the player has 104 Herblore (boostable), it is recommended to use extreme cooking potions. Once at level 82 Cooking, the extreme cooking potion grants the maximum level boost of +17.

Clan avatar[edit | edit source]

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Activating your weekly buff will boost Cooking XP by 3% (up to 6% with fealty bonus).

Cooking cape[edit | edit source]

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The Cooking cape, when worn, prevents players from burning food. This is incredibly useful for high-level products like summer pies, which often have a high burn rate even with cooking gauntlets and 99 Cooking. This also allows the gloves to be swapped out for brawling gloves if cooking in the Wilderness.

Dwarven army axe[edit | edit source]

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Upon completion of the Troll Warzone, the dwarven army axe provides an extra 3 experience when it is equipped whilst cooking food, apart from cheese. This is great for lower-levelled players.

Miscellania collecting raw fish[edit | edit source]

After finishing the quest Throne of Miscellania you can set up your kingdom to gather raw fish. If allocated and well-funded, subjects will gather raw swordfish and raw tuna, and a good amount of raw fish available to be cooked can be collected – either every day, or after a few days. This is a good method for ironmen accounts which do not want to fish in order to train Cooking.

The introduction of high level bosses, and Menaphos fishing means that players could alternatively stock on high level fish such as raw sharks and rocktails from bosses such as those in the Heart of Gielinor. Menaphos fishing is rather fast and close to a bank, supplying players with a good amount of raw catfish, beltfish and desert soles which go rather cheaply on the Grand Exchange.

Relic powers[edit | edit source]

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Players with level 118 Archaeology can activate the Inspire Genius relic power at the mysterious monolith for a 2% experience increase to Cooking.

Recommended method (1-99+)[edit | edit source]

This is a fast but more expensive way to advance the Cooking skill level. Note that the money needed until next step column accounts for the money that will be earned back from selling the cooked fish. Fishing them yourself will give a sizeable amount of fishing experience along with a greater profit because it reduces the cost of ingredients to 0 (minus any cost for lures, e.g. feathers).

A side note: A slower, but more reliable way to train cooking is to check out the food chart under the cooking skill page to see what the best food you can cook without burning is, then cook that food. That means there's a certain number of items you must cook, without leaving things to chance or burning. The XP/hour below assumes around 1400 cooks per hour with no bonuses.

With cooking urns:

Cooking urns speed up the experience rates. In addition, it takes fewer supplies to level up. Players willing to spend time training Crafting to be able to use higher-level urns may find it easier to train Cooking, as the lower number of fish to be cooked can make a big difference in how often a character has to bank while cooking, as well as fewer fish to catch or buy. This means making a large investment of time in training Crafting, however.

  • Training with meat may be done by going to Neitiznot's yak pen where people leave the meat on the ground. There is a range and bank near to make easily cooking banking and collecting.

Remember: burning a piece of food does not yield experience, so it is always better to plan on having extra money.

At level 85, some players switch to cooking pies with the lunar spell so that they gain experience comparable to shark or better, but also gain Magic experience (at the expense of runes). This requires 65 Magic. As the quest Lunar Diplomacy requires 65 Magic to complete, skill boosts will not work. Lunar spell-cooked pies will never burn.

Cost of leveling[edit | edit source]

Without cooking gauntlets[edit | edit source]

With cooking gauntlets[edit | edit source]

Alternative method (cooking gauntlets)[edit | edit source]

You can also cook Sharks as an alternative to Rocktails and Monkfish. At 90 Cooking, you will burn roughly 7% of your sharks, which still works out at a higher xp/h rate than monkfish and will probably be more profitable. If you're using a Master Flameproof Aura and cooking gauntlets, you no longer burn sharks at level 90 Cooking. The table above does not account for burning either type of fish.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • All tables assume the cooking is done at a fire.
  • Another option is to cook Cavefish, which would sometimes make more profit than sharks from 94-99.
  • If you do not want to do Rocktails from 94-99, as they are fluctuating everyday and may cause loss, you can do Sharks from 94-99.
  • A player with 80 Cooking and cooking gauntlets will burn fewer than 2% of swordfish on a fire; therefore, it can be to one's advantage to begin cooking swordfish at an earlier level.
  • If one wears cooking gauntlets and cooks using a range rather than a fire, the burn rate of monkfish at level 86 is less than 0.5%. This may be a cheaper and more efficient method of levelling than swordfish.
  • Baking pies with the Bake Pie spell in the Lunar spellbook makes for quick Cooking experience, but is very costly.

Cooking on bonfires[edit | edit source]

Bonfires are a great way of training Cooking for both members and non-members. Cooking on a bonfire will earn a player 10% more experience. Additionally, compared to a range they can be placed and so are often closer to a bank.

Recommended places to cook[edit | edit source]

An excellent place to cook is on a hosted portable range, usually found at the Lumbridge Market on World 84. Players may use the "Portables" friends chat to discover current locations of range portables. This allows you to gain 21% bonus experience, as well as extra food items 5% of the time, all without having to move from the spot right in front of the bank chest.

Below is a comprehensive list of commonly used locations to cook (any other location close to a bank can be used too). If you still wish to use a regular range, oven or similar, a list of some places more suited for cooking follows.

Popular bonfire/Portable range hosting locations[edit | edit source]
Permanent bonfire locations[edit | edit source]
Pay-to-play range locations[edit | edit source]
Free-to-play range locations[edit | edit source]

Alternative methods[edit | edit source]

Below are some alternate methods to level Cooking without burning fish; however, it will most likely be slower than the method above. It is recommended to use the above method to attain level 50 Cooking before beginning. It is possible to get 1,960 Cooking xp with 1 inventory of trout.

Clan Citadel[edit | edit source]

If you are in a clan with a cooking plot (barbecue) a substantial amount of Cooking experience can be gained weekly.

Cooked sweetcorn[edit | edit source]

Not exactly a profitable method, but it's effective. Simply buy a lot of sweetcorn, and cook it for 104 Cooking experience per corn. This method, although not profitable, is very cheap. You can get 2912 experience per inventory, more if using a bonfire. As it only requires 28 cooking to cook, this is great experience for lower levels.

At level 67 Cooking, cooked sweetcorn can then be added to Chopped tuna to make Tuna and corn and turned into a Tuna potato at level 68 for additional experience and a small profit.

Chocolate cakes[edit | edit source]

This method is potentially profitable, although can be time consuming, simply by adding chocolate bars at 349 coins each to cakes at 275 coins each, making chocolate cakes which sell for 1,073 coins. You gain 30 Cooking experience and 449 coins per chocolate cake.

At today's prices, this method is profitable.

Gunnarsgrunn cooking[edit | edit source]

This method neither makes nor loses money, so it can be quite helpful for players without a lot of money. Since many players power-fish salmon and trout at Gunnarsgrunn, you can easily light a fire with the trees nearby and cook all the fish that they drop. After that, drop the cooked fish and pick up the new fish the players have dropped. Since the fish are cooked, alternating between dropping and eating is both more effective and uses less clicks than simply dropping. It can be more efficient if you can get one of the other players to directly trade you the fish. This method is helpful to both players, the fisher gets more experience per hour[clarification needed] and the cooker gets a free way of gaining Cooking levels. An alternative is to disassemble the fish for Invention XP and components.

Wine[edit | edit source]

While this method makes you lose a lot of money (-86,702 gp per inventory), it is very fast experience at upwards of 700,000 experience per hour. 14 grapes are used with 14 jugs of water to make 14 unfermented wines which, after 12 seconds, become jugs of wine granting 200 experience each, up to 2,800 experience if no jugs of bad wine are made. Wine is made very fast, and can ferment in the bank. As wine only requires level 35 Cooking to make, it becomes very difficult to fail.

Curry[edit | edit source]

As an alternative to swordfish, at level 74 you may choose to cook curry as you will get much more experience, and will not burn any at that level. However this method is also much more expensive. Cooking 6,626 uncooked curry is required to get you to level 84. Cooking curry gives the most experience in one step, making it faster than any other item that takes 4 ticks to cook, such as rocktail. However wine can be made 4 times faster and is therefore faster experience than curry.

Dairy churn[edit | edit source]

Main article: Dairy Churn

Churning cheese wheels gives 64 experience per bucket of milk. There are also milkmaids near milk cows from whom milk can be bought.

Players can double their experience (to 128 xp) from dairy production by having a farm totem and an elder cow in a pen at the player-owned farm (requires level 49 Farming and level 60 Construction). Players can quadruple their experience (to 256 xp) by having farm totems and elder cows in both pens at the player-owned farm (requires level 71 Farming and level 60 Construction).

Completing quests[edit | edit source]

Some quests grant Cooking experience. Refer to the main article for more details.