Pay-to-play Cooking training
This guide aims to assist players in training Cooking by using the most effective methods available. The Grand Exchange prices of items will fluctuate, so it is advised to check the prices before buying and selling supplies in large quantities.
Fastest experience[edit | edit source]
Levels 1–30: Poison karambwan[edit | edit source]
From level 1 to 30, the fastest experience is gained by 1-tick cooking raw karambwan into poison karambwan. Karambwan can be cooked without tick delay by holding down 1 and rapidly using raw karambwan on a fire or range. This method costs money, but the overall loss will be relatively small as reaching level 30 would take less than ten minutes.
Note that cooking poison karambwan does not have any requirements, unlike cooked karambwan.
168 successfully cooked poison karambwan are required to reach level 30. Players are advised to buy at least 500 raw karambwan, as the burn rate is high at lower levels. Assuming all 500 raw karambwan are used to reach level 30, this would result in a loss of -187,500. If the player is not going to use tick manipulation, it is recommended to cook other fish (see below) as this is cheaper and it would offer similar experience rates.
Levels 1–30: Cooking fish[edit | edit source]
Alternatively, players can cook various fish for early experience. This is slower than cooking poison karambwan, but it is a lot cheaper and less click-intensive.
The fish needed for each level range are shown in the table below. It is recommended to buy roughly 2.5 times more raw fish than the amount of successfully cooked fish needed, as the burn rate is fairly high at lower levels.
|Levels||Fish||XP each||XP needed||Successfully cooked fish needed||Raw fish needed|
|1–5||Sardine||40||388||10||25 Raw sardine|
|5–10||Herring||50||766||16||40 Raw herring|
|10–15||Mackerel||60||1,257||21||53 Raw mackerel|
|15–20||Trout||70||2,059||30||75 Raw trout|
|20–25||Pike||80||3,372||43||108 Raw pike|
|25–30||Salmon||90||5,521||62||155 Raw salmon|
Levels 30–99: Cooked karambwan[edit | edit source]
Completion of the quest Tai Bwo Wannai Trio is required to successfully cook karambwan.
1-tick cooking karambwan provides the fastest Cooking experience in the game. Karambwan can be cooked without tick delay by holding down 2 and rapidly using raw karambwan on a fire or range. However, this requires a lot of click accuracy and can be difficult to do consistently for longer periods of time.
With good performance, players can cook up to 5,000 karambwan per hour. This equates to 950,000 experience per hour assuming the player does not burn any karambwan. However, due to the click-intensive nature of this method, players are more likely to cook around 4500–4800 karambwan per hour. Without tick manipulation, players can gain up to around 285,000 experience per hour at best.
Players stop burning karambwan at level 93 in the Hosidius kitchen, and as low as level 87 with the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary finished.
- Successfully cooked Karambwan required: from level 80 - 58,150
- Experience acquired: 11,048,363
- If 80-99:
- Total raw: 21,806,250
- Total cooked (if none burned): 28,319,050
- Profit (if none burned): 6,512,800
Other methods[edit | edit source]
Levels 10–99: Bake Pie[edit | edit source]
Baking pies using the Bake Pie spell offers relatively fast experience at a low amount of effort. It also offers a decent amount of passive Magic experience, which can be useful for some players. However, this method is usually fairly expensive due to the low supply of uncooked pies, and some options may not be viable due to low trading volumes.
Compared to cooking pies on a range, Bake Pie is cast at a rate of once per 3 ticks instead of the usual 4 ticks, yielding 25% faster cooking speeds. An inventory of 27 pies takes 81 ticks (48.6 seconds) to cook. Additionally, the pies never burn.
Experience rates and costs are shown in the table below. The experience rates assume players bake 1885 pies per hour, which would also give 113,100 passive Magic experience per hour. The costs assume the player is wearing a steam battlestaff or other items that give unlimited water and fire runes.
|level||Item||XP each||XP/h||Supply cost each||Profit each||Profit/XP|
Levels 35/68–99: Jug of wine[edit | edit source]
Making jugs of wine offers relatively fast experience. This method costs money, but it is usually fairly cheap depending on the Grand Exchange prices. It requires more attention than cooking fish or casting Bake Pie, however.
Jugs of wine are made by combining grapes with jugs of water to make unfermented wines, and after 12 seconds they will ferment into jugs of wine. Wines ferment in the bank, so players do not have to wait for the wines to ferment in the inventory. The 12-second timer resets each time the player makes a new jug of unfermented wine, whether banked or in the inventory, which means a large stack of wine in the bank can ferment all at once. Successfully making each jug of wine grants 200 experience.
Grapes are added to jugs of water at a rate of once per 2 ticks, which is double the rate most items are cooked on a range or fire. This, combined with the high 200 experience per jug of wine, is why wine has such fast experience rates. However, with only 14 produced per inventory, making jugs of wine requires more attention than most other cooking items, as one inventory of ingredients can be combined every 16.8 seconds, compared to the 67.2 seconds it takes to cook an entire inventory.
Players can gain up to 490,000 experience per hour from level 68 onwards. Below level 68, there is a chance for a jug of bad wine to be produced for 0 experience.
Jugs of wine required: 62,147
- Experience required: 12,429,399
- 37 per jug of water
- 30 per grapes
- 3 value per Jug of wine
- -64 cost per wine
- -0.32 cost per XP
- -3,977,408 cost from level 68-99
- -156,800 cost per hour (at 490k rate)
- Experience per hour: 470k to 490k
- Time spent: 25 hours 30 minutes
Levels 30–99: Cooking fish[edit | edit source]
Cooking fish requires very little attention, and it usually breaks even or profits slightly at higher levels. However, this method is a lot slower than the others, so it is only recommended for players who seek for a very low-effort alternative and do not want to spend a lot of money doing it.
For this method, it is strongly recommended to get the cooking gauntlets from the Family Crest quest. When worn, they reduce the burn rate for lobsters, swordfish, monkfish, sharks, and anglerfish. This will greatly increase experience rates when cooking these fish. Without the gauntlets, players can expect to get notably slower rates.
It is also strongly recommended to have 100% favour in Hosidius for access to the cooking ranges in the Hosidius Kitchen. They provide a 5% increased chance of successfully cooking food over standard cooking ranges. This is increased to 10% with completion of the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary, which requires level 84 Cooking (boostable). Cooking fish in the Hosidius Kitchen offers comparable or slightly higher experience rates than at the ranges in Myths' Guild or Mor Ul Rek because of the increased cooked rate, despite the ranges being slightly further away from a bank. The Hosidius ranges remain comparable or better until level 93, after which it becomes faster to cook anglerfish on a normal range.
Cooking one inventory of fish takes around 1 minute and 14 seconds in the Hosidius Kitchen, including banking. Players can cook up to 1365 fish per hour in the Hosidius Kitchen, or 1435 fish per hour in Myths' Guild or Mor Ul Rek.
The fish and experience needed for each level range are shown in the table below. The experience rates assume the player is wearing the cooking gauntlets (where applicable), and they take the burn rates into account. The amounts of raw fish needed are only rough estimates, so more or less fish may be needed.
|Levels||Fish||XP each||Approx. XP/h||XP needed||Successfully cooked fish needed||Raw fish needed (approx.)|
|30–40||Tuna||100||85k–100k||23,861||239||350 Raw tuna|
|40–62||Lobster||120||120k–165k||296,580||2,472||2,780 Raw lobster|
|62–80||Monkfish||150||165k–200k||1,652,264||11,016||12,400 Raw monkfish|
|80–84||Shark||210||275k–285k, up to 300k if none burned||965,305||4,597||4,750 Raw shark|
|84–99||Anglerfish||230||305k–330k||10,083,058||43,840||46,500 Raw anglerfish|
Cooking locations[edit | edit source]
Cooking most foods takes four game ticks, and 28 can be cooked per inventory. Therefore, a full inventory takes 112 ticks or 67.2 seconds, making Cooking one of the least attentive skills in the game.
Assuming no banking and no food burned, players could cook up to 1,500 food items per hour; however, factoring in bank-time, players can expect between 1,300 and 1,400 items per hour. The following table compares the different cooking locations by their bank proximity and corresponding items cooked per hour. The table assumes the bank distance is ran, no food is burnt, and that banking takes 3 seconds (5 ticks).
|Location||Spaces from bank*||Time to cook full inventory and bank||Food cooked per hour (assuming 0 burned)||Benefits||Location|
|Theoretical maximum||0||67.2 seconds (112 ticks)||1500||N/A||N/A|
|Myths' Guild||0||70.2 seconds (117 ticks)||1435||Has a stove and a bank diagonally next to the stove, making it better than the Rogues' Den due to it being a stove and not a fire. Requires completion of Dragon Slayer II.||Right next to the bank. The mythical cape will teleport you there directly.|
|Rogues' Den||0||70.2 seconds (117 ticks)||1435||The banker (Emerald Benedict) is just a step away from the fire and never moves, allowing players to cut down on time spent walking. The fire is everlasting, so there is no need to worry about relighting it, saving inventory space. On the downside, Rogues' Den only has a fire as the means to cook, so it is only usable for cooking fish or meat, and it does not offer the benefit of reduced burning on a range.||Start of the Rogues' Den, just below the Burthorpe pub. A games necklace will bring you very close to the pub.|
|Mor Ul Rek||0||70.2 seconds (117 ticks)||1435||A sulphur vent is located right next to a bank chest. The TzHaar will only allow those who show a fire cape to the TzHaar-Ket guarding the entrance to enter this area.||In the inner area of the city.|
|Cooks' Guild||2||71.4 seconds (119 ticks)||1411||Few players, so peaceful cooking environment. Requires a chef's hat and 32 Cooking to enter. Completion of the Hard Varrock Diary or 99 Cooking is required to use the bank.||Just south of the Grand Exchange. Can be teleported to directly with a skills necklace.|
|Hosidius clay oven||6||73.8 seconds (123 ticks)||1365||Decreases the chances of burning your food by 5%, and up to 10% with completion of the elite Kourend & Kebos Diary. Requires 100% Hosidius favour to use.||South-east of the Mess Hall.|
|Wintertodt Camp||8||75 seconds (125 ticks)||1344||Because it counts as a campfire, there is a higher chance of burning than a range. It is, however, very easy to access and everlasting.||Just 8 tiles south-west of the Wintertodt bank chest.|
|Catherby||17||80.4 seconds (134 ticks)||1253||Fish can be picked up from those training fishing nearby, resulting in slower experience but at no cost.||Just east of bank. Close to Camelot teleport.|
|Lumbridge Castle||22||83.4 seconds (139 ticks)||1208||Reduces the level at which food is burned. Requires completion of Cook's Assistant Quest. This location is not recommended at higher levels when food is no longer burned, but may save time at earlier levels, as trips take longer but more food is successfully cooked. It's slightly faster to stand east of the ladder before going up so you don't run around the ladder. Only certain foods have this reduced burning chance; see Cooking range (Lumbridge Castle) for more details.||Ground floor of the Lumbridge Castle. Close to the Lumbridge Teleport spell location.|
*Running takes 0.5 ticks per square. To find out how many ticks it will take to run, simply count the spaces from the bank. For example, a bank 4 tiles away will require you to traverse 8 tiles (there and back), so crossing 8 tiles at 2 tiles per tick, it will take 4 ticks.
Quests for Cooking experience[edit | edit source]
|Rag and Bone Man I||500||-||-|
|Big Chompy Bird Hunting||1,470||30||5 , 30|
|Heroes' Quest||2,825||53||55 , 53 , 25 , 50|
|Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf||5,000||22||17|
|Tai Bwo Wannai Trio||5,000||30||15 , 5|
|Recipe for Disaster||28,000||70||175 , 48 , 50 , 53 , 53 , 25 , 59 , 40 , 50 , 40 , 40 , 10 , 10 , 36|
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