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Cooking Guide
Version Final
November 17, 2006
by "darklao"

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1. Introduction
2. Outfit Acquisition/Controls
3. Skills and Training
4. Weapons
5. Food List
6. Basic Ingredient Locations
7. Recipe List/Locations
8. Frequently Asked Questions
9. Contact/Copyright


============
Introduction
============

This guide may contain information that could be considered spoilers. I will
try to avoid giving any information that is related to the plot (and really,
that should be possible), but, you know, caveat emptor.

===========================
Outfit Acquisition/Controls
===========================

Pick up the bottle from the beach on Deserted Island on the way back from the
crystal room. You'll be able to access La Chef Beach on the world map. Head
over there and go through the short quest to catch the monkey.

When you're wearing the cooking outfit, you'll be able to hit the ! symbol in
the southeast room on the ship or at various locations around the game. Once on
the cooking menu, just select one or two ingredients to add to the pan (d-pad
and A or stylus tap), then move up to the pan and hit A or tap to start
cooking. If you have entered a combination of ingredients that cannot be made
into something, the game will tell you and cancel the job (no ingredient loss),
if he can't cook it yet, it is either a level 2 or 3 dish and you'll have to
raise your cooking skill before you can make it. You get the skill to create
level 2 dishes at level 55 and level 3 dishes at 85.



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Training and Skills
===================

Cooking is one of the most straightforward skills to raise. You can raise it
by fighting in the Mr. Cuisine outfit with a weapon that boosts cooking skill,
or by using the combat skills, but by far the fastest way is just to cook
things.

The best experience seems to come from the highest level dish you can make that
has more than one ingredient, although cooking comes with a hefty price tag if
you're buying ingredients, so you might as well cook all the stray fish and
meat that comes your way. Also, if you have the patience to cook your potions
as you play the game, it will save you money and train your cooking quickly.

To get from level 5 (that you get with the outfit) to level 10, where you can
begin to cook level 1 dishes, mix Tropical Fruit and Water to make Fruit Juice.
Tropical Fruit is free on Deserted Island, you can Gut crabs for Water. It
shouldn't take more than a handful of Fruit Juices. They level you very
quickly before level 10.

Some great level 1 dishes:
Potion = Water + Herbs (useful!)
Any Meat + Spices = Kebab (cheap ingredients, good exp)
Salad = Lettuce + Tomato (buyable ingredients, good exp)
Hamburger Steak = Meat + Wild Game (plentiful drops, good exp)

Building Hamburger Steaks is great for setting up for the next gap. You should
also save your Chicken (unless you're maxed out on it), to use for Chicken
Bites, rather than burn them on Kebabs (use Rotten Meat for that).

From level 55 to 85, same deal, except with level 2 dishes. Also, you can cook
the last three basic fish BBQ recipes (Pirahna, Tuna, Swordfish). If you've got
your fishing up to a level where you can catch Pirahna, you can level your
fishing by catching them, level your cooking by cooking them, and then sell
them for 200 a pop to fuel the rest of your cooking skill training.

Great level 2 dishes:
Orange + Potion = Plus Potion (useful!)
BBQ Pirahna = Pirahna
Cheeseburger = Hamburger Steak + Bread
Chicken Bites = Chicken + Flour
Thai Curry = Coconut + Spices

After 85, there's no really easy choice. Your best bets are Borscht (Tomato +
Potato) and Mystery Herbs (Mystery Meat + Herbs). Both of these contain one
buyable ingredient and one you'll have to grind for. For potatos, I recommend
the screen right before the town with the 5 worms, as you can pop in and out of
both sides to respawn the worms. The Gut skill will force the potato drop, so
you can use that with a knife to speed the process up, or you can work your
Shadow Thief to steal the potato if you need to train it. For Mystery Meat, I
recommend using Gut on the purple bugs in the desert at Aegis.

The other level 3 dishes either require far too much useless cooking (Bass
Stuffing), or multiple rare ingredients (Tuna Sushi, Jambalaya, Steak), or
both (Loco Moco). Definitely make them if you have the stray ingredients, but
although many of them give better experience than Borscht, the investment in
time and button presses stops it from being worthwhile.


Cooking Skills in Menu Order:

Gut
---
Uses 1 EP
Strikes Thrice and may result in some food.
Requires a cleaver.

Comments: This is a nice skill, both for combat during the game, as it hits
rapidly three times for good damage, and for forcing drops. It seems to force
a drop of the highest priority foodish item. Usually meat, but in special cases
other things (Crabs and slimes drop Water, Refrigerators drop Egg). "Requires
a cleaver" means that you must be wielding one of the chef-only slashing
weapons: Fruit Knife, Cleaver, or Ginsu. Great skill.

Flambe
------
Uses 2 EP
Burn nearby enemies.
(Fire)
Requires a frying pan.

Comments: Not bad, but no Gut. Does decent damage. Requires one of the two pans
in the game--Frying Pan, or Nonstick Pan. Pretty much outclassed by the 1 EP
Gut in every way.

Creamsauce
----------
Uses 5 EP
Pour on the hot sauce.
(Fire)
Requires a frying pan.

Comments: Level 100.

Chef Etiquette
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Always active.
Allows the preparation of level 1 cuisine.

Comments: ZZZzzzZZZzzz... Eh? Whazzat?

Hunt
----
Always active.
+10% damage against animals.

Comments: Free damage, yayz.

Kitchen Savvy
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Always active.
Allows the preparation of level 2 cuisine.

Comments: Good stuff. They really balanced the cooking nicely compared to the
fishing. At level 55 it's a little bit of a grind, but not bad at all.

Ingredients
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Always active.
Increases the chances of finding food.

Comments: Not sure I ever really noticed the difference, but at least it does
something to increase the rate of your food loots.

Meat Cred
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Always active.
Allows the preparation of level 3 cuisine.

Comments: Hooray... but it's too bad all the level 3 cuisine is kind of boring.
Anywho, at level 85 it's not too far to climb, and now you can complete that
food screen.



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Weapons
=======

Fruit Knife (Slashing)
-----------
Offense: 5
Chefs only.
Cooking + 10%
A small knife used to slice fruit.

Location: Caldoaxa shop.

Cleaver (Slashing)
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Offense: 16
Chefs only.
Critical hit +12%
Useful for chopping up meat and fish.

Location: Aegis shop.

Ginsu (Slashing)
-----
Offense: 19
Chefs only.
Cooking + 20%
A light, rustproof modern knife.

Location: Treasure chest, Habara.

Tenderizer (Striking)
----------
Offense: 19
Chefs only.
Tenderizes even tough cuts of meat.

Location: Aegis shop.

Frying Pan (Striking)
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Offense: 12
Chefs only.
Cooking +15%
Steel frying pan cooks up the tasty dishes.

Location: Ft. Eagle Vending Machine, Old Lady by the door to the Caldoaxa
underground (steal/kill).

Nonstick Pan (Striking)
------------
Offense: 31
Chefs only.
Cooking +25%
This heat-conducting prototype is rare.

Location: Treasure Chest, Caldoaxa (requires level 2 lockpicking)



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Food List - Screen Order, Ingredients
=========

1-01  Chicken
1-02  Meat
1-03  Wild Game
1-04  Mystery Meat
1-05  Rotten Meat
1-06  Killifish
1-07  Carp
1-08  Catfish
1-09  Salmon
1-10  Pirahna
1-11  Sardines
1-12  Bass
1-13  Red Snapper
1-14  Tuna
1-15  Swordfish
2-01  Lettuce
2-02  Tomato
2-03  Potato
2-04  Herbs
2-05  Coconut
2-06  Apple
2-07  Orange
2-08  Strawberry
2-09  Melon
2-10  Grape
2-11  Tropical Fruit
2-12  Water
2-13  Milk
2-14  Flour
2-15  Rice
3-01  Egg
3-02  Spices
3-03  Coffee Beans
3-04  Juice            = Habara vending machine (beach)
3-05  Cola             = Habara vending machine (beach)
3-06  Canned Coffee    = Habara vending machine (beach)
3-07  Canned Stew      = Habara vending machine (beach)
3-08  Dough            = [1] Flour + Water
3-09  Butter           = [1] Milk
3-10  Ham              = [1] Meat + Coal
3-11  Steamed Rice     = [1] Rice + Water
3-12  Bread            = [1] Dough
3-13  Pie              = [2] Dough + Butter
3-14  Hamburger Steak  = [1] Meat + Wild Game
3-15  Coal             = [0] Any Cooking Failure
4-01  BBQ Chicken      = [0] Chicken
4-02  BBQ Meat         = [1] Meat
4-03  Savory BBQ       = [1] Wild Game
4-04  Mystery BBQ      = [0] Mystery Meat
4-05  Rotten BBQ       = [1] Rotten Meat
4-06  BBQ Killifish    = [1] Killifish
4-07  BBQ Carp         = [1] Carp
4-08  Cajun Catfish    = [1] Catfish
4-09  BBQ Salmon       = [1] Salmon
4-10  BBQ Pirahna      = [2] Pirahna
4-11  BBQ Sardines     = [1] Sardines
4-12  BBQ Bass         = [1] Bass
4-13  BBQ Snapper      = [1] Red Snapper
4-14  BBQ Tuna         = [2] Tuna
4-15  BBQ Swordfish    = [2] Swordfish
5-01  Cheeseburger     = [2] Bread + Hamburger Steak
5-02  Mystery Herbs    = [3] Mystery Meat + Herbs
5-02  Steak            = [3] Meat + Butter
5-04  Croquette        = [2] Potato + Ham
5-05  Fancy Soup       = [1] Potato + Milk
5-06  Chicken Bites    = [2] Chicken + Flour
5-07  Coconut Milk     = [1] Coconut
5-08  Strawberry Milk  = [1] Strawberry + Milk
5-09  Apple Pie        = [2] Apple + Pie
5-10  Fried Egg        = [1] Egg
5-11  Ham n' Eggs      = [2] Egg + Ham
5-12  Rice Pilaf       = [2] Rice + Butter
5-13  Bass Stuffing    = [3] Bass + Pie
5-14  Raisin Bread     = [2] Grapes + Dough, Grapes + Bread
5-15  Melon Bread      = [2] Melon + Dough, Melon + Bread
6-01  Jambalaya        = [3] Rice + Tomato
6-02  Potion           = [1] Herbs + Water
6-03  Elixir           = [?] Potion + Coal
6-04  Plus Potion      = [2] Potion + Orange
6-05  Swanky Soup      = [2] Fish + Flour
6-06  Loco Moco        = [3] Hamburger Steak + Steamed Rice
6-07  Borscht          = [3] Tomato + Potato
6-08  Tuna Sushi       = [3] Tuna + Steamed Rice
6-09  Carp Sushi       = [2] Carp + Steamed Rice
6-10  Salad            = [1] Lettuce + Tomato
6-11  Kebab            = [1] Meat + Spices
6-12  Coffee           = [1] Coffee Beans + Water 
6-13  Thai Curry       = [2] Coconut + Spices
6-14  Latte            = [1] Coffee + Milk
6-15  Fruit Juice      = [0] Tropical Fruit + Water



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Basic Ingredient Locations
==========================

For the sake of brevity, I will generally list only the easiest locations.

Apple - Purchase in Aegis, Ghosts in Caldoaxa
Bass - Ocean, Docked Ship (fishing)
Bottle - Docked Ship (Required for free water)
Carp - Ft. Eagle, Aegis (fishing)
Catfish - Ft. Eagle, Aegis (fishing)
Chicken - Bats in Caldoaxa, Birds in Aegis
Coconut - Shake from trees in Aegis desert
Coffee Beans - Caldoaxa Spice Shop
Egg - Any bird type monsters, Refrigerators in Habara
Flour - Aegis shop
Grapes - Aegis shop
Herbs - Caldoaxa Spice Shop, Aegis shop
Killifish - Aegis  (fishing)
Lettuce - Aegis shop
Meat - Good animal types (cow, sheep, goat, etc.)
Melon - Ft. Eagle guards, Aegis shop
Milk - Cows, Refrigerators in Habara
Mystery Meat - Bug type monsters
Orange - Aegis shop
Pirahna - Ft. Eagle, Aegis (fishing level 2)
Potato - Green worm type monsters
Red Snapper - Ocean, Deserted Island (top), La Chef Beach (beach)
Rice - Ft. Eagle guards
Rotten Meat - Undead type monsters
Salmon - Ft. Eagle, Aegis (fishing level 2)
Sardines - Ocean, Docked Ship (fishing)
Spices - Caldoaxa Spice Shop
Strawberry - Aegis shop
Swordfish - Ocean (fishing level 2)
Tomato - Aegis shop, red worm type monsters
Tropical Fruit - Shake from trees on Deserted Island
Tuna - Ocean (fishing level 2)
Water - Caldoaxa/Aegis wells (requires bottle), crab and slime type monsters
Wild Game - Evil animal types (e.g. Snakes at Ft. Eagle or Aegis)


=====================
Recipe List/Locations
=====================
Chapter references point to specific information contained in my full guide at:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/portable/ds/game/930222.html

5-01 ~Hamburger~        = Buy from Ft. Eagle Vending Machine
5-02 ~Steak~            = Steal/Drop red monster, Aegis secret room (Chap 5)
5-03 ~Croquette~        = Akumojo treasure chest (Chap 9)
5-04 ~Fancy Soup~       = Ft. Eagle treasure chest (Chap 4)
5-05 ~Chicken Bites~    = Steal/drop Caldoaxa old lady by underground entrance
5-06 ~Apple Pie~        = Steal Aegis old lady by palm tree
5-07 ~Rice Pilaf~       = Aegis treasure chest (Chap 5)
5-08 ~Jambalaya~        = Caldoaxa treasure chest (Chap 6)
5-09 ~Potion~           = Buy from Ft. Eagle outdoor convenience shop dude
5-10 ~Swanky Soup~      = Steal from Naked Chef, La Chef Beach
5-11 ~Loco Moco~        = Steal from Naked Chef, La Chef Beach
5-12 ~Borscht~          = Akumojo treasure chest (Chap 9)
5-13 ~Carp Sushi~       = Steal/drop Habara vacuum
5-14 ~Salad~            = Steal/Drop Caldoaxa old lady by weapon shop entrance
5-15 ~Thai Curry~       = Aegis treasure chest (Chap 5)


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Frequently Asked Questions
==========================

Question: Okay, but what does all the food do?
Answer: Generally speaking, all you really need to know is that potions cure
80 HP and have negligible consumption times, Elixirs cure poison, Water cures
burn. Everything else, well... some foods boost stats in small ways. Might be
slightly useful during a boss fight, or the very very early game... but I
doubt it.

Question: Are you going to write down all the food descriptions and stats?
Answer: Probably not, but possibly. As it's not really hugely relevant to the
game play, it's not really a priority.

Question: Is there a recipe for the canned liquids you buy in that vending
machine in Habara?
Answer: It's possible, but who knows? If you find one, let me know.

Question: What is the difference between, say, DEF +10 and DEF^ +10?
Answer: If a food says "DEF +10," it seems to boost your DEF by 10 during its
consumption time... as for the "DEF^ +10" and similar, I have no idea. It
could be a bonus to experience (although I tested this a bit, and either my
levels were already too high for a handful of the food to register, or it does
something else), or it could be a modifier to the routine that governs what
you can gain experience from. I've tested a few things and never seen it do 
anything, so... who knows, man? Whatever it is, it doesn't seem to be very
significant.


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Contact and Copyright
=====================


Contacting Me;

If you have any corrections or additions to this guide, please do let me know.
Send a note to darklao@gmail.com for inclusion in the next revision.  Please
include the phrase "Contact cooking guide" or something in the subject line so
I don't just toss it.

If you find a recipe for the canned drinks, let me know.

Of course any meaningful contributions to this guide will be credited in an
obscure bit at the end of the guide that nobody will read anyway. Like right
here.---> Special thanks to FemmeFromMars and lostmuted for nailing down some
of the recipe levels. And to Spadgos for finding the elixer recipe and sending
it to me.

If you have other questions about the game, please feel free to ask them on the
board at: http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/gentopic.php?board=930222
You stand a much better chance of getting help there than by mailing me.

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