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    Cooking Skill Gain Guide by deathbeforelife

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    Table of Contents
    1) Introduction
    2) Version History
    3) Skill Gain Theory
    4) The Guild, The Shop, The Imaging, The Exams
    5) Favored Recipes
        5a)  0 - 10
        5b) 10 - 20
        5c) 20 - 30
        5d) 30 - 40
        5e) 40 - 50
    6) Ingredient Shopping Locations
    7) Contact
    8) Usage
    9) Credit
    10) Thanks
    (1) Introduction
    The purpose of this guide is to help beginning cookers level their skill.
    The recipes listed here are not the only way to cooking greatness, but they
    aim to level you with the least amount of lost gil, balanced with conservation
    of time.  I do not guarantee any finite cost for this guide, as supplies and
    products vary in price from server to server, day to day.  Any recipes which
    are expected to give you a good enough profit to be noticed will be marked
    with (!).
    To get from section-to-section, search for the section number within
    parentheses.  These are unique within the document. IE, if there were a
    section 31, you would search for the string "(31)".  Of course, we all
    know there is no Section 31.
    On a side note, this is the first guide I have written, despite having been
    a reader of GameFAQs since it first opened its electronic doors.  Some of you
    know me from the message boards as deathbeforelife.  Even fewer of you know
    me as Willian of the Quetzalcoatl server.  Most of you probably have no idea
    who the hell I am.  So... fair warning.  This is probably poorly written, as
    it is a first attempt.  If you see anything that really annoys you, send me
    an email with "your guide sucks" in the title.  If you have anything to add
    to the guide, throw it my way, and I'll probably put it in here eventually,
    when I get around to updating the guide.  It's time for me to shut up now
    and get to guiding you.  Not that any of you are actually reading this anyway.
    (2) Version History
    0.52 - 06/20/2004       Initial Version
                            Basic Information
                            Recipes up to level 52
    (3) Skill Gain Theory
    The most important factor in skill gain is level of recipe.  For best results,
    I have found that cooking 5-7 levels above your current skill with guild
    support is optimal.  You will still have failures, but not many, and you will
    receive good skill-ups.  I pick a recipe which is 5-7 levels above me, get
    three to five stacks of ingredients, and cook like mad.  This way, you can
    get away with only paying for support twice.  If a recipe is losing gil and
    you can safely switch to another which is 5-7 levels above you, switch, but
    if the recipe is breaking even, or even making gil, I suggest cooking to the
    cap, since such recipes aren't very common.
    The second factor in leveling any skill is day of the week versus crystal used.
    Cooking on the day of the week which is the same as the crystal used will
    produce less failure, but lower skill gains.  This is good if you are tight
    on cash, and patient.  Cooking on the day of the week which is strong against
    the crystal used will produce higher failure rate, but higher skill gain.  If
    you have spare gil, don't mind failure, and want to level in the least amount
    of synths, this is the way to go.  Of course, if you are really in a hurry,
    like I was, you won't pay attention to the day of the week at all, and synth
    when you have time.
    Water > Fire > Ice > Wind > Earth > Lightning > Water
    Light and Dark are opposites, and are strong against each other.
    (4) The Guild, The Shop, The Imaging, The Exams
    The cooking guild is located in Windurst Waters.  The main NPCs you will
    be interacting with are Kopopo, who runs the Guild Shop, Kipo-opo, who
    gives out Advanced Imaging, and Piketo-Puketo, who will sign you up to join
    the guild, and also handles testing to break the next level cap.  The shop
    is in the hut on the right, and the imaging and testing NPCs are in the hut
    on the left.
    The shop sells cooking supplies from 05:00 to 20:00, on all days except
    Darksday, when it is closed.  The guild has a limited stock of each item,
    and the price is based on how many were bought in recent days.  If more
    are bought, the price goes up, but if days go by and less are bought, the
    price will drop.  The guild also has a maximum quantity it can hold of any
    given item, so you can only sell back so many in any given day.
    Imaging Support comes from more than one NPC in the guild, but you want to pay
    Kipo-opo for Advanced Imaging Support.  It raises your skill more than the
    free versions.  It costs 30 gil, plus 30 more for each 10 levels you have in
    cooking.  The cost is really worth it, because the cost of multiple failed
    synths can really destroy your gil supply.  Each round of support should last
    you around 18 synths, so if you have three stacks of supplies, you should
    be able to get away with two rounds of support.
    Every ten levels of skill, you need to take a test to be able to raise your
    skill higher.  You may take the test two levels early, and I suggest you take
    it as soon as you can.  To pass the test, you must bring Piketo-Puketo a
    certain dish.  You don't have to cook it your self, you may bring one from the
    auction house, but that wouldn't have the same feeling of achievement, now
    would it? Each time you break a level cap, your rank in the guild increases,
    and you get a new title next to your level.  Below is a list of items you must
    cook for the next rank.
    Level  0: Amateur    - N/A
    Level 10: Recruit    - Salmon Sub
      Earth Crystal      Black Bread           Apple Vinegar
      La Theine Cabbage  Mithran Tomato        Smoked Salmon
      Crying Mustard
    Level 20: Initiate   - Pea Soup
      Fire Crystal       Distilled Water       Blue Peas x 3
      Wild Onion         Dried Marjoram
    Level 30: Novice     - Vegetable Gruel
      Fire Crystal       Distilled Water       Tarutaru Rice
      Frost Turnip       Chamomile             Batagreens
      Rarab Tail
    Level 40: Apprentice - Meat Mithkabob
      Fire Crystal       Wild Onion            Kazham Pepper
      Cockatrice Meat    Mhaura Garlic
    Level 50: Journeyman - Apple Pie
      Fire Crystal       Pie Dough             Bird Egg/Lizard Egg
      Faerie Apple       Cinnamon              Maple Sugar
    (5) Preferred Recipes
    Recipes marked with ** denote recipes supplied by others, and are not my own
    suggestion.  Many of them may be as good or better than the path that I took,
    this is just to give credit where it is due.  For many levels, multiple
    options exist.  The level ranges listed are not firm, but I do not recommend
    starting before the minimum listed.  You may do so, but you will fail more
    frequently than I would prefer myself.  In most cases, the upper limit is not
    where you should stop, but rather where you must stop, as it is the skill cap.
    I will mention in the description of the recipe if I believe you shouldn't
    continue crafting to the cap.
    I will try to explain the pros and cons of each option as best I can, but
    every thing I say may not be true on your server.  Before you pick a single
    recipe to cook, check the auction house.  You should consider the price of
    ingredients which you must buy there, along with the going rate of the
    product of your synthesis.  Also, note the speed at which the products sell,
    as well as how many are already for sale.  If they sell one or two a day, and
    there are already ten on the auction block, you may want to consider selling
    back to an NPC for a loss, or picking another recipe.  I have tried to pick
    recipes which sell back well at the least loss, but this isn't possible at
    every single level, especially the first few.
    (5a) 0 - 10
    Lost of choices, none very good.  Don't get discouraged, the largest loss
    comes from the first five or six levels.  I personally leveled on carrot
    broth, pebble soup, boiled crayfish, then sliced sardines.  I believe that
    carrot broth might want to be replaced by hard-boiled egg.  Check the auction
    house on your server and decide for yourself.  Before level 5 it is not
    required that you get travel to Windurst, but after that, you should most
    certainly go to the guild and seek support to get the most out of your
    cooking.  If you do travel to the guild, you can start the first few recipes
    at level 0.
    0 - 3
    Carrot Broth (yield 4)
      Water Crystal      San d'Orian Carrot x 4
      pros  - Uses Water Crystal
            - Supplies can be bought from vendors
            - No Imaging required
      cons  - Loss of gil
            - Sells slowly at AH
      plan  - Sell back to vendor and cut your losses.  Might sell at AH, but
              very slowly, and not for very much.
    0 - 4
    Hard-boiled Egg **
      Fire Crystal       Bird/Lizard Egg       Distilled Water
      pros  - Sells back to AH at lower gil loss than Carrot Broth
            - No Imaging required
      cons  - Uses Fire Crystal
            - Supplies must be bought from auction house or farmed
      plan  - Sell back to Auction House.  Not really sure about the cap on this.
    2 - 5
    Pebble Soup **
      Fire Crystal       Distilled Water       Flint Stone x 3
      pros  - Easy to farm flint stones
            - Water is cheap
            - No Imaging Required
            - Leads well into Sliced Sardine
      cons  - Uses Fire Crystal
    - Does not stack
            - Does not sell back well at AH
      plan  - Sell back to NPCs
    2 - 6
    Grilled Hare **
      Fire Crystal       Hare Meat             Dried Marjoram
      pros  - Good to use yourself, if you are a starting melee
            - Very easy to farm meat
      cons  - Uses Fire Crystal
            - Does not stack
      plan  - Sell back if they sell well, or eat them yourself.
    4 - 6
    Boiled Crayfish
      Fire Crystal       Crayfish              Distilled Water
      Rock Salt
      pros  - Crayfish easy to fish, and will level your fishing skill
            - Water + Salt cheap to buy
      cons  - Uses Fire Crystal
            - Sells back very poorly
            - Potential HUGE loss of gil
      plan  - Pretty bad... Consider using Grilled Hare instead.  Check your AH,
              though, it might sell okay on your server.
    5 - 11
    Sliced Sardine (yield 2)
      Wind Crystal       Bastore Sardine
      pros  - Yields 2
            - Uses only one ingredient
            - Sells back fairly well, at no loss, or even some gain
      cons  - Uses Wind Crystal
      plan  - Cook as many as you can.  Take this to level 11, as you can gain
              skill with your only loss being from failures.  Don't forget to
              take the exam before you hit 10.
    (5b) 10 - 20
    Here you will probably lose more gil.  This is the last stage where this will
    really happen, though, so hang in there.  Again, before you level, check the
    auction house and pick an appropriate recipe.
    11 - 16
    Roast Mushroom **
      Fire Crystal       Rock Salt             Dance/Sleep/Woozyshroom x 2
      pros  - Can get you to 16 with fewer failures than butter
      cons  - Uses Fire Crystal
            - Mushrooms expensive, unless you are high enough to farm them
            - Sells back for much less than the cost of just the mushrooms
      plan  - I don't really like these, but see how they sell on your server.  If
              you can get away with little/no loss, consider it.
    11 - 20
    Selbina Butter (yield 4)
      Ice Crystal        Selbina Milk          Rock Salt
      pros  - You will need butter for Pie Dough
            - You can put the butter into baked popotos
            - Sells back okay
            - High-yield synth
      cons  - You will fail a LOT if you start at 11
      plan  - I have level 11 as the minimum, because I don't like any other
              recipes here.  I have level 20 as the maximum, because that's where
              it caps.  I took Butter up to level 16, and cooked popotos up to 20.
              If you need gil, sell it back to the Auction House.  If you have
              space and gil, go ahead and keep this stuff for pie crust.  If you
              can make a profit or come close to breaking even at the AH, consider
              taking this all the way to 20.
    16 - 22
    Baked Popoto
      Fire Crystal       Selbina Butter        Popoto
      pros  - You already have butter lying around
            - Popotos are cheap, and can be picked up from the guild
            - Seem to sell back well
      cons  - Uses Fire Crystals
            - Not as useful as butter
            - Sells back for less than cost of just the Fire Crystals
      plan  - Not all that great, but you should already have butter.  Seemed to
              level me quickly.  Sell back to AH.  I wouldn't take this past 20.
    (5c) 20 - 30
    Huzzah!  You can level all the way to 29, and make quite a bit of gil quickly.
    After hitting 29, I started cooking Pineapple Juice, which is now the favorite
    drink of my RDM.  These levels are where cooking really turns around, now that
    you can actually make gil, and cook useful items.
    20 - 29
    Insect Balls (Insect Paste) (yield 12) (!)
      Earth Crystal      Little Worm           Millioncorn
      Distilled Water
      pros  - Uses Earth Crystals
            - VERY cheap to make
            - Failure won't cost you much
            - Supplies can be bought from vendors
            - Each synth makes a stack
            - Sells back quickly
            - Sells back at a HUGE gain
      cons  - By the time I've been logged in for an hour, I have had at least 3
              /tells from friends asking to cook more paste.
      plan  - Wow.  Cook these, and you will make back every single gil you have
              invested and more.  Failures won't cost you much at all, so go ahead
              and cook them early.  Get naked, buy lots of supplies.  Cook until
              you are full, and walk out to Windurst Woods.  Stick them in your
              bazaar at less than Auction House prices, and they should sell out
              quickly.  I sold mine for dirt-cheap, 15 gil each, just enough to
              cover the cost of cooking, so I could get back and cook some more.
              I went from 20 to 29 in 2 hours this way, and made a few friends.
              I still cook for these friends, and sell them paste at a reduced
    (5d) 30 - 40
    You will either lose gil in the beginning, or go slowly.  Your choice.  I
    prefer to go quickly, because Pet Food Delta will make excellent gil WITHOUT
    using the Auction House.  You can't do that every day.  Until you hit level
    39.  Then you can.  I guess I lied.
    29 - 34
    Black Bread (yield 4)
      Fire Crystal       Rye Flour             Distilled Water
      Rock Salt
      pros  - Fairly cheap to make
            - Sells back to guild
            - Very little loss
      cons  - Uses Fire Crystal
            - Slight Gil loss when sold back to vendor
            - Flour does not stack, so you will need to be quite naked
      plan  - I took this to 33, myself, where I switched to the lucrative Pet
              Food Delta.  You will lose some gil, but you should have enough left
              over from Insect Paste.  This will get you to pet food quickly,
              though, so keep at it.  Get naked, grab 3 stacks of non-flour
              supplies, and head to the guild.  Grab as many flour as you can fit
              while still keeping one open slot, get your support, and start
              synthing.  Sell those back to the guild, grab more flour, repeat.
              You can cap yourself on these fairly quickly and only losing a
              couple thousand gil.
    29 - 35
    Meat Ball
      pros  - Uses Earth Crystal
            - Uses cheap ingredients
            - Caps one higher than bread, so gain will be quicker
            - Can make a slight profit
            - High yield
      cons  - Sells back very slowly at Auction House
      plan  - I think that Black Bread is better, because you can get to Pet Food
              Delta quicker by skipping the Auction House, and that is where you
              really make gil.  Check how it sells at your Auction House before
              doing this.
    Pet Food Delta (yield 6) (!)
      Earth Crystal      Land Crab Meat        Bird Egg*
      Distilled Water    Rye Flour
    *WARNING!  Unlike many other recipes, Lizard Egg WILL NOT WORK.
      pros  - Uses Earth Crystal
            - Excellent money-maker
            - Sells back to NPCs at a huge profit
            - High yield
      cons  - Land Crab Meat hard to find sometimes.
      plan  - Buy as much Land Crab Meat as you can, it sells fast.  Go cook, and
              take your Pet Food to Timbre Timber's, right outside the guild.  On
              Quetzalcoatl, Land Crab Meat goes ~3200/stack, and the rest of the
              supplies are less than 2k total.  With zero fame (poor me) it sells
              back 87 gil each.  A stack of supplies makes 6 stacks of food, with
              zero failures.  That's 6264 gil.  That's a 1000 gil profit, without
              selling at the auction house.  Even with a failure, you still make
              a profit.  When I do this in San d'Oria, it sells for 97 gil. That's
              6984, for a fairly quick profit of over 1500 gil.  Buying out all of
              the supplies in Bastok, Windurst and San d'Oria using my mule and a
              chocobo, I can make 15-20 stacks of this a night, for a good profit
              of about 20,000 gil over 3-4 hours.  A good break from farming.
    (5e) 40 - 50
    Starts out slow again, but picks up quickly.  You will be stockpiling future
    supplies, then making good gil.  These are fun levels, IMO.
    39 - 42
    Pie Dough (yield 4)
      Water Crystal      Selbina Butter        Rock Salt
      San d'Orian Flour
      pros  - Uses Water Crystal
            - Finally uses left-over butter
            - Used to make pies.  I like pie.
      cons  - Won't make you much gil at all
      plan  - I cooked five stacks of supplies, making 20 stacks of dough.  Now I
              won't be needing any more dough for quite a while.  I kept it for
    42 - 46
    Pickled Herring (yield 4) (!)
      Ice Crystal        Nosteau Herring       Rock Salt
      Dried Marjoram
      pros  - Some supplies are very cheap from vendors
            - Sells back at a HUGE profit
            - High yield
            - Not much else to cook at these levels
      cons  - Sells back relatively slowly
            - Herring is expensive
      plan  - Well...  it sells back slowly, but if you are patient, you can make
              a LOT of gil off of this.  I wouldn't suggest having it be your main
              income like Pet Food or Insect Paste may be, but it's a good
              stepping stone up to Crayfish Balls.  I would cook this for one
              stack, try to sell them, and see how it goes.  If it goes well,
              do it again.  If not, you might consider skipping to crayfish balls
              a little early.
    42 - 48
    Apple Pie
      pros  - Good to use yourself if you are a mage
            - Sells back fast
      cons  - Uses Fire Crystals
            - Uses expensive ingredients
            - Failure is potentially very expensive
      plan  - I don't like cooking pie for leveling purposes here, because failure
              is potentially costly.  If Pickled Herring can work for you, it is
              a much better option.
    45 - 52
    Crayfish Ball (yield 12) (!)
      Earth Crystal      Crayfish x3*          Distilled Water
      San d'Orian Flour
    *You can use a Gold Lobster instead.  You can stab yourself in
    the eye with a spork, too.  Neither are recommended.
      pros  - Same concept as Insect Paste
      cons  - Sells back slightly slower
      plan  - Cook these suckers to 52.  They fish up Nebimonites, which are used
              in the process of shihei.  Blink-tanks can't ninj without the stuff,
              so the demand is fairly high.  Good money maker-over all.
    (6) Ingredient Shopping Locations
    Again, these are just the ingredients you will need to level cooking using
    the recipes in this guide.  Before buying from shops, check the Auction House
    prices.  They might be lower on your server.  I am listing only the Windurst
    locations, as that is where you should be when cooking for skill gain.  I am
    avoiding regional Vendors for now.  I might list them in a later version, in
    their own section.
    Apple Vinegar      - Guild Shop
    Bastore Sardine    - Auction House, or fish yourself
    Batagreens         - Guild Shop
    Bird Egg           – Auction House
    Black Bread        – Guild Shop
    Blue Peas          – Auction House
    Chamomile          - Upih Khachla Windurst Waters Goods Shop
    Cinnamon           - Guild Shop
    Cockatrice Meat    - Guild Shop (probably MUCH cheaper at AH)
    Crayfish           - Auction House, or fish yourself
    Crying Mustard     - Guild Shop
    Danceshroom        - Auction House, or farm from Funguars
    Distilled Water    – Vendor in Timbre Timber’s in Windurst Waters
    Dried Marjoram     – Guild Shop
                         Upih Khachla Windurst Waters Goods Shop
    Faerie Apple       - Guild Shop
    Flint Stones       - Auction House, or farm from Worms
    Frost Turnip       - Guild Shop
    Hare Meat          – Auction House, or farm from bunnies
    Kazham Pepper      - Guild Shop
    La Theine Cabbage  - Guild Shop
    Land Crab Meat     - Auction House
    Little Worm        – Ensasa Windurst Waters Goods Shop
                         Babubu in Port Windurst (fishing guild)
    Lizard Egg         – Auction House
    Maple Sugar        - Auction House
    Mhaura Garlic      - Guild Shop
    Mithran Tomato     - Guild Shop
    Millioncorn        – Guild shop, but check Auction House price, too.
    Nosteau Herring    - Auction House
    Pie Dough          – Make it yourself
    Popoto             – Guild Shop
                         Upih Khachla Windurst Waters Goods Shop
    Rarab Tail         - Guild Shop
    Rock Salt          - Guild Shop
    Rye Flour          – Guild shop DOES NOT STACK
    San d’Orian Carrot – Aveline in Rambiroy’s, Southern San d’Oria
    San d'Orian Flour  – Guild shop DOES NOT STACK
    Selbina Butter     – Make it yourself
    Selbina Milk       – Guild Shop
    Sleepshroom        - Auction House, or farm from Funguars
    Smoked Salmon      - Guild Shop
    Tarutaru Rice      - Guild Shop
    Wild Onion         - Auction House, or farm from Goblin Thugs
    Woozyshroom        - Auction House, or farm from Funguars
    (7) Contact
    I accept all complaints/corrections/praise/compliments/questions, but I do 
    not tolerate whining or rudeness.  Those won't get you very far.
    You can e-mail me at bmpguy1234 at hotmail.  I would spell it out, but I'm
    tired of spam, and I know there's little programs running out there to strip
    email addresses out of documents like these.  If you are going to e-mail me,
    put COOKING GUIDE in the title near the beginning.
    MSNIM: same as above
    AIM: LOTFofHRD  I am rarely on this, as I am more frequently on my work AIM,
    which I would rather not put here.  If you really, really want to AIM me,
    send me an email with your AIM, and I'll IM you.
    If none of those work for you, I'm at the GameFAQs message boards most
    weekdays during the day-time, but very rarely at night or on weekends.
    (8) Usage
    As of now, this guide is only allowed to be stored at GameFAQs.
    If you wish to use this guide on your site for some reason, e-mail me first.
    You may print this out, but please keep it all in one piece, unedited. I,
    along with those who submitted their own recipes, have spent quite a bit of
    time on this FAQ.  I'm not going to hunt you down myself if you don't follow
    these rules, but I might send Escape after you, and he has sharp little
    (9) Credit
    90% of what I know about cooking has come from Tuku of Quezalcoatl.  He is a
    linkshell member, and a great friend.  He gave me much advice throughout my
    cooking career.
    From the GameFAQs message boards, the following users submitted recipes:
    Escovarks      - Roast Mushrooms
    RedTail        - Hard-boiled Eggs
    Cactusjack1999 - Pebble Soup
    Unshanna       - Grilled Hare
    From the GameFAQs message boards, the following users submitted vendors:
    uselessend     - Ensasa/Upih Khachla
    From the GameFAQs message boards, the following users submitted corrections:
    uselessend     - Pointed out I forgot Rye Flour in Pet Food Delta
    Brady Official FFXI Guide - Most of my recipes which didn't come from Tuku.
    ffxi.allakhazam.com - Some skill caps, and the recipe for Crayfish Balls
    (10) Thanks
    First and foremost, thanks to Ranting Nord/Escape for getting me interested
    in this game.  I wouldn't have played it at all without you drooling over it
    in front of me at Best Buy.
    Thanks to my misspelled linkshell, KnightsWhoSayNei, for your support,
    with advice, guidance, crystals, and countless other things.  As to not play
    favorites, I will put them in alphabetical order.
    Larana (I suppose you, too...)
    And all the new people.
    And the ones I forgot.
    Thanks to all who have submitted additions/corrections.  Your names are under
    credits, and I'm sure you know who you are.
    Thanks CJayC, for keeping GameFAQs free to the public.
    Thanks Squeenix, for not screwing up this game like so many other MMORPGs.
    And... thanks to everybody else who I forgot.

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