Cooking is an essential skill in Old School RuneScape (OSRS) that not only helps you sustain your adventurer with delicious meals but can also be a lucrative money-making method. This guide will focus on Free-to-Play (F2P) cooking training methods, providing you with a step-by-step approach to leveling up your cooking skill efficiently.
Before you begin your culinary journey, make sure you have acquired the necessary tools:
- Cooking Range: To cook various types of food, you’ll need access to a cooking range. Common areas include Lumbridge Castle, Al Kharid, and the Grand Exchange in Varrock.
- Raw Ingredients: Gather raw ingredients like fish, meat, and vegetables. Raw food can be obtained through combat, fishing, or by purchasing from other players.
Level 1-30: Basic Cooking
The early levels of cooking are relatively straightforward, and you can level up quickly. Here’s a simple path to reach level 30:
- Shrimp and Anchovies (Level 1-15): Begin by cooking shrimp and anchovies. These are readily available and require minimal cooking experience.
- Trout and Salmon (Level 15-30): Once you reach level 15, move on to trout and salmon. You can find these fish while training your fishing skill.
Level 30-99: Cooking for Profit
Now that you’ve reached level 30, it’s time to focus on more profitable cooking methods. Here are some options:
- Lobsters (Level 40-99): Lobsters offer decent experience and profit. Cook lobsters until level 70.
- Swordfish (Level 70-99): Swordfish provides a significant experience boost compared to lobsters. Keep cooking these until level 99.
- Cooking Gauntlets: Completing the “Family Crest” quest will grant you access to cooking gauntlets. These gloves increase your chances of successfully cooking food and are especially useful when cooking high-level dishes.
- Varrock Diary Rewards: If you complete the Varrock Diary tasks, you can receive a reward that allows you to cook more food at once on a range in Varrock. This speeds up your cooking training significantly.
- Cooking Guild: At level 32 cooking, you can enter the Cooking Guild located in Varrock. Here, you can access a bank and cook food close by, which is useful for leveling up.
- Cooking Calculator: Utilize online cooking calculators to determine the most efficient path to your desired cooking level based on the food you plan to cook.