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Wuthering waves cook pot.
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Wuthering Waves Cooking Is Overlooked — But It Shouldn’t Be

The cooking buffs are worth your while.

Wuthering Waves is full of open-world exploration, mini-games, and crafting opportunities. While you’ll frequently return to the synthesizer to upgrade materials, the cooking station often collects dust in the corner, which is long forgotten. But you just might want to dust it off and put it on your chef’s hat.

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Cooking is a Worthwhile Investment

Recipes require foraged and, oftentimes, purchased ingredients. As I began my cooking adventure in WuWa, I frequently had to head to Mahe’s Grocery to spend some Shell Credits on ingredients. It immediately felt like a steep and expensive climb to maximum proficiency.

Furthermore, in the early days, you could accidentally spend millions of Credits on Flour like Redditor braveoventoaster. These days, the Grocery and cook pot are easier to navigate. Each cooked recipe slowly ticks up my experience bar, guaranteeing a long journey ahead. However, it didn’t take long for the end result to prove itself advantageous.

Rover at cooking station in wuthering waves.
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You can purchase recipes from Panhua’s Kitchen, and once I unlocked my first increased rarity recipe, their potential became abundantly clear. A simple tier two recipe, Perilla Salad, increases all of my team members’ Crit. Rate by 10% for 15 minutes — But it gets even better than this.

Redditor Arekkussy shared that once you reach max level, you unlock Chixia’s Jinzhou Maocai dish. The dish increases all members’ Crit. Rate by 28% for 30 minutes, which is incredibly helpful for hologram battles or other challenges. There are, of course, other recipes that provide relative Crit. Rate bonuses or other buffs like Energy Rege — but this Chixia version is less expensive than others.

Gold Recipes Make the Leveling Grind Easier

Unlocked gold rarity recipes are the ones that provide incredible aid when grinding for materials. For instance, Sweet & Sour Pork increases the Echo drop rate by 50% for 30 minutes. If you’ve played your fair share of WuWa like me, you know that hunting and tuning Echoes can be a rather cumbersome task, much like upgrading resonators. Additionally, Stuffed Tofu grants 50% more materials when defeating any enemies in the overworld for 30 minutes, and Chili Sauce Tofu grants 50% more Shell Credits when defeating enemies in the overworld.

You’ll need 6,000 Proficiency to reach the maximum level, and each dish will only give around 400 each, so you’ll need to continuously cook a variety of recipes to keep that experience bar ticking up. It’s not an intuitive system either because the game never notifies you of each recipe’s XP limitations, you’ll just have to notice when you stop gaining Progression. Nevertheless, if you’re spending a lot of time on Solaris-3, cooking is well worth your efforts in the long run.

 If you want more Wuthering Waves content like this, check out our WuWa guide hub. Likewise, this Wuthering Waves interactive map is an ideal way to make the most of your time in-game.

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Maddison Ahlbrand
Maddison started her gamer journey traversing the lands of Runescape and World of Warcraft. These days, she can be found playing just about anything, but a lot of her free time is spent playing FPS games like Fortnite, CoD and Valorant. She's been with GameSkinny since February 2023, and has a BA in Art History.