Cooking can be done at stoves located in cities like Mondstadt and Liyue, at numerous campfires that can be found in the open world, as well as with the one-use forged consumable Adepti Seeker's Stove. Campfires and stoves that are put out must be lit by Pyro in order to cook. Anemo, Cryo, Electro, Geo and Hydro effects, including rainy weather, (due to Swirl, Melt, Overloaded, Crystallize and Vaporize, respectively) can extinguish both campfires and stoves, preventing cooking.
Some characters have special passive Talents that give them a chance to double the output received when they are the character selected and perform a perfect cook. Characters also have a specific character linked special dish they have a 25/20/15% chance to obtain depending on the rarity of the food (1/2/3 star respectively) while cooking a specific dish when they are the character selected.
The Raiden Shogun is the only character that is unable to cook.
When a player first learns a new dish, they must become proficient in making that dish by manually cooking it perfectly a certain amount of times before being able to auto cook it. Manually cooking requires the player to stop the cooking timer when the indicator is in the correct position.
The location the indicator is stopped at affects the potency of the dish cooked:
- The orange section will result in a Delicious Dish that gives the maximum food effect, and increases proficiency.
- The yellow section will resulting in a Regular Dish that gives an average effect.
- The gray section will result in a Suspicious Dish that gives the lowest possible food effect.
You can exit out of this minigame to avoid using the ingredients if you do not wish to cook.
Note: There is a hidden Achievement for cooking 10 suspicious dishes.
Each food item has its own proficiency, once an item is cooked perfectly enough times the proficiency will max out and you will be able to auto cook. Auto bulk cooking cannot be cancelled and will always result in either the Delicious version of that item and also has the usual chance rolled individually multiple times for doubled output and special dishes if the correct character is used.
The max number of dishes that can be auto-cooked at the same time is 99 (to cook more, the auto-cook function will have to be used more than once).
Starting in Version 1.4, players can switch back to manual cooking even after the proficiency is maxed out. This allows players to access dialogue and achievements that require Suspicious and normal dishes even if players have only cooked perfectly and already maxed out dishes' proficiencies.
The max proficiency for each dish depends on the rarity of the dish being made:
|Dish Rarity||Max Proficiency|
While cooking, you may open the character selection to select a character that can make a special dish.
Characters' special dishes are of an even higher quality than Delicious dishes, giving even higher bonuses/stats when eaten, making them desirable.
Special dishes have a low chance of being made through both automatic and manual cooking. This chance also applies to Normal and even Suspicious variants of the recipe. Thus, it is possible to get Special Dishes even when failing manual cooking.
List of Special Dishes
There are 44 Special Dishes:
|Xinyan||A Rad Recipe||When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on a DEF-boosting dish, Xinyan has a 12% chance to obtain double the product.||Utility Passive|
|Xiangling||Chef de Cuisine||When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on an ATK-boosting dish, Xiangling has a 12% chance to receive double the product.||Utility Passive|
|Diona||Complimentary Bar Food||When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on a dish with restorative effects, Diona has a 12% chance to obtain double the product.||Utility Passive|
|Jean||Guiding Breeze||When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on a dish with restorative effects, Jean has a 12% chance to obtain double the product.||Utility Passive|
|Yun Jin||Light Nourishment||When Perfect Cooking is achieved on Food with Adventure-related effects, there is a 12% chance to obtain double the product.||Utility Passive|
|Noelle||Maid's Knighthood||When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on a DEF-boosting dish, Noelle has a 12% chance to obtain double the product.||Utility Passive|
|Hu Tao||The More the Merrier||When Hu Tao cooks a dish perfectly, she has a 18% chance to receive an additional "Suspicious" dish of the same type.||Utility Passive|
|Barbara||With My Whole Heart♪||When a Perfect Cooking is achieved on a dish with restorative effects, Barbara has a 12% chance to obtain double the product.||Utility Passive|
- Wonders of the World
- "If you put your heart into it..." - Cook 1 suspicious-tasting dish.
- "...anyone can be a gourmet." - Cook 10 suspicious-tasting dishes.
- The Art of Adventure
- Survival Expert - Learn 10/20/40 Recipes.
- Star Chef - Master 10/20/40 Recipes.