The Hungry Tyrian

February 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Posted in Crafting, Guild Wars 2, mmorpg, PvE | 8 Comments
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The chef crafting profession is used most often to gain ten levels of experience without having to do much work or spend much gold. Often a few specific foods are made and then the profession is cast aside to be forgotten until the next alt requires a few easily gained levels.

Playing through the game, I often group up with people and notice that by and large only a single food is ever displayed beside the average player avatar. The omnomberry bar, 30% magic find, 40% gold find. Amongst my guild it is a must have for just about any dungeon, paying for itself as you play.

Rarely do I see any other foods being used even though the diversity and variety of foods is staggering. My aim here is to highlight some of the lesser known foods and demonstrate why they should be used more often.

I’ll try to concentrate on the most effective in both cost and usefulness for max level characters.

This is one aspect of Guild Wars 2 that I think is highly under-appreciated. Some foods can deliver staggering results.

What you should know about foods first

Foods and potions stack. You can eat a food, drink a potion, and get results from both. So even if you must have that omnomberry bar, you should probably drink a potion as well.

Due to the variety and levels of food available, often foods below max level are a bargain on the Auction House compared to their maxed out version, with minimal loss of stats. You’ll find some of these recommended as alternatives.

You will often find foods on the Auction House for less than the cost of their ingredients.

Foods or potions that increase a stat by a percentage can work really well for people who have maxed out a particular stat.

Pretty much all foods give a 10% experience boost but festival foods tend to give a 15% boost to experience.

What you need to know about potions first

There are essentially four types of potions, Slayer potions and Tuning Crystals crafted by Artificers, Maintenance Oils crafted by Huntsmen, and Sharpening Stones crafted by Weaponsmiths. Slayer potions are better for specific areas or specific dungeons. The other potions are generally geared towards builds that have stacked attributes in toughness and vitality.

Slayer potions are all over the place in both cost, usefulness and specificity. Obviously 10% versus undead is insanely useful in Orr but useless in Frostgorge. Their costs can be outrageous as well. One Potent potion (not even the max level) requires a corrupted core in the recipe, currently selling for around 60 silver. Discerning readers will have to come to their own conclusions about when and where to use slayer potions and how much to pay for them.

Finally, Slayer potions do more damage versus a particular type of monster, but don’t overlook that you actually take less damage from those monsters as well.

Okay, on to the foods.

Magic Find

    Most Efficient

    Omnomberry Bar: 30% magic find, 40% gold from monsters

    By far the most popular food, I’d be a fool to not mention these. Aside from the obvious, more loot, there are still a couple of things to note.

    Magic find always works better in a group as group damage counts towards doing the minimal damage for rewards. Or something like that. Trust me, you’ll note the difference.

    The 40% gold find from monsters is not to be dismissed. If a champion drops 5 silver, you’ll make an extra 2. Many champions drop cash in dungeons, anywhere from 5 to 15 silver.

    Best Alternative

    Spicy Pumpkin Cookie: 30% Magic Find, +70 condition damage

    A popular alternative to O-bars is the Spicy Pumpkin Cookie. It’s selling at about 1 silver at the moment and outside of a dungeon I’ve never felt gold find was particularly useful.

    It lasts 45 minutes, a full 15 minutes longer than an O-bar.

    There is one drawback in that it has the ability to turn you into a costumed brawler with costume brawl skills, until you exit out of course.

    Easiest To Make

    Cup of Lotus Fries: 30% magic find, +70 condition damage

    Probably the quickest to make with the least amount of fuss or cost. These are currently selling just barely more than the SPC.


    Most Efficient

    Bowl of Poultry and Leek Soup: -36% condition duration, +60 vitality

    A full 4 silver less than the Bowl of Lemongrass Poultry Soup<, with only a 4% reduction in effectiveness.

    Also much easier and cheaper to craft.

    Best Alternative

    Bowl of Saffron-scented Poultry Soup: 100% chance to remove a condition when you use a heal skill, +70 Healing

    You’re likely to be healing if under the effects of a condition anyway right?

    This sells for under 2 silver but the supply is weak.


    Bowl of Lemongrass Poultry Soup: -40% condition duration, +70 Vitality

    Obviously statistically better, it’s far more expensive.


    Most Efficient

    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew: 100% chance to gain might when you dodge.
    +40% to Endurance refill rate

    Forget about the Might here, this food is about dodging. If you’ve got yourself a situation in Guild Wars 2 where dodging is essential, and there are many of them, this food has your back.

    Currently selling for 3s75c on the Auction House.

    Kind of a pain to make yourself.

    Best Alternative

    Bowl of Meat and Winter Vegetable Stew: 80% chance to gain might when you dodge.
    +30% to your Endurance refill rate

    A 10% hit to that refill rate but the cost makes it appealing. It’s Currently selling at just under 1 silver.

    Somehow I think BoOTaMS is slightly easier to make.

Downed Health

    Most Efficient

    Bowl of Fire Salsa: +100% downed health, +20% damage while downed

    Are you a thief? This is the food for you.

    Best Alternative

    Don’t be a thief.


    Most Efficient

    Quality Maintenance Oil: Gain precision equal to 5% of your toughness
    Gain precision equal to 3% of your vitality

    These potions really depend on what stats you’ve built around and what you want more of.

    All things the same, I’m going with Maintenance oil because I prefer a hard stat like precision over the condition damage of Tuning Crystals.

    It’s also slightly cheaper and easier to make than Hardened Sharpening Stones, no refinement necessary, although a trip to the crafting merchant will require you to get jugs of water.

    With 1000 toughness and 1000 vitality this equals out to about 80 precision. Not as good as a food but remember they’re not competing, they stack.

    There is a mistake on the wording of the item, it says power where it should say precision.

    If they are a viable alternative in the area you’re going to, you should always consider a slayer potion.

    Best Alternative

    Hardened Sharpening Stones: Gain power equal to 5% of your toughness
    Gain power equal to 3% of your vitality

    Slightly more expensive to make, power could very well be a better fit for your build.

    The master version of the Oil, Crystals and Stones all use tier 6 crafting materials, limiting choice to the second best version of each.

    Easiest To Make

    Quality Tuning Crystal: Gain Condition damage equal to 5% of your toughness
    Gain Condition damage equal to 3% of your vitality

    Most expensive to make, and the easiest, but surprisingly also the cheapest to buy on the auction house, currently a bargain.

    Obviously if you’d like to increase your condition damage rather than other stats this is the potion for you.

Health Regeneration

    Most Efficient

    Mango Pie: Gain health every second, +70 vitality

    88 health a second is a lovely stat to have in a lot of situations. I’d prefer it to foods that reduce condition damage, steal health, or reduce condition duration. In a battle I’ll only have conditions on me part of the time, and stealing health is dependent on whether I’m getting critical hits.

    This food is a steal at it’s current price of 45 copper.

    Best Alternative

    Peach Pie: Gain health every second, +60 Vitality

    At 66 health a second Peach Pie is no slouch.

    Oh you thought Mango Pie was cheap? 3 copper. These suckers are selling for 3 copper a piece.


    Omnomberry Ghost: 66% chance to steal life on critical, +70 precision

    Popular and expensive but perfect for strong critical hit builds. With enough critical hits this would be able to heal people through nearly anything.

    Part of its popularity stems from the ghostly visual effect it gives the player, lasting about 5 minutes.

    Sells for over 6 silver.

    Omnomberry Pie: 66% chance to steal life on critical, +70 precision

    Exact same food as the Ghost but without the visual effect.

    Sells for 1 silver less.

    Same need for high critical hit percentage.


    Most Efficient

    Bowl of Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: Gain healing power equal to 1% of your vitality, +5% karma

    None of the foods that give karma are particularly well supplied on the Auction House, but currently this is the cheapest.

    There are only 7 foods that make karma, all ice creams, consider searching for the best deal.

    Obviously these would most efficiently be used in conjunction with other means of increasing karma gain, such as a booster or 24 hour guild upgrade.

    Easiest To Make

    Bowl of Saffron-Mango Ice Cream: Gain healing power equal to 6% of your vitality, Gain healing power equal to 4% of your toughness, +5% karma

    While not currently the cheapest to buy, easily the most well supplied, cheapest to make and easiest to make.


    Most Efficient

    Plate of Tarragon Stuffed Poultry: Gain Vitality equal to 5% of Toughness, +160 Power when health below 50%

    Depending on your toughness this is the most cost effective way to currently boost your vitality with food. Currently selling at a measly 4 copper.

    Every build should have some toughness, so this should even with low toughness give at least 50 to 70 vitality.

    Best Alternative

    Plates of Lemongrass Poultry: Gain vitality equal to 6% of your toughness, +200 power when health below 50%

    The slightly better version of tarragon stuffed poultry, lemongrass poultry sells for 2 silver more, but is still cheaper than the standard Loaf of omnomberry bread at over 7 silver, or Loaf of raspberry peach at 3s33c.

    With a build in toughness of over 2000 my guildie gets just under 1k health from this food.


    Loaf of Raspberry Peach Bread: +80 vitality, +60 toughness

    There are few straight up vitality foods at affordable prices, this is probably your best choice at just over 3 silver a piece.

    Loaf of Zucchini Bread: +50 vitality, +40 toughness

    While sporting half of the vitality of a Loaf of Omnomberry Bread, the max version, it also costs 10x less. A bargain currently selling below a silver.


    Most Efficient

    Plate of Fire Flank Steak: +100 power, +70 condition damage

    By far the most cost effective power food, selling for well under a silver.

    Also one of the easiest high level foods to craft requiring only a slab of meat and ghost pepper.

    Best Alternative

    Plate of Steak and Asparagus: +80 Power, +60 Precision

    The added precision here is nothing to sneeze at if you’re going for power.

    The price is currently a bargain, under 1 silver.


    Most Efficient

    Bowl of Fancy Potato and Leek Soup: +100 Precision, +70 condition damage

    One of the few cases where a max food sells for a reasonable amount.

    Condition damage works for some precision builds but not others, choose accordingly.

    Best Alternative

    Bowl of Potato and Leek Soup: +80 Precision, +60 Condition Damage

    An absolute bargain, currently selling for less than 10c.


    Bowl of Butternut Squash Soup: +80 precision, +8% critical damage

    If you could use crit damage, this is a definite option, selling for 4 silver less than the max version, Bowl of Curry Butternut Squash Soup.


    Most Efficient

    Bowl of Poultry Tarragon Pasta: +80 toughness, +60 precision

    Selling at just under a silver this is the most cost efficient food for toughness.

    Best Alternative

    Bowl of Truffle Ravioli: +100 Toughness, +70 Precision

    The cheapest max version of the toughness foods.

    There aren’t many options with toughness foods, due to expense and lack of variety.

    Currently selling above 2 silver.

Condition Damage

    Most Efficient

    Fancy Veggie Pizza: +28% condition duration, +60 condition damage

    I chose Fancy over Rare Veggie Pizza because while it has only 12% less duration and 10 less condition damage it costs less than a silver while Rare costs over 4 silver.

    This is an easy fix for conditions that aren’t lasting long enough for your build.

    Most of the pizza foods are an absolute pain to make.

    Best Alternative

    Bowl of Snow Truffle Soup: +80 condition damage, +60 vitality

    At half the cost of the max version, Bowl of Orrian Truffle Soup, it makes for a pretty good deal.

    Placing a custom order is unuaully cheap for this item.


    Bowl of Fancy Creamy Mushroom Soup: +60 condition damage, +50 vitality

    Bargain pricing.

In conclusion, where is the bacon? I really feel like Arenanet messed up on this one. The expansion had better have bacon. Or else.


  1. Awesome list of alternate foods you have here. Defiantly bookmarking this for future reference…or when I’m hungry.

    • Thanks, I was thinking of making it a guide at the top of my page, if enough people say they’re bookmarking it maybe I will.

  2. Some really great recommendations here, I think food is one of the most undervalued item in the game right now. Everything is focused on the magic find % when they could be focusing on dealing more damage for faster farming.

    Bacon is also very tasty, +50 to saltiness and +500 power.

    • It’s amazing how few people use foods when foods can give you that extra boost to kill something easier/faster. It’s always omnom bars and that’s it.

  3. Great blog there Hunter, thanks. Though I must admit I was looking at it from more the perspective of being able to actually make some money off this previously useless looking craft.

    • There are few foods that sell for more than their ingredient costs, usually selling at just barely above their ingredient costs. Getting out there and gathering yourself would help make a profit though.

  4. […] Hunter’s Insight — The Hungry Tyrian. “The chef crafting profession is used most often to gain ten levels of experience without having to do much work or spend much gold. Often a few specific foods are made and then the profession is cast aside to be forgotten until the next alt requires a few easily gained levels.” […]

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