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VikzeLink's Weekly Sunday Poll 444!

What are your hopes for cooking in BotW 2?

  • Keep it the same

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Recipe Book, please

    Votes: 6 50.0%
  • Expand on it!

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Dial it back a bit

    Votes: 1 8.3%
  • Remove it!

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • Don't care/don't use the cooking

    Votes: 2 16.7%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


The Destructive One
Staff member
Apr 4, 2012
Göteborg, Sweden
Last week's Question: What is your favorite mount for Link?

Third Place: Draw between "Horse (BotW)" and "Other Animal (BotW) " (13.3% each)
Second Place: Crimson Loftwing (20.0%)
First Place: Epona (33.3%)

Of course Epona wins! Epona is the best! But some of you do prefer the Crimson Loftwing, and a few the BotW options. Only option to not get any votes at all was Ricky... Poor kangaroo...

This week's question: What are your hopes for cooking in BotW 2?

Keep it the same
Recipe Book, please
Expand on it!
Dial it back a bit
Remove it!
Don't care/don't use the cooking
A recipe book would be good.

I don't much use cooking at all so I wouldn't like it to become wholly mandatory or harder to ignore in the next game. It's fine but also not the best feature ever.
Dec 5, 2020
My problem with cooking in BOTW is that it is largely undermined by the armor system. Link always has all of the armor sets on him and can equip them at his discretion at no penalty whatsoever. Whereas you have to be in a specific place to cook and sacrifice resources for it to get only a temporary effect. I haven't found value in making Attack +3 recipes when I could always just equip the Barbarian set before any battle. I can see it being useful for very particular instances; for instance wanting cold protection on top of an attack boost. But these situations are niche at best. I believe speed and defense are the only effects you can exclusively get from cooking? I know some armor sets offer speed buffs but those are only at night. Those don't seem all that worthwhile to begin with.

"Who is cooking for?" is the question I'm thinking of. It seems most useful at the beginning of the game when you don't have armor sets, but the usefulness definitely tapers out as you progress further. For people who don't want to use specific armor sets obviously cooking is going to be good for them. But for me it is way too convenient to change the armor and enjoy their permanent effects instead of fiddling around with cooking. I'm not sure what they could do for BOTW2 short of completely overhauling either system. I would welcome changes being made to how we use armor, but at the same time I think I would also be bothered by cooking becoming further emphasized to the point where it is mandatory.
Recipe book was one of those things that felt like it would have been easily incorporated into the compendium in the first game. My sister actually thought the compendium had such a thing when she started playing again, and when she asked me about it I had a moment of disbelief before I remembered that BotW in fact did not have it. So, yeah, recipe book. Definitely recipe book. ...Why didn't BotW have a recipe book?

Mikey the Moblin

sushi is a suspicious hello
Aug 31, 2014
southworst united states
I don't really care for cooking as I felt heart drops gave devs a finer dial for difficulty
Ultimately it's pretty optional and I'd rather see something simpler like the zelda version of an estus flask, whatever that would be
Using food to heal really breaks the gameplay flow as well

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