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Skilling with Cooking (Alliance)

This guide is intended for Alliance players only. There is a similar guide for Horde players as well.


This method will skilll cooking and fishing together at the same time. There are many different was to do this; this is only one way to do it. This guide is designed to keep travel-time at a minimum and to not waste time, by not relying on rare recipes, or recipes obtained from quests and avoids using fishes that can only be caught at specific times of the day. It does not require any faction reputation.

Most of the dishes you create can't be sold at the auction house. Both fishing and cooking skills level up in a partialy random way, so there's not an exact amount of fishes required to skill both cooking and fishing for each stage. You may experience that fishing will skill slower than cooking.

Using this method assumes that you are max-level on the character you are skilling.

Getting started

Get yourself a good Fishing Pole, and a fishing lure, the highest you can use. Once you've got this, head over to Elwynn Forest.

Elwynn Forest - Apprentice

  1. Travel to Goldshire in Elwynn Forest. Train Apprentice Cooking from Tomas, the cook inside the Lion's Pride Inn kitchen.
  2. From the trade-supplier Tharynn Bouden in Goldshire, pruchase the Recipe: Brilliant Smallfish and Recipe: Longjaw Mud Snapper recipes. Learn the Brilliant Smallfish recipe.
    • Shiny Baubles and Fishing Poles are also for sale here.
  3. Head north, and find Lee Brown - a fishing trainer by the lake east of Goldshire. Learn Apprentice Fishing.
  4. Equip your fishing pole and attach a lure, and start fishing from any lake near Goldshire until your skill in Fishing reaches 75
  5. Train Journeyman Fishing from Lee Brown

Stormwind City - Journeyman

  1. Find fishing-supplier Catherine Leland in the canals, near to the Stormwind Stockades. Purchase Recipe: Bristle Whisker Catfish.
  2. Fish in the canals of Stormwind City until you reach 130 skill in Fishing.
  3. Head over to the Pig and Whistle Tavern in the Old City of Stormwind. Cook all your Raw Brilliant Smallfish, which should take your Cooking skill to around 50-55. If you don't get to 50, fish some more in the canals and get your Cooking to 50.
  4. Train Journeyman Cooking from Stephen Ryback inside the inn.
  5. Learn the Longjaw Mud Snapper recipe you bought earlier, and cook all the fish you have. This will take your Cooking to roughly 115.
  6. Learn the Bristle Whisker Catfish recipe you bought earlier, and cook all the fish you have. This will take your Cooking skill to somewhere between 125 and 150. If you don't get all the way to 100, that's fine - skip ahead for now, as you will catch more Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper later on.

Stranglethorn Vale - Expert

  1. Make your way to Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale.
  2. Find Old Man Heming, a fishing supplier in Booty Bay. Purchase Expert Fishing - The Bass and You. If your fishing skill is above 125, read the book, otherwise wait till later.
  3. Kelsey Yance the cook is found in The Old Port Authority building, on the northern side of Booty Bay. Buy Recipe: Mithril Head Trout and Recipe: Filet of Redgill. You will not be able to learn either yet. Many of Kelsey's other recipes will be useful if you plan a career as an angler, but are not essential for leveling.
  4. Take the boat to Ratchet in The Barrens.


  1. Set your hearthstone in Ratchet. Fly from Ratchet to Astranaar in Ashenvale. Now ride south-east to Silverwind Refuge, which is on the north side of Mystral Lake
  2. Purchase Expert Cookbook from Shandrina ("Trade Goods") in Silverwind Refuge. If your cooking skill is high enough, read the book now. If not, learn Expert Cooking later.
  3. Fish in the open water of Mystral Lake until your fishing skill reaches 205. You will catch about 95 Raw Longjaw Mud Snapper, and 145 Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish.
  4. Only cook the Longjaw Mud Snapper if your cooking skill is still below 100. You may need to make your own cooking fire - or just wait until you reach Ratchet or Theramore Isle and use cooking stoves or fires there instead.
  5. Cook all the Bristle Whisker Catfish you have. Your cooking skill will hopefully rise close to 175. Skill-ups will come very slowly close to 175. Don't worry if you don't quite make it - there are plenty of Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish in the next zone on the tour.
  6. Use your hearthstone to return to Ratchet.

Dustwallow Marsh - Artisan

  1. Fly to Theramore Isle in Dustwallow Marsh. Set your hearthstone in Theramore Isle.
  2. Ride north, past Sentry Point, until you reach inland open water at Witch Hill. Look for the old boat! Fish open water here until your skill in fishing reaches 225. You can fish from any open inland water in Dustwallow Marsh, if this location becomes dangerous.
  3. Swim to Nat Pagle, and complete the Artisan Fishing Quest. This requires 4 quest-only fish to be caught from different locations.
  4. While completing the Artisan Fishing Quest, gather 10 Zesty Clam Meat for the upcoming Artisan Cooking quest. Zesty Clam Meat is always found within a Big-mouth Clam. These can be caught, but killing monsters is far quicker. One option is to kill Young Murk Thresher, Murk Threshers or Elder Murk Threshers found in the sea around the coast of Dustwallow Marsh. However, these creatures can be rather hard to find. Naga Explorer found on the coast north-west of Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale can be killed while completing the Artisan Fishing Quest. These are less likely to carry Big-mouth Clam, but are a lot easier to find. Alternatively, wait until Tanaris, then kill Steeljaw Snappers near Steamwheedle Port.
  5. Return to Witch Hill, and keep fishing inland open water until your skill reaches 255. Overall, you will gain about 90 Raw Bristle Whisker Catfish and 140 Raw Mithril Head Trout while fishing in Dustwallow Marsh.
  6. Ride to Theramore Isle and cook your fish. Cook Bristle Whisker Catfish until cooking skill 175, then learn the recipe and cook Mithril Head Trout until cooking skill 225. Stop cooking at 225 and keep any remaining Raw Mithril Head Trout.
  7. Buy 20 Alterac Swiss from Craig Nollward in Theramore's inn. This is also required for the upcoming Artisan cooking quest.


  1. Fly to Gadgetzan in Tanaris.
  2. Accept the quest "Clamlette Surprise" from Dirge Quikcleave in the inn. You still need 12 Giant Eggs, which you can gain from killing Roc, Fire Roc or Searing Roc in the deserts of Tanaris. Look along the line of huge bones that runs south-west from Gadgetzan. If Rocs are hard to find, consider traveling north to Felwood and killing Ironbeaks. Owlbeasts in Winterspring are an option. None of the drops required are quest items, so you might find them at the auction house. Return to Dirge Quikcleave to learn Artisan Cooking.
  3. Cook the remaining Mithril Head Trout until the recipe turns grey.
  4. Travel east from Gadgetzan to Steamwheedle Port. From Gikkix, purchase Recipe: Poached Sunscale Salmon and Recipe: Nightfin Soup. You may not be able to learn them yet, but you can learn the Recipe: Filet of Redgill you've been carrying since Booty Bay. Gikkix's other recipes may be useful, but are not required for this guide.
  5. Return to Gadgetzan.


  1. Fly to Feathermoon Stronghold in Feralas. If you don't have any flight point in Feralas, you might need to ride all the way from Tanaris.
  2. From Vivianna buy i>Recipe: Lobster Stew and Recipe: Mightfish Steak. You will not be able to learn these recipes yet! From Savanne buy at least 10 Shiny Baubles.
  3. Cross to the mainland, and ride east to the Verdantis River. Alternatively, any other inland water in Feralas can be fished, except for Jademir Lake (which has a higher skill requirement, and different fish). If the factions are at war, consider the lake above and to the south of the Horde base at Camp Mojache. Fish until your skill reaches 300. Use +25 Shiny Baubles until your fishing skill is 280, to stop fish getting away. You will catch a small number of Raw Mithril Head Trout, about 100 Raw Redgill, plus around 90 Raw Nightfin Snapper and Raw Sunscale Salmon combined: The balance between these fish varies by time of day. You will catch some other fish too, which are not required for leveling.
  4. Cook the Raw Redgill, taking your cooking skill to about 260. Finally learn their recipes and cook Nightfin Snapper and Sunscale Salmon, raising cooking skill to about 280. Your cooking skill must reach 275.


  1. Obtain a stack of Bright Baubles, then make your way to Azshara.
  2. Ride and swim to the Bay of Storms area (center of the bay in Azshara). Location is very important. You need to be fishing costal open water that is called "Bay of Storms", "Hetaera's Clutch" or "Scalebeard's Cave". The bobber needs to land in that water with one of those names. Fish this open water until your fishing skill reaches 300. Among other fish, you will catch about Darkclaw Lobster and some Large Raw Mightfish.
  3. Cook these with the recipes you bought earlier until you reach 300 skill in cooking.