LOTRO Professions Guide:
Everything You Need to Know About the Cook
In this part of the LOTRO Professions Guide we'll be taking a look at the Cook profession. This is probably one of the best professions next to the jeweller... at least until they change something to mess it up! This profession is useful to every class in the game. Having the correct food for big raid or boss fights can make a BIG difference. It's similar to scrolls and hope tokens... sometime you just gotta have it.
There have been some changes to the cook recipes so we'll look at the top end supreme level stuff.
• Regen Food
• Stat Boosting Food
• Resistance Food
• Lute Strings
This type of food can really make or break big fights. A common example is the lothlorien waybread. It gives you a huge boost to your out of combat morale and power regen (OCMR/OCPR), in combat regen (ICMR/ICPR), and also gives you a periodic morale and power every so often. For the waybread it's about 200 morale every 30 seconds for 300 seconds, or 10 minutes. That means for 10 minutes you get an extra 400 morale a minute. In a 5 minute fight that amounts to 2000 extra morale! Makes a big difference eh?
Stat Boosting Food
One of the most useful and highly underutilized foods is the stat food. This stuff can boost your stat of choice up to +55! It's like having a minstrel tale of battle going! If you're a hunter you can easily max out your agility... or it it's already maxed boost your vitality or will. If you're a guardian or champion you can boost your might! If you're a minstrel, kick up your vitality, fate, or will... whichever is needed! This is a very useful item that makes having a cook very compelling to me!
Also known as fortifying food, this stuff is kind of helpful. It will boost your resistance to fear, wound, poison, or disease (based on the specific food) up to +1100... which is quite significant! In a nasty fight with a boss that does fears or wounds it can really help a lot. Again, this makes the cook a great profession.
I'd argue that the cook has THE BEST relic for legendary weapons in the game right now. I suppose that depends on your specific class, but the +100 morale relic tends to be the most useful. They sell for the most on the auction house and most people are maxed on vitality so it's your best bet for getting a high morale character.
Lute strings are another item that a lot of people don't use enough... especially in raids. Personally I don't run into many aggro problems on my minstrel, but why chance it? An extra 12% threat reduction can never hurt!
I became a huge fan of the cook profession with a lot of the changes throughout the Mines of Moria and the Siege of Mirkwood expansion. I rank it in the top two of all professions myself. Give it a shot... I don't think you'll regret it!
I hope you found my LOTRO Professions Guide helpful. I plan on continuing to add to it, so check back often! And as always, let me know if you ever want information on any other crafting topics or have other requests!
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