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Ayrlie cooking mule guide, Version 6, updated 01:15 01 July 2016

So you wanted to level cooking on a character but opted to level another craft on your main? Don't panic. In FFXI, extra content IDs are very cheap to the point almost every player has bought one or two of them to create extra character called mules. Mules serve various purposes, including but not limited to crafting, gardening, or storing equipment.

When you create this mule, you will need to choose Windurst as your home nation. You need this for two very good reasons: the cooking guild is located in Windurst, and the fish you may need is often found in Windurst. You will need mules in Bastok and San d'Oria as well, because there are other goods that can only be obtained there. Sometimes you will need to camp regional vendors and it is quite often that Windurst may not have control of a particular region. Make sure to cap your fame in Windurst as soon as possible, preferably by trading 200 or more Cornettes to the NPC in Windurst Walls. Your mules will also need capped fame in the cities that they are based in. By capping fame you will ensure that you get the cheapest price from regional and standard vendors. Fame does not affect prices from guild vendors, those prices are dependent on supply and demand. You must have the fame for the Mog House and Gobbiebag quests, because you must get them done as soon as you can. Several items and/or recipes have ingredients that do not stack.

You may want to consider at some point in leveling its black mage job to 20, but you do not have to. The main emphasis is for Warp, and as you get to level 99 cooking you might be forced to find someone to kill bees in Crawler's Nest for a rare drop called Royal Jelly that is Ex. Also, you will need to get your mule to Jeuno at some point to buy an airship pass. With the cost of stealth meds, it is much cheaper to spend 500k for the pass than try to get Rank 5 in a hurry.

You must research the prices before you skill up. Sites I go to include FFXIclopedia and FFXI AH.

Until the last few levels, cooking is one of the cheaper crafts to level to 100. As such, it is not uncommon to see people power leveling this craft.

Early levels

1-3: Carrot Broth

Water Crystal + San d'Orian Carrot x4

Sell to the NPC. Camp the Ronfaure regional vendor for the ingredients.

3-10: Orange Juice

Water Crystal + Saruta Orange x 4

Sell to the NPC. Camp the Sarutabaruta regional vendor for the ingredients

10-12: Honey

Wind Crystal + Beehive Chips x 4

Farm all the bees for the chips, as it is a very common drop in certain areas. Save all honey.

12-19: Selbina Butter

Ice Crystal + Selbina Milk + Rock Salt

Do this in San d'Oria if San d'Oria has control of Zulkhiem Region. Save all butters.

20-22 Baked Popoto

Fire Crystal + Selbina Butter + Popoto

Use the Sarutabaruta regional vendor for the Popotos. Save these for future guild point days.

22-29 Insect Balls

Earth Crystal + Millioncorn + Little Worm + Distilled Water

Buy all the ingredients from the NPC vendors (San d'Oria or Whitegate, depending on conquest standings). Sell on the AH in San d'Oria or Windurst. This has an high turnover and you will make an profit.

29-35 Meatballs

Earth Crystal + Hare Meat + Distilled Water + San d'Oria Flour

Do this craft in San d'Oria. The flour doesn't stack, and you can get the hare meat from the rabbits in West Ronfaure. Sell on bazaar in Mharua.

35-42 Pie Dough

Water Crystal + San d'Oria Flour + Selbina Butter + Rock Salt

Save all dough for future crafts.

42-52 Crayfish Ball

Earth Crystal + 3 Crayfish + Distilled Water + San d'Oria Flour

The 10 level gap will require you to start with the guild support and lightsday for the best result. The Crayfish can be bought cheap from NPC vendor in Whitegate. Sell these in Sea Serpent Grotto, Nashmau, or Mhaura, these are used to fish up all the Nebonites. If the moogle kupower has "Ease of Exploration", you should get these 10 levels quickly.

52-60 Yagudo Drink

Dark Crystal + Yagudo Cherry + 3 Buburimu Grape

If Windurst has control of the Kolshushu region, this should be an easy 8 levels. Sell the Drinks on the Jeuno AH, as they will sell quickly.

60-65 Bison Steak

Fire Crystal + Buffalo Meat + Rock Salt + Bay Leaves + Olive Oil + Black Pepper + Rarab Tail

Other than the buffalo meat, all the ingredients can be obtained from the vendor. Bison Steak has fast turnover, is used for a quest, and sells at a large profit margin depending on server. The only drawback is that this item does not stack, so consider setting up bazaar in Port Jeuno when you AFK.

60-68 Colored Egg

Fire Crystal + San d'Orian Carrot + Bird Egg + La Thiene Cabbage + Distilled Water

All the ingredients sell from the NPC for cheap prices. Save these for the annual Easter event, or for future guild point days.

68-72 Pear Au Lait

Water Crystal + 2 Derfland Pear + Honey + Selbina Milk

Sell to the NPC vendor. Make sure someone has control of the Derfland Region prior to doing this item.

72-76 Chocomilk

Fire Crystal + 4 Kukuru Bean + Selbina Milk + Distilled Water + Honey + Maple Sugar

Take use of the NPC in Kazham or the Elshimo Lowlands regional vendor. Although this caps at 79, I stopped at 76. Sell to the NPC.

76-82 Emperor Roe

Lightning Crystal + Emperor Fish

Fish up Emperor Fish in the glacier if you have an high fishing skill. Save all for a later synth.

82-90 Rolanberry Pie

Fire Crystal + Pie Dough + Rolanberry + Gelatin + Selbina Milk + San d'Orian Flour + Bird Egg + Maple Sugar

Save some for guild point days but sell the most on the AH.

90-92 Flint Caviar

Dark Crystal + Emperor Roe + Rock Salt

Save the caviar for the next part.

92-94 Tonosama Rice Ball

Fire Crystal + Flint Caviar + Pantam Kelp + Tarutaru Rice + Rock Salt + Distilled Water

If you can garden your own Rice, you're set. Sell on Jeuno AH.

90-97 Dawn Mulsum

Ice Crystal + Holy Water + Grape Juice + White Honey

This item sells at a large profit depending on how you get the Holy Water and White Honey. It is used by Beastmasters and has a fast turnover rate. Sadly, this item does not stack and should be set in a bazaar.

97-99 Sweet Rice Cake

Fire Crystal + Fresh Mugwort + Maple Sugar + Gardenia + Sticky Rice + Cinnamon + Distilled Water

This is a major money loser, and to add insult to injury, 2 of the ingredients do not stack. You can save some gil by harvesting Giddeus for the Fresh Mugwort ahead of time. Sweet Rice Cakes only sell on the AH for 2k gil per stack, so save them for guild point use.

Stop right there and use 20k Guild points for a key item Way of the Cook and start getting materials for Sprightly Soup. Talk to the npc first then trade the Sprightly Soup for the promotion.

97-101 Red Curry

Fire Crystal + Dragon Meat + Curry Powder + Coriander + San d'Oria Carrot + Distilled Water + Kazham Peppers

Another gil sink although not as bad as Sweet Rice Cake. This item breaks even on most servers, with the best sell rates on the weekends. However, this item does not stack and does not have a high turnover rate. It is recommended to convert them into Red Curry Buns.

97-103 Mosquito Broth

Dark Crystal + Loam + Petrified Log + Distilled Water + Silkweed Secretion

The hardest part is the last thing, dropped off level 117 mobs but only go 30K a stack on the AH. Loam are very common drop from Caveberries. Everything else is AH or vendor for very cheap prices. NQ only go 70K a stack on the AH but the HQ sells 400K a jug.

99-105 Date Tea

Water Crystal + Date + Imperial Tea Leaves + Distilled Water + Maple Sugar

Dates are inexpensive but take a long time to pop up on the AH. These are common logging results in Caedarva Mire and Mamook, however.

103-110 Smoldering Salisbury Steak

Fire Crystal + Cerebus Meat + Sage + Rock Salt + White Bread + Wild Onion + Bird Egg + Buffalo Meat

This does not seem as bad as it sounds - the worst part is getting the Cerebus Meat (60k a pop) but this one pops up on the AH faster than the Date. This does take 8 items and does not stack. Fortunately if you either farm or buy from the NPC the remaining items, you should break even if you sell on weekends. However you will see at least 5 levels with this item, and there are no other alternatives to it.

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