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Main page/Guides/Ironman & Hardcore/Skilling Guides/ Cooking

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 This is the ironman / hardcore ironman Cooking guide, the guide for regular players can be found here.

Cooking is an artisan skill that allows a player to cook raw food into food that you can eat. Cooking goes hand in hand with the Fishing skill. By levelling up Cooking you are able to cook higher level fish which heals more Hitpoints.

Cooking is very straight forward. The only thing you need to do is use a food on a range. The only problem with cooking is that it is very slow paced as you get little experience compared to other skills.

Experience Tables


The table below shows the cooking exp of each food item for Ironmen.

Fish Name Level Ironman XP Hardcore Ironman XP
EEMbGM8.gif Shrimps 1 8 4
RzpWfnK.gif Sardine 1 33 19
yyDuEuR.png Mackerel 10 82 49
r4yInn9.png Pike 20 104 73
KB0KL9t.gif Trout 20 104 62
iMgUyKR.gif Tuna 30 170 102
sFoNeNM.png Lobster 40 262 157
5TqKf29.png Karambwan 40 1.333 800
NZp1mEi.gif Swordfish 45 336 202
WEI7vUY.png Shark 80 525 315
IOnxXO7.png Manta Ray 91 675 405
e6h78ri.gif Rocktail 92 850 510

Note: When you reach level 99, xp will get reduced by half.

All though Karambwan's give more experience than all other food, they can only be fished in the wilderness which makes acquiring them very difficult, especially for Hardcore Ironmen.

Where to Cook

Cooking can only be done on Cooking Ranges, there are only three Cooking Ranges that are close enough to a bank to be worth using here at Etherum.

These Cooking Ranges are located at:


One is located in Catherby, which is the furthest from the bank out of the 3 suggested. However, is close to the teleport.


Donator Zone

Another range is located in the Donator Zone (only available for in-game donators). This is much closer to the bank than Catherby and other players are often nearby which could help pass time if you want to converse with them.


Cooking Guild

The best area to train Cooking is located south west of the Grand Exchange, this is the Cooking Guild. It is incredibly close to the bank.


Useful Items and Boosts

Picture Item/Boost Effect How to Obtain
xVXdMcX.png Knowledge Effect All experience gained will be increased by:
  • 75% for 10 minutes for normal donators
  • 100% for 20 minutes for super donators
  • 110% for 40 minutes for extreme donators
Go to the Donator Zone, in the building to the west of the bank and click on the Defence Totem (Knowledge effect).
lfuNflP.gif Bonus Experience All experience gained will be multiplied by 3 until the bonus experience runs out.
  • Logging in every day grants 200k Bonus Exp.
  • Every 10th vote streak rewards you with 500k Bonus Exp.
N/A Monthly Bonus All experience gained is multiplied by 1.25 Play during the 1st to the 5th of every month.
KojXsUT.png Brawling Gloves (Cooking) Doubles all cooking experience gained.
  • Dropped by all Revenants.
  • Recieved as a Voting Sortition Reward.
  • Bought from the skilling point store.
lLOVFaM.png Cooking Gauntlets Decreases the chance of burning food, also stops burning for most fish. Bought from the agility ticket shop.
xMsXWDx.png Cooking Skillcape Provides 25% chance to cook two raw fish at the same time. Bought from the Wise Old Man (after 99 cooking)
UCQmc9O.png Chef's hat Provides 50% more experience gained Purchased from Voting store.
dL9hrza.png White apron Provides 25% more experience gained and boosts cooking speed by 1 tick. Purchased from Voting store.

Cooking Gauntlets vs. Brawling Gloves (Cooking)

When you have both the Cooking Gauntlets and the Brawling Gloves (Cooking), it is tough to decide which one you should be using, as they both have useful benefits.

If you are going purely for fast experience, Brawling Gloves (Cooking) would be a better option. Even though you will be burning fish, the bonus experience you get from the Brawling Gloves is more than enough make up for this loss.

However, if you just want a nice supply of food. You'll be better off using Cooking Gauntlets.

The Skill Cape

If you reach level 99 in Cooking, you can talk to the Wise Old Man at home to obtain the Skill cape. He is located at home, in the building north of the bank.



The 99 cape costs 30M Gp and comes with a matching hood. Both the Cooking cape and hood give +9 bonus to all defense stats.


If you reach 200m experience in the Cooking skill you will also unlock the ability to buy the Master Cooking Cape. It is exactly the same as the normal Skill cape. However, you can adjust the trim colour to whatever you like. This cape costs 15m Gp.


For HCIM, this cape will cost only 300 gp.


For HCIM, the 200m cape will cost only 50k gp.



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