In a similar way to what happened in Zelda Breath of the Wild, also in this prequel the protagonists of the game will have the possibility to cook a large number of different dishes, which can then be consumed to obtain certain effects that will impact the gameplay.
Despite the similarities to the mechanics of Breath of the Wild, however, in Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity consume the foods that can be cooked it will not impact the character’s health, but it will still be an operation of fundamental importance since it will allow you to get bonuses to the protagonists’ stats, especially useful during fights, as well as accelerations to the process of accumulating experience points, to level up faster, and much more.
Before the start of each mission or challenge, selectable through the appropriate game menu, you will be asked if you want to cook a dish to improve the attributes of the characters you have chosen to compose the party that will face that specific mission. By selecting the option to cook, the entire screen will appear recipe list that you have unlocked and have the necessary ingredients for. After checking all the recipes available to you and their effects, just press the A key to confirm the choice and the + button to start cooking: once finished, you can finally start the selected mission or challenge with the bonus obtained from the food you have eaten.
The ingredients for your recipes can be obtained both buying them through the store, which you can access by selecting the relevant screen in the Services, be recovering them during missions, defeating enemies, smashing wooden crates scattered around the map and opening treasure chests. As you progress through the adventure, the missions will become more and more complicated and the enemies will become more and more resistant and powerful: consequently, always try to put aside a good amount of ingredients for your recipes, so that you can always cook at least one before each mission, thus increasing your chances of survival and, therefore, of victory. An alternative method to increase your offensive capabilities during missions and fighting with enemies is instead through the enhancement of the characters’ weapons,
If you want to know our opinion on the game, we recommend that you take a look at our review of Hyrule Warriors Age of Calamity.