Looking to expand my crafting repertoire, I decided it was time to make a date with Zommoros and the Mystic Forge. I had a ton of Mystic Coins in the bank and more Skill Points than I could shake a stick it. Aside: what the hell does that phrase mean? Is there a limit to the number of things you can shake a stick at??? Anywho, I was all dressed up in Skill Points and coins with no place to go.
A visit to GW2 Spidy and live research on the Trading Post showed that cooking trays and feasts sell for a decent profit. Depending on the type of food, the tray can go for double the profit of having sold the same 10 items individually. In case I hadn’t mentioned, cooking is one of my primary crafting professions. It’s like a tick. If cooking is available in a game I MUST COOK. Even though it’s generally among the lowest in overall profitability, I mentally and emotionally enjoy doing it. Besides, GW2 cooking is the best cooking has ever been done in any MMO EVER. I reached level 400 without looking up a single recipe. I've been at max for a couple of months at least and I'm still discovering new items. With cooking, I have no idea how many more recipes there are to be discovered and I love that about it.
I experimented with the Mystic Forge to obtain cooking recipe trays for my most profitable sellers. The Mystic Forge is located in the Traders Forum in Lion’s Arch. The NPC that sells the required purchasable items is standing nearby.
For the cooking profession, obtaining recipes to create food trays is simple and consistent. From my experiences, there is no variability in the outcome when you provide the following items for level 400 food recipes:
- 1 cooked item – Omnomberry Pie for example
- 50 Mystic Coins
- 20 –Crystals – must be purchased in group of 5 for 3 Skill Points
- 17 bottles of Elonian Wind – must be purchased for 25 silver each
The Crystals and wine are purchased from the NPC. After opening the Mystic Forge interface, place the items into the available slots. I strongly suggest separating your stacks in advance. The forge will take whatever offering you make. I wasn’t in the mood to gamble with my materials once I noticed it would take my whole stack of pies when I double-clicked them, so I canceled out and separated them before continuing.
I also experimented with offering up some extra orbs, which depending on the combination you offered, yielded “green” Medallions with varying stats. Not very useful for the cost in my opinion so I won’t be doing that again. The food trays on the other hand do decent. They don’t sell as quickly as the individual components. I think that’s partly due to the fact that the tooltip doesn’t tell you what stats the food provides. The text only explains that it’s a limitless distribution of items that can be shared for 5 minutes when placed in the world.
Food trays and feasts REALLY need to include the base food stats in tooltips. There are a ton of foods available and most people don’t remember what’s what. Unless it’s something you’ve purchased in the past, you’d have to stop to search for the base food and then decide if you want to go back to buy the tray. As a seller, that’s not great for business.