ESO Provisioning Guide

Hello and Welcome to Tamriel Foundry’s Provisioning Guide! Here we cover the basic and advanced mechanics of Provisioning in The Elder Scrolls Online as well as some best practices! If you would like to get a quick primer on the basics, check out the video.

 

 

Why It’s Useful

Provisioning allows the player to create consumable meals and brews that enhance the players stats for a duration. These foods and drinks can increase overall stat number, or the regeneration rate of that stat for extended amounts of time. Unlike alchemy, these are longer durations reaching well over an hour and allow the player to fill the gap in stats they may be lacking. These effects also persist through death.
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Profitability: Very High!

Everyone will need food buffs! There are so many great foods for PvE & PVP and people will always need them. With the proper skills in provisioning maxed out, you will be able to make very powerful food and drink items!

 

Gathering

Gathering materials for provisioning is slightly different from the other professions as they are not found in nodes around the landscape. How do you gather food items for provisioning? By relentlessly pillaging people’s homes and villages. That’s right, crates, baskets, boxes, tables, drawers, you name it. If it belongs to an NPC and you can open it, chances are there’s something to cook in it. Hirelings will join you in your crime wave up to twice a day and deliver obviously stolen food items to your inbox!

 

Finding a Station

Provisioning stations are usually shown on the map with what looks like a stone oven icon. They are also usually found in or near taverns and places to eat in town.
Provisioning stations are found in towns and cities and are identified by a cooking fire, a pot or spit, and some form of food cooking or roasting over the fire. Simply walk up to the station and press the interact key to get the crafting interface.

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Creation

Provisioning is the only recipe-based crafting system in the game. Recipes are found in various places around tamriel such as chests, drawers, and desks, and seem to be completely random. What you can cook is directly influenced by what recipes you’ve discovered. The higher-level/higher quality recipes give you considerably more inspiration which is important considering there is no deconstructing food items. Creation is your only source of inspiration for provisioning.

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@Moowi has created a list of the Provisioning Recipes discovered thus far! You can check it out HERE!

 

Skills

The skills for Provisioning that you can place points in to enhance the craft include Recipe Quality and Recipe Improvement, which are the only *required* skills to raise Provisioning to maximum level and create all of the food and drinks available. However there are many other skills that improve and enhance the profession!

If you would like to start crafting as soon as possible while leveling, here are some must-have skills to get your Provisioning off to a great start! After taking your initial survival skills, place points into the following to get the ball rolling!

Hireling: 1/3 – To get Provisioning stuff sent to your mail!

Just keep putting points into Hireling in as you level Provisioning, interwoven with your regular combat skills!

 

Here is the full list of skills and descriptions that you can allocate points into!

Recipe Improvement

  • Rank 1: Allows the making of up to level 19 Recipes.
  • Rank 2: Allows the making of up to level 29 Recipes.
  • Rank 3: Allows the making of up to level 39 Recipes.
  • Rank 4: Allows the making of up to level 49 Recipes.
  • Rank 5: Allows the making of up to level 50 Recipes.
  • Rank 6: Allows the making of up to level Veteran Recipes.

Recipe Quality:

  • Rank 1: Allows the use of Standard (white) Recipes.
  • Rank 2: Allows the use of Difficult (blue) Recipes.
  • Rank 2: Allows the use of Complex (purple) Recipes.

Gourmand:

  • Rank 1: Adds 5 minutes to the duration of any eaten food.
  • Rank 2: Adds 10 minutes to the duration of any eaten food.
  • Rank 3: Adds 20 minutes to the duration of any eaten food.

Connoisseur:

  • Rank 1: Adds 5 minutes to the duration of any consumed drink.
  • Rank 2: Adds 10 minutes to the duration of any consumed drink.
  • Rank 3: Adds 20 minutes to the duration of any consumed drink.

Chef:

  • Rank 1: Creates 1 extra serving for each food recipe made.
  • Rank 2: Creates 1 extra serving for each food recipe made.
  • Rank 3: Creates 1 extra serving for each food recipe made.

Brewer:

  • Rank 1: Creates 1 extra serving for each drink recipe made.
  • Rank 2: Creates 1 extra serving for each drink recipe made.
  • Rank 3: Creates 1 extra serving for each drink recipe made.

Hireling:

  • Rank 1: When you go offline, a hireling will find Food or Drink ingredients for you. Your hireling can be used every 24 hours.
  • Rank 2: When you go offline, a hireling will find Food or Drink ingredients for you. Your hireling has a higher chance of returning Spices or Flavorings. Your hireling can be used every 24 hours.
  • Rank 3: When you go offline, a hireling will find Food or Drink ingredients for you. Your hireling has a higher chance of returning Spices or Flavorings. Your hireling can be used every 12 hours.

 

Tips & Best Practices!

  • Loot EVERYTHING: Recipes and Provisioning materials are specifically looted from containers, boxes, crates, barrels, drawers, chests, etc throughout the world. It is imperative that you loot everything to make sure you get the required materials and recipes for progression!

As always, we hope you have found this guide informative and useful, and will continue to update it as we discover more. Happy cooking! Want to discuss crafting further? Head over to the Crafter’s Hall and start posting!