The Thousand Year Door Trolled Fans With Its Best Recipe – Tricks and Tips

Paper Mario Thousand Year Door Game Recipe Bad

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door had many recipes, but its most complicated one is not worth making. Most of the time, it’s well worth learning the cooking mechanic in order to create useful new items. However, in the case of Trial Stew, it is better to keep one’s curiosity from getting the best of them.

In The Thousand-Year Door, there is a cooking mechanic that becomes available as soon as Mario replaces Zess T.’s contact lens, which can happen as early as Chapter 2. Zess T. can cook items to create other items, and after Mario finds her a cookbook, she can make recipes that involve two items. This can create powerful weapons such as the Coconut Bomb, or lifesaving healing items such as the Zess Deluxe. This cooking mechanic is just one of the reasons why Thousand-Year Door is better than Origami King.


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The Trial Stew is one of the most complicated recipes in the game, if not the most complicated. It is made from a Couple’s Cake and a Poison Shroom, both of which require two ingredients to make. On top of that, both ingredients for the Couple’s Cake are recipes themselves, with the Snow Bunny requiring two ingredients. Likewise, the Inky Sauce required for a Poison Mushroon requires cooking two ingredients as well. Although the player can get one free Couples’ Cake from a rather easy late-game side quest, there is still a long string of recipes that need to be cooked in order to make a Trial Stew. While less complicated than Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes‘ cooking mechanic, there is still a lot of investment required.

TTYD’s Trial Stew Is The Game’s Most Harmful Item

Once made, the Trial Stew’s description does not mention its effects, only saying that it “yields incredible results“. However, while using the Trial Stew will surprise players, it won’t be in a good way. Eating Trial Stew instantly drains Mario’s FP to zero and reduces him to 1 HP. Not only that, but because using an item will count as a character using a turn, it will waste a turn for whoever used it. While the Trial Stew will also restore Star Power and increase the rate Mario replenishes it for the next few turns, that effect is nowhere near good enough to justify a punishment as brutal as losing Game Guy’s minigames in Mario Party 3.

In an extra insidious move, the game does nothing at all to indicate what eating Trial Stew will do to Mario. The item’s description says that it is amazing food, and unlike every other item in the game, it doesn’t describe its effect. Even worse, not even the game’s official strategy guide explained Trial Stew’s effect, only repeating the in-game description. A player would have to go online to look up what it does, and game guides on the internet were not as widespread in 2004. The only hint is that the recipe requires a Poison Shroom, but even then, most players would expect a good effect from such a complicated recipe. Fans still want a Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door Switch port, but not for the chance to experience Trial Stew for themselves.

The Trial Stew may be the most complicated recipe in the game, but it is not worth cooking in the slightest. It is one of the only items in the game that can hurt Mario, and it does more damage than any enemy attack in the game. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door played a cruel joke on players with this item.