I was fishing and I thought about what the max amount of hunger you could get in a dish.

I did two calculations, one revolving around just the theoretical highest hunger meal with raw math, and one where I’d try to get the “variety buff.” I’ll elaborate on that in a bit.

For the first meal, the highest hunger item in the game is a Massive Colossal Squid with 975 hunger, cooking in a gold pot gives 1950 hunger alone due to the x2 gold pots give. If you cook 4 of them in a gold pot, the total hunger is 7800 mathematically.

For the second meal, I had to study the behavior of using different fish that are worth the same amount of hunger. And the results I got were in this image, with me attempting to approximate a line that best fit the points I put in.

I did more testing and while using 4 of the same item gave their additive costs, example being 4 piranhas (worth 25) creating a 100 hunger meal, using 4 different items worth the same amount of hunger gave 117 (a minor outlier in the data but it’s fine). I concluded that it was a bonus to have variety in the food you used to cook rather than a staleness debuff that caused food value to drop if you used multiple of the same item. Using this thought process, I calculated a massive colossal squid (1950), a massive basking shark (1284), a massive sleeper shark (936) and a massive great white shark (864), all of the values are calculated after the golden pot buff. Multiplying that with the 13% variety bonus, I got roughly 5288 hunger.

4 massive colossal squid is still theoretically worth more than the second meal i calculated.

To give perspective, eating that meal would give you enough hunger to last 54.6 hours ingame, which is just under 164 ingame days without eating food at all. To have complete luck 5 you’d have to use 550 legendary scales and 110 dark sea essentia, all brewed in gold pots.

I got my food values from the AO Cookbook as well, which saved me the trouble of cooking every single fish. AO Cookbook - Google Tabellen

Happy fishing.