To craft items, the player can either select a known recipe, or manually craft a new one through trial and error or by knowing the recipe in advance.
The Survival Crafting menu is accessible at any time, and requires no station to craft items. For Cooking and Alchemy, the player will need the required station to see their recipes or attempt any crafting.
For Cooking and Alchemy when experimenting with manual recipes, it is possible to lose ingredients if the recipe is invalid. For Cooking you will receive Food Waste in this situation, but with alchemy the items are destroyed and you receive nothing.
This does not apply to Survival Crafting, so you can safely experiment with any Survival Crafting manual recipes and not worry about losing ingredients (unless you make a recipe you did not expect to).
A Recipe refers to the knowledge of how to craft an item (ie. which ingredients it has, and which station). Once the player crafts the recipe the first time, it will be learned and added to the list of known recipes, which are displayed in the relevant Crafting menu. Certain items may have more than one recipe.
There are currently 320 recipes defined on the Outward Wiki.
- Survival Crafting Recipes - accessible from the player's survival crafting menu, this kind of crafting requires no station.
- Alchemy Recipes - using an Alchemy Kit, the player can craft various magical items and potions.
- Cooking Recipes - the player can cook food either directly on a campfire, or with a Cooking Pot or Kitchen.
Other types of Recipes defined on the Outward Wiki include:
- Blacksmiths - these NPCs can craft armor sets and weapons for the player if they bring them the appropriate materials, though the player does not craft these themselves.
- Decrafting - from the survival crafting menu, players can decraft certain items into base materials.
Recipe scrolls can be found in the world or bought from merchants. Reading a recipe scroll for an item gives the player the recipe. However, this is not necessary — a player can simply place the correct items in the Manual Recipe section to achieve the same result, as well as unlocking the recipe for future crafting.
Not all recipes have an associated scroll. In this case, the recipe can only be discovered through trial and error, or by knowing the recipe in advance.