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Below guide: Crafting recipes

All the crafting and cooking recipes you need to survive The Depths

Below crafting recipes Capybara Games via Polygon
Jeffrey Parkin (he/him) has been writing video game guides for Polygon for almost seven years. He has learned to love just about every genre of game that exists.

Below is a game of incremental progress. That’s true of both making progress deeper, well, below and of learning about the game’s mechanics and rules. As you explore The Depths of the island, you’ll be collecting a variety of items. With a little experimentation, you’ll learn that you can combine some of them to create new items, foods, tools and weapons.

Surviving your journey means learning what you’ll need and how to craft it. And that means learning recipes. In this guide, we’ll give you a quick overview of the basics of crafting (and cooking), then list out all the recipes we’ve discovered so far so you don’t have to try to memorize them. First, though, since we’re lumping everything together, let’s talk about the difference(s) between crafting and cooking.

Crafting and cooking in Below

Crafting in Below takes three things from your inventory and combines them to create something new. That’s pretty much it.

When you select a craftable item from your inventory, it will show up on the left side. Items that can be combined with what you selected will stay white while items that can’t will be grayed out. Once you select three items, you’ll see an icon for what will be created at the bottom of the leftmost column, but you won’t be able to see the name until after it’s created.

Some items (Sticks, String, Shards and Embers) can be combined with themselves to make a higher quality crafting material. These new materials (Bundles, Weave, Spikes and Phosphor, respectively) can then make better or more items. For example, you can make one Arrow from a Stick, Leather and a Shard, but a Bundle, some Leather and a Shard will create four Arrows.

Crafting food and Elixirs is a little more complicated (which is why we break it out below), but it still follows the three ingredients rule.

Crafting versus cooking

The basic premise of crafting both tools and food is the same: Take three ingredients and mix them together. But we draw a distinction between them because when you can do each of them differs.

You can combine three non-food items from the second tab of your inventory at any time. This means you can make Torches and Arrows as you need them. You don’t need to wait to get anywhere, so crafting as you go is a good way to manage your limited inventory space.

For food and Elixirs, though, you need two extra things: a Bottle filled with water and a Campfire. You’ll find your Bottles (you start with one and might collect more along your journey) on the first tab of your inventory with the rest of your food. Standing in water and hitting the button to drink will fill bottles. Once you find and light a Campfire, the top icon that looks like a cauldron will let you turn that water and other raw ingredients into food or Elixirs.


The crafting recipes for Elixirs are similar to the Broth, Soup or Stew that you make from some combination of raw meat and vegetables, but one (and only one) of the ingredients is replaced with one Mushroom. The resulting Elixir will be the same color as the Mushroom you included — Red Mushrooms make Red Elixirs.

Elixirs refill some or all of your various meters (Health, Hunger, Cold and Thirst), but also give you a background stat bonus. Green Elixirs double the number of Gems an enemy drops for a short time, Blue Elixirs slow the drain of your meters and Red Elixirs give you a boost to your attack strength. The current status effect gets an icon just above the heart at the top left of your screen.

Below status effect icon green elixir. Capybara Games via Polygon

What should I make?

As we mentioned in our Below beginner’s guide, you should have two main priorities when crafting: light and food. For light, that means Torches (Stick + String + Ember) as a backup or replacement for your Lantern.

For food, we recommend trying to make Stew (Morsel + Morsel + Morsel) from the various critters you encounter on the early floors. Those rodents you see running around, snakes, foxes and bats all have a chance to drop a Morsel — or a bigger cut of meat like a Chop.

Below recipes list

Below cooking and crafting recipes

Crafted item name Type Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
Crafted item name Type Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3
Bundle Crafting material Stick Stick Stick
Phosphor Crafting material Ember Ember Ember
Spike Crafting material Shard Shard Shard
Weave Crafting material String String String
Blue Elixir Elixir Blue Mushroom Any raw food Any raw food
Green Elixir Elixir Green Mushroom Any raw food Any raw food
Purple Elixir Elixir Blue Mushroom Blue Mushroom Red Mushroom
Red Elixir Elixir Red Mushroom Any raw food Any raw food
White Elixir Elixir White Mushroom Any raw food Any raw food
Yellow Elixir Elixir Yellow Mushroom Any raw food Any raw food
Broth Food Any raw vegetable Any raw vegetable Any raw vegetable
Soup Food Any raw meat Any raw vegetable Any raw food
Stew Food Any raw meat Any raw meat Any raw meat
Bandage Healing Blood Moss Sludge String
Bandage+ Healing Blood Moss Sludge Leather
Salve Strap Healing Blood Moss Sludge Weave
Crystal Rod Tools Bundle Weave Crystal
Torch Tools Stick String Ember
Torch+ Tools Stick Weave Phosphor
Arrow Weapon Stick Leather Shard
Arrow x 4 Weapon Bundle Leather Shard
Bomb Weapon Skull String Phosphor
Bomb Arrow Weapon Stick String Phosphor
Bomb Arrows x 4 Weapon Bundle String Phosphor
Caltrops Weapon Spike Shard Blood Moss
Fire Arrow Weapon Stick Leather Ember
Fire Arrows x 4 Weapon Bundle Leather Phosphor
Mine Weapon Skull Spike Phosphor
Spike Arrow Weapon Stick Spike Shard
Spike Arrow x 4 Weapon Bundle Spike Shard
Below crafting and cooking recipes