Grom's Cauldron

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Grom's Cauldron is a campaign mechanic for Grom the Paunch, which allows him to cook a dish that gives global benefits to his faction for a time.

How it works[edit | edit source]

As Grom's campaign progresses, he may fulfill certain requirements to unlock ingredients for his cauldron. Once he has obtained two different types of ingredients, he may combine them in his cauldron and cook them into a specific dish by spending 50 scrap, once per turn. Dishes create a campaign buff that appears on the campaign top bar and lasts for 15 turns.

The specific effects produced by a dish are determined by the individual ingredients used, which produce a variety of buffs for Grom's faction, while the specific dish itself produces effects which buff Grom and may give him new battlefield abilities and attributes.

Each time a dish is made, it is unlocked in the recipe tab of the Cauldron menu, with new recipes unlocked through trial and error cooking, or as a reward for campaign missions or if a new recipe is produced by the Food Merchant.

Recipes themselves are determined by the category of the two primary ingredients used, with all ingredients falling into one of five different categories, and each combining to produce 10 basic recipes. Additional ingredients may be added to the cauldron once it is upgraded by completing Food Merchant cooking requests, allowing up to four ingredients to be used. These additional ingredients add their own effects to the dish, and some further alter the dish to create a new recipe depending upon the specific extra ingredient added to certain recipes.

The Food Merchant herself, is a campaign event that appears periodically on the campaign map and may be interacted with by moving any character to her icon. Interacting with the event will trigger a choice to either buy a random ingredient with faction funds, allow the hag to cook a random recipe for Grom (which may include up to four ingredients and be especially useful early in the campaign in addition to potentially revealing undiscovered recipes), to cook for the hag (which involves interpreting the hag's obtuse request and cooking the specific dish she alludes to) in order to unlock an additional cooking slot, or rob her for funds and scrap (she will still reappear later - apparently the hag is rather forgiving).

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Ingredient Category Effects Unlock Conditions Description
Lion Meat Beast Bitz Speed: +10% for Goblin cavalry, Goblin chariots, and Squig Herd units (all armies)

Charge bonus: +12 for Squig units (all armies)

Win a battle against an army containing any kind of lions, lion chariots, or lion-hybrid creatures (includes mounts) "Gamey, but tasty! Only find fresher on pointy-'eads island."
Troll Meat Beast Bitz Passive ability: "Regeneration" for Goblin and Night Goblin infantry units (all armies) None, unlocked from the start "Already 'alf cooked ta stop regeneratin', you's betta cook 'til black!"
Lizard Legs Beast Bitz Armour: +15 for Goblin cavalry, Goblin chariots, and Squig Herd units (all armies)

Leadership: +8 for Goblin cavalry, Goblin chariots, and Squig Herd units (all armies)

Win a battle against an army containing any giant dinosaur-like creatures (included mounts) "Skin dem first, make nice belt!"
Boar Meat Beast Bitz Charge bonus: +10 for all Orc and Big 'Uns cavalry and chariot units (all armies)

Weapon strength: +10% for all Orc and Big 'Uns cavalry and chariot units (all armies)

Equip a character with a Warboar mount "Got 'airs stuck on, but still tastier than gobbo meat!"
Gobbo Legs Beast Bitz Passive ability: "Berserk" for all Orc infantry units (all armies) Obtain a trophy from a successful Call to Waaagh! "Sum git wot tried ta rob me in Badlands, me bash them, take limbs."
Centigor Milk Mucky Stuff Passive ability: "Immense Power" for Rogue Idols

Research rate: +10% (factionwide)

Win a battle against any six-limbed centaur-like creatures "Yea, me milked Centigor. Sweet boy 'e woz..."
Spider Egg Yolk Mucky Stuff Adds 5 Lava Spider Rider Archers units to your Regiments of Renown pool

Ability: "Maternal Instinct" for Arachnarok Spider units

Recruit an Arachnarok Spider "Dis be delicacy ta night gobbos - dem sneaky gitz but knows a good quiche!"
Ectoplasm Mucky Stuff Passive ability: "Ghostly Protection" for Rogue Idols

Attrition: -20% casualties suffered from all attrition

Win a battle against an army containing any ghostly apparitions "Magic pus makes dish betta! No, me don't know where came from!"
Monster Goo Mucky Stuff Passive ability: "Monstrous Disease" for Trolls and Giant units

Recruit rank: +2 for Trolls units (all armies)

Recruit "Da Swamp Fings" Regiment of Renown "Squeeze anyfink 'ard enuf, goo's gonna come out, wever dey want or not!"
Stunty Ale Mucky Stuff Passive ability: "Dulled Senses" for Trolls and Giant units

Recruit cost: -50% for Trolls units

Sack a Dwarf settlement "Nuthin' betta for numbin' pain! Da drunk stunties me bashed for would agree..."
Goldfish Fishy Chunks Income from all buildings: +10% (all regions)

Global recruitment duration: -1 turn for all units Obedience: +8 (all provinces)

Sail and explore the sea or sack an Empire settlement "Me used ta keep as pets in me pond, but dey's too tasty for dat."
Tentacles Fishy Chunks Income from sacking and looting settlements: +10% (all characters)

Enables frostbite attacks (all characters)

Sail and explore the sea or sack a Norscan settlement "Careful of dem suckas, took months ta pull of da last one wot stuck on me!"
Hard Shell Crab Fishy Chunks Earns 10 Scrap

Physical resistance: 12% for Goblin and Night Goblin infantry units (all armies) Income from raiding: +10%

Sail and explore the sea or sack a Vampire Coast settlement "No things more tasty in sea. Except maybe Elf-sailors..."
Ocean Clams Fishy Chunks Gain a random amount of gold

Casualty replenishment rate: +10% (all armies)

Sail and explore the sea or sack a Bretonnian settlement "Da fleshy bit's inside, but me like eat da shell too!"
Pufferfish Fishy Chunks Adds 5 Soopa-Squig! units to your Regiments of Renown pool (all armies)

Passive ability: "Spiky Skin" for Goblin and Night Goblin infantry units (all armies)

Sail and explore the sea or win a battle against an army containing a Bloated Corpse "If you no prepare right, you die. But dat's wot makes dem tasty!"
Green Spores Sporez n' Shroomz Earns 5 Reputation

Growth: +10 (all provinces)

Follow Blacktoof's advice... "Swiped dem from pointy-eared gitz forest. Me bash some of dem on da way, too"
Indigo Milk Caps Sporez n' Shroomz Hero action cost: -25%

Hero action success chance: +10%

Reach rank 15 with an Orc Shaman "No 'shrooms more bitter, dis stickier than a Squig's bum!"
Stinky Fungi Sporez n' Shroomz Enemy leadership: -8

Enemy siege holdout time: -5 (minimum 1 turn)

Reach rank 15 with a Giant River Troll Hag "Dey calls stinky but me think opposite. Me like mash it up 'n rub on meself. Good for skin, you try!"
Glowing 'Shrooms Sporez n' Shroomz Cooldown: -10% to all spells (all characters)

Winds of Magic starting amount: +10 (all armies)

Reach rank 15 with a Goblin Great Shaman or Night Goblin Shaman "Me not know wot makes dem glow, but dung piles look pretty afterwards!"
Hell Pepper 'Shrooms Sporez n' Shroomz Passive ability: "Frenzy" for Goblin and Night Goblin infantry units (all armies)

Fire resistance: 25% (all armies)

Recruit any Night Goblin Fanatics "Worth all da rancid gas you's gonna get!"
Dragon Tail Flyin' Gubbinz "Dragon Breath" ammunition (projectiles will cause explosive damage) for Goblin and Night Goblin missile units (all armies) Win a battle against an army containing any Dragon, Wyvern, or Frost-Wyrm (includes mounts) "Most exotic meat of all meat! Nuthin' chewier!"
Harpy Heads Flyin' Gubbinz Ammunition: +10% for Goblin and Night Goblin missile units (all armies)

"Harpy Teeth" ammunition (increased number of projectiles) for Goblin and Night Goblin missile units (all armies)

Sack a Dark Elf settlement "Stupid Harpies attack me in Troll Country. Dey no flyin' no more!"
Eagle Talons Flyin' Gubbinz "Eagle Sight" ammunition (anti-infantry) for Goblin and Night Goblin missile units (all armies) Retrieve the Axe of Grom "Good for tooth pick, or grind n' sprinkle in nice stew."
Wing Leather Flyin' Gubbinz "Hollow Bone" ammunition (anti-large) for Goblin and Night Goblin missile units (all armies)

Range: +10% for Goblin and Night Goblin infantry units (all armies)

Win a battle against an army containing any flying creatures of Lustria or winged machinery (includes mounts) "Flappy bits n' hollow bones give dish good crunch!"
Phoenix Claws Flyin' Gubbinz "Phoenix Fire" ammunition (fire damage) for Goblin and Night Goblin missile units (all armies) Obtain a trophy from a successful Call to Waaagh! against any Elf faction "Big killy bird near 'ad me but me 'ad it for dinna. Da claws all wot's left!"

Recipes[edit | edit source]

Recipe Ingredients Effects Description
The Magnum Pizza Mucky Stuff + Beast Bitz Physical Resistance: 15% (Grom only)

Melee Defence: +15 (Grom only)

Grom's own spin on that timeless Tilean recipe is not for the faint-hearted. A vegetarian might die just by looking at it.
Fishy 'Shroom Burgers Fishy Chunks + Sporez n' Shroomz Attribute: Perfect Vigor (Grom only)

Ability: "Fishy Breath" (Grom only)

In Marienburg, they like to put pieces of meat between Halfling bread, but Grom much prefers his fishy mushroom version. And the rottener the fish, the better!
Nuggets 'n' Slime Mucky Stuff + Flyin' Gubbinz Campaign line of sight: +20% (Grom's army)

Campaign movement range: +10% (Grom's army)

Immune to attrition (Grom's army)

Mince up some exotic meats, be it bat, Dragon, or whatever, and serve it up with the most disgusting sauce imaginable - just how Grom likes it.
Bony Meat Skewers Fishy Chunks + Flyin' Gubbinz Passive ability: "Spikey Skin" (Grom only)

Missile resistance: 30% (Grom only)

The bones and claws of flyin' gubbinz make good skewers for fishy chunks, as fishbones do for flyin' gubbinz. Hard to tell what's what, though...
Wyvern Stew Sporez n' Shroomz + Flyin' Gubbinz Attribute: Unbreakable (Grom only)

Passive ability: "Frenzy" (Grom only)

With a few 'shrooms and nondescript flyin' gubbinz, anyone can make something that vaguely resembles a stew. Whether it tastes like what it's claimed to be is another thing.
Grom's Surf 'n' Turf Fishy Chunks + Beast Bitz Casualty replenishment rate: +10% for Goblin units (Grom's army)

Casualty replenishment rate: +10% (Grom's army)

Wholly unidentifiable pieces of meat and fish slapped on a plate make for an easily prepared flavour-filled meal! It's like a beach party in your mouth, but everyone's throwing up.
Misty Mountain Broth Beast Bitz + Flyin' Gubbinz Enables sundering attacks (Grom only)

Base weapon damage: +100 (Grom only)

This broth looks like an unappetizing mess. Is that a wing, a foot, or a drumstick? Or maybe even something's head? The less you know, the better!
Gobbo Seafood Quiche Mucky Stuff + Fishy Chunks Ability: "Goggly Glare" (Grom only)

Attribute: Causes Terror (Grom only)

Every Gobbo loves a good quiche, though they've lost the knowledge of what a quiche actually is. No that they care, as long as it smells worse than a Troll Hag's tunic.
Cheesy 'Shrooms Mucky Stuff + Sporez 'n Shroomz Ability: "Slime Smoothie" (Grom only)

Attribute: Stalk (Grom only)

Putrid slime? Poisonous-looking mushrooms? What's not to like? Except the resulting flatulence, of course.
Shroom 'n' Offal Sausage Sporez 'n Shroomz + Beast Bitz Ability: "Bangers & Smash" (Grom only)

Charge bonus: +25 (Grom only)

Nothing says 'dinner' to Grom like animal guts, giblets, and meaty fodder stuffed into some intestines, with some random 'shrooms tossed in for good measure.
Fried Squirrel Fish Flyin' Gubbinz + Fishy Chunks + Spider Egg Yolk Enables lightning strike battles when reinforcements are present (Grom only)

Ambush success chance: +15% (all armies factionwide)

Some dishes sound humble but are riskier to make than squig herding. Someone needs to enter an Arachnarok's lair and steal its freshly laid eggs.
Bugman's Battered Ribs Sporez 'n Shroomz + Beast Bitz + Stunty Ale Missile strength: +15% for artillery units (Grom's army)

Ammunition: +15% for artillery units (Grom's army)

Ability: "Flash Bomb" (Grom only)

If the stunties knew what the gobbos were doing with their beloved brew, there'd be another entry in the Book of Grudges. They know nothing - Dwarf food tastes like Troll snot anyway!
Elven Foie Gras Sporez 'n Shroomz + Beast Bitz + Eagle Talons Recruit rank: +4 for all units (all armies factionwide)

Global recruitment duration: -2 turn for all units (factionwide)

Unit experience gain per turn: +50 (all armies factionwide)

It's said that a Bretonnian peasant once serendipitously caught a stray eagle from Ulthuan that he force-fed to death; he found its liver particularly tasty!
Ghost Crab Royale Beast Bitz + Fishy Chunks + Ectoplasm Attribute: Cause Fear for Goblin and Night Goblin units (all armies factionwide)

Ward save: 10% (Grom only)

No-one knows how this ethereal dish was created. It's hard to kill something that's already dead. It's even harder to make it taste like anything!
Mork's Blood Pudding Mucky Stuff + Beast Bitz + Hell Pepper 'Shrooms Bound spell: "Fiery Convocation" (Grom only)

Enables flammable attacks (Grom only)

Enables flaming attacks (Grom's army)

Shamans often tried intoxicating recipes to enable them to 'talk' to Gork or Mork, eventually discovering that this particular dish tasted much better than it made them feel.