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Side quests in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door unlock as you progress through the story, so you’ll want to swing by Rogueport East and check the Trouble Center. If you’re aiming to 100% the cookbook, then you’ll need to complete the “Security code…” Trouble. The side quest can be tedious as it requires a lot of backtracking to each area you’ve unlocked. Despite this, the reward for “Security code…” can potentially unlock various recipes that can help you in battle.


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Security code… Trouble Walkthrough

How to Find the Security Code

Image of the building with the trouble center in Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door

You can get the “Security code…” Trouble after completing Chapter 6. This is requested by the Ratooey Businessman that you met on the Excess Express. Once you accept the Trouble, go to Glitzville, and you’ll find the Ratooey standing between the entrance to the Glitz Pit and the Hot Dog Stand.

This time, you won’t have to worry about tracking down the briefcase like you had in Chapter 6. Instead, you’ll need to find its four-digit security code. The businessman has a fascination with chairs and has used them as “clues” for remembering the passcode. In order, you’ll need:

  1. Total number of chairs in Koops’ house.
  2. Total number of chairs in Flurrie’s house (both rooms).
  3. Total number of chairs in Don Pianta’s office.
  4. Every chair in Toodles’ house as well as the one in her garden.

It should be noted that he counts anything that can be used as a chair. This means furniture such as stools are fair game. Of course, it’s a lot of work to run back and forth to these areas for the businessman, so that’s where Mario comes in.

If you’d rather skip the backtracking and jump straight to the reward, then speak to the businessman right after he tells you where to go. The security code for the briefcase is 2625.

As a reward for the code, the businessman will give you a free bottle of Hot Sauce, which can be used in cooking. You can get another Hot Sauce bottle from him any time you want, but it’ll cost you 10 Coins.


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All Recipes with Hot Sauce

What Should You Cook?

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The main use for Hot Sauce is cooking, but like any other cooking item, you can use it in battle. Using a Hot Sauce will grant the Charged effect to its user, increasing their attack power by 1 point. If you don’t have any FP to use Charge or if you simply don’t have the Charge badge equipped, then Hot Sauce can potentially help you in a pinch.

Unfortunately, Hot Sauce can’t be cooked by itself. You’re going to want to grab the Cookbook from Creepy Steeple and give it to Zess T. in Rogueport. The Cookbook is locked in a chest behind the wall of Creepy Steeple’s main hallway (use Tube Mode to reach it). With the Cookbook, you’ll be able to combine two ingredients instead of one.

If, for some reason, Zess T. won’t accept the Cookbook, go to the Trouble Center and take ”
Seeking legendary book
!” This will appear on the board after you’ve completed Chapter 4.

Hot Sauce can be used to make the following recipes:

Ingredient #1

Ingredient #2


Hottest Dog

Hot Sauce

Hot Dog

Adds the Charged effect and restores 7HP and 7FP.

Inky Sauce

Hot Sauce

  • Turtley Leaf
  • Zess Tea
  • Mushroom Broth
  • Tasty Tonic
  • Fresh Juice
  • Koopa Tea

Restores 30FP.

Spicy Pasta

Hot Sauce

  • Fresh Pasta
  • Koopasta
  • Spaghetti

Restores 10HP and 10FP.

Fire Pop

Hot Sauce

Cake Mix

Restore 20FP, but lose 1HP.


Hot Sauce

Dried Mushroom

Restores 5HP.

Spicy Soup

Hot Sauce

Fire Flower

Restores 4HP and 4FP.

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