One of the most asked questions in Conan Exiles right now is how to make Gruel, as many believe this is the fuel to the Wheel of Pain. However, that is not the case. You do not have to use Gruel to fuel the Wheel of Pain, which is not something you can make until you reach level 15 and build the appropriate cooking tool. However, you don’t have to wait that long to get your first Thrall’s.
Conan Exiles – You Don’t Have To Make Gruel To Fuel Wheel Of PainMuch like the other crafting interfaces in Conan Exiles, the Wheel of Pain interface specifically shows Gruel as the fuel in the tutorial area in the top right. You can get the Wheel of Pain at level 10 however you cannot make Gruel that early, leaving many to believe they have to wait until 15 to get Thrall’s.
However, plenty of other items work. Most food items actually. You can experiment with which items you have by simply dragging them into the Wheel of Pain interface and seeing if the on/off button is highlighted. Check the image below. You will see that we are using Grilled Steak, you can also see at the bottom of the image (which will be in the lower right corner of your screen) the progress of the current Thrall, marked by the white bar.