Leatherworking is the best combined with Skinning, and I highly recommend to level these professions together. It will be a lot easier to get the needed materials if you have Skinning. Check out my Skinning Leveling Guide if you want to level Skinning. You can also just buy the materials at the Auction House, but then you will need a lot of gold.
If you are low on gold, I recommend you to try this Gold Making Guide, it can help you to make loads of gold.
If you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt, I recommend you to use a leveling guide. You can level your character to level 110 in 8 days with this guide.
Leatherworking guide sections:
- Apprentice 1 - 55
- Journeyman 55 - 135
- Expert 130 - 210
- Artisan 205 - 275
- Master 275 - 350
- Grand Master 350 - 450
- Illustrious 450 - 500
- Zen 500 - 600
- Warlords of Draenor 600 - 700
Approximate Materials Required for 1-700:
- 57 Ruined Leather Scraps
- 15 Medium Hide
- 260 Light Leather
- 160 Medium Leather
- 20 Heavy Hide
- 195 Heavy Leather
- 410 Thick Leather
- 170 Rugged Leather
- 400 Borean Leather (you will probably need fewer if you farm the leathers)
- 710 Savage Leather (you will probably need fewer if you farm the leathers)
- 21 Heavy Savage Leather (110 Savage Leather)
- 2 Volatile Fire
- 2 Volatile Air
- 2 Volatile Water
- 26 Volatile Earth
- 65 Sha-Touched Leather
- 40 Exotic Leather
- 300 Exotic Leather or Prismatic Scale. (Choose the cheaper one. You can also use 150 Exotic Leather and 150 Prismatic Scale for example)
- 1 Spirit of Harmony
Warlords of Draenor
- 640 x Raw Beast Hide
Leatherworking Leveling Guide 1 - 55
First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Leatherworking Apprentice.
Check out my Farming Guides if you wan to farm the leathers instead of buying them.
You should start with Light Leather farming if you want to farm the leathers.
NOTE: You can buy the threads, dyes, and salt from Leatherworking Supply vendors near your trainer.
19 x [Light Leather] - 57 Ruined Leather Scraps
Make the next recipe if you don't have Ruined Leather Scraps.
- 20-30 or 1-30
10 x [Light Armor Kit] - 10 Light Leather
20 x [Handstitched Leather Cloak] - 40 Light Leather, 20 Coarse Thread
5 x [Handstitched Leather Belt] - 30 Light Leather, 5 Coarse Thread
55 - 130
Learn Leatherworking Journeyman. Requires level 10.
30 x [Embossed Leather Gloves] - 90 Light Leather, 60 Coarse Thread
15 x [Fine Leather Belt] - 90 Light Leather, 30 Coarse Thread
Keep these, you will need them.
Check out my Medium Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
IMPORTANT! I must also mention that later on you will need 20 Heavy Hide to level leatherworking, and while you farm the hides you will get a bunch of Medium Hide, Medium Leather, and Heavy Leather. I recommend to check out my Heavy Hide farming guide if you have a level 60+ character, and farm the Heavy Hide before you farm Heavy Leather and Medium Leather. Farming the 20 Heavy Hide can take a few hours, so don't forget to check the Auction House, sometimes you can find cheap Heavy Hide.
Keep the Medium Hides, you will need them.
15 x [Cured Medium Hide] - 15 Medium Hide, 15 Salt
Make [Medium Armor Kit] if you can't find Medium Hides at the AH.
16 x [Dark Leather Boots] - 64 Medium Leather, 32 Fine Thread, 16 Gray Dye
130 - 205
Learn Leatherworking Expert. Requires level 20.
15 x [Dark Leather Belt] - 15 Fine Leather Belt, 15 Cured Medium Hide, 30 Fine Thread, 15 Gray Die
Make [Dark Leather Cloak] if you still don't have [Cured Medium Hide].
5 x [Hillman's Leather Gloves] - 70 Medium Leather, 20 Fine Thread
5 x [Heavy Leather] - 25 Medium Leather
You can also make the following recipe: 5 x [Heavy Leather Ball] - 10 Heavy Leather, 5 Fine Thread The pattern is sold by these NPCs.
Check out my Heavy Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
You will need the Cured Heavy Hides later.
20 x [Cured Heavy Hide] - 20 Heavy Hide, 60 Salt
If you have skinning, then visit my Heavy Hide farming guide. Don't forget to check the Auction House, sometimes you can find cheap Heavy Hide.
Below you can find an alternative way if you don't have any Heavy Hides at all, which is usually the case, since Heavy Hide has pretty low drop rate. But if for example you can get 5 Heavy Hides, you should stop making Barbaric Leggings at 195 and start making Guardian Gloves.
155-180 - [Heavy Armor Kit] or [Hillman's Cloak] - 175 Heavy Leather
180-190 - [Guardian Pants] or [Barbaric Leggings] - 156 Heavy Leather, 26 Bolt of Silk Cloth or 100 Heavy Leather, 10 Moss Agate
190-200 - [Barbaric Leggings] - 130 Heavy Leather, 13 Moss Agate The [Barbaric Leggings] recipe is sold by these NPCs.
15 x [Heavy Armor Kit] - 75 Heavy Leather, 15 Fine Thread
10 x [Barbaric Shoulders] - 80 Heavy Leather, 10 Cured Heavy Hide, 20 Fine Thread
10 x [Guardian Gloves] - 40 Heavy Leather, 10 Cured Heavy Hide, 10 Silken Thread
Check out my Thick Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
5 x [Thick Armor Kit] - 25 Thick Leather, 5 Silken Thread
205 - 275
Learn Leatherworking Artisan. Requires level 35.
35 x [Nightscape Headband] - 175 Thick Leather, 70 Silken Thread
15 x [Nightscape Pants] - 210 Thick Leather, 60 Silken Thread
Check out my Rugged Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
18 x [Rugged Armor Kit] - 90 Rugged Leather
10 x [Wicked Leather Bracers] - 80 Rugged Leather, 10 Black Dye, 10 Rune Thread
If 4 Heavy Scorpid Scale are cheaper than 4 Rugged Leather, you can craft the following item:
[Heavy Scorpid Bracers] - Recipe location
Or make [Frostsaber Boots] if one Essence of Water is cheaper than 4 Rugged Leather on your realm.
275 - 350
Visit your trainer learn and Leatherworking Master. Requires level 50.
If you are still leveling your character and you are level 60, then at this point you can choose to go to Outland or Northrend. I recommend going to Northrend because it's a easier to level Leatherworking using Borean Leather. Check out my Borean Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
75 x [Borean Armor Kit] - 300 Borean Leather
Check the Auction House for [Borean Leather Scraps]. You can transform 5 of them into [Borean Leather], but don't right click the Leather Scraps, there is actually a recipe that give you skill-ups, use that.
If 5 x Borean Leather Scraps cost less than twice the price of a single Borean Leather, it's worth to buy because you get skill points twice, first for turning them into Borean Leather, then when you craft the armor kits. (assuming you can buy at least 20 of them to make an armor kit)
If you have any Knothide Leather Scraps from Skinning, you can turn them into [Knothide Leather] between 300-310, then make as many [Knothide Armor Kit] as you can.
350 - 450
Visit your trainer and learn Leatherworking Grand Master. Requires level 65.
Check out my Savage Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
100 x [Savage Armor Kit] - 500 Savage Leather
Check the Auction House for [Savage Leather Scraps]. You can transform 5 of them into [Savage Leather], but don't right click the Leather Scraps, there is actually a recipe that give you skill-ups, use that.
If 5 x Savage Leather Scraps cost less than twice the price of a single Savage Leather, it's worth to buy because you get skill points twice, first for turning them into Savage Leather, then when you craft the armor kits. (assuming you can buy at least 25 of them to make an armor kit)
450 - 500
Visit your trainer and learn Leatherworking Illustrious. Requires level 75.
10 x [Tsunami Boots] - 70 Savage Leather, 10 Eternium Thread
You can buy Eternium Threads from Leatherworking Supply vendors and you could also make any other item that requires 7 Savage Leather.
10 x [Savage Cloak] - 70 Savage Leather, 10 Eternium Thread
Or any other orange item that requires 7 Savage Leather.
5 x [Darkbrand Boots] - 50 Savage Leather, 5 Eternium Thread
5 x [Darkbrand Shoulders] - 60 Savage Leather, 5 Eternium Thread
You can alse make [Scorched Leg Armor] up to 485.
5 x [Darkbrand Chestguard] - 60 Savage Leather, 5 Eternium Thread
You can alse make [Twilight Leg Armor] up to 490 or any other orange item that requires 12 Savage Leather.
21 x [Heavy Savage Leather] - 110 Savage Leather
2 x [Darkbrand Leggings] - 8 Heavy Savage Leather, 24 Volatile Earth
1 x [Cloak of Beast] - 8 Heavy Savage Leather, 2 Volatile Earth, 2 Volatile Air, 2 Volatile Water, 2 Volatile Fire
1 x [Darkbrand Helm] - 5 Heavy Savage Leather
500 - 600
Visit your trainer and learn Zen Leatherworking. Requires level 80.
Visit my Exotic Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
13 x [Exotic Leather] - 65 Sha-Touched Leather Sha-Touched Leather drops from level 85-86 mobs, but since mobs scale to your level with the new 7.3.5 patch, you can't find level 85 mobs with level 90+ characters.
You have to buy it from the Auction House, or if you have any character without profession, you can just learn Skinning with it and go to Pandaria with level 1 skinning and you will get Sha-Touched Leather instead of Exotic Leather at least until you reach Skinning 500.
5 x [Misthide Boots] - 40 Exotic Leather
From this point I will usually list two recipes because the droprate of Exotic Leather and Prismatic Scale seems pretty close right now. Choose the leather type that's cheaper for you, or if you farm your own leathers mix it up to make use all of your leathers.
- 570 - 600
Once you reach 570 you can purchase vendor recipes for the last 30 points (You can actually buy a few of them at 555). The Leatherworking recipes are on a vendor in Vale of Eternal Blossoms. You can enter Vale of Eternal Blossoms after completing the quest A Celestial Experience (requires level 87). After you completed the quest, you can find Krogo Darkhide (Horde) in Shrine of Two Moons and Tanner Pang (Alliance) in Shrine of Seven Stars.
You'll need 1 Spirit of Harmony to purchase a recipe and you only need one recipe. You can get Spirit of Harmony by combining 10 Motes of Harmony. Motes are dropped by every mob in Pandaria, even in dungeons. The drop rate is low, so it may take you 2 hours to collect 10 motes.
Choose one recipe from the Contender's Armor recipes. It doesn't matter which one because if one of them requires more leathers, it will give you more skill points. You will need around 150 Exotic Leather or Prismatic Scale.
600 - 700
This part requires level 90.
Things change a bit in Warlords of Draenor because you no longer learn the next rank from your trainer. You have to get a [Draenor Leatherworking] scroll to upgrade your maximum Leatherworking skill to 700. This scroll will also teach you a few basic recipes which you will use to level Leatherworking.
There are three ways to obtain this scroll:
- You can buy it from the Leatherworking pattern vendors in Ashran. Alliance players can find Leara Moonsilk at Stormshield, and Horde players can find Garm Gladestride at Warspear.
- If you build a Tannery at your garrion, you can buy the scroll from one of the NPC at the building.
- If you are still leveling your character (90-92), you have to loot a quest item to start a quest chain.
- Alliance: Loot [Dirty Note] from Karnoth druing Shadows Awaken quest.
- Horde: Loot [Tattered Frostwolf Shroud] from Dorogg the Ruthless druing The Butcher of Bladespire quest.
After you completed the quest chain, you will get [Draenor Leatherworking] and [Garrison Blueprint: The Tannery, Level 1]. This scroll upgrades your maximum Leatherworking skill to 700 and you will also learn a few basic recipes. The blueprint simply let's you build a Tannery at your garrison. You will use this building to complete work orders and to learn every new recipe.
- 600 - 650
25 x [Drums of Fury] - 125 Raw Beast Hide
You need to create one [Secrets of Draenor Leatherworking] before you can buy this recipe from Leara Moonsilk (Alliance) at Stormshield / Garm Gladestride (Horde) at Warspear.
You can also buy it from your Tannery.
- 650 - 700
Create [Secrets of Draenor Leatherworking] and use it to buy [Leather Refurbishing Kit] recipe from your Tannery. (the spell is already on cooldown if you used it earlier, so you have to wait a day) You can also buy recipes from NPCs at Ashran. Alliance players can find Leara Moonsilk at Stormshield, and Horde players can find Garm Gladestride at Warspear.
17 x [Leather Refurbishing Kit] - 510 x Raw Beast Hide
If you character is level 100 already, you can jump to the Legion Leatherworking leveling guide to continue leveling leatherworking. If not, you can't level further until you reach level 100.