WoW Leatherworking Leveling Guide 1 - 700
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 the 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 100 in 8 days with this guide.
Leatherworking guide sections:
Approximate Materials Required for 1-700:
NOTE: You can buy the threads, dyes, and salt from Leatherworking Supply vendors near your trainer.
- 57 Ruined Leather Scraps
- 15 Medium Hide
- 260 Light Leather
- 160 Medium Leather
- 20 Heavy Hide
- 195 Heavy Leather
- 410 Thick Leather
- 410 Rugged Leather
- 100 Knothide Leather Scraps
- 297 Knothide Leather
- 26 Fel Scales
- 320 Borean Leather
- 120 Heavy Borean Leather (720 Borean Leather)
- 100 Crystallized Water (10 Eternal Water)
- 5 Eternal Water
- 50 Savage Leather Scraps
- 385 Savage Leather
- 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
You will need these materials over 20 days to complete daily cooldowns, and you will probably need a lot more if you use different recipes. You can read more about this at the 600-700 section
- 1320 x Raw Beast Hide
- 200 x Gorgrond Flytrap
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15 x [Dark Leather Belt] - 15 Fine Leather Belt, 15 Cured Medium Hide, 30 Fine Thread, 15 Gray Die
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.
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
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 - 290
Learn Leatherworking Artisan.
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
25 x [Wicked Leather Bracers] - 200 Rugged Leather, 25 Black Dye, 25 Rune Thread
Recipe is yellow for the last few points, you might need to make more.
If 4 Heavy Scorpid Scale are cheaper than 4 Rugged Leather, you can craft the following item:
Or make [Frostsaber Boots] if one Essence of Water is cheaper than 4 Rugged Leather on your realm.
290 - 350
Visit your trainer learn Leatherworking Master.
10 x [Wicked Leather Headband] - 120 Rugged Leather, 10 Black Dye, 10 Rune Thread
Check out my Knothide Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
You will also need 26 Fel Scales later in the guide, so if you have skinning and you farm the leathers, I recommend you to visit my Fel Scale farming page first. You will get some Knothide Leather while farming Fel Scales, so you need to farm fewer Knothide later.
20 x [Knothide Leather] - 100 Knothide Leather Scraps
Just skip this part and start making [Knothide Armor Kit], if you don't have Knothide Leather Scraps.
23 x [Knothide Armor Kit] - 92 Knothide Leather
41 x [Heavy Knothide Leather] - 205 Knothide Leather
Just go to the next step if you didn't reach 335 by making these, but then you will need a few more [Heavy Knothide Leather].
If one Heavy Knothide Leather is cheaper than 5 Knothide Leather, stop making the Heavy Knothide Leathers when you reach 330, buy them from the Auction House instead.
5 x [Thick Draenic Vest] - 15 Heavy Knothide Leather, 15 Rune Thread
If you don't have that much Fel Scales, you can make [Thick Draenic Vest] up to 345 or 350 if you can't find any Fel Scales at the Auction House.
Check out my Fel Scale farming guide if you have Skinning.
13x [Scaled Draenic Boots] - 26 Heavy Knothide Leather, 26 Fel Scales, 39 Rune Thread
This recipe goes yellow at 345, so you will need to make a few extra ones. I suggest gathering enough materials for 13.
350 - 425
Visit your trainer and learn Leatherworking Grand Master.
Check out my Borean Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
33 x [Borean Armor Kit] - 132 Borean Leather
Transform all your [Borean Leather Scraps] into [Borean Leather] if you are a Skinner. The recipe is yellow up to 362, do not right click the Leather Scraps, there is actually a recipe that give you skill-ups, use that.
10 x [Arctic Boots] - 80 Borean Leather
120 x [Heavy Borean Leather] - 720 Borean Leather
20 x [Dark Frostscale Leggings] - 80 Heavy Borean Leather, 100 Crystallized Water
Make [Dark Iceborne Leggings] if Crystallized Shadow is cheaper than Crystallized Water.
5 x [Overcast Bracers] - 40 Heavy Borean Leather, 5 Eternal Water
The recipe sold by Braeg Stoutbeard in Dalaran. It costs 3 Heavy Borean Leather.
425 - 500
Visit your trainer and learn Leatherworking Illustrious.
Check out my Savage Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
10 x [Savage Leather] - 50 Savage Leather Scraps
Start making the next recipe in the guide if you don't have Savage Leather Scraps, and obviously if you have more Scraps, just make Savage Leather until it turns gray.
15 x [Savage Armor Kit] - 75 Savage Leather
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] - 105 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.
Check your Calendar in-game to see if the Darkmoon Faire is open, the event starts at 00:01 on the Sunday before the 1st Monday of each month.
You can gain +5 skill points by completing a single quest. Click here to read more about the quests.
Visit my Exotic Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
13 x [Exotic Leather] - 65 Sha-Touched Leather
You can buy Eternium Threads from Tailoring and Leatherworking supply vendors.
But if you already have the Sha-Touched Leathers from skinning mobs, just make Exotic Leathers.
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
Visit my Raw Beast Hide farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.
Things change a bit in Warlords of Draenor because you no longer learn the next rank from your trainer. You have to loot a quest item from a mob to start a quest chain.
- Alliance: Loot [Dirty Note] from Draenor mobs or Karnoth druing Shadows Awaken quest.
- Horde: Loot [Tattered Frostwolf Shroud] from Draenor mobs or 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.
Work orders convert 5 x [Raw Beast Hide] to 1 x [Burnished Leather], or 2 if you have a follower in your building. You can read more about followers if you read my Guide to Followers with Profession Traits. One work order takes 4 hour to complete, but you can queue up a bunch of work orders, so you don't have to log in every 4 hours.
What you need to know is that every recipe require [Burnished Leather]. And as you can see, [Burnished Leather] is BoP, so you can't buy them from the Auction House. You have to complete work orders, and you also have to make your daily profession cooldown [Burnished Leather] every day.
How many [Burnished Leather] can you get a day?
- Work orders: You can complete 6 work orders each day, so that's 6 [Burnished Leather] one day, or 12 if you have a level 100 follower.
- Profession daily cooldown: With profession skill 600, you get 5. This will increase as you level up your profession, the maximum you can get is 10 at skill 700.
Obtaining new recipes
The recipes your learned from the scroll are only good for leveling between 1-600. You have to purchase new recipe at your Tannery to level up to 700.
When you use [Draenor Leatherworking], you will learn [Secrets of Draenor Leatherworking]. This recipe is needed to create the currency that you can use to buy new recipes, but you can only make one from this currency each day.
I must mention, you can reach 700 by making only your profession cooldown and Secret of Draenor Jewelcrafting, but that would probably take around 70 days.
Create [Secrets of Draenor Leatherworking] and use it to buy recipes at the Tannery.
So, which recipe to buy? Well, it's really up to you because every single recipe is really expensive. You should make items that you will use or sell.
Using Leather Refurbishing Kit as an example, you will get 3 skill point for crafting one and it costs 10 x [Burnished Leather], 10 x [Raw Beast Hide]. You will need to make around 22 of them to reach 700. It's only 22 and not 33 because you will get a few skill points for making your profession cooldown, and Secret of Draenor Leatherworking every day.
- 20 x [Secrets of Draenor Leatherworking]> - 100 x Raw Beast Hide (small chance for a cheap skill pont, and you will need the secrets anyway)
- 20 x [Burnished Leather] - 400 x Raw Beast Hide, 200 x Gorgrond Flytrap
- 120 x Work orders at your garrison - 600 x Raw Beast Hide
- 22 x [Leather Refurbishing Kit] - 220 x Burnished Leather, 220 x Raw Beast Hide
This will take around 20 days, and it's the cheapest way to reach 700. I assumed you have a level 90 follower, so if you have a level 100 follower, it will take fewer days. (around 14)
Armors like [Supple Bracers] require 100 Burnished Leather and you get 10 skill point for making them. If you only make the armors it would take around 50 day to reach 700, and it would cost you more than twice as much.
I hope you liked this Leatherworking guide, congratulations to 700!