Cataclysm Classic Leatherworking Leveling Guide 1-525

This Cataclysm Classic Leatherworking leveling guide will show you the fastest and cheapest way to level Leatherworking up from 1 to 525 in Cataclysm Classic.

I recommend trying Zygor's 1-85 Leveling Guide if you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt. The guide will help you to reach level 85 a lot faster.

Guide sections:

List of materials required

This is the list of the approximate materials required to level Leatherworking up to 525.

Leatherworking trainers

You can learn Leatherworking from any of these NPCs below. Just click on any of the links to see the trainer's exact location.



Leveling Cataclysm Classic Leatherworking

1 - 55

NOTE: You can buy the threads, dyes, and salt from Leatherworking Supply vendors near your trainer.

  • 1-20
    19x Light Leather - 57 Ruined Leather Scraps

    Make the next recipe if you don't have Ruined Leather Scraps.

Journeyman Leatherworking

Visit your trainer and learn Journeyman Leatherworking. (Requires level 10)

55 - 100

50x Embossed Leather Gloves - 150 Light Leather, 100 Coarse Thread

100 - 120

25x Fine Leather Belt - 150 Light Leather, 50 Coarse Thread

Check the Auction house and if 1x Medium Hide is cheaper than 4x Medium Leather then buy up to 25 of them. Don't buy more than 25, and don't buy them if they are expensive.

Make as many Cured Medium Hide as you can.

Keep both the Fine Leather Belt and the Cured Medium Hide because you can make Dark Leather Belt with them.

120 - 135

20x Dark Leather Boots - 80 Medium Leather, 40 Fine Thread, 20 Gray Dye

Alternative recipe

If you made Cured Medium Hide, make as many Dark Leather Belt as you can instead of the boots. (you should stop making them at 150)

Expert Leatherworking

Visit your trainer and learn Expert Leatherworking. (Requires level 20)

135 - 155

155 - 165

20x Cured Heavy Hide - 20 Heavy Hide, 60 Salt

You will need the Cured Heavy Hides later.

Alternative recipes

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 a 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.

Pattern: Barbaric Leggings is sold by these NPCs.

165 - 205

  • 190-200
    10x Guardian Gloves - 40 Heavy Leather, 10 Cured Heavy Hide, 10 Silken Thread

Artisan Leatherworking

Visit your trainer and learn Artisan Leatherworking. (Requires level 35)

205 - 235

40x Nightscape Headband - 200 Thick Leather, 80 Silken Thread

You need a bit more Silken Thread to make these than the Thick Armor kits, but you can sell the Headbands to the vendor for a lot more, so they are cheaper than making the armor kits.

235 - 300

Master Leatherworking (300-350)

Visit your trainer and learn Master Leatherworking. (Requires level 50)

300 - 325

Before making the armor kits, turn all your Knothide Leather Scraps into Knothide Leather if you farmed the leathers.

30x Knothide Armor Kit - 120 Knothide Leather

The recipe will be yellow, so you might have to make a few more.

Alternative recipe:

You can make Wicked Leather Belt up to 325 if you can get a lot of cheap Rugged Leather. You will need around 400x Rugged Leather to reach 325.

You can make them up to 330 because the recipe is still yellow at that point, but you will need to craft some Heavy Knothide Leather for leveling Leatherworking anyway, so the 325-335 part is basically "free".

325 - 335

66x Heavy Knothide Leather - 330 Knothide Leather

You can stop making Heavy Knothide Leathers when you reach 335 and make the rest of them later.

335 - 350

22x Thick Draenic Vest - 66 Heavy Knothide Leather, 66 Rune Thread

It will be yellow for 10 points, so you might have to make a few more to reach 350.

You can buy Rune Thread from the Leatherworking supply vendor near your trainer.

Alternative recipe

18x Scaled Draenic Boots - 36 Heavy Knothide Leather, 36 Fel Scales, 54 Rune Thread

The Scaled Draenic Boots can be a good alternative if you can get cheap Fel Scales.

The recipe will be yellow for the last 5 points, so you might have to make a few more to reach 350.

Grand Master Leatherworking

Visit your trainer and learn Grand Master Leatherworking. (Requires level 65)

350 - 410

Transform all your Borean Leather Scraps into Borean Leather if you are a Skinner. Do not right-click the Leather Scraps, there is a recipe that you can learn from your trainer that gives you skill-ups; use that. It's basically free skill points.

  • 405-410
    10x Arctic Wristguards - 120 Borean Leather

    You might have to make more than 10 because this recipe is yellow.

410 - 420

Make 13 from one of these:

Both will be yellow, so you might have to make more.

420- 425

5x Overcast Bracers - 40 Heavy Borean Leather, 5 Eternal Water

Pattern: Overcast Bracers is sold by Braeg Stoutbeard. (He is in front of the building where the Leatherworking trainer is)

Cataclysm Classic Leatherworking (425-525)

Visit your trainer and learn the new Cataclysm Classic Leatherworking skill. (Requires level 75)

425 - 510

  • 425-435
    10x Savage Leather - 50 Savage Leather Scraps

    Start making the next recipe in the guide if you don't have Savage Leather Scraps, and if you have more Scraps, just make Savage Leather until it turns gray.

  • 450-460
    10x Tsunami Boots - 70 Savage Leather, 10 Eternium Thread

    You can buy Eternium Threads from Leatherworking Supply vendors, and you can also make any other item that requires 7 Savage Leather.

  • 460-470
    10x Savage Cloak - 70 Savage Leather, 10 Eternium Thread

    Or any other orange item that requires 7 Savage Leather.

  • 496-502
    2x Cloak of Beasts - 16 Heavy Savage Leather, 4 Volatile Earth, 4 Volatile Air, 4 Volatile Water, 4 Volatile Fire
  • 502-504
    2x Darkbrand Helm - 10 Heavy Savage Leather

    It is really important to stop making these at 504!

  • 504-510
    Make 2 from one of these:

    2x Cloak of Beasts - 16 Heavy Savage Leather, 4 Volatile Earth, 4 Volatile Air, 4 Volatile Water, 4 Volatile Fire
    2x Cloak of War - 120 Blackened Dragonscale

Darkmoon Faire Free +5 Profession Skill

Check your Calendar in-game to see if the Darkmoon Faire is open. The event is available every two weeks. It starts on Sunday and lasts for a week.

During the event, you can complete quests for each profession and gain +5 skill points for each. Click here to read more about the quests.

510 - 525

You can buy these recipes in all major cities near your Leatherworking Trainer, the NPC is labeled as "Leatherworking Supplies". This does not include Dalaran and Shattrath.

Every vendor recipe changes to yellow after 5 skill points. This means you're going to purchase a new recipe every 5 points. Each of these recipes gives you 2 skill points. You can use different recipes because most use the same amount of materials.

These are the recipes I used:

You will need 30 more Heavy Savage Leathers to buy the 3 recipes below.

Congratulations on reaching 525! Please send feedback about the guide if you think there are parts I could improve or if you found typos, errors, or wrong material numbers!

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