Classic WoW Leatherworking Leveling Guide 1-300

This Classic WoW Leatherworking Leveling Guide will show you the fastest and cheapest way how to level your Leatherworking skill up from 1 to 300.

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 leathers if you have Skinning. You can also just buy the materials at the Auction House, but then you will need a lot of gold.

I recommend trying Zygor's 1-60 Leveling Guide if you are still leveling your character or just starting a new alt. It will help you to reach level 60 a lot faster.

Leatherworking guide sections:

Approximate Materials Required:

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

Playing Cataclysm Classic?

Use my Cataclysm Leatherworking leveling Guide instead. There are changes to trainers and recipes, so you should use the Cataclysm guide.

Classic Leatherworking Trainer Location

To become an Apprentice Leatherworker you need to reach level 5 and find a Leatherworking trainer.

Just click on any of these links below to see the trainer's exact location. You can also walk up to a guard in any city and ask where the Leatherworking trainer is, then it will be marked with a red flag on your map

Horde trainers:

Alliance trainers:

Apprentice Leatherworking

1 - 55

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

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

Journeyman Leatherworking

You can only train Leatherworking past 75 if you learn Journeyman Leatherworking. Not every Leatherworking trainer will teach you this skill, you have to find an Expert Leatherworker. (Requires level 10)

You can learn Journeyman Leatherworking from these NPCs below:

Horde trainers:

Alliance trainers:

55 - 137

Expert Leatherworking

To become an Expert Leatherworker you need to reach level 20 and level up Leatherworking to 125, then find an Expert Leatherworking trainer.

You can learn Expert Leatherworking from Telonis in Darnassus (Alliance) and Una in Thunder Bluff (Horde).

137 - 205

  • 155-165
    20x Cured Heavy Hide - 20 Heavy Hide, 60 Salt

    You will need the Cured Heavy Hides later.

    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.

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

Artisan Leatherworking

To become an Artisan Leatherworker you need to reach level 35 and level up Leatherworking to 200, then find an Artisan Leatherworking trainer.

Alliance players can learn it from Drakk Stonehand. He is in the main Wildhammer Keep in Aerie Peak of the Hinterlands, North of South Shore. He's sort of to the left inside, and down one layer of stairs.

For Horde players, the Artisan Leatherworking Trainer is Hahrana Ironhide in Feralas at Camp Mojache.

205 - 260

  • 205-235
    40x Nightscape Headband - 200 Thick Leather, 80 Silken Thread

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

Leatherworking Specializations

Once you reach Leatherworking skill level 225 and character level 40, you can choose one of the three Leatherworking specializations: Dragonscale, Elemental, or Tribal. Each specialization gives access to a specific set of patterns.

  • Dragonscale - Mail-type gear
  • Elemental - elemental resistance and Leather-type agility gear
  • Tribal - Leather-type intellect & agility gear and the Devilsaur Armor set

For information on how to become a Dragonscale, Elemental, or Tribal Leatherworker, please see my separate guides:

Dragonscale Elemental Tribal

260 - 290

33x Wicked Leather Gauntlets - 264 Rugged Leather, 33 Black Dye, 33 Rune Thread

The Pattern: Wicked Leather Gauntlets is sold by Leonard Porter in Western Plaguelands, and by Werg Thickblade in Tirisfal Glades. It's a limited supply pattern, so you have to wait if someone bought it before you. It has a really long respawn timer, so you should try to buy it from the Auction House, or farm the alternative recipe below.

Alternative recipe:

The recipe below requires Leatherworking 265 to learn, so you will also need 100-150 Thick Leather to make another 6-7 Nightscape Boots.

28x Wicked Leather Bracers - 224 Rugged Leather, 28 Black Dye, 28 Rune Thread

Pattern: Wicked Leather Bracers is dropped by Legashi Rogue in Azshara. It has a 5% drop rate, so you should also try to buy it from the Auction House if you don't want to grind mobs.

290 - 300

10x Runic Leather Headband - 140 Rugged Leather, 100 Runecloth, 10 Rune Thread

The Pattern: Runic Leather Headband is sold by Jase Farlane in Eastern Plaguelands. It's a limited supply pattern, so you have to wait if someone bought it before you. This one also has a really long respawn timer.

Alternative recipes:

The Pattern: Wicked Leather Headband is dropped by Jadefire Tricksters in Felwood. It has a 2% drop rate, which is fairly low, so you should also try to buy it from the Auction House. If the recipe is cheaper than 100 Runecloth, then it's worth buying it.

The other three: Pattern: Runic Leather Belt, Pattern: Runic Leather Bracers, and Pattern: Runic Leather Gauntlets are all world drops, so you can't farm them directly (you shouldn't even try). But you can try to buy it from the Auction House.

Congratulations on reaching 300! Please send feedback about the guide if you think there are parts I could improve, or you found typos, errors, wrong material numbers!

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