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 using Zygor's 1-60 Leveling Guide if you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt. The guide is in a small window on your main screen in-game, all the detail that you need to complete the quests are included. You’ll never have to switch back to a website, or even the in-game main map to see where you have to go or what’s next.
Leatherworking guide sections:
Approximate Materials Required:
NOTE: You can buy the threads, dyes, and salt from Leatherworking Supply vendors near your trainer.
- 57 Ruined Leather Scraps
- 470 Light Leather
- 275 Medium Leather
- 20 Heavy Hide
- 195 Heavy Leather
- 653 Thick Leather
- 400 Rugged Leather
- 100 Runecloth
Playing Burning Crusade Classic?
Use my TBC Leatherworking leveling guide 1-375 instead of the Classic Era guide. There are a few changes to trainers and recipes, so you should use the Burning Crusade guide for the 1-300 part.
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
- Kamari in Orgrimmar.
- Dan Golthas in Undercity.
- Mak in Thunder Bluff.
- Chaw Stronghide in Mulgore.
- Shelene Rhobart in Tirisfal Glades.
- Randal Worth in Stormwind City.
- Gretta Finespindle in Ironforge.
- Darianna in Darnassus.
- Nadyia Maneweaver in Teldrassil
- Adele Fielder in Elwynn Forest
1 - 55
19 x Light Leather - 57 Ruined Leather Scraps
Make the next recipe if you don't have Ruined Leather Scraps.
- 20-45 or 1-45
40 x Light Armor Kit - 40 Light Leather
20 x Handstitched Leather Cloak - 40 Light Leather, 20 Coarse Thread
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:
- Arthur Moore in Undercity.
- Karolek in Orgrimmar.
- Tarn in Thunder Bluff.
- Brawn in Stranglethorn Vale.
- Krulmoo Fullmoon in The Barrens.
- Narv Hidecrafter in Desolace.
- Simon Tanner in Stormwind City.
- Faldron in Darnassus.
- Fimble Finespindle in Ironforge.
- Aayndia Floralwind in Ashenvale.
55 - 137
50 x Embossed Leather Gloves - 150 Light Leather, 100 Coarse Thread
40 x Fine Leather Belt - 240 Light Leather, 80 Coarse Thread
Make as many Cured Medium Hide as you can if you farmed leathers and you got some Medium Hide. (or if it's cheap at the Auction House)
15 x Dark Leather Boots - 60 Medium Leather, 30 Fine Thread, 15 Gray Dye
To become an Expert Leatherworker you need to reach level 20 and level up Leatherworking to 125, then find an Expert Leatherworking trainer.
137 - 205
20 x Dark Leather Pants - 240 Medium Leather, 20 Gray Dye, 20 Fine Thread
7 x Heavy Leather - 35 Medium Leather
You can also make the following recipe:
- 7 x Heavy Leather Ball - 14 Heavy Leather, 7 Fine Thread
The pattern is sold by these NPCs.
20 x 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.
- 155-180 - Heavy Armor Kit - 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
7 x Thick Armor Kit - 35 Thick Leather, 7 Silken Thread
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
40 x 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.
15 x Nightscape Pants - 210 Thick Leather, 60 Silken Thread
13 x Nightscape Boots - 208 Thick Leather, 26 Heavy Silken Thread
260 - 290
33 x 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.
The recipe below requires Leatherworking 265 to learn, so you will also need 100-150 Thick Leather to make another 6-7 Nightscape Boots.
28 x Wicked Leather Bracers - 224 Rugged Leather, 28 Black Dye, 28 Rune Thread
290 - 300
10 x 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.
- 10 x Wicked Leather Headband - 120 Rugged Leather, 10 Black Dye, 10 Rune Thread
- 10 x Runic Leather Belt - 120 Rugged Leather, 100 Runecloth, 10 Rune Thread
- 12 x Runic Leather Bracers - 72 Rugged Leather, 12 Black Pearl, 72 Runecloth, 12 Rune Thread
- 14 x Runic Leather Gauntlets - 140 Rugged Leather, 84 Runecloth, 14 Rune Thread
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!