Professions skills are split between expansions now, you'll have a separate skill bar for each expansion. This guide is for the "Vanilla" Leatherworking skill in the current retail version of World of Warcraft. I have a separate guide for Classic WoW, so if you are looking for that, visit my Classic WoW Leatherworking leveling guide.
Often the materials are based on a case that you will gain one skill point for each craft. This won't happen, so you will have to buy a few extra materials while you are leveling your Leatherworking.
Approximate materials required
- 57 Ruined Leather Scraps
- 15 Medium Hide
- 260 Light Leather
- 160 Medium Leather
- 20 Heavy Hide
- 220 Heavy Leather
- 410 Thick Leather
- 410 Rugged Leather
Playing WoW Classic?
Visit my Classic WoW Leatherworking leveling guide 1-300 if you are looking for the Classic WoW guide. Profession skills are split between expansions in the latest World of Warcraft expansion, you'll have a separate skill bar for each expansion, and you can level them separately. This guide is for the "Vanilla" Leatherworking skill in Shadowlands.
1 - 100
First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Leatherworking.
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
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.
100 - 155
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 checking 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 Auction House.
16 x [Dark Leather Boots] - 64 Medium Leather, 32 Fine Thread, 16 Gray Dye
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.
155 - 200
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 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.
20 x [Heavy Armor Kit] - 100 Heavy Leather, 20 Fine Thread
This recipe will be yellow for the last 10 points, so you might have to make more (or fewer).
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
200 - 250
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
35 x [Nightscape Headband] - 175 Thick Leather, 70 Silken Thread
15 x [Nightscape Pants] - 210 Thick Leather, 60 Silken Thread
250 - 300
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
The 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.
10 x [Wicked Leather Headband] - 120 Rugged Leather, 10 Black Dye, 10 Rune Thread
I hope you liked this Leatherworking leveling guide, congratulations on reaching 300!