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.
I recommend trying Zygor's 1-70 Leveling Guide if you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt. The guide will help you to reach level 70 a lot faster.
- Materials required
- Leatherworking Trainers
- 1-55 #Apprentice
- 55-137 #Journeyman
- 135-205 #Expert
- 205-300 #Artisan
- 300-375 #Master
List of materials required
This is the list of the approximate materials required to level Leatherworking up to 375.
- 57x Ruined Leather Scraps
- 380x Light Leather
- 345x Medium Leather
- 20x Heavy Hide
- 195x Heavy Leather
- 440x Thick Leather
- 475x Rugged Leather
You can learn Leatherworking from any of these NPCs below. Just click on any of the links to see the trainer's exact location. You can also walk up to a guard in any major city and ask where the Leatherworking trainer is, and then the trainer will be marked with a red flag on your map.
Classic Trainers (1-300)
In Burning Crusade Classic, you can learn Journeyman, Expert, and Artisan Leatherworking from trainers in every major city. You don't have to visit different trainers anymore.
- Simon Tanner in Stormwind City.
- Fimble Finespindle in Ironforge.
- Telonis in Darnassus.
- Akham in The Exodar.
TBC Classic Trainers (300-375)
1 - 55
NOTE: You can buy the threads, dyes, and salt from Leatherworking Supply vendors near your trainer.
19x Light Leather - 57 Ruined Leather Scraps
Make the next recipe if you don't have Ruined Leather Scraps.
- 20-45 or 1-45
40x Light Armor Kit - 40 Light Leather
20x Handstitched Leather Cloak - 40 Light Leather, 20 Coarse Thread
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
120 - 135
20x Dark Leather Boots - 80 Medium Leather, 40 Fine Thread, 20 Gray Dye
- 25x Cured Medium Hide - 25 Medium Hide, 25 Salt
- 25x Dark Leather Belt - 25 Fine Leather Belt, 25 Cured Medium Hide, 50 Fine Thread, 25 Gray Dye
The Dark Leather Belt requires Leatherworking 125 to learn. If you couldn't buy that many cheap Medium Hides, or you were really unlucky with the skill gains, you might have to make a few Dark Leather Boots to reach 125.
Visit your trainer and learn Expert Leatherworking. (Requires level 20)
135 - 155
25x Dark Leather Pants - 300 Medium Leather, 25 Gray Dye, 25 Fine Thread
7x Heavy Leather - 35 Medium Leather
You can also make the following recipe:
- 7x Heavy Leather Ball - 14 Heavy Leather, 7 Fine Thread
The pattern is sold by these NPCs.
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.
- 155-180 - 35x Heavy Armor Kit - 175 Heavy Leather
- 180-190 - 13x Guardian Pants or 10x Barbaric Leggings - 156 Heavy Leather, 26 Bolt of Silk Cloth or 100 Heavy Leather, 10 Moss Agate
- 190-200 - 13x Barbaric Leggings - 130 Heavy Leather, 13 Moss Agate
165 - 205
15x Heavy Armor Kit - 75 Heavy Leather, 15 Fine Thread
10x Barbaric Shoulders - 80 Heavy Leather, 10 Cured Heavy Hide, 20 Fine Thread
10x Guardian Gloves - 40 Heavy Leather, 10 Cured Heavy Hide, 10 Silken Thread
5x Thick Armor Kit - 25 Thick Leather, 7 Silken Thread
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 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.
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. (Choosing one is optional, you don't need it to level Leatherworking. You can choose later too)
For information on how to choose a specialization, please see my separate guide:
235 - 300
15x Nightscape Pants - 210 Thick Leather, 60 Silken Thread
25x Rugged Armor Kit - 125 Rugged Leather
28x Wicked Leather Bracers - 224 Rugged Leather, 28 Black Dye, 28 Rune Thread
- 290 - 300
10x Wicked Leather Headband - 120 Rugged Leather, 10 Black Dye, 10 Rune Thread
Burning Crusade Classic (300-375)
300 - 325
30x Knothide Armor Kit - 120 Knothide Leather
The recipe will be yellow, so you might have to make a few more.
Rugged Leather will probably be a lot cheaper at the start of the expansion than Knothide Leather, so 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 actually 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
222x Heavy Knothide Leather - 1110 Knothide Leather
The Pattern: Heavy Knothide Leather is sold by Cro Threadstrong
You can stop making Heavy Knothide Leathers when you reach 335 and make the rest of them later.
335 - 350
20x Thick Draenic Vest - 280 Knothide Leather, 60 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.
350 - 365
50x Heavy Knothide Armor Kit - 150 Heavy Knothide Leather
This one is green for the last 5 points, so you might have to make more (or fewer). It's usually between 35 and 60.
365 - 370
6x Drums of Battle - 36 Heavy Knothide Leather, 24 Thick Clefthoof Leather
The recipe is sold by Almaador in Shattrath City. It requires an Honored reputation with The Sha'tar faction.
You might have to make 1 or 2 extra if you are unlucky with the skill gains.
370 - 375
You can actually just keep making the previous recipe if you don't want to farm Keepers of Time reputation but the previous recipe will be green for the last 3 points, so you will have to make a lot more Drums to reach 375.
6x Drums of Panic - 36 Heavy Knothide Leather, 24 Fel Hide
The recipe is sold by Alurmi, she is INSIDE Caverns of Time. Requires honored reputation with the Keepers of Time faction.
It will be yellow so you might have to make 1 or two extra if you are unlucky with the skill gains.
Congratulations on reaching 375! Please send feedback about the guide if you think there are parts I could improve, or you found typos, errors, wrong material numbers!