LATEST NEWS

Jiyambi’s Leatherworking Guide

img
Oct
29

This guide is designed to help you quickly and cheaply level your leatherworking. There are points in the leatherworking profession that can be quite frustrating to those who don’t know it in and out – this guide will help you prepare for these dry spells with the leather you need ahead of time. I do my best to avoid rare recipes (those found as drops or from out the way trainers) and recipes which require rare or expensive materials. We will occasionally use these recipes due to other constraints, but information on where to find the components will be included.

If you have acquired some extra materials and it would be cheaper for you to create items other than those listed, by all means do so. In addition, feel free to sub out the listed items for some you are making to wear, but remember to get extra leather if this makes you come up short. Any items that are especially important will be noted in the guide (such as those for specialization turn-ins).

For an excellent guide on leveling your skinning BC to Wrath, see the Skinning 300-450 guide.

Note: The numbers provided here are estimates only. You may need a little more leather than what is listed, or a little less. If you end up with extra leather, remember that in most cases you can change that leather into the next type (medium to heavy for example) to save you some cash or farming time later on.


Table of Contents


  1. Why Level Leatherworking?
  2. Apprentice (1-75)
  3. Journeyman (75-150)
  4. Expert (150-225)
  5. Choose a specialization
  6. Artisan (225-300)
  7. Master (300-350)
  8. Grand Master (350-400)


Why Level Leatherworking?


Leatherworking provides some great advantages for leather and mail wearing classes. It is great for leveling up your character since you can very cheaply make item enhancements (armor kits), and can also craft upgrades in gear if you haven’t found them as you level. There are some item enhancements which you can only place on your own gear. There is also something to be said for being able to make your own armor kits rather than having to find someone to do it for you.

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


Apprentice


Purchase Apprentice Leatherworking from a leatherworking trainer.

Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 6g 70s

Level Craft Materials
1-35 Create 34 Light Armor Kit 34 Light Leather
35-45 Create 10 Handstitched Leather Boots 20 Light Leather
10 Coarse Thread
45-55 Create 10 Small Leather Amo Pouch 30 Light Leather
40 Coarse Thread
55-75 Create 20 Embossed Leather Gloves 60 Light Leather
40 Coarse Thread

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


Journeyman


Purchase Journeyman Leatherworking from a leatherworking trainer (requires level 10).

Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 27g 50s

Level Craft Materials
75-90 Create 15 Embossed Leather Gloves 45 Light Leather
30 Coarse Thread
90-95 Create 5 Embossed Leather Cloak 25 Light Leather
10 Coarse Thread
95-115 Create 20 Fine Leather Belt 120 Light Leather
40 Coarse Thread
115-120 Create 5 Medium Armor Kit 20 Medium Leather
5 Coarse Thread
120-130 Create 10 Dark Leather Boots 40 Medium Leather
20 Fine Thread10 Gray Dye
130-150 Create 20 Hillman’s Shoulders 80 Medium Leather
20 Fine Thread20 Cured Medium Hide

Note: If you can’t find the Cured Medium Hide for the Hillman’s Shoulders, you can make Dark Leather Cloaks and Hillman’s Leather Gloves instead. However, you will need an additional 110 Medium Leather, so making the shoulders is the better way to go if possible.

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


Expert


Purchase Expert Leatherworking from a leatherworking trainer (requires level 20).

Head to your faction’s base in the Arathi Highlands and purchase Pattern: Raptor Hide Belt (Alliance) or Pattern: Raptor Hide Harness (Horde).

Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 95g

Farming the Materials: You can get Raptor Hide from raptors in Stranglethorn Vale, the Arathi Highlands, and Dustwallow Marsh.

Level Craft Materials
150-165 Create 15 Heavy Armor Kit 75 Heavy Leather
15 Fine Thread
165-190 Create 25 Raptor Hide Belt (Alliance)
Create 25 Raptor Hide Harness (Horde)
100 Raptor Hide (Alliance)
150 Raptor Hide (Horde)
50 Fine Thread
190-200 Create 10 Guardian Gloves 40 Heavy Leather
10 Silken Thread
10 Cured Heavy Hide
200-225 Create 25 Thick Armor Kit 125 Thick Leather
25 Silken Thread

Note: If you are thinking of becoming a Tribal Leatherworker, make sure to save the Thick Armor Kits you created.

Also, if you don’t want to get the raptor hide for the belt/harness, or you can’t find the recipe, you can make Green Leather Armor and Dusky Leather Leggings for those levels. Just be sure to get extra leather and green and black dye.

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


Choose a specialization


Now is the best time to chose your specialization, since you can make the items you need to specialize as you level up your skill.

You won’t be able to actually learn your speciallization until you make the required items in the next section (though Elemental leatherworkers can right away if they like, since they don’t need to make anything).

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


Artisan


This section is divided into subsections for each specialization. Items that will be used for your specialization are marked in red.

If you would prefer not to specialize at this time, follow the instructions for Elemental Leatherworking but do not buy the elemental items on the shopping list (labeled in red)

Purchase Expert Leatherworking from a leatherworking trainer (requires level 35).

Purchase Pattern: Wicked Leather Gauntlets from Werg Thickblade in Tirisfal Glades (Horde) or Leonard Porter in the Western Plaguelands (Alliance).

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


Dragonscale Artisan


Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 419g

Farming the Materials: The scorpids of Tanaris can be skinned for the scorpid scales. For higher level players, the Uldaman scorpids also drop scales, and you can enter, kill them, leave, reset, and repeat to quickly gather the needed amount. The two patterns drop from thieves and bandits in Tanaris.

Level Craft Materials
225-230 Create 5 Nightscape Headband 25 Thick Leather
10 Silken Thread
230-235 Create 5 Nightscape Shoulders 40 Thick Leather
15 Silken Thread
30 Mageweave Cloth
235-237 Create 2 Tough Scorpid Breastplate 24 Thick Leather
8 Silken Thread
24 Scorpid Scale
237-239 Create 2 Tough Scorpid Gloves 12 Thick Leather
4 Silken Thread
16 Scorpid Scale
239-255 Create 16 Nightscape Pants 224 Thick Leather
64 Silken Thread
255-260 Create 5 Nightscape Boots 80 Thick Leather
10 Silken Thread
260-280 Create 20 Wicked Leather Gauntlets 160 Rugged Leather
20 Rune Thread
20 Black Dye
280-290 Create 10 Wicked Leather Bracers 80 Rugged Leather
10 Rune Thread
10 Black Dye
290-300 Create 10 Wicked Leather Headband 120 Rugged Leather
10 Rune Thread
10 Black Dye

Becoming a Dragonscale Leatherworker

To be trained in your specialization, first be sure you have the following items with you:

Alliance:

Visit Peter Galen in Azshara and get his quest Dragonscale Leatherworking. You should already have the required items – just turn in the quest to receive the Dragonscale Leatherworking skill.

Horde:

Once you have your items, head to the Badlands and talk to Torkaf Dragoneye. He will give you a quest Dragonscale Leatherworking, which you should be able to turn into him right then since you already have all the items with you. Completing the quest teaches you the Dragonscale Leatherworking skill.

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


Elemental Artisan


Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 438g

Farming the Materials: This WoWhead post has some excellent information for farming the elemental items.

Level Craft Materials
225-230 Create 5 Nightscape Headband 25 Thick Leather
10 Silken Thread
230-235 Create 5 Nightscape Shoulders 40 Thick Leather
15 Silken Thread
30 Mageweave Cloth
235-255 Create 20 Nightscape Pants 280 Thick Leather
80 Silken Thread
255-260 Create 5 Nightscape Boots 80 Thick Leather
10 Silken Thread
260-280 Create 20 Wicked Leather Gauntlets 160 Rugged Leather
20 Rune Thread
20 Black Dye
280-290 Create 10 Wicked Leather Bracers 80 Rugged Leather
10 Rune Thread
10 Black Dye
290-300 Create 10 Wicked Leather Headband 120 Rugged Leather
10 Rune Thread
10 Black Dye

Becoming an Elemental Leatherworker

To be trained in your specialization, first be sure you have the following items with you:

Alliance:

Visit Sarah Tanner in the Searing Gorge and get her quest Elemental Leatherworking. You should already have the required items – just turn in the quest to receive the Elemental Leatherworking skill.

Horde:

Visit Brumn Winterhoof in the Arathi Highlands and get his quest Elemental Leatherworking. You should already have the required items – just turn in the quest to receive the Elemental Leatherworking skill.

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


Tribal Artisan


Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 416g

Farming the Materials: The turtles of the east coast of both Tanaris and the Hinterlands drop turtle scales. Wildvine can be found on trolls in Stranglethorn Vale and in the Hinterlands.

Level Craft Materials
225-227 Create 2 Turtle Scale Gloves 12 Thick Leather
2 Silken Thread
16 Turtle Scale
227-229 Create 2 Nightscape Headband 10 Thick Leather
4 Silken Thread
229-230 Create 2 Nightscape Tunics 14 Thick Leather
4 Silken Thread
230-232 Create 2 Turtle Scale Bracers 16 Thick Leather
2 Silken Thread
24 Turtle Scale
232-234 Create 2 Turtle Scale Breastplate 12 Thick Leather
2 Silken Thread
24 Turtle Scale
234-236 Create 2 Turtle Scale Helm 28 Thick Leather
2 Silken Thread
48 Turtle Scale

You will need to travel to Feralas to continue your progress. Before you head out, make sure you have all your materials with you, since it will be easiest to turn them all in at once here.

You should have:

Alliance:

Go to Feathermoon Stronghold and talk to Pratt McGrubben.

Horde:

Go to Camp Mojache and talk to Jangdor Swiftstrider.

Both:

Turn in the first 5 quests (you should already have all of the materials with you) – make sure you have completed up to the “Wild Leather Helmet” quest. You will be rewarded several recipes – learn them all. You will now be able to continue crafting. Be sure to stay near this NPC, however, since when you are done you need to turn in a few more quests to him before going to your Tribal trainer.

Level Craft Materials
236-237 Create 1 Wild Leather Helmet 10 Thick Leather
2 Wildvine
1 Cured Thick Hide
237-238 Create 1 Wild Leather Vest 12 Thick Leather
2 Wildvine
1 Cured Thick Hide
238-255 Create 17 Nightscape Pants 238 Thick Leather
68 Silken Thread
255-260 Create 5 Nightscape Boots 80 Thick Leather
10 Silken Thread
260-280 Create 20 Wicked Leather Gauntlets 160 Rugged Leather
20 Rune Thread
20 Black Dye
280-290 Create 10 Wicked Leather Bracers 80 Rugged Leather
10 Rune Thread
10 Black Dye
290-300 Create 10 Wicked Leather Headband 120 Rugged Leather
10 Rune Thread
10 Black Dye

Turn in the rest of your quests to the Wild Leather NPC – he should finally give you a quest to see a leatherworking trainer in your capital city. Head back there to complete that quest, and you will then be ready to specialize.

Note: Any leatherworker can complete the wild leather quests if he or she wants those recipes, but they happen to be required for Tribal Leatherworking.

Becoming a Tribal Leatherworker

To be trained in your specialization, first be sure you have the following items with you:

Also be sure you have completed all of your wild leather quests (See this article on WoWhead for a list of the quests).

Alliance:

Visit Caryssia Moonhunter in Feralas and get her quest Tribal Leatherworking. You should already have the required items – just turn in the quest to receive the Tribal Leatherworking skill.

Horde:

Visit Se’Jib in Stranglethorn Vale and get his quest Tribal Leatherworking. You should already have the required items – just turn in the quest to receive the Tribal Leatherworking skill.

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


Master


Purchase Master Leatherworking from the Grand Master trainer in either Thrallmar or Honor Hold (requires level 50).

Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 554g

Level Craft Materials
300-320 Create 20-25 Knothide Armor Kit 80-100 Knothide Leather
320-325 Create 5 Wild Draenish Gloves 45 Knothide Leather
30 Rune Thread
325-335 Create 12 Thick Draenic Boots 120 Knothide Leather
30 Rune Thread
335-345 Create 10 Thick Draenic Vest 140 Knothide Leather
30 Rune Thread
345-350 Create 5 Scaled Draenic Boots 60 Knothide Leather

15 Rune Thread

10 Fel Scales

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


Grand Master


Purchase Grand Master Leatherworking from the trainer in one of your faction’s main Northrend bases (requires level 60?).

Shopping List:

Expected Cost: Unknown (prices still fluctuating)

Level Craft Materials
350-375 Create 25 Borean Armor Kit 100 Borean Leather
375-390 Create 15 Arctic Gloves 150 Borean Leather
390-405 Create 155 Heavy Borean Leather (make it until it turns gray, you’ll need tons later) 930 Borean Leather
405-410 Create 5 Jormungar Leg Armor 25 Heavy Borean Leather
5 Jormungar Scales
410-415 Create 5 Fur Linings of your choice (Attack Power, Spell Power, Stamina) 5 Arctic Fur
415-420 Create 5 Pack of Endless Pockets or other bag 40 Heavy Borean Leather
420-425 Create 5 Eviscerator’s Bindings 40 Heavy Borean Leather
5 Eternal Air
425-430 Create 5 Eviscerator’s Guantlets 50 Heavy Borean Leather
5 Eternal Air

Leveling from 430 to 450 is much more difficult and costly. At this point it is probably best to craft specific items to sell, for friends, or for yourself, instead of purely to level up. You can level this with just recipes learned from your trainer, but you may want to purchase the epic recipes which cost Arctic Furs, for the purposes of making gear for yourself or others.

In addition, all recipes past this level require rare materials such as frozen orbs.

If you still simply want to level as cheaply as possible without farming rare materials, here is a suggestion:

  • Advertise in Trade Chat with the recipes you can do, and make things free with other’s mats. This will allow you to level up while costing you nothing, and if you have some of the blue items available at this leatherworking level, you should be able to find some people who want what you can make.

UpArrowGreen.gif Back to the top


I hope you found this guide informative. In the future, more details on useful recipes may be added, or tips on making money with leatherworking.

I am also looking for feedback! Let me know if this guide worked well for you, or leave a comment with any suggestions for improvements or corrections.

Thank you for reading!

  • img
    Oct 29, 2009 @ 22:49 pm

    Nice!Nice!

  • img
    Oct 29, 2009 @ 20:58 pm

    Wow, really? That’s awesome!Wow, really? That’s awesome! Thanks for letting me know eric. Now I need to update this more often!

  • img
    Oct 29, 2009 @ 13:49 pm

    Yay, I’m on there too!Yay, I’m on there too!

  • img
    Oct 29, 2009 @ 13:34 pm

    I found a link to the guideI found a link to the guide on the official World of Warcraft website, and I think that’s the first WoW-Pro guide I’ve seen there. Just so you’re aware of it, and I think it’s well done.
    Source: [url=http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/professions/professionlinks.html]WoW -> info -> Professions -> Profession links.[/url]
    Congratulations!

  • img
    Sep 28, 2009 @ 16:15 pm

    Hmmm, I really need to dustHmmm, I really need to dust this guide off and revise that and a few other issues with it that have cropped up due to materials changing.

    For now, just make whatever is cheapest for those five levels. The armors are nice since they can be sold fairly easily, compared to gear. But the scales might be harder to get, so that’s up to you.

  • img
    Sep 28, 2009 @ 14:55 pm

    405-410 Create 5 Jormungar[b]405-410 Create 5 Jormungar Leg Armor[/b]
    The materials have changed so that one leg armor now requires 3 Heavy Borean Leather and [b]12[/b] Jormungar Scales. So that would be…
    15 Heavy Borean Leather
    60 Jormungar Scales

    Would you still recommend making 5 of those? I can’t find a guide that would have all the latest reagent requirements 🙁

  • img
    Nicthalur
    Aug 24, 2009 @ 6:18 am

    Wicked Leather BracersYou have Wicked Leather Bracers from 280-290 in all 3 specializations. However, this is learned at 265, and is green at 285, so it would be much better to make 20 of them from 265-285 (or at least 25 from 265-280) especially since it’s trained, and the gauntlets are a pattern you have to go buy.

  • img
    LeetestWatashig
    Aug 18, 2009 @ 6:52 am

    In expert, you forgot toIn expert, you forgot to list the heavy leather for the harnesses.

  • img
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 19:11 pm

    Thanks, I’ll fix it soonThanks, I’ll fix it soon 🙂

  • img
    MilaraEO
    Aug 10, 2009 @ 13:44 pm

    Heavy knothide for 335-350 LW recipes nowThe recipes for Thick Draenic Vest and Scaled Draenic boots require 3 heavy knothide leather (vs 14 regular knothide as before) for the vest and 2 heavy knothide leather (vs 12 regular knithides) for the boots. It probably works out to about the same about of leather in the long run, just has the extra step of either upgrading teh regular leather or buying the heavy knothide instead.

  • img
    Jun 24, 2009 @ 22:28 pm

    Okay, I finally fixed this,Okay, I finally fixed this, in a sort of cheater way – I just removed the 430-440 section. If the materials are that costly, it’s really up to you what you chose to make, and preferably it should be stuff that actually gets put to use. Either of those armor kits should sell decently, since they are useful to raiders, but I’d rather the reader just chose what to make at that point.

  • img
    Jun 3, 2009 @ 4:34 am

    Not against the rules atNot against the rules at all, thanks very much for the nice comment! 🙂

  • img
    Pastorg
    Jun 2, 2009 @ 22:45 pm

    just a thank you…. I’m sort of new to all this stuff, but thank you so very much for making this level for leatherworking… I have asked different people where to find something like this and they keep sending me to places that, well for me, just confuses me more, lol… not hard to do. I really hope this comment isn’t against any of the rules but if so, do what you have to, to me, lol… so thanks again, Pastog.

  • img
    Apr 23, 2009 @ 1:02 am

    It’s good to hear that thisIt’s good to hear that this was helpful!

    I haven’t updated this guide in a while, so thanks for the info. I’ll get to it in a bit, I have a few other changes to make here as well, but I’m concentrating on my druid guide at the moment.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Categories

Archives