Jiyambi's Leatherworking Guide

Jiyambi's Leatherworking Guide


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.

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Apprentice


Purchase Apprentice Leatherworking from a leatherworking trainer.


Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 6g 70s


Level CraftMaterials
1-35Create 34 Light Armor Kit34 Light Leather
35-45Create 10 Handstitched Leather Boots20 Light Leather
10 Coarse Thread
45-55Create 10 Small Leather Amo Pouch30 Light Leather
40 Coarse Thread
55-75Create 20 Embossed Leather Gloves60 Light Leather
40 Coarse Thread

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Journeyman


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


Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 27g 50s


Level CraftMaterials
75-90Create 15 Embossed Leather Gloves45 Light Leather
30 Coarse Thread
90-95Create 5 Embossed Leather Cloak25 Light Leather
10 Coarse Thread
95-115Create 20 Fine Leather Belt120 Light Leather
40 Coarse Thread
115-120Create 5 Medium Armor Kit20 Medium Leather
5 Coarse Thread
120-130Create 10 Dark Leather Boots40 Medium Leather
20 Fine Thread
10 Gray Dye
130-150Create 20 Hillman's Shoulders80 Medium Leather
20 Fine Thread
20 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.

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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 CraftMaterials
150-165Create 15 Heavy Armor Kit75 Heavy Leather
15 Fine Thread
165-190Create 25 Raptor Hide Belt (Alliance)
Create 25 Raptor Hide Harness (Horde)
100 Raptor Hide (Alliance)
150 Raptor Hide (Horde)
50 Fine Thread
190-200Create 10 Guardian Gloves40 Heavy Leather
10 Silken Thread
10 Cured Heavy Hide
200-225Create 25 Thick Armor Kit125 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.

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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).

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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).

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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 CraftMaterials
225-230Create 5 Nightscape Headband25 Thick Leather
10 Silken Thread
230-235Create 5 Nightscape Shoulders40 Thick Leather
15 Silken Thread
30 Mageweave Cloth
235-237Create 2 Tough Scorpid Breastplate24 Thick Leather
8 Silken Thread
24 Scorpid Scale
237-239Create 2 Tough Scorpid Gloves12 Thick Leather
4 Silken Thread
16 Scorpid Scale
239-255Create 16 Nightscape Pants224 Thick Leather
64 Silken Thread
255-260Create 5 Nightscape Boots80 Thick Leather
10 Silken Thread
260-280Create 20 Wicked Leather Gauntlets160 Rugged Leather
20 Rune Thread
20 Black Dye
280-290Create 10 Wicked Leather Bracers80 Rugged Leather
10 Rune Thread
10 Black Dye
290-300Create 10 Wicked Leather Headband120 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.

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Elemental Artisan


Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 438g

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


Level CraftMaterials
225-230Create 5 Nightscape Headband25 Thick Leather
10 Silken Thread
230-235Create 5 Nightscape Shoulders40 Thick Leather
15 Silken Thread
30 Mageweave Cloth
235-255Create 20 Nightscape Pants280 Thick Leather
80 Silken Thread
255-260Create 5 Nightscape Boots80 Thick Leather
10 Silken Thread
260-280Create 20 Wicked Leather Gauntlets160 Rugged Leather
20 Rune Thread
20 Black Dye
280-290Create 10 Wicked Leather Bracers80 Rugged Leather
10 Rune Thread
10 Black Dye
290-300Create 10 Wicked Leather Headband120 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.

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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 CraftMaterials
225-227Create 2 Turtle Scale Gloves12 Thick Leather
2 Silken Thread
16 Turtle Scale
227-229Create 2 Nightscape Headband10 Thick Leather
4 Silken Thread
229-230Create 2 Nightscape Tunics14 Thick Leather
4 Silken Thread
230-232Create 2 Turtle Scale Bracers16 Thick Leather
2 Silken Thread
24 Turtle Scale
232-234Create 2 Turtle Scale Breastplate12 Thick Leather
2 Silken Thread
24 Turtle Scale
234-236Create 2 Turtle Scale Helm28 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 CraftMaterials
236-237Create 1 Wild Leather Helmet10 Thick Leather
2 Wildvine
1 Cured Thick Hide
237-238Create 1 Wild Leather Vest12 Thick Leather
2 Wildvine
1 Cured Thick Hide
238-255Create 17 Nightscape Pants238 Thick Leather
68 Silken Thread
255-260Create 5 Nightscape Boots80 Thick Leather
10 Silken Thread
260-280Create 20 Wicked Leather Gauntlets160 Rugged Leather
20 Rune Thread
20 Black Dye
280-290Create 10 Wicked Leather Bracers80 Rugged Leather
10 Rune Thread
10 Black Dye
290-300Create 10 Wicked Leather Headband120 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.

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Master


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


Shopping List:

Expected Cost: 554g


Level CraftMaterials
300-320Create 20-25 Knothide Armor Kit80-100 Knothide Leather
320-325Create 5 Wild Draenish Gloves45 Knothide Leather
30 Rune Thread
325-335Create 12 Thick Draenic Boots120 Knothide Leather
30 Rune Thread
335-345Create 10 Thick Draenic Vest140 Knothide Leather
30 Rune Thread
345-350Create 5 Scaled Draenic Boots60 Knothide Leather
15 Rune Thread
10 Fel Scales

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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 CraftMaterials
350-375Create 25 Borean Armor Kit100 Borean Leather
375-390Create 15 Arctic Gloves150 Borean Leather
390-405Create 155 Heavy Borean Leather (make it until it turns gray, you'll need tons later)930 Borean Leather
405-410Create 5 Jormungar Leg Armor25 Heavy Borean Leather
5 Jormungar Scales
410-415Create 5 Fur Linings of your choice (Attack Power, Spell Power, Stamina)5 Arctic Fur
415-420Create 5 Pack of Endless Pockets or other bag40 Heavy Borean Leather
420-425Create 5 Eviscerator's Bindings40 Heavy Borean Leather
5 Eternal Air
425-430Create 5 Eviscerator's Guantlets50 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:

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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!