Classic Leatherworking Profession Guide

Last updated on Feb 03, 2024 at 01:20 by Seksixeny 6 comments

Leatherworking allows you to create Leather and Mail bind on equip gear. Some of this gear is best in slot for a very long time, such as the Devilsaur Set for physical damage dealers, and Hide of the Wild for healers. In this guide, we focus on these and other important items that this profession offers.

In Season of Discovery Leatherworking also gained new crafts, including some bind on pickup gear that is best in slot for the phases it is introduced in.


Leatherworking in Season of Discovery

Leatherworking received many new crafts in Season of Discovery, including best in slot bind on pickup gear for the early Phases, such as Phase 1's Void-Touched Leather Gloves Icon Void-Touched Leather Gloves or the new Glowing Gneuro-Linked Cowl  Icon Glowing Gneuro-Linked Cowl.

Many leatherworking caster items with pure stats in the level 30 to 40 range have been changed to have stats and increased damage and healing with spells instead, making them much more useful!



Leatherworking allows you to create some of the most popular and powerful Leather and Mail gear in WoW Classic. Many of these pieces feature prominently in our best in slot lists for the classes who can wear them, such as the infamous Devilsaur Set.

Most of Leatherworking's items are bind on equip gear pieces. The profession mostly requires skins, such as Rugged Leather Icon Rugged Leather, to craft. It is expensive to level and maintain it through the Auction House alone, so pairing it with Skinning can be helpful, allowing you to farm some of the materials yourself.


Leatherworking Trainers and Where to Find Them

You can learn Leatherworking from any Leatherworking trainer, which are found in capital cities and also near starting zones. When you arrive at a major city, you can ask any city guard for directions, and pick the Leatherworking trainer option. This will mark its location on your map, allowing you to easily find them and get your Leatherworking skills up to date.


How to Quickly Level Leatherworking from 1 to 300

For leveling Leatherworking quickly, focus on crafting orange items, which guarantee a skill up per craft. If it is too expensive to craft orange items, craft yellow items, instead, as those often give a skill up when crafted.

Green patterns only rarely grant skill points, making them only worth it if they are extremely cheap relative to alternatives. Gray patterns never give skill points.

If you want a more concrete guide on what to level to get from 1-300, check out this Leatherworking leveling guide over at


Apprentice / Journeyman

Any Leatherworking Trainer can train you on these levels of Leatherworking.



To level past 150, you need to train at one of these trainers:

  • [H] Una: Thunder Bluff, around 41,42.
  • [A] Telonis: Darnassus, around 60,36;


In order to unlock 225-300 Leatherworking you need to train at one of these trainers:


Leatherworking Specializations

Once you reach 225 skill in Leatherworking, you will be able to choose between three quests:

Completing these quests takes a while and requires you to obtain some items so that you can show your skill to the quest giver.


Changing Leatherworking Specialization

You can change your Leatherworking specialization by unlearning the skill entirely, getting back to at least 200 skill and using the Soothsaying for Dummies book, which can be found in Tanaris, around the 65,18 map coordinates, near Narain Soothfancy.


Deeprock Salt Refining

You can also make a steady stream of gold for yourself by obtaining a Salt Shaker Icon Salt Shaker, crafted with Engineering, and using it to convert Deeprock Salt Icon Deeprock Salt into Refined Deeprock Salt Icon Refined Deeprock Salt, which is used in most high-end Leatherworking crafts as the only source of Cured Rugged Hide Icon Cured Rugged Hides. Refining salt has a 3-day cooldown.


Notable Leatherworking Items

While Leatherworking has a lot of craftable items, there are only a few that are extremely valuable: the Devilsaur Set, the Black Dragonscale Set, Hide of the Wild Icon Hide of the Wild, Shifting Cloak Icon Shifting Cloak, Corehound Belt Icon Corehound Belt, Chromatic Gauntlets Icon Chromatic Gauntlets, Wolfshead Helm Icon Wolfshead Helm and multiple Nature Resistance gear pieces.


Devilsaur Set

The Devilsaur Set is composed of two items, both of which require Tribal Leatherworking:


Black Dragonscale Set

This set, especially when used used for its 2 and 3-set bonuses, is a great starting set for (DPS) Warriors, (Enhancement) Shamans and Hunters.

Pattern: Black Dragonscale Shoulders Icon Pattern: Black Dragonscale Shoulders is obtained as a rare drop from Anvilrage Marshal enemies in Blackrock Depths.

Pattern: Black Dragonscale Boots Icon Pattern: Black Dragonscale Boots can be bought from Lokhtos Darkbargainer once you are of at least Honored reputation with the Thorium Brotherhood.

Pattern: Black Dragonscale Breastplate Icon Pattern: Black Dragonscale Breastplate can be bought from Plugger Spazzring in the Blackrock Depths Grim Guzzler bar.

Finally, Pattern: Black Dragonscale Leggings Icon Pattern: Black Dragonscale Leggings is a rare drop from Anvilrage Captain enemies in Blackrock Depths.


Hide of the Wild and Shifting Cloak

Pattern: Hide of the Wild Icon Pattern: Hide of the Wild is every healer's best in slot cape before raids, and even during early raiding, as it sports an impressive amount of healing for a cloak while still having Intellect and Stamina! Pattern: Shifting Cloak Icon Pattern: Shifting Cloak is a great tanking cloak, and can be obtained in the same place.

To learn how to craft these items, you need to complete the Free Knot! quest in Dire Maul North, by finding the rare drop Gordok Shackle Key Icon Gordok Shackle Key from the Ogres in the dungeon. This will make the freed goblin NPC spawn a cache that has a chance to contain these patterns.


Corehound Belt

Pattern: Corehound Belt Icon Pattern: Corehound Belt is also a very powerful healer item, with its very high Spell Healing and is relatively cheap to make.

You can buy it from Lokhtos Darkbargainer once you are of at least Revered reputation with the Thorium Brotherhood.


Chromatic Gauntlets

Pattern: Chromatic Gauntlets Icon Pattern: Chromatic Gauntlets is a very strong Enhancement Shaman gear piece, and also has strong stats for Hunters and DPS Warriors.

You can buy it from Lokhtos Darkbargainer once you are of at least Revered reputation with the Thorium Brotherhood.


Wolfshead Helm

Wolfshead Helm Icon Wolfshead Helm is an important gear piece for Feral Druids, allowing them to convert Mana into Energy by leaving Cat form and instantly reentering it when at low Energy. It is learned from Leatherworking trainers.


Classic Leatherworking Nature Resistance Gear

You can craft a lot of powerful Nature Resistance gear with Leatherworking, which is especially useful in AQ40:

The required patterns are bought from Aendel Windspear at Cenarion Hold (Silithus), as long as you have the required Cenarion Circle reputation.


Classic Leatherworking Frost Resistance Gear

The Frost Resistance gear you can craft with Leatherworking, is required for Sapphiron in Naxxramas:

You can learn these patterns from Master Craftsman Omarion inside Naxxramas. You will find him in a cage, in the Death Knight wing before reaching Instructor Razuvious. If you have maxed Leatherworking skill, he will teach you how to craft this gear depending on your Argent Dawn reputation:

  • At revered, you can learn how to craft Gloves and Bracers.
  • At exalted, you can learn how to craft the Chest pieces.

If your skill is lacking, you might get Omarion's Handbook Icon Omarion's Handbook, instead. Turn it in at Craftsman Wilhelm in Light's Hope Chapel in order to allow him to craft the Frost Resistance gear for you. This is not recommended as he will ask for a lot of extra gold and even materials in order to perform the crafts, well above any fee that another player would ask of you.



  • 03 Feb. 2024: Updated for Season of Discovery Phase 2.
  • 07 Dec. 2020: Added additional info on how to learn the Frost Resistance recipes.
  • 05 Dec. 2020: Added the Frost Resistance gear craftable with Leatherworking.
  • 10 Aug. 2020: Added Sandstalker Nature Resistance gear.
  • 28 Jul. 2020: Updated the guide for Phase 5.
  • 14 May 2019: Reviewed and updated the guide with Phase 4 in mind.
  • 26 Aug. 2019: Guide added.
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