Classic Leatherworking Profession Guide
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.
If you were looking for TBC Classic advice, please refer to our TBC Classic Leatherworking leveling guide.
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, 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.
- Horde Leatherworking Trainers:
- Karolek: Orgrimmar, around 60,54;
- Brawn: Stranglethorn Vale, around 37,50;
- Brumn Winterhoof: Arathi Highlands, around 21,46;
- Shelene Rhobart: Tirisfal Glades, around 65,60;
- Arthur Moore: Undercity, around 70,58;
- Chaw Stronghide: Mulgore, around 45,57;
- Una: Thunder Bluff, around 41,42.
- Hahrana Ironhide: Feralas, around 74,43.
- Alliance Leatherworking Trainers:
- Adele Fielder: Elwynn Forest, around 46,62;
- Randal Worth: Stormwind City, around 68,49;
- Nadyia Maneweaver: Teldrassil, around 43,43;
- Aayndia Floralwind: Ashenvale, around 35,52;
- Fimble Finespindle: Ironforge, around 40,32;
- Telonis: Darnassus, around 60,36;
- Drakk Stonehand: The Hinterlands, around 13,43.
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 wow-professions.com.
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:
In order to unlock 225-300 Leatherworking you need to train at one of these trainers:
Once you reach 225 skill in Leatherworking, you will be able to choose between three quests:
- [A] Tribal Leatherworking / [H] Tribal Leatherworking, which allows you to learn how to make high end leather armor and cloaks. This is by far the best specialization, as it allows you to craft both the Devilsaur Set and Hide of the Wild, which are best in slot items for many classes.
- [A] Dragonscale Leatherworking / [H] Dragonscale Leatherworking, which allows you to learn how to make high end Mail armor, such as the Black Dragonscale set and Chromatic Gauntlets.
- [A] Elemental Leatherworking / [H] Elemental Leatherworking, which allows you to learn how to make resistance leather gear.
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, crafted with Engineering, and using it to convert Deeprock Salt into Refined Deeprock Salt, which is used in most high-end Leatherworking crafts as the only source of 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, Shifting Cloak, Corehound Belt, Chromatic Gauntlets, Wolfshead Helm and multiple Nature Resistance gear pieces.
The Devilsaur Set is composed of two items, both of which require Tribal Leatherworking:
- Devilsaur Gauntlets can be learned from Pattern: Devilsaur Gauntlets and is bought from Nergal in Marshal's Refuge. It has a 24h respawn so be ready to camp the vendor!
- Devilsaur Leggings can be learned from Pattern: Devilsaur Leggings and is a random world drop from any enemy in Un'goro Crater. Although it has a low drop rate, as long as many people are farming in the crater there will be plenty of patterns for Leatherworkers.
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.
Hide of the Wild and Shifting Cloak
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 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 from the Ogres in the dungeon. This will make the freed goblin NPC spawn a cache that has a chance to contain these patterns.
Pattern: Corehound Belt is also a very powerful healer item, with its very high Spell Healing and is relatively cheap to make.
Pattern: Chromatic Gauntlets is a very strong Enhancement Shaman gear piece, and also has strong stats for Hunters and DPS Warriors.
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:
- Bramblewood Helm
- Bramblewood Belt
- Bramblewood Boots
- Sandstalker Breastplate
- Sandstalker Gauntlets
- Sandstalker Bracers
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, 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.
- 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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