Leatherworking Guide for Dragonflight
This page covers the most important aspects of Leatherworking in Dragonflight, including talent builds and suggestions on how to make gold with the profession.
What is new in Leatherworking for Dragonflight Season 2
An important addition to Leatherworking is the new Pattern: Adaptive Dracothyst Armguards recipe, which can be obtained from Ponzo in the new Zaralek Cavern zone. This recipe allows you to create Adaptive Dracothyst Armguards, which is best in slot for most Mail Intellect users. The new Shadowflame-Tempered Armor Patch is also used by multiple DPS specializations as one of the strongest embellishments available in Season 2.
As shown in the image, Pattern: Adaptive Dracothyst Armguards can be guaranteed maximum quality, even at 447 maximum item level, by using Illustrious Insight and maximum quality materials, as long as your Leatherworking skill and talents with Mail Wrist gear is maxed! This is extremely useful as recrafts on this particular item use both Dracothyst and Obsidian Cobraskin, making it one of the most expensive items in the game to recraft for a 447 Inspiration proc.
Also, a great goldmaking trick with Leatherworking is to guarantee rank 3 Toxified Armor Patch crafts while using maximum Multicraft profession stat for high profit, which can be done with maxed out Leatherworking and one Lesser Illustrious Insight. You can create 5 lesser insights by right clicking one Illustrious Insight, making it have a cheap cost of 10 Artisan's Mettle.
Leatherworking in Dragonflight
While Leatherworking is still responsible for the creation of Leather and Mail armor, including Decayed gear with special kiss/curse procs, such as Acidic Hailstone Treads, as well as some of the new profession tools and accessories, such as Expert Alchemist's Hat.
It is also responsible for creating Feral Hide Drums, Bow of the Dragon Hunters and leg enchants for Agility and Strength users, such as Fierce Armor Kit, along with some toys and crafting materials used by other professions.
Dragonflight introduces Crafting Specializations, which you are able to unlock once your profession skill hits 25. These serve as a profession talent tree system fueled by Leatherworking Knowledge, obtained from weekly quests, one-time treasures in the Dragon Isles, Draconic Treatises, and first-time crafts.
While you will eventually be able to unlock all talents, doing so will require a long time as the sources of knowledge are very limited, especially once one-time treasures and first-crafts are exhausted.
Best Class for Leatherworking in Dragonflight
Leatherworking works well with characters that can use its gear, such as Hunters, Druids and other Mail and Leather using classes.
Crafting UI in Dragonflight
Dragonflight introduces a few new concepts to professions, which we delve deeper into in the specialized guide below:
Crafting Stats for Leatherworking in Dragonflight
Dragonflight introduces four new stats specific to crafting professions: Multicraft, Resourcefulness, Inspiration, and Crafting Speed.
We explain what each stat does and how to maximize them in the specialized guide below:
Leatherworking can make great use of all four stats, but you might want to focus on specific stats with different Leatherworking specializations. We go into detail with Leatherworking stats and the gear you can use to boost them in the specialized guide below:
Leveling Leatherworking in Dragonflight
The most important source of Leatherworking skill is your profession level, which is increased by performing difficult crafts. While leveling is generally straightforward, you should still take into account any special recipes that can help you along the way, as discussed in our specialized guide below:
Best Leatherworking Specializations and Talents in Dragonflight
Leatherworking Specializations are divided into four disciplines, each with a varying number of sub-specializations within which can be unlocked as you put points into their pre-requisite disciplines, akin to talent trees.
The best specialization for you depends on what your goals are: are you looking to make the best leather or mail armor, profession gear, leg enchants, mass producing Leatherworking base materials efficiently, or creating Bows and Drums? Each tree has its own unique perks which can help you reach these goals.
Best Leatherworking Discipline Talents
Leatherworking Discipline is all about reducing the amount of resources you need through Resourcefulness, empowering other crafts through added Inspiration and improving your general crafting abilities, especially for drums, leg enchants, profession gear and reagents.
We would recommend you to pick the Inspiration talents of the tree first and foremost to enable early maximum quality crafting, followed by investment into whatever type of items you want to specialize into producing.
Best Leather Armor Crafting Talents
The Leather Armor tree is responsible for Leather armor crafting. There are two main branches: Shaped Leather Armor which focus on chests, helms, shoulders, and wrists, and Embroidered Leather Armor which focuses on legs, gloves, belts, and boots.
Best Mail Armor Talents
The Mail Armor tree is responsible for Mail armor crafting. There are two main branches: Large Mail which focus on chests, helms, shoulders, and wrists, and Intricate Mail which focuses on legs, gloves, belts, and boots.
Best Primordial Leatherworking Talents
Primordial Leatherworking enables and improves the crafting of gear with special effects, such as Acidic Hailstone Treads, and also of optional reagents that improve this type of gear, such as Toxified Armor Patch.
You can also learn how to craft the Bow of the Dragon Hunters with the Bestial Primacy tree.
Making Gold with Leatherworking in Dragonflight
Leatherworking allows you to convert cheap leathers and scales into expensive gear, leg enchants, and other crafts. High-end gear pieces are likely to fetch a good price in the Crafting Orders system, which you can learn more details about in the specialized guide below:
While commodities sold on the auction house are less likely to go as high in price, they can be mass produced and sold for good profits over time.
We have a specialized guide for Dragonflight goldmaking below, which contains a goldmaking tier list and goes deeper into techniques and habits for successful gold making, as well as websites and addons that can help you on your journey!
- 07 Nov. 2023: Updated for Patch 10.2.
- 05 Sep. 2022: Added a Season 2 and LW goldmaking tip section at the start.
- 04 Sep. 2022: Reviewed for Patch 10.1.7.
- 10 Dec. 2022: Split the guide in multiple pages.
- 27 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight.
- 20 Feb. 2022: Updated for Patch 9.2.
- 24 Jun. 2021: Updated for Patch 9.1.
- 24 Nov. 2020: Guide added.
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