WoW Profession Guide: Leatherworking


In World of Warcraft, the Leatherworking profession enables players to forge various weapons, armor, and other items using metals, minerals, and other materials.

It’s recommended that aspiring Leatherworkers take up Skinning as a secondary profession, since this profession calls for a lot of leather and hide. If you don’t opt to take Skinning as a secondary profession, you can always buy WoW Gold and purchase the materials you need at the Auction House.


As with all professions, Leatherworking has six proficiency levels, which are listed in the table below. As you increase your character’s level and your Leatherworking skill level, you can increase your Leatherworking Proficiency by visiting a Leatherworking Trainer. While any Leatherworking Trainer in Azeroth can teach you Apprentice to Artisan Leatherworking, you can only learn Master Leatherworking in Outland or Northrend, and Grand Master Leatherworking in Northrend.

Training costs WoW Gold, and the prices differ depending on whether you chose Leatherworking as your Primary or Secondary profession.


Required Character Level

Minimum Required Skill Points

Maximum Allowed Skill Points

Training Cost

( Primary Profession)

Training Cost

(Secondary Profession)





10 Copper

1 Silver





10 Silver

5 Silver





50 Silver

1 WoW Gold



Primary: 200
Secondary: 225


5 WoW Gold

2 WoW Gold

50 Silver



Primary: 275

Secondary: 300


10 WoW Gold

10 WoW Gold

Grand Master




35 WoW Gold

35 WoW Gold


Leveling Leatherworking

The first thing you need to do is to visit a Leatherworking Trainer in one of Azeroth’s main cities to learn Apprentice Leatherworking. This section contains a table that shows you which items to create to level up your Proficiency in the fastest, most efficient manner.

Most of the plans for the items listed below can be learned from Leatherworking Trainers, but a few have to be obtained elsewhere.



Items to Craft



19 Light Leather

57 Ruined Leather Scraps


10 Light Armor Kit

10 Light Leather

If you don’t have any Ruined Leather Scraps, you can create Light Leather from levels 1-30.


5 Handstitched Leather Cloak

10 Light Leather

5 Coarse Thread


40 Cured Light Hide

40 Light Hide

40 Salt



Items to Craft



20 Embossed Leather Gloves

60 Light Leather

40 Coarse Thread


15 Fine Leather Belt

90 Light Leather

30 Coarse Thread


15 Cured Medium Hide

15 Medium Hide

15 Salt


10 Dark Leather Boots

40 Medium Leather

20 Fine Thread

10 Gray Dye


5 Dark Leather Cloak

40 Medium Leather

5 Fine Thread

5 Gray Dye



Items to Craft



15 Dark Leather Belt

15 Fine Leather Belt

15 Cured Medium Hide

30 Fine Thread

15 Gray Dye


5 Hillman’s Leather Gloves

70 Medium Leather

20 Fine Thread


20 Cured Heavy Hide

20 Heavy Hide

60 Salt

If you reach 170 while making Cured Heavy Hides, you can skip making Heavy Armor Kits.


5 Heavy Armor Kit

25 Heavy Leather


10 Golden Scale Bracers

50 Steel Bar

20 Heavy Grinding Stone


10 Barbaric Shoulders

80 Heavy Leather

10 Cured Heavy Hide

20 Fine Thread


10 Guardian Gloves

40 Heavy Leather

10 Cured Heavy Hide

10 Silken Thread

Once you reach skill level 200, you can start quests to learn one of three Leatherworking Specializations. See this guide’s Leatherworking Specializations section for details.


5 Thick Armor Kit

25 Thick Leather

5 Silken Thread



Items to Craft



40 Nightscape Headband

200 Thick Leather

80 Silken Thread


15 Nightscape Pants

210 Thick Leather

60 Silken Thread


15 Rugged Armor Kit

75 Rugged Leather


15 Wicked Leather Gauntlets

120 Rugged Leather

15 Black Dye

15 Rune Thread

The pattern for Wicked Leather Gauntlets can be purchased from either Werg Thickblade at Tirisfal Glades (Horde) or Leonard Porter at Western Plaguelands.

You may also opt to create 15 Heavy Scorpid Bracers (using a total of 60 Rugged Leather, 60 Heavy Scorpid Scale, and 15 Rune Thread) instead of Wicked Leather Gauntlets if Heavy Scorpid Scales are cheap on your realm. You can buy the Heavy Scorpid Bracers pattern from Zannok Hidepiercer at Silithus.



Items to Craft



10 Wicked Leather Bracers

80 Rugged Leather

10 Black Dye

10 Rune Thread

If Essence of Water is being sold at a low price on your realm, make Frostsaber Boots (using 4 Rugged Leather, 1 Essence of Water, and 1 Rune Thread each) from 275-285. You can buy the Frostsaber Boots pattern from Qia at Winterspring.


15 Wicked Leather Headband

180 Rugged Leather

15 Black Dye

15 Rune Thread


20 Knothide Leather

100 Knothide Leather Scraps


25 Knothide Armor Kit

100 Knothide Leather


65 Heavy Knothide Leather

325 Knothide Leather


10 Thick Draenic Vest

30 Heavy Knothide Leather

30 Rune Thread


14 Scaled Draenic Boots

28 Knothide Leather

28 Fel Scales

42 Rune Thread

You might have to make more than 14 as this item turns yellow in your list at level 345.

Grand Master


Items to Craft



33 Borean Armor Kit

132 Borean Leather


5 Arctic Boots

40 Borean Leather


5 Iceborne Shoulderpads

50 Borean Leather


28 Heavy Borean Leather

1608 Borean Leather


13 Dark Frostscale Leggings

52 Borean Leather

75 Crystallized Water


5 Pack of Endless Pockets

40 Heavy Borean Leather



5 Overcast Bracers

40 Borean Leather

5 Eternal Water

The pattern for this item can be bought from Braeg Stoutbeard in Dalaran.


13 Overcast Handwraps

130 Heavy Borean Leather

13 Eternal Water

The pattern for this item can be bought from Braeg Stoutbeard in Dalaran.


5 Frosthide Leg Armor

10 Arctic Fur

10 Nerubian Chitin

5 Frozen Orb

You may also opt to create 5 Icescale Leg Armor (using a total of 10 Arctic Fur, 10 Icy Dragonscale, and 5 Frozen Orb) instead of Frosthide Leg Armor. You might have to make more than 5 of either item because both items will be yellow in your list at this point.


Keep making the items above and/or craft epic items that you learn at level 440.


Leatherworking Specialization

Leatherworkers may choose to take up a Specialization upon reaching character level 40 and Leatherworking skill level 200. Taking a Specialization in Leatherworking will grant you access to higher level plans for armor or weapons that are normally not accessible to non-specialized Leatherworkers.

 There are three available specializations to choose from: Elemental, Dragonscale, and Tribal Leatherworking. In order to specialize in any of them, you have to talk to the appropriate NPC and complete the quests they give you.


Elemental Leatherworking

Elemental Leatherworking allows you to create leather armor with Stamina and/or Agility bonuses.

Visit Brumn Winterhoof at Arathi Highlands (Horde) or Sarah Tanner in Searing Gorge (Alliance), and accept the “Elemental Leatherworking” quest. This will require you to bring him/her 2 Heart of Fire, 2 Globe of Water, 2 Core of Earth, and 2 Breath of Wind. You can acquire these items by killing elementals or infernals (Fire elementals for Heart of Fire, Water elementals for Globe of Water, and so on), but the drop rate is pretty low. If you’re having a hard time getting the items, check your realm’s Auction House to see if anyone has the items up for sale. Once you’ve brought the items back to the NPC, you’ll become an Elemental Leatherworker.


Dragonscale Leatherworking

Dragonscale Leatherworking allows you to craft mail armor with Stamina and Intellect bonuses, as well increases in spells’ critical hits and spell damage for caster Shamans or additional critical hit rate bonuses for Hunters.

Go to Thorkaf Dragoneye at Badlands (Horde) or Peter Galen in Azshara (Alliance) and accept the “Dragonscale Leatherworking” quest. The quest will require you to turn in 2 Tough Scorpid Breastplate, 2 Tough Scorpid Gloves, and 10 Worn Dragonscales. You can find Worn Dragonscales by skinning various dragonkin mobs all over Azeroth. The other items have to be crafted, and the table below will tell you where to get the pattern and what you need to make the items.


Pattern Location


2 Tough Scorpid Breastplate

Dropped by Wastewander Bandit (Tanaris)

24 Thick Leather

24 Scorpid Scale

8 Silken Thread

2 Tough Scorpid Gloves

Dropped by Wastewander Thief (Tanaris)

12 Thick Leather

16 Scorpid Scale

4 Silken Thread


Tribal Leatherworking

Tribal Leatherworking enables you to create leather armor with Stamina, Intellect, and Spirit bonuses, which is most useful for Druids.

Before you do the actual quest for Tribal Leatherworking, you have to complete the Wild Leather quest chain.

Go to Jangdor Swiftstrider at Camp Mojache (Horde) or Pratt McGruben at Feathermoon Stronghold (Alliance) and accept the “Wild Leather Helmet” quest to start the Wild Leather quest chain. You’ Below is a table that shows which quests you need to do, what items you need to turn in, and what materials you will need.

All the quests in the Wild Leather quest chain (except the last one) will require you to turn in some Wildvine. Assuming that you took up Skinning as a secondary profession, you can buy the Wildvine at the Auction House, or you can kill the trolls in The Hinterlands or Stranglethorn Vale since they occasionally drop it.


Items Needed

Materials for Crafted Items

Wild Leather Helmet

2 Nightscape Tunic

2 Nightscape Headband

1 Wildvine

24 Thick Leather

8 Silken Thread

Wild Leather Shoulders

6 Thick Armor Kit

1 Wildvine

30 Thick Leather

6 Silken Thread

Wild Leather Vest

2 Turtle Scale Breastplate

2 Turtle Scale Gloves

1 Wildvine

24 Thick Leather

40 Turtle Scale

4 Heavy Silken Thread

Wild Leather Boots

2 Nightscape Pants

2 Nightscape Boots

2 Wildvine

60 Thick Leather

12 Silken Thread

Wild Leather Leggings

2 Turtle Scale Helm

2 Turtle Scale Bracers

2 Wildvine

44 Thick Leather

72 Turtle Scale

4 Heavy Silken Thread

After completing the above quests, Jangdor or Pratt will give you a letter that you have to present to either Una at Thunderbluff (Horde) or Telonis  at Darnassus (Alliance).

Master of Wild Leather

You don’t have to craft anything for this quest; just turn in your letter.


Once you’ve completed the Wild Leather quest chain, go to Se’Jib in Stranglethorn Vale (Horde) or Caryssia Moonhunter in Feralas (Alliance) to accept the “Tribal Leatherworking” quest. You will be required to turn in 1 Wild Leather Vest and 1 Wild Leather Helmet. Once you’ve done that, you’ll become a Tribal Leatherworker.

If at any time you feel like switching your specialization, go back to the Leatherworking trainer who trained you in your specialization and pay a fee depending on your level.



Cost to Unlearn

Elemental Leatherworking

Brumn Winterhoof at Arathi Highlands (Horde)

Sarah Tanner in Searing Gorge (Alliance)

Level 40-50: 25 WoW Gold

Level 51-65: 50 WoW Gold

Level 66-70: 100 WoW Gold

Dragonscale Leatherworking

Thorkaf Dragoneye at Badlands (Horde)

Peter Galen in Azshara (Alliance)

Tribal Leatherworking

Se’Jib in Stranglethorn Vale (Horde)

Caryssia Moonhunter in Feralas (Alliance)



Now that you know the most efficient way to level up your Leatherworking skill, you’ll get up to 450 in no time. Remember to choose a specialization that best suits your characters’ needs, or at least choose which one you believe will help you earn more WoW Gold at the Auction House.

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