WoW Leatherworking Leveling Guide 1 - 600

Warlords of Draenor – Leatherworking changes


This Leatherworking guide will show you the fastest and cheapest way how to level your Leatherworking skill up from 1 to 600. 

Leatherworking is the best combined with Skinning, it's not required to have skinning, but it's strongly recommended. Check out the Skinning Leveling Guide if you want to level Skinning. You can also buy the materials at the Auction House, but then you will need a lot of gold.

Leatherworking guide sections:

Apprentice 1 - 55 
Journeyman 55 - 135 
Expert 130 - 210 
Artisan 205 - 290 
Master 290 - 350 
Grand Master 350 - 425 
Illustrious 425 - 500 
Zen 500 - 600 

Approximate Materials Required for 1-600:

NOTE: You can buy the threads, dyes, and salt from Leatherworking Supply vendors near your trainer.

  • 57 Ruined Leather Scraps
  • 15 Medium Hide
  • 260 Light Leather
  • 160 Medium Leather
  • 20 Heavy Hide
  • 195 Heavy Leather
  • 410 Thick Leather
  • 410 Rugged Leather
  • 100 Knothide Leather Scraps
  • 297 Knothide Leather
  • 26 Fel Scales
  • 320 Borean Leather
  • 50 Savage Leather Scraps
  • 385 Savage Leather
  • 21 Heavy Savage Leather (110 Savage Leather)
  • 2 Volatile Fire
  • 2 Volatile Air
  • 2 Volatile Water
  • 26 Volatile Earth
  • 65 Sha-Touched Leather
  • 40 Exotic Leather
  • 300 Exotic Leather or Prismatic Scale. (Choose the cheaper one. You can also use 150 Exotic Leather and 150 Prismatic Scale for example)
  • 1 Spirit of Harmony


Leatherworking Leveling Guide 1 - 55

First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Leatherworking Apprentice.

Check out my Farming Guides if you wan to farm the leathers instead of buying them.

You should start with Light Leather farming if you want to farm the leathers.

Make the next recipe if you don't have Ruined Leather Scraps.


55 - 130

Learn Leatherworking Journeyman.

Keep these, you will need them.

Check out my Medium Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.

I must also mention that later on you will need 20 Heavy Hide to level leatherworking, and while you farm the hides you will get a bunch of Medium Hide, Medium Leather, and Heavy Leather. I recommend to check out myHeavy Hide farming guide if you have a level 60+ character, and farm the Heavy Hide before you farm Heavy Leather and Medium Leather.

  • 100-115
    Keep the Medium Hides, you will need them.

15 x [Cured Medium Hide] - 15 Medium Hide, 15 Salt

Make [Medium Armor Kit] if you can't find Medium Hides at the AH.


130 - 205

Learn Leatherworking Expert.

  • 130-145
    15 x [Dark Leather Belt] - 15 Fine Leather Belt, 15 Cured Medium Hide, 30 Fine Thread, 15 Gray Die

Make [Dark Leather Cloak] if you still don't have [Cured Medium Hide].

You can also make the following recipe:

5 x [Heavy Leather Ball] - 10 Heavy Leather, 5 Fine Thread

The pattern is sold by these NPCs.

Check out my Heavy Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.

  • 155-165
    You will need the Cured Heavy Hides later.

20 x [Cured Heavy Hide] - 20 Heavy Hide, 60 Salt

If you have skinning, then visit my Heavy Hide farming guide.

Below you can find an alternative way if you don't have any Heavy Hides at all, which is usually the case, since Heavy Hide has pretty low drop rate. But if for example you can get 5 Heavy Hides, you should stop making Barbaric Leggings at 195 and start making Guardian Gloves.

155-180 - [Heavy Armor Kit] or [Hillman's Cloak] - 175 Heavy Leather
180-190 - [Guardian Pants] or [Barbaric Leggings] - 156 Heavy Leather, 26 Bolt of Silk Cloth or 100 Heavy Leather, 10 Moss Agate
190-200 - [Barbaric Leggings] - 130 Heavy Leather, 13 Moss Agate

The [Barbaric Leggings] recipe is sold by these NPCs.

  • 190-200
    10 x [Guardian Gloves] - 40 Heavy Leather, 10 Cured Heavy Hide, 10 Silken Thread

Check out my Thick Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.


205 - 290

Learn Leatherworking Artisan.

Check out my Rugged Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.

Recipe is yellow for the last few points, you might need to make more.

If 4 Heavy Scorpid Scale are cheaper than 4 Rugged Leather, you can craft the following item:

[Heavy Scorpid Bracers] - Recipe location

Or make [Frostsaber Boots] if one Essence of Water is cheaper than 4 Rugged Leather on your realm.


290 - 350

Visit your trainer learn Leatherworking Master.

Check out my Knothide Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.

You will also need 26 Fel Scales later in the guide, so if you have skinning and you farm the leathers, I recommend you to visit my Fel Scale farming page first. You will get some Knothide Leather while farming Fel Scales, so you need to farm fewer Knothide later.

Just skip this part and start making [Knothide Armor Kit], if you don't have Knothide Leather Scraps.

Just go to the next step if you didn't reach 335 by making these, but then you will need a few more[Heavy Knothide Leather].

If one Heavy Knothide Leather is cheaper than 5 Knothide Leather, stop making the Heavy Knothide Leathers when you reach 330, buy them from the Auction House instead.

  • 340-350
    If you don't have that much Fel Scales, you can make [Thick Draenic Vest] up to 345 or 350 if you can't find any Fel Scales at the Auction House.

Check out my Fel Scale farming guide if you have Skinning.

13x [Scaled Draenic Boots] - 26 Heavy Knothide Leather, 26 Fel Scales, 39 Rune Thread

This recipe goes yellow at 345, so you will need to make a few extra ones. I suggest gathering enough materials for 13.


350 - 425

Visit your trainer and learn Leatherworking Grand Master.

Check out my Borean Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.

Transform all your [Borean Leather Scraps] into [Borean Leather] if you are a Skinner. The recipe is yellow up to 362, do not right click the Leather Scraps, there is actually a recipe that give you skill-ups, use that.

  • 400-425
    Make any Fur Lining recipe. You can buy the Eternium Threads from the Leatherworking Supply vendor near your trainer.

Make this one up to 435 if you don't have Savage Leather Scraps. I must mention I think this is a bug because it just seems strange that a recipe, which uses materials that you can buy from the vendor, gives you 35 skill points.


425 - 500

Visit your trainer and learn Leatherworking Illustrious.

Check out my Savage Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.

Start making the next recipe in the guide if you don't have Savage Leather Scraps, and obviously if you have more Scraps, just make Savage Leather until it turns gray.

You can buy Eternium Threads from Leatherworking Supply vendors and you could also make any other item that requires 7 Savage Leather.

  • 460-470
    10 x [Savage Cloak] - 70 Savage Leather, 10 Eternium Thread

Or any other orange item that requires 7 Savage Leather.

You can alse make [Scorched Leg Armor] up to 485.

You can alse make [Twilight Leg Armor] up to 490 or any other orange item that requires 12 Savage Leather.

  • 496-499
    1 x [Cloak of Beast] - 8 Heavy Savage Leather, 2 Volatile Earth, 2 Volatile Air, 2 Volatile Water, 2 Volatile Fire


500 - 600

Visit your trainer and learn Zen Leatherworking.

Check your Calendar in-game to see if the Darkmoon Faire is open, the event starts at 00:01 on the Sunday before the 1st Monday of each month.

You can gain +5 skill points by completing a single quest. Click here to read more about the quests.

Visit my Exotic Leather farming guide if you want to farm the leathers.

The Fur Lining recipes will become green again at 500. You can make any of those up to 505. You can buy Eternium Threads from Tailoring and Leatherworking supply vendors.

But if you already have the Sha-Touched Leathers from skinning mobs, just make Exotic Leathers.

From this point I will usually list two recipes because the droprate of Exotic Leather and Prismatic Scale seems pretty close right now. Choose the leather type that's cheaper for you, or if you farm your own leathers mix it up to make use all of your leathers.

  • 570 - 600
    Once you reach 570 you can purchase vendor recipes for the last 30 points (You can actually buy a few of them at 555). The Leatherworking recipes are on a vendor in Vale of Eternal Blossoms. You can enter Vale of Eternal Blossoms after completing the quest A Celestial Experience (requires level 87). After you completed the quest, you can find Krogo Darkhide (Horde) in Shrine of Two Moons and Tanner Pang(Alliance) in Shrine of Seven Stars.

You'll need 1 Spirit of Harmony to purchase a recipe and you only need one recipe. You can get Spirit of Harmony by combining 10 Motes of Harmony. Motes are dropped by every mob in Pandaria, even in dungeons. The drop rate is low, so it may take you 2 hours to collect 10 motes.

Choose one recipe from the Contender's Armor recipes. It doesn't matter which one because if one of them requires more leathers, it will give you more skill points. You will need around 150 Exotic Leather or Prismatic Scale.