Leatherworking guide
Profession guide by: Aegir
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Leatherworking enables you to craft your own leather armour and at a later stage mail armour as well. This profession is mostly aimed at Leather and Mail users such as hunters, shamans, rogues and druids. Once you get past level 225 you can specialize in either Dragonscale Leatherworking, Elemental Leatherworking or Tribal Leatherworking allowing you to craft advanced recipes restricted from the average leatherworker.

Leatherworking is a solid and useful profession providing you not only with armour, but also a few handy items such as Armor Kits which can be used by any class to improve the armor rating of an item (hand, leg, chest and wrist). Most crafted gear is slightly better than the gear you get from non-elite quests, but once you hit higher levels you might find it hard to compete against epic dungeon gear. Also many of the most powerful high level recipes are either dropped from monsters or tied to a certain reputation with one or more factions, requiring a lot of work.

TIP: Although Leatherworking is primarily suited for leather and mail users, it is a versatile profession offering a wide range of useful items including armor kits, quivers and ammo puches. At high levels leatherworkers can earn good coin from selling armor kits and leg armor to augment armor in much the same way that enchanting does.

Besides making armour, leatherworkers can produce a few items of general use to be sold on the auction house. It’s my experience that the lower levels of Armor Kits sell fairly well, whereas Knothide Armor Kit and in particular the hard-to-get Clefthide Leg Armor and Cobrahide Leg Armor are sold for large amounts of money making Leatherworking a quite profitable trade post level 300. You can also do specialized armor kits to increase resistance, health and mana. High level leatherworkers are also able to make a variety of drums such as Drums of War, Drums of Battle and Drums of Panic, as well as the much sought after Riding Crop to increase riding speed.

Obviously a leatherworker needs leather and in some cases hide in his work. So if you decide to become a Leatherworker you would probably want to pick Skinning as your second profession. Crafting more advanced types of armour often requires odd materials such as rare kinds of leather or hide such as Turtle Scale, Scorpid Scale, Shadowcat Hide, Fel Scales and Crystal Infused Leather. Make sure to check our Skinning guide to learn where to find the rare types of leather. To secure a good progress make sure to learn as many recipes as you can and focus on the “grinding recipes” that require easy-to-get materials.

Alliance Leatherworking Trainers


Where Trainer
Journeyman (1-75)
Darnassus Darianna
Goldshire Adele Fielder
Ironforge Gretta Finespindle
Stillpine Hold Moordo
Stormwind Randal Worth
Teldrassil Nadyia Maneweaver
The Exodar Feruul
Expert (75-150)
Darnassus Faldron
Ironforge Fimble Finespindle
Stormwind Simon Tanner
The Exodar Akham
Artisan (150-225)
Darnassus Telonis
Master (225-300)
Aerie Peek Drakk Stonehand
Grandmaster (300-375)
Honor Hold
Shattrath Darmari


Horde Leatherworking Trainers


Where Trainer
Journeyman (1-75)
Bloodhoof Chaw Stronghide
Eversong Sathein
Orgrimmar Kamari
Silvermoon Talmar
Thunderbluff Mak
Tirisfal Glade Shelene Rhobart
Undercity Dan Golthas
Expert (75-150)
Orgrimmar Karolek
Silvermoon Lynalis
Thunderbluff Tarn
Undercity Arthur Moore
Artisan (150-225)
Thunderbluff Una
Master (225-300)
Camp Mojache Hahrana Ironhide
Grandmaster (300-375)
Barim Splithoof
Shattrath Darmari



Dragonscale Leatherworking

As a Leatherworker you can choose to specialize in Dragonscale. To do so you must have Artisan Level Leatherworking (225) and complete a series of quests. To train Dragonscale Leatherworking, speak to either Peter Galen in Azshara (Alliance) or Thorkaf Dragoneye in Badlands (Horde) to begin a quest called Dragonscale Leatherworking. To solve the quest you will need to acquire 2 Tough Scorpid Breastplate, 2 Tough Scorpid Gloves and 10 Worn Dragonscale. You can buy these items on the Auction House if you wish, or you can get them the hard way!

Dragonscale Leatherworking Quest requirements
For the Leatherworking quest you need to collect the following:

36 Thick Leather
40 Scorpid Scale
12 Silken Thread


To learn the recipes you need to start grinding the Wastewander Bandits and their friends in Tanaris, they have a chance to drop recipes for the entire Tough Scorpid Armor set. To craft them you need Scorpid Scales which you can skin from all types of scorpids in Tanaris such as Scorpid Hunter. Getting them takes a while, but if you can use mail armour it is a very nice armour set and might be worth the effort. The Worn Dragonscales are skinned from all manner of dragonkin at level 40 and above. The easiest way is to grind the Scalding Whelps in Badlands, but be warned, the droprate is not high, so it will take you a while alone to get the 10 needed to complete the quest.When you have the items needed, deliver them to your dragonscale trainer in Azshara or Badlands, and you are now a Dragonscale Leatherworker!

As you can see this quest line is a little demanding and you will need some hard-earned materials.

Once you know Dragonscale you get access to advanced recipes available only to your specialization. These are Dragonstrike Leggings to begin with, and as you advance further you will be able to learn Golden Dragonstrike Breastplate. All these items are Bind-on-Pickup and are thus restricted to you only. The recipes for Dragonscale Gauntlets and Dragonscale Breastplate have now been released for all leatherworkers to learn. In general, dragonscale leatherworking offers the most powerful mail recipes and is as such ideal to hunters and shamans.


Elemental Leatherworking
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Tribal Leatherworking
Coming soon...

Level requirements

Apprentice Level 5 (Trainer)
Journeyman Level 10 (Trainer)
Expert Level 20 (Trainer)
Artisan Level 35 (Trainer)
Master Level 58 (Trainer - need to go through the dark portal to get to trainer)

Leatherworking TBC
Once you get past level 340-350 in Leatherworking and the trainer based recipes begin to thin out you become extremely reliable on the recipes you can acquire through reputation with various Outland Factions. I know many of you think it’s if not impossible, then at least a serious grind effort to get to level 375, and frankly I tend to agree. Most recipes from 350 and up require rare ingredients that are hard and expensive to come by, but if you put some effort into faction reputation it’s doable. When compared to the earlier levels from 1 to 300 higher levels of Leatherworking require much leather and unfortunately the overall leather quality in Outlands is rather poor, meaning you will often get Knothide Leather Scraps rather than a decent piece of leather. Check out the Skinning Guide to see how you do it best. As a Leatherworker you should focus on your reputation with four main factions Cenarion Expedition, Aldor/Scryer, Kurenai/Mag’har and The Consortium. Factions like Honor Hold/Thrallmar also have a few handy recipes. There is no getting around the fact that you need a bunch of Primals to reach level 375, but some are easier to get than others. The Heavy Clefthoof recipes from Cenarion Expedition are good for 350+ as they require Thick Clefthoof Leather (fairly easy to grind in Nagrand) and Primal Earth (which is arguably the easiest Primal to get your hands on). Below you can see the faction-based recipes for Leatherworking.

325 Kurenai/Mag’har – Honored Pattern: Reinforced Mining Bag
325 Scryer – Revered Pattern: Magister's Armor Kit
325 Aldor – Revered Pattern: Vindicator's Armor Kit
335 Honor Hold/Thrallmar – Honored Pattern: Cobrahide Leg Armor
335 Cenarion Expedition – Honored Pattern: Clefthide Leg Armor
340 Kurenai/Mag’har – Friendly Pattern: Netherfury Belt
340 Kurenai/Mag’har – Honored Pattern: Netherfury Leggings
340 Consortium – Friendly Pattern: Fel Leather Gloves
350 Honor Hold/Thrallmar – Friendly Pattern: Felstalker Belt
350 Kurenai/Mag’har – Revered Pattern: Netherfury Boots
350 Aldor – Honored Pattern: Blastguard Belt
350 Aldor – Honored Pattern: Flamescale Belt
350 Aldor – Revered Pattern: Flamescale Boots
350 Aldor – Revered Pattern: Blastguard Boots
350 Aldor – Exalted Pattern: Blastguard Pants
350 Aldor – Exalted Pattern: Flamescale Leggings
350 Scryer – Honored Pattern: Enchanted Clefthoof Boots
350 Scryer – Honored Pattern: Enchanted Felscale Gloves
350 Scryer – Revered Pattern: Enchanted Felscale Boots
350 Scryer – Revered Pattern: Enchanted Clefthoof Gloves
350 Scryer – Exalted Enchanted Felscale Leggings
350 Scryer – Exalted Pattern: Enchanted Clefthoof Leggings
350 Consortium – Honored Pattern: Fel Leather Boots
350 Consortium – Revered Pattern: Fel Leather Leggings
355 Cenarion Expedition – Friendly Pattern: Heavy Clefthoof Boots
355 Cenarion Expedition – Honored Pattern: Heavy Clefthoof Leggings
360 Cenarion Expedition – Honored Pattern: Heavy Clefthoof Vest
360 Honor Hold/Thrallmar – Honored Pattern: Felstalker Breastplate
360 Honor Hold/Thrallmar – Honored Pattern: Felstalker Bracers
365 Sha’tar – Exalted Pattern: Drums of Battle
365 Cenarion Expedition – Exalted Pattern: Nethercleft Leg Armor
370 Keepers of Time – Exalted Pattern: Drums of Panic
375 The Violet Eye – Revered Pattern: Shadowprowler's Chestguard
375 The Violet Eye – Exalted Pattern: Cloak of Darkness

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