WOW classic Leatherworking guide: leveling, trainer

Author: WoWAnalytica
Posted: 28/05/2021

WoW classic Leatherworking guide

Greetings, Heroes of Azeroth! This is one more guide on yet another profession that is supposed to help you achieve the top levels of skills in all of your chosen professions. With this guide we are going to take you through our idea of leveling leatherworking in an efficient and optimal way.

Similarly, to essentially all other professions, they can be learned by just about anyone, regardless of class. However, there are certain classes that can benefit more from picking it up. Leatherworking, as a profession devoted to crafting mail and leather armor, it is best utilized by those who can then utilize those very items.

Hence, the preferred classes to choose leatherworking for are druids, rogues, shamans, and hunters. Since those classes can benefit greatly from the crafted gear, as well as the fact for the hunters, who need quivers, those can be made for cheap while they are leveling up.

Moreover, this profession is best paired with Skinning, due to the fact that otherwise you’d need to spend a significant amount of money to purchase reagents and materials from the from the Auction House, while this way you can gather them yourself as you play the game.

It is also important to note, that in Classic, Leatherworking, at a point, divides into three specialties, from which you have to choose one depending on your needs. These are:

  • Tribal Leatherworking
  • Elemental Leatherworking
  • Dragonscale Leatherworking

The first one specializes in crafting leather gear that focuses on intellect and agility, which, due to that, would be chosen by most DPS/Healer characters who use leather. The second one puts emphasis on leather gear with elemental resistance and agility, which makes it the least popular one, unless you are in need of resistance gear. While the last one is specialized in crafting mail armor, hence, this one is preferred by shamans and hunters.

A specialty is chosen at the level 225, with a second requirement being that you have to be at least level 40. Once chosen these can’t be changed without re-learning the profession, which involves leveling it from scratch so choose wisely.

To sum up, this can be a great profession for anyone who can either utilize these items successful for their own benefit, or who see a market niche on their realm that can help them make decent buck on the sale of the leatherworking produce.

WoW classic Leatherworking leveling guide

In this WoW classic leatherworking guide, as in the other parts of the series, we are aiming at presenting an adaptable, quick, and possibly cheap plan for any player to level-up their leatherworking from the beginning to the 300-points skill mark.

That being said, there are a few things to note before you begin working with the guide. First, when you open the Leatherworking window the recipes are going to be shown in different colors – orange, yellow, green, and gray. These indicate how likely you are to get a skill-up upon successfully crafting the recipe – from the first one which guarantees an increase in skill points, to the last one which means that you are not gaining any experience from crafting this recipe.

Partially, for this reason, this WoW classic leatherworking guide, as you may see, leaves some variables and might to a small degree depend on your luck as well as your server economy, which we are trying to adapt to, offering some variations to cover for some differences. Having said that, in order to level-up leatherworking, you are going to need the following items:

Other than that, you are of course going to need to purchase threads, dyes, and salts which are available at any Leatherworking Supply vendors, who can usually be found near the trainers.

Now moving on to the actual WoW classic Leatherworking guide:

First, especially assuming you are leveling your skinning simultaneously, you are going to make some Light Leather from the Ruined Leather Scraps, which at low level skinning and low-level monsters should be in ample supply However, if you are not doing that, or for some reason you don’t have Ruined Leather Scraps, you might as well go straight to the next step. Making each piece of Light Leather requires:

Make those until you reach level 20.

Having done that, you want to move on to making Light Armor Kit in order to reach level 45. If you skipped the previous step, this is your starting point. To craft each of those you are going to need:

Afterwards, for the final steps before learning Journeyman Leatherworking you ought to make some Handstitched Leather Cloak, until you get to level 55. The recipe for one cloak is going to cost you:

Alternatively, you can also cure some Light Hide if you have any and make some Cured Light Hide instead. Each of those requires:

Afterwards, you want to find a trainer and learn Journeyman Leatherworking, otherwise you will not be able to follow this WoW classic Leatherworking guide past level 75.

At this point you want to start making Embossed Leather Gloves and you will continue doing so for a while, until you reach level 100. A single glove requires:

Having finished that step, you want to start working on Fine Leather Belt in order to get to 125 skill level. Each belt is going to cost you:

At this point you can also make more of them and in the next step use them up instead, to make some Dark Leather Belt. If you choose to do so, you will also want to make some Cured Medium Hide, which is going to help you level-up, however, it depends on whether you have enough of Medium Hide or not. Making one of those requires:

Here, if you have a lot of Medium Leather you can choose to make Dark Leather Boots, until you reach Leatherworking 137. Each of those needs:

Alternatively, you can do the same with Dark Leather Belt if you have enough Fine Leather Belt from the previous step. Those require:

Having completed the aforementioned steps, you now ought to learn Expert Leatherworking, from either Telonis in Darnassus or Una in Thunder Bluff, depending on your faction. This is necessary in order to continue leveling with this WoW classic Leatherworking guide.

Being an expert now, you want to first make quite a few Dark Leather Pants, to get to level 150. Every single one of those requires:

Having done that, you should make some Heavy Leather as a placeholder to get to level 155 and learn the next recipe. Each refining process requires:

Now you can start making Cured Heavy Hide, in order to get to level 165, those are also going to be necessary for the future recipes in this guide, so do not discard them. Each time you are going to need:

In case you do not have any Heavy Hide, you might consider some alternatives which also overlap with some of the next steps. You might consider making Heavy Armor Kit until level 180, each requires:

To provide you with more alternatives, other options include Guardian Pants and Barbaric Leggings, which can be made until level 190 with the first one and 200 in the latter case. Those will cost you:

Guardian Pants:

Barbaric Leggings

However, if you had the necessary hides to refine, an optimal path is to continue, after reaching level 165, with making Heavy Armor Kit, with each of them costing:

Afterwards, you want to be making Barbaric Shoulders, to get to level 190, with each of those requiring:

Then you want to move on to crafting Guardian Gloves, to get to level 200. Each of those needs you to spend:

The last step in Expert Leatherworking is to make some Thick Armor Kit to get to the final 205 skill level. Those are going to require:

Having done that, you should learn the last level of skill in this WoW classic Leatherworking guide, which is Artisan Leatherworking. From one of the two trainers, listed below – either in Wildhammer Keep in Aerie Peak in Hinterlands for the Alliance or Camp Mojache in Ferelas for the Horde.

Having learned the next level of leatherworking skill, you now ought to start making Nightscape Headband, in order to get to level 235, with each of those requiring:

Alternatively, you can keep making Thick Armor Kit, do notice however, that the headbands can be sold to vendors for a much higher price, thus making them cheaper in effect.

Next, you will be making Nightscape Pants, until you get to level 250. Each pair of pants requires:

Then, you want to switch your production to Nightscape Boots, to get to level 260. The cost of making one item is:

Having done that you, preferably, want to start making Wicked Leather Gauntlets, the Pattern: Wicked Leather Gauntlets is sold by Leonard Porter in Western Plaguelands to the Alliance, and by Werg Thickblade in Tirisfal Glades to the Horde. Each item needs:

Alternatively, if you don’t want to buy any patterns, you can go for a few more Nightscape Boots, to get to 265 Leatherworking, and then you can make Wicked Leather Bracers. Each of those requires:

For the very last step, you want to preferably make Runic Leather Headband until you reach level 300. The Pattern: Runic Leather Headband can be obtained from Jase Farlane in Eastern Plaguelands.

If you completed all the steps, that means that now you can proudly say that you have mastered leatherworking and finished our WoW classic Leatherworking guide. The next step you will want to pursue will now relate to crafting best gear and hunting for those rare recipes. Thank you for following through this journey with us and good luck!

Leatherworking Trainer

One of the important things to remember when it comes to professions is that they also have certain ranks, these are: Apprentice, Journeyman, Expert, and Artisan. This will be especially important if you want to follow our WoW Classic Leatherworking Guide since during the leveling of the profession you do need to upgrade these ranks in order to be able to gain more skill as well as learn new recipes.

In order to rank your Leatherworking up, you are going to need a Trainer, these can be found in various location. Do note that they also have certain ranks, meaning that a trainer in, let’s say, Elwynn Forest, will not be able to teach you Expert or Artisan level Leatherworking.

The locations for appropriate Leatherworking trainers are:


  • Aayndia Floralwind, who can be found in Ashenvale (35, 52)
  • Adele Fielder, located in Elwynn Forest (46, 62)
  • Drakk Stonehand, who can be met in The Hinterlands (13, 43)
  • Fimble Finespindle, who resides in Ironforge (40, 32)
  • Nadyia Maneweaver, who can be seen in Teldrassil (43, 43)
  • Randal Worth, who can be found Stormwind City (68, 49)
  • Telonis, who is in Darnassus (64, 21)


  • Arthur Moore, who can be found Undercity (70, 58)
  • Brawn, who lives in Stranglethorn Vale (37, 50)
  • Brumn Winterhoof, located in Arathi Highlands (21, 46)
  • Chaw Stronghide, who can be met in Mulgore (45, 57)
  • Hahrana Ironhide, who can be seen in Feralas (74, 43)
  • Karolek, who resides in Orgrimmar (60, 54)
  • Shelene Rhobart, who can be found in Tirisfal Glades (65, 60)
  • Una, located in Thunder Bluff (41, 42)

Expert Leatherworking Trainers

In order to learn Expert Leatherworking, you have to be at least at level 20 with 125 Leatherworking Skill, you can learn it from one of the two following trainers:

  • Telonis (64, 21) who is located in Darnassus and is the Expert Alliance trainer
  • Una (41, 42) that can be met in Thunder Bluff and is the Expert Horde Trainer

Artisan Leatherworking Trainers

Training Artisan Leatherworking requires you to be at minimum at level 35 with 200 Leatherworking. Moreover, unlike the lower levels the Artisan Leatherworking Trainers are found in more remote locations that are rather far from main city hubs. Similarly, to expert level there are only taught by two trainers:

  • Drakk Stonehand (13, 43) who can be found in The Hinterlands and is the Artisan Alliance trainer.
  • Hahrana Ironhide (74, 43), who can be seen in Feralas and is the Artisan Horde Trainer.

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