WoW TBC Classic Leatherworking guide

Author: WoWAnalytica
Posted: 13/07/2021
Burning Crusade Classic

WoW TBC Classic Leatherworking guide

Welcome to our guide on TBC Classic Leatherworking. This guide is meant for those who want to continue working on their profession in The Burning Crusade. For those who would like to begin, however, we suggest you first have a look at our Classic guide here: WOW classic Leatherworking guide: leveling, trainer.

In the same way as with our other guides, we mean to present to you the necessary data that will help you better understand your profession and will allow you to level-up your Leatherworking to the master level introduced in TBC. Moreover, we are going to present you with an optimized and economical way of doing so. Remember thought that some elements may not necessarily be introduced with the release and might be added later on.

First of all, however, you ought to ask yourself if leatherworking is the profession you want. As such, you should know a few things about this profession ahead of time. Leatherworking as you might know, is a profession focusing on creating leather and mail armor and, hence, should be picked-up mainly by the users of those, since it offers little to no benefit to others.

Due to that, this is certainly a profession for you if you are one of the following classes:

  • Druids
  • Rogues
  • Shamans
  • Hunters

That is due to the fact that as you are working on your character’s level, you can also provide yourself with much of the necessary gear. Moreover, with the dawn of TBC, leatherworkers can now craft for their own use, specialized sets of gear which are going to increase their performance tremendously.

Furthermore, do remember that if you decide to become a leatherworker, Skinning is an indispensable secondary profession for you, since otherwise you would have to purchase essentially all the necessary materials and that would pretty much render your profession of choice useless. Especially, since you are going to need a lot of materials just for the leveling process, not to mention the amounts required by high-end recipes that you should be aiming towards.

Similarly, to many other professions, the introduction of the new stage brought many changes to the game and all elements of it – leatherworking not being an exception. Some things also stayed the same, both of which we are going to cover in this WoW TBC Classic Leatherworking guide to present you with a comprehensive source of information.

First of all, just like in Classic leatherworkers with skill level 225 and level 40 are offered a choice of one of the three specializations:

  • Elemental Leatherworking, which allows the player to craft powerful leather armor with its main stat being agility.
  • Dragonscale Leatherworking, which is recommended for those who are using mail armor.
  • Tribal Leatherworking, which should be chosen by those who use leather amor with its main stat being intellect.

Although still a few things changed around the specializations, since they no longer have the restrictions imposed on the learning of recipes, like it was in classic. However, most importantly the main purpose of those, now, is that specialists can make extraordinary items that only they themselves can use. This specialization can now also be changed without having to re-learn all of Leatherworking.

Other than that, players can still create Armor Kits, Glove Reinforcements, and Leg Armor as it used to be, which all permanently enhance the performance of the selected pieces of equipment.

A new addition to the mix is the ability to now create Drums, which are a special item that provides party-wide buffs, depending on the type of a drum. These are very powerful and can make a huge difference in any dungeon or raid. They include:

These buffs, as you might see are significant, although not as much as to make them indispensable in any raid scenario. Moreover, do note that using the Drums causes a “Tinnitus” debuff, to block any player from receiving another buff from Drums for 2 minutes.

WoW TBC Classic Leatherworking leveling guide

First of all, at the start of the leveling section of this WoW TBC Classic Leatherworking guide, remember that this guide is optimized while taking into consideration mainly two factors: low cost and speed. Hence, it might not be the best for someone who is still working on their character level, but rather for someone who want to just level-up their profession or switch to leatherworking after the release. Do also note that if you are getting any of the necessary materials from the Auction House, while we made sure that on majority of the servers these should be affordable, that may not be true for every single realm.

It is important to note that, as you may see, 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 completing 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.

Generally, it is optimal to craft only orange recipes all the time. However, that is not possible, or even more so, not feasible or profitable. Hence, the numbers and amounts you see in this guide are not going to always be precise and you may need to get a few more reagents depending on how lucky you get.

Now without further ado, the leveling process for levels 1-300 has not changed much with the coming of The Burning Crusade, except for the aforementioned changes, as well as the change introduced to trainers that we have mentioned in the last section of this guide, so if you have not yet achieved that level, we recommend you check out our Classic guide here: WOW classic Leatherworking guide: leveling, trainer. Now for the leveling process from 300 to 375 and the WoW TBC Classic Leatherworking guide.

First of all, as we have mentioned before, we recommend that you also pick-up skinning as your other main profession, if you did then you should have quite a bit of Knothide Leather Scraps. Use those to make Knothide Leather, which given the amount you ought to have got from leveling Skinning, you should have no problems working on this until it becomes grey at 310. Each one requires:

Alternatively, for the same time you can work on Comfortable Insoles, which is recommended for someone who is not a Skinner. To do so you must first get the recipe – Pattern: Comfortable Insoles from either Haferet in Exodar or Zaralda in Silvermoon. Each of those requires:

Afterwards, you should switch to making Knothide Armor Kit to get to level 325. Although the recipe will be yellow for the last 10 points, it still requires by far least materials, so you should make the best of it. Each kit requires:

Having done that, you now should move on to making Heavy Knothide Leather, the recipe for this can be purchased from either: Haferet in Exodar, Zaralda in Silvermoon, or Cro Threadstron in Shattrath (67.2, 67.6), but getting the recipe is, again, worth it due to low cost per skill point and should easily get you to level 335. Every one of those needs:

Having done that, you will have to move on to a bit pricier recipe and making some actual gear for a moment. To get to level 350 you want to work on some Scaled Draenic Boots. Each of those requires:

Alternatively, at this point you can also make some Thick Draenic Vest, the choice largely depends on the materials available to you at the time. The cost of making each of these is:

After that you want to move on to a new learned recipe. You want to start making Heavy Knothide Armor Kit until you reach level 365, at which point the recipe will go gray because of its low manufacturing costs and the usefulness of the product itself, which can be utilized or even sold for decent money. Each of those needs:

Lastly, you want to be Honored with either Keepers of Time or The Sha’tar, the first can sell you the Pattern: Drums of Panic, while the latter allow you to obtain the Pattern: Drums of Battle. These recipes are chosen for this due to decent costs of manufacturing, while also not requiring too high of a reputation with the selected factions, since obtaining Honored reputation should not be too difficult. Depending on which pattern you choose the costs are as follows:

Drums of Battle

Drums of Panic

The first recipe is sold by Almaador in Shattrath City and the second one can be obtained from Alurmi inside Caverns of Time.

Assuming you have followed all the above-mentioned steps, you should be now a proud master of leatherworking. Congratulations on completing out WoW TBC Classic Leatherworking guide and have fun with your newly acquired profession.

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, and now the new Outland Leatherworking rank – Master, which is going to require visiting special trainers to obtain. This will be especially important if you want to follow our WoW TBC 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.

The new trainers added in the Burning Crusade are:

  • Akham, an Expert Leatherworker, who can be found in Exodar, at 54.0, 64.0
  • Lynalis, an Expert Leatherworker, located in Silvermoon City at 84.8, 80.6

Moreover, to learn Master Leatherworking between level 300-375, you will need to visit one of those new trainers:

  • Brumman, in Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula, who is the Outland Leatherworking trainer for the Alliance.
  • Barim Splithoof, in Thrallmar, Hellfire Peninsula, who helps the Horde players learn their leatherworking skills.
  • Darmari, in Shattrath City, who is a neutral trainer available to both sides of the conflict.

Thank you for taking time and interest in our ultimate guide to WoW TBC Classic Leatherworking and we wish you great adventures, Hero of Azeroth!

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