Crackling hides infused with the power of lightning, fel-tainted skin tougher than any steel, and scales worthy of adorning the most ancient dragons — you’ll find that the beasts of Azeroth and the Outlands are teeming with all of these and more. What better way to deal with their kin then to use their own flesh against them? Leatherworking enables you to turn the various skins you obtain from beasts into powerful leather and mail armor. Additionally, there are some incredibly useful consumables such as armor kits that are in high demand by end game players.

In this WoW TBC Classic Leatherworking guide, I’ll be covering everything you need to know about leatherworking and providing details about the fastest way to level it up.

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Unlike retail WoW, your professions aren’t divided into different expansions. You’ll have to level your professions starting at skill Level 1 from classic content if you want to be able to do any leatherworking in TBC. Luckily, that’s what we’ll be covering today in our guide, dividing it up into both Classic and TBC sections, so you can start off at your respective point if you’re a new or returning player. If you’re looking for a Shadowlands leatherworking guide, check this one out here.

Below, you’ll find some general tips about Leatherworking. We’ll detail what it takes to level leatherworking from 1 to 300. We’ll take a short break to talk about leatherworking specialties, then on to TBC leveling from 300 to 375. I’ve also included some notable leatherworking recipes for both Classic and TBC that are worth checking out!

First, What You Need to Know about Leatherworking in WoW Classic/TBC

  1. Due to the cost of materials in Classic/TBC WoW, some skill level up ranges will focus on yellow and green recipes. These are not guaranteed level ups but should be more cost effective than going for the orange recipes that are. We will provide an estimate of how many reagents you need.
  2. There are certain character level requirements as well to pick up the next rank of Leatherworking.
  3. You don’t need to learn every recipe from your trainer. Unless you have surplus gold to spend, only certain recipes are needed to level up your Leatherworking to current content.
  4. Certain points will require you to pick up recipes from vendors out in the world. These tend to be limited supply and are often bought out to be resold on the auction house at a higher rate. It may be annoying to pay extra to learn the recipe, but they tend to be the most cost effective/efficient way to level. If it’s extremely expensive, you might want to find an alternative recipe.
WoW Classic Leveling Guide
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Note for TBC players: Some of the world drop and vendor recipes are now taught by Artisan trainers in TBC as part of quality of life updates.

WoW Classic Leatherworking Leveling Guide (1–300)

In this section, we’ll detail exactly how to level up Leatherworking from 1 to 300 starting with Apprentice and ending with artisan.


Apprentice Leatherworking (1–75)

There are no requirements to begin Apprentice Leatherworking. If you just started learning Leatherworking, we recommend heading to any of the capital cities. Each one will have a trainer that will be able to train you up through Journeyman Leatherworking. Simply speak to a guard in a city and ask for directions to the Leatherworking trainer to have a flag marked on your map. There are also usually trainers in each race’s starting zone, but they tend to be impractical to go to.

Leatherworking Trainers (Alliance)

  • Randal Worth — Stormwind City (68, 49)
  • Fimble Finespindle — Ironforge (40, 32)
  • Telonis — Darnassus (64, 21)

Leatherworking Trainers (Horde)

  • Karolek — Orgrimmar (60, 54)
  • Arthur Moore — Undercity (70, 58)
  • Una — Thunder Bluff (41, 42)
LevelsRecipeReagentsNotes
1–30Light Leather90x Ruined Leather Scraps (est.)If you can easily obtain Light Leather, you can craft Light Armor Kits instead.
30–45Light Armor Kit15x Light Leather (est.) 
45–55Handstitched Leather Cloak20x Light Leather 10x Coarse Thread (est.) 
55–75Embossed Leather Gloves60x Light Leather 40x Coarse Thread 

Estimated Total Reagents for Apprentice:

  • 90x Ruined Leather Scraps
  • 95x Light Leather (30 are made during crafting)
  • 50x Coarse Thread

Journeyman Leatherworking (50–150)

Requires character Level 10 and at least 50 skill points. Trainers are the same as Apprentice rank.

Levels Recipe Reagents Notes
75–100Embossed Leather Gloves75x Light Leather 50x Coarse Thread (est.) 
100–125Fine Leather Belt150x Light Leather 50x Coarse Thread (est.)Hold on to these for crafting Dark Leather Belt in a bit.
125–137Dark Leather Boots48x Medium Leather 24x Fine Thread 12x Gray Dye (est.) 
137–150Dark Leather Belt13x Fine Leather Belt 13x Cured Medium Hide 26x Fine Thread 13x Gray Dye 

Estimated Total Reagents for Journeyman:

  • 225x Light Leather
  • 100x Coarse Thread
  • 48x Medium Leather
  • 13x Cured Medium Hide
  • 50x Fine Thread
  • 25x Gray Dye

Expert Leatherworking (125–225)

Requires character Level 20 and at least 125 skill points.

Leatherworking Trainers (Alliance)

Telonis — Darnassus (64, 21)

Leatherworking Trainers (Horde)

Una — Thunder Bluff (41, 42)

LevelsRecipesReagentsNotes
150–155Heavy Leather35x Medium Leather (est.) 
155–165Cured Heavy Hide10x Heavy Hide 30x Salt (est.)Save these for Barbaric Shoulders.
165–180Heavy Armor Kit75x Heavy Leather 15x Fine Thread (est.) 
180–190Barbaric Shoulders80x Heavy Leather 10x Cured Heavy Hide 20x Fine Thread 
190–200Guardian Gloves40x Heavy Leather 10x Cured Heavy Hide 10x Silken Thread 
200–220Thick Armor Kit100x Thick Leather 20x Silken ThreadHold on to 6 for turn in if you spec into Tribal Leatherworking
220–225Nightscape Headband25x Thick Leather 10x Silken ThreadHold on to 2 for turn in if you spec into Tribal Leatherworking

Estimated Total Reagents for Expert:

  • 35x Medium Leather
  • 10x Heavy Hide
  • 30x Salt
  • 30x Cured Heavy Hide (10 are made during crafting)
  • 195x Heavy Leather
  • 35x Fine Thread
  • 125x Thick Leather
  • 40x Silken Thread

Artisan Leatherworking (200–300)

Requires character Level 35 and at least 200 skill points.

Some of the recipes you need to progress at this stage are problematic to obtain. Either you need to farm mobs for a rather low world drop, camp a vendor for their limited supply of a recipe, or simply buy it off the auction house at a higher rate. We’ll list alternative recipes that you can look for at those stages.

Leatherworking Trainers (Alliance)

Drakk Stonehand — Aerie Peak, The Hinterlands (13, 43)

Leatherworking Trainers (Horde)

Hahrana Ironhide — Camp Mojache, Feralas (74, 43)

LevelsRecipesReagentsNotes
225–230Nightscape Headband25x Thick Leather 10x Silken Thread (est.) 
230–250Nightscape Pants280x Thick Leather 80x Silken ThreadHold on to 2 for turn in if you spec into Tribal Leatherworking
250–260Nightscape Boots160x Thick Leather 20x Silken Thread (est.)Hold on to 2 for turn in if you spec into Tribal Leatherworking
260–290Wicked Leather Gauntlets (Limited Vendor — Western Plaguelands)240x Rugged Leather 30x Black Dye 30x Rune Thread (est.)Alternatives: Wicked Leather Bracers (drop)
290–300Runic Leather Headband (Limited Vendor — Eastern Plaguelands)140x Rugged Leather 100x Runecloth 10x Rune ThreadAlternatives: Wicked Leather Headband (drop) Runic Leather Belt (drop) Runic Leather Bracers (drop) Runic Leather Gauntlets (drop)

Estimated Total Reagents for Expert:

  • 465x Thick Leather
  • 110x Silken Thread
  • 380x Rugged Leather
  • 40x Rune Thread
  • 30x Black Dye
  • 100x Runecloth

WoW Classic Leatherworking Specialization

Once you hit skill Level 225 and character Level 40, you can choose one of three different Leatherworking specialties. Each specialization allows you to craft additional unique recipes that are considered incredibly powerful for their focus.

Leatherworking Specialities - The Devilsaur
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Only a few specialization recipes will be available immediately. Many of the recipes for each specialization are locked behind reputation grinds with endgame factions such as the Timbermaw Hold or the Thorium Brotherhood. Some also drop from end game mobs, so be on the lookout!

Make sure to do proper research into which one you want, as if you want to change your specialization, you’ll have to abandon Leatherworking and relevel it to 225!

TBC Players – New recipes were added with the release of TBC, read more about the changes down in Notable TBC Endgame Recipes.

1. Dragonscale Leatherworking

Dragonscale leatherworking is ideal for players looking to craft powerful mail armor pieces.

You’ll need the following items for the quest:

  • 2x Tough Scorpid Breastplate
  • 2x Tough Scorpid Gloves
  • 10x Worn Dragonscale

Alliance: Speak to Peter Galen (37, 65) in the Ruins of Eldarath, Azshara

Horde: Speak to Thorkaf Dragoneye (63, 58) in the Badlands

2. Elemental Leatherworking

Useful for those focusing on obtaining leather pieces with elemental resistances and survivability such as the Stormshroud set.

You’ll need the following items for the quest:

  • 2x Globe of Water
  • 2x Heart of Fire
  • 2x Core of Earth
  • 2x Breath of Wind

Alliance: Speak to Sarah Tanner (63, 76) in the Searing Gorge

Horde: Speak to Brumn Winterhoof (28, 45) in Arathi Highlands

3. Tribal Leatherworking

The most tedious of the three to obtain, but it enables you access to some of the most powerful craft-able stat items in the game such as the Devilsaur set, Wolfshead Helm, and the Corehound items.

You’ll need the following items for the quests:

  • 10x Thick Leather
  • 2x Turtle Scale Breastplate
  • 2x Turtle Scale Gloves
  • 6x Thick Armor Kit
  • 2x Turtle Scale Helm
  • 2x Turtle Scale Bracers
  • 2x Nightscape Tunic
  • 2x Nightscape Headband
  • 2x Nightscape Pants
  • 2x Nightscape Boots
  • 7x Wildvine (end of part 1)
  • 1x Wild Leather Vest
  • 1x Wild Leather Helmet

Alliance: Speak to Pratt McGrubben (30, 42) in Feralas and turn in all the items for part 1. Then speak to Telonis (64, 64) in Darnassus. Finally, head to Caryssia Moonhunter (7, 19) in Feralas with the Wild Leather armor.

Horde: Speak to Jangdor Swiftstrider (74, 42) in Feralas and turn in all the items for part 1. Then speak to Una (41, 42) in Thunder Bluff. Finally, head to Se’Jib (37, 34) in Stranglethorn Vale with the Wild Leather armor.

Notable Endgame WoW Classic Leatherworking Recipes

In my opinion, these are the top WoW Classic leatherworking recipes.

  • Salt Shaker — allows an artisan leatherworker to refine Deeprock Salt to create Cured Rugged Hides. However, it’s on a 3 day cooldown.
  • Living Shoulders — best pre-raid BiS healing shoulders for shamans and druids.
  • Onyxia Scale Cloak — obtained from turning in the Head of Onyxia. This cloak is required to kill Nefarian in Blackwing Lair.
  • Devilsaur Set — the leggings and gauntlets provide one of the highest pre-raid damage bonuses. Even plate users will often use the set combo.
  • Hide of the Wild/Shifting Cloak — incredibly strong cloak recipes obtained from Dire Maul
  • Blood Tiger Set — reputation recipes from the Zandalar Tribe for Zul’Gurub
  • Polar/Icy Set — added in Phase 6 as a means of providing very strong frost resistance gear for Naxxramas

WoW TBC Classic Leatherworking Leveling Guide (300–375)

Before we dive into TBC side of leatherworking, we want to highlight a couple of changes from Classic:

  • New leatherworking specialization pieces are now BoP.
  • You can now pay to unlearn your specialization from your trainer.
  • Some world drop and limited vendor recipes in Classic are now taught by trainers.
  • The remaining Classic recipes are no longer limited but are BoP now.
  • All profession trainers can teach up to skill level 300 now.
  • Greater drums are being added in Phase 4 of TBC. These drums will have a debuff that prevents a player from benefitting from them again for 2 minutes. More information will come out when the game nears release of Phase 4.

Alright, let’s get started on the leveling process.

Master Leatherworking (300–375)

Requires character Level 50 and at least 300 skill points.

Leatherworking Trainers (Alliance)

  • Brumman — Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula (54, 64)
  • Darmari — Lower City, Shattrath (67, 67)

Leatherworking Trainers (Horde)

  • Barim Splithoof — Thrallmar, Hellfire Peninsula (56, 38)
  • Darmari — Lower City, Shattrath (67, 67)
LevelsRecipeReagentsNotes
300–325Knothide Armor Kit100x Knothide Leather (est.) 
325–335Heavy Knothide Leather (Limited Vendor Pattern)50x Knothide Leather (est.)Sold by Cro Threadstrong (67, 67) in Shattrath. 2-6 minute respawn.
335–350Thick Draenic Vest210x Knothide Leather 45x Rune Thread (est.) 
350–365Heavy Knothide Armor Kit45x Heavy Knothide Leather (est.) 
365–370Drums of Battle (Reputation Pattern)30x Heavy Knothide Leather 20x Thick Clefthoof Leather (est.)Requires Honored with The Sha’tar faction. Almaador (51, 41) in Shattrath sells it.
370–375Drums of Panic (Reputation Pattern)30x Heavy Knothide Leather 20x Fel Hide (est.)Requires Honored with Keepers of Time faction. Alurmi (63, 57) inside the Caverns of Time sells it.

Estimated Total Reagents for Master:

  • 360x Knothide Leather
  • 105x Heavy Knothide Leather (10 are made during crafting)
  • 45x Rune Thread
  • 20x Thick Clefthoof Leather
  • 20x Fel Hide

Congrats, you’ve maxed out your leatherworking! Good luck on the rep grind to unlock each faction’s unique leatherworking recipes!

Aldor or Scryer?

This will be brief, as your choice will determine which recipes you have access to.

  • Aldor: Greater focus on crafting armor with Fire Resistance.
  • Scryer: Greater focus on crafting armor with Arcane Resistance.
Aldor or Scryer Leatherworking
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We do not recommend basing your choice solely on which recipes are available. Take a look at the gear that you can potentially unlock from each faction to determine which one you want. The Aldor generally favor melee, while the Scryer favor casters.

Notable Endgame Classic TBC Leatherworking Recipes

  • Each of the three leatherworking specializations from Classic have obtained new recipes that can be learned from their respective trainer.
    • Dragonscale — mail Netherscale Set (increase hit rating by 20) and Netherstrike Set (increase spell power by 23), ideal for Enhance/Elemental shamans. Hunters may want this for higher survivability.
    • Elemental — leather Primalstrike Set (increase attack power by 40), ideal for rogues and feral druids. Hunters may want this for higher damage output.
    • Tribal — leather Windhawk Set (restore 8 mana per 5 seconds), ideal for resto/balance druids.
  • Riding Crop — unique crafted trinket that boosts the wearer’s mount speed by 10%
  • Drums — various drums can be crafted to provide your team with powerful effects every 2 minutes. Effects include haste, attack/spell power, healing, movement speed, and fearing the enemy.
  • Armor Kits — effectively enchants that can be applied to certain armor pieces. The most notable one is the Nethercobra Leg Armor (+50 attack power and +12 crit rating). Requires Exalted with either Honor Hold/Thrallmar
  • Reputation Recipes — typically there are some powerful recipes you can learn from each faction. With each phase release of TBC, expect another batch of recipes that are competitive with mid-tier raiding gear.

Become a High Grounder

And that’s it for our TBC Classic Leatherworking Guide! We hope it’s helped made your journey a lot easier. If you have an alternate leveling path or other recipes that we should include in our notable section, leave a comment below.

Happy gaming!