WoW Leatherworking Leveling Guide 1-600

This Leatherworking Guide will get you from 1-600.  You’ll need quite a bit of leather to accomplish this so my recommendation is to buy leather on the Auction House.  It’ll simply save you a lot of time as opposed to Skinning for all the Leather you need.  If you are looking to make gold with your Leatherworking be sure to take take a look at this guide before you start.

This Leatherworking Leveling Guide is updated for patch 5.0.5 and Mists of Pandaria.

This Leatherworking leveling guide takes the most practical and common sense approach to leveling your Leatherworking to 600 as easy as possible. If you notice that another item is cheaper for you to craft while leveling, then by all means go ahead and use it instead for that particular step.

What’s in this Leatherworking Leveling Guide:

  • Materials Required
  • Apprentice Leatherworking Leveling 1-55
  • Journeyman Leatherworking Leveling 55-150
  • Expert Leatherworking Leveling 150-200
  • Artisan Leatherworking Leveling 200-300
  • Master Leatherworking Leveling 300-350
  • Grand Master Leatherworking Leveling 350-425
  • Illustrious Leatherworking Leveling 425-525
  • Zen Master Leatherworking Leveling 525-600

Materials Required for Leveling Leatherworking from 1-600 (approximate)

Here’s a list of all the leathers, hides, furs, and volatiles you’ll need to complete this guide.  You’ll also need to buy some thread, salt, dyes, etc. from vendors but I’ve left them off of this list since they are cheap and easy to obtain.

  •    295 Light Leather
  •      20 Medium Hide
  •      80 Medium Leather
  •      20 Heavy Hide
  •    195 Heavy Leather
  •    385 Thick Leather
  •    415 Rugged Leather
  •    100 Knothide Leather Scraps
  •    255 Knothide Leather
  •    150 Borean Leather Scraps
  •    780 Borean Leather
  •        5 Arctic Fur
  •    150 Savage Leather Scraps
  • 1,220 Savage Leather
  •      50 Volatile Water
  •      70 Volatile Fire
  • 30 Exotic Leather
  • 70 Prismatic Scale
  • 70 Spirit of Harmony

Apprentice Leatherworking (Leveling 1-55)

Start by making as much of your own Light Leather as you can based on the amount of Ruined Leather Scraps on the Auction House. Since you will use the resulting Light Leather, this can get you up to level 20 at no cost.

29 Light Armor Kit
29 Light Leather
25-35 Handstitched Leather Boots
50-70 Light Leather, 25-35 Coarse Thread

Journeyman Leatherworking (Leveling 55-150)

For this section you’ll be working with Light Leather and Medium Leather.  It’s still cheap to level up through these levels so make sure you just buy your mats off the Auction House.

30 Embossed Leather Gloves
90 Light Leather, 60 Coarse Thread
15 Fine Leather Belt
90 Light Leather, 30 Coarse Thread
Save these for later.
20 Cured Medium Hide
20 Medium Hide, 20 Salt
Save these. If you can’t find Medium Hides make Fine Leather Belt and Medium Armor Kit.
15 Dark Leather Boots
60 Medium Leather, 30 Fine Thread, 15 Gray Dye
15 Dark Leather Belt
15 Cured Medium Hide,15 Fine Leather Belt, 30 Fine Thread, 15 Gray Dye
5 Hillman’s Shoulders
20 Medium Leather, 5 Cured Medium Hide, 5 Fine Thread


Expert Leatherworking (Leveling 150-200)

This section of the guide will get a bit more pricey (as will the rest of the guide), if you’re running short on gold or concerned you might not have enough to make it all the way through to 525 then take a look at this guide now.

20 Cured Heavy Hide
20 Heavy Hide, 60 Salt
If you can not find Heavy Hides, make 30-40 Heavy Armor Kit until 185 (150-200 Heavy Leather). At 185 make 20 Dusky Bracers until 205 (320 Heavy Leather).
15-20 Heavy Armor Kit
75-100 Heavy Leather, 15-20 Fine Thread
10 Barbaric Shoulders
80 Heavy Leather, 10 Cured Heavy Hide, 20 Fine Thread
10 Guardian Gloves
40 Heavy Leather, 10 Cured Heavy Hide, 10 Silken Thread


Artisan Leatherworking (Leveling 200-300)

You’ll be working with Rugged Leather and Thick Leather for this section.  Remember to always go back to the trainer to train your skills.

20 Thick Armor Kit
100 Thick Leather, 20 Silken Thread
15-25 Nightscape Headband
75-125 Thick Leather, 30-50 Silken Thread
15 Nightscape Pants
210 Thick Leather, 60 Silken Thread
15-20 Rugged Armor Kit
75-100 Rugged Leather
20 Wicked Leather Bracers
160 Rugged Leather, 20 Black Dye, 20 Rune Thread
15 Wicked Leather Headband
180 Rugged Leather, 15 Black Dye, 15 Rune Thread


Master Leatherworking (Leveling 300-350)

Knothide Leather will be what you are using to craft throughout this section.  If you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you take a look at this gold guide to learn the best ways to make gold with Leatherworking.

20 Knothide Leather
100 Knothide Leather Scraps
15-25 Knothide Armor Kit
60-100 Knothide Leather
43 Heavy Knothide Leather
215 Knothide Leather
Save all of these, you will need them in the following steps.
5 Thick Draenic Vest
15 Heavy Knothide Leather, 15 Rune Thread
14 Scaled Draenic Boots
28 Heavy Knothide Leather, 28 Fel Scales, 42 Rune Thread
If you can’t find any Fel Scales you can keep crafting Thick Draenic Vests until 350, but it will cost a lot more Heavy Knothide Leather

Grand Master Leatherworking (Leveling 350-425)

This section of the guide will require you to seek out Borean Leather from the Auction House.  Be sure to read the notes listed in this section as there are important tips to take into consideration.

30 Borean Leather
150 Borean Leather Scraps
If you prefer you can simply begin making Borean Armor Kits instead for these levels.
15-20 Borean Armor Kit
60-80 Borean Leather
5 Arctic Boots
40 Borean Leather
5 Arctic Belt
50 Borean Leather
110 Heavy Borean Leather
660 Borean Leather
15-20 Dark Frostscale Leggings
60-80 Heavy Borean Leather, 75-100 Crystallized Water
You can also make Dark Iceborne Leggings with the same amount of Crystallized Shadow. If there isn’t enough Crystallized Water and Shadow on the auction house, skip to the next step.
5 Fur Lining
5 Arctic Fur
You can apply this fur lining to your own gear. You can get Arctic Fur in Dalaran here for 10 Heavy Borean Leather.


Illustrious Leatherworking (Leveling 425-525)

To continue past 510 you’ll need to purchase your recipes from a “Leatherworking Supplies” vendor located near your trainer in all major cities (aside from Dalaran and Shattrath).

You’ll need Heavy Savage Leather for these steps, the mats list assumes that you will create this all yourself.  If you don’t then be sure to adjust how much Savage Leather you buy because you won’t need as much if you buy the Heavy Savage Leather.

If you are struggling with being able to afford to finish off your last few levels take a look at this guide.

30-50 Savage Leather
150-250 Savage Leather Scraps
Save these for later use, there is no harm in making extra since you will use all the Savage Leather.
5 Savage Armor Kit
25 Savage Leather
10 Tsunami Boots
70 Savage Leather, 10 Eternium Thread
10 Savage Cloak
70 Savage Leather, 10 Eternium Thread
5 Darkbrand Boots
50 Savage Leather, 5 Eternium Thread
5 Scorched Leg Armor
30 Savage Leather, 20 Volatile Fire
If Volatile Fire is too expensive you can keep making Darkbrand Boots to 480.
5 Twilight Leg Armor
30 Savage Leather, 20 Volatile Water
If Volatile Water is too expensive you can make Tsunami Leggings with 60 Savage Leather.
10-20 Heavy Savage Leather
50-100 Savage Leather
25-30 Darkbrand Helm
125-150 Heavy Savage Leather
3 Vicious Leather Bracers
30 Heavy Savage Leather, 30 Volatile Fire
There are 3 other options to choose from that cost the exact materials: Vicious Leather Gloves, Vicious Wyrmhide Belt and Vicious Wymrhide Bracers.
2 Vicious Leather Boots
20 Heavy Savage Leather, 20 Volatile Fire
There are 3 other options to choose from that cost the exact materials: Vicious Leather Shoulders, Vicious Wyrmhide Boots and Vicious Wyrmhide Gloves.
3 Vicious Leather Belt
30 Heavy Savage Leather, 30 Volatile Water
There are 3 other options to choose from that cost the exact materials: Vicious Leather Helm, Vicious Wyrmhide Chest and Vicious Wyrmhide Shoulders.


Zen Master Leatherworking (Leveling 525-600)

You will see that I use the Exotic Leather on most all the recipes and that is due simply to the fact that it is cheaper route on my server than making stormscale items with prismatic scales.

Sha Armor Kit
4 Exotic Leatherper
Misthide Shoulders
8 Exotic Leatherper
Sha Leather Shoulders
8 Exotic Leatherper
Sha Leather Helm
10 Exotic Leatherper
Any Contender piece that you will need to buy the recipe from MOP vendor with aSpirit of Harmony
8 Exotic Leatherand 1Spirit of Harmony

Enjoy your max Leatherworking!
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