Leveling Leatherworking from 1 to 600
Mists of Pandaria 5.4
Leatherworking creates items of leather and mail, both as armor and armor enhancements. Rogues and Druids will want your leather items, Shammies and Hunters will want your mail items.
- Leatherworking Perks and Notes
- Leveling Your Skills
- Starting from skill level 400 Fur Lining is a self-only enchant that adds up to 500 Int, Ag, Str, or 750 Stam to your bracers. It automatically improves as you level.
- Leg Reinforcements add a nice stat bonus.
Mists of Pandaria – Lots of new items are coming in and Leatherworking will let you create then up to item level 553 (in patch 5.4.) The new skill cap is 600, the new title is Zen Master Leatherworking, you can train up at 500+ and have to be a minimum of level 80. You can see a list of the new Leatherworking products here.
Obviously Skinning is the perfect compliment to Leatherworking. Enchanting is also a good compliment to Leatherworking. You’ll be able to enchant any gear you make for yourself and you can put enchants on gear that you are selling. You can also disenchant the surplus green and better gear that you create.
Note About Your Level: You do not have to be level 90 to get to Zen Master Leatherworking, you DO have to be pretty close to level to 600. GO here and check out Zygor’s leveling guide and get to 90 fast.
|Skill||Item to be created||Material to create one item|
1-75, Apprentice Leatherworking, Requires level 5, Train up at 50+
|1-20:||Light Leather||3x Ruined Leather scraps|
|1-30:||Light Armor Kit||Light Leather|
|30-50:||Handstitched Leather Cloak||2x Light Leather, Coarse Thread|
|35-65:||Cured Light Hide||Salt Light Hide|
76-150, Journeyman Leatherworking, Requires level 10, Train up at 125+
|65-85:||Embossed Leather Gloves||3x Light Leather, 2x Coarse Thread|
|85-100:||Fine Leather Belt||6x Light Leather, 2x Coarse Thread|
|100-115:||Curse Medium Hide||Medium Hide Salt|
|100-115:||Medium Armor Kit||4x Medium Leather, Coarse Thread|
|115-125:||Dark Leather Boots||4x Medium Leather, 2x Coarse Thread, Gray Dye|
|125-130:||Dark Leather Cloak||8x Medium Leather, Coarse Thread, Gray Dye|
|130-145:||Dark Leather Belt||Fine Leather Belt, Cured Medium Hide, 2x Fine Thread, Gray Dye|
|145-150:||Hillman’s Leather Gloves||14x Medium Leather, 4x Coarse Thread|
151-225, Expert Leatherworking, Requires level 20, Train up at 220+
|150-165:||Cured Heavy Hide||Heavy Hide, 3x Salt|
|150-155:||Heavy Leather||5x Medium Leather|
|150-180:||Heavy Armor Kit||5x Heavy Leather, Fine Thread|
|180-190:||Barbaric Shoulders||8x Heavy Leather, Cured Heavy Hide, Fine Thread|
|180-190:||Guardian Pants||12x Heavy Leather, 2x Bolt of Silk Cloth, 2x Fine Thread|
|190-210:||Guardian Gloves||4x Heavy Leather, Cured Heavy Hide, Silken Thread|
|200-220:||Thick Armor Kit||5x Thick Leather, Silken Thread|
226-300, Artisan Leatherworking, Requires level 35, Train up at 275+
|220-235:||Nightscape Headband||5x Thick Leather, 2x Silken Thread|
|235-250:||Nightscape Pants||14x Thick Leather, 4x Silken Thread|
|250-265:||Rugged Armor Kit||5x Rugged Leather|
|255-285:||Heavy Scorpid Bracers||4x Rugged Leather, 4x Heavy Scorpid Scale, Rune Thread|
|265-290:||Wicked Leather Bracers||8x Rugged Leather, Black Dye, Rune Thread|
|275-300:||Frostsaber Boots||4x Rugged Leather, Essence of Water, Rune Thread|
|290-300:||Wicked Leather Headband||12x Rugged Leather, Black Dye, Rune Thread|
301-375, Master Leatherworking, Requires level 50, Train up at 350+
|300-310:||Knothide Leather||5x Knothide Leather Scraps|
|300-325:||Knothide Armor Kit||4x Knothide Leather|
|325-330:||Heavy Knothide Leather||5x Knothide Leather|
|330-350:||Thick Draenic Vest||3x Heavy Knothide Leather, 3x Rune Thread|
|335-350:||Scaled Draenic Boots||2x Heavy Knothide Leather, 2x Fel Scales, Rune Thread|
|350-360:||Borean Leather||5x Borean Leather Scraps|
376-450, GrandMaster Leatherworking, Requires level 65, Train up at 425+
|360-380:||Borean Armor Kit||4x Borean Leather|
|380-390:||Arctic Boots||8x Borean Leather|
|390-405:||Heavy Borean Leather||6x Borean Leather|
|395-420:||Dark Frostscale Leggings||4x Heavy Borean Leather, 5x Crystallized Water|
|395-420:||Dark Iceborne Leggings||4x Heavy Borean Leather, 5x Crystallized Shadow|
|420-425:||Overcast Bracers||8x Heavy Borean Leather, Eternal Water|
|425-435:||Savage Leather||5x Savage Leather Scraps|
|435-450:||Savage Armor Kit||5x Savage Leather|
451-525, Illustrious GrandMaster Leatherworking, Requires level 75, Train up at 425+
|450-460:||Darkbrand Bracers||7x Savage Leather, Eternium Thread|
|450-470:||Darkbrand Belt||7x Savage Leather, Eternium Thread|
|470-475:||Darkbrand Boots||10x Savage Leather, Eternium Thread|
|475-485:||Darkbrand Shoulders||12x Savage Leather, Eternium Thread|
|475-485:||Scorched leg Armor||6x Savage Leather, 4x Volatile Fire|
|485-487:||Heavy Savage Leather – The skill gain from this drops very quickly, so you won’t get more than a couple of points form it.||5x Savage Leather|
|485-490:||Darkbrand Chestguard||12x savage Leather, Eternium Thread|
|490-496:||Darkbrand Leggings Awards 3 skill points per item.||4x Heavy Savage Leather, 12x Volatile Earth|
|496-502:||Cloak of Beasts||8x Heavy Savage Leather,
2x Volatile Earth,
2x Volatile Air,
2x Volatile Water,
2x Volatile Fire
| Cloak of War
Exotic Leather Get yourself a pile of Sha Touched leather and skip all the following recipes and go straight to the Mists of Pandaria section.
|60x Blackened Dragonscale,
5x Sha-Touched Leather – 125 pieces of Sha Touched Leather will get you to 525 skill.
|502-504:||Darkbrand Helm||5x Heavy Savage Leather|
|504-510:||Cloak of Beasts||8x Heavy Savage Leather, 2x Volatile Earth, 2x Volatile Air, 2x Volatile Water, 2x Volatile Fire|
|504-510:||Cloak of War||60x Blackened Dragonscale|
|510-515:||Any of the Following Recipes|
|Vicious Leather Gloves||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Fire|
|Vicious Leather Bracers||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Fire|
|Vicious Wyrmhide Belt||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Fire|
|Vicious Wyrmhide Bracers||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Fire|
|515-520:||Any of the Following Recipes|
|Vicious Leather Boots||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Fire|
|Vicious Leather Shoulders||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Fire|
|Vicious Wyrmhide Boots||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Fire|
|Vicious Wyrmhide Gloves||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Fire|
|520-525:||Any of the Following Recipes|
|Vicious Leather Belt||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Water|
|Vicious Leather Helm||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Water|
|Vicious Wyrmhide Chest||10x Heavy Savage Leather, 10x Volatile Water
525 – 600, Zen Master Leatherworking, requires level 80, train up at 500
In the new zones the LW trainers are Clean Pelt and Masster Cannon, both in Kun Lai Summit and both are friendly to both factions. Or you can take the portal back to your capital city (or mage portal) and get training there.
In patch 5.4 there is a new cooldown. Hardened Magnificent Hide, which uses two Magnificent Hides and creates the hardened version. This teaches you a new recipe, usually some Crafted Malevolent PvP piece (requires skill 600.) The hardened hides are needed for the epic PvE items you will discover, which require skill 600.
You will need to find a recipes which will teach you the research skill, Pattern: Hardened Magnificent Hide and Its Uses. It’s a world drop in Pandaria (and elsewhere?) which means anything in Pandaria can drop it. I found mine after a dozen or so mobs. There is a similar recipe, which is also a Pandaria drop: Magnificence of Scales, which uses Prismatic Scales and will teach you the same recipes as the Magnificence of Leather from 5.3.
You will also learn, once you learn the above research recipes, Accelerated Hardened Magnificent Hide, which removes the daily cooldown, but which also costs one Spirit of War in addition to the two hides. (These are dropped from a Siege of Orgrimmar boss, Dragonmaw Bonecrusher
In patch 5.3 You will receive a daily cooldown, Magnificence of Leather, which will allow you to eventually make all of the Crafted Dreadful PvP gear recipes, leather and mail, and they’re much better than the Contender recipes. Note that each use requires one full stack of Exotic Leather and creates one Magnificent Hide, in addition to teaching you the appropriate recipe. Creating any of the recipes requires 1 or 2 Magnificent Hides.
Patch 5.0: Contender’s Gear
The patterns for the Contender’s gear are purchased from vendors in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms and cost 1 Spirit of Harmony each. All you need to do to access the recipes is to complete a quest to get to the zone and your leatherworking skill (if you’re not a LW you won’t be able to see the recipes.) There is no other requirement to be able to buy the recipes.
The Vendors are:
Spirits of Harmony are not required to max out your Leatherworking skill. They are required to make the epic gear from these vendors. (iLevel 476+) and you will need at least three to make any of the items. How do you get your Spirits?
|525-535||Sha Armor Kit or use up your leftover mats from the Vicious PvP gear.||4x Exotic Leather for the Kit
See above for the Vicious gear.
|535-550||Misthide Shoulders or belt or gloves, or make …
|8x Exotic leather for Misthide stuff
8x Prismatic Scale for Stormscale
|550-600*||Misthide Leather Helm or
Stormscale Helm (or Chest)*All of the Misthide/Stormscale gear goes green by 585 at the most. The upside is the you don’t have to be level 90 or have Rep with any particular faction in order to buy the patterns.
|10x Exotic leather or
10x Prismatic Scale
|555-600||Contender’s Gear. Cost is one Spirit of Harmony each. Any of the Contender recipes will take you all the way to 600 skill. You do not need to be 90 or have rep to buy or make these items, all you need is access to the zone. Each of these (below) awards 2 skill points. Pick one of the following and finish off your skill:
|15x Exotic leather for leather items.
15x Prismatic Scale for scaleitems345 leather/scale pieces gets you from 555 skill to 600. Higher level recipes will provide more skill points per use.
Congratulations on maxing your Leatherworking skill!
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Heavy Savage Leather, you need to be 485 to get it, not 475
Good catch, thanks.
I think all of those things that list the # of “Sha Leathers” should be changed to “Exotic Leather”.
But nice guide. Helped me out a lot.
Thanks, and good point. I’ve been planning to go over those guides now that things have settled out.
Hey there. Have a question about kicking off MoP Leatherworking. Right now I have the Drakehide and Charscale Leg enchants showing as +5 skill at 525… Do you think stacking mats for these and making them right when the expansion drops could give a speed boost? I am not sure because I can’t tell when they will yellow out or stop being worth 5 skill points..
Thanks for this guide!!! /bookmark
I would stock mats for any prof for the highest level recipes. Two reasons:
1) Mats will be very expensive at launch, so get them now.
2) A lot of mid to high level MoP recipes will requires Bind on Pickup materials, such as “Spirit of Harmony.” You will have to farm all these are they are far from common, at least in Beta. They may become tradable at some point, as Chaos Orbs did, but for now? Not so hot for production crafters. 🙂
So check your recipes and set your self up to get as far into the new skill zone as you can at launch.
It says “Congratulations on your 525 Alchemy skill!” on the bottem of the Leather working page
Got it. Thanks.