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Leatherworking Guide

World of Warcraft
Leatherworking Profession

Leatherworking is one of
several primary trade skills found in the game World of Warcraft.
Players may choose up to two primary trade skills for their character
at any given time.
Choosing Leatherworking as one of your primary
professions will allow you to create a variety of items, including
leather and mail armors, cloaks, and armor kits. To create these items
the player will use the various leathers found throughout the world and
gathered with the Skinning profession.

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Trainers can be found in every major city.
Leatherworking Training

Before you can get anywhere in
any profession you must first learn it. To do this you must seek out a
Leatherworking Trainer. Leatherworking Trainers can be found in all
capital cities and starting zones. Characters need to be at least level
5 to initially learn this (or any other) profession.

Upon training you will be
granted the Apprentice rank and have a potential skill of 75 as well as
a few new patterns under your belt. More patterns can be found as world
drops, purchased from NPCs, or become available as the Leatherworker
raises their skill level. Visit your Leatherworking Trainer often so
you don’t miss out on any new patterns or skill increases!

Below you will find a simple
chart outlining the various skill levels and the requirements needed to
obtain them:

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Master 65 350-450 Illustrious
Grand Master 75 425-525 Zen
Master 80 500-600
Leveling Leatherworking in
World of Warcraft

Getting started with the
Leatherworking profession is quite simple. All the Leatherworker needs
is the correct materials to craft a certain pattern and they can set
straight to work. This is vastly different from other professions that
may require the player to be in a special location or have various
pieces of equipment to get the job done. Leatherworkers can practice
their craft anytime and anywhere in the wide World of Warcraft. *

Leatherworking is a crafting
based profession and so crafting items is how you will ultimately earn
skill points for this profession. The patterns you will be crafting can
be found in your
profession journal. You will notice that the patterns
found here come in a variety of colors that will help you determine how
likely that pattern is to earn you a skill point:

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Red Unable to craft this
item at this time Orange A skill point will
always be gained by crafting this item (unless you are at maximum skill
level). Yellow You will most likely
gain a skill point by making this item, but may not. Green You will probably not
gain a skill point for crafting this item, but still may. Gray You
will never earn a skill point for crafting this item.

As you increase your skill in
the Leatherworking profession you will notice that patterns move
orange down the spectrum all the way to
gray. In order to keep a steady
flow of skill obtaining patterns for you to craft you must seek out new
patterns. Thankfully, your trainer will provide most of these with new
patterns becoming available with every 5-10 patterns you earn. Patterns
can also be found as world drops and purchased from various NPCs around
the world as well as the Auction House.

*There is one exception to this
rule. In order for a Leatherworker to create [Refined Deeprock Salt]
for curing [Rugged Hide], you will need to have an Engineering-made
[Salt Shaker]. This item requires a skill level of 250 Leatherworking
to use.*

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is the perfect profession to pair with Leatherworking.

While some professions leave
you guessing when it comes to which secondary profession compliments
it, Leatherworking is pretty straight forward. Leatherworking depends
almost totally upon the materials (leather) gathered by skinning beasts
and other critters throughout the world, thereby making Skinning the
best profession to pair with it.

While you can level
Leatherworking without Skinning, via the Auction House, this is a
difficult and costly process that will most likely leave the player
frustrated and broke. Even if you cannot learn Skinning on your main
character, it is a good idea to pick it up on an alternate character to
farm the materials you will need for your Leatherworker.

Leather Conversions

Besides creating magnificent
pieces of armor and other items, Leatherworkers are also able to take
the various lower quality leather materials gathered from the Skinning
profession and change them into higher quality items. As the quality of
the leather increases, the number of materials needed to make the
higher quality material increases with it. Leather cannot be converted
from one expansion to the next, so no matter how many Savage Leather
you have in your bags, you will never be able to transform it into the
new Exotic Leather found in Mists of Pandaria.

Leatherworking Specializations

Leatherworking previously had
three specializations; Elemental for creating Agility leather gear,
Tribal for Intellect leather gear, and Dragonscale for Intellect mail
gear. These specializations were removed from the game in Patch 4.0.1.
Patterns that required one of these specializations were either removed
from the game or made available to any Leatherworker.

High-Level Leatherworking

As you gain in skill in the
Leatherworking profession you will find that more and more materials
are needed to create patterns that will earn you skill points. Most
Leatherworkers find that leveling these last few levels are costly and
time consuming. However, the items you create at these levels can often
be sold for great profit.

Leatherworking Perks

As with all professions,
Leatherworkers gain certain perks from the profession at higher skill
levels. Leatherworkers can apply Fur Lining to their own bracers and
Leg Reinforcements to their own leg armor. These items are for the
Leatherworkers use only and applying them will cause any item to become
soul bound. As such, these enchants are moderately better than any
other. Unlearning Leatherworking will cause these enchants to become

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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