Game: The Burning Crusade
Content Type: Gaming Guides
Since Vanilla, Leatherworking has been one of the best ways for Leather and Mail wearers to outfit themselves with gear. By gathering the leather, hides, scales, and pelts of beasts and dragonkin, Leatherworkers are able to craft some of the most powerful gear in the game. In TBC, Blizzard has expanded on this, not only by adding a huge number of BoP and BoE drop recipes but also by expanding the profession’s range through specializations. While the specializations themselves are not new, in TBC, they can make powerful pieces like Primalstrike Vest, Windhawk Belt, and Ebon Netherscale Bracers. Without specialization, Leatherworkers can also make items like Carapace of Sun and Shadow and Living Earth Shoulders.
Skinning is the only gathering profession that is able to gather the necessary materials for Leatherworking, so most players opt to pair the two. And, in terms of class and spec, Leatherworking is suitable for almost all Leather and Mail wearers, but the exception in this case is Hunters. Because of the stats available on the mail gear Leatherworkers can make, Hunters should carefully evaluate whether or not Leatherworking is right for them.
Since patch 2.3, Blizzard has turned Leatherworking into one of the professions which can be learned entirely from trainers in any major capital. So, the choice of where to train is yours.
After crossing through the Dark Portal, all players will find Master trainers in their faction’s first questing area. For the Alliance, you’ll learn from Brumman at Honor Hold. Barim Spilthoof will do the same for the Horde at Thrallmar.
All players can also be trained by Darmari of Lower City in Shattrath.
Specializations (see Specializations section for quest details)
For Dragonscale Leatherworking, Alliance players will need to go to Peter Galen in Azshara, between The Forlorn Ridge and the Ruins of Eldarath. The Horde trainer is Thorkaf Dragoneye, who can be found in Badlands west of Lethlor Ravine.
To train Elemental, Alliance players should speak with Sarah Tanner, who can be found at the Tanner Camp in the southwest of Searing Gorge; the Horde will learn from Brumn Winterhoof in Arathi Highlands, north of Stromgarde Keep.
Tribal Leatherworking is taught to Alliance players by Caryssia Moonhunter on the edge of Thousand Needles, and it’s taught to the Horde by Se’Jib in the ruins south of Grom’gol Base Camp in Stranglethorn Vale.
- 275x Light Leather
- 20x Light Hide
- 75x Salt
- 110x Coarse Thread
- 25x Medium Hide
- 100x Fine Thread
- 25x Gray Dye
- 10x Heavy Hide
- 410x Heavy Leather
- 75x Black Dye
- 160x Silken Thread
- 20x Bolt of Silk Cloth
- 10x Iron Buckle
- 565x Thick Leather
- 400x Rugged Leather
Vanilla and TBC
- 165 – 215x Rune Thread
- 50x Knothide Leather Scraps
- 820x Knothide Leather
- 45x – 95x* Fel Scales
- 100x – 150x Heavy Knothide Leather
- 30x Primal Mana
- 200x – 262x* Thick Clefthoof Leather
- 40x Primal Earth
- 40x Cobra Scales
- 80x Primal Air
- 10x Primal Nether
- 30x Fel Hide*
- 15x Primal Fire*
- 15x Primal Water*
* = Not exact, based on reputation levels and recipes chosen
1 – 35: Light Armor Kit
- Convert Light Leather into Light Armor Kit.
35 – 55: Cured Light Hide
After you’ve finished curing the hides, return to your trainer and learn Journeyman.
55 – 85: Embossed Leather Gloves
85 – 100: Fine Leather Belt
100 – 120: Cured Medium Hide
120 – 125: Fine Leather Belt
125 – 150: Dark Leather Belt
Once you’ve completed crafting the belts, it’s time to become an Expert Leatherworker.
150 – 160: Cured Heavy Hide
160 – 170: Heavy Armor Kit
Before continuing, you’ll need to acquire Pattern: Dusky Leather Leggings. It’s a fairly common world drop, so if you are unable to loot it yourself, it should almost certainly be on the Auction House at a reasonable price.
170 – 180: Dusky Leather Leggings
180 – 190: Barbaric Shoulders
190 – 195: Dusky Bracers
195 – 205: Dusky Belt
205 – 225: Nightscape Headband
After you’re done stitching this set off headbands, you can visit a trainer to become an Artisan.
225 – 230: Nightscape Headband
230 – 250: Nightscape Pants
250 – 260: Nightscape Boots
To continue, all players must purchase Pattern: Wicked Leather Gauntlets. Alliance players will have to venture to the Western Plaguelands and find Leonard Porter south of the Ruins of Andorhal, and the Horde will be able to buy the recipe from Werg Thickblade in Tirisfal Glades, just outside of the Western Plaguelands border.
This is also an opportune moment to either farm or purchase Pattern: Wicked Leather Bracers and Pattern: Wicked Leather Headband. If they’re not on the AH, or you cannot afford to buy them, you must first head to Azshara and farm Legashi Rogues along the northwestern coast for the bracers pattern. To get the Headband, you’ll need to go to the northwest area of Felwood and farm Jadefire Trickster.
260 – 270: Wicked Leather Gauntlets
270 – 280: Wicked Leather Bracers
280 – 300: Wicked Leather Headband
Once you’ve completed the Wicked Leather set, it’s time to cross through the Dark Portal and become a Master Leatherworker.
300 – 310: Knothide Leather
- Combine Knothide Leather Scraps to make Knothide Leather.
310 – 325: Knothide Armor Kit
- Use Knothide Leather to make Knothide Armor Kit.
To continue, you’ll need to purchase Pattern: Heavy Knothide Leather. The most advisable vendor is Cro Threadstrong in Lower City in Shattrath. Otherwise, the Horde will have to head to Silvermoon City to find Zaralda and the Alliance will have to go to Azuremyst Isle to speak with Harefet.
325 – 335: Heavy Knothide Leather
- Convert Knothide Leather into Heavy Knothide Leather.
335 – 340: Thick Draenic Vest
340 – 350: Felscale Breastplate
From skill level 350 through 375, the only way forward is to use recipes earned through faction Reputation rewards. The path involving the least materials requires you to be Honored with the Scryers, Friendly with Cenarion Expedition, and Exalted with your Hellfire Peninsula faction. There are alternatives for the Scyers and Hellfire Peninsula tiers — the Aldor and Sha’tar, namely –, but both alternatives require the same level of reputation and will use more materials.
- Gloves: Heavy Knothide Leather, Fel Scales, and Primal Mana
- Belt: Heavy Knothide Leather, Fel Hide, Primal Fire, and Primal Water
355 – 365: Heavy Clefthoof Boots (Cenarion Expedition)
- Leg Armor: Heavy Knothide Leather, Cobra Scales, Primal Air, and Primal Nether
- Drums: Heavy Knothide Leather and Thick Clefthoof Leather
And with that, you’ve finished! Congratulations! Keep reading to find out about Specializations and Endgame Leatherworking Patterns.
Leatherworking, like several other professions, offers you the chance to hone your abilities in a specific area once you reach level 45 and skill level 200. For Leatherworking, these are Dragonscale, Elemental, and Tribal. To discern which specialization is right for you, one of the easiest ways is to look at the specialization-specific endgame gear you’ll be able to craft. But, in short, Dragonscale is for spell using Mail-wearers, Elemental is for physical DPS Leather-wearers, and Tribal is for spell using Leather-wearers.
To train in any of these, all players will have to complete unique quests, requiring you to either craft certain pieces of gear or bring specific reagents to your trainer. Check out the details below.
To start the Dragonscale Leatherworking quest players will need to find their respective trainers. For the Alliance, this is Peter Galen in Azshara, between The Forlorn Ridge and the Ruins of Eldarath, and for the Horde this is Thorkaf Dragoneye in Badlands west of Lethlor Ravine. From there, you’ll be required to bring them:
- 2x Tough Scorpid Breastplate
- 2x Tough Scorpid Gloves
- 10x Worn Dragonscale
- Skinned from various dragonkin lvl 45 – 60
The total materials you’ll need are:
Once you hand that in, you’ll learn Dragonscale Leatherworking.
The Elemental Leatherworking quest can be taken by Alliance players from Sarah Tanner at the Tanner Camp in the southwest of Searing Gorge, and the Horde can start by finding Brumn Winterhoof in Arathi Highlands, north of Stromgarde Keep. Instead of crafting gear, they’ll have you bring several elemental reagents to them. These are:
Once you do, you’ll learn Elemental Leatherworking.
To start the Tribal Leatherworking quest, the Horde must speak with Se’Jib in the ruins south of Grom’gol Base Camp in Stranglethorn Vale, and the Alliance will need to find Caryssia Moonhunter on the edge of Thousand Needles. They’ll ask you to bring them two specific pieces of Leather armor. These are:
To craft them, the total materials you’ll need are:
After you’ve handed them in, you’ll learn Tribal Leatherworking.
In TBC, some most of the important recipes you’re able to craft after skill level 350 are either earned through reputation grinding or found in various chests, raids, instances, or zones in Outland. In fact, the only useful high-level recipes that you can really learn from trainers are those in your specialization. Otherwise, you’ll need to find the patterns elsewhere. Below is a comprehensive list of patterns for each Specialization, faction based on reputation levels, and world drop based on source. Click through to find out more about the pieces, which mobs drop them, or the drop rates of each.
Specializations (All learned from trainers):
- Hellfire Peninsula Faction (Either Quartermaster Urgronn or Logistics Officer Ulrike)
- The Consortium (Either Paulsta’ats in Terokkar Forest, just south of the lake by Sunspring Post or by Karaaz at the Stormspire in the Netherstorm)
- Cenarion Expedition (Feydryen Swiftspear at Cenarion Hold in Zangarmarsh)
- The Mag’har/Kurenai (Provisioner Nasela in Garadar, Nagrand for Mag’har/Trader Narasu in Telaar for Kurenai)
- Ashtongue Deathsworn (Okuno in Black Temple)
- The Violet Eye (Apprentice Darius outside of Karazhan)
- Rare zone drop (<1%) from mobs in Sunwell Plateau and are contained in Cache of the Shattered Sun
- Rare zone drop (<1%) from mobs in Tempest Keep
- Rare zone drop (~1 – 8%) from mobs in Black Temple
- World Drops
- Pattern: Belt of Deep Shadow
- Pattern: Belt of the Black Eagle
- Pattern: Monsoon Belt
- Pattern: Belt of Natural Power
- Pattern: Cobrascale Gloves
- Pattern: Cobrascale Hood
- Pattern: Windslayer Wraps
- Pattern: Windscale Hood
- Pattern: Netherdrake Gloves
- Pattern: Netherdrake Helm
- Pattern: Gloves of the Living Touch
- Pattern: Windstrike Gloves
- Pattern: Hood of Primal Life
- Pattern: Living Dragonscale Helm
- Pattern: Thick Netherscale Breastplate
- Pattern: Earthen Netherscale Boots