WoW Classic Leatherworking Guide

Your guide to the most XP for leatherworking and skinning.

Whether you're jumping back into WoW Classic for some nostalgic dungeon grinding or you're a first-time player, getting into professions can be somewhat overwhelming at the start. However, once you get used to how everything works, it becomes second nature when questing. Here is your guide to Leatherworking in WoW Classic.

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When getting into Leatherworking, your first order of business is to find your trainers. They will differ from city to city but will always be noted (as seen above), and learn the leatherworking profession from them. You will highly benefit from choosing Skinning as your secondary profession instead of hoping that leather drops from enemies or buying it from vendors.

You will gain the ability to produce your own leather while questing by skinning fallen beast-type enemies. Simply learning the Skinning profession will not give you the ability to skin immediately. However, be sure to head to your Leatherworking Supplies vendor and buy a skinning knife, as you will not be able to skin anything without it. 

Your next step will be to start questing or hunting. If you have or find a quest that involves killing a bunch of beasts, it will usually lead you to a rich hunting ground, plus you get a good chunk of XP after handing in the quest. Wait for a beat after you've killed a beast, and the option to skin them will appear; doing so will net you skill points toward your skinning profession and a few pieces of leather, which will differ in quality depending on the beast's level. 

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After you've compiled a stock of resources:

  1. Find a safe spot to churn out some leather products.
  2. Open your spellbook, click on the Leatherworking tab and bring up your Leatherworking menu (as seen above).
    • If you're simply looking to level up and not make something specific, find the recipe that uses the least amount of resources (located in the lower half of the Leatherworking menu), and make as many of them as possible.
    • If you need any dyes, threads, or salt for higher-level recipes, you will be able to find most things at your Leatherworking Supplier.

You'll know what kind of skill you'll get from each item by looking at the color of the words:

  • Orange is a guaranteed skill up.
  • Yellow is a likely skill up.
  • Green is possible but unlikely.
  • Grey will give nothing. 

While the recipes will differ and become more complex as you level up, the cycle of hunting, skinning, and crafting leather-based items will remain the same. Always keep your eyes peeled for beasts to hunt and skin, and be sure to craft often—repeat this cycle, and you'll find yourself at level 300 in no time.

For more on WoW Classic check out WoW Classic: Best Professions Guide – Top Jobs for PvP or PvE! and stay tuned to Pro Game Guides for coverage on your favorite games!

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