This guide will focus down on providing you the best information on how to make gold in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands with Leatherworking. Here we will teach you how to optimize your farming time, as well as how to level up the profession and how to get the most value out of it. There will be a couple of key things to consider, but with us, you can quickly solve them.
Leatherworking can be a confusing profession for beginners in WoW, for a few reasons. First off, its materials come exclusively from Skinning, so you’ll feel obliged to pick it up as a second profession. Next, the crafted items aren’t as nearly as powerful as some Dungeon drops in Shadowlands, for example, so you’ll ask yourself why should you learn it in the first place. And lastly, Leatherworking requires a bit of a tactical approach, which most people don’t have the patience for. However, this guide will show you all of that, so you can make the most amount of gold possible with Leatherworking in WoW Shadowlands. Let’s begin!
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Making Gold with our WoW Leatherworking Guide
Why is Leatherworking Important in World of Warcraft?
If you think about it, most of the classes in World of Warcraft wear leather and mail types of armor. Hunter, Shaman, Rogue, Monk, Druid, and a Demon Hunter, all require leather/mail gear to excel at the game. We aren’t telling you this because of some game-breaking BoE that you can create with the basic Leatherworking profession, but because of Legendary Items.
Legendaries are one of the new power sources in Shadowlands and everybody needs them! Simply put, all 60-level characters in WoW are required to craft a Legendary Item specific to their class or spec. These pieces of gear provide essential buffs for your character, and without them, you will be left behind.
The gear-crafting professions are responsible for creating these Legendary Items. Tailoring, for example, crafts the Legendaries for the cloth wearers like Priest or Mage. And Blacksmithing servers the plate wearers like Warrior and Paladin. However, Leatherworking has not only one armor set but two: Umbrahide for the leather wearer classes and Boneshatter for the Mail ones. Because of this, Leatherworking has double the potential (because of the sheer number of Legendary pieces) to generate tons of gold in WoW Shadowlands.
Another thing that characterizes Leatherworking now is the return of Armor kits. If you remember from the previous expansions, Armor kits are consumables that buff your gear for a certain period of time. The ones in Shadowlands have already high demand, due to the players having lower gear than usual. Tanks of all classes are in constant need of them, so you can easily make a profit here as well.
And lastly, Leatherworking can make you a lot of gold in WoW Shadowlands through other consumables. The [Drums of Deathly Ferocity] and [Comfortable Rider’s Barding] recipes are very useful and sought-after.
How to Start with Leatherworking in WoW Shadowlands?
Guide to Finding the Leatherworking Trainer in WoW Shadowlands – Location in Oribos
To start your gold-farming with Leatherworking in Shadowlands, you will first need to learn the profession from a profession trainer. And to do that, you must be in Oribos.
The NPC you’re looking for is called Tanner Au’qil. He stands in the fourth section in the Hall of Shapes part in Oribos, counting from the left. He is a broker, responsible for teaching you the [Shadowlands Leatherworking] skill. His exact spot is 42.3, 26.6 if you’re using an addon for in-game coordinates.
And the other NPC that you’ll want to remember here is Distributor Au’tem. He sells all the Leatherworking regents that you can’t get anywhere. For example, [Penumbra Thread] is needed for a number of recipes. So it’s best to stock up from the start. And the same goes for [Curing Salt]
The exact location of the Leatherworking trainer in Oribos is shown in this picture:
Guide to Choosing a Class for Making Gold with Leatherworking in Shadowlands
When it comes to choosing a class for gold-farming in WoW Shadowlands, it depends on what you’re aiming for.
The best answer will always be Druid. This class is tremendously mobile, able to gather and pick up loot in [Travel Form] and [Flight Form]. And that’s something that significantly boosts the farming speed. But, all leather and mail classes are a good fit as well. They’re all agile and quick, and they benefit from the crafted goods a lot, especially the Legendary Items.
That said, our best piece of advice for you is to pair Leatherworking with Skinning. For this, we’ve made an extensive guide on how to optimize the Skinning profession in WoW Shadowlands for gold-making, so you can run both professions successfully at the same time. The reason for this is because the materials needed for Leatherworking come exclusively from Skinning. And if you decide not to farm them for yourself, then be careful about spending too much gold at the Auction House on raw materials.
Guide to the Leatherworking Materials in WoW Shadowlands
As we mentioned above, the Leatherworking regents come directly from Skinning. There hides, leathers, and bones, all used in different combinations for most, if not all, recipes.
- Desolate Leather Scraps – Gathered from skinning beasts around the world.
- Desolate Leather – Gathered from skinning beasts around the world.
- Callous Hide – Gathered from skinning beasts around the world.
- Pallid Bone – Gathered from skinning bests around the world.
- Gaunt Sinew – Gathered from skinning beasts around the world.
- Heavy Desolate Leather – Gathered from skinning beasts around the world or created with Desolate Leather.
- Heavy Callous Hide – Gathered from skinning bests around the world or created with Callous Hide.
But these are not all. In Shadowlands, there are 4 more zone-specific types of leather. Some recipes will require them, so it’s best to be aware of them. The one tricky thing about these materials is that they require herbs like [Rising Glory] or [Widowbloom] to be created. You can’t gather them with Skinning and the only way to get them is to craft them yourself.
- Purified Leather – Created with 5 x Desolate Leather, 5 x Pallid Bone, and 3 x Rising Glory.
- Necrotic Leather – Created with 5 x Desolate Leather, 5 x Pallid Bone, and 3 x Marrowroot.
- Unseelie Leather – Created with 5 x Desolate Leather, 5 x Pallid Bone, and 3 x Vigil’s Touch.
- Sinful Leather – Created with 5 x Desolate Leather, 5 x Pallid Bone, and 3 x Widowbloom.
Guide to Farming the Leatherworking Materials in WoW Shadowlands
If you want to farm the Shadowlands Leatherworking materials yourself, then please visit this Skinning routes page! There we’ve provided a couple of profitable locations that you can use for your gathering. Note that the actual profit will depend on your own speed, as well as your server, and whether there is a lot of competition or not.
Along with it, you should look for the four different Leatherworking-specific World Quests. These sometimes spawn in the four zones of this expansion, but never all at once. Completing them will reward you with ten pieces of Desolate Leather. So it’s a quick and easy way of getting extra materials.
The 4 Leatherworking World Quests:
- Bastion: A Mourneblade Born
- Maldraxxus: Leatherworking: Bonestudded Fists
- Ardenweald: Leatherworking: Stalker’s Leather Quiver
- Revendreth: Leatherworking: Courtly Leather Boots
If you want to completely ditch Skinning and speed-level Leatherworking, then the Auction House is there for you. We highly suggest you use these gold-making addons, just so you get the most out of your time.
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Guide to Leveling Up Shadowlands Leatherworking
Leatherworking isn’t as simple as Tailoring, so it can be a bit confusing about what you should craft during leveling up. You don’t want to waste your materials and lose on potential gold, so here are the exact numbers of materials you’re going to need to level the profession up all the way from 1 to 100!
- Desolate Leather = 500
- Pallid Bone = 90
- Penumbra Thread = 60
- Callous Hide = 70
Follow this path to optimize your Tailoring leveling in Shadowlands:
- 1-10: Create 5 x [Desolate Scale Treads] with 30 x Desolate Leather, 10 x Pallid Bone, and 5 x Penumbra Thread.
- 10-26: Create 8 x [Desolate Scale Gauntlets] with 48 x Desolate Leather, 16 x Pallid Bone, and 8 x Penumbra Thread.
- 26-35: Create 3 x [Desolate Scale Vest] with 27 x Desolate Leather, 9 x Pallid Bone, and 6 x Penumbra Thread.
- 35-50: Create 5 x [Desolate Scale Pauldrons] with 35 x Desolate Leather, 10 x Pallid Bone, and 10 x Penumbra Thread.
- 50-60: Create 15 x [Crafter’s Mark I] with 75 x Desolate Leather, 75 x Curing Salt, and 15 x Penumbra Thread.
- 60-70: Create 5 x [Shadowscale Waistguard] with 100 x Desolate Leather, 20 x Pallid Bone, 5 x Penumbra Thread, and 5 x Callous Hide.
- 70-85: Create 18 x [Heavy Desolate Leather] with 180 x Desolate Leather.
- 85-91: Create 6 x [Heavy Callous Hide] with 60 x Callous Hide.
- 91-100: Create 3 x [Shadowscale Greaves] with 18 x Heavy Desolate Leather, 3 x Heavy Callous Hide, 21 x Pallid Bone, and 9 x Penumbra Thread.
Shadowlands Leatheroworking Legendary Items
And lastly, we want to warn you not to fall into the trap of crafting blue-quality items with Leatherworking in Shadowlands. These pieces become pretty insignificant to anyone once they start doing at least Heroic dungeons. Yes, they go for a couple of hundred gold a piece and you can certainly make some quick money. However, they aren’t worth it in the long run. And unless you have infinite supplies of materials, you’ll be better off focusing on the Legendary Items.
The Legendaries, on the other hand, bring a lot of gold, especially when you reach a rank 4. If you didn’t know, all Legendary Items in Shadowlands can be crafted in either rank 1, rank 2, rank 3, and rank 4. Each rank increases the stats of the item, and the price with that as well. A rank 1 Legendary item is 190 ilvl, while rank 4 is 235.
Since you can satisfy two armor types with your Leatherworking, here are examples of Legendary Items you should be going for.
- Umbrahide Helm – Rank 1 – Requires 5 x Enchanted Heavy Callous Hide, 5 x Heavy Callous Hide, 15 x Heavy Desolate Leather, 50 x Desolate Leather, and 12 x Orboreal Shard.
- Umbrahide Helm – Rank 2 – Requires 8 x Enchanted Heavy Callous Hide, 8 x Heavy Callous Hide, 20 x Heavy Desolate Leather, 80 x Desolate Leather, and 18 x Orboreal Shard.
- Umbrahide Helm – Rank 3 – Requires 12 x Enchanted Heavy Callous Hide, 12 x Heavy Callous Hide, 30 x Heavy Desolate Leather, 125 x Desolate Leather, and 30 x Orboreal Shard.
- Umbrahide Helm– Rank 4 – Requires 20 x Enchanted Heavy Callous Hide, 20 x Heavy Callous Hide, 50 x Heavy Desolate Leather, 225 x Desolate Leather, and 50 x Orboreal Shard.
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- Boneshatter Helm – Rank 1 – Requires 5 x Enchanted Heavy Callous Hide, 5 x Heavy Callous Hide, 15 x Heavy Desolate Leather, 20 x Desolate Pallid Bone, and 12 x Orboreal Shard.
- Boneshatter Helm – Rank 2 – Requires 8 x Enchanted Heavy Callous Hide, 8 x Heavy Callous Hide, 20 x Heavy Desolate Leather, 30 x Pallid Bone, and 18 x Orboreal Shard.
- Boneshatter Helm – Rank 3 – Requires 12 x Enchanted Heavy Callous Hide, 12 x Heavy Callous Hide, 30 x Heavy Desolate Leather, 50 x Pallid Bone, and 30 x Orboreal Shard.
- Boneshatter Helm– Rank 4 – Requires 20 x Enchanted Heavy Callous Hide, 20 x Heavy Callous Hide, 50 x Heavy Desolate Leather, 80 x Pallid Bone, and 50 x Orboreal Shard.
With this guide on how to make gold with Leatherworking in WoW Shadowlands, we hope we gave you clear ideas on where to start and what to do. If you ever get stuck on anything, feel free to visit our guides and learn new and updated strategies for gold-making in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands!
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