WoW Classic Leatherworking and Skinning Guide

Every armour type has its relative crafting profession; tailoring for cloth gear, blacksmithing for chain and plate gear,and leatherworking for leather gear (and eventually high level chainmail).

wow classic leatherworking guide

The Basics of these trades:

Essentially, leatherworkers are responsible formainly crafting gear for hunters, rogues, druids, and shamans. Along with gear, leatherworking can craft special enchants that give gear extra stats like stamina or armour, and as a leather-wearer it is pretty much essential that if you don’t take leatherworking yourself, you have someone who can hook you up with all the goodies both during the leveling process and at the endgame.

First off, a LOT of the mobs you will come across will be skinnable; think bears, wolves, crocodiles, snakes, kodos, etc - anything with skin that you think might be useful in crafting, you can probably skin it. Before you get too deep into the leveling process, you are going to need to start on your professions so that you don’t need to catch up later on. So with that in mind, keep an eye out for a little dwelling in the startingzones with animal skins hanging everywhere, and make sure to learn both Skinning and Leatherworking from their respective trainers, if you so desire!

Like all my advice about this game, don’t take what anyone says about how you ‘should’ play the game as a rule about what you will do; play the game like you want! Back in the day, a lot of people told me that skinning and leatherworking would be a great fit for a hunter, and while that factored in to my decision, the choice was ultimately mine. I felt that skinning and crafting leather gear really fit the roleplay aspect of the hunter class, and that factored more into my decision than anything. The truth is, no matter which profession you choose, you are going to be useful where others aren’t and vice versa. No combination of class/professions is ‘better’ or ‘worse’ than another, and if you’re having fun then everyone else can get lost!

wow classic skinning knife

So, now that you have both of these professions learned and ready to use, make SURE you pick up a skinning knife before you setout - don’t think that any old bladed weapon will do, you need to make sure you have a skinning knife in your inventory whenever you want to do any skinning. I suggest saving the first few slots of your inventory for items that will never leave you; things like your hearth stone, food/water, profession tools, and quest items. Now whenever you visit a vendor, be sure that you don’t accidentally sell that little knife; you will constantly be using it!

From here on the skinning journey is incredibly straight-forward; whenever you kill something that can be skinned, it will show in the tooltip if you hover over the corpse. Simply right-click after completely looting the corpse, and you will begin to skin it. Sometimes, especially if the mob is of a higher level than your skinning ability, it will fail, and most mobs can be skinned several times. After skinning you will find that you have some new items in your inventory, named something like “Light Leather” or “Leather Scraps”. Once you have a few kills under your belt, check out your leatherworking tab in the skills menu and see what you need to craft your first gear!

 wow classic tailor store

Most items in the leatherworking tree needadditional vendor-bought items like thread and dyes, which you can find at theleatherworking section of any town or city, and even sometimes at the general goods or tailor store in a pinch!

Making progress as you level up:

For the most part, the rest of this is rinse and repeat - make sure you don’t forget to skin all of the skinnable mobs that you kill, and always keep your bags empty to accommodate new materials as you gather them. As your skinning reaches its maximum level, keep returning to the skinning trainer to level it up, and the same goes with your leatherworking skills. With leatherworking, though, if you want to get the most out of that precious gold that we all hold so dear, don’t buy every pattern that you canright away. If the item is green or grey when you select it at the trainer, it means that it will not give you much, if any experience for crafting that item. Go for yellow patterns instead.

On your journey, you are bound to pick upcrafting recipes for leatherworking, which if you are the appropriate levelfor, you can learn to craft right away!

All in all, the process for leatherworker/skinners is pretty linear but still a bunch of fun - it feels like good, honest, work, and I find that skinning sound to be oh so relaxing(ASMR anyone?). What I don’t find relaxing is the stress you feel when you realise that you are already level 35 (almost ready for your first mount), andyou have no in-game gold to show for it! What have you been spending all this gold on? The thing is, this is a GAME, and you needn’t be worried about your bank balance when there is a perfect solution sitting under your nose – buy wow classic gold. Do yourself a favour, head over to G4mmo and just look at some of the reviews available for their services - I dare you to say a quick hello to their quick, English-speaking live chat and surface any questions that you might have. Buying WoW gold from is quick, reliable, and fun! You shouldn’t need to worry about financing your fun using in-game currency when you can buy as much as you could ever need from

So there we are. I hope you now have a basic understanding of not only the skinning and leatherworking professions, but whether you want to pursue them as your main professions! Game on!

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