In this Mists of Pandaria (MoP) Leatherworking leveling guide I’ll show you the fastest and cheapest way to reach level 600. You’re going to need a lot of Prismatic Scales and Exotic Leather. If you’re short on gold, I recommend reading this how to make gold guide which I’ve used to reach gold cap on my realm. Otherwise, make sure you follow the instructions carefully below so that you don’t waste gold that you didn’t need to spend.
Start by finding a Leatherworking Trainer and learning Zen Master Leatherworking. Without it, you won’t be able to level past 525.
If you’re still level 500, start by combining Sha-Touched Leather to make Exotic Leather. You’ll need a lot of Exotic Leather as you level, so there is no harm in converting a large pile of Sha-Touched Leather.
- Level 500-530: Craft 20 Exotic Leather – 100 Sha-Touched Leather
- Level 525-530: Craft 6 Exotic Leather - 30 Sha-Touched Leather
Throughout the next 40 levels the cheapest crafts will be the Misthide gear. The Stormscale stuff costs the same amount of Prismatic Scales, which cost significantly more on almost every realm. The process should go like this:
- Level 530-540: Craft 5 Misthide Boots – 40 Exotic Leather
- Level 540-556: Craft 8 Misthide Shoulders – 64 Exotic Leather
- Level 556-560: Craft 2 Misthide Gloves – 16 Exotic Leather
- Level 560-570: Craft 5 Misthide Helm – 50 Exotic Leather
If you have a disenchanter it’s probably best to just disenchant this gear Look through it and look for pieces that might sell on the auction house.
Update: You can make a lot of gold with Leatherworking, but if you want to step it up and make thousands of gold you should read my personal favorite guide.
At level 570 you will need to head to your faction’s Pandarian Leatherworking Trainer. The Horde will find Krogo Darkhide in Shine of Two Moons while the Alliance will find Tanner Pang in Shrine of Seven Stars. They will sell you Contender’s recipes for 1 Spirit of Harmony. Purchase one that you can either use or that you want to sell on the auction house. Each one will cost you either 5 Prismatic Scales or 5 Exotic Leather per level, regardless of their total cost.
I like crafting shoulders for hunters, since there are so many hunters and the shoulder piece is one of the first pieces players upgrade. Either way, you might have a hard time selling 10-15 of any single piece of gear:
That should get you to level 600 Leatherworking, congratulations!
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