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Leather can mean a couple of things in World of Warcraft:

  1. A type of skin ingredient item usually gathered with the skinning profession from a skinnable corpse. These items can usually be used directly by the leatherworking profession without prior processing or treatment.
  2. A type of armor used by playable characters belonging to the fairly fragile, but also agile leather-wearing classes. Generally better than cloth armor for defense.
    See Leather armor.

Leather skin

In this sense, leather is collected by skinning beasts. These items can usually be used directly by the leatherworking profession without prior processing or treatment. The type of leather is usually directly related to the level of animal being skinned.

Leatherworkers can also combine lighter leathers into heavier ones, even combining ruined leather scraps into usable leathers.

Leather is closely related to Hides, although Hides are rarer and must often be prepared for use.

Basic leather

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There are 12 basic leathers:

Leather Level Notes
 [Ruined Leather Scraps] (lvl 5-17 mobs)
 [Light Leather] (lvl 5-27 mobs) (with recipe, made from 3 Ruined Leather Scraps)
 [Medium Leather] (lvl 15-38 mobs) (with recipe, made from 4 Light Leathers)
 [Heavy Leather] (lvl 26-46 mobs) (with recipe, made from 5 Medium Leathers)
 [Thick Leather] (lvl 35-58 mobs) (with recipe, made from 6 Heavy Leathers)
 [Rugged Leather] (lvl 45-60 mobs) (with recipe, made from 6 Thick Leathers)
Bc icon.gif  [Knothide Leather Scraps] (lvl 58+ mobs, in Outland)
Bc icon.gif  [Knothide Leather] (lvl 58+ mobs, in Outland) (with recipe, made from 5 Knothide Leather Scraps)
Bc icon.gif  [Heavy Knothide Leather] (with recipe, made from 5 Knothide Leathers)
Wrath-Logo-Small.png  [Borean Leather Scraps] (lvl 68+ mobs, in Northrend)
Wrath-Logo-Small.png  [Borean Leather] (lvl 73+ mobs, in Northrend) (made from 5 Borean Leather Scraps)
Wrath-Logo-Small.png  [Heavy Borean Leather] (with recipe, made from 6 Borean Leathers)
Cataclysm  [Savage Leather Scraps] (lvl 80+ mobs in new Cataclysm zones)
Cataclysm  [Savage Leather] (lvl 81+ mobs in new Cataclysm zones) (made from 5 Savage Leather Scraps)
Cataclysm  [Heavy Savage Leather] (with recipe, made from 5 Savage Leather)
Mists of Pandaria  [Sha-Touched Leather] (lvl 90+ mobs in new Pandaria zones)
Mists of Pandaria  [Exotic Leather] (lvl 91+ mobs in new Pandaria zones) (made from 5 Savage Leather Scraps)
Warlords of Draenor  [Burnished Leather] (made from 20 Raw Beast Hides and 10 Gorgrond Flytraps)
Legion  [Stonehide Leather] (lvl 100+ mobs in Broken Isles zones)

Crafted leather

Special leather

Leather Notes
 [Thin Kodo Leather] Obtained from Kodos
 [Devilsaur Leather] Obtained from Devilsaurs
 [Warbear Leather] Obtained from high-level Bears
 [Core Leather] Obtained from core hounds in the Molten Core. Requires 310 Skinning.
Bc icon.gif  [Crystal Infused Leather] Obtained from basilisks and ravagers.
Bc icon.gif  [Thick Clefthoof Leather] Obtained from clefthooves and Elekk Demolishers
Wrath-Logo-Small.png  [Arctic Fur] Obtained from beasts in Northrend

The  [Ruined Leather Scraps] which you get when skinning low level mobs are vendor sell items unless you also have leatherworking, in which case 3 of them can be made into light leather. The frequency of getting these drops off rapidly around 10th level mobs and you will not see anymore of them at all once you are skinning 17th level and above mobs. Note: As of Patch 3.0.3 you do not need the leatherworking skill to convert 5x  [Borean Leather Scraps] to 1x  [Borean Leather].

Leather conversion

Leatherworkers can assemble low-level leathers into higher-level leather.

Ingredients Product Skill
3 Ruined Leather Scraps Light Leather 1
4 light Leather Medium Leather 100
5 Medium Leather Heavy Leather 150
6 Heavy Leather Thick Leather 200
6 Thick Leather Rugged Leather 250
5 Knothide Leather Scraps Knothide Leather 300
5 Knothide Leather Heavy Knothide Leather 325
5 Borean Leather Scraps Borean Leather 0
6 Borean Leather Heavy Borean Leather 375

Removed leathers

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Critters such as Cows and Rabbits can no longer be skinned for leather