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#1 Feb 16 2010 at 4:29 PM Rating: Good
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Ugh, this is a pain. No low-lvl leather on ah as far as the eye can see, literally one piece of heavy and one of thick all day today. I'm at 223. Any recommendations on where to farm the thick stuff? I know the Yeti cave in Winterspring for rugged leather.
#2 Feb 16 2010 at 5:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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The way I generally figure things like this out

You are at 223 skill? I divide by 5. Which gives 44.6. This usually means you want to be in a level ~44 zone, whether it's mining for blacksmithing or killing yetis for leather.

I did skinning/leatherworking myself about a month back, on a 69 hunter, I'm now stuck at 390 since I'm still 69 and no time to level but that's not the point ;)

There was 2 tough spots pre-300, and it was that ~220-250 range, and the ~270-300 range. I would farm the yetis in northern feralas. I put in a good 2 hours at that cave probably, it seems to drop mostly thick leather with a bit of rugged. The rugged won't seem as useful at first, since you probably still have some yellow recipes for heavy leather, but it will be more useful at 250+ when you can start using it.

So your options are farm lower level mobs which are more immediately useful - they give heavy leather with a bit of thick. Or farm higher level mobs (the 47-49 yeti cave) which seems less useful in short term (they give thick + rugged) but probably more useful in the long term. Or maybe it all balances out, I never did quite figure that out ;)

FYI, the final PITA spot for me was 330-350.

To get over the 3 hump spots, I did 47-49 yeti cave, feralas, then 55-60 yeti cave, winterspring, then knothide leather anywhere in Outland but I focused mainly on Nagrand and Netherstorm, since I also needed some sort of scales in Netherstorm (far northest, a few basilisks scattered throughout a humanoid camp..annoying to farm).

Good luck. It was kind of relaxing farming all the leather, I prefer active farming to mining at least.
#3 Feb 16 2010 at 5:24 PM Rating: Excellent
I leveled LW and Skinning together so I always had a supply, or could resupply, when needed. Skinning certainly leveled up much faster than the LW itself.

Typically the level of your character is about right for your tradskill level as you can only level a profession so far before you have to level the character again, so you should be close to the zones you need to level up the profession as well as gain experience. If you started LW at level 80 then just use the search feature here or go through the low-level progression zones as if you were leveling for experience - this assumes you can also skin. You won't be able to reliably gather leathers in any useable quanitity unless you can skin as well.

If you're a skinner, then you can search this site, via Items, Search (top left menu or navigation bar or you can enter "thick leather" [without the quotes] in the Search database box in the top right of each page on this site) and enter the item name - it will provide a list of which mobs the item drops off (or can be skinned from). It will also list if it can come from chests, quest rewards, etc. All from information provided by staff and users; sometimes the data is outdated but you usually get a good idea of where to go.

The return for such a search is at the following link:;witem=4304
Refer to the Dropped tab (the link defaults to it) - it lists 581, but only shows the top 3, percentage-wise, animals that "drop" the item. Also listed are the zones to go to find animals that will yield the leathers. There are many.
There are comments from people listing their favorite places to farm the leathers as well.

Each return also has a link to wowhead and thottbot to get more info. Lately it appears as though wowhead links are most up-to-date for information, at least for what I've been looking up.

If you're not a skinner, then either pick it up for your second profession or make friends with one, else you'll be at the whims of the market.

As you eluded to, you can also take low lower level leathers and make the next higher ones if you need to in a pinch.

Good luck.

To power-level LW, I assume you mean level as fast as possible for as cheap as possible...
I leveled up whatever pattern was orange or just-turned yellow (as orange is a pretty much guaranteed skill up, yellow usually is, green often isn't unless it just turned from yellow) that required the fewest items - and only leathers when possible - this prevented having to farm or buy other mats. Be sure to get new patterns as soon as they are avilable as new items often have fewer requirements than older ones that may still be orange or yellow. Also look at what you will be able to make and be sure to keep those items you get while adventuring in case you can't avoid having to use them to level LW. Things like the hides, fangs, spider silks, gems, etc. are often needed. Threads too, but those are bought at the vendors for little cost.

You can also advertise in trade (and guildmates/friends) that you will make stuff for free with their mats - can save a lot of money, if not time.

Edited to actually state what I did to level as the heading states, but the question didn't...

Edited, Feb 16th 2010 6:34pm by Taviras
#4 Feb 18 2010 at 2:17 AM Rating: Decent
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This guide might help.

I have used this guide and it works pretty well and is not bad for farming either . The only real problem i found with it was you may end up dizzy as its all circles and does get rather boring.

This guide also means you need to be the right level or higher for the areas which i guess you understand anyway.
#5 Feb 18 2010 at 4:49 AM Rating: Good
While leveling any crafting profession, I recommend the Ackis Recipe List addon. It will show you all the recipes you are missing for your level. Sometimes an easily acquired recipe will help you by giving you an item you can craft for less cost. The only problem is, you may not know it is available. I highly recommend you check it out.
#6 Feb 19 2010 at 8:53 AM Rating: Decent
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Wyrmbog in Dustwallow marsh for thick leather. Or, if you feel up to snuff, try doing Sunken Temple. The mobs there drop a lot of thick leather, although quite a few green dragonscale as well.

For rugged, Dire Maul North, without question. I didn't do the yeti cave, but there is no way its faster than Dire Maul. Go in, go down the ramp, rape some 30 or so non-elite dogs, and skin. With a prot pally I can do it without major CDs, but you can also pull them in groups of 5-6 if you can't handle them all.

After that, knothide. I've been farming the talbuks in Nagrand just because I like the look of the whole place. Not sure where the best place is, although I've heard SMV is pretty good as well.
#7 Feb 24 2010 at 3:32 PM Rating: Good
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Thanks all, I ended up doing Yetis largely because they drop mainly coin and are not a drag on my bags, plus talbuk in nagrand.
#8 Feb 25 2010 at 11:24 PM Rating: Decent
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If you haven't passed it yet, you should be doing terrokar crocs for fel scales. You'll need about 24-28 of them by my mark.
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