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Azeroth’s Farmer’s Almanac (Leather Farming)

Leather farming is actually pretty big. So, I divided it up into two parts. The first being Leather and the second being Scales. There is an easter egg in every post. I wanted to make sure I did not neglect the leather workers out there. Especially, for one of the more profitable gathering professions.

Don’t worry, herbalist; your time is coming soon.

–Daknit



Azeroth’s Farmer’s Almanac

Leather Farming


Light Leather & Light Hide

The finest place to farm is in the Northeastern section of Loch Modan, where there are bears and boars that drop 1 or 2 lights with nearly no scraps. If you want to start early, go to the The Maclure Vineyards in Elwynn Forest where the boars have the fastest respawn rate in the land. A lot of scraps, tho. If you’re a higher level, work the north side of Raven Hill Cemetery. The wolves in this area respawn pretty quickly and it’s a rather small area to work with. Of course, if you’re a horde, you’ll want to stick to the Barrens, where everything is skinable and is liked by all levels (try the raptor grounds. Low respawn times.). Nearly everything in the Wailing caverns is skinable, so that is also an option. Not to mention that The Barrens is the only area you can find the recipe for Elixir of Giant Growth. Last but not least, take on Shadowfang Keep. Everything is skinable and no scraps.

As for Light Hide, for the best drop rates, you’ll need to hit the instances. Both Shadowfang Keep and the Wailing Caverns has the highest percentage. The Loch listed above does drop light hide as well, but the chances are severely lower.

[Light Leather Average Price: 30 GP Per 20 Stack]
[Light Hide Average Price: 20 SP Per Item]


Medium Leather & Medium Hides

Two great spots, one common enemy. The best place to farm is in The Howling Vale in Ashenvale. The respawn is very fast and the drops will also include heavy leather and medium and heavy hides. This is also very ideal for a horde on a PvP because it is very isolated and a small area. On the other side, the Nightbane camp (60.0, 80.0) in Duskwood also have Worgen to chew on with a wonderful respawn rate. This area has less junk items and several nodes for gold, silver, and tin (check the caves near by), if you are a miner.

[Medium Leather Average Price: 36 GP Per 20 Stack]
[Heavy Hide Average Price: 1.4 GP Per Unit]


Heavy Leather & Heavy Hides (+ Raptor Hide)

In the Dustwallow Marsh, hunt in the Bloodfen Burrow and the Den of Flame. The raptors and dragonkin there have excellent leather but average respawn times. If you jump between the two locations, then you should have no problems. Hunt the raptors north of the Gurubashi Arena in STV (30.0,44.0). They have the same mount of farming rate as in the marsh, but they are more spaced out; so if you are a lower level, you have time to catch your breath. Both of these locations are good for raptor hide as well, as this item is a drop from nearly every raptor in the game zones level 40 and under.

For the best in Heavy Hides, you will need to trek through Uldaman. The skinables in there have the best “group rate” mobs but all are under 10% drop rate. Sorry, that’s as good as it gets.

[Heavy Leather Average Price: 64 GP Per 20 Stack]
[Heavy Hide Average Price: 2.7 GP per Unit]
[Raptor Hide Average Price: 10 SP per Unit]


Thick Leather & Thick Hide

The creatures with the fastest respawn are the Incendosaurs located in Searing Gorge cave at 49.0, 45.0. They “drop” rugged leather, thick hides, and a crap load of scales. The best place to go is the hinterlands. Head to the coast and rack up them saltwater snap jaws. This place is a farmer’s dream because the turtles are all yellow, they drop Big-Mouth clams for meat and black pearls, turtle meat sells well on the AH, and, if you’re a horde, you have easy access via Revantusk Village. Bring your big bags (the junk adds up quick.).

If you are looking for Thick Hide above the 10% drop rate, you are going to need to hit the Sunken Temple or the Blackrock Depths. If you are a miner, you might as well bring along your Dark Iron Ore to the BRD, since this is the only place in the game to smelt the ore. (8 ore = 1 bar)

[Thick Leather Average Price: 76 GP Per 20 Stack]
[Thick Hide Average Price: 50 SP Per Unit]


Rugged Leather & Rugged Hide

Without a doubt, the absolute place to skin for Rugged Leather is in the Yeti Cave/Area in Winter spring (67.0, 41.0). Great respawns, great drops, and you are less than 1 minute away from Everlook. There are a few quests in this area, so it may be crowded (remember, not everyone is a skinner). If the crowds are getting hectic, try your sights on the Dire Maul North. In the courtyards both upper and lower, there are dogs worthy of a good skinning. Great place for levels 70+.

If your looking for decent Rugged Hide, then you are going to need to pay a trip to the Blackrock Spire. It is the only instance with a high number of mobs with a drop rate of 8 – 10 %.

[Rugged Leather Average Price: 94 GP Per 20 Stack]
[Rugged Hide Average Price: 20 SP Per Unit]

Knothide Leather

The most common hunt is in Nagrand. The Talbuk Thorngrazer make for good hunting due to their yellow nature and quick respawn. They do drop a lot of scraps, tho. For higher ups, head to the Netherstorm and skin Barbscale Crocs at Ecodome Midrealm. A word to the wise, if your going after the crocs, pack some nature resistance gear. Ouch! There’s also a daily cooking quest in the same area for mana berries. Enjoy!

[Knothide Leather Average Price: 124 GP Per 20 Stack]

Borean Leather

Up in Northrend there are a couple nice spots, but expect the hunting grounds to get a bit crowded because this is high end hunting, now. The number one spot is the Gorillas in Sholazar Basin. If you are friendly with the Frenzyheart Tribe, all those gorilla hair will vendor out to 78 SP a stack. You can also go after the Cavedweller Worgs in the Storm Peaks. While not the hunting grounds they used to be, you will have “help” hunting the worgs down. While the worms will probably steal your kills, knock out the worms first, because they have a longer respawn than the worgs. Also, dailies are worked in this area, so there should be a few corpses around.

[Borean Leather Average Price: 78 GP Per 20 Stack]


Arctic Fur

This is a rare drop from any skinning taken place in Northrend. Most rates are between 2% and .000000000000000000001% (the actual number when referring to anything as a slim chance in hell.). Stinky and Precious in Icecrown Citadel offer nearly a 1/3 chance, but they are not exactly filling the place. The highest rate outside of an instance is the Gorged Lurking Basilisk in Zul’Drak. It is 4%. Farm with patience.

[Arctic Fur Average Price: 62.5 GP Per Unit]

Fel Hide

This hide can be found throughout Outland on any skinable demon. The higher the level, the better your odds. Wrath Hounds, in peculiar, are incredibly popular, and con only be reached via flying mount in the Blade’s Edge Mountains. If that area is a bit too popular for you, head over to Netherstorm’s Arklon Ruins and hunt the hounds there. You can pick up fel armaments for the Aldor, too.

[Fel Hide Average Price: 22 GP Per 20 Stack]

Devilsaur Leather

If you want this special leather, then you will need to face down one the four roaming elite T-rexes in the open fields of Un’goro Crater. That’s all I have to say about that.

[Devilsaur Leather Average Price: 20 GP Per 20 Stack]

Light/Heavy Silithid Carapace and Silithid Chitin

Dive into Hive Ashi and find yourself some Sandstalkers. Sure, there are other bugs in this area, and they all drop Silithid Chitin, but the heavy carapace is only dropped from sandstalkers, and at a 1/10 ratio at that. Drones, Stingers, and Swarmers have an equal amount for light silithid carapace.

[Light Silithid Carapace Average Price: 16 GP Per 20 Stack]
[Heavy Silithid Carapace Average Price: 7.6 GP Per Unit]
[Silithid Chitin Average Price: 8 GP 20 Stack]

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Nerubian Chitin

If you want to do this right, hunker down into Azjol-Nerub. Nearly everything is skinable and the drop rate in there is 40-50%. Everything outside this instance is a high 25% to 1%. But if you must, take out the Forgotten Depths in Icecrown.

[Fel Hide Average Price: 64 GP 20 Stack]

Primal Bat and Tiger Leather

Both of these leathers can be farmed only in Zul’Gurub. Obviously, go after the bats and tigers. Pretty straight forward.

[Primal Bat Leather Average Price: 16 GP 20 Stack]
[Primal Tiger Leather Average Price: 18 GP 20 Stack]

Warbear Leather

The elder shardtooth in Winterspring as a 20% drop rate, just like its cousin, rabid shardtooth, in the southern part of Winterspring. The only difference is that the elder shardtooth is 3 levels lower.

[Fel Hide Average Price: 8 GP 20 Stack]

Leave A Reply (29 comments So Far)

  1. vahid_william  7 years ago

    Oh Thanks Now I cAn Farm It .. Thanks ALott

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  2. Old farmer bestik | Gense best  7 years ago

    There is obviously a lot to know about this. I think you made some good points about how to money works on the Internet.

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  3. Kiloee  8 years ago

    Do you have a good spot for the Cata-Leather (dont know the name in english)?

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  4. Alyssa Long  8 years ago

    Any suggestions to replace the worgen skinning post-cataclysm for the medium leather/hide section? Since they’re now a playable race, they are not skinnable – sadly.

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  5. asdf  8 years ago

    Just a heads up, the searing gorge spot for farming thick/rugged leather, doesn’t work anymore
    the lizards are replaced by elementals

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  6. Trailblazer  8 years ago

    Borean Leather – the raptors outside Uldaur drop between 1-3 per lizard. Also, the bats there are skinnable as well.

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    Trailblazer Reply:

    Whoops – check that. Not outside Uldaaur. I meant to write outside Gundrak. Also there is a flight point right there, along with a vendor who also does repairs.. Another bonus is the critters also drop Drakari offerings

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  7. elvenmagnus  8 years ago

    i will be using this guide as i need gold for my cold weather flying.all the other guides have really helped tyvm 🙂

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  8. Daintee  8 years ago

    Thanks for yet another great guide Daknit.

    Wailing Caves is a great spot for light leather, light hide and medium leather. I like to just round up the raptors in the first part of the Caves and skin them, rinse and repeat. This spot has several advantages as well as those you have mentioned. Firstly you run a fairly good chance of getting a Deviate Hatchling pet – I seem to get one from about every three runs. These pets are quite popular and worth several hundred gold. You also get a few green drops and some trash. Fortunately there is a merchant close by in the eyehole cave above the entrance to WC to help keep your bags organised. When tired of skinning you can always take a break and do a spot of fishing for deviate fish in the pool near the dreams (as referred to in your Fishing guide)! Deviate fish are fairly valuable and able to be caught by low level fishermen.

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    Daknit Reply:

    There’s also another great reason to visit the Wailing Caves. But, I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag yet. Stay posted for a special farming guide coming soon!

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  9. Dark  8 years ago

    i have an addition to the light leather and ruined leather a good spot would be the Wendigo cave in Khaz Modan pretty simple to level up skinning there and its near a beginning area

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  10. Tyberiuss  8 years ago

    Is there a way to connect to you by RSS feed?

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  11. Daniel  8 years ago

    I love your guide , it help me a lot to find those place faster . Keep up the good work !

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  12. Ray  8 years ago

    he’s right ive been playing for that long and ive never seen heavy leather go for 64GP for a 20 stack sorry to say if it did you couldnt buy the leather at the AH cause it would be a crazy dill…

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  13. Frost  8 years ago

    You guys do good work but a 20stack of heavy leather or any other leather price on here wont go for that just tellin you that you need to look on the AH and see what there realy goin for like a 20 stack of heavy leather always sells for like 8 to 10GP every time i try to sell for more than that it dont sell just what ive learned from playin for like 3years. Thank again for the farmin spots

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    Daknit Reply:

    It’s an average. I’ll admit, I’ve abused my server to higher “standards” of pricing. But the 5 other AHs also had a high price, and I was just a lurker on those.

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  14. Griezz  8 years ago

    There is one correction to make. When you talk about the Thick Leather, you mention the “turtle coast” north of the Hinterlands’ Revantusk Village, saying that all the turtles are yellow. Don’t forget that there is a single wandering aggressive turtle, Gammerita, who is a quest target; there is also two quest target areas (the waterfall and the island). As such, Alliance players would need to be wary of a lot of traffic from questing Hordies.

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    Daknit Reply:

    Well, yeah there is that little surprise. Allies do have 2 quests there, too (Taking a pic of Gammerita, and collecting bottles). It will make sense for any PvP player to be wary of horde towns, so my fellow Allys, don’t go too far south!

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  15. Yvelle  8 years ago

    I didn’t see Icy Dragonscales. I know that Violet Hold is the best place for those, but I was hoping there might be a good place someone knows of that’s not in an instance. Any suggestions?

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    Daknit Reply:

    Yes. But there was so many scales I had to post them on a separate blog page. Dugi will let you know when it will be public.

    Tho, I don’t mind giving you a hint. Outside of instances the Icy scales can be skinned from any dragonkin mob in northrend, but you won’t like the odds. The best place is to hit #################### because of the ############## and ###############. Might as well, right? I mean, if they are just going to sit there and take it, and you got to kill them anyways….

    I hope this helps.

    =)

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  16. Kat  8 years ago

    I agree with Zelli. I really look forward to them. Keep up the good work and thank you so very much.

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  17. Zelli  8 years ago

    I love getting your e-mails with all these sweet tips. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to making my world a little easier.

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  18. JetElf  8 years ago

    Another good one.

    Herbs man, HERBS. Where is the HERB guide ? If for nothing else to compare with my notes and sweet spots.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Daknit Reply:

    Herbs are coming. It’s a beast, and there’s alot of info. (There is about 150 herbs in the game!) Stay tooned.

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  19. Rumpelstilt  8 years ago

    Ohh sweet, and thanks again for a swell guide 🙂 Hugz

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  20. blackship  8 years ago

    For my skinners looking to level up and get mats for leatherworking there is one place I went for medium to heavy leather that is also a great place to farm. When I did this I used two characters – one higher level w/ ranged attack, and my skinner. Duskwood, Roland’s Doom – a cave up by the Rotting Orchard. As you take the path up you will see the cave in front of you with a bunch of Worgen in front of the entrance (cave mob). To the left and around a corner (hill of stone) is a hut – there are three Worgen in this area (two by the hut and one a little ways out in front of the hut), these three Worgen (key mob) are the key to farming this area. If you kill one of more of the key mob, the cave mob will continuously respawn one at a time UNTIL the key mob respawn(s), and then the cave mob will do the normal respawn (they take about 2 min to respawn if I remember). I would kill one of the three key mob, move to a position and use ranged attack to pull the cave mob to me, kill, loot, and pull another. I would end up with 20+ Worgen dead at my feet, looted and ready for skinning by the time the key mob respawned. Logging out and into my skinner that I had just down the path from the entrance to the area – run up and skin them all, run back, log back to my higher level toon, and continue the process.

    The key to farming this area is to recognize that there are two sets of mobs in the area (in front of the cave and near the hut to the left) and that IF one or more of the mobs by the hut are dead – the mob in front of the cave will continuously respawn until the mobs to the left (hut) respawn. I would empty the bags on both toons and leave the area with a lot of medium leather, heavy leather, and green items from the drops. The Worgen are about level 30 so make sure you can skin before trying this area. This process works even faster if you work with someone else doing the skinning. Fast way to get leather, little running around, constant respawns – my little gold mine for low level skinners. When I leveled my leatherworking I used the crafted items for my enchanter to disenchant for mats.

    I figured this out some time ago and have only told my guild members. With Cataclysm coming out I’m not sure that this will remain unaffected by the changes – so go farm leather from the Worgen until this area get’s reworked and this process won’t work any more.

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    Daknit Reply:

    Yes, I’ve checked this out some time ago and there seems to be a “Westfall” glitch. (Look under linen cloth for reference). There’s X mobs in this area and the game won’t let less than (X-3) mobs in the area. I kept two alive in the corner and the three in the caves. I stood in the middle and shot, loot, skin, pivot, repeat. I got about 15 kills in about 2 minutes.

    I’ll have to edit the guide for this note. Thank you for the heads up.

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    Djsharky Reply:

    Dude I love these guides!!! This is your fifth guide BUT Ive only ever seen the parts 2-5! WHERE and WHAT is your first guide? I really love to know and If you could include a link or make a certain place for ALL the guides to be viewed at once I would proberly hunt down your charecter in WoW and /prasie him/her.

    Djsharky of Azjol-Nerub

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    Daknit Reply:

    There’s the Mule Class Guide (That’s part of the Almanac)

    https://www.ultimatewowguide.com/blog/2010/07/the-mule-class-guide/

    And there’s the first post the Core items List, Summer months, and Peddler’s Class guide (First part of the Almanac)

    https://www.ultimatewowguide.com/blog/2010/06/azeroths-farmers-almanac-daknits-gold-guide/

    Hope that helps.