Looking at going from 200-600, I really just don't want to now...
Why is leatherworking still so painful?
The good news is that once you're at 300+, it's pretty smooth sailing. Wrath and Cata leathers were abundant and not very expensive on my server, and when you first learn the bracer enchant, you can spam it till it goes green (starts orange, gives a point reliably for 20-25-ish points, and costs just 1 eternium thread). MoP leather is dirt-cheap, so 500-600 will be the least of your worries.
I don't think LW was properly adjusted when professions were brought up to date a while ago. The Vanilla section is by far the worst, since items take 12-16 pieces of leather, and Vanilla leathers are anything but abundant. It may have made sense in Vanilla, when people leveled slowly and many farmed consistently for an income. It doesn't make sense now, when people outlevel areas extremely fast and tend to worry about professions once they're at higher levels.
Only 1 profession uses skins.
Mining is used in Jewelcrafting, Blacksmithing, and Engineering.
Therefore, if i was making a new gathering toon, it would be Mining.
AOE looting can help you in grinding this up in regards to looting mobs, but, still rather torturous.
I feel your pain, killing 12 mobs and skinning them all for a single skill point for about 30 skill levels is complete bull!@#$.
I've leveled most professions and leatherworking is my least favorite by far. Even straight quest leveling with zero dungeon runs I was constantly backtracking to get the right type of leather. A little backtracking is not a big deal and most professions have to do it but it was pretty much every stage of leather except the first couple. Do dugeons or BGs and it's even worse.
Skinning really isn't too bad since I have to kill 100 mobs, skinning greys out pretty quickly.
Its the single leather per kill (sometimes guild proc) and the too often higher/lower tier leather. I'm killing heavy leather mobs and RNG is like "here, have thick for the next 5 kills."
But, man, if I'd had to farm it, I wouldn't have done. That's just a brutal, brutal process.
I do feel for you trying to level it up. My realm's AH usually doesn't have nearly enough leather to make that a viable option. So you'd need to farm most of what you need.
They should add the chance of bonus leather to skinning for leather-workers like tailors get for cloth drops. Or reduce the amount of leather to make one item... it takes leather from eight whole bears to make one little vest?
10/15/2012 09:31 PMPosted by TyvonaI'm leveling it now for the first time and it does seem much harder to farm than mining or herbs. Each 'node' has to be fought first instead of just click and when I mine I usually get several ore but with leather I've never gotten more than two and many kills one or even just 1/3 (scraps).
Well, at lower levels, where you are alone, yes. Then again, you can AoE swarm if you wayy out lvl the mobs.
For the current levels, just park your skinner in an area where there are a lot of quest mobs to be skinned.
My lvl 85 Alt is a 600 skinner. I parked him in Valley of Blossoms near the Tigers/Turtles/Kodos around Nestingway quests.
make a killing there...shhhhhh
Just got past Thick, that required an afternoon in the Badlands. At some points people were questing and leaving looted broodlings, so after checking that they weren't Skinners that helped a lot.
Time to go score a bunch of Rugged to get past 300- good to hear it gets better. I do seem to have a lot more Knothide and Borean leather in the bank than the other leathers I picked up while questing and levelling skinning.
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