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Where is the Leatherworking Guild? The Leatherworkers Guild is Located in Gridania, and is Headed by Geva, who is pictured above.
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If you’re new to crafting, you might want to check out Crafting General Guide / FAQ first, and our Crafting General Levelling Guide.

What do Leatherworkers craft? (End Game)

Battlecraft Gear
Pugilist / Monk Armor
Archer/ Bard Armor
Pugilist Fist (Main Hand)

Tradecraft Gear
Crafting Armor (Belt, Gloves, Boots)

Fieldcraft Gear
Gathering Armor (Body,Gloves,Boots)

Components used by other crafting classes

What classes should be Leatherworkers?

Mainly charged with making physical DPS armor for Lancers (Dragoons), Archers (Bards), and Pugilists (Monks). Leatherworking is good overall since their main component (Leathers) is widely used. Not to mention they have quite a number of useful crafting and gathering gear that anyone can use. Overall, a very good class for anyone to pick up.

Again, every crafting class benefits / relies on other crafting classes for components, so it’s never truly useless to train Leatherworking(or all crafting classes)

Leatherworking skills

Every Crafting (Disciple of Hand) class has 14 skills, 11 of which are common among all of them, while three are unique to each class. Below are the Leatherworker only skills.

Name LevelCost 
Waste Not1556 CPReduces loss of durability by 50% for the next four steps.
Brand Of Earth3715 CPIncreases progress. Progress doubles when recipe affinity is Earth.
Efficiency: 100%(200%)
Success Rate: 90%
Waste Not II5098 CPReduces loss of durability by 50% for the next eight steps.

Leatherworker Skills Discussion

Waste Not: 53 CP for 20 durability doesn’t sound super it’s actually massive. The over time effect IS also a big advantage versus Master Mend. More details on that below in the entry for Waste Not II. Long story short, this skill is exceptionally powerful and well worth a level 15 skill.

Brand of Earth: Like any ‘brand’ skill, this is almost always better than any generic synthesis skill. As a cross-class skill, this of course depends on the element of the item you’re crafting. Use it if you the item you’re crafting is earth element. (Determined by shard used?)

Waste Not II: 95CP for 40 durability over time makes this the best durability restoration skill. Again, this is mostly because you do not have to waste a step when having additional effects on. Many times, you are going to dedicate steps to restoring durability using Masters Mend – this almost always coincides during critical times where additional effects are on. By pre-casting Waste Not, you are effectively giving yourself more options to continue and react to certain random crafting events.

from the comparison above we can assume Waste Not I is extremely worth a level 15 skill, and is in most cases better than Masters Mend II (Since MMII cannot be used on items with only 40 max durability!). Waste Not II is the most efficient durability restoration mechanic in the game. It completely invalidates Masters Mend I, II and Waste Not I, and in my opinion is a must-have crafting skill. Brand of Earth is always good when needed.

KEEP NOTE: that this is the only case when using skills that decrease durability on each step Waste Not is active. Otherwise, Waste Not will not trigger. Now… time to stack Inner Quiet with Basic Touch, yes?

Leatherworker Levelling Guide

We suggest starting crafting by levelling all crafting classes to 15 at once. Class specific levelling guides coming soon!


  • A general crafting class that crafts most if not all kinds of accessories.
  • Archers (Bard) & Pugilists (Monks) have the most to gain from leatherworking, but it’s one of the more general classes anyone would be happy to pick up.
  • Leatherworking skills look “meh”, but are extraordinarily powerful, and are all useful at any point of your crafting level.

Check out our other crafting class guides:
Alchemist | Armorsmith | Blacksmith | Carpenter | Culinarian | Goldsmith | Leatherworker | Weaver

For now, I guess that’s it! We will be working on class specific levelling guides, and other advanced information like most common materials used and so on. Please subscribe if you don’t want to miss out!

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