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Leathercrafting Guide 1.0
by Ctownwoody of Asura
Sons of Valkrum Linkshell
Disclaimer: This worked for me and is based on my research and efforts on Asura. Prices have increasingly normalized in the last 18 months, but I still suggest going to ffxiah.com to research your particular server.
1. The guildshop in Sandy is rarely camped for good reason. You can get better prices at the AH most of the time. Dhalmels and Windurstian Tea Leaves aside, there's nothing you'll need that's not within 3 zones (Selbina or Jugner Forest) to get you all the way to 60.
2. Skins and Bones are great joint farming. I generally frown upon farming for synth materials, since the idea is to add value to the ingredients using your skill. However, Leathercraft and Bonecraft, especially in the 0-60 range, share a lot of the same mobs for drops, and the mobs in question have generous drop-rates. If you do go farming, be sure to bring the materials to synth in the field as needed because skins usually don't stack, but leathers do. Rams, Dhalmels, Tigers, and Sheep are the most commonly-farmed mobs, in order of popularity.
3. Leather-making uses either Windurstian Tea Leaves or Willow Logs. Tea leaves are better because they are cheaper and stack, except with Ram Leather, where you can get one extra level of Skill out of Willow Logs on a profitable synth, which makes it a legitmate concern.
4. Leathercrafting is used to make gloves/boots and as a subcraft in basically every Armor-set that you can craft. While not a lot of these armor sets are very profitable or sell particularly well, there are a lot of these armor sets and you may want to make some of these sets yourself for the outside shot at skill or HQs.
5. Leather-making Skins are not stackable (and non-Leather-making Skins are). When farming for skins for leather, bring along the stackable materials (Tea Leaves, Water and Dark Crystals) to make leather and then stack the leather to save inventory space.
6. Leather-crafting is a subcraft in important Smithing, Goldsmithing, Clothcraft, and Bonecraft recepies. Skill-ups come more slowly, but the lack of good recepies in some stretches can be overcome in this fashion.