Leather is an item that was added during Alpha, along with the introduction of cows. Leather can be used to craft leather armor which is the weakest type of armor, but it's the easiest to make for a starter set, due to the leather being easily obtainable by killing cows, horses, donkeys, mules, llamas, and hoglins which may drop 0-2 pieces of leather upon death with or without a weapon.

It can also be used (as of update 1.3) to craft books. 24 pieces of leather are required to craft a full set of leather armor. In the 1.4 updates, leather can be used to make an item frame. An item frame can be crafted with a piece of leather in the middle, surrounded by sticks.

In the Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Edition, leather can be used to craft leather horse armor, which can be dyed.

Crafting

Leather Horse Armor (Pocket Edition and Windows 10 Edition only)
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Achievements

The achievement "Cow Tipper" can be earned when a player obtains leather. Before 1.12, this achievement was available in the Java Edition; however, when achievements were replaced with advancements, this achievement can only be found in the console editions.

Usages

Leather is commonly used to make armor or books. However, leather armor has the least durability and resistance. Notably, leather armor can be dyed by a player by first placing the dye into a cauldron full of water and then dipping the leather armor into the cauldron.

Trivia

  • After Secret Friday Update 8, chickens would drop leather if killed by fire or fall damage (They won't take fall damage anymore after the mentioned update), although it has since been fixed.
  • Saddles have the texture and color of the leather but are not crafted by it, as they can only be acquired from chests in dungeonsRavagers, or from fishing.
  • In Indev 0.31, an examination of the items.png file reveals there was a planned leather-chain armor. However, it was never implemented, and with the addition of gold armor, it has since been made redundant. The only thing that remains in the current versions of Minecraft is the tunic texture.
  • After the 0.7.2. update of Minecraft: Pocket Edition, cows now drop leather upon death.
  • Leather is the only armor type that can be dyed.
  • Because it is dropped by cows, horses, llamas, and mooshrooms, leather is a renewable resource.

    The current items.png. Note the Leather-Chain armor in the bottom right.

  • Leatherworker villagers will buy leather in exchange for emeralds (this is only worth it if you're desperate).
  • Leather is very helpful for beating the game.

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