Game: WoW Classic
Content Type: Gaming Guides
Skinning is WoW Classic’s simplest gathering profession. Like Mining or Herbalism, players level Skinning by collecting hides and leathers from zones across Azeroth, but unlike the other two, these objects are taken from mobs instead of harvested from nodes. Once the corpse of a skinnable monster has been looted, the mouse icon will change to one indicating that the mob is now skinnable. These materials can then be used in Leatherworking, the most commonly paired crafting profession, or sold on the Auction House.
Players can begin leveling by learning Apprentice Skinning from a Skinning Trainer in any major city. Much like other gathering professions, all trainers are able to train you up to Artisan Skinning, so you don’t need to worry about finding specific NPCs at certain levels.
Players should also take this opportunity to pick up a Skinning Knife, the only item necessary to get started. These should be sold by any Trade Supplies Vendor. Certain weapons, like the Zulian Slicer, can also be used as a knife, but the tooltip will specify. Read until the end of the guide to find out more about these!
Just like other gathering professions, Skinning will occur naturally as you level. Killing beasts, dragonkin, silithids, and similar creatures will give you the opportunity to sink in your knife and level your skills. Unlike these other professions, however, there are no optimal or predetermined routes players should take while leveling. As a result, zones are listed below in a sequence you can follow while questing and leveling normally. Because of this, reaching skill level 125 is faction specific. Afterwards, the listed zones are for either faction.
Apprentice (1 – 75)
To start, players should train in Apprentice Skinning and purchase a Skinning Knife in any capital city. Then, leave your city and head into the areas surrounding it. Because each of the starting zones has abundant mobs, you should be able to continue questing as usual and collect enough skins and scraps to reach Journeyman. From mobs at this level, you’ll be collecting Ruined Leather Scraps, Light Leather, and Light Hide. If you’re leveling Leatherworking at the same time, make sure to hold onto these!
Once you reach skill level 50 in the starting zone, you can train up to Journeyman. After, quests should take you to the following areas. To streamline the leveling process, make sure to do this before progressing on, as the areas you can level to 75 in will allow you to go even further.
Journeyman (75 – 150)
Congratulations – you’ve collected enough materials to become a Journeyman. After learning Journeyman Skinning, continue working through mobs in the areas you began at skill level 50. Beginning at 125, you’ll need to find mobs in contested areas, so be ready for the potential of PvP or stay unflagged. At this stage, you’ll be collecting Medium Leather, Medium Hide, Heavy Leather, and Heavy Hide.
- 100 – 125
After this point, all the mobs necessary to continue leveling are going to be found in the same areas for both Alliance and Horde. Zones from the Eastern Kingdoms are indicated with an (EK) and zones on Kalimdor are marked with a (K). As you continue to level, zones with appropriate mobs are going to be spread out across both continents, though the distribution is not always even.
You can also train to Expert starting at 125!
Expert (150 – 225)
Your skill is progressing nicely! At 125, you can train up to Expert Skinning, and continue leveling. In addition to Heavy Leather, and Heavy Hide at this tier you’ll also begin collecting Thick Leather and Thick Hide. Make sure you’re holding onto your spare items if you’re also leveling Leatherworking. If not, this is when they start to become more valuable!
- 150 – 200
- Desolace (K)
- Arathi Highlands (EK)
- Stranglethorn Vale (EK)
- Players can actually stay in Stranglethorn up to level 300; the trick is to move along with the levels of the mobs. The lower level creatures should be able to get you through the early 200s, while the higher ones can take you to the cap. Doing so will require longer than if you were to leave STV when you’ve finished questing there, however.
Once you’ve hit 200, you can finally train up to Artisan! Like with Expert, learning it before continuing with quests will streamline the process of hitting the cap, as the zones that will net you the skill points to reach 225 can be farmed up to 250.
Artisan (225 – 300)
Congrats! After you reach skill level 200, you can train to the final tier, Artisan Skinning. At this level, you’ll be skinning the most elite mobs the game has to offer and finding the most valuable leather for crafting professions of all kinds. Like the rest of the tiers, you should be able to reach the cap by questing in the following zones, and you’ll in addition to Thick Leather and Thick Hide, you’ll also gather Rugged Leather and Rugged Hide. After this section, continue reading to find out about Skinning in endgame content!
- 250 – 275
- Un’Goro Crater (K)
- Un’Goro Crater is home to Devilsaurs, a group of mobs that drop the wildly valuable Devilsaur Leather. It can be used by Tribal Leatherworkers to create Devilsaur Leggings and Devilsaur Gauntlets, two pieces of optimal pre-raiding gear. Often parties or entire guilds will be out to farm this material, so watch out and stay alert. The leather itself can be skinned from Devilsaur, Ironhide Devilsaur, and Tyrant Devilsaur. The last mob that drops it is King Mosh, an elite world spawn. You’ll need to bring a group if you want to take him on.
- Felwood (K)
- Western Plaguelands (EK)
- Stranglethorn Vale (EK)
- Un’Goro Crater (K)
And just like that, you’ve reached skill level 300. Congratulations! You’ve collected enough leather and hides to craft piles of gear or to make an equal amount of cash. Continue reading to find out about Skinning mobs that require a skill level over 300.
Like Obsidian nodes in Mining, there are mobs in WoW Classic that require a skill level of over 300 to skin. Doing so, however, will net you the most valuable materials used to craft endgame gear. Before you’re able, you’ll need either a pair of gloves with Enchant Gloves – Skinning, a weapon that gives additional Skinning skill, or, possibly, a combination of both.
The two weapons that give players additional Skinning levels are Finkle’s Skinner and the Zulian Slicer. Finkle’s is dropped by The Beast in Blackrock Spire while the Slicer comes from High Priest Thekal in Zul’Gurub. Each has less than a 20% drop rate, so it may be necessary to farm each dungeon to loot them. Enchant Gloves – Skinning is learned by Enchanters from Formula: Enchant Gloves – Skinning, a rare world drop in the Arathi Highlands. It’s also possible to purchase the formula on the Auction House.
Once you’ve gotten either Finkle’s Skinner or the Zulian Slicer, you should be able to skin:
- The Beast for Pristine Hide of The Beast
- Ancient Core Hound for Core Leather
- Most of the Dragonkin in Blackwing Lair for Black Dragonscale
Getting the glove enchantment opens even more doors. If you have both a weapon and the glove enchant, you’ll be able to skin:
- Magmadar for Core Leather
- Nefarian for Black Dragonscale
- Onyxia for Scale of Onyxia
- All of the rare, world spawn dragons (Ysondre in The Hinterlands, Lethon in Feralas, Emeriss in Duskwood, and Taerar in Ashenvale) for Dreamscale