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Level Your Skinning Skill

Gryphon skinning
Thinning the Gryphon population

Skinning is an excellent money maker in the World of Warcraft and also provides the raw materials for leatherworking, and some bits and pieces for other professions. Prices on some of the higher level skinned items (eg: Savage Leather) are right up there with other gathered items. Often they’ll be pretty good for lower level items, as well, since people tend to farm the high level areas.

Also, since you are going to be killing so many beasts in this game you won’t have to do much to make some good cash through your skinning profession, even if the prices get a bit low at times. Skin everything you kill and you won’t have to pay much attention to what level your skill is, it will always be high enough, unless you’re blasting through the levels using Recruit-a-Friend.

Note – Players will frequently kill animals which they don’t skin, so you can go in and clean up after them, gathering piles of free skins.

Master of Anatomy (MoA) – as your skinning skill increases you gain an understanding of Anatomy. This gives you a small bonus to your Critical Strike Rating (not crit chance.)

Skill Range

Train Up

Min. Level


MoA Level


1 (at 75)
2 (at 150)
3 (at 225)
4 (at 300)
5 (at 375)
6 (at 450)
Illustrious Grandmaster
7 (at 525)
Zen Master
8 (at 600)


Items Obtained from Skinning

Note: Items such as Heavy Savage Leather and Cured Hides are created by Leatherworking, and are not skinned. Any given critter might drop any of several types of leather.

Medium leatherHeavy HideWarbear Leather

Old world Hides Specials
Ruined Leather Scraps Light Hide Thin Kodo Leather
Light Leather Medium Hide Devilsaur Leather
Heavy Leather Thick Hide Enchanted Leather
Thick Leather Rugged Hide
Rugged Leather Raptor Hide
Outlands, min skill 300
Knothide Leather Scraps Fel Hide Primal Tiger Leather
Knothide Leather Primal Bat Leather
Heavy Knothide Leather Thick Clefthoof Leather
Core Leather
Crystal Infused Leather
Northrend, min skill 375
Borean Leather Scraps Arctic Fur
Borean Leather
Heavy Borean Leather
Cataclysm, min skill 450
Savage Leather Scraps Pristine Hide
Savage Leather
Mists of Pandaria, min skill 525
Sha leather scaps
Sha leather


To get the Skinning skill simply run to your nearest trainer (ask a guard for location) and don’t forget to buy a skinning knife from the supply guy/gal. Then get to work.

By the way, Worgen are the best skinners with a +15 bonus and quicker skinning.

Getting Started

All of the starting areas offer plenty of opportunity for skinning, you don’t have to travel to Durotar or Elwyn Forest, unless you want to. You should get your skill to at least 65 before moving to the next zone.

Generally mobs will have a skinning requirement of 5x their level, so those level 14 mobs will require (5 x 14) 70 skinning skill. If you keep your skinning skill at a minimum of 5x your own level you should be good all the way to the end.


  • Beasts in the startng areas (the level 1-5 areas) cannot be skinned.
  • You will need at least 300 skill to skin anything in Outlands, 375 for Northrend, and 450 for the Cataclysm zones.
  • Trapper’s Traveling Pack holds 28 slots (for skinning.) There will likely be a bigger on in Mists of Pandaria.

How to Enhance Your Skinning

+5 Skinning:

+10 Skinning:

+15 Skining:

  • Pick Worgen as your race.

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4 thoughts on “Level Your Skinning Skill”

  1. My level 69 Warlock reached skinning level 300 and I cannot skin anymore. Trainer says I must reach level 78 before I can train again. This is not how I leveled in my other characters. What am I doing wrong?

    1. You have to get skinning for each new expansion, from now on. 300 is the cap for “classic.” So now you kindof have 7 “skinning professions. And yes, this DOES mean that you can have 75 Pandaria skinning and NOT have the earlier skills.

      Nabbed from Wowhead:
      Classic professions have a maximum of 300.
      Outland, Northrend, Cataclysm, and Pandaria professions have a maximum of 75.
      Draenor and Legion professions have a maximum of 100.
      Battle for Azeroth professions have a maximum of 150.

      Does that clear it up?

    1. For leveling skinning? Not sure where “the best spot” will be, but there are a bazillion beasties. My best advice for launch is to try and get away from the crowds (generic, I know.) Be geared enough that you can go to a higher level area w/o getting slaughtered by the wildlife. There’s no flying until level 90, so consider getting that out of the way first. On the other hand, I think you’ll make some very nice gold if you can get some skinning done ASAP. I think prices will be quite high for a few days.

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