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Skinning Leveleing Guide: Skinning 1-450

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You can use this as a fast track Skinning guide. Just ignore the "Your level" bit. I would seriously suggest that you wait until your level 50+ before trying this though, as it'll will takes you ages to complete at lower levels (unless of course you have a couple of level 50+ friends who don't mind grinding mobs for you to skin). I've tried to list mobs that should be yellow or orange for your skinning level. If they are green, move onto the next zone listed.

Please note that even if a mob is red/orange to you, that this DOES NOT guarantee that you'll get a Skinning skill up. It's more likely, but not to be expected every time.

Early Level Alliance & Horde each have maps. Scroll down for your race.

Skinning Level = 1 - Your Level = 5

Horde (See Maps Below)

Undead = Hounds around Brill
Orcs and Trolls = Mottled Boars and Scorpids around Sen'Jin Village
Tauren = Prowlers and Plainstriders around Bloodhoof Village

Brill Skinning

Orc & Troll

Durotar Skinning


Durotar Skinning

Alliance (See Maps Below)

Humans - Boars around Goldshire
Gnomes and Dwarves - Crag Boars and Wendigo's South of Kharanos
Night Elves - Nightsabers and critters around Dolanaar.


Gnomes & Dwarves

Night Elves

Skinning Level = 25 - Your Level = 10


Undead = Worgs and Moonrage Gluttons around Silverpine
Orcs and Trolls = Boars, Scorpids, Crocolisks and Raptors around Orgrimmar
Tauren = Prowlers and Praire Wolves around Thunderbluff


Orcs & Trolls



Human - Prowlers and Bears around Eastvale Logging Camp
Gnomes and Dwarves - Wolves around Brenwall Village.
Night Elves - Moonstalkers and Bears around Auberdine


Gnome & Dwarves

Night Elves

Skinning Level = 50 - Your Level = 13

(at this level most Horde should be heading towards Crossroads)
Plainstriders, Raptors and Prowlers around Crossroads


Humans = Goretusks all around Sentinel Hill.
Gnomes and Dwarfves = Bears and Crocolisks around Thelsamar
Night Elves = Moonstalkers and Bears North of Auberdine


Gnome & Dwarves

Night Elves

Skinning Level = 100 - Your Level = 20


Stormsnouts and Thunderhawks around Camp Taurajo


(at this level most Alliance should be heading for The Wetlands)
Crocolisks and Raptors around Bluegill Marsh and Whelgar's Excavation Site

Alternatives: Whelps and boars around Lakeshire for Alliance.

Skinning Level = 130 - Your Level = 24

Alliance and Horde

Bears and Mountain Lions around Hillsbrad Foothills

Ravagers and Wolves in Duskwood if your Alliance.
Bears, Stags and Ghostpaws in Ashenvale.

Skinning Level = 150 - Your Level = 28

Alliance and Horde

Yeti Cave in Hillsbrad Fields and Mountain Lions on the "Daggers"
Hyenas, Lions, Wyvern and Thunderhawks in Thousand Needles.
Bears, Stags and Ghostpaws in Ashenvale.

Skinning Level = 170 - Your Level = 32

Alliance and Horde

Raptors in Arathi Highlands.
Turtles and Basilisks in The Shimmering Flats.

Skinning Level = 180 - Your Level = 34

Alliance and Horde

Raptors, Panthers and Tigers around Nessingwarys Camp in Stranglethorn Vale
(you could actually get your skinning level all the way to 300 in and around STV since mobs are 34 to 50)

Raptors and Crocs in Dustwallow Marsh.
Thunder Lizards, Kodos, Basilisks, Scorpids and Hyenas in Desolace.
Whelps in Swamp of Sorrows.

Skinning Level = 220 - Your Level = 38

Alliance and Horde

Raptors and Gorillas around the Gurabashi Arena

Panthers, Jaguars and Crocs in Swamp of Sorrows.
Dragonkin, Coyotes and Ridge Stalkers/Huntresses in Badlands.
Wolves around Feathermoon Stronghold in Feralas if your Alliance.

Skinning Level = 250 - Your Level = 45

Alliance and Horde

Snickerfangs and Boars in North Blasted Lands.

Silvermanes and Gryphons in The Hinterlands.
Stags and Hippogryphs in Azshara.
Hippogryphs, Apes, Bears, Wolves, Screechers and Yetis in Feralas.

Skinning Level = 275 - Your Level = 50

Alliance and Horde

Jagueros and Gorillas on Jaguero Island. (Large Island to the East of Booty Bay ). Skin till 300.

Yetis, Chimeras and Bears in Winterspring.
Bears in Western Plaguelands.
Plaguehounds and Plaguebats in Eastern Plaguelands.
Turtles by Raventusk Village in The Hinterlands.
Turtles and Chimeras in Azshara.
Dragonkin, Worgs and Scorpids in Burning Steppes.

Thought I'd add the mob levels that you can expect to get each specific leather from.

Ruined Leather Scraps: 1-16
Light Leather: 1-27
Light Hide: 10-27
Medium Leather: 15-36
Medium Hide: 15-36
Heavy Leather: 25-46
Heavy Hide: 25-46
Thick Leather: 35-63
Thick Hide: 40-59
Rugged Leather: 43-63
Rugged Hide: 47-63

Skinning 300 to 375

Going from skinning 300 to 375 is dead easy, but its going to take you as long, if not longer than it took to go from Skinning 1 to 300. Even if your skinning orange mobs, you'll only get a skinning skill up every 5-7 successful skins.

Realistically, you could level up to skinning 375 on the mobs around Hellfire Peninsula, but it's not the most efficient way. The following is what I believe to be a more efficient way to level it up.

Skinning 301 - 310

Hellboars around Hellfire Citadel in Hellfire Peninsula.

Skinning 310 - 330

Ravagers around Falcon Watch in Hellfire Peninsula.

Skinning 330 - 350
For this section you have three choices.

Talbuk's and Clefthoofs all over Nagrand.
(you could just as easily continue skinning to 375)

Skinning 350 - 375
Netherdrakes around Stormspire in Netherstorm

Netherwing Fields in Shadowmoon Valley

Raptors and Wind Serpents around Blades Edge Mountains.

Skinning 375-450

At this point you will need to stop by a trainer.

Trainer Locations:
Frederic Burrhus - 59,63 in Valgarde, Howling Fjord.
Trapper Jack - 57,71 in Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra.

Tiponi Stormwhisper - 76,37 in Taunka'Le Village, Borean Tundra.
Roberta Jacks - 78,28 in Vengence Landing, Howling Fjord.

Derik Marks - 35,28 in Dalaran.

Skinning 375-400

Wooly Rhino around 46,39 in Borean Tundra. They are in herds and are easy to farm.

Skinning 400-450

Shoveltusk around 72,46 and 47,47 in Howling Fjord. Again these are in herds and are easy to farm.

Skinning Farming Spot

A good place to farm Borean Leather is at 46,55 in Storm Peaks. There is a cave there with Cavedweller Worgs (79-80). They have relatively low HP and a high spawn rate.

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