WoW Skinning Guide 1-525


Skinning This WoW Skinning Guide covers training your Skinning levels from 1 to 525 and details where to skin while leveling Skinning in World of Warcraft. Skinning is one of the 3 primary gathering professions, and gathering professions tend to provide a strong gold income. Skinning complements the Leatherworking profession very well, as the leather, hide and scale collected from Skinning can be used to make armor.

Updated for WoW patch 5.2

Skinning also grants the passive trait Master of Anatomy, which provides a bonus to a character’s critical strike rating (details at the end of this guide).

Skinning Guide Shortcuts

In order to skin a beast, you need to have killed it AND looted it. You are also able to skin beasts that other players have killed AND looted. You also need to be carrying a skinning knife (doesn’t need to be equipped). If a beast can be skinned it will have a color coded property that shows this when you hover your mouse pointer over it.
Red – Skinning level not yet high enough to skin this beast
Orange – High chance of increasing Skinning level when skinning this beast
Yellow – Moderate chance of increasing Skinning level when skinning this beast
Green – Low chance of increasing Skinning level when skinning this beast
Gray – No chance of increasing Skinning level when skinning this beast

The following formulas allow you to calculate the highest level beasts you can skin:
Up to level 100 – (Skinning Level/10)+10, for example, at skinning level 40: 40/10 + 10 = level 14 beasts
Above level 100 – Skinning Level/5, for example, at skinning level 140: 140/5 = level 28 beasts


Skinning Trainers

Rank Faction Trainer Location
Apprentice Alliance Iranis Shadebloom Dolanaar, Teldrassil
Jack “All-Trades” Derrington Greyman Court, Gilneas City & around Gilneas
Lien Farner Goldshire, Elwynn Forest
Valn Azure Watch, Azuremyst Isle
Wembil Taskwidget Kharanos, Dun Morogh
Horde Lalum Darkmane Bloodhoof Village, Mulgore
Nedric Sallow Brill, Tirisfal Glades
Runda Razor Hill, Durotar
Saren 2nd floor of the Inn on Falconwing Square, Eversong Woods
Therisa Sallow Calston Estate, Tirisfal Glades
Apprentice
Journeyman
Horde KTC Train-a-Tron Deluxe Around Lost Isles
KTC Train-a-Tron Deluxe Bilgewater Harbor, Azshara
Apprentice
Journeyman
Expert
Artisan
Master
Grand Master
Illustrious Grand Master
Alliance Balthus Stoneflayer The Great Forge, Ironforge
Eladriel Craftmen’s Terrace, Darnassus
Frederic Burrhus Valgarde, Howling Fjord
Gurf Stillpine Hold, Azuremyst Isle
Helen Peltskinner Goldshire, Elwynn Forest
Jelena Nightsky Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula
Maris Granger Old Town, Stormwind
Radnaal Maneweaver Northwest of Ban’ethil Hollow, Teldrassil
Remere The Traders Tier, The Exodar
Trapper Jack Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra
Wilma Ranthal Stonewatch Falls, Redridge Mountains
Horde Killian Hagey The Rogue’s Quarter, Undercity
Kulleg Stonehorn Camp Mojache, Feralas
Malux Shadowprey Village, Desolace
Mathreyn West of the Shepherd’s Gate, Eversong Woods
Mooranta Middle Rise, Thunder Bluff
Moorutu Thrallmar, Hellfire Peninsula
Rand Rhobart Southeast of Brill, Tirisfal Glades
Rento The Valley of Wisdom, Orgrimmar
Roberta Jacks Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord
Thuwd The Drag, Orgrimmar
Tiponi Stormwhisper Taunka’le Village, Borean Tundra
Tyn Walk of Elders, Silvermoon
Yonn Deepcut Bloofhoof Village, Mulgore
Neutral Derik Marks Magus Commerce Exchange, Dalaran
Dremm Aldor Rise, Shattrath
Seymour Lower City, Shattrath


Leveling Skinning 1-75

Learn Apprentice Skinning from a Skinning trainer
Purchase a Skinning Knife from a Goods vendor

Levels Zone What to Skin Location
1-50 Azuremyst Isle Infected Nightstalker Runt
Moongraze Buck
North of Azure Watch
Moongraze Stag South of Azure Watch
Ravager Specimen East of Stillpine Hold
Dun Morogh Crag Boar
Snow Tracker Wolf
Around Kharanos
Durotar Bloodtalon Scythemaw
Mature Swine
Wild Mature Swine
Venomtail Scorpid
Outside of Orgrimmar
Elwynn Forest Mangy Wolf
Rockhide Boar
Stonetusk Boar
Around Goldshire
Eversong Woods Springpaw Stalker West of Fairbreeze Village
Elder Springpaw Around Farstider Retreat
Teldrassil Elder Nightsaber South east of the Oracle Glade
Nightsaber Around Dolanaar
Nightsaber Stalker South outside of Darnassus
Mulgore Flatland Cougar
Flatland Prowler
Prairie Stalker
Prairie Wolf Alpha
Around Thunder Bluff
Tirisfal Glades Cursed Darkhound
Greater Duskbat
South of Brill
Plagued Bruin
Vampiric Duskbat
Around Balnir Farmstead
51-75 Bloodmyst Isle Grizzled Brown Bear Around Blood Watch
Darkshore Corrupted Thistle Bear
Corrupted Thistle Bear Matriach
Hungry Thistle Bear
Moonstalker
Between Lor’Danel and Ruins of Auberdine
Ghostlands Spindleweb Spider South east of Goldenmist Village
Vampiric Mistbat
Ghostclaw Lynx
Around Sanctum of the Sun
Loch Modan Black Bear North of Thelsamar
Northern Barrens Savannah Huntress
Zhevra Runner
Around Crossroads
Silverpine Forest Ferocious Grizzled Bear
Giant Rabid Bear
Worg
Rabid Worg
Along north and central part of the main road
Westfall Coyote
Young Goretusk
Around Furlbrow’s Pumpkin Farm

Leveling Skinning 76-150

Learn Journeyman Skinning from a Skinning trainer

Levels Zone What to Skin Location
76-90 Bloodmyst Isle Grizzled Brown Bear Around Blood Watch
Darkshore Corrupted Thistle Bear
Corrupted Thistle Bear Matriach
Hungry Thistle Bear
Moonstalker
Between Lor’Danel and Ruins of Auberdine
Ghostlands Spindleweb Spider South east of Goldenmist Village
Vampiric Mistbat
Ghostclaw Lynx
Around Sanctum of the Sun
Loch Modan Black Bear North of Thelsamar
Northern Barrens Savannah Huntress
Zhevra Runner
Around Crossroads
Silverpine Forest Ferocious Grizzled Bear
Giant Rabid Bear
Worg
Rabid Worg
Along north and central part of the main road
Westfall Coyote
Young Goretusk
Around Furlbrow’s Pumpkin Farm
91-120 Bloodmyst Isle Elder Brown Bear
Enraged Ravager
West side of Bloodmyst Isle
Darkshore Consumed Thistle Bear
Grizzled Thistle Bear
Moonstalker Sire
Around Grove of the Ancients
Ghostlands Ghostclaw Ravager South central part of Ghostlands
Loch Modan Bobcat
Hill Fox
Hill Grizzly
Mudbelly Boar
East side of Loch Modan
Northern Barrens Ornery Plainstrider
Savannah Matriach
Sunscale Scytheclaw
North West of Ratchet
121-150 Ashenvale Elder Ashenvale Bear
Shadowhorn Stag
West of Splintertree Post
Duskwood Coalpelt Bear West border of Duskwood
Black Ravager Around Vul’Gol Ogre Mound and North of The Yorgen Farmstead
Hillsbrad Foothills Cave Yeti
Ferocious Yeti
Yeti Cave, between Tarren Mill and The Sludge Fields
Northern Stranglethorn Stranglethorn Raptor
Young Panther
Young Stranglethorn Tiger
Around Nesingwary’s Expedition
Wetlands Ebon Slavehunter
Ebon Whelp
South east of Greenwarden’s Grove


Leveling Skinning 151-225

Level 10 Character required
Learn Expert Skinning from a Skinning trainer

Levels Zone What to Skin Location
151-165 Arathi Highlands Highland Fleshstalker South central part of Arathi Highlands
Northern Stranglethorn Elder Stranglethorn Tiger
Lashtail Raptor
Panther
River Crocolisk
Snapjaw Crocolisk
Between Nesingwary’s Expedition and Grom’gol Base Camp
Stonetalon Mountains Black Dragon Whelp
Black Drake
Charred Vale, south of Farwatcher’s Glen
166-190 Desolace Rejuvenated Thunder Lizard
Revitalizaed Basilisk
North side of Cenarion Wildlands
Scorpashi Snapper Between Thunder Axe Fortress and Sargeron
Southern Barrens Deviate Plainstrider
Plains Pridemane
Plains Prowler
North of Runis of Taurajo
The Cape of Stranglethorn Elder Mistvale Gorilla Mistvale Valley
Jaguero Stalker
Skymane Gorilla
Jaguero Isle
191-225 Dustwallow Marsh Bloodfen Raptor
Bloodfen Screecher
East of Blackhoof Village
Feralas Feral Scar Yeti Yeti Cave, South west of Dire Maul
Western Plaguelands Diseased Wolf
Hulking Plaguebear
Around The Menders’ Stead


Leveling Skinning 226-300

Level 25 Character required
Learn Artisan Skinning from a Skinning trainer

Levels Zone What to Skin Location
226-250 Badlands Scalding Whelp
Scorched Guardian
Lethlor Ravine
Felwood Angerclaw Bear
Felpaw Wolf
Around Emerald Sanctuary
Tanaris Blisterpaw Hyena
Glasshide Basilisk
West of Gadgetzan
251-270 Badlands Darkflight Soldier
Raging Whelp
East of New Kargath
Tanaris Glasshide Gazer
Rabid Blisterpaw
North of The Gaping Chasm
Un’goro Crater Ravasaur
Ravasaur Hunter
Ravasaur Runner
South East corner of Un’goro Crater
271-290 Swamp of Sorrows Sawtooth Crocolisk
Swampstrider
Between Bogpaddle and Sorrowmurk
Un’goro Crater Un’goro Gorilla
Un’goro Stomper
Un’goro Thunderer
Fungal Rock, north east of Lakkari Tar Pits
Winterspring Frostsaber
Frostsaber Huntress
Frostsaber Pride Watcher
Frostsaber Stalker
South east of Frostsaber Rock
291-300 Blasted Lands Ashmane Boar
Redstone Basilisk
Snickerfang Hyena
North of the Dark Portal


Leveling Skinning 301-375

Level 40 Character required
Learn Master Skinning from a Skinning trainer

Levels Zone What to Skin Location
301-315 Hellfire Peninsula Deranged Helboar Southeast and southwest of Honor Hold
Hulking Helboar West of Falcon Watch
316-330 Zangamarsh Marshfang Ripper
Young Sporebat
Eastern side of Zangamarsh
331-350 Nagrand Talbuk Thorngrazer
Wild Elekk
West of Garadar
351-375 Howling Fjord Shoveltusk
Shoveltusk Calf
Shoveltusk Forager
Shoveltusk Stag
Around Howling Fjord


Leveling Skinning 376-450

Level 55 Character required
Learn Grand Master Skinning from a Skinning trainer

Levels Zone What to Skin Location
376-400 Dragonblight Arctic Grizzly
Snowfall Elk
Around Agmar’s Hammer
401-450 Sholazar Basin Hardknuckle Charger
Hardknuckle Forager
Southeast of Frenzyheart Hill
Dreadsaber
Longneck Grazer
Mangal Crocolisk
Shardhorn Rhino
Around Nesingwary Base Camp
Shattertusk Bull
Shattertusk Calf
Around The Glimmering Pillar


Leveling Skinning 451-525

Level 75 Character required
Learn Illustrious Grand Master Skinning from a Skinning trainer

Levels Zone What to Skin Location
451-490 Mount Hyjal Twilight Dragonkin
Twilight Dragonkin Armorer
Sethria’s Roost
Kelp’thar Forest Splitclaw Skitterer Between Legion’s Fate and Seafarer’s Tomb
Uldum Riverbed Crocolisk Along river banks in Uldum
491-525 Twilight Highlands Highland Elk
Highland Worg
Tawny Owl
Southeast of Kirkhaven


Master of Anatomy

Master of Anatomy This is a passive trait, exclusive to characters that train Skinning, and it provides a critical strike bonus that scales with Skinning levels.

Rank 1: +3 Critical Strike rating (requires Skinning level 75)
Rank 2: +6 Critical Strike rating (requires Skinning level 150)
Rank 3: +9 Critical Strike rating (requires Skinning level 225)
Rank 4: +12 Critical Strike rating (requires Skinning level 300)
Rank 5: +20 Critical Strike rating (requires Skinning level 375)
Rank 6: +40 Critical Strike rating (requires Skinning level 450)
Rank 7: +80 Critical Strike rating (requires Skinning level 525)

The critical strike bonus applies to melee, ranged and spell.

I hoped you found this WoW Skinning Leveling Guide useful and that it has helped you on your way to level 525. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

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theedwinst

where can i find a trainer for master skinning? iron forge and stormwind are both duds

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Spiph

Ironforge and Stormwind trainers listed here have it. Do you have the ‘Burning Crusade’ expansion on your account which is required to take professions to Master level?

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Kyle G.

i didnt know there were so many animals to skin
new to professions, i picked skinning and leatherworking because i am a hunter, however im mainly making things for other people in my guild as i have good dungeon gear
Good work on the guide. Really put a lot of effort into this,
Aenlanth Realm: Crushridge
Level 26

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Scott Stewart

Thanks for this guide. I have an 85 Orc hunter named Gul and he’s on garithos. I got to 525 in a snap with this. Thanks.:)

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Secret

this leveling guide was perfect for me, i went from 100 to 375 in two days. Thanks

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Anonymous

Dude 2 days i went from 1-525 in 5 hours ….

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chad

Thank you for the lvling guide. There was one thing I think you made a mistake on. By telling ppl to move more often than they needed too (you had them move every time the place they were no longer provided an orange skinning target rather than yellow) I actually think you made lvling take longer. For example in Howling Fjord, the Shoveltusks are in such big grps that you actually lvl faster there with yellow than you would other places with orange. Just a thought.

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Mat Krisa

Thanks for the help on the Skinning, you guys saved me alot of time. Appreciate it! :D

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Rayven

Thanks for the guide. It helped out a lot!

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Davinub

Thanks to this website i got from 1-525 in 20 hours :P did it at 90 tho

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Lima

Very good thanks for the guid . It was a big help .

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