Classic Skinning Profession Guide

Last updated on Feb 03, 2024 at 01:20 by Seksixeny 3 comments

Skinning is a gathering profession, with which you can skin Leather from certain dead mobs (mostly Beasts and Dragonkins). It is a very useful support profession that works very well with Leatherworking, but also with Tailoring and Blacksmithing.

While there are no new skins of note in Season of Discovery, you will still need many types of skins for the new quests and crafts made available in SoD.


Skinning in Season of Discovery

Currently there are no new skins, hides, or skinning-related Season of Discovery specific content. Many of the new crafts in SoD do require skins and hides, however, making Skinning a critical profession for the SoD economy.



Skinning is a very popular and useful profession in WoW Classic. While leveling, it is very convenient to pick up gathering professions, since they do not require much time to level. With Skinning, you will be able to skin what you kill.

Skinning can be used on Beasts, Dragonkin, some Humanoids, and Silithids. You can only skin a mob if the corpse has been completely looted. Skinning works great when paired with the crafting profession Leatherworking.

In order to start skinning, you need to purchase a Skinning Knife Icon Skinning Knife from any Skinning trainer or general store. You need this item in your inventory in order to skin a mob, but you DO NOT need to wear it to skin.

With the release of Zul'Gurub, there is a BiS Skinning knife that gives the same bonus as the Finkle's Skinner Icon Finkle's Skinner from the Beast, the Zulian Slicer Icon Zulian Slicer, which gives you a +10 Skinning bonus.

Zul'Gurub also contains 41 Zulian Crocolisks, which can be skinned for 1-2 Rugged Leather Icon Rugged Leather, 1-2 Thick Leather Icon Thick Leather, or 1 Rugged Hide Icon Rugged Hide.


Trainer Locations






Types of Leather

There are many different types of Leather, from the ones commonly used in Leatherworking and rarer ones, used to craft specific gear with Leatherworking, but also Blacksmithing and Tailoring.


Commonly Used Leather


Leather Encountered While Leveling


End-Game Leather



Skinning is very different from other gathering professions, since it requires you to kill a mob in order to interact with the skill. You can choose to passively level Skinning by skinning whatever mobs you can skin as you level. If you are behind in level, or want to power level Skinning, then here is a list of the best places to train Skinning at each level.


Alliance: 1 to 100

Leveling Skinning as Alliance: Elwynn Forest 1-50 Level 1-50: Elwynn Forest — Boars and Wolves
Leveling Skinning as Alliance: Westfall 50-100 Level 50-100: Westfall — Boars

Horde: 1 to 100

Leveling Skinning as Horde: Durotar 1-50 Level 1-50: Durotar — Boars, Scorpions, and Raptors
Leveling Skinning as Horde: The Barrens 50-100 Level 50-100:The Barrens — Plainstriders, Prowlers, and Raptors

Alliance & Horde: 100 to 300

Leveling Skinning: Hillsbrad Foothills 100-150 Level 100-150: Hillsbrad Foothills — Bears and Mountain Lions
Leveling Skinning: Alterac Valley 150-200 Level 150-200: Alterac Valley — Mountain Lions and Yetis
Leveling Skinning: Hinterlands 200-250 Level 200-250: Hinterlands — Gryphons and Silvermanes
Leveling Skinning: Un'Goro Crater 250-300 Level 250-300: Un'Goro Crater — Any mob in Un'Goro (best to stick to the edges until Level 275)


  • 03 Feb. 2024: Updated for Season of Discovery Phase 2.
  • 15 Apr. 2020: Updated for the release of Zul'Gurub.
  • 15 Aug. 2019: Page added.
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