Classic Skinning Profession Guide

Last updated on Apr 15, 2020 at 01:30 by Abyssalwave 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.

If you were looking for TBC Classic advice, please refer to our TBC Classic Skinning leveling guide.



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



  • Balthus Stoneflayer — Ironforge (40,32)
  • Maris Granger — Stormwind City (68,49)
  • Eladriel — Darnassus (30,52)
  • Helene Peltskinner — Elwynn Forest (46,62)
  • Radnaal Maneweaver — Teldrassil (42,50)
  • Jayla — Ashenvale (50,67)
  • Wilma Ranthal — Redridge Mountains (89,71)


  • Killian Hagey — Undercity (70,59)
  • Thuwd — Orgrimmar (63,45)
  • Mooranta — Thunder Bluff (44,43)
  • Dranh — Mulgore (45, 59)
  • Yonn Deepcut — Mulgore (45,58)
  • Rand Rhobart — Tirisfal Glades (65,60)
  • Kulleg Stonehorn — Feralas (74,43)
  • Malux — Desolace (23,69)

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

  • 1-17: Ruined Leather Scraps Icon Ruined Leather Scraps
  • 1-27: Light Leather Icon Light Leather
  • 3-27: Light Hide Icon Light Hide
  • 11-37: Medium Leather Icon Medium Leather / Medium Hide Icon Medium Hide
  • 23-46: Heavy Leather Icon Heavy Leather / Heavy Hide Icon Heavy Hide
  • 35-63: Thick Leather Icon Thick Leather / Thick Hide Icon Thick Hide
  • 40-63: Rugged Leather Icon Rugged Leather / Rugged Hide Icon Rugged Hide

Leather Encountered While Leveling

  • Wool Cloth Icon Wool Cloth — skinned from Sheep in low-level zones (they can also be skinned for Ruined Leather Scraps Icon Ruined Leather Scraps and Light Leather Icon Light Leather) and used for a number of low-level Tailoring recipes;
  • Deviate Scale Icon Deviate Scale/Perfect Deviate Scale Icon Perfect Deviate Scale — skinned from Deviate mobs in Mulgore and Wailing Caverns, and used in Leatherworking to make Deviate Scale Belt Icon Deviate Scale Belt, Deviate Scale Cloak Icon Deviate Scale Cloak, and Deviate Scale Gloves Icon Deviate Scale Gloves;
  • Red Whelp Scale Icon Red Whelp Scale — skinned from Whelps in the Wetlands and used to make Red Whelp Gloves Icon Red Whelp Gloves by Leatherworkers;
  • Shiny Fish Scales Icon Shiny Fish Scales — skinned from Frenzy fish around Azeroth and used by Shamans to fuel their Water Breathing Icon Water Breathing spell;
  • Shadowcat Hide Icon Shadowcat Hide — skinned from Panthers in Stranglethron Vale and Swamps of Sorrows, needed to make Shadowskin Gloves Icon Shadowskin Gloves and Dusky Boots Icon Dusky Boots with Leatherworking;
  • Scorpid Scale Icon Scorpid Scale — skinned from Level 40 to 54 scorpion mobs and used in Leatherworking to make Tough Scorpid Boots Icon Tough Scorpid Boots, Tough Scorpid Bracers Icon Tough Scorpid Bracers, Tough Scorpid Breastplate Icon Tough Scorpid Breastplate, Tough Scorpid Gloves Icon Tough Scorpid Gloves, Tough Scorpid Helm Icon Tough Scorpid Helm, Tough Scorpid Leggings Icon Tough Scorpid Leggings, and Tough Scorpid Shoulders Icon Tough Scorpid Shoulders;
  • Worn Dragonscale Icon Worn Dragonscale — skinned from Level 40 to 60 Dragonkin mobs throughout Azeroth and used in Leatherworking to make Dragonscale Gauntlets Icon Dragonscale Gauntlets and Dragonscale Breastplate Icon Dragonscale Breastplate;
  • Chimera Leather Icon Chimera Leather — skinned from select mobs in Winterspring and Azshara and needed to make Chimeric Boots Icon Chimeric Boots, Chimeric Gloves Icon Chimeric Gloves, Chimeric Leggings Icon Chimeric Leggings, and Chimeric Vest Icon Chimeric Vest with Leatherworking;
  • Warbear Leather Icon Warbear Leather — skinned from Level 50 to 60 bears (mostly in Winterspring) and used in Leatherworking to make Warbear Harness Icon Warbear Harness and Warbear Woolies Icon Warbear Woolies;
  • Heavy Silithid Carapace Icon Heavy Silithid Carapace — skinned from Silithid in Un'Goro Crater and Silithus, and used by Leatherworkers to make Sandstalker Bracers Icon Sandstalker Bracers, Sandstalker Gauntlets Icon Sandstalker Gauntlets, and Sandstalker Breastplate Icon Sandstalker Breastplate;
  • Heavy Scorpid Scale Icon Heavy Scorpid Scale — skinned from Level 50 to 60 scorpion mobs (mostly in Silithus) and used to make Icy Scale Bracers Icon Icy Scale Bracers, Icy Scale Breastplate Icon Icy Scale Breastplate,and Icy Scale Gauntlets Icon Icy Scale Gauntlets (by a Leatherworker or Craftsman Wilhelm).

End-Game Leather

  • Scale of Onyxia Icon Scale of Onyxia — skinned from Onyxia and needed to make Onyxia Scale Cloak Icon Onyxia Scale Cloak (Leatherworking), which people need to defeat Nefarian in Blackwing Lair;
  • Core Leather Icon Core LeatherAncient Core Hounds and Magmadar in Molten Core and used to make high-end Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, and Tailoring recipes;
  • Pristine Hide of the Beast Icon Pristine Hide of the Beast — skinned from The Beast in Upper Blackrock Spire and the objective of the quests that reward you with Breastplate of Bloodthirst Icon Breastplate of Bloodthirst, Cap of the Scarlet Savant Icon Cap of the Scarlet Savant, and Leggings of Arcana Icon Leggings of Arcana;
  • Brilliant Chromatic Scale Icon Brilliant Chromatic Scale — skinned from Chromaggus and dropped by elite Dragonkin mobs in Upper Blackrock Spire, it is used in Leatherworking to make Chromatic Gauntlets Icon Chromatic Gauntlets and Chromatic Cloak Icon Chromatic Cloak, and is needed for the quests that reward Breastplate of the Chromatic Flight Icon Breastplate of the Chromatic Flight, Legguards of the Chromatic Defier Icon Legguards of the Chromatic Defier, and Legplates of the Chromatic Defier Icon Legplates of the Chromatic Defier;
  • Black Dragonscale Icon Black Dragonscale — skinned from Elite Dragonkin mobs in Blackwing Lair and Burning Steppes, and used by Warlocks for their class quest Doomsday Candle and by Leatherworkers to make Chromatic Cloak Icon Chromatic Cloak, Black Dragonscale Boots Icon Black Dragonscale Boots, Black Dragonscale Breastplate Icon Black Dragonscale Breastplate, Black Dragonscale Leggings Icon Black Dragonscale Leggings, and Black Dragonscale Shoulders Icon Black Dragonscale Shoulders.


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)


  • 15 Apr. 2020: Updated for the release of Zul'Gurub.
  • 15 Aug. 2019: Page added.
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