Skinning is one of the fastest and easiest professions to level. The first step towards levelling this profession is finding the Skinning trainer. A Skinning trainer can be found in any of the Azeroth’s capital cities and also in some of the major cities all over the world map.
With this profession you can gather leather, hide and scales by skinning mobs you come across. However, you cannot skin all types of mobs and the best types of mobs suitable for skinning are beasts. Note that not all beasts can be skinned either, in example birds.
How to skin a certain mob?
When you grind mobs for skinning, the first thing you should to do is take the loot. After looting a mob you will see a skinning pointer when you rollover the mob with your mouse pointer. If the level of a mob is suitable for you your Skinning skill will raise. As with levelling so it is with Skinning, mobs of a lower level will not skillup your Skinning while the ones of a higher level will.
Skinning doesn’t require some particular equipment. However, every skinner needs a skinning knife. Any general goods trader has this knife for sale as well as any or profession related trader who can be found close to the Skinning trainer.
There are also special knives for skinning that have a bonus to give you for your skill. These knives are Finkle’s Skinner (Upper Blackrock Spire) and Zulian Slicer ( Zul’Gurub).
There is also an enchanting formula available – Enchant Gloves – Skinning formula that will give +5 on your Skinning skill and another one that will give +10.
Combination of Leatherworking and Skinning
Leatherworking is one of the primary professions that needs a lot of Skinning products like scales and hides in order to progress. Without the Skinning products, Leatherworking will be completely impossible to skilup. You can either purchase leather on the AH or pair your Leatherworking profession with Skinning.
Leather products are not only a need for Leatherworking profession. Leather is also used with Blacksmithing, Engineering and Tailoring.
Can I profit with Skinning?
Leather is easy to farm and therefore we can make a conclusion that Skinning is profitable. Mobs suitable for skinning can be found everywhere and even if you are just skinning lower level mobs you can still sell them nicely on the Auction House. For players that are higher level it is also quite easy to grind leather of all levels.
Classes suitable for Skinning
When it comes to the choice of professions, each player should choose professions he finds interesting, even though in general, Skinners and Leatherworkers are usually found in classes who can wear leather, such as Rogues or Druids. There are also many Hunters with this combo of professions simply because they are fast grinders.
What is Master of Anatomy?
In the Wrath of the Lich King Skinners were presented with a new ability – Master of Anatomy. This is a very useful ability that will rise together with your skinning skill level and will grant you a nice bonus on the critical strike rating. The maximum of Master of Anatomy ability is +40 on the crit when you have your Skinning profession on its maximum (450).
If you want to get the most out of Skinning as a WoW Profession, then check out our WoW Skinning Guide for more on leveling your character and making tons of Gold, plus a video review of Dugi’s Dailies and a link to Penn’s Professions Guide, one of the most comprehensive and coolest World of Warcraft Professions Guides available.