WoW Skinning Guide 1-600

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This is a WoW Skinning Guide that will help you level from 1-600 (updated for Mists of Pandaria patch 5.3).

If you are Skinning for leather for Leatherworking a major time saver would be to buy mats on the Auction House instead of Skinning. If you can’t afford to do this and would like to take a glance at this Gold Guide for tips on how to make lots of gold.

Skinning is one of the easiest professions to level up, especially if you are leveling. To start Skinning you just need a Skinning Knife in one of your bags and simply need to kill beasts and click to skin. It’s really that easy and before you know it you will be 600!


Sections:
Skinning 1-300
Skinning 300-375
Skinning 375-450
Skinning 450-525
Skinning 500-600

Skinning 1-300

For the first 180 levels there are zones listed for both Horde and Alliance (in case you are doing this guide while leveling up). You can also simply start off by skinning in the areas in which your race starts for the first 75 levels (do this if you are skinning while you level up) because most of those areas are full of beasts.

Projected Skill Zone NPCs
1-75 Dun Morogh or Durotar Crag Boars, Wolves, Leopards, Bears or Mottled Boars, Scorpids, Crocolisks
75-130 Loch Modan or Northern Barrens Bear, Boars, Crocolisk, Birds or Crocolisk, Giraffes, Boars, Birds, Hyena, Zhevra
130-180 Wetlands or Hillsbrad Foothills Crocolisks, Raptors or Bears, Turtles, Lions, Deer
180-220 The Cape of Stranglethorn or Southern Barrens Basilisks, Gorillas, Cats or Boars, Birds, Giraffes, Zhevra, Cats, Kodo, Turtles
220-250 Eastern Plaguelands or Thousand Needles Hounds, Birds, Bats, Boar or Cats, Serpents, Hyena, Birds
250-300 Un’Goro Crater (at 250) or Winterspring (at 260) Dinosaurs or Yeti, Saber Cats

 

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Skinning 300-375

For this section of the guide you will need to head out to the Outland to continue leveling up. You can probably stay in Azeroth a bit longer but for simplicities sake you can move to the Outland once you hit level 300.

Projected Skill Zone NPCs
300-310 Hellfire Peninsula Helboars
310-330 Hellfire Peninsula Ravagers, HelBoars
330-350 Nagrand Clefthoofs, Talbuks, Elekk
350-375 Shadowmoon Valley, Blades Edge Mountains, or Netherstorm Various Beasts

 

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Skinning 375-450

You will be in Northrend for this section. If you are sick of Skinning and would like to simply buy mats at this point I sympathize with you. If you don’t have the gold to be able to do this take a look at this gold making guide.

At 375 there is an alternate place you can go to in order to get to 405 (just so you aren’t confused by it).

Projected Skill Zone NPCs
350-405 Howling Fjord Shoveltusks and Rams
375-405 Borean Tundra (south of Fizzcrank’s Airstrip) Mammoths
405-430 Grizzly Hills Duskhowl Prowlers, Frosthorn Rams, Graymist Hunters, Grizzly Bears, Highland Mustangs, Ice Serpents
430-450 Sholazar Basin Dreadsabers, Cobras, Goretalons, Hardknuckles, Grazers, Crocolisks, Wasps, Shattertusks, Rhinos
OR
430-470 Storm Peaks (outside Dun Niffelem) 430-435: Mammoths, 435-470: Jormungar

 

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Skinning 450-525

This is the final section of the guide for Cataclysm. You have two options here; you can either stay in Northrend longer and keep leveling there or you can move to Mount Hyjal and begin skinning there.

Projected Skill Zone NPCs
450-470 Mount Hyjal Stags
470-485 Uldum Crocolisks
485-525 Twilight Highlands Owls, Worgs, Other Beasts

 

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Skinning 500-600

For the Mists of Pandaria section I have decided to include maps of where to skin.  Below you will find 3 locations that have worked well for other players.  You will find Sha-Touched Leather and Exotic Leather in the areas below.  They are arranged from the lowest level to the highest level.

Please note you can start in MOP at skinning level 500 so you don’t have to finish the previous step if you don’t feel like it.  Getting 500 works.

Skinning Orchad Wasps – The Jade Forest

Skinning Orchard Wasps MOP

 

Skinning Wyrmhorn Turtles – Valley of the Four Winds

Skinning Wyrmhorn Turtles MOP

 

 

Skinning Horrorscale Scorpids – The Dread Wastes

Skinning Horror Scale Scorpids MOP

 

 

If you have any suggestions for this guide please email me at: thebusdriver @ thenoobschool.com.

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