Skinning is directly related to leatherworking, but the leather and hides produced are also needed by blacksmiths, engineers, and tailors for various projects. With a trusty Skinning Knife in hand, a skinner can retrieve leather and hides from many beasts through Azeroth. Skinning Knives can be found from Trade Suppliers and some Leatherworking Suppliers. You do not need to equip the Skinning Knife, just have it with you (NB, Skinning Knives have no durability, so they make a good fallback dagger in the event your main weapon goes red).

Worgen have a natural affinity for skinning due to their "better half." This allows them a bonus of +15 to skinning skill and reduced time to skin.

To skin, just kill a beast and loot it. You can't skin an unlooted mob. You can even skin someone else's kill, as long as they've looted it. When you mouse over the body, if it says "Skinnable" in the tooltip, you're set. To protect your skins from being accidentally looted by someone else, wait until all combat is complete to loot the mob, then skin each mob immediately after looting.

Skinning is the easiest of the gathering professions to level, since the resource nodes come to you (and you get xp from killing them and making them harvestable). Many of the skinnable items - especially scales - can also drop from the kill, but the drop rate is significantly lower. As a general rule, you need to have a minimum Skinning skill around (mob level x 5) to be able to skin it.

Skinning also makes certain gathering quests easier (in particular, the yeti hide quests in Feralas and Winterspring). There's a chance to get the quest item off the skinning as well as the drop, so this gives you a second chance. You can even get the quest skin off both, doubling your rate of progress.

As with all gathering professions, when grouped with other skinners, you need to agree on the loot rules for skins in advance. Also, since you can skin kills from other players, you should make sure that the skinnable body you find is really abandoned.


Skinners gain the Master of Anatomy skill at skill level 75. This is a passive ability which increases the character's critical strike rating. Initially, this raises the rating by 3 up to a maximum of 80 at skill 525.

Related Items

Item Description Source
Enchant Gloves - Skinning +5 skinning skill to gloves 200 Enchanting
Finkle's Skinner Main Hand Dagger, 41.2 DPS, +10 Skinning, +45 Attack Power vs. Beasts Drop (The Beast, Upper Blackrock Spire)


Name Given By Description Reward
[8] Gathering Leather
Horde Only
Veren Tallstrider, Thunder Bluff Collect 12 pieces of Light Leather
[55] Salve via Skinning Arathandris Silversky, Felwood Collect 5 Patches of Tainted Skin 2 Cenarion Plant Salve
[70d] Nethermine Flayer Hide Taskmaster Varkule Dragonbreath, Dragonmaw Base Camp, Shadowmoon Valley Collect 35 Nethermine Flayer Hides 4.4g, 250 Netherwing rep

Trade Items

Item Gathered From
Ruined Leather ScrapsL5-15 mobs
Light LeatherL5-25 mobs
Thin Kodo LeatherWild Kodos, The Barrens
Light HideL15-40 mobs
(Perfect) Deviate ScaleRaptors in Wailing Caverns
Medium LeatherL15-40 mobs
Medium HideL30-40 mobs
Heavy LeatherL30-40 mobs
Heavy HideL35-50 mobs
Turtle ScaleL35-50 turtle mobs
Black Whelp ScaleBlack Whelps, Redridge Mountains
Red Whelp ScaleRed Whelps, Wetlands
Green Whelp ScaleEmerald and Dreaming Whelps, Swamp of Sorrows
Thick LeatherL35-50 mobs
Thick HideL40-60 mobs
Scorpid ScaleL40-50 Scorpids, Tanaris
Worn DragonscaleScalding Whelps, Badlands, other dragonkin
Blue DragonscaleL50-60 blue dragonkin mobs (Azshara, Winterspring)
Devilsaur LeatherDevilsaurs, Un'goro Crater
Green DragonscaleL40-55 green dragonkin mobs (Swamp of Sorrows)
Rugged LeatherL40-60 mobs
Rugged HideL50-60 mobs
Warbear LeatherWarbears, Felwood and Winterspring
Black DragonscaleL50-60 black dragonkin mobs (Blackrock Spire, Burning Steppes)
Brilliant Chromatic ScaleL54-L60+ chromatic dragonkin (Blackrock Spire, Blackwing Lair)
Red DragonscaleL50-60+ red dragonkin mobs (Grim Batol, Wetlands)
Heavy Scorpid ScaleL50-60 Scorpids, Un'Goro/Silithus
Light Silithid CarapaceL58-60+ Hive Silithids, Silithus
Heavy Silithid CarapaceL58-60+ Hive Silithids, Silithus
Silithid ChitinL58-60+ Hive Silithids, Silithus
DreamscaleGreater Green Dragons
Pristine Hide of the BeastThe Beast, UBRS (reqs 310 Skinning)
Core LeatherCore Hounds in Molten Core (reqs ~315 Skinning)
Knothide Leather ScrapsSkinnable Outland mobs
Knothide LeatherSkinnable Outland mobs 63+
Cobra ScalesCobras and Serpents in Shadowmoon Valley, Twilight Serpents in Nagrand
Crystal Infused LeatherBasilisks L60-71 in Outland
Fel ScalesBasilisks, Ravagers, and Flayers L60-71 in Outland
Nether DragonscalesWhelps and Drakes in Blade's Edge Mountains, Shadowmoon Valley, and Netherstorm, Outland
Thick Clefthoof LeatherClefthoof mobs in Nagrand, Outland
Wind ScalesDragonhawk and Wind Serpent mobs in Blade's Edge Mountains, Shadowmoon Valley, and Netherstorm, Outland
Fel HideL66+ mobs in Outland
Borean Leather ScrapsSkinnable mobs in Northrend
Borean LeatherSkinnable mobs L63+ in Northrend
Nerubian ChitinNerubian mobs throughout Northrend
Arctic FurSkinnable Northrend mobs (usually instance elites)
Icy DragonscaleDragonkin mobs in Northrend instances (and L78+ mobs in Crystalsong Forest)
Jormungar ScaleJormungar mobs in Northrend (Borean Tundra, Dragonblight, Storm Peaks, Ulduar)
Loque'nahak's PeltCloak (MinLvl: 74, AC: 134, random enchantment) skinned from Loque'nahak (L76 rare elite saber, found in Sholazar Basin)
Scale of OnyxiaOnyxia (reqs 450 Skinning)
Savage Leather ScrapsSkinnable mobs in Cataclysm areas (usually L77-L81)
Savage LeatherSkinnable mobs in Cataclysm areas (usually L77+)
Deepsea ScaleOccasionally found when skinning aquatic mobs
Blackened DragonscaleL81+ dragon and dragonkin mobs
Pristine HideL81+ Cataclysm mobs