Cobra Scales Farming Guide

I made this Cobra Scales farming guide to help out players who want to farm the leathers instead of buying them from the Auction House.

There were no major changes to Cobra Scales drop rates, so this guide can be used for Burning Crusade Classic (TBC) and Retail WoW. But, if you play Retail WoW, you should learn Outland Skinning from Seymour in Shattrath City before they start farming, or you will get fewer leathers.

Cobra Scales


Killing Twilight Serpents in Nagrand is the best and easiest way to farm Cobra Scales. You have to watch out with the roaming elites, but with some practice, you can pretty much avoid pulling any extra mobs.

The only annoying thing about this place is the patroling owls that will put you in combat then run away. Don't try to kill them, you will get out of combat after a while!

Shadowmoon Valley

The only alternative to Nagrand is the Coilskar Cobras and Shadow Serpents in Shadowmoon Valley. These three are the only mobs that drop Cobra Scales.

Step by step how I farm:

  • 1. Kill the Coilskar Cobras in front of the cave. (don't go inside the cave)
  • 2. Kill the Cobras at the marked area.
  • 3. Fly over to the edge of the map and kill any Shadow Serpents you find there.
  • 4. Start flying toward 4., while checking if the cobras respawned at 1. If they did, then you can basically repeat this loop, and don't go to 4. But, if they didn't respawn, go to 4. and kill any Shadow Serpents you see, then go back to 1. (you can also just go back and forth on 4.)

One really important thing to know is that Shadow Serpents share spawn points with the Scorchshell Pincers. If you don't see any Serpents, you have to start killing the Scorpions!

You can also farm the Coilskar Cobras inside the cave. But, I would only recommend this if you have stealth or really good gear. (or someone already took every farming place) There are a lot of mobs inside the cave and you will waste more than half your time killing the other mobs.