This Skinning leveling guide will show you the fastest way how to level your Skinning skill up from 1 to 300. You can skin any mobs with Skinning skill one, but the type of leather you get is determined by the mobs level and your skinning skill. You will still need high Skinning skill if you want to get higher level leathers like Rugged Leather.
Playing WoW Classic?
Professions skills are split between expansions now in retail WoW, you'll have a separate skill bar for each expansion. This guide is for the "Vanilla" Skinning skill in the current retail version of World of Warcraft.
Visit my Classic WoW Skinning Leveling Guide 1-300 if you are looking for the Classic WoW guide.
Walk up to a guard in any of these major cities below and ask where the Skinning trainer is located.
Horde: Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, Silvermoon City, Undercity
Alliance: Stormwind, Ironforge, Darnassus, The Exodar
After you ask the guard, the trainer will be marked with a red mark on your map.
Mulgore 1 - 300
Skinning Armored Battleboars in Mulgore is the fastest way to get to 300. These mobs respawn extremely quickly and most of them don't drop anything, so you can skip the loot animation. The only downside is that you will mostly get Ruined Leather Scraps which doesn't worth much.
It takes around 15-20 minutes to reach Skinning 300 for a level 50 character. But, you can speed up the process even further if you buy a Darkmoon Firewater from the Auction House. It's a consumable item that grants a buff that reduces your skinning time from 1.5 seconds to 0.5.
Wetlands 1 - 300
This place is recommended for characters higher than level 50. Scroll down to the next part if you are below that level.
Look for the spot on the road where 3 Dragonmaw Whelpstealers are fighting the 2 Ebon Slavehunters. (picture of the location)
- Use an AoE ability to kill all 5 mobs.
- Loot them and skin the Ebon Slavehunters.
- The respawn rate is fast enough that once you finished skinning the 2nd Ebon Slavehunter, 2 new will be there already.
- Repeat these steps until you get Skinning 300.
The reason I only recommend this place to higher level players is that the 3 Dragonmaw Whelpstealers are not Skinnable, so it would take more time to kill the non-skinnable mobs than to kill the Ebon Slavehunters.
If you see someone farming at this place, you can go to the place for lower levels, it works for higher-level players too.
Alternative places for 1 - 300
The Black Dragon Whelps at The Charred Vale in Stonetalon Mountains have really low HP and are extremely easy to kill. They come in packs of three, so you will level Skinning here really fast because you don't have to run around that much to chase down mobs.
If you are looking for more alternative places, then the places in all of these guides are good for leveling to 300: Medium Leather farming, Heavy Leather farming, Thick Leather Farming, Rugged Leather farming