This is a WoW Skinning Guide that will help you level from 1-525 (updated for patch 4.3). 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 525!
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.
|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|
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.
|310-330||Hellfire Peninsula||Ravagers, HelBoars|
|330-350||Nagrand||Clefthoofs, Talbuks, Elekk|
|350-375||Shadowmoon Valley, Blades Edge Mountains, or Netherstorm||Various Beasts|
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 thisgold 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).
|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|
|430-470||Storm Peaks (outside Dun Niffelem)||430-435: Mammoths, 435-470: Jormungar|
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.
|485-525||Twilight Highlands||Owls, Worgs, Other Beasts|
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