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The Ultimate FREE WoW Gold Making Guide: Skinning

by: MD Weems ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/18/2012 • Leave a comment

Ready to learn how to skin animals that you kill for one easy profession? Here is all you need to know about the gathering skill of skinning in World of Warcraft and how it can easily make you some gold.

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    Skinning has got to be the most profitable profession on WoW. While other gathering professions make you search out your items on the map, skinning is pretty much wherever you find dead things! From monsters that you have killed to those others have killed, you can usually skin it. It doesn't take long to level this profession, and you can work your way up to the great selling items in no time at all.

    When you find an area where players have to kill a ton of monsters for a quest, you have found a skinning dream. One such place is in Elwynn Forest, where the Humans start. All of the areas here are always littered with boars, wolves, and other monsters that are skinnable and most players here have to complete quests that require them to kill 10's of these at a time. So, you have hit pay dirt here.

    The Barrens are also a great place for skinning. With all the safari-type animals around and players killing 10's at a time, you will swiftly fill your bag with some great leather to sell.

    The leather that you get from skinning is always easy to sell on AH, as many different professions use it. Tailors, Leatherworkers, Armorers.... all use it and need it. So, you can easily sell it as long as you check the going rates for what you are trying to get rid of.

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    Secret Gold Making Tip!

    Want to know how you can easily bank some gold with skinning? Well, here is a little secret:

    Once you hit a high enough skinning level to be able to hit Searing Gorge - go there. Work your skill up as high as you can, and then head over to the far western side of the area and kill and skin the Black Dragonkins there. Their Black Dragonkin scales are worth a ton of gold on the AH as Warlocks need them (3 to be exact) for their fel steed quest. Since the drop rate on these isn't that great, and Warlocks need them desperately for this massive quest, you can sell them from 3-10g each (depending on your server). What's funny is - not many skinners take the time to farm these, and you can easily make 40-100 gold a weekend with them.