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Skinning equipment

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Skinning equipment

The only equipment required for skinning is a skinning knife.

You can boost your skinning skill up to +25 skinning skill by wearing or wielding the proper equipment (and Worgen Racial Ability [Flayer] gives additional +15 Skinning).

  • A glove apparel item enchanted with the  [Skinning] or  [Gatherer] enchantment adds +5 to skinning skill when worn.

Notes

All classes can wield at least one or the other of Finkle's Skinner or the Zulian Slicer.

A Finkle's Skinner, a Zulian Slicer or a Zulian Slasher can be dual wielded for +20 skinning skill, but only by hunters, rogues, death knights and warriors.

The Finkle's Skinner is not unique and does not specify a hand, so if you have two Finkle's Skinners and you can dual wield daggers (same classes), you should be able to dual wield them. Since the Finkle's Skinner is a drop, it should be possible to obtain two.

The above is also true for Zulian Slicer and Zulian Slasher.

Shamans can dual wield via talents, but cannot equip the Zulian Slicer or the Zulian Slasher, which are swords, so shamans must dual wield Finkle's Skinners if they wish to achieve +20 skill.

The Enchant Gloves - Skinning or the  [Gatherer] enchantment is a permanent enchantment, which means it goes in the permanent enchantment slot of the item, and can be overwritten, but will not go away for any other reason.

Casting these enchantments on a very low level non-binding white or gray quality cloth glove enables the glove to be worn by any character. This will also prevent anyone from accidentally disenchanting the glove. (The materials for the enchantment cannot ever be recovered in any case.)

With the skinning enchantment on gloves, and one of the blades, total bonus to skinning skill is +15, or with all three items it's +25.

Historical note

Prior to The Burning Crusade The Burning Crusade, skinning some high level beast mobs (over level 61) required a skinning skill of 315. Even a fully skilled skinner (300 skinning skill) needed to have at least two of these bonuses equipped (+15).

The Burning Crusade raised the skill cap to 375, and Wrath of the Lich King Wrath of the Lich King increased the cap again, to 450. No similar skill over-cap bonus requirement exists in these extensions.

Cataclysm Cataclysm have raised the skill cap to 525, and Dungeon and Raid Bosses require 530 skinning to skin. Nefarian requires 550.

External links

Finkle's Skinner Zulian Slicer Enchant Gloves - Skinning