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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 Ability druid rake [Flayer] gives additional +15 Skinning).

  • A glove apparel item enchanted with the Spell holy greaterheal [Skinning] or Spell holy greaterheal [Gatherer] enchantment adds +5 to skinning skill when worn.
  • The glove enchant Enchant Gloves - Legion Skinning allows for faster skinning speed on the Broken Isles.


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

A Pip'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 Pip's Skinner is not unique and does not specify a hand, so if you have two Pip's Skinners and you can dual wield daggers (same classes), you should be able to dual wield them. Since the Pip'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 Pip's Skinners if they wish to achieve +20 skill.

The Enchant Gloves - Skinning or the Spell holy greaterheal [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 Bc icon 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-Logo-Small 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[]

Pip's Skinner Zulian Slicer Enchant Gloves - Skinning
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