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orange and 100% chance to skill up

Orange does not guarantee a skillup. I just started skinning a couple days ago. Right now my skill is in the 260s, and it takes me 5 or 6 orange skins to gain a skill level. -- Toridas

Sure it was orange? It sounds like a bug with your game, rather than an innaccuracy in the text, as orange has always guaranteed a skill-up in the game. -- Kirkburn 13:48, 29 July 2006 (EDT)

Try it yourself? You cannot get to 300 skinning with just 300 dead beast mobs.

Orange skinnables are not always 100% chance of a skillup. My lvl 60 started skinning and once he got to skill 180 or so found that orange skinnables are only giving skillups about 50% of the time. -- Astearns 15:17, 4 August 2006 (EDT)

I have tested on two toons is brakes down like this
   1-75 (1) Mob Per point 
 76-150 (2) Mob's Per point
151-225 (4) Mob's Per point
226-300 (8) Mob's Per point
These tests were dun with all mobs skind at max lev --Stonclevar
redid the test using onley elite Mobs witch was harder than it sounds. The number were mutch better just like more getting extra XP for elite moba you get more skinning points. But not being able to track how mutch ech Mob werth frum doing the test I have lernd that thare is a points spred for etch tipe of mobe. it is just more obves wen thare Elite's that thate is a big defrince in the number of points you get frum mob to mob but levaled mutch faster it worked out like this
  76-150 (1) Elite Mob
 151-225 (2) Elite Mob's
 226-300 (4) Elite Mob's
hope this helps. --Stonclevar

I just picked skinning back up the other day after getting Finkle's Skinner and it's been a frustrating grind back up to 300. I think Stonclevar's figures are accurate which is disconcerting as that means the last 75 pts will require 600 beasts skinned (1,124 total from 1 to 300)--Kurazzi

Alright, this has been debated about back and forth, but one thing we are sure of, it's not 100% at orange. This has been reply to a few times by CMs on the forums.

My theory is that it is akin to fishing and leveling weapon skills, you need more attempts to level, and the target level does not matter. However, maybe the target has to be atleast green? I'm planning on trying to test this, if I can find a way.--Stfrn 23:58, 2 April 2007 (EDT)

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The above is not true, gathering proffesions (skinning, mining and herbalism), at least before Burning Crusade, did not have to make it past level 35 to get to artisan. Also they have no level requirement for expert proficiency either. This information is gathered only by direct experience, so if it has been changed by patch or expansion, please delete the information above.

Not my actual comment, was cleaning up the article Athryn 16:04, 16 February 2007 (EST)

? some one goof up?

i don't recall skinning taking anything but 3 seconds no matter what level, we also need to correct level requirement for master proficiency if anyone knows what that is.
 ∙ Zurr  TalkContr 16:21, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

removal of wool section

I removed the references to wool seeing as the way to get it was removed in 3.2 Keastes (talk) 23:17, February 28, 2010 (UTC)

late Wrath skinning levels

I've found that the posted skill-required are currently in error.

I've got 424 skill. I can skin a lvl 78. Level 79, however, requires 425 skill. Level 80 requires 435.

I have another alt with lower level skinning and I'll bring her up more carefully to see if there's a pattern or formula.--Solitha (talk) 04:53, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Ok, here's what I've come up with. My lowest skinning alt is 376. I tried her against mobs of various levels.

85 - requires 490 - (lvl*5)+65
84 - requires 470 - (lvl*5)+50
83 - requires 450 - (lvl*5)+35
82 - requires 445 - (lvl*5)+35
81 - requires 440 - (lvl*5)+35
80 - requires 435 - (lvl*5)+35
79 - requires 425 - (lvl*5)+30
78 - requires 415 - (lvl*5)+25
77 - requires 405 - (lvl*5)+20
76 - requires 395 - (lvl*5)+15
75 - requires 385 - (lvl*5)+10
74 - skinnable - hypothesis is 375, which would be (lvl*5)+5. That would make the old lvl*5 formula applicable for 73 and below.

Someone else will have to verify the formula for 74 and below. I'll see if I can burden someone to help me test 81+.--Solitha (talk) 06:12, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Got more data finally, and will be posting it shortly if I can find a viable way to do so. All the numbers above have been verified first-hand.

The article mentions that bosses, at 87, require 530 skinning. That would fit the new pattern that begins at lvl 84, with a much steeper ramp-up in skinning required. This would place lvl 86 at 510 skinning. Solitha (talk) 03:24, 1 October 2011 (UTC)


I added a table outlining the new skill-ups for 74+, but it's not where I expected it to be. Could someone a little more knowledgeable of tables position it more coherently? Solitha (talk) 06:35, 1 October 2011 (UTC)

Cloth and Sumptuous Fur

Should Sumptuous Fur be removed from the types of leather tables? It is a cloth reagent and a regular mob drop. It isn't obtained through skinning. The lines on cloth are probably not relevant either. Dobablo (talk) 09:20, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

Done. -- Dark T Zeratul (talk) 10:19, 2 July 2018 (UTC)