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New World Skinning Guide

Introduction

Skinning is a gathering trade skill in New World that allows players to gather raw hides and fur resources from skinning animals that will be used in crafting trade skills; AmoringWeaponsmithingArcana, and Engineering. It will also be used in the leatherworking refining trade skill. We’ll cover all this and more in our New World Skinning Guide.

Skinning in New World

When first starting out you will need a flint skinning knife to start skinning animals. This requires engineering level 0 along with 1 flint and 1 green wood to craft it. You are able to pick up both the flint and green wood without the need of a gathering tool by walking up to the respective bush/flint and pressing your interact key (Default “E). Once all obtained a tier 1 camp fire or workshop is required to craft the flint skinning knife. Once crafted you will need to equip it and you can start gathering.

Higher character levels are able to use better tiers of Skinning Knives:

ItemLevel RangeTierGathering Speed
Iron Skinning Knife 3-19II200% – 350%
Steel Skinning Knife16-39III350% – 450%
Starmetal Skinning Knife32-59IV450% – 625%
Orichalcum Skinning Knife51-60V625% – 850%

It is advised to use the highest tier possible followed by the best gear score possible to best increase your gathering speed. 

Skinning Thresholds

As you level your skinning you can skin creatures up to certain levels.

Trade Skill LevelUp to Animal Level
0-4930
50-9945
100-14960
15067

How to level Skinning

The information contained in this section will assist you in leveling your skinning trade skill. Leveling skinning is a straightforward process. The general rule of thumb is if you can skin it you should for the experience. You will find people leave dead animals all over, so between that and what you kill, if you have the skill required to skin it then do.

Level 1-200

In order to reach level 200 you will need a total of 194,309 experience. The best way to level up Skinning is to skin everything you see and kill. While you progress through the zones in level the animals will also require a higher skill to harvest. As you level up and gain more gathering speed this of course will change the ratios. 

You will find the four starting areas will be where you will be skinning everything until roughly level 70 in skinning. Wolves will be the most abundant at the caves in each starting zone, most people will just kill what they need for their quests leaving the carcass for you to skin for the experience so this part shouldn’t take too long. 

From level 70 and beyond you will be working with the various animals in the next higher zones in this case we could say Cutlass Keys. There you would want to look for Lushhunt Pointer, for example, a level 34 demon-dog type creature. If you skin the animals while questing in the areas you will easily fill your bags between quests to make the trips back to town worthwhile. 

TIP: If you are character level capped, but didn’t level up skinning while leveling there is still hope! While leveling up Skinning you can open your Trade Skill window and select Skinning to see what the highest level monster you can skin. You will want to skin the highest level monsters you can until you reach level 200. 

There is an experience perk that you will want to seek out on your Knife called Tanner’s Discipline. This perk increases your Skinning experience based on the gear score value of the Knife. The perk is limited to only knives. Having this perk is a must if you are trying to power level Skinning. At level 200 its great to have for pushing Aptitude Levels.

Dexterity 200 points is ideal while leveling. Having 200 points will give you 20% Skinning speed and a 10% weight reduction to skinned items. The 250 point bonus (10% Yield) doesn’t help leveling at all, but is great to have for additional resources while leveling.

Resources by Tier

Creature LevelTierResources
1 to 351-3Rawhide, Ragehide, Fur, Scaly Hide, Shadowfur
36 to 554Thick Hide, Thick Fur, Brightscale Hide, Shifthide
56 and above5Iron Hide, Infused Fur, Infused Rawhide, Smolderhide, Scarhide

Along with the above resources you will get various meats and special resources from the animals you skin. For example you will get feathers from skinning a Turkey.

Enhancing your Skinning

Buffs and perks are the 2 main ways to enhance your harvesting. Below is a chart for the sickle perks and their associated perk labels. You can not have 2 perks with the same perk label on your item.

ToolPerk LabelPerk Name
All ToolsAzoth GainAzoth Extraction
All ToolsDurability Durable
All ToolsGatheringProcGathering Recovery
All ToolsGatheringProcGathering Alacrity
All Tools5th Perk, MotesFire Alignment
All Tools5th Perk, MotesEarth Alignment
All Tools5th Perk, MotesAir Alignment
All Tools5th Perk, MotesWater Alignment
All Tools5th Perk, MotesSpirit Alignment
All Tools5th Perk, MotesLife Alignment
All Tools5th Perk, MotesDeath Alignment
Skinning KnifeBonusTanner’s Discipline
Skinning KnifeBonusSkinning Efficiency
Skinning KnifeLuckSkinning Luck
Skinning KnifeYieldSkinning Yield

Buffs can stack if they come from different sources. For example you can stack yield increase buff from a proficiency potion and territory control. If you attempt to stack buffs from the same source it will just refresh your buff timer. 

There is a skinner armor set that is ideal for players to use while skinning as it should always come with dexterity and reinforced skinning luck. Players should encounter these items around level 19+ monsters as a rare drop and supply chests.

Other Skinning Perks

Armor:

Amulet:

Bag:

Buffs

Potions:

Foods:

Trophies:

Dexterity Bonus

  • 50 Points +10% skinning speed
  • 100 Points +20% haste for 3s after skinning
  • 150 Points -10% weight reduction for skinned items
  • 200 Points +10% skinning speed
  • 250 Points +10% yield when skinning
  • 300 Points Unrelated to skinning / harvesting

Skinning Level

  • Skinning Luck Skinning Level * 10 = Skinning Luck Points
  • Gathering Speed +5% until level 20 and then +0.3% there after

Territory Buffs:

  • Cutlass Key Fort +10% to global gathering luck
  • Monarch’s Bluff Fort +5% Increase to all experience gains
  • Territory Control +10% Yield while gathering
  • Farmer’s Harvest +20% Yield while Skinning for 3 days. (Settlement Quality of Life Buff)
  • Territory Bonus [5-37]% Gathering Speed – Varies based on how many points. Bonus decays at 86.5% per point

PvP:

  • While Flagged +30% Gathering Luck

Music Buffs:

You can check our Music guide for a full breakdown of the music trade skill.

  • Decidedly Dexterous: Gathering speed increases by 75% for 30-90min.
  • Fortune’s Favor: Gathering yield increases by 3%-10% for 30-90min.
  • Luck’s Labor: Gathering luck increases by 2% – 5% for 30-90min.

BiS Skinning Set Up

  • Skinner Hat GS 625 | 26 Dex & 5.15% Luck
  • Skinner Shirt GS 625 | 26 Dex & 5.15% Luck
  • Skinner Gloves GS 625 | 26 Dex & 5.15% Luck
  • Skinner Pants GS 625 | 26 Dex & 5.15% Luck
  • Skinner Shoes GS 625 | 26 Dex & 5.15% Luck
  • Amulet GS 625 | 25 Dex & 9.77%  Luck
  • Orichalcum Skinning Knife GS 600 | 850% Gathering Speed, 9.3% Luck, 19% Yield, and skinner’s discipline for additional skinning experience for aptitude bonuses.
  • 3x Infused Leather Bag 600 GS | Combined Total of 30% weight reduction on rawhide, leather, and skinning knives 30% reduction rate on Sickles, and 1365 encumbrance
  • Level 200 +2000 luck points and 154% Gathering Speed bonus

TIP: When skinning larger animals you are more likely to yield more skins than skinning that of a smaller creature. This is why you see players hunter buffalos over wolves. 

Skinning Luck

Luck is important for Skinning is because it will increase the odds of you obtaining a rare Skinning item and an increase to items gathered. There are some thresholds that must be reached in order to obtain the rare items. These thresholds can be obtained by just level Skinning, but can be reached sooner with the help of the resources.

Skinning Experience Table

A basic breakdown of the Skinning Experience table. Aptitude experience values can be found in our Aptitude guide. Character XP is the amount of experience your character earns when your Skinning level increases.

LevelExpExp (total)Character ExpLuckGathering Speed Bonus
11001006105.00%
211021082010.00%
312033083015.00%
413046094020.00%
514060095025.00%
6150750106030.00%
7160910107035.00%
81701,080118040.00%
91801,260119045.00%
101901,4501310050.00%
112001,6501311055.00%
122101,8601412060.00%
132202,0801413065.00%
142302,3101514070.00%
152402,5501515075.00%
162502,8001616080.00%
172603,0601817085.00%
182703,3301918090.00%
192803,6102019095.00%
202903,90021200100.00%
213004,20023210100.30%
223104,51024220100.60%
233204,83025230100.90%
243305,16026240101.20%
253405,50028250101.50%
263505,85029260101.80%
273606,21030270102.10%
283706,58031280102.40%
293806,96033290102.70%
303907,35034300103.00%
314007,75035310103.30%
324108,16036320103.60%
334208,58038330103.90%
344309,01039340104.20%
354409,45040350104.50%
364509,90041360104.80%
3746010,36043370105.10%
3847010,83044380105.40%
3948011,31045390105.70%
4049011,80046400106.00%
4150012,30049410106.30%
4251012,81050420106.60%
4352013,33053430106.90%
4453013,86054440107.20%
4554014,40056450107.50%
4655014,95058460107.80%
4756015,51060470108.10%
4857016,08061480108.40%
4958016,66064490108.70%
5059017,25065500109.00%
5160017,85068510109.30%
5261018,46070520109.60%
5362019,08073530109.90%
5463019,71075540110.20%
5564020,35078550110.50%
5665121,00180560110.80%
5766021,66183570111.10%
5867022,33185580111.40%
5968123,01288590111.70%
6069123,70390600112.00%
6170124,40493610112.30%
6271025,11495620112.60%
6372125,83598630112.90%
6473126,566100640113.20%
6574127,307103650113.50%
6675128,058105660113.80%
6776128,819108670114.10%
6877129,590110680114.40%
6978130,371113690114.70%
7079131,162115700115.00%
7180131,963118710115.30%
7281132,774120720115.60%
7382133,595123730115.90%
7483134,426125740116.20%
7584135,267128750116.50%
7685136,118131760116.80%
7786136,979134770117.10%
7887137,850138780117.40%
7988138,731140790117.70%
8089139,622144800118.00%
8190140,523146810118.30%
8291141,434150820118.60%
8392142,355153830118.90%
8493143,286156840119.20%
8594144,227159850119.50%
8695145,178163860119.80%
8796146,139165870120.10%
8897147,110169880120.40%
8998148,091171890120.70%
9099149,082175900121.00%
911,00050,082178910121.30%
921,01051,092181920121.60%
931,02052,112184930121.90%
941,03053,142188940122.20%
951,04054,182190950122.50%
961,05055,232194960122.80%
971,06056,292196970123.10%
981,07057,362200980123.40%
991,08058,442203990123.70%
1001,09059,5322061,000124.00%
1011,10060,6322101,010124.30%
1021,10561,7372141,020124.60%
1031,11062,8472181,030124.90%
1041,11563,9622211,040125.20%
1051,12065,0822251,050125.50%
1061,12566,2072291,060125.80%
1071,13067,3372331,070126.10%
1081,13568,4722361,080126.40%
1091,14069,6122401,090126.70%
1101,14570,7572441,100127.00%
1111,15071,9072481,110127.30%
1121,15573,0622511,120127.60%
1131,16074,2222551,130127.90%
1141,16575,3872591,140128.20%
1151,17076,5572631,150128.50%
1161,17577,7322661,160128.80%
1171,18078,9122701,170129.10%
1181,18580,0972741,180129.40%
1191,19081,2872781,190129.70%
1201,19582,4822811,200130.00%
1211,20083,6822851,210130.30%
1221,20584,8872891,220130.60%
1231,21086,0972931,230130.90%
1241,21587,3122961,240131.20%
1251,22088,5323001,250131.50%
1261,22589,7573041,260131.80%
1271,23090,9873091,270132.10%
1281,23592,2223131,280132.40%
1291,24093,4623181,290132.70%
1301,24594,7073211,300133.00%
1311,25095,9573261,310133.30%
1321,25597,2123301,320133.60%
1331,26098,4723351,330133.90%
1341,26599,7373391,340134.20%
1351,270101,0073441,350134.50%
1361,275102,2823481,360134.80%
1371,280103,5623531,370135.10%
1381,285104,8473561,380135.40%
1391,290106,1373611,390135.70%
1401,295107,4323651,400136.00%
1411,300108,7323701,410136.30%
1421,305110,0373741,420136.60%
1431,310111,3473791,430136.90%
1441,315112,6623831,440137.20%
1451,320113,9823881,450137.50%
1461,325115,3073911,460137.80%
1471,330116,6373961,470138.10%
1481,335117,9724001,480138.40%
1491,340119,3124051,490138.70%
1501,345120,6574091,500139.00%
1511,350122,0074141,510139.30%
1521,355123,3624181,520139.60%
1531,360124,7224231,530139.90%
1541,365126,0874261,540140.20%
1551,370127,4574311,550140.50%
1561,375128,8324351,560140.80%
1571,380130,2124401,570141.10%
1581,385131,5974441,580141.40%
1591,390132,9874491,590141.70%
1601,395134,3824531,600142.00%
1611,400135,7824581,610142.30%
1621,405137,1874631,620142.60%
1631,410138,5974681,630142.90%
1641,415140,0124731,640143.20%
1651,420141,4324781,650143.50%
1661,425142,8574831,660143.80%
1671,431144,2884881,670144.10%
1681,435145,7234931,680144.40%
1691,441147,1644981,690144.70%
1701,445148,6095031,700145.00%
1711,450150,0595081,710145.30%
1721,456151,5155131,720145.60%
1731,460152,9755181,730145.90%
1741,466154,4415231,740146.20%
1751,470155,9115281,750146.50%
1761,475157,3865341,760146.80%
1771,481158,8675391,770147.10%
1781,485160,3525451,780147.40%
1791,491161,8435501,790147.70%
1801,496163,3395561,800148.00%
1811,501164,8405611,810148.30%
1821,506166,3465681,820148.60%
1831,511167,8575731,830148.90%
1841,516169,3735791,840149.20%
1851,521170,8945841,850149.50%
1861,526172,4205901,860149.80%
1871,531173,9515951,870150.10%
1881,536175,4876011,880150.40%
1891,541177,0286061,890150.70%
1901,546178,5746131,900151.00%
1911,551180,1256191,910151.30%
1921,556181,6816251,920151.60%
1931,561183,2426311,930151.90%
1941,566184,8086381,940152.20%
1951,571186,3796441,950152.50%
1961,576187,9556501,960152.80%
1971,581189,5366561,970153.10%
1981,586191,1226631,980153.40%
1991,591192,7136691,990153.70%
2001,596194,3096752,000154.00%

New World Skinning Guide Conclusion

That completes our New World Skinning Guide. For all the locations of all the Animals that you can skin in New World, Check out our Interactive New World Map.

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