Skinning is one of the most valuable gathering trade skills in New World. The journey to level 200 skinning is long and arduous, but it’s well worth the time investment if you want to be able to skin any animal you come across in Aeternum. In this New World Skinning leveling guide, we’ll cover the best ways to level up from 0 to 200. We’ll also include example locations for each level range to make it easy for you.
Before diving into the guide, there are a few things to consider. First of all, you’ll want a decent skinning knife. If you’re starting fresh, try making an Iron Skinning Knife with a decent perk on it. Good perks grant you the chance to find rare items while skinning or a chance to extract Azoth.
New World Skinning Guide
To fully level your skinning in New World, you can visit these two locations:
- Any Wolf Den in Monarch’s Bluffs, Everfall, Windsward, or First Light
- Balmy Veldt in Cutlass Keys
New World Skinning Level 0-70
Each of the four starting territories has one or more wolf den locations. You can find these by opening up your map and looking for the wolf and cave icon. These are your starting areas for skinning, and you can hang out here killing and skinning wolves until roughly level 70 in Tracking & Skinning.
Yes, these wolves are level 6, but it won’t take you all that long to grind up those skinning levels. You can also make use of some alternate locations, such as the Lynx skinning spot in Monarch’s Bluffs. It is a somewhat “glitched” area with a very high Lynx spawn rate, making it so that you have little to no downtime between killing and skinning enemies.
No matter which Wolf Den you choose, you will benefit from setting your waypoint nearby. When you are maxed out on leather and meat, simply fast travel back to town and either sell everything or toss it in your shed. Then, it’s back out to grinding those skinning levels again.
New World Skinning Level 70-200
To get from Skinning level 70-200 in New World, you can go to the Cutlass Keys region. The area you need to find is called Balmy Veldt, and it’s near the center of Cutlass Keys. The animal we’re looking to skin to take us from level 70-200 is the Lushhunt Pointer, a level 34 demon-dog type creature.
Each time you skin a Lushhunt Pointer, you will get around 650 Tracking & Skinng experience. As you can imagine, this will get you from 70-200 in only a few hours. The nice thing about it is that it also grants some nice experience, so you will likely gain a few combat levels simply by grinding your skinning!
Refer to the map above for the exact location for Lushhunt Pointers. Remember to pick up the Fast Travel stone north of the location, and be sure to check into the Inn at Cutlass Keys. Your bags will inevitably fill to the brim with rawhide. At that point, you can fast travel back to town, store or sell your hides, and fast travel back to the nearby waypoint.
The problem is that this costs a bit of Azoth, but that becomes negligible if you pick up a skinning knife with the Azoth Extraction perk, granting a percent chance to gain 1 Azoth while skinning. That should more than cover your travel costs, assuming you are not carrying a lot of weight while fast traveling.
That concludes our New World Skinning leveling guide. You may be surprised to learn you can grind the entire skill in two locations. Luckily, this makes it one of the easiest skills in the game to level! It is still a time-consuming process, but New World is still an MMO after all.
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