Right, that will be that, then :D

Skinning. Once considered the minority gathering profession, until Cataclysm when it’s become one of the most consistent and simple ways to make cash. Stuff dies, you dissect it. It’s a classic tale!

As I said yesterday, you could do a lot worse on Pandaland release to have a maxxed Skinner in a starting area. Hundreds of rabid players, all desperate to make it to 90, with scant care about what they leave behind. Skinners are the ultimate Clean Up Crews: Sethria’s Roost, the starting area in Vashj’ir, all were teeming with creatures at the start of Cataclysm WITH FREE GOLD ON THEM. You just needed the tools to extract it. I made a very decent sum in those opening weeks, and I intend to do so again this time around. That means maxxing my skill as quickly as possible.

First things first: just skinning in the Starting Area doesn’t look as if it’s going to cut it. You get stuck in the 580s and progress (assuming levelling rates are set) is VERY slow. What you need are some 85+ mobs, which in the Jade Forest right now are quite hard to find… if you don’t know where to look. But they exist, if you know that the Jade Forest is where you train a Wind Serpent Flying Mount, and you can only do that when you reach L90.

Working on a hunch, my favourite thing ever.

The train of thought went something like this:

  • You can only fly in Pandaland at L90.
  • There are a special set of trainers to help you get a flying mount.
  • There will be L90 trainers, and by definition, L90 quests to complete.
  • If there are L90 quests, there are going to be mobs higher than L85 involved.
  • I wonder how many might be skinnable?

A cursory examination of the surrounding countryside revealed Windless Isle up to the north east: knowing how Blizzard like to name things so they are thematically linked, I thought this was probably a good place to try. Hooray for a Sea Turtle to get there, and when I did…

Me, Porkupine and a L89 Turtle. I love it when a plan comes together…

It was a faff. With no pet talents and only 85, I came close to death on a couple of occasions, but it never happened (I am not that pants at this Huntering lark) In the end, it took about 30 minutes to knock the last 11 points off. Oh, and in case you don’t believe it (as one hunter didn’t when the question was asked in Trade, I do come with a certificate:

Oh ye of little faith :D

Whether these mobs remain when we get to Live, or indeed if the skill curve remains intact or not, I can happily report I’ve maxxed my nerd skill this afternoon. I am a happy crafter :D

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