Even though this might not be the best skinning spot in the game, for Thick Leather and Rugged Leather, it has to be mentioned, because you can also get the Dark Whelpling here, which can be quite a bonus for any skinning session. Therefore, here’s a short guide on what you must do and where to go to get this pet and also get a decent load of Rugged Leather and Thick Leather in the process.
- Minimum level 50;
- Skinning: minimum 235 skill;
- Skinning knife.
Where to go:
If you play Horde, teleport to Undercity or pass through the portal in Orgrimmar to Twilight Highlands, then fly to New Kargath (17,40) in Badlands. From there, move a little North-West, to the Ruins of Kargath (10,37).
If you play Alliance, teleport to Ironforge or Stormwind and fly to Dragon’s Mouth (22,58) in Badlands. From there move to the northeastern corner of the map, to the Ruins of Kargath (10,37).
What to do:
Start grinding on the whelps there, Nyxondra’s Broodlings, loot their corpses and skin them all. They drop Thick and Rugged Leather. The drop rate is lower for the Rugged Leather, however, this is quite a great spot for Thick Leather. You can get here up to 12-13 stacks of Thick Leather per hour. And it’s not a bad place to increase your Skinning skill over 250.
After 1 hour of grinding on these whelps, I got the following valuables:
Thick Leather x 247 = 100g/stack = 1235g
Rugged Leather x 65 = 70g/stack = 227g
Thick Hide x 11 = 1g/each = 11g
Green Item x 4 = 50g/each = 200g
Blue Item x 1 = 90g
Cash (after selling the trash loot): 23g
TOTAL: 1786g after 1 hour of skinning / grinding.
As you can see, even if I didn’t get the whelpling, I still managed to score 1700+ gold in one hour, which is not bad for a lvl 60 character.
Since the Thick Leather is the main valuable resource that you will get by grinding at this spot, you shouldn’t farm here unless the price for a stack is higher than 50g. Even if the price is lower than 50g, you can always auction your Thick Leather for this price, though. It’s a resource on high demand, Leatherworkers who want to skill up this profession need loads of it. This also stands for Rugged Leather.
As I mentioned before, even though this isn’t the best spot in Vanilla WoW to make gold with Skinning, you can also get here the Dark Whelpling, a very nice combat pet. It usually sells for 1000-1500g. The pet is rather rare, and has a very neat anti-healing / blind debuff — Call Darkness — which makes it an excellent choice against pets with heals.
You can also get the Dark Whelpling from the whelps in Wetlands, at the Green Belt.
Since the mobs are ranged and usually don’t come to fight melee, it’s best to come here with a ranged character. It’s almost impossible to gather them all and kill them with AoE. So, a Hunter for example, would be the best.
Although these whelps don’t have a high drop rate for green/blue items, it’s a good idea to check the aspect of each green/blue item you get. Some of them may have quite a cool appearance and players would pay 100-200g for them, for transmogrifications.