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12-14-2008 @ 7:43PM
As of a few patches ago, once you reach the max gather skill you can no longer fail to herb/mine/skin something as long as the item doesn't require more than you have. Back in the day where you needed finkle's skinner & the skinning enchant to skin a core hound. I don't know if anything like this exists any more.
12-14-2008 @ 7:54PM
The main reason for finkle's and the enchant was for being able to skin Onyxia and the Beast [and corehounds of level 61+], since they were boss level and therefore were +3 to level.Of course, they were internally coded as 63, so with TBC this became no longer neededThe only reason I could see a need for them again is if we get a skinnable boss [or level 81+] mob. [Are any of the current dragon bosses skinnable?]
12-14-2008 @ 8:30PM
Fortunately, skinning skill has outpaced the level cap. My understanding, borne out by empirical testing at lower levels, is that you can skin creatures of a level up to [Skinning/5]. (This appears to be waived for creatures of level 10 or less.) At the moment, therefore, skinners can skin creatures up to level 90, so skinning bosses shouldn't pose any problem at this point.
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