Welcome to our New World Tracking & Skinning Guide with everything you need to know about the topic. We will go over any information that you may be looking for, or didn’t know existed that relates to skinning and tracking in New World. As we will be touching upon many topics, jump to the topic you are directly interested in, in the table of contents.
Disclaimer: This guide will look to keep all data up to date with any changes to the game build. Last Updated: 10/05/2021
If you are looking for any of our other profession guides, check out these links:
- Complete New World Mining Guide
- Complete New World Logging Guide
- Complete New World Harvesting Guide
- Complete New World Fishing Guide
Table of Contents
- How To Start Skinning: New World Tracking & Skinning Guide
- How To Make Skinning Faster
- What Is Trackable at Each Skill Level of Skinning?
- How To Get Better Items and Rare Drops: New World Skinning and Tracking Guide
- What Trophies Can I Make to Increase Skinning Luck?
- How To Hold More Weight In New World
- How To Increase Yield to Get More Materials From Skinning
- All Available Skinning Perks in New World
- All Skinning Equipment Sets in New World
How To Start Skinning: New World Tracking & Skinning Guide
To start skinning in New World, you will need to make a skinning knife. You can craft a flint skinning knife right away at any campfire or in any settlement. If you are wondering how to craft a skinning knife, you require the same materials as your do for a flint sickle, used for harvesting:
- 1 Flint
- 1 Green Wood
As we mention in our Complete New World Harvesting guide, the same goes for here. You can find flint lying around pretty much anywhere. Just look where you are running and you will see what look like rocks, usually with a bit of brown/beige color to them. For green wood, you can simply gather any bushes you see around you. Alternatively, if you have already made a Logging Axe for Logging, then you can chop young trees to obtain the Green Wood.
The screenshot below shows a boulder beside several flint. If you see rocks like this laying around, be sure to pick up a few for your crafts. After you gather your flint and green wood, head over to a campfire or a settlement and craft a flint skinning knife.
How To Make Skinning Faster
If you have already read our other gathering guides, this section will also be very familiar to you. If you have already read this section in our other guides, simply check out the materials list below, as all other steps and explanations are the same.
Territory Standing Reputation
The first option to make skinning faster, or to make any gathering skill faster, is to choose this option when you rank up in reputation for a region. When you gain Territory Standing in a region, you are allowed to choose 1 of 3 upgrades, which differ each time. Sometimes you will have the option to “Increase Gathering Speed by 3.0%” while in the region. If you chose this, you can begin to stack these to significantly increase your gathering speed while in that region.
Upgrade Your Gathering Tools
Using a flint skinning knife will only get you 100% harvesting speed. Sure, 100% sounds like a lot, but this speed is actually pretty slow. If you have some other gathering skills leveled already or some gold to spend at a trading post, you can craft an iron skinning knife pretty much right away as well. Crafting an iron skinning knife will increase your skinning speed to 125%-139% depending on the attributes you get.
For how to craft an iron skinning knife, head to a work bench inside a settlement and use your engineering skill to craft one. The ingredients you will need are:
- 1 of Any type of leather
- 2 of Any type of timber / refined wood
- 7 Iron Ingots
Where To Get The Materials
You can obtain the leather from skinning animals with your flint skinning knife. You will kill and skin an animal, then take their hide to the tannery in town to turn it into leather. Alternatively, you can buy 1 leather from the Trading Post in town, they should be very cheap.
The same goes for 2 pieces of timber. You will need to take Green Wood into town and cut it into timber. Alternatively, go to the trading post and purchase 2 timber if you are looking for a quick turnaround and do not have the materials yet.
For iron ingots, you can find Iron Veins and use your mining skills to extract iron ore. Again, you will need a mining pick for this. You can go out and find these veins, mine the ore, then smelt them in town to create iron ingots. Of course, if they are affordable you may choose to buy them off the trading post if you do not already have these materials. Iron veins can be hard to come by unless you are specifically looking for them.
Once you have gathered the required materials, you can craft the iron skinning knife in New World and your skinning speed will be significantly faster! Scroll further down our New World Tracking & Skinning Guide to see where you can gather each type of material.
How To Obtain Each Tier of Upgraded Skinning Knife
The efficiency you gain when crafting your first iron skinning knife does not stop there. There are 5 tiers of mining pick axes that you can utilize and upgrade to. Each tier will increase your skinning speed, but higher tier picks are not fully required to skin higher level animals.
As your will be tracking and skinning very often, speed increases will be crucial for you to level skinning fast / quickly.
An important note to the base gathering speed listed below is that these are the base speeds. You can sometimes roll better speeds if you are lucky or use additional items/azoth which we will cover later in the New World Tracking and Skinning Guide.
|Tier||Skinning Knife Name||Base Gather Speed||Craft Requirements|
|1||Flint Skinning Knife||100%||1x Flint|
1x Green Wood
|2||Iron Skinning Knife||125%||7x Iron Ingot|
1x Coarse Leather
|3||Steel Skinning Knife||250%||8x Steel Ingot|
1x Coarse Leather
|4||Starmetal Skinning Knife||400%||9x Starmetal Ingot|
1x Coarse Leather
|5||Orichalcum Skinning Knife||625%||10x Orichalcum Ingot|
1x Coarse Leather
What Is Trackable at Each Skill Level of Skinning?
|Prey||Tracked At Skinning Skill|
How To Get Better Items and Rare Drops: New World Skinning and Tracking Guide
Food Buffs for Skinning in New World
Cooking food is one of the ways to improve your chances at rare items while skinning in New World. When you have added skinning luck, you have chances to obtain special items while skinning. The below table shows all food buffs that currently affect skinning luck. Be sure to level up your cooking skill early to make the most of your skinning runs!
To understand better how the “luck rating” system works with the overall chances, check out this post, it explains how the RNG works exceptionally well.
|Tier||Food Name||Image||Increase on Luck Rating||Duration||Level Req.||Ingredients Needed|
|1||Roasted Carrots||1,000||20 Mins||0||1x Carrot|
|2||Herb-Roasted Carrots||1,400||25 Mins||5||1x Carrot|
|3||Carrot Soup||1,700||30 Mins||20||1x Carrot|
1x Seasoning Blend
1x Cooking Oil
|4||Vegetable Boil||1,900||35 Mins||40||1x Carrot|
1x Cooking Oil
|5||Savory Fish Cake||2,000||40 Mins||60||1x Carrot|
1x Fish Fillet
1x Seasoning Blend
1x String Bean
When crafting a skinning knife, use a Skinners Charm to increase the chance of more rare drops or experience or yield from skinning. These charms are typically acquired from killing mobs or looting chests. The range shown below is dependent on Gear Score. Higher Gear Score will land higher percentages. There are currently three skinner’s charms in the game:
Using these charms when crafting will give you the Skinner’s Luck perk to your item. The Skinner’s Luck perk does not affect Equipment and Item drops, it only affects the drop rate of the Rare Resources associated with the resource being gathered. These rare resources will be discussed in the next section of the Complete New World Tracking and Skinning Guide.
You can get the Skinner’s Luck perk on your skinning knife, your amulet, and also your armor to stack these chances. You can also randomly gain this perk when crafting, if you are lucky!
What Trophies Can I Make to Increase Skinning Luck?
There are 3 trophies you can make to store in your house, if you own one yet. You can craft these using the Furnishing skill. These trophies significantly increase your skinning luck and therefore your chances at finding rare items while skinning. Here is a breakdown of all skinning trophies in New World.
|Trophy||Image||Skinning Luck Bonus||Ingredients|
|Minor Skinning Gathering Trophy||500||25x Lumber|
20x Steel Ingot
1x Maple Stain
25x Air Mote
|Basic Skinning Gathering Trophy||1,000||25x Wyrdwood Planks|
20x Starmetal Ingot
1x Oak Stain
1x Notes on Aeternum Fauna
|Major Skinning Gathering Trophy||1,500||25x Ironwood Planks|
20x Orichalcum Ingot
1x Mahogany Stain
1x Tracker’s Seal
How To Hold More Weight In New World
In addition to food buffs, charms, and trophies that you can use while Skinning for extra luck, you may find yourself getting full bags and becoming encumbered. Being encumbered means you will walk instead of run, and you will not be able to recall to an inn or fast travel. This can be quite a set back when trying to make a big haul of skinning before you head back to town.
Luckily, there are currently 3 encumbrance potions you can chug to increase your encumbrance amount for a period of time. This may be just enough to farm more and recall with all your goodies. Unfortunately we do not have the data quite yet on exactly how much encumbrance limit is increased per potion, but will update this table when the data is available.
|Tier||Potion Name||Image||Encumbrance Limit Increase||Duration||Level Req.|
|3||Strong Encumbrance Potion||+50 Weight Limit||120 Secs||20|
|4||Powerful Encumbrance Potion||+75 Weight Limit||150 Secs||40|
|5||Infused Encumbrance Potion||+100 Weight Limit||180 Secs||60|
How To Increase Yield to Get More Materials From Skinning
Add Perks to Raise Yield from Skinning
When you are crafting any of your skinning knives or other items, they all have chances to add a perk. A perk will give your item a special attribute that may increase different aspects of the item.
You can add either a special item to your craft, or you can also add Azoth when crafting to increase the chance of getting a perk. Some of these perks increase the amount of items, or the yield, you can get from skinning. To increase the yield and get more out of skinning, you will want the “Skinning Yield” Perk on your Skinning Knife in New World which makes it yield 10% more resources.
You can also add perks to armor and amulets, as discussed in a following section. Utilizing as many of these as you can in your gear set will maximize yield.
Consume Proficiency Potions to Raise Yield of all Gathering Skills Temporarily
Another way to raise yield temporarily while on a gathering is to craft and consume Proficiency Booster potions. Some people think since this is a potion it must be crafted using the Arcana skill, but it is actually crafted using the Engineering skill, using a Workshop.
Here are all the current proficiency potions available in New World:
|Tier||Potion Name||Image||Increase in Yield||Duration||Level Req.||Ingredients|
|2||Weak Proficiency Booster||5%||10 Mins||5||1x Water|
1x Soul Mote
1x Air Mote
|3||Common Proficiency Booster||7%||15 Mins||20||1x Water|
1x Soul Wisp
1x Air Wisp
|4||Strong Proficiency Booster||10%||20 Mins||40||1x Water|
1x Soul Essence
1x Air Essence
|5||Powerful Proficiency Booster||15%||30 Mins||60||1x Soul Quintessence|
1x Air Quintessence
All Available Skinning Perks in New World
The following table is a list of all the currently available perks you can add to your skinning knife or other items when crafting. Keep this in mind if you are looking to increase your yield, make skinning faster, or have better chances at finding rare items while skinning.
As you will read in the description, each of these perks scales depending on the gear score it is applied to. The higher the gear score, the better your perk!
|Skinning Luck||Skinning Knife||While Skinning gain 2.0%-9.3% chance at finding rare items.|
|Skinning Yield||Skinning Knife||Skinning yields 10.0%-19.0% more resources.|
|Tanner’s Discipline||Skinning Knife||Gain 3.0%-9.4% more Skinning experience|
|Reinforced Skinning Luck||Armor||While Skinning gain 2.0%-5.0% chance at finding rare items.|
|Adored Skinning Luck||Amulet||While Skinning gain 5.0%-9.5% chance at finding rare items.|
All Skinning Equipment Sets in New World
There are three tiers of sets of skinner’s equipment available in New World currently. Each of these sets of armor give different benefits to skinning depending on their tier and their gear score rolled. Here are the skinning sets in New World:
Tier 3 Skinner’s Equipment Set – At 400 Gear Score
|Piece Name||Slot||Image||Tier 3 Stats (at 400 Gear Score)||Skinning Buff|
|Skinner’s Hat||Head||+15 Dexterity||3.8% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Shirt||Chest||+15 Dexterity||3.8% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Gloves||Hands||+15 Dexterity||3.8% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Pants||Pants||+15 Dexterity||3.8% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Shoes||Feet||+15 Dexterity||3.8% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
Tier 4 Skinner’s Equipment Set – At 500 Gear Score
|Piece Name||Slot||Image||Tier 4 Stats (at 500 Gear Score)||Skinning Buff|
|Skinner’s Hat||Head||+20 Dexterity||4.4% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Shirt||Chest||+20 Dexterity||4.4% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Gloves||Hands||+20 Dexterity||4.4% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Pants||Pants||+20 Dexterity||4.4% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Shoes||Feet||+20 Dexterity||4.4% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
Tier 5 Skinner’s Equipment Set – At 600 Gear Score
|Piece Name||Slot||Image||Tier 5 Stats (600 Gear Score)||Skinning Buff|
|Skinner’s Hat||Head||+25 Dexterity||5% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Shirt||Chest||+25 Dexterity||5% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Gloves||Hands||+25 Dexterity||5% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Pants||Pants||+25 Dexterity||5% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|
|Skinner’s Shoes||Feet||+25 Dexterity||5% Increase to Chance of Rare Items|