MG1 mine detector

A mine detector.

A mine detector is a device used to locate anti-personnel or anti-tank mines, most often via a metal detector. In military usage, the priority is to breach a minefield quickly in order to create a safe path for troops or vehicles.


During the 1960s, the mine detector was not quite effective, as it was incapable of differentiating scrap metal from actual land mines. It was also said that 1 out of 100 items that the mine detector picks up when scanning the area is an actual mine. By 2009, mine detectors had advanced completely, as they no longer responded to metal casings, and was based more on various systems used to detect chemicals for explosives, rather than the metal itself.

Mine detectors have been used by special forces members, such as Big Boss, Solid Snake, and Raiden, on various sneaking missions. In 2009, the mine detectors included the latest chemical-detecting equipment from a private μ chem lab.

Unconfirmed History

The following information has been detailed in official Konami-licensed media, written by various external authors. Its status in the Metal Gear canon is unconfirmed.[?]

ArmsTech developed their own mine detection system called the ArmsTech Pathtracker 3000 for use of searching for unexploded mines and bombs in the aftermath of a war. It operated by transmitting radio waves from the buried mines to an operative's radar specifying the location as well as the path of detonation.[1]

Behind the scenes

The Mine Detector is an item used to detect enemy land mines when it is equipped, and can be found in most games in the Metal Gear series.

Original games

In the original Metal Gear, the Mine Detector functions by visually displaying mines themselves on the game screen. In Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, the positions of mines are displayed on the Reactive Radar.

In Metal Gear Solid (The Twin Snakes) and Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the positions of mines are displayed on the Soliton Radar, as well as the mines' field of activation. In both games, the protagonist is informed of the need for it by a mysterious radio contact, upon approaching a minefield.

Game Item description for Mine Detector Icon
Metal Gear Use this to discover the location of mines. MG Mine Detector
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake When equipped, mines are displayed on the radar as white dots. Also displays mines you have laid. Detector
Metal Gear Solid When equipped, buried mines show up on radar screen.
Metal Gear: Ghost Babel EM emission mine detector. Radar shows mine.

Prequel games

In Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, the detector notifies the user via a sound beacon, due to the absence of radar, and also consumed battery power. In Metal Gear Solid 3, the Mine Detector can be obtained in either Rassvet or Chyornaya Peschera Cave Entrance, and has a weight of 3.0 kg.

The Mine Detector in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus has a slightly different function, as it is instead used to mark the precise locations of the Kerotans on a map for bonus items in the Infinity Missions when they are located.

Game Item description for Mine Detector Icon
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Makes sound upon detection of Claymores on the ground. Equip to use. Consumes battery power while used. Mgs3 mine
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Detects planted mines and indicates their presence with a sound.
Battery powered.
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See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Official Mission Handbook, Millennium Books (1998).
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