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For other uses of the word prospector, see prospector.

"Prospector" is a polite word for "scavenger". Prospectors can be found all over the Mojave Wasteland, usually looking for the rare unopened safe at the bottom of an irradiated mineshaft.Fallout: New Vegas loading screen

Prospectors are scavengers in the Mojave Wasteland in 2281.


Prospectors specialize in searching for old pre-War technology and weapons to sell or use. They are not hostile towards the Courier unless they are provoked, and can be killed without gaining negative Karma. Their equipment is widely varied; they can be found wearing anything from wasteland outfits to a full suit of metal armor, and wielding anything from a 9mm pistol to a 10mm submachine gun.

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Notable prospectors


  • In the G.E.C.K., prospectors have almost all of their skills increased beyond the normal values, even skills like Speech and Lockpick, which aren't used by non-player characters. This is unusual for most Fallout games.
  • Unlike raiders, NCR troopers, or Legion soldiers, prospectors do not respawn in the same area if killed. However, some areas (most notably the entrance of the Prospector's Den) have respawn points where new prospectors will appear to replace the ones that are killed.
  • Nearby traveling merchants and their guards may turn hostile if you attack a prospector.
  • NCR prospectors are partly responsible for the plight of several tribes in Zion Canyon.
  • Many prospector models are the exact same as the models of some secondary characters such as Cass, Vulpes Inculta, Veronica, and Red Lucy.


Prospectors appear only in Fallout: New Vegas.

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