Prospector (Fallout: New Vegas)

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For an overview of prospector uses throughout the Fallout series of games, see prospector.
Biography and appearance
LocationMojave Wasteland
SPECIALStrength: 6
Perception: 6
Endurance: 5
Charisma: 4
Intelligence: 4
Agility: 6
Luck: 4
Derived StatsHit Points: 80
Tag SkillsEnergy Weapons: 34
Explosives: 44
Melee Weapons: 51
Guns: 55
Repair: 37
Sneak: 51
Survival: 52
Unarmed: 32
Base ID?Ref ID?
Jesse Burch, Emerson Brooks, Ari Rubin

Katherine Pawlak, Lora Cain, Zoë Bell, Debra Wilson

Prospectors are characters scattered around the Mojave Wasteland.


Prospectors search the ruins of the Old World for pre-War technology and weapons to sell or use. They are not hostile towards the player unless provoked, although prospectors 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.

Dead prospectors may be found in set locations all over the Wasteland. They may sometimes hold a unique weapon or item types, making it a necessity to seek them out. However, most of their corpses are guarded by enemies like feral ghouls, night stalkers, cazadores or deathclaws.

Notable prospectors

Notable locations

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

This character has no special interactions.


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Brahmin-skin outfit or
Roving trader outfit or
Merc outfit or
Wasteland outfit or
Metal armor or
Leather armor or
Leather armor, reinforced and Metal helmet or
Roving trader hat
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M&A 9mm pistol or
10mm pistol or
10mm submachine gun or
Single shotgun or
Caravan shotgun or
Cowboy repeater or
Silenced .22 pistol and/or
Random melee weapon
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Carried items
Various chems,

Various consumables, Miscellaneous junk including crafting ingredients

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Drops on death
No additional items


  • In the G.E.C.K., it can be seen that prospectors have had 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 usually not seen in Fallout non-player characters.
  • Unlike raiders, NCR troopers, or legionaries, prospectors do not respawn 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 provoke a prospector.

Notable quotes

  • "The bosses of the Omergas? Omer-nas? The ones that run Gamorrah? Someone killed them."
  • "Have you seen that tower on the Strip all lit up? You can see it for miles!"


Prospectors appear only in Fallout: New Vegas.