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"Some things should stay buried."
― In-game description

The Prospector is an exotic grenade launcher. It can be dismantled to generate Glimmer, Gunsmith Materials, and Legendary Shards.


This weapon has the following lore associated:

“Get your axe and your pick and your shovel and your spine. We're goin' prospectin'.”
“That. The quote. I don't get it.”
“It's an old saying. It's about puttin' in a hard day's work.”
“Seems… antiquated.”
“How so?”
“My grenade launcher's full auto and goes boom on command. What do I need hand tools for?”
“It's a metaphor. It ain't literal. At least not anymore. Your launcher is your hand tool.”
“Ahh. Got it. Good to know.”


The Prospector can be obtained via loot drops in PVP and PVE, Exotic Engrams, or can be purchased from Xur.


The Prospector can also be upgraded with the following perks:

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Excavation perk icon Excavation
Hold to fire grenades. Release to detonate all live grenades simultaneously.

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Volatile Launch perk icon Volatile Launch
This weapon is optimized for an especially explosive payload.
  • Greatly increases blast radius
  • Slightly decreases handling speed
  • Slightly decreases projectile speed

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Augmented Drum perk icon Augmented Drum
Heavy, high capacity drum.
  • Greatly increases magazine size
  • Greatly decreases reload speed

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Full Auto Trigger System perk icon Full Auto Trigger System
Holding down the trigger will fire this weapon at full auto.

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Hand-Laid Stock perk icon Hand-Laid Stock
This weapon is optimized for recoil control.
  • Increases stability

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Default Ornament perk icon Default Ornament
Restores your weapon to its default appearance.
The Prospector perk icon Comstock Lode
Equip this Weapon Ornament to change the appearance of The Prospector.