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The Prospector Drone is sent by a Rival Company and programmed for curiosity and thorough work, it researches every nook and cranny around areas of Hoxxes for mining potential. If attacked it will call for help from its fellow drones and flee to avoid its precious data being lost in the depths.
— Miner's Manual Description

The Prospector Drone is a relatively passive rival tech drone that can be encountered wandering on Hoxxes. If attacked it will attempt to flee in distress, and will call in Patrol Bots and Shredders. It has no means of attack other than summoning rival tech bots to attack the Dwarves.

Whenever one of the 3 health segments are depleted, it will summon an orange shield and become immune to damage for 10 seconds, or up to 20 seconds if spawned Patrol Bots exceed number of active players. Immediately after this shield is engaged, a wave of Patrol Bots and Shredders will also spawn to protect the Prospector Drone. This can happen twice. Also this spawns mostly in salvage M.U.L.E. missons.

If the Prospector Drone manages to escape the dwarves by reaching a safe location several dozen meters away from them, it will return to passive mode and the Drone's healthbar will fade until reengaged. However, the Drone will now become alert on proximity of a nearby dwarf in addition to it also being able to be disturbed by taking damage as normal. Every time a Prospector Drone is allowed to escape and is reengaged it will spawn an additional wave of Patrol Bots and Shredders.

Upon death it will drop a Data Cell which can then be deposited in the M.U.L.E.. It also drops small amounts of collectible mineral chunks as well as "soil samples" which cannot be collected.


The Prospector Drone alone is entirely defenseless, and is incredibly fast. The bright orange engines on the rear can be destroyed with enough damage, and doing so will slow it down significantly.

Health and Armor[]


Health Scaling

Hazard Level
Normal Mission DD EDD
1 2 3 4 5 3 3.5 4.5 5 5.5
Player Count Dwarfcount1 30 2100 2700 3300 4500 60 2400 3600 5250 8250
Dwarfcount2 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000
Dwarfcount3 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000 3000
Dwarfcount4 5700 6600 7200 8400 9600 6600 6900 7200 7500 9000


  • The prospector drone was going to occasionally stop at the prospector data deposits and deposit its data. This was scrapped before release.
  • You have a random chance to spawn a prospector drone, a prospector data deposit and the signal event at the same time in one mission for three data cells.