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Land mine.

Land mines are explosives placed underground that detonate when enough pressure is placed on them. At least two types of land mines exist: anti-tank mines and anti-personnel mines.


Peace Walker Incident

Main article: Peace Walker Incident
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M15 Anti-tank mine.

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Fulton sleep-gas mine.

During the Peace Walker Incident in 1974, the Militaires Sans Frontières procured design specs for M15 anti-tank mines at Bosque del Alba, Costa Rica, and later made improvements to the design. They later procured specs for a Fulton mine system after stopping an unknown enemy force from extracting soldiers via Fulton recovery.

Outer Heaven Uprising

Main article: Outer Heaven Uprising

During the Outer Heaven Uprising, the Outer Heaven forces utilized anti-personnel land mines in Desert 1. Solid Snake made use of these landmines to destroy a main battle tank that was in his way.[1]

Zanzibar Land Disturbance

Main article: Zanzibar Land Disturbance

During the Zanzibar Land Disturbance, Zanzibar Land utilized M78 anti-personnel land mines in the Nariko Desert. Solid Snake made use of these land mines when fighting against Running Man to use his speed against him.


Sleep gas mine.

Guns of the Patriots Incident

See also: Liquid Sun, Solid Sun, Third Sun, Twin Suns, Old Sun, and Naked Sin/Naked Son

Sleep gas mines were utilized by various military factions during Liquid Ocelot's Insurrection against the Patriots. They primarily operated via a spring device, and released gasses that would put a soldier to sleep. Several sleep gas mines were also presumably used by Rat Patrol Team 01 as traps within Advent Palace.

Behind the scenes


Mine image from Metal Gear NES advert.

The Mine is a weapon that first appears in the original Metal Gear. Enemy mines could only be visualised by equipping the Mine Detector in order to avoid stepping on them. In Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, the player can disarm and procure mines by crawling over them, and this feature has remained in the series ever since.

Game Weapon description for Mine Icon
Metal Gear These mines can be primed by the player. Up to three can be set on the same screen. MG Mine
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake Use [Weapon Button] to set. Crawl over to pick up. Mine detector shows mines on radar as white dots. Up to 16 can be set at a time.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was the first game to introduce mines that were visible to the naked eye, though their small size and the jungle setting still made them difficult to spot.

The Sleep Gas Mines' design in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots were based on the Valmara 69 land mine from Italy.

Game Weapon Weapon description
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Anti-tank Mine A potent anti-vehicle mine capable of dealing heavy damage to the undercarriage of a large vehicle. One solid direct hit can cause enemy vehicles to grind to a halt temporarily.
An extremely valuable tool in combat against vehicles, but it takes a certain amount of weight to trigger it, rendering it ineffective against hovering vehicles.
Consider what types of enemies you'll be facing before deciding to take this weapon into battle.
Fulton Sleep Gas Mine A non-lethal personnel recovery weapon that combines a sleeping gas release system with the Fulton recovery system.
This is an incredibly handy tool to have - just plant it and watch it gather new recruits for you.

See also


  1. ^ Metal Gear (re-release), Kojima Productions (2006).
    Diane: Hi, this is Diane... Mines can destroy the tank. ...Bye.