Sam Fisher uses his Thermal vision mode in his Multi-Vision Goggles to detect land mines in the environment.

A land mine is an explosive device that is typically concealed in the ground. Once pressure is applied to on a pressure plate on the land mine, it will activate it's explosives equipment and detonate. Unlike the Wall mine, rapid approach will not trigger the mine to go off.


Land mines are explosive devices usually hidden in the ground, covered by dirt, grass and other foliage. They are set up as a trap to detonate whenever an intruder steps on the pressure plate, the pressure plate triggers the device and explodes. Once it explodes, the land mine can damage by the explosion or the fragments that launch from the explosion. The Land mine in early games are often lethal, Sam has to evade or detonate them for safe pass.


  • Land mines are extremely deadly and will kill the player instantly if it detonates under them. In Blacklist the land mine is less deadly but still a dangerous trap for the player.
  • In Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, land mines can be detected using heat vision to sense the heat pulses the emanate from the device.
  • Land mines return in Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist, but in this game, the player does not need thermal vision to spot them, instead they are visible and emit a distinct beeping sound. The closer the player to the mine, the faster the noise beeps. The land mine will only explode if it is physically touched or triggered by gunfire/explosives.

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