Ground Pounder

Ground Pounder
Ground Pounder MiningMech MOD
Production information
Manufacturer DeValt Industries
Model DVM-2M
Class Heavy
Introduced 3132[1]
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere IndustrialMech
Mass 65 tons
Chassis DeValt MM-2600.2
Armor StarSlab/3 Heavy Industrial
Engine ConLee 195 ICE ICE
Communications System Omicron 5000
Targeting Tracking System Diplan I-TT
Heat Sinks 2 single
Speed 54 km/h

BV (2.0) 548[2]


Achernar BattleMechs' successful Dig King and Dig Lord MiningMechs inspired an unusual wave of copies, helped along by widespread access to the Dig King's specs. The Ground Pounder is among those copies. A cheap low-tech Dig Lord copycat, the Ground Pounder came to be particularly prominent.[2]

As with many IndustrialMechs, combat-modified variants of the Ground Pounder exist. Dig Lord copycats found widespread use in combat, the Ground Pounder no exception.[2]

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The factory-standard DVM-2M MOD is among the many MiningMech mods using machine guns and shoulder-mounted missiles. DeValt Industries's creation bears two SRM-4 packs and two machine guns aided by advanced fire control, while keeping the original pile driver. Two heat sinks are included. Heavy industrial armor provides some protection. Stability is enhanced by tracks, remaining from the original design.[2]


  • DVM-2
    The original Ground Pounder, introduced in 3125,[3] uses a mining drill and two sprayers instead of the MOD's weapons. The DVM-2 completely lacks heat sinks. BV (2.0) = 465.[2][4]

Design Quirks[edit]

The DVM-2M Ground Pounder MOD is subject to the following Design Quirk:[2]

Notable Pilots[edit]

See: Category:Notable Ground Pounder Pilots

Related 'Mechs[edit]

  • Dig Lord: The 'Mech the Ground Pounder was based on.[2]
  • Dig King: The 'Mech the Ground Pounder's MOD was likely inspired by.[2]
  • Burrower: A similar Dig Lord imitation, with a similar MOD variant. Both MODs are suspected to be based on prior Dig King MODs.[2]


The Ground Pounder was originally introduced by WizKids in the MechWarrior: Dark Age Collectable Miniatures Game, where it was one of the designs only known by the generic name MiningMech. The DVM-2M specifically represents the MiningMech MOD-B from MWDA. The publication of Technical Readout: Irregulars gave it BattleTech stats and its new name.


  1. Master Unit Listing for the DVM-2M
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Technical Readout: Irregulars, pp. 48–49: "Burrower/Ground Pounder MODs"
  3. Master Unit Listing for the DVM-2
  4. Technical Readout: Irregulars, p. 118: "Ground Pounder DVM-2 MiningMech"