It is basically important for THs (treasure hunters) to have their own reliable tools that could aid them on their search of hidden or buried valuable items. These tools are commonly known as detectors which are categorized into two major different types.

1. Traditional Dowsing Tools
2. Electronic Detectors

The main purpose of a detector is to “pinpoint” the exact location of the hidden object. Some of these tools even have the functionality to determine the object’s depth from the ground. Thus, detectors are considered as the most important tools used by THs.

Despite the importance of detectors, some experienced THs may choose not to use any of these tools especially when they possess treasure maps but considering that they are able to interpret it correctly. Aside from the treasure maps are markings of engraved signs which are clues that tells about the exact location of the hidden treasure. But without treasure maps or signs, the best chances for THs to find their target is by using their own reliable detectors.

Using a detector to find buried targets
Treasure hunters should use detector tools that are designed for treasure hunting purposes.

The Traditional Dowsing Tools

Different forms of dowsing tools were already being used in the past to locate various missing or hidden objects such as valuable treasures, underground oil and gas resources, gold mines and etc… Hence, these tools are also known as “locators”. Today, many people are still using these kinds of traditional tools which means that they really work.

Most experienced dowsing tool operators often claims that they can locate any piece of objects buried in the ground so as being able to pinpoint their exact locations. In addition to this, the most impressive aspect of dowsing tools are their capability to detect insane amount of depth which ranges between 60 to 90 meters deep. No electronic detectors could actually penetrate such kind of depth.

Dowsing L-Rod

The most common locator tool used by THs is the “L-Shape Dowsing Rod”. It is composed of two pairs of L shape rods where the shorter bent portion is the handle and the longer length act as the pointer. Only a single person is required to operate this tool which is held by both hands and must be positioned at shoulder level. Both of the rods must also be in parallel to each other that when the rods’ pointers intersect, “they will form an X”.

To operate a dowsing L-Rod tool in the field, one must feel completely relaxed and mentally focused. With the proper handling described above, the operator will have to choose a certain spot and perform his first attempt of detecting the hidden object. The pointers of both rods should guide the user towards the direction of his target.

Let’s say for example that both pointers pointed towards the east direction. On this case, the operator will have to walk a few distance towards the east then choose a spot to perform his second attempt of detection. This procedure must be repeated several times until the operator finds the spot where both rods intersects to each other forming an X. When this happens, it means that right on that spot is the buried item.

Dowsing with Pendulums

The use of pendulums to search for a certain missing or hidden item is also considered under the dowsing category. Unlike dowsing rods, a pendulum consists of a tipped object with an attached wire that is used to suspend it freely on air.

So how it works?

A pendulum user may either choose to dowse right on the actual field or by using a map. When dowsing on the field, the pendulum user will have to walk around the site and attempt to locate the spot where the item is hidden. Although, pendulum dowsing in the outside environment can be inaccurate due to various noises that often disturb the user’s concentration. Due to this reason, most pendulum users prefer dowsing by using references such as maps which they can perform on a quieter environment.

Despite some success of dowsing tool users, there is actually “no acceptable scientific explanation” about how these tools exactly work particularly in locating missing or hidden items. But coming from experienced dowsing experts, it is all about “intuition”.

Intuition is a special human capability to perceive the “best possible decision or course of actions” without involvement of analytical reasoning. However, it is not easy to tap into this ability and utilize it at your own will. Thus, ordinary individuals rarely use the true power of their intuition.

Through the power of intuition, one can easily “locate anything” which are either missing or hidden. In order to tap into this special ability, dowsing tools were invented. These tools actually acts as an “amplifier” boosting the power of your intuition allowing you to find your hidden target. Although, the use of dowsing tools especially for complete beginners does not provide immediate positive results. It will literally take years of actual and constant practice or experience before one can achieve good results.

Electronic Metal Detectors

Electronic metal detectors (EMDs) are sophisticated equipment invented during the modern age. Today, these tools are further being improved by different competing manufacturers because of good demands of these products in the market. Some of the top and leading company brands of EMDs includes White’s Electronics, Garett, Kellyco and Accurate Locators.

A large and different variety of EMDs are now available in the market. Each of these equipment have their own unique set of features and intended purposes. Thus, it is highly advisable to choose the right product that suits your needs.

So how does EMDs work?

In general, EMDs works by sending “electro-magnetic waves or frequencies” deep down into the ground. Once it hit any metal objects on its path, it bounces back into the equipment to be processed by its CPU (Central Processing Unit) converting it into either visual or audible signal. And since EMDs are electronic devices, they require “batteries” which often require replacements or recharging.

Here are the following different types of EMDs:

1. Metal Detectors for Coin Hunters

The most common and popular EMD used by MD (metal detector) hobbyists are those that are designed to detect buried coins, rings and other small valuable objects. These type of MDs even have “discriminating” features where operators can distinguish the metallic classification of their targets. Through this feature, operators can easily separate trash from valuable items which minimizes digging works. However, MDs on this category can only penetrate shallow depth which goes around 12 inches minimum to a maximum of 1 feet.

2. Deep Penetrating Metal Detectors

EMDs that are capable of detecting metallic objects buried several feet from the ground are known as “Deep Penetrating Metal Detectors”. These type of MDs are the preferred choice of most THs (treasure hunters) searching for deep buried large piles of treasures. Unfortunately, MDs on this category can be quite expensive.

3. Electronic Detector Scanners

“Scanners” are basically the same as deep penetrating MDs mentioned above but they have more advance and enhanced features. Most scanners are actually equipped with “3D Ground Scanner” which allows the operator to have a visual presentation of the ground in 2D or 3D screen. Due to this interesting feature, the size and shape of the buried object can be easily distinguished. Some scanners also have Discrimination feature.

4. Electronic Gold Detector

Only few “Electronic Gold Detectors” (EGDs) are available in the market because most THs and hobbyists would prefer the use of EMDs. This is because EGDs are “not really quite sensitive” which means they are not capable of detecting deep buried targets.

5. Electronic Dowsing Rods

Electronic dowsing rods are also known as “Molecular Frequency Discriminator” (MFD). Some says that MFDs are like dowsing rods which is a very common wrong concept. Although, they look slightly the same in appearance but they are operated in different manner.

Dowsing Tools versus Electronic Metal Detectors

The comparison between dowsing tools and EMDs about which among them is the best tool in locating buried objects often results into an endless debate. So in order for us to derive our own conclusion, let’s discuss their Advantages and Disadvantages.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dowsing Tools

Advantages of Dowsing Tools

1. Very Deep Penetration

Almost every experienced dowsing experts claim that dowsing tools are capable of penetrating deep buried objects in the ground. Estimated range of depth that these tools can penetrate goes around 60 to 90 meters or perhaps even more. This insane amount of deep penetration is yet to be achieve by any EMDs.

2. No Batteries Required

Dowsing tools are “not battery-operated” which allows operators to use them without limitations.

3. Easy to Store and Carry Around

Since most dowsing tools are lightweight and small, they are easy to store and carried around. Some THs even have the habit of putting their dowsing L-Rods in their back pockets as they explore around their prospective sites.

4. Cheap and Easy to Build your Own

Manufactured dowsing tool products in the market are cheap or way too less expensive as compared to EMDs. Aside from being cheap, almost anyone can build their own homemade dowsing tool out from common materials found inside the house.

Disadvantages of Dowsing Tools

1. Only few Individuals can Successfully Use

It is quite interesting to know the capability of dowsing tools to penetrate deep buried objects. However, there are only few individuals who are capable of operating their tool to detect their targets with good accuracy.

Most first time users are expected to pinpoint just some random directions which can be a huge disappointment. Experts claims that it may take several months or even years of actual practice and experience before achieving some good results.

2. Mental Preparation is Required

Experienced users of dowsing tools often claims that mental preparation is basically important before attempting to locate a certain missing object. This includes mental relaxation, clear thoughts and concentration/focus. Unfortunately, most individuals cannot attain such state of mental preparation.

Advantages and Disadvantages of EMDs

Advantages of EMDs

1. Highly Accurate

EMDs are incapable of detecting insane amount of depth but when it comes to their accuracy, these electronic equipment are very accurate in pinpointing the location of their targets.

2. Discriminate Objects

Most sophisticated EMDs today are now equipped with Discriminating Feature allowing the operator to determine the type of metal found.

3. Everything is Technical

Unlike dowsing tools, EMDs does not require any mental or spiritual preparation. Everything involve is “technical” such as assembling the equipment, adjusting the settings and etc…

Disadvantages of EMDs

1. Battery Operated

Since EMDs are electronic equipment, they require batteries in order to work. Most MDs could actually last for only 6 to 8 hours of continuous use before their batteries needs replacement or recharging. For some individuals, this could be a hassle especially when they forgot to replace or recharge the batteries of their MDs. Another issue about the batteries is the “cost” of buying them. At some point, this costs could add up especially when using the non-rechargeable type of batteries.

2. Expensive Equipment

EMDs are expensive equipment that some THs and MD hobbyists could not afford. Although, there are some cheap MDs that are now available in the market but they are very unreliable tools to be used for treasure hunting purposes.

So which one is the best, is it the dowsing tools or the EMDs?

In my own personal opinion, “it all depends to the users or operators of the tools” about what really works best for them.

31 Comments to “Detectors for Treasure Hunting Purposes”

    • Good day Sir Elmo. I just want to ask if Garrett GTI 2600 Eagle Eye with deep multiplier is accurate here in Mindanao Philippines. Can it detect items buried inside the rock? I already bought one from Amazon and it is on its way here.

      Is it possible that an item is buried on a large big foot shape rock? I am really being bothered why the rock is so heavy.

      Please help me add my knowledge on this field of activity. I really appreciate it. Thank you and God bless you always.


      I am sorry to say that Garrett GTI 2600 Eagle Eye is a pretty bad metal detector to use in the Philippines. Test results that it can only detect shallow objects for up to 1 meter only. It is also not a good tool to use to detect items stored inside rocks because it does not have good discriminator functionality feature.

    • Good day Sir Elmo. Where can I buy a Watch Gold Detector?


      I am sorry, I do not know. Anyway, if such gadget exist then it is probably a hoax.

    • Good day Sir Elmo. I am from Mindanao. A fellow TH is kind enough to help us out and look for any positive Japanese treasure deposit in our area. Surprisingly, he found an interesting area which look like a small mountain forming like a letter “C” shape. At the left corner towards the East, the sign was found. It is one huge rock forming a heart shape with letter Y symbol engraved on its center and three holes in delta formation.

      We broke the other shapes on the rock in order to dig underneath where we managed to hit the flooring at a depth of 18 feet. Now, we are currently at 80 feet deep where we already encountered a lot of signs such as turtle, heart shaped stones (pig face, corals), red/orange soil and etc…

      By the way, we are using a dowsing rod with gold and platinum on it.

      The last sign that we found is a big stone which is a pointer telling us to go even much deeper. Then we hit the stone with a shape of a pig’s head. At the center of it, there is a short dash line. What do these signs mean?



      Sometimes, dowsing rods are not always accurate. Anyway, can I ask some photos of the signs that you discovered so that I can assess them if they are natural or authentic signs? I suggest that you should send it into my FaceBook page because my email is heavily spammed.

    • Is locator and scanner really effective when detecting gold deposit underground? What if there are anti-detectors?


      Most locators and even scanners are fake especially products with unpopular brands. When it comes to anti-detectors, these are most likely natural materials found on the ground particularly high mineralized rocks/hot rocks.

    • Where can I buy a good metal detector? How much will it cost me? I am a beginner.


      The best place to purchase a good metal detector is via the internet because it allows you to read reviews of customers about the particular product that you wish to buy. There are actually plenty of MDs with different models where they have varied range of prices. Since you are a beginner, I suggest that you start from cheap but reliable MDs to get a good grasp on how to use such equipment. Once you mastered it, you can upgrade your MD to a more sophisticated or professional model.

    • Good Day Sir Elmo.

      I would like to ask if what is the best detector for treasure hunting and how much it cost? mode and maker? because there is a big group in our area doing scanning which is no one knows that there is a person inside the van doing scanning once there is a positive site they buy the property and then put up some front business and 2 to 3 years later no more business they said its losing and not gaining.

    • Yes, such equipment do exist but only few individuals own them because they are quite expensive. The best detector of all are actually those that are Russian made. Although, most of their products are not being commercialized as compared to those that are made in the US and China.

    • Hello sir Elmo,

      I am Garry from Negros Occidental, Philippines. I am your new client regarding treasure hunting. Can I ask a question if there`s an accurate locator or metal detectors store in the Philippines. What specific place and how much it costs?

    • It's been sometime when I purchased some of my tools in the Philippine local store. I am really sorry that I cannot point you in the right direction because I mostly bought my equipment online.

    • Hello Sir Elmo,

      Just wanna ask if you have any knowledge about this item. It is encased with brownish wood like substance and there is a very hard black materials inside it. These both materials are fire proof and seemingly like metal as it sounds if you bang it with hard objects. It will not activate with diamond detector as well so I wonder what would it be.

      How can I send the pictures and videos of it admin?

    • It would be really hard for me to determine what that object is without a photo or video. So you are right, sending either a photo of video is the best idea. You can actually send them into my FaceBook page via private messaging. It is accessible via the FaceBook icon found on the right navigation bar.

    • Good day Sir Elmo, Uncle found a hole while he is digging for a septic tank, apparently the hole fits a person to crawl to, more or less 10 meters in length, and one end has 2 short branches, maybe used for a maneuver. Although we don't see any Japanese sign but we are sure that the hole was man made.

      Hope to get your idea on this one, thanks.

    • Hello, Sir Elmo I want to ask that what detector for deep targets is good between GPZ 7000 and MAKRO JEO HUNTER 3D. I need detector that can detect a bowl of bronze or gold up to 6 or 7 feet and big targets up to 12 feet.

    • Good Day Sir Elmo, please tell us the site address for good Russian made detectors.

    • We found something. A rock and it has a face (tongue out) on it. Is this a clue or sign?

  • Is there a meaning of letter F engrave on the stone in pile of large number of almost same size of rocks?

    • Yes, there is a sign similar to the letter F which has something to do with directions. However, this kind of sign is usually accompanied with another sign.

  • Good Day Sir Elmo.

    I just have some question regarding about a Metal Detector.

    You have mentioned from the above comment that Russian made MDs are the best. From your other article here in your blog, you have stated that your first on the list on deep seeking MD is from the Makro which is the JeoHunter 3D Dual System and if I’m not mistaken, it is made from Turkey. And based on your own experience, how was its performance regarding proper ground balancing on Hot Rocks and highly mineralized soil that may result in false readings? Thank you.

    • Yes, Russian-made MD are the best. I have an old one which is capable of penetrating incredible amount of depth that it even outperforms most commercial MDs today.

      The reason why I listed JeoHunter is that, yes it has good ground balancing functionality and penetration. Based on my experience, the answer to your question is more about developing your own skill with the tuning process. You will rarely get false reading once you are able to master proper tuning of the ground balance of this tool.

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