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Sanitary
"The Classic commercial delivery truck. Inconspicuous, secure, reliable. What happens in the back, stays in the back."
―Standard Mule, Warstock Cache & Carry description.
"Instead of being stuck behind one of these on a narrow road, why not be the one causing the traffic jam instead? Move everything from furniture to laboratory equipment or keep it empty and just enjoy the ride."
―Heist Mule, Warstock Cache & Carry description.

The Mule is a box truck that appeared in every game after Grand Theft Auto III with the exception of Grand Theft Auto Advance and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. It is manufactured by Maibatsu in the HD Universe.

Design

With the exception of Grand Theft Auto V, the Mule can only support two occupants in the cab; the cargo hold does not normally open, but the cargo hold can be exposed when the door is removed - the truck will contain various items of cargo in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. In Grand Theft Auto V, the cargo hold allows at least two passengers to sit on the wheel wells.

3D Universe

When introduced in Grand Theft Auto III, the Mule served as a mid-size straight "luton" truck a step below the Yankee, thus being smaller in size (in actuality being narrower) and lighter. As a result, the Mule fares better in speed and acceleration but still possess average-to-poor cornering. In addition, the truck's high center of gravity may also result in easier rollovers and an inability to return upright in many occasions. The small wheels on the Mule also relate to this problem. The GTA III era Mule most closely resembles a 1989 or 1990 Ford E-350 cube van.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, it resembles a mid 1990's Mitsubishi Fuso FM series and the fifth generation Isuzu Elf N-Series. The Mule comes with various company names and graffiti painted on the sides, as well as a version with no markings.

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Mule allows rear passengers to stand in the back, in addition to 4 passengers sitting on the rear wheel wells. To sit on the rear wheel wells, both front seats must be filled. Once the front seats are filled, a player can press the enter vehicle button and they will "pop" onto one of the rear wheel wells. Pressing the shoot or buttons while seated on a wheel well will open the rear door allowing other players to stand in the back.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

Overall, the Mule has a good durability, but not as good as any other truck, however, the truck has a good top speed, and an acceptable acceleration, capable of getting to a decent speed with causing too much oversteer. The truck's brakes are its main downside, they seem to take a while to make the Mule come to a complete stop, and when it does, it usually results in a crash, or the truck taking a while to regain speed, making it a bad choice for a getaway vehicle.

3D Universe Overview


Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 87 / 140 5 Diesel RWD 3500 / 7716
Observed
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

Returning to GTA IV, the truck returns as a much more durable and acceptable vehicle, it can now reach high speeds at a better time, and its top speed is also higher. Over steer is not as common, but can still happen, and, if steering is performed too quickly, it will result in the vehicle to tipple over, but usually does not fall onto its side, which is unusual for a vehicle of its size, but is still slow.

The Mule in GTA IV has a 3-litre diesel engine, according to the badges and, despite it is stated to have a "four wheel rotation system" (which is an unusual way of saying "four-wheel drive"), the Mule is purely rear-wheel drive, as indicated in the handling files and in-game.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 62 / 100 6 N/A RWD 5500 / 12125
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 3000cc (3.0L) (Badging) Four Wheel Rotation System (AWD) (Badging) N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 6 FR RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

Returning to GTA V, the Mule remains mostly unchanged. The suspension is much better, being stiffer due to GTA V's revamped handling physics. The stiffer suspension improves handling response, which further improves braking and acceleration rates. However, its heavy weight still causes problems regarding acceleration.

The truck does not include a visible engine model, however, its sound is somewhat similar to a diesel, high revving engine with a significantly smooth engine sound. It shares the engine sound with the Benson, Police Riot and Stockade. Again, it is stated to have a "four wheel rotation system" (all-wheel drive), but its drivetrain layout remains as rear-wheel drive.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Available in GTA Online is the Armored version of the Mule, which sports an added bull-bar, and a metal undercarriage (useful to prevent other vehicles from getting stuck in-between the wheels). In comparison to the standard Mule, the Heist version has slightly improved acceleration and top speed, but no overall change in braking or handling. The main difference between the two is ramming power, where the Heist version has similar ramming capabilities to the Insurgent, as it can ram vehicles at a high speed without losing too much speed itself, and move vehicles smaller than it with little to no wheelspin, both something the standard Mule cannot do.

GTA V Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.dat
N/A 62 / 100 5 N/A RWD 5500 / 12125 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 3000cc (3.0L) (Badging) Four Wheel Rotation System (AWD) N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
10.32 Seconds 82 / 132 5 FR RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
Mule-GTAV-RSCStats
Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.dat
N/A 62 / 100 5 N/A RWD 12500 / 27558 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 3000cc (3.0L) (Badging) Four Wheel Rotation System (AWD) N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
N/A N/A 5 FR RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
ImageGallery-Placeholder
Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

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Variants

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Triad Fish Van

Main article: Triad Fish Van

The Triad Fish Van is the gang version of the Mule used by the Triads. The Triad Fish Van is essentially a box truck distinguishable only by its Belly-Up Fish & Seafood Processing Plant name visible on the sides and front of the truck's cargo compartment.

Mr. Wongs

Main article: Mr. Wongs

The Mr. Wongs is a Mule-based laundry van, evidently named after the company that uses these, Mr. Wong's Laundrette.

Spand Express

Main article: Spand Express (truck)

The Spand Express is a delivery truck based on the Mule, with noticeable differences in the front fascia and a Spand Express livery.

Special Variants

  • A unique heist version is available as part of the Heists Update. It is distinguished from the civilian version by having a protective bull-bar and a metal undercarriage (barriers used to prevent other vehicles from getting stuck in-between the wheels).
  • A unused ramp-door Mule exists in the game that can be spawned. Instead of the usual rear doors, this variant uses a single ramp, omitting the grey platform. It will have the same liveries as its basic counterpart.

Companies

Liveries

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Robbing Uncle Sam - The Mule is the truck chosen by CJ and Ryder to carry the crates from army depot in Ocean Docks. It's explosion-proof.
  • Gray Imports - A Mule can be found parked outside the warehouse only in this mission.
  • Ran Fa Li - Some Mules are used to block the airport parking lot passages and the airport main road.
  • Test Drive - Parked on a sidewalk in Downtown.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto: III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Parking area of Portland Harbor, Portland, Liberty City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Standard Mule
Heist Mule
  • The Armored Mule can be purchased from the same website after completing the Series A Funding Heist. It costs $32,000. It will only spawm in plain white, lacking a livery.

Trivia

General

  • By default, the Mule plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The name Mule is a reference to "drug mule", the term for someone that smuggles drugs for someone else. This is strengthened by the GTA V Warstock Cache and Carry Description of the Mule.
  • To enter the back of the Mule, shoot the back doors lightly and then climb onto the roof of the Mule.
  • It is the third vehicle and also the first box truck to appear in the entire series. (For a brief moment). The second being Banshee and the first being Securicar.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Due to its height, the Mule in GTA IV cannot be sold at Stevie's garage, as it will not fit inside.
    Mule-GTAIV-trailerfront
  • The Mule seen in first trailer seems to have a black line of text or graffiti in the front. It is not seen in the final version of the game.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • In Grand Theft Auto V, the Mule's jacking animation cannot be interrupted by any input. So, when the player hits someone else's car and he tries to pull him out to start fighting, he instead enters the Mule and drives off.
  • In GTA V, Mules from a distance will appear to have bright white wheels, this is most likely a texture glitch. This is most effective at night.
    • Due to increased render distances, this is fixed in the enhanced version of the game (PS4/XB1/PC).
  • In GTA Online, if a player stands on the front end of the cargo-hold's roof while another player drives, the truck may randomly "wheelie", causing the player to fall off.
  • Getting on top of the Mule while it's moving will not result the player to fall off unless it crashes, tips over or if it goes under a low underpass. The same can happen if the player is inside of the cargo trunk.

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