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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 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

The Mule most closely resembles a 1989 or 1990 Ford E-350 cube van. While all renditions have differences in the front fascia, cabin and details on the box, it largely retains the same style, a vehicle with a box on its rear section and part of it is over the cabin. The rear end has a large metallic curtain door and two large rectangle lights on the borders.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Mule is now depicted as a light box truck resembling a mid 1990 Mitsubishi Fuso FM series, with some styling cues from the fifth generation Isuzu Elf N-Series, particularly the light arrangement.

The truck's box is now simplier in design and features two doors on the rear end, as well as a grey platform with ladders on either side. 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 remains the same as its previous iteration, but now allows rear passengers to stand in the back, in addition to four 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.

Grand Theft Auto Online

A unique heist version is available in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Heists Update, dubbed "Heist Mule". 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).

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

The Mule served as a mid-size 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.

Overall, the Mule has 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

The truck returns as a much more durable and acceptable vehicle, as 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 has a 3-litre diesel engine, according to the badges and rear-wheel drive, as indicated in the handling files and in-game. 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.

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) N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 6 FR RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

Standard

The Mule remains mostly unchanged compared to its iteration in GTA IV. 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.

Again, the truck does not include a visible engine model, and its sound is identical to its previous iteration. It is still a rear-wheel drive vehicle.

Heist

The heist version performs differently over the standard model, as it 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 wheel-spin, both something the standard Mule cannot do. Because of the side barriers, the heist Mule is less prone to pass over small vehicles stuck in between the wheels.

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.meta
N/A 62 / 100 5 N/A RWD 5500 / 12125 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A 3000cc (3.0L) (Badging) N/A N/A N/A
Observed
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.meta
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
N/A N/A 5 FR RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
Rockstar Games Social Club
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Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

Liveries

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

Image Gallery

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online


Variants

Triad Fish Van

Grand Theft Auto III
TriadFishVan-GTA3-front

The Triad Fish Van in Grand Theft Auto III.
(Rear quarter view)

Description

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

Grand Theft Auto III
Description

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

Spand Express

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
SpandExpress-GTAVC-front

The Spand Express in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Description

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

Mule Custom

Grand Theft Auto Online
Description

The Mule Custom is a custom variant of the Mule featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the After Hours update. It features highly-advanced modifications and Gunrunning liveries.

Special Variants

Grand Theft Auto Online

Black

An all black Mule appears in the missions Master Data and Truck Off in GTA Online.

Ramp Door

A previously 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. This variant is currently used during a Supplies Steal Mission involving destroying a rival competition.

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.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto Online

Heists
  • Two heist Mules are used during the Series A Funding heist finale where they are used to transport the drugs to the dealer.
Air Freight Cargo
Supplies
  • The regular mule spawns around the map as a target truck to be destroyed during a Supplies Steal Mission involving destroying 4 target trucks.
  • The ramp door variant of the Mule appears in another Steal Mission involving destroying a rival competition. It cannot be entered as it must be destroyed.
  • Several heist variants are seen during another Steal Mission involving finding a hidden crate in a search area, of which is occupied by another rival competition. They can be stolen and used after the mission.

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

The Mule is particularly common around the urban industrial estates of Davis and Strawberry, as well as a common dock, highway and city traffic vehicle.

Grand Theft Auto Online

Standard Mule
  • Can be bought in GTA Online from the Warstock Cache & Carry website for $27,000, available through Pegasus Lifestyle Management.
  • Also spawns normally all around the map.
  • A Mule is used to transport champagne during a random Nightclub promotion.
    • Upon delivery, said Mule will be seen in the Nightclub’s service enterance.
Heist Mule
  • The heist Mule can be purchased from the same website after completing the Series A Funding Heist. It costs $32,000. It will only spawn 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.
    • Its name can also refer to the animal of the same name, referencing its purpose as a cargo truck.

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.
  • As seen in an early screenshots, the doors of the cargo area of the Mule looked different. The original beta doors can be found on the Mule of Max Payne 3 with some minor differences like the handle and less details.
  • The mule has Four Wheel Rotation System badges, suggesting the mule uses their Differential devices or transmission system.

Grand Theft Auto V

  • The Mule's jacking animation cannot be interrupted by any input. So, when a hostile pedestrian tries to pull the player out to start fighting, they will instead enter the Mule and drive 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.

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