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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

3D Universe

Between Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Mule remained invariably the same, being a small truck with a large box on the rear and a single metallic curtain door on the rear end, closely resembling a 1989 or 1990 Ford E-350 cube van.

Each model have different features, which depend of the game's settings.

  • The Liberty City models have design cues with the Pony for the cabin (albeit with tweaked headlights), tail lights on the rear bumper and a straighter box shape. In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the headlights are moved slightly upwards. In Grand Theft Auto III, the vehicle assigns a primary color for the body and a secondary color for the front bumper and lower fuel tanks, while in GTA Liberty City Stories, the secondary color is assigned to the box, while the front bumper and lower fuel tanks are permanently black.
  • The Vice City and San Andreas (2D Universe) models are of an entirely unique cabin design, with the turn signals moved to below the headlights, removed bumper lights in favour of marker lights around the top of the box's rear and a rounded upper front section on the box. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the upper front section of the box is more angular. The vehicle comes in a variety of single colors for the cabin and the box.
  • The San Andreas model is mostly similar to the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, but has a slightly smaller bumper, a different grille, straighter front wheel arches, slanted front section of the box and amber marker lights around the top of the box's rear. Again, it comes with a variety of single colors for the cabin and the box.

In all renditions, 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.

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Mule resembles a mid 1990 Mitsubishi Fuso FM series, with some styling cues from the fifth generation Isuzu Elf N-Series, particularly the light arrangement.

The Mule is depicted as a light box truck with a cab-over-engine layout, where the front end features a grey bumper with the license plate on the center, a small grille with four horizontal separations and a set of circular and rectangular light units, with the outer ones being turn signals. The cabin is rather large and features large windows, rectangular mirrors and bulky front arches fitted with rear mudguards, with the corresponding badges above the grille and on the doors.

The rear section mainly consists of the cargo box, which features various marker lights on the front and rear ends and black protruding strips along the sides, as well as mudguards for the rear wheels. The rear end has two large cargo doors and an extended platform with side access ladders, also featuring turn signals and a red/white warning strip on it. The tail lights and the license plate are mounted on a rear guard seen below the truck. The Mule also has dedicated badges on the rear mudguards and cargo doors, with the former displaying the vehicle's name.

The Mule comes with various company names and graffiti painted on the sides, as well as a version with no markings. The truck spawns with a primary color for the body (being two shades of white) and a secondary color for the grille separations and the details of the box, being the outer borders on the front and on top, as well as the rivets on the lower side (being two tones of grey). It uses a set of industrial wheels similar to trucks like the Phantom and the Flatbed.

Again, the cargo hold does not open, unless the player damages the rear enough to open the doors. Said cargo hold has wooden floor and lower borders, but does not seem to carry items on the back outside of scripted scenarios.

Grand Theft Auto V

In Grand Theft Auto V, the Mule remains the same as its previous iteration, but the grille has five black separations and the cargo box has permanent silver/chrome details around, while the black strips on the sides were removed. The cargo hold allows for four passengers sitting on the rear wheel wells (which is only possible if the cabin seats are occupied). It is possible for other players to enter the box if the rear doors are opened or removed.

The truck can be seen either blank or with company liveries on the sides of the box. It spawns in a limited variety of primary colors for the cabin and the box, with two shades of black secondary colors for the grille separations. It retains the industrial wheels from the GTA IV iteration.

The Mule is fitted with a CB radio, and occasional trucker chatter can be heard regardless of whether the main radio is turned on or off. The chatter will only play if playing as Trevor and in Blaine County.

Grand Theft Auto Online

A unique version of the Mule, dubbed "Heist Mule", appears in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Heists Update. This version removes the traditional bumper in favour of a protective bull-bar similar to the Hauler and the Benson, and metal undercarriage barriers intended to prevent other vehicles from getting stuck in-between the wheels. The details on the box are finished in a color instead of in silver/chrome. Unlike the regular Mule, this variant cannot carry passengers on the cargo hold.

The vehicle is only available in a white primary color for the body and a black secondary color for the grille and the details of the box, always spawning blank. It uses the same industrial wheels from the regular Mule.

Current Design Gallery

Version History Gallery

Performance

3D Universe

The Mule serves 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 5 N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The truck returns as a much more durable and acceptable vehicle, as it can 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, shared with the Benson, the Yankee and the Securicar. The truck has Four Wheel Rotation System badges, suggesting it uses differential devices or transmission system.

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 and Grand Theft Auto Online

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 (mostly due to the increased mass, being a litle more than twice the regular Mule's weight). Because of the side barriers, the heist Mule is less prone to pass over small vehicles stuck in between the wheels.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
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.png
Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto Online
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) N/A 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 and Grand Theft Auto Online

Image Gallery

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online

Variants

Triad Fish Van

Grand Theft Auto III
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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
MrWongs-GTA3-front.jpg
The Mr. Wongs in Grand Theft Auto III.
(Rear quarter view)
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.jpg
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
MuleCustom-GTAO-front.png
The Mule Custom in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)
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 IV

Barrels

  • Mules with barrels on the back can be obtained in either Search and Delete or in one of the possible scenarios in Exotic Exports missions for Brucie. For the first mission, the player just need to kill Lyle Rivas around the Francis International Airport area, where the truck appears, and later intercept it. For the second mission, the player just need to take the truck and drive away, failing the mission. The barrels are not solid, thus they won't slide off the truck. However, they cannot be saved, as the barrels will disappear from the cargo hold upon returning to the safehouse's parking lot.

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 with no rear platform, and also lacks the CB radio from the regular version. 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. Despite not being present in GTA V, it is still listed in the "Vehicles" page of the Rockstar Games Social Club.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

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 - Two Mules can be found parked outside the warehouse only in this mission. They are heavily damaged, as there is smoke coming out from their engines.
  • 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: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Search and Delete - A Mule appears on the airport area during the chase, where Lyle scrapes the side of the truck to make it drop barrels from the cargo hold and difficult the chase.
  • Truck Hustle - Niko Bellic has to steal a Mule full of heroin for Phil Bell.
  • If the Price is Right - A Mule appears as the vehicle Niko and Phil must intercept to retrieve the money from Dimitri's goons. It is loaded with barrels that will ocassionally drop to difficult the chase.
  • Exotic Exports - One of the possible scenarios involve the target car located behind a Mule, which is guarded by three goons.

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.
Nightclub
Casino Work
  • Appears in Damage Control. Having taken the truck for a "test drive" while drunk, the protagonist needs to return it to the Casino.
Casino Heist
  • A heist Mule can be seen in the loading bay of the casino, during the Big Con approach of the Casino Heist (only if the "Gruppe Sechs" approach is selected).

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, although it will not be accessible and serves as decoration.
Heist Mule
  • The heist Mule can be purchased from the same website after completing the Series A Funding Heist. It costs $32,000.

Trivia

General

The Mule in Manhunt 2.

  • 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.
  • The Grand Theft Auto III rendition of the Mule also appears in Manhunt 2.

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.png
  • 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.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • When a hostile pedestrian tries to pull the player out of the vehicle to start fighting, they will instead enter the Mule and drive off.
  • In the PS3/Xbox 360 versions of the game, Mules from a distance will appear to have bright white wheels, this is most likely a texture glitch. This is most effective at night. This has been fixed in the enhanced version of the game.
  • If the player stands on the front end of the cargo-hold's roof while an NPC/another player drives, the truck may randomly "wheelie", causing the player to fall off.

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