Death Stranding will pit players against various types of enemies, ranging from terrorists and amorphous beings to those afflicted with strange conditions. Among these is a group called the Mules which will regularly ambush players on their journey. Mules first appeared in Death Stranding’s release date trailer, which premiered at E3 2019.
Mules are identified by their yellow suits and use of electrified pole weapons. All members wear face-obscuring headgear, including balaclavas and full-face helmets.
Mules suffer from a condition called Delivery Syndrome. This causes them to steal cargo from people they find on the road. Their sensors allow them to locate items being transported. Mules will then deposit the stolen goods in their camps, which are found all over the map of the United Cities of America.
Unlike Homo Demens, Mules do not kill people. Their weapons of choice are used only to stun their victims as they steal their cargo. Mules are also armed with sticky guns to snatch containers from afar. Their electrified pole weapons can also be hurled from a distance.
Similar to Bridges operatives like Sam, Mules have mechanical arms mounted on their shoulders. While the standard Bridges design features four-digits, Mules use three-digit arms. The device is used to detect BTs, amorphous entities that the Mules are extremely fearful of.
It is unknown if the mechanical arm used by the Mules can deflect bullets as demonstrated by Sam’s in an encounter with Homo Demens leader Higgs.
Mules carry containers on their backs that are marked with either “CERAMIC” or “RESIN.” They also occasionally bring container repair spray with them. These can be looted after taking down a Mule to repair broken containers, allowing players to open them.
Mules can be seen driving large truck-like vehicles. The exact number of members these can accommodate is unknown, though three Mules have been seen to arrive on one. This includes the vehicle’s driver.
Mules often operate in groups to ambush travelers. Their use of hand signals seen in the release date trailer implies that they conduct themselves with a somewhat militaristic level of discipline.
Members seem to be fairly athletic, or at least on par with Sam. This was shown when several Mules were able to catch up with Sam when he tried to run away from them.
Mules are also quite intelligent with their use of weapons. During the Tokyo Game Show Gameplay Session Volume 1 demo, the Mules were seen disabling the vehicle that the player attempted to use to escape.
Owing to their heightened fear of BTs, Mules will pull back during an ambush when it starts to rain.
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