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M.U.L.E.

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The M.U.L.E
Molly 05.png
Equipment Details
Type Robot
Used by All Classes
Availability Default

The M.U.L.E., or the Mining Utility Lift Engine, is a quadrupedal robot capable of walking on any surface, acting as a mobile depository for the resources gathered by the team.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

An image of the team depository. Resources that have completed their quota have a checkmark ( ✓ ) next to their icon and name.
The M.U.L.E making it's robotic beeping sound when called

The M.U.L.E acts as team inventory and stores all materials collected such as Gold, Morkite and Nitra but also hidden Gems like Jadiz or Bittergem.

By default it can be called by using "C" on a Keyboard, and using "Y" on a Xbox One controller, to your current position, placing a marker on the ground for where it will stop. It will take the most direct path towards the set position, walking on any solid surface including walls and roofs.

Extraction[edit | edit source]

As soon as the primary mission goal has been reached, the Drop Pod can be called using a red button, that appears of the back of the M.U.L.E. Once pressed, the Drop Pod will land at a distant location, and the M.U.L.E will being to walk towards it, ignoring any calls from that point onward.

The M.U.L.E will leave behind a glowing trail of green markers, that look similar to the ones the Dwarves place when calling it to their position. The markers will pulse with light in sequence starting with the first marker placed, to the most recently placed marker, as it travels towards the Drop Pod during the extraction phase.

It is also worth noting that the Drop Pod's doors will only open when the M.U.L.E has been secured within it, or, if for some reason the M.U.L.E cannot reach the pod, 15 seconds before the escape timer reaches zero. Mission Control will notify the players after the M.U.L.E docks with the Drop Pod.

Mini M.U.L.Es make an appearance in the Space Rig and are also part of an objective during Salvage Operation. When repaired during a Salvage mission they will follow the M.U.L.E, although the miners will still be unable to deposit into them.

Nicknames[edit | edit source]

Whilst on a mission, the Dwarves call for the M.U.L.E. using nicknames like 'Donkey', 'Walking Tin Can', 'Molly'[1] and the 'Minecart on legs'.

Deep Rock Galactic does not approve of this behaviour and informs all employees about this using the following PSA, visible on the DRG Information Channel in Space Rig 17:

PSA: The M.U.L.E. units are neither sentient, nor pets. Calling them "Molly" will not impact the MULE unit's programming.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The M.U.L.E. was the first robot implemented into the game, added in Closed Alpha Update 2.
  • Deep Rock Galactic disapproves of the dwarves assigning nicknames to the M.U.L.E, as it is known to cause depression in the event of malfunctioning equipment.
  • The M.U.L.E. is likely named for the Multiple Use Labour Element robots from the classic Atari game M.U.L.E., a competitive multiplayer economic simulation.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • There's a small chance the MULE will get stuck in its path finding upon summoning the Drop Pod and will keep moving back and forth.
    • In case this occurs, the player should attempt to reach the Drop Pod themselves since the MULE will be forcefully teleported to the Drop Pod at the last few seconds.

See Also[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Deep Rock Galactic - Vlog#1, published on October 6th, 2017