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Mule
553px-Mule
Health Points: 30HP (15x Heart)
Drops: 0-2 Leather
Location: The Overworld (Plains & Savanna)
Savegame ID: mule
Experience Points: 1-3

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Mules are passive mobs that were introduced to Minecraft in Update 1.6. Mules cannot be spawned with a Spawn Egg. In survival mode, they cannot be found naturally. They can only be obtained through breeding of a Horse and a Donkey. They are one of four different possible mounts in the game as of 1.6.2, the other three being horses, donkeys and pigs.

Breeding

In order to breed a mule, you must have a donkey and a horse of any kind. To breed them, feed each a Golden Carrot or Golden Apple, and activate love mode. They will then run to each other and a baby mule will be born between them.

Appearance

Mules are slightly smaller than their horse parent, and when they grow they share traits of both a donkey (the long ears), and the horse (color, tail, etc.).

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A Mule in the grass.

Riding

To ride a mule, first the player must domesticate or "tame" it. Once tamed, riding is as simple as right clicking the mule, no longer requiring an empty hand. At first the mule will allow the user to ride it, and wander aimlessly. To control the movement, a Saddle must be equipped. To do so the player can open their Inventory while riding the mule and placing a saddle in the appropriate saddle slot on the mule's inventory.

Usage

Mules have the same usage as donkeys do. They do not allow the use of Horse Armor. They can carry items for the player. A mule can only hold one Chest, even though it appears to have two (one on each side). A chest is simply equipped by placing a chest on the mule by right clicking.

Characteristics

Like horses, some mules are faster, others have the ability to jump higher, and some have more health. The fastest mule is slower than the fastest possible horse. A mule can be bred by breeding a horse with a donkey. The mule is a combination of the horse and donkey, appearing as a horse with long ears.

Advantages over Donkeys

One may ask what advantage mules have over donkeys, since they both carry chests. There are a few reasons. First, the mule has a certain color; like donkeys, it is always the same, but it is different from the color of donkeys. The second feature is that they inherit traits from the horse parent as well; donkeys have a fixed speed and jump height, whereas mules do not; as such, breeding a quick or jumpy horse with a donkey can give a mule with a better speed and jump height than a donkey.

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