Goblinworks has added mules to Pathfinder Online, according to a new dev blog by designer Lee Hammock. Mules are intended to make long-range travel easier for traders and to spur economic interaction. They’re also intended to be targets for bandits and, interestingly, are “not something every gatherer out in the wood brings along with them every time they go out.”
Hammock says that mules are mainly to move large quantities of goods on special occasions, and he also details how players can go about acquiring and using mules. The mules aren’t without risks, as their AI is based on Pathfinder’s monster AI and therefore may behave unexpectedly if attacked or subjected to spell casts. Hammock cautions players to use their mules carefully, as the devs won’t be able to recover any lost inventory that your mule may have been carrying.