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Their symbol and faction color, as seen on their vehicles.
|Faction in Just Cause|
|Goal, or purpose||To earn money as a drug cartel and to take over all the planations of the Montano Cartel|
|Starting base, or HQ||Unknown|
|Source of money||Selling coca on an international market|
The Rioja Cartel (pronounced Rioha and sometimes called Riojas Cartel) is a faction in Just Cause (1).
They do some of their business deals in hotels and at the El Toro Loco nightclub.
The boss is never introduced by name, but it's believed that his name is Edmundo, as during a mission Inmaculada Palmiera tells Rico that "Edmundo will be so pleased. He will contact you soon." in a way that implies he's her superior in the cartel. Sometimes the objective in a side mission will be to eliminate either a Montano Cartel officer or a San Esperito Military officer. The person who gives the objective will say "Hit someone for Edmundo".
According to one side mission, they buy their explosives from the Guerrillas for "bags of bills".
Rico Rodriguez first comes across the Riojas in the mission The San Esperito Connection, when he assumes the identity of Franco Alifano, an American who requires a steady supply of drugs to New York. He then works with the Riojas to deconstruct the empire of the government-backed Montanos.
- Cutler-Randall Arrowhead.
- Cutler-Randall Conquistador.
- Chevalier Street Bird De Luxe.
- Fukuda Bluebolt - Very rare.
Vehicles exclusive of Storyline missions Edit
- HH-22 Savior - Mission only.
Vehicles At the Cartel VillaEdit
- Yamada 37-14 Vaquero: at the "Casa Isabella"
- Reichsmobile Compact Mark 2: at the "Villa Loretta"
- Chevalier Supernova: at the "Casa Carolina", "Villa Encanto"
- Rossi 866 Corral: at the "Villa Celeste", "Athena Palace"
- Stinger GP: at the "Villa La Cantera"
- Wallys GP: at the "Golfo Palace"
- MV: at the "Villa Loretta"
- The Vampire: at the "Villa Artemis",
- The Vampire unique Mounted Gun armed version: at the "El Regalo"
- Harland DTWV-2 Scout: at the "Villa Celeste"
- Triereme - RC Athena: at the "Casa Evangelina"
- Royal 500 - great white: at the ""Villa Arriba, "Villa Pandora", "Casa Montoya"
- Viper boatworks Seaserpent III: at the "Villa La Cantera"
- Bald Eagle - Persuader (prototype):at the "La Residence".
- Pankhurst Bus Tap Tap: at the "Casa Isabella"
- Vanderbildt Route 66: at the "Villa Encanto", "Athena Palace"
- Scando Track Loader Extreme: at the "Athena Palace", "Casa Montoya"
- Chevalier Supernova - 1st Rioja safehouse.
- Fukuda Tournament - 2nd Rioja safehouse.
- The Vampire - 3rd Rioja safehouse.
- Jackson Z-19 Skreemer - 4th and 9th Rioja safehouse.
- Garret Paladin - 5th Rioja safehouse.
- Triereme - RC Athena - 6th Rioja safehouse.
- Ballard M5B1 Scout - 7th Rioja safehouse.
- Stinger GP - 8th Rioja safehouse.
- Delta MAH-15 Chimaera - 10th Rioja safehouse.
- This faction is similar to the Roaches in Just Cause 2, as they both deal in illegal activities such as the growth, trafficking and smuggling of drugs.
- The game manual has a picture labeled as General Jose Durango, but the guy in the picture is actually mistakenly the Rioja boss.
- La Rioja is the name of a region in north-east Spain. Link to Wikipedia
- For some odd reason, if you get into a vehicle with a Rioja member in the side seat, he will exit and start firing at you.
- Their safehouses are the only ones that can be unlocked when you are promoted. The Guerrilla safehoues are unlocked after Liberating settlements, but you do unlock new weapons when promoted.
- They have some very rare vehicles.