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The Sims 4 Guide Development

The first Sims 4 Guide pages are available:
Aspirations - New
Fitness Skill - New
Hidden Areas
Astronaut Career
Gardening - Updated Plant List
Please note, Grafting is broken and we must await a patch - perhaps - to get all of the Plants.
Rocket Science
Careers - Just a List for now
Painter Career
Sims 4 Cheats

The Sims 3 Roaring Heights Guide

We now have a Guide to Roaring Heights with Maps to Collectibles along with information on the Premium Content that comes with this new Town. There is a Boardwalk with Rollercoaster parts to allow you to build your own, along with new clothing and a fixer-upper car that Sims can use to fix up a vehicle to drive around town or sell for a huge profit. Check the Guide to learn more and see if this town is right for you!

The Sims 3 Into the Future

The Sims 3 Into the Future Expansion Pack Guides

The Into the Future Guide coverage is nearly complete, although many pages throughout the site need updated to cover this and other Expansions. I'm working to update pages to a finalized version and will list them along with ItF coverage here:

Lifetime Rewards for ItF - New
    Future Sim
    Maintenance Master
    Portal Immunity
    Time Remote Control
    Trait Chip Bundle
Utopian and Dystopian Future Timelines - New
More than a Machine Lifetime Wish - New
Legacy Statue Requirements and Tips - New
Descendants System: Family Size and Wealth
Bot Arena Career: Arena Mechanic or Plumbot Arena Official
Astronomy Career: Space Explorer or Astrophysicist
Into the Future Expansion Pack Features - New
Nanite List, Rare Nanites, and Maps for Finding Them
Advanced Technology Skill Guide
Bot Making Skill Guide
Laser Rhythm-a-con Instrument Guide - New
Trait Chips
The Time Traveler, Entering Oasis Landing and Research Opportunities

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack Guides

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Resorts

Buy The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion PackIsland Paradise Guide Coverage
IP Expansion Pack Guide coverage has completed. I have the following guides available:

Island Paradise Expansion Pack Features
Resort Management
Mermaid Guide
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Skill Guide
Scuba Levels and Skill Challenges
Scuba Diving Spots, Treasure Chests, and Caves
Collectible Sea Shells and Sea Life
Finding Uncharted Islands
Finding Map Fragments
Lifetime Rewards for IP
    Friend of the Kraken
    Hotel Mogul
    Lungs of Steel
    Mermadic Kelp
    Permanent Mermaid
    Strong Stomach
    Uncharted Island Map

The Sims 3 Dragon Valley World Guide

Dragon Valley Guide

The Sims 3 Dragon Valley WorldRicalynn has written a Guide to the Sims 3 Dragon Valley World. It is fully featured and covers places in the town itself, Baby Dragons that are included with the World, a list of residents, and collectibles maps that will help you find all the rare things you need like Palladium, Pink Diamonds, and Alley Catfish to catch Angel Fish and reel in those Death Fish after midnight. This is the first in a series, with the next coverage featuring Aurora Skies. Rica has accepted to cover all the Worlds in this style, and that has me enthused about the quality of information I will happily host here. It appears we'll have the most comprehensive information on worlds all in one place here, but it'll take some time.

The Sims 3 University Life Expansion Strategy Guides

The Sims 3 University Life Expansion PackMost of University Life is covered. There are a few things to do throughout the Guide that will wait for Island Paradise.

University Life Expansion Pack Guide
PlantSims & Forbidden Fruit
Jock Social Group
Nerd Social Group
Rebel Social Group
Science Skill
Social Networking Skill
Street Art Skill
Art Appraiser (Rebel Career)
Sports Agent (Jock Career)
Video Game Developer (Nerd Career)
Majors, Class Schedules, Performance Metrics and Graduation
Enrolling in University, Scholarships, and the Aptitude Test Mechanics

Other Helpful Sims 3 Base Game & Expansion Pack Information

The Sims 3 Seasons ExpansionThe Sims 3 Seasons
The Sims 3 Seasons' ultimate addition is the new weather system. Seasons change and the weather can turn cold or hot, while brining on the rain, thunder, hail and even beautiful snow that coats the land. The new life state is the Alien.

The Sims 3 Supernatural ExpansionThe Sims 3 Supernatural
Supernatural features a whopping five new life states for Sims. Sims can be either a fairy, werewolf, witch, vampire, or be turned into a Zombie. This EP adds lunar phases to the game, and complements Seasons well.

The Sims 3 Showtime ExpansionThe Sims 3 Showtime
Showtime lets your Sims perform as Acrobats, Singers, or Magicians. They gain levels in these new career options, allow them to earn more money and please the crowds. Showtime's unique life state is the new Genie.

The Sims 3 Pets ExpansionThe Sims 3 Pets
The Sims 3 Pets lets your Sims adopt or breed cats, dogs, and horses. Each of these pets has their own traits, and Sims can scold or praise them to improve their behavior. This EP also brings Unicorns, which are ridable just like horses though featuring some unique magical abilities.

The Sims 3 Generations ExpansionThe Sims 3 Generations
Learn about the new activities offered to the various age groups in this Sims expansion pack. You'll find in-depth information on the new imaginary friends and chemistry logic activity.

The Sims 3 Late Night ExpansionThe Sims 3 Late Night
This guide will teach you all about making the most of this expansion. Learn about vampires, and how you can get your Sim into the hottest clubs.

The Sims 3 Ambitions ExpansionThe Sims 3 Ambitions
A Guide to The Sims 3 Ambitions expansion. Offers a summary of what's new, along with links to other articles about the new features you get with the Add-on. Read up on Inventing, Sculpting, and the new Professions.

The Sims 3 World Adventures ExpansionThe Sims 3 World Adventures
A Guide to World Adventures. This expansion focuses heavily on travel to France, China, and Egypt. However, it also adds new skills that players who dislike travel can employ. The info you find here may help you decide whether or not you'd want to buy this expansion.

Sims 3 Cheats for Xbox 360 and PS3
Owners of The Sims 3 on Console, either PS3 or XBOX don't need my cheat articles to get infinite money, or unlock karma powers. Instead head to my Xbox 360 and PS3 info page.

Learn all about Sims and their characteristics in The Sims 3. This will teach you about the motives Sims need to fill in order to be happy, the Lifetime Wishes you can pursue and the Wishes that can be fulfilled by meeting game goals. This Guide ties together many of the others on our Sims site and will help players new to the game.

A strategy guide to the Careers in The Sims 3, along with Ambitions Professions such as firefighter. You'll find wages for each job level, information on what traits will help Sims to excel to the top of a career track, and other ways Sims can make money.

We've got every skill covered in The Sims 3, from the base game skills like Cooking, Fishing, and Gardening guides that vanilla players on PC or the PS3 and Xbox 360 console version can enjoy. Expansion owners will love your guides to more exotic skills like martial arts, or the consignment shop.

Lifetime Wishes
A list of all the Lifetime Wishes in The Sims 3, Late Night, and World Adventures. You'll learn what traits inspire the wishes, happiness point rewards for finishing them, and get help for completing in the form of walkthroughs.

Lifetime Rewards
Get help spending those Lifetime Happiness points with our Lifetime Rewards guide. Sims can get perks like never having to use the restroom again, making friends faster, boosting skill gains, and even get a collection helper to help them find gems and metals.

How to Play the Sims 3
I wrote this guide to help people who are completely new to The Sims 3. Here you'll learn some basic game concepts, and get ideas on how to play your first Sim.

Home Building & Design Ideas
Get help designing beginner homes and ideas to design better, more intricate homes, in this strategy guide written by forum moderator TommyT.

A full strategy guide to what every trait does in The Sims 3, World Adventures, Ambitions, and Late Night. Learn what wishes they inspire, and how you can employ them to help your Sims.

The Sims 3 Cheats
A full list of cheats for The Sims 3 and its Expansion Packs. Look to this list for everything from Money cheats to the powerful testing cheats that can keep Sims' moods maxed and even make friends for them.

Sims 3 Information
Any article we've written that didn't fit neatly into another category of the guide is listed here. You'll find help with regular Sims 3, Ambitions, World Adventures, and Late Night.

The Sims 3 Review
Want to know what I think about The Sims 3? Read my Review.

About Carl's Sims 3 Site

The Sims 3 Base GameBorn July 16, 2009, this Strategy Guide seeks to help Simmers from all over the world with detailed and informative articles, hints, and tips for The Sims 3 and its expansions. We largely favor a powergamer mindset, and shoot for making the most money, finding how it works, or doing things better and more efficiently. You'll find step-by-step instructions, and screenshots to help you accomplish things in the Sims 3. Collectively, we've written over 200 pages of content for the game. If you'd like to see a listing of every article we offer, have a look at our Sitemap. There you'll find a full list of articles, along with a search tool that will help you to track down the info you need.

We have a staff of 3, with Pam Marsden and Tom Schlueter helping Carl with guide writing and the forum. If you explore the guide you'll see we've had lots of help from our growing forum community. We have numerous volunteer moderators. To learn a little about our staff, visit the Staff section of our Sims 3 Forum. Many of our moderators have supplied walkthroughs or in-depth articles for the Guide.

If you don't yet have an account, sign up at our forum to provide tips and tricks, suggestions, and corrections to the guide. You'll be helping me to improve something that has helped over 100,000 Simmers from around the world. The Sims 3 is far more complex than meets the eye, and without readers like you this guide wouldn't be nearly as accurate and helpful as it is today.

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Comments (141)

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Rebecca says...
I wonder how to get bathilda the skeleton maid because I can't find her and I already downloaded the sims 3 night life
22nd April 2014 10:03am
mikki says...
I didn't even know you could get skeleton maids. do you do something to get her or do you just hire a maid and wait?
10th June 2014 6:18am
Stephanie says...
It comes with Supernatural.
Buy>Alarms>Tomb thing>Live mode>click on it>option let bonehilda out and you got her!!
17th July 2014 7:53pm
Kayla says...
I didn't get Bonehilda until I installed the sims 3 Supernatural.
10th June 2014 11:17am
Stormy says...
Bonehilda is part of Supernatural, you can find her under Build/Buy Mode>Entertainment>Misc Entertainment. It kind of looks like an Outhouse.
14th June 2014 5:13pm
Simmylala says...
You can't get Bonehilda in the Late Night Expansion Pack, you can get her in Supernatural.

To get Bondehilda, click on alarms under kitchen and Bonehilda's Coffin is there. When you buy it, click on "Awaken Bonehilda". If something needs to be cleaned, she will come out of the coffin and clean up your Sim's house. When her job is done, she will go to bed, back in the coffin and come back out when something needs cleaning.

I really like Bonehilda, she made my pet dog learn tricks (all of them)!!!!!
15th July 2014 6:08am
Loona81 says...
I have a problem. I bought the sims 3 dragon valley in a store and now it won't work. I followed the rules but it didn't work. I would appreciate any help.
Thank you
31st July 2014 10:44am
Katherine says...
I don't know if this is the right place to be saying this (please move my comment to the correct place if it's wrong!) but has anyone encountered an error when loading the Sims 3 game? Once you've selected/made a new world on the main screen of the Sims 3 an error called Error Code 16. It usually occurs when I let my computer go to sleep throughout the night (especially if Origin is still running, because most of the time I don't close it down once I've finished playing the Sims 3). The green loading bar, when loading the world, jumps to full completely and a the screen goes black and a blue message box pops up. It says "Error: Error code 16. It is recommended you restart the application." It happen agan when I try a second time. The only way to fix it is to close down Origin and the Sims 3, and shut everything down. I'm curious, has anyone else experienced this problem?
21st April 2014 7:25am
mikki says...
I haven't experienced it yet but I have been only playin sims 3 for about 2 months now.
3rd June 2014 6:06am
Anna says...
Not the same error, but I also had problems with the game on startup. My suggestion is that you reinstall Origin, (and the Sims 3 if the problem persists), though in my experience, Origin takes so long to install that it'd be better if you did everything in one go. That's what I did and it fixed my problem. BUT FIRST, do a virus check (because my friend had a problem with the game and it turns out a virus was responsible). Hope this helps!
9th July 2014 1:43am
Ciara says...
How do I get skins on my sims? why can't I download sims to my game? I can only download households... when I try to download a skin, I get a open download manager and I don't know what to do after that. I read all the websites on how to do it and im lost. please help me.
24th February 2014 3:34pm
Kitty Lee says...
I have a problem where sometimes random sims are added to my household. I am really confused. I don't like having to go to edit town and kick them out.
4th April 2014 11:21am
Toni says...
when is the earliest that you can save a new game on sims3? My daughter spent hours creating a new game and family, but a power failure occurred and when the PC restarted and she launched sim3 again that new game had disappeared.
We cannot find an "auto save" type option in the game settings either?
27th July 2014 3:09am
Amy says...
Hi Toni! Sorry to hear about that - I absolutely hate when it happens. In my experience, you can save as soon as you enter the lot. As far as I know, there is no autosave function in the Sims 3, although I've heard that the Sims 4 will have one.
30th July 2014 7:43pm
Destiny says...
Hello everyone! :)
I was playing The Sims 3 and I literally just found this out on complete accident! Its a quick way to make friends....

Type in the usual: testingcheatsenabled true
Then go to your relationship tab
Pick the sim you want a better relationship with and click anywhere in the green bar under the sim's picture
This will set the relationship as wherever you clicked

Its kind of hard to explain, but if you have the game then you should go try it out and if you have any questions then feel free to ask! :D And dont forget to pass it on so other simmers can learn this too!
3rd August 2014 8:52pm
Someone says...
I have a wild horse in my house and it does not want to go away, is there a cheat for this problem?
22nd July 2014 5:36am
Eugene says...
Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group? There's a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thank you
Of course.
26th April 2014 5:15am
Kitty Lee says...
Fun Fact: If your sim is fatigued and go swimming, they will start to drown. :P
10th May 2014 5:06am
Kay says...
Are you going to make a sims 4 Site?? that would be awesome!
6th August 2014 3:13am
Allie says...
It's great and generous of you to set these sites up! I'm a little concerned, though. I *just* bought Sims 3 a week or so ago(on sale, most likely b/c the is imminent with the new version coming out!)
I found this site and IMO it is the bestSims3 guide that I have found!
Will you be able to keep this particular Sims 3 site up and as-is?
I've been relying on your site to help coach me through Sims 3 - and your site is notable due to the huge wealth of information, filled to the brim of info regarding both depth and breadth.
I'd hate to see it go while I'm still a newbie.!
I'm sure there are plenty of other people who will stick to Sims 3 for a while, and it would be a shame if all this good info was to disappear! Please let me know your thoughts on this - should I be frantically trying to accumulate/index this content, if you are planning to delete?
17th August 2014 4:33am
Nikki says...
Hello i don't know if there's a forum anywhere for this, but can you make a page on patches and fixing updates? My game seems to be getting stuck a lot, and if I click update, it won't let me update my game. it just kind of... sits there. Thanks!
13th July 2014 7:42am
Poppy says...
ok so I was about to save my game when it says the grim reaper has come to take a member of my household both my sims looked fine but when they talked one of my sims portraits was a ghost and at the main menu one of them IS a ghost I tried resetsim but it didn't work,help please
13th February 2014 8:21pm
darla says...
take the gravestone to inventory and try to force "oh my ghost" opportunity (using master controller)for the remaining sim.
15th July 2014 9:07am
laras says...
so im planning to install all of expansion pack on my computer. do those run along very well? i mean if i play in the city of island paradise, can i visit boardwalk in roaring heights? thanks
2nd August 2014 4:09am
Julissa says...
Can't wait for sims 4 to come out got all 2-3's
25th July 2014 8:12pm
Emily says...
Is this blog and forum still going to continue once Sims 4 comes out?
31st January 2014 12:02pm
Carl says...
Yes! We're going to move to a new domain and continue coverage of The Sims. There will be a Sims 4 Guide and Forum
26th May 2014 12:05am
mikki says...
When do you think Sims 5 will come out and how long will you take to complete it? Also, how long have you been playing sims 3 and do you think you know everything about it?
3rd June 2014 6:04am
Carl says...
Sims 5 would not be until 2019 or 2020 based on previous release timetables.

It will take me about a year to write the Sims 4 Guide, then cover Expansions as they come. It is unlikely I'll be done with the base game by the time the first Expansion is out.

I do not know everything about the game - players utilize all kinds of different combinations from the Expansions and come up with interesting ways to use the game's mechanics. I focus on each EP as it comes, so am sometimes surprised at the tricks they discover and share with us. I've been playing off and on since release, but my play time has been cut off the past year since I've been working on Civilization 5. After nearly five years on one game, I'm definitely ready for a new one :)
3rd June 2014 6:54pm
mikki says...
do you try to read every comment? or just the first few? I love reading your guides!
5th June 2014 6:11pm
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Sims 4: Ghosts and Pools Coming

Today we'll be getting a patch, featuring Ghosts along with bugfixes, Star Wars costumes, and a new Gnome. In November, we will be getting Pools, at last! Click here to read more info on these new developments.

Sims 4 Guides

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Into the Future Expansion Pack

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Into the Future Features
Legacy Statues
Utopia and Dystopian Futures
Future Tech Skill
PlumBot Making
Laser Rhythm-a-con
Bot Arena Career
Astronomy Career
Nanites (with Maps)
Time Traveler and Voltron Gnome Parts
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