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The Sims 3 Ambitions
Simbot - Its Features, How to Get One and Finding Materials
SimBot makes an appearance in the Sims franchise with The Sims 3 Ambitions expansion pack. This helpful robot is a lot like Servo from The Sims 2, as well as the original, but is more interactive. In fact, you can control them like any other family member. To some folks, who just want an automaton to clean for them, this is not ideal, but SimBots are a cool life form to add to most households. While a fully automated SimBot would be useful in a number of ways, the new 'Servo' is not without its merits. Making a Simbot, along with mummies are the means of accomplishing Ambitions' Monster Maker Lifetime Wish.
How to Get a SimBot
There are two ways to get a Simbot in The Sims 3. First, there is the My Best Friend Lifetime Reward for 40,000 happiness points. It's quite a lot to spend, but a SimBot can save your main Sim a lot of time, so it may be worth it. There's no telling if you'll get a male or female.
Inventors can craft them once they've reached the tenth level and completed the associated Ultimate Invention opportunity chain. If you have trouble getting this to come up make sure your skill opportunity slot is open. You'll have to come up with 1 palladium, 10 life fruit, 1 heart-cut pink diamond, and 100 scrap in order to make one.
Finding the Material for a SimBot (invention)
Sunset Valley Simmers are in luck when it comes to finding the materials for Simbot. Have a look at the Map Here.
In the future we may release maps for Twinbrook, Riverview, and Bridgeport that will help you to find the pink diamonds, palladium, and life fruit you need to complete a SimBot. Upgrades to the Collecting Maps guide, along with the Finding Seeds (for Gardening) articles are in progress. Either one will give you a little more info than you'd have without a collection helper in its current state, however. Note that you need to find 10 unique Gems to unlock the heart-shaped cut. A big problem for users without World Adventures is that they need all gems, and that includes the pink diamond. Owners of World Adventures can simply head to one of the travel spots, pick up a few unique gems there, and have a much easier time unlocking the cut. Sorry, but those gems found with the miner don't count toward the total at this time. Pink diamonds are rare, and meant to be hard to get. Remember that making a Simbot is meant to be a big accomplishment.
Palladium, life fruit, and pink diamonds can all be found through adventuring. I can confirm that pink diamonds, palladium and other goodies can be picked up with the miner as well. In fact, in my experience, my Sim was more likely to find a pink diamond using the miner and drilling in his own back yard than heading out into the world! Another option is to dig through trash. Head to the shops in travel destions and see if they're selling any, along with the consignment store in your sim's home town. Both have a chance of selling pink diamonds or palladium. Better have some cash handy!
Well, if you really want to cheat...
Cheating your way to a Simbot is a cinch. Press Control + Shift + C and open the cheat console. From there type testingcheatsenabled true, then buydebug. This cheat unlocks the ability to buy spawners from the (?) page of sort by function.
Head to Rock/Metal/Gem spawners tab under the buydebug menu in buy mode to locate the Gem Spawner - Epic item. Place it on your lot and wait. Eventually a pink diamond will spawn. Multiple spawners work, too. So if you're going to cheat, don't just make one of them. Collecting the other types that spawn will also help you to gather the 10 gems for the heart shaped cut. Throwing in a World Adventures gem spawner will make that even easier. Life plants can be found in the appropriate category, and sometimes even start with fruit ready for harvest. I know that the High versions of the spawners in France, China, and Egypt can all spawn Palladium. As for the Ambitions without World Adventures, I'm unsure. Of course scrap is not challenging.
Simbots from a gameplay perspective are just like normal Sims, and come with four random traits along with Hydrophobic. They have no need to shower (they'll short out), and all other needs are re-labeled, but function the same, except the food need, or scrap reserves. This is filled by eating a single piece of scrap, which they view as a great meal and receive the appropriate moodlet.
Unlike normal Sims, they can talk to the appliances in your Sim's home to regenerate their human interaction (social) need. This combined with an easy to fill food need makes them very easy to take care of. They're great as utility Sims for that reason. They often come with a high level of handiness, and are great at upgrading household items, to boot.
They can also smash things, which isn't always a nice thing to do to another Sim's possessions. They can collect scrap from smashed objects.
Shorting Out Simbot
If you want to tailor your SimBot to one family's needs, send it in to a shower or have it play in the sprinklers. This will short them out and allow a Sim to select them and program them. You'll then be able to pick their traits. Sorry, the water problem doesn't disappear if you remove hydrophobic, but at least you know you can reprogram them at any time. This is the equivalent of having a free mid-life crisis lifetime reward. You'll just need to have him repaired afterward.
SimBots start with some aptitude in Handiness and Inventing. They can learn any skill in the game, but are good at these from the beginning. I recommend you use your SimBots at the least for cooking, cleaning, and handiness upgrades around the house. They'll see some value then. If you feel an inclination to role play, maybe you can consider them a thing that you don't care about, if you want to treat it as a soulless robot. Otherwise, they'll find a spot in the family and provide some entertainment for the player along the way.
SimBot Life Span
SimBots are treated like elders. That said, they have only one life cycle. The bar you see is their life span and they can die at any point when that is full, like an elder. They do respond to the effects of Life Fruit and Ambrosia, however, so they can live indefinitely like any other Sim without technically aging. With that in mind, the My Best Friend lifetime reward is the only finite one in the game. If your SimBot dies it leaves a tombstone like any other Sim and will haunt the household just the same.
If one purchases a Simbot with the LTR, the Simbot appears "used". Rust and grease stains are apparent. I don't think there is any way to clean the Simbot up.
Perhaps a photo showing the difference would be useful for the guide? Also, does creating a Simbot with the elixir provided in the Supernatural expansion create a different Simbot, or is it one of the two I already mentioned?
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