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The Sims 3 Into the Future: Trait Chips

List and Features of Trait Chips for Plumbots

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A List of Trait Chips in The Sims 3 Into the Future, focusing on the Sentience Chip
List of Trait Chip Designs featuring the Sentience Chip

The Sims 3 Into the Future introduced Plumbots, which can be fitted with Trait Chips to customize their behavior and capabilities. This list of Trait Chips will describe the benefit of each chip and list the components you'll need to assemble them (Nanites, Small-Large Blank Processors and Crystal Flowers).

Designing the Ultimate Plumbot
Given there are a total of 21 Trait Chips, there are a lot of possibilities to designing your Plumbot's abilities and this is my own opinion. My personal favorite setup would be the Sentience Trait Chip, Solar Powered, Efficient, Limitless Learning, Simulated Emotions, Competent Cleaner, and Office Drone. That would make the Plumbot like a regular Sim only much better at everything they do and capable of doing it longer. You could learn any Skills that are needed around the home very quickly and even pursue a Career. Plumbots with this setup would get big raises at the top level of a Career Track or perform any other Skill that earns money.

My example Plumbot would still lack in the Social Abilities department, but be very competent at earning money and supporting the home. The good news is, that Trait Chips can be swapped out at any time. Any Skills or Skill Challenges completed are kept and the Plumbot can adjust its own Trait Chips if you put them in its Inventory.

Learning More About Plumbots
You should definitely read the Bot Making and Plumbots Guides as well, because learning how to make them and the other features of Plumbots are discussed there. This article focuses on Trait Chips themselves.

Trait Chips List: Components and Chip Descriptions

Plumbots with the Sense of Humor Trait Chip can perform Comedy Shows
Plumbots with the Sense of Humor Trait Chip can Perform Comedy Shows for others

Lvl = Level of Bot Making to make it yourself. You can purchase Trait Chips at the Bot Shop in the Future World, Oasis Landing. Nanites are caught outside the City Center, while Processors can also be bought but are largely gained by Reverse Engineering Nanites with Bot Making. You'll get Large processors from Rare Nanites, Medium for Uncommon, and Small for Common Nanites. You will get a random spread so may get 1 Large, 2 Medium and a Small (max 4) from one Rare Nanite. Once Reverse Engineered, you can create Nanites at the Bot Workstation. Plumbots, when fully upgraded, may have up to 7 Trait Chip Slots.

List of Plumbot Trait Chips and Bot Making Components
LvlIconTrait Chip NameComponentsInstall ValueTrait Chip Effects
1Competent Cleaner Trait ChipCompetent CleanerAny Nanite$130Allows cleaning interactions, makes Plumbot prioritize household chores
2HandiBot Trait ChipHandiBotAny Nanite, Small Processor$165Max Handiness Skill and makes the Plumbot autonomously do repairs on home appliances and electronics. You may use their experience in Handiness to upgrade your household.
2A.I. Angler Trait ChipA.I. AnglerAny Nanite, 2 Small Processor$205Max Fishing skill and enables all Fishing interactions
3Steel Chef Trait ChipSteel ChefLite Nanite, 3 Small Processor$230Max Cooking, all recipes including Ambrosia, autonomously cooks for hungry Sims
3Fear of Humans Trait ChipFear of HumansAny Nanite, Small Processor$160Plumbots with this unfortunate Trait Chip will faint around regular Sims (not other Life States) and get a nasty negative moodlet. This is a really bad chip to give your own Plumbots, but you may be rude and insert one into a Plumbot you don't like for some reason to give it a cruel existence.
4RoboNanny Trait ChipRoboNannyScalar Nanite, 3 Small Processor$315RoboNannies are able to take care of children in the household and raise young Sims while the Parents pursue their Skills, Career etc. They are able to teach toddlers to walk, talk and potty just as Parents can and will autonomously care for them. They should function as babysitters as well.
4Friendly Functions Trait ChipFriendly Functions3 Small Processor, Kindness Crystal$295Gives the Plumbot a large range of Social Interactions and the Social Need, meaning they require interaction or they'll get lonely.. but without Simulated Emotions or Sentience, they will not have a mood and get LTHP.
5Sinister Circuits Trait ChipSinister Circuits3 Small Processor, Rage Crystal$300Plumbots that are programmed to be Sinister will perform mean interactions against Sims, yet have a Social Need - so they get lonely unless they're able to interact with others and get their enjoyment out of being mean.
5Sense of Humor Trait ChipSense of Humor3 Small Processor, Laughter Crystal$320Gives the Plumbot a wide range of joke interactions, along with a Social Meter. Control the Plumbot and click it to Perform Comedy Show, which will attract nearby Sims who will all get a 'You Got Served' +10 Moodlet for 3 hours after watching the show.
6Office Drone Trait ChipOffice DroneLepton Nanite, Quantum Nanite, 2 Small Processor$400Allows the Plumbot to take up a Career and earn money for the Household. Unfortunately, they are unable to take on Ambitions Professions. In the Office, Plumbots don't get stressed out and will excel at their chosen Career, especially given how well they can do with certain Skill Chips installed.
6Musical Machine Trait ChipMusical MachineCaustic Nanite, Heisenberg Nanite, 2 Small Processor$395Allows the Plumbot to autonomously play music (like a Radio) and sing. They also get max skill in all Musical Instruments.
6Mood Adjuster Trait ChipMood AdjusterNeutron Nanite, Any Crystal, 4 Small Processor$415The Mood Adjuster gives the Plumbot a Social Meter and gives them the ability to give a Sim a massage for a +10 3h Moodlet or use their Happiness Beam to give them a +40 3h moodlet, but this may backfire..
7Solar Powered Trait ChipSolar PoweredCondensor Nanite, Medium Processor$460Gives the Bot +10 Energy per hour while outside in the day time. This is very helpful for Plumbots that will spend a lot of time outdoors, as they could go on forever and only require Maintenance.
7Capacity to Love Trait ChipCapacity to Love2 Medium Processor, 5 Love Crystal$555Plumbots with Capacity to Love will have a Social Meter and may perform a lot of different Romantic Interactions with Sims and other Plumbots. You may even marry a Plumbot if you choose. The 'Get Frisky' interaction is effectively their Woohoo but will not produce a baby, ever, as Plumbots cannot reproduce that way.
7RoBotany Gardener Trait ChipRoBotany Gardener3 of Any Nanite, Any Crystal, Medium Processor$475Maximizes the Gardening Skill for the Plumbot and gives it the ability to fertilize your Plants.
8Limitless Learning Trait ChipLimitless LearningTunneling Nanite, 3 Medium Processor$650Allows a Plumbot to take up any Skill you choose. Since they learn them so fast, you may not want to bother with Skill-specific Trait Chips to allow more room for others.
8Simulated Emotions Trait ChipSimulated Emotions3 Each of Kindness, Laughter, and Rage Crystals$575Gives a Plumbot emotional states it can simulate along with the Social and Mood Meters - Happy Mode will give it a constant positive moodlet of +20, Sad/Angry Mode -10. Along with Sentience, it's the only way to get your Plumbot gaining Lifetime Happiness points for Lifetime Rewards.
8Algorithmic ArtistAlgorithmic ArtistTorque Nanite, Polar Nanite, 2 Medium Processor$680Maxes the Painting Skill and lets Plumbots autonomously Paint pictures that can be sold for profit. You could make a Plumbot that makes a load of money, right from home if you build them a studio.
9Holo Projector Trait ChipHolo ProjectorInduction Nanite, 2 Medium Processor, Large Processor$970Allows the Plumbot to project the requesting Sim's Friends and Acquaintances that are not present in the World, so while in the Future, you could talk to and gain relationships with Sims from the past that are not really there. The hologram will visit with your Sim and allows normal Social Interactions.
9Efficient Trait ChipEfficientThermo Nanite, 2 Medium Processor, Large Processor$1010Gives +50% Skill Gains to the Plumbot (with Limitless Learning also installed), while also making the Plumbot 3x more likely to get a raise at work with Office Drone. Their Maintenance stat falls at 75% of the normal level, and they'll gain energy 50% faster when recharging. This even makes Shutdowns gain power rather quickly, meaning the Plumbot can recharge anywhere (or Syphon Power). Lastly, Efficient Plumbots will perform better in competitions at the Bot Arena.
10Sentience Trait ChipSentienceUber Nanite, 5 of Any Crystal, 2 Large Processor$1615Enables Social and Mood Motives. This is also the only Trait Chip that allows a Plumbot to have Fun, allowing it to boost its mood further to get more LTHP. Sentient Plumbots are much more like Sims although I have yet to discover how they can get a Lifetime Wish or get Opportunities. It seems bugged. Still, this is required for the Pioneer of Plumbotics Legacy Statue.
You can have a romantic relationship with a Plumbot, but cannot Woohoo
Yep, you can fall in love and even Get Married, but may not Woohoo

In Closing
This should explain Trait Chips pretty well and give you an idea on the many possibilities for customizing your Plumbots. You may make a Super Nanny, servant for the household with awesome meals, or a money-making machine. Share your experiences with these Trait Chips in the Comments section below.







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Legion says...
So how come my bots can't Get Married to each other. They both have romantic interest in each other but I see no choice to Get Married. Also how do plumbot children work?
4th March 2014 12:22pm
Skyte says...
Actually you dont need any chips at all to get LTHP. Even though they have no moods they still have wants that give points like scanning sims and getting chips. They just wont get them for being happy.
25th January 2014 4:54am
Mark says...
I love the fertilizing that plumbots can do with with the robotony chip. I haven't full on tested it, but it seems to be as strong and last as long as basic life fruit. Nothing for them to collect in order to use it either.

I have had one plumbot get no lifetime wishes pop up. My second one in the household has had three of them pop up like they do with child and teen sims. But so far not one I wanted to accept.
26th October 2013 3:08am
Rose says...
I had a bot with the ability to do sculpting but something happened. It was a bough from the future one. When we came back to the present it was gone... :( Anyone know what the chip was called?
6th January 2014 8:04pm
Corylea says...
I see that crystals are required to build some trait chips. I've found crystal plants in the wild and have charged them so that their kindness or laughter or whatever are at 100%, but it doesn't seem to be possible for me to actually TAKE the crystals. What the heck do you have to do to take crystals from a plant?
10th January 2014 1:34am
Marina says...
Just wait until it's at it's harvest state. It should behave the same way as any other plant aside from the ability to change the charge.
27th May 2014 1:05am
Frabbit says...
Plumb bots count towards the surrounded by family LTW.
16th February 2014 2:46pm
Legion says...
So how come my bots can't Get Married to each other. They both have romantic interest in each other but I see no choice to Get Married. Also how do plumbot children work?
19th February 2014 12:09pm
Ashley says...
The bots can get married. Just like regular sims get them extremely irresistible towards eachother, get them to date, then propose, then marriage. The bots cant have babies themselves but they can adopt over the phone. In there relationship bar with the children it will say family member. But I just had my bots adopt and jt showed up that there creator was the grandparent of the adopted children. So cool!
11th June 2014 11:50pm
Hechicera says...
I have found that plumbots with Limitless Learning that learn Gardening high enough to get fertilize option get the same fertilize ability as the RoBatany chip gives. So this is also nice, you can have a sim be the main gardener (for LTW, skill goals etc) and just tell the plumbot to go fertilize.
19th February 2014 5:18pm
Mr. Anonee mouse says...
My butler plumbot is useless. He is a cleaner, nanny, cook, and efficient, but all he does without me instructing every move is sit down and watch holo-tv. :( Why doesn't he, you know, work?
2nd March 2014 2:26pm
Legion says...
So how come my bots can't Get Married to each other. They both have romantic interest in each other but I see no choice to Get Married. Also how do plumbot children work?

So how come my bots can't Get Married to each other. They both have romantic interest in each other but I see no choice to Get Married. Also how do plumbot children work?

So how come my bots can't Get Married to each other. They both have romantic interest in each other but I see no choice to Get Married. Also how do plumbot children work?
5th March 2014 9:28am
Kamilla says...
So,i've got this I have this opportunity. I am Norwegian, so I do not know what this trait chip is called in English. Directly it translates to something like Any trait-chip? I'll deliver it to Emit, and it says to invite him over (I have alot of other traitchips in my inventory), but everytime i try nothing happens. Ive brough him from the future to my time, but it still wont work. Ive tried usin my phone to deliver aswell, but it says that ive havent got all the thing i need to deliver. What do i do? Has anyone else had this opportunity?
23rd March 2014 11:15am
Jeremy says...
Okay, so if you install a skill chip in, for example, the RoBotany Gardener chip. Then, if you were to take it out. Would the maximum skill, "still" be all learned, or would it be gone?
29th December 2013 12:25pm
Jonathan says...
"Yep, you can fall in love and even Get Married, but may not Woohoo"
Trol :)
4th December 2013 4:08pm
Leo says...
I Guess I'll throw this in here,

With the 'Research Station,' and Science! From University you can analyze Nanites, and clone them! As well as Crystals. I found it usefull to clone my Rare Nanites and break down the clones for parts. Keeping a few original Rares around to clone them later.
27th October 2013 2:51am
Leo says...
More experiments.
RoBotany Plumbots can embue Crystal plants without needing other emotion chipsets.
If you Clone a crystal, it comes up blank.
Plumbots with the capacity to love chip, can Woohoo with each other in the, Dream pod, or Bot Workshop. Have not tested with Simbots. Most life states can not woohoo with Plumbots.

The Stasis pod Cryosleep, will not keep your sim's wife from waking up and getting angry when he cheats on her with the Plumbot to see if the Pumbot can woohoo.
If you are going to experiment, save your game first.
27th October 2013 6:14am
Gracefulclutz says...
This made me about fall off my bed laughing. Just letting you know this was the first I'd laughed at all today.

Is it possible for a male sim and a male bot to woohoo? Not that I'd LET them, but... Just a curiosity question.

Not willing to experiment with that quite yet...
20th June 2014 10:25pm
jillz says...
RE: Solar Power & Sentience

I had these chips installed and my Battery Power was going down even though my Plumbot was outside. I even went off my home lot. It was also summer in Utopiaa so there was plenty of sunshine. I clicked on beds & couches and she had the options to sleep & nap. I need to do more testing but I think that if a Plumbot has the Sentience chip, then that takes precedence over Solar Power. They need sleep just like any other Sim.
27th October 2013 12:48pm
Carl says...
I'll do some testing on this. It seemed to me that a Solar Powered Plumbot that is high quality (reducing energy/maintenance drain) and having Efficient (further reducing energy/maintenance drain) would be able to be outside without need of external power sources, but I very well could be wrong or the game could be buggy. I'll update the page if my findings are conclusive.

Edit: Solar Powered, High Quality Plumbots (level 10: Future Tech) can fish in the Sunshine and gain Battery Power when things are working right. Efficient just makes this even better as it fights against the drain of Maintenance and Energy. Bug possibilities aside, if your Plumbot is losing energy, its quality is likely too low and the Solar Powered Chip is not giving enough energy per hour to overcome its power Drain. In a low quality bot, the Efficient Chip would help make up for this.
28th October 2013 7:20pm
Tori says...
I don't have the Uber Nanite, and it says that all of he nanites have been discovered! Help!!
27th October 2013 5:26pm
Leo says...
The Uber Nanite is a rare, you have to find it, or buy it if your lucky enough to spot it in the consignment. And then reverse engineer it to add it to the list of Nanites you can make. Once found you can also Clone it using the university Research station. You can find them around rare spawners in the waist land. Or if you debug Spawners into your town. I debuged spawners into Barnacle Bay instead of having to travel back and forth, You can also place a few of the shops like the Bot consignment shop in your town.
27th October 2013 7:28pm
Tori says...
Thank you so much, I'll keep an eye on the bot shop, I've been camping there for two sim weeks :P . Also, is it under a particular spawner or is there a general spawner for it?

Also, are all discovered nanites useful, or are only some of them used in trait chips?
28th October 2013 5:31am
Tori says...
I found a sentience trait chip at the bot shop, and it counted towards the ltw!
28th October 2013 6:56am
Chay says...
Okay.. I didn't take notice that they had this interaction until after they were married, so it might have been there before then. But you CAN Woohoo with a plumbot as a human using the "get frisky" selection from the romance menu (i had the bot initiate it, dunno if that mattered). Also, I had a dream bed, which they used.. but I'm guessing a regular bed would be possible? Anyway.. just passing that on.
28th October 2013 12:06am
Chay says...
Okay.. something worth noting here. As soon as I equipped the "sentience" chip, the 'be frisky' option disappeared and even after I removed the chip, it did not come back. Fortunately, I hadn't saved my game after I installed it. Just fyi, these are the chips that are in my bot, which is male: Simulated emotions, capacity to love, efficient, holo projector, limitless learning and friendly functions. The "get frisky" option is there. I'm going to try filling that seventh slot with something other than sentience and see if it stays.
28th October 2013 12:06pm
Chay says...
Okay, even more strange. I went back into my unsaved game, figuring I'd make the sentient chip again, but put it in another bot to sell. It would be worth noting here that this was the first sentient chip she has created. And, strangely, as soon as she made the chip, again her husband plumbot lost the ability to 'be frisky'. I'm wondering if it's a glitch that this bot even has the ability. It seems to be the creation of the sentient chip that triggers it to disappear.

Unfortunately, I don't know how to take an ingame screen shot or I'd be happy to send it along, just to verify the option. Maybe someone else can see if it's a fluke or if it's intentional that the making of the chip disappears? I'm going to post a bug. Hopefully, the bug isn't that my bot can be frisky!
Admin:
Maybe with Sentient they need more romantic build-up before the Get Frisky option will appear? Just a theory. Thanks for your contributions anyway :)
28th October 2013 12:21pm
Chay says...
Gah. So I just saved and reloaded the game.. and, oddly, the 'be frisky' option has disappeared. It worked fine last night and this morning. I am now thinking it was just a fluke that he had it at all. I submitted a bug anyway. That's it for me.
28th October 2013 12:35pm
Chay says...
Actually, I am now thinking the disappearance of the "be frisky" option has to do with their newlywed moodlet wearing off. The "my love" moodlet disappeared at that time as well. I had then break up, become just friends, then get remarried again.. and now the moodlets are back, as well as the "be frisky" option. I updated my bug report. It might be worth someone else testing this as well?
28th October 2013 6:51pm
Chay says...
Someone posted this in response to my bug report. Apparently, the ability to be frisky is very temporary:

"As far as I recall the Option to 'Be frisky' goes away a couple sim days after sims get married. It's a newly married action that has a chance of resulting in a baby. The fact that PlumBots can use it with other life-states I think may be an oversight.:
28th October 2013 10:51pm
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