The Sims 3 Into the Future: Trait Chips
List and Features of Trait Chips for Plumbots
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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
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.
|Lvl||Icon||Trait Chip Name||Components||Install Value||Trait Chip Effects|
|1||Competent Cleaner||Any Nanite||$130||Allows cleaning interactions, makes Plumbot prioritize household chores|
|2||HandiBot||Any Nanite, Small Processor||$165||Max 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.|
|2||A.I. Angler||Any Nanite, 2 Small Processor||$205||Max Fishing skill and enables all Fishing interactions|
|3||Steel Chef||Lite Nanite, 3 Small Processor||$230||Max Cooking, all recipes including Ambrosia, autonomously cooks for hungry Sims|
|3||Fear of Humans||Any Nanite, Small Processor||$160||Plumbots 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.|
|4||RoboNanny||Scalar Nanite, 3 Small Processor||$315||RoboNannies 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.|
|4||Friendly Functions||3 Small Processor, Kindness Crystal||$295||Gives 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.|
|5||Sinister Circuits||3 Small Processor, Rage Crystal||$300||Plumbots 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.|
|5||Sense of Humor||3 Small Processor, Laughter Crystal||$320||Gives 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.|
|6||Office Drone||Lepton Nanite, Quantum Nanite, 2 Small Processor||$400||Allows 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.|
|6||Musical Machine||Caustic Nanite, Heisenberg Nanite, 2 Small Processor||$395||Allows the Plumbot to autonomously play music (like a Radio) and sing. They also get max skill in all Musical Instruments.|
|6||Mood Adjuster||Neutron Nanite, Any Crystal, 4 Small Processor||$415||The 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..|
|7||Solar Powered||Condensor Nanite, Medium Processor||$460||Gives 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.|
|7||Capacity to Love||2 Medium Processor, 5 Love Crystal||$555||Plumbots 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.|
|7||RoBotany Gardener||3 of Any Nanite, Any Crystal, Medium Processor||$475||Maximizes the Gardening Skill for the Plumbot and gives it the ability to fertilize your Plants.|
|8||Limitless Learning||Tunneling Nanite, 3 Medium Processor||$650||Allows 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.|
|8||Simulated Emotions||3 Each of Kindness, Laughter, and Rage Crystals||$575||Gives 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.|
|8||Algorithmic Artist||Torque Nanite, Polar Nanite, 2 Medium Processor||$680||Maxes 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.|
|9||Holo Projector||Induction Nanite, 2 Medium Processor, Large Processor||$970||Allows 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.|
|9||Efficient||Thermo Nanite, 2 Medium Processor, Large Processor||$1010||Gives +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.|
|10||Sentience||Uber Nanite, 5 of Any Crystal, 2 Large Processor||$1615||Enables 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.|
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.
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.
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.
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