In order to unlock two of the Uncharted Islands in The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack, you're required to find a map, or parts of a map from Extraordinarily Unusual Messages in a Bottle. To unlock the first Island, you'll need to find and assemble four map fragments. The second is a riddle found in a bottle that unlocks an island instantly. So that is five items, and they are rare spawns. They can be frustrating to locate given the slow nature of the Sea Shell spawners they come from. I myself had rotten luck on my first attempt at finding these bottles, so share my tips for locating the fragments for Plunder Island and the clue to Plumbob Island in this guide. I'll provide you with some collecting locations that were found by myself and Forum Moderator Ricalynn.
The Uncharted Island Map Lifetime Reward This reward will instantly unlock Plunder Cove if you have not found all four map fragments and assembled them. It is possible that it unlocks Plumbob Island if you have not found it but have assembled the fragmented map. At 25,000 LTHP to unlock, the reward is pricey. For someone who wants to unlock everything but doesn't want to cheat or invest the time in collecting bottles, this is an option. You'll still have to collect them to get Plumbob Island, so this guide may still be helpful to you.
Cheat to Unlock All Uncharted Islands There is a cheat to unlock all uncharted islands if you do not want to go through all the effort. Open the cheat console (Control + Shift + C) and type DiscoverAllUnchartedIslands. The fog will lift from all the islands, and you are free to build homes, gather collectibles, or start a resort as you please.
Finding Messages in a Bottle Bottles can be found from Sea Shell spawners. Messages in a bottle are fairly easy to find, but the ones we want have a 1-5% chance of appearing based on the spawner. They can not be found from Common Sea Shell spots. Uncommon spawners will give you fragments, but provide them at about half the rate a rare would. Because there is only one known rare Sea Shell and Bottle Spawner in the world (Mermaid's Secret Island), a Sim should have the Scuba Diving skill if you are going to attempt this. It is much easier with the Collection Helper, but can be done without if you are patient, plan and check a route each Sim day using spawn points listed below.
Good Places to Find Map Fragments
Here are three places on land and three underwater that can help you to find the parts you need to assemble the map or locate Plumbob Island. Read about Dive Spots. You'll need at least level 4 Scuba Diving to go to Davy's Locker and try for one underwater spot. The good spawners can be found at levels 7 and 9 in Scuba.
2 Uncommon Spawners near the Bistro. The one marked Seashells, and one across the water on the beach (not pictured)
Uncommon Spawner on beach across from Hobart's Hideaway
A Rare Spawner on Mermaid's Secret Island. See the Scuba Diving Guide to Unlock this Island.
The central hill in the Davys Locker dive site has one spawn point. All others are Common.
This corner of the Mermaid Grotto dive area has two Rare spawners and one Uncommon.
Pearl's Deep dive spot has two rare spawners in this area and an uncommon nearby.
Assembling the Fragments: Buccaneer's Map & Plunder Cove
Plunder Cove's Treasure Chest is hidden in the bushes and contains $1,200 Simoleons and a variety of colorful gems that should bag you at least another $1,000. The island contains a spawner that only loads silver-spotted skipper butterflies, which sell for $350-400 each when caught.
The Buccaneer's Map Assembled
Plunder Cove, the Uncharted Island
Extraordinarily Unusual Map in a Bottle: Plumbob Island
The reward for Plumbob Island is much greater - a Treasure Chest with $3,333, the highly valuable Evolution of the Plumbob painting below, and a Plumbob Cut Rainbow Gem.
Evolution of a Plumbob. This painting is worth 12k Simoleons. Part of a great reward for finding that bottle.
Plumbob Island with the picture centered on the red Treasure Chest.
I am getting bottles and shells but they are just saying odd things. What are the little yellow keys on the icons? I figured they mean collectibles but they don't say or collect for me. I have 2 maps but nothing else in the chests but regular stuff. Any ideas?
The little icon actually means that you can send a friend the seashells and bottles as gifts using the player wall.
You could do it an easier way instead of kicking them out. Go into edit town. Split up the household (just pick the sim you want to have given the map pieces), and move them into another household temporarily. Go back in game, have the other sim with the other pieces visit that lot, give the pieces to the sim. Go back into edit town. Split that household by taking the sim out and then merge them back into the main household. I do this stuff all the time when I need to.
I dont know if its mentiond but i went on a date with a mermaid sim who took me to an uncharted island seemed much easyer then putting a map together the island she took my sim to was Mermaid's Secret Island hope it helps it also let me buy/build on the lot there no map required
there is another way to spawn the bottles, turn on the cheat Testingcheatsenabled true and then put in "buydebug on". This is a powerful cheat in its own right, but for this you will then go to the buy mode and notice a new box with a ? in it. In here, go to the Rock/Gem/Metal Spawners tab and scroll to the bottom of the list. Just place a ton of the seashell and bottle land spawner - rare all over your normal land lot and play the game as usual ^_^ and have fun
Hi, Okay this probably has nothing really to do with the game...or maybe I don't know. I just bought sims island paradise. I already have world adventures,pets and seasons installed. When I installed Island paradise an error message came up saying "error loading setup, please see log for more details" I tried uninstalling the games and re installing them again. I even reinstalled Orgigin again. Any advise??
I contact the sims3 people at EA via the main website. They dead helpful, they gave a new code to a game when I lost the original code and they help when cache mess my game script up. So I talk to them am sure they can help.
city hall asked me to get 2 messages in a bottle and I cant find any. Can you help? Oh and I've asked this question before and never got an answer back.
You asked 9 minutes before asking this question. I'm sorry but I had some family things that needed to be handled before I could get to this. As I said before, they spawn in the same spots as seashells. It's random but you can find them on beaches and in diving spots.
This is a brilliant guide, but the Ctrl+shift+c cheat (DiscoverAllUnchartedIslands) doesn't work. I am familiar with cheats, and i wrote it as it is written here, but it didnt find anything for that cheat.
I had one island left to discover after doing everything else that is required to get them unlocked. It was the one you get from finding the riddle in the bottle, plumbob island. I just read about the cheat, so I typed it in and it unlocked the island, like you said it would. But my life time wish was to own all uncharted islands, grand explorer... Well I guess since I cheated on the last one it didn't get completed. This really isn't a question I guess, it may just be my game, but it woulda been nice to know that it would leave my life time wish forever unfinished :(
There is always the option to go back to the previous save. When I used this cheat on a Sim fresh from CAS, it gave him his LTW. This also worked using it on a premade townie so I'm not sure why yours did not complete.
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