The Sims 3 Island Paradise
Finding Map Fragments from Messages in a Bottle
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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.
The one marked Seashells, and one across the water on the beach (not pictured)
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.
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.
Open the cheats panel to input each line: Ctrl+Shift+C
Because my sim found a bottle with the the message "Please hold bottle up to your retina to receive next mission".
So I thought that was the bottle for the riddle. But my can't interact with it.
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