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The Sims 3 Island Paradise: Mermaids

Becoming a Mermaid, Special Abilities, Mermadic Kelp, and Secret Island



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The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: A pair of Mermaids Swimming
Mermaids in The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack


Mermaids are the new Occult Life State in The Sims 3 Island Paradise Expansion Pack. This Guide to Mermaids I will teach you how to turn your Sim into a Mermaid, and the perks to playing a Mermaid. I'll provide tips to befriending a Mermaid quickly to access Mermadic Kelp and transform your Sim, while also having the Mermaid lead you to the Uncharted Private Island, Mermaid's Secret.

Mermaid Features: Swimming and Diving
As should be expected, Mermaids grow legs when walking on land and fish tails when swimming in the water. Mermaids are immune to Drowning death thanks to their gills and Steel Lungs would be a useless Lifetime Reward for them. Naturally, they Swim much faster than normal Sims. Because of their expertise in the water, Mermaids automatically get level 10 in the Diving skill upon aging up to teen but still need to complete the Skill Challenges. As Mermaids are naturally attuned to life in the water, they do not suffer Decompression when they are done with a Dive. The 'Scuba Dive' option on Dive Spots changes to 'Dive Underwater' instead.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids
A shot showing some beautiful Adult Mermaid tails


In order to stay a Mermaid, a Sim needs to Swim at least once every 48h, else they will get an 'Adapting to Land' moodlet that lasts two days. When this expires, your Mermaid abilities disappear but you keep the diving skill. To avoid this, simply go for a Swim, Dive Underwater or Snorkel once in a while. You can also buy the 5,000 point Lifetime Reward Permanent Mermaid, which will prevent your Sim from ever losing Mermaid status to lack of Swimming.

Evil and Mean-Spirited Sims can click themselves to Summon Shark, but this doesn't really do much. Sometimes, a Shark won't even appear anywhere around you, and if it does, it may very well do nothing when it arrives. On my first try, a nearby Sim did pee himself in terror at the Shark that was already there, but that was the most I got out of it.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: An Evil Mermaid Summons a Shark
Evil and Mean-Spirited Sims can click themselves to Summon a Shark


Because of Mermaids' inherent Diving Skill, you could go ahead and open all treasure chests that are openable based on Scuba Diving skill level and even unlock a private island pretty quickly. Click here to get the locations of Dive Spots, Treasure Chests, and Caves.

At present, it's very annoying getting around Isla Paradiso as a Mermaid because they prefer to swim everywhere, even with a boat for an option. The solution to this is to own a boat and select the 'boat here' option on the water near a place you want to go. If EA corrects this pathing issue, I'll remove this notice.


The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: A mother and child Mermaid
Mermaid Mom and Toddler


Mermaid Genetics work the same as usual. 100% chance of a Mermaid baby if both parents are Mermaids, 50/50 chance of a Mermaid Baby if only one parent is a Mermaid. You cannot be a Mermaid and another Occult at the same time, so with two Supernatural parents, it'd be 50/50 one or the other.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: Shaka bra, Child and Teen
Shaka-Bra and a Mermaid Child and Teen


Mermaids do not have the Hygiene Motive, instead Hydration. Mermaids are always squeaky clean and get a +10 bonus from this at all times. Hydration means that once every so often a Mermaid needs to get wet, either via a shower, bath, or swim in the ocean. Mermaids will dry up faster in the sun, particularly when the temperature is 90 degrees or more when you have the Seasons Expansion Pack. Keeping hydrated in a bath but never going for a SWim will eventually cause a Mermaid to transform back into a normal Sim.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: Rehydrate a Mermaid or the Sim will die of Dehydration
Rehydrating a Dehydrated Mermaid Sim that was near death


When the Hydration Motive begins to decay, you'll first have a Chapped moodlet with no mood effect, but at around 10% it will change to a -40 12h Flakey moodlet. If the Mermaid still doesn't seek water, a -80 Dehydrated moodlet will kick in, and the Mermaid will go unconscious. If you have other Sims under your control, you can easily revive them with a bucket of water. Nearby Sims may also help, with Good or Friendly Sims guaranteed to help, while Evil and Meanspirited Sims will simply walk by or enjoy the show.

All Mermaids' favorite foods change to Kelp, and they are capable of eating raw fish on the go - so can simply catch them underwater for a snack later. Mermaids are 25% less satisfied by normal Sims' foods. Kelp can be found underwater or at the grocery store.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: Giving a Mermaid a Ride to the Sim's House in a Speedboat
King Triton gets a ride to hang out with the Sim on dry land


Meeting and Befriending Mermaids
You can meet Mermaids while Diving, or out in the world. You can tell if a Sim is a Mermaid if their legs have scales while walking on land. Mermaids frequently visit Diving Spots that are used by the Scuba Diving Skill. Once you've met a Mermaid, they will appear in your relationship panel and you'll build a relationship with them.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: Signal a Mermaid to come visit
Signaling a Mermaid to come visit a Sim at the Town Beach


Once you've got a Mermaid in your relationship panel, you can click them and use the option Signal Mermaid to blow a sea shell horn and get them to come visit you if they're available. This is only possible on land, unfortunately. Another way to befriend them is to build up relationship high enough and use the underwater conversation option 'Invite to Land'. If your relationship is high enough, they'll even come to your home so that you can perform better social options and boost the friendship faster. Both of these options are preferable to meeting many Mermen underwater and talking to them as they come, hoping to build a relationship. Focusing your effort is the fastest way.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: Getting Mermadic Kelp to Transform into a Mermaid
A Mermaid gives a Sim Mermadic Kelp


Becoming a Mermaid: Mermadic Kelp
When your friendship with the Mermaid is at 70% or higher, you can use the underwater conversation option 'Ask about Fish Parts' which cannot be done on land. If successful, the Mermaid will give you some Mermaidic Kelp, which will transform the Sim that eats it into a Mermaid. You can ask for these repeatedly, just make sure the conversation doesn't get boring. That way, your one Sim can use his Mermaid buddy to help you turn the entire family into Mermaids.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: A Sim Changes into a Mermaid
A Sim Eats Mermadic Kelp to Change into a Mermaid


If you don't feel like befriending a Mermaid, you can get Mermaidic Kelp as a LTR for 25,000 Lifetime Happiness Points. This kelp will be placed in your inventory and is transferable between Sims.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: A preview of the Mermaids' Secret Island
Mermaid's Secret Island is Revealed


Mermaid's Secret Island
One of the eight uncharted islands you can unlock are found through Mermaids. You need to get a Mermaid to be your Best Friend, then hang out with them. Simply idle, and eventually the Mermaid will come up and offer to show you the location of the Mermaid Secret Island. When you arrive, your Sim will claim ownership. There is no treasure chest on the island, but there is a nice 30x30 plot of land on which to build a lovely home. Most of the island is blocked off by mountain, so there's not much to explore.

Changing Back to Normal
If you no longer wish to be a Mermaid, simply avoid swimming for about four days. A couple days in, a moodlet will appear telling you that the Sim is 'Adaping to Land'. When this expires, the Sim will revert back to a normal Sim. Potent Cure Elixir will also work to return a Sim to normal. When your Sim loses his or her Mermaid abilities, they will still keep the level 10 Scuba Diving skill experience they earned during the transformation.

The Sims 3 Island Paradise Mermaids: Changing a Mermaid's Scale Colors
Changing a Mermaid's Tail Scales Color


Changing Tail and Shell Colors for Mermaids
You cannot edit a Mermaid's tail in normal Create-a-Sim. Instead, you need to buy or find a mirror and click it to choose the 'Change Scale Color' option. This will let you change what little you can about your Mermaids, but the scale colors are fully customizable so you can pick a color that you like.





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Stormycloud says...
LTR keeps sim from turning into a normal sims even if they dehydrate or don't visit the ocean.
27th June 2013 11:27am
Gracie says...
My sim is a witch and I got lifetime happiness to get the mermaidic kelp and i ate it and it didnt turn me into a mermaid.. Do I have to be human to turn into a mermaid?
Admin:
Yes you have to be a human. Supernaturals/Occults need to be cured before it will work.
15th July 2013 12:22am
Maddy says...
My mermaid is "Diving With..." another, wild mermaid that is her best friend, but the mermaid dude isn't showing her where the island is... and she has to go to work soon. Not only that, but she's been out there all night, and nothing has happened. do you have to be human to be shown the secret island?
Admin:
The other mermaid makes the decision.  How did they become best friends?   Did you cheat it, use an elixir?   I would cheat their friendship back down to friend and work up to good friend after taking the day off if it's that important.  Also make sure they're not in a group.  Remember if you're constantly spamming stuff to happen it will never come up.
27th June 2013 1:17pm
Amber says...
My Sim bought Mermadic Kelp as a LTR, and when she goes in water, she's a mermaid. But on land, her scales are gone. Completely gone.
Admin:
Do you have CC or mods?
27th June 2013 2:18pm
Amber says...
Yes, custom content. It's only happened to that mermaid, and I've had several already.
Admin:
Sounds like he may be wearing something that is cancelling them out. Try unlock outfits to see if you can get them back.
27th June 2013 6:52pm
Heather says...
I would find that awesome, because I think you're lucky, having the normal appearance of a human, while she still changes into a mermaid. I'd love to have your condition.
27th June 2013 8:19pm
Mrs Tragic Clown says...
You are Soooo lucky! I hope that bugs happens to me if I ever decide to be come a Mermaid. Right now just looking to find them. No scale legs on land YES!!
1st July 2013 12:33pm
Ms. Mermaid Expert says...
Why not just use stockings in your outfits to hide the scales?? Unless if your mersim is a merman... *Sighs*
10th August 2013 9:06pm
simmer says...
You can't wear stockings or socks as a mermaid. Even if your sim is wearing them before she/he turns into a mermaid, they will disappear.
7th October 2013 1:46am
hi-simming says...
Actually, by wearing long pants, dresses & skirts, you can cover up the scales.
17th December 2013 9:06pm
Jean-Paul says...
If your sim wears socks the scales dissapear. I think you have to remove the socks then change scale colour. If that didn't work than use the cheat "unlockoutfits on". When changing you will see a new accessory that are the mermaid scales( not real, just for show.)
20th December 2013 10:57pm
Izzy says...
Can mermaid (mermen) have body hair (leg hair, arm hair, chest hair, etc.)
Admin:
They can have it definitely. However any hair on the legs won't be seen at all.
27th June 2013 2:37pm
Nikka says...
I ate the kelp 4 times and my sim just gets nauseous. Does it take days to transform?
Admin:
Was it kelp or mermadic kelp? Is your sim something other than human?
27th June 2013 3:16pm
Nikka says...
Mermaidic kelp and she is a human
Admin:
My Sim has never gotten sick from it. Was it one you got from the LTR or from a mermaid? Do you have mods or CC? Have you cleared your caches? The transformation should start as soon as you eat it. None of my Sims so far have gotten sick off of it.
27th June 2013 3:33pm
Nikka says...
I have no mods and only sims3pack items with default skin and eye replacements. I got the kelp from Salty Seaworth and when nauseous it says from mermaidic kelp.
Admin:
Do you have Seasons where you can buy the "Simmunity" LTR?
27th June 2013 3:42pm
Squirt says...
Salty Seaworth has bad kelp
29th June 2013 12:01pm
Aaron says...
your right,he gives bad kelp
7th July 2013 7:32am
Shelby Dodson says...
Salty does give bad kelp - I got one of the pre-programmed sims "Karlie Goldberg" and him to marry, and he still wouldn't give her good kelp - you have to buy it with LTR , I also changed Salty's trait so he wasn't evil anymore lol.
25th July 2013 7:13pm
Missymarshmello says...
If the kelp is making you sick you most likely got the kelp off an evil mermaid
11th July 2013 9:03am
Someone says...
If you are given kelp from an evil mermaid it will only make you sick, i suggest befriending a girl called Mia
12th January 2014 7:24am
Lana says...
your getting the kelp from evil mermaids you need to get if from a mermaid that is not evil
30th June 2013 12:56pm
A sim tale says...
My sim is human but just gets sick when she eats the kelp from the mermaid ... I am doing all the steps
Admin:
What mermaid are you getting the kelp from?  Some mermaids give bad kelp.
21st July 2013 1:07am
Ifechi says...
Mia Azul snd Melody give you the Marmaid Kelp because they are Good/Friendly. Salty gives you regular Kelp because he's Mean Spirited. I don't know about Triton though...
8th April 2014 9:26pm
Rebecca says...
The same thing is happening to me! She wont become a mermaid! Shes just getting ill, and runs to the wc :( i have tried to eat the mermaidic kelt like 10 times! I got it from my mermaid boyfriend ( without cheat)
27th June 2013 3:42pm
Nikka says...
Yes! I just got mine from my mermaid boyfriend. I asked Mia Azul (aka Ariel) if she would give me kelp and she did. But this time the message was different and she said if you want to be like me eat this kelp. But my sim's boyfriend said my legs are too superior and i'm more attractive than you. Maybe they gave us ***** kelp so we don't became mermaids?
Admin:
Maybe?  Does this mean it finally worked?

Are you eating this on your home lot or trying on a community lot?
27th June 2013 3:50pm
Nikka says...
I tried on both a community lot and my home lot with my sims's boyfriend kelp. I tried Ariel's kelp on the beach and it finally worked the first time around
27th June 2013 4:06pm
Rebecca says...
I got it from salty too! I'll try talking to someone else. Maybe it dosnt work because salty has the trait evil?
27th June 2013 4:10pm
Nikka says...
Oh wow I think that's it!
27th June 2013 4:46pm
Jammie says...
I heard it's because the sims have the evil trait. Try to find one with a good trait.
Admin:
I recommend Maya or Mia.
28th June 2013 3:41pm
Stephie says...
I got mine from King Triton and it worked immediately.
30th June 2013 12:28pm
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