Carl's Sims 3 Guide
Index of All Pages
This page serves as a list of all articles we've written about The Sims 3 and its expansions. We'll update it as new pages are added. The sheer scope of the guide can be seen here. A lot of the links in our sitemap will help owners of the console version of the game, but if you want a more focused view of things that are offered, have a look at our Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 Guide. If you can't find what you're looking for, use this site search function, powered by google:Sims 3 Guide - The main page of the guide. There you can keep up with latest site developments
The Sims 3 ArticlesDetailed List of Articles:
Best Moodlets - Staple moodlets for keeping Sims in a great mood
Challenge Tournament - Participate in our 2010 challenge tournament, or pursue our creations
Challenge: Immortal Dynasty - Create eight generations of Elder firstborn who attain immortality.
Cheats In-Depth - Explanation of cheats and how to use the Sims 3's cheat console
Cheats Part 2: Testingcheats enabled true - Learn about the powerful testingcheats
Chess - Tips to playing chess with traits that will help Sims become grand master
Create a Pattern Guide - Make your own patterns in The Sims 3.
Create-a-Sim - customizing the look and personality of Sims.
Create-a-Style - making custom clothing looks.
Create a World - An introduction to the free tool offered by Electronic Arts.
Death - Learn how Sims die, and maybe save them from it
Download The Sims 3 Manual - if you'd like an electronic version
FAQs about The Sims 3 - Common questions from players about the game
Ghosts and the Afterlife - What happens when Sims die? Also managing ghosts
Guitar Income - How to make insane cash playing guitar
How to Play - Newbie Guide - For the newest among you. Basic gameplay concepts
Lifetime Rewards - Learn about all the LTRs up to Ambitions and what they do
Build and Edit - Learn all about building and editing in The Sims 3.
Edit Mode Tutorial - With overview of interface.
Edit Lots and Lot Types - All about Lots
Pools A three-part. Learn beginner pools to making multi-level infinity pools
Roofs A three part piece on roof design.
Home Design: Beginner - Guidelines for making a good starter home that's not a sectioned off square
Home Design: Intermediate - How to spend that $70,000 on a great house.
Home Design: Building on a Slope - How to build your home on a Slope
Home Design: Garages - Designing several types of Garage with build mode.
Households: Moving, Switching - Moving Sims in/out of a Home and Changing Active Households.
Moving from one Home to Another
Moving Households from one Town to Another
Parties - Get help throwing a great party
Real Estate and Venues - Buying and Upgrading Business and Venues in Vanilla and Ambitions
Sims 3 Review - My review of the base game
Sims 3 Mobile Review - Leto85's review of The Sims 3 Mobile version.
Sims 3 Barnacle Bay Review - My review of the pirate-themed town purchasable from The Sims 3 Store
Sunset Valley Guide - A guide to Sunset Valley in The Sims 3 for PC/Mac.
Support the Guide - For those who ask, ways you can help the guide
Tips for the Sims 3 - General gameplay tips for the masses
Traits List - An all-inclusive list of traits in the original, and expansions. Includes info on the
hidden traits Sims can learn at birth. You'll learn what each trait does, and get ideas for making
Sims with personality. Wish Management - the Ins & Outs of Choosing Wishes for your Sim.
The Sims 3 Families
These guides focus on starting a family with a baby, and provide tips to raising up a family. Learn about the various stages along the way to adulthood.Having a Baby - Adoption or the Woohoo way! Also, Twins and Triplets
Babies and Toddlers - Caring for the little ones, and giving them a head start
Birthdays - treat your kids to a good party as they grow up
Children - Time for school! Info for getting them through childhood
Teenagers - High school and part time jobs are available to teens
The Sims 3 Relationships
This guide covers all aspects of building relationships in The Sims 3 with pages dedicated to the following information:Introduction - Conversation Tones and Relationship Levels
Friendships - Improving relationships and keeping them
Social Interactions - The basic social interactions offered to all Sims
Romantic Relationships - Romantic Interest, Boyfriend/Girlfriend and becoming Husband and Wife
Woohoo and all other Romantic Social Interactions
Traits in Conversation - The traits that affect conversation outcomes the most
The Sims 3 Careers
This section provides massive coverage of making money in the Sims 3 the traditional way. Learn about all the careers included in the original game. World Adventures does not add any careers. The Ambitions careers are all under the Ambitions section which you'll find further down this page. All career track-specific pages have promotion levels and shots of the various uniforms.Sims 3 Careers, Jobs, and Professions
Self Employment - ways to make money without taking on a real job
Part Time Jobs - mainly for teens to bring in extra money
Good Traits for Career-Oriented Sims -traits that work well for career-oriented Sims of all types
Helpful tips for Promotions - Help raising that career performance bar faster!
List of Careers A-L - See the uniforms and a top-level salary comparison
List of Careers M-Z - Same as above
Business Career Track
Criminal Career Track
Culinary Career Track
Journalism Career Track
Law Enforcement Career Track
Medical Career Track
Military Career Track
Music Career Track
Political Career Track
Professional Sports Career Track
Science Career Track
The Sims 3 Lifetime Wishes
This huge section contains everything we know about Lifetime Wishes in the Sims 3. Head to the index (above) to read up on how wishes are selected. Further, you'll find information on the lifetime happiness reward amounts for all wishes, and can read our selection of Lifetime Wish walkthroughs. These generally provide the best traits for a Sim to complete a particular lifetime wish with helpful tips from th writer to assist you along the way. See the expansion sections below this list for our walkthroughs for those World Adventures or Ambitions specific wishes.Lifetime Wishes - the main page, with an overview of wishes and changing them
How it Works - How traits determine Lifetime Wishes
Lifetime Wish List A-J - What traits inspire which wishes, with tips to completing them
Lifetime Wish List K-Z - Same as above
Walkthroughs - detailed index of all walkthroughs on the site
Become a Master Thief
Become an Astronaut
Celebrated Five Star Chef
CEO of a Mega Corporation
Creature Robot Cross-Breeder
Forensics: Dynamic DNA Profiler
Emperor of Evil
Golden Tongue, Golden Fingers
Hit Movie Composer
International Super Spy
Jack of All Trades
Leader of the Free World
Living in the Lap of Luxury
Master of the Arts
Perfect Mind, Perfect Body
Perfect Private Aquarium
Star News Anchor
Surrounded by Family
Swimming in Cash
World Renowned Surgeon (pre-Ambitions)
The Sims 3 Objects/Buy Mode Guide
I made this section for search engine visitors to find where to buy certain objects in the game. I also serve up some tips on making good purchasing decisions.Sims 3 Buy Mode Guide
Regular Sims 3 Skill Guides
These are the skills included in the regular game. For Ambitions and World Adventures, see their respective sections. All these guides offer a ton of information about the skills for newcomers and veterans alike. They've been refined a lot over time and I always appreciate tips to improve them.
Some of these are so big, I felt inclined to break them into separate sections.Sims 3 Skill List - A list with a bit of information about each skill, and how they may interest you.
Skill Tips - Where can you learn skills and how you can raise them faster
Athletic - Running, Weight Lifting and improving health
Charisma - Make friends, and help with Professions and Adventures
How to Learn the Skill
Unlocking Skill Levels
Collecting - All the things Sims can find out in the world, and earn money doing so.
Cooking - Make better meals and get a great moodlet. Help stop kitchen fires!
Ambrosia - This food of the gods enables immortality
Challenges and Opportunities
Good Traits for Chefs
How to Cook
List of All Recipes
Fishing - Bring in Simoleons and food with rod and reel
Challenges and Opportunities
List of All Fish
Good Traits for Fishermen
How to Fish
Sunset Valley Fishing
Gardening - Learn about raising a garden, fertilizer, and making perfect plants
Finding Seeds (with maps)
How to Garden
Guitar - Skills in Guitar can make your Sim both popular and rich
Handiness - Upgrade household objects to make them much better
Logic - Smart Sims are great at chess. Also helpful for careers and solving the unsolvable
Painting - A big cash cow. Learn about painting and how to make more money from opportunities
Writing - Write novels and earn royalty checks
List of Book Types
Challenges and Opportunities
Good Traits for Writers
The Sims 3 World AdventuresWorld Adventures Guide - Learn what's new in the World Adventures expansion.
China - Shang Simla, China. Home to Martial Arts and many great Adventures
Egypt - Al Simhara, Egypt - unofficial home of Photography. Explore the great pyramid
France - Champs Les Sims, France - Nectar Making and grape capital of the world
Martial Arts Skill - Become a Sim Fu Master
Nectar Making Skill - Brew and Sell Nectar
Recipes & Blends - Learn the best recipes for profit
Nectar Quality - How is Nectar Quality determined?
Nectar Maker Upgrades Comparison - Valuable information on the machine and its upgrades
Photography Skill - Become a master Photographer
Mummies - Learn all about mummies, and how you can make your own.
Pangu's Axe - Useful info on gettig the axe, which is used in a lot of places
Relic Collections - A reference page about how to get relics, and a list of all collections
Tomb Raiding Tips - General tips for surviving adventures and coming prepared
Tomb Building Tutorial - Learn to Build Tombs
Transfiguration with the Display Case
World Adventures Collecting Maps - Collectibles Sims can find in Egypt, China, and France
World Adventures Fishing Spots
The following are the Lifetime Wish walkthroughs we've written for World Adventures. Read these to learn tips to selecting good traits for completing wishes quickly, and gameplay tips from our team that will help make it a smooth journey.Bottomless Nectar Cellar Lifetime Wish
Martial Arts Master Lifetime Wish
Physical Perfection Lifetime Wish
Private Museum Lifetime Wish
Sesoned Traveler Lifetime Wish
Visionary Lifetime Wish
World Class Gallery Lifetime Wish
The Sims 3 AmbitionsSims 3 Ambitions Guide - An Overview of the Ambitions expansion's new features
Bake Sales - The kids can now hold bake sales! Learn about them here
Consignment Shop - The Consignment Shop gives Simmers a great place to sell their products.
Simbot - A faithful companion available through Inventing of Lifetime Reward
Architectural Design Profession
Education Career Track
Ghost Hunting Profession
Inventing Skill/Inventor Profession
Private Investigator Profession
Sculpting Skill/Sculptor Profession
The following are the Lifetime Wish walkthroughs we've written for Ambitions. Read these to learn tips to selecting good traits for completing wishes quickly, and gameplay tips from our team that will help make it a smooth journey.Descendant of da Vinci Lifetime Wish
Fashion Phenomenon Lifetime Wish
Firefighter Super Hero Lifetime Wish
Paranormal Profiteer Lifetime Wish
Monster Maker Lifetime Wish
Possession is Nine Tenths of the Law Lifetime Wish
World Renowned Surgeon Lifetime Wish
The Sims 3 Late NightSims 3 Late Night Guide - A guide to all the new features in The Sims 3 Late Night expansion.
Mixology Skill Guide - A full guide to the mixology skill with a Drink List and information on challenges and drink types.
Bass, Drum, and Piano Skills Guide - A three in one, featuring the three new musical instruments offered by Late Night.
Film: Acting & Directing Careers - A full guide to the Film Career track. Sims can achieve stardom as an Actor or Director.
Celebrities - Raising the Star Level for Fame - Get social with celebs and become famous in the process.
Bands in Late Night - Guide to playing gigs in a band.
Vampires and Plasma Fruit - Learn about the Nightwalkers in Late Night.
Zodiac Compatibility List - Learn about the Sims' Astrological Signs and which are compatible.
Late Night adds some new Lifetime Wishes to The Sims 3. These serve to teach about new features and provide help to Simmers looking for a way to complete them quickly and efficiently. Bits of info like the best traits, and detailed explanations of why certain strategies were chosen serve to aid you in finishing the wish.Distinguished Director - Name drop and film your way up to becoming a noteworthy Director.
Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous - Become a wealthy celebrity musician and tour the city with a band.
Master Romancer & Superstar Actor - A two-in-one guide to two of Late Night's wishes.
Master Mixologist - A guide to rising up in the Mixology trade.
One Sim Band - Playtesting detailing some of the Instruments' mechanics (guitar, bass, drums, piano) in Late Night.
Old Challenge Articles
The following were challenges created before our tournament. Read how our team completed them, and find links to the original rule sets.Baby Boomer
You're Hired! The Trump Challenge
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