The Sims 3 University Life: PlantSim Guide
PlantSim Life State, Special Abilities, and Forbidden Fruit
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Turning Sims into PlantSims and Harvesting PlantSim Babies
A Sim that eats a Forbidden Fruit will get the 4h Botanitis Minorus moodlet, which costs $3000 Simoleons to cure. When the moodlet wears off, the Sim will transform into a PlantSim. You can cure Sims after they transform, or with the Supernatural Expansion Pack, use Alchemy to make potent cure elixirs to reverse the transformation. Harvesting a fully grown Forbidden Fruit Plant will result in the Sim harvesting a baby PlantSim, which will look like the Sim that picked it. Use Tend Garden if you want guaranteed fruit to change an existing Sim, as Harvest always gives babies. There are no genetics to PlantSims, they simply produce Forbidden Fruit seeds whenever they Try For Baby. Any Sim that has the gardening skill can then plant/grow the seed and harvest a PlantSim baby that looks like their offspring.
Sims who submit themselves to be test subjects at the Science Facility have a 20% chance to be transformed into a PlantSim when the test is over.
Getting Forbidden Fruit
Forbidden Fruit is produced by the new Science skill in UL. You can produce the seeds without even gaining a level so long as you have the Scientific Research Station available in Buy Mode > Sort by Room > Study > Hobbies & Skills. Any seed you find can be transformed into a Forbidden Fruit Seed using the Gene Splicing Experiment. This will attempt to mix Sim DNA with a seed.
Planting a Forbidden Fruit Seed requires level 7 Gardening, as it is a special seed. The game is currently buggy in how this works. When fully developed, a Forbidden Fruit Plant should have a 50/50 shot of giving you a PlantSim baby or Forbidden Fruit. Instead, choosing Harvest will result in a baby 100% of the time unless your Sim's household is full. Fear not - there are a couple of ways to avoid this and get a fruit to transform your current Sims instead.
First, you can get to 7 Gardening and choose the Tend Garden option - that will give a fruit 100% of the time. Harvest is the bugged option and always gives a baby if there is room in the household. The alternative, and faster method to getting fruit, is to analyze a Forbidden Fruit Seed and clone the sample. This requires level 9 science, but cloning the sample results in an edible Forbidden Fruit.
PlantSim Needs and Life Span
PlantSims live as long as regular Sims. They do not have the Hunger and Bladder needs, and the Hygiene Need is replaced with Water. PlantSims do not have to sleep in beds or take baths, as they're able to Photosynthesize when outside in the daytime (click the Sim). When Photosynthesizing, which lasts an hour, they gain both Energy and Water. If they get wet from one of Seasons' rain showers, this will fill the Water need. They can sleep in beds to recover energy and take baths to recover water, but neither is as fast or efficient as Photosynthesis. They do benefit from a good night's sleep moodlet from a bed; the squeaky clean moodlet from showering becomes well-hydrated.
PlantSim Special Abilities
Aside from the aforementioned Photosynthesis you can use as a PlantSim, they can also socialize with plants. They get two kinds of kiss interactions. Flower Kiss gives an 8h +15 Obsessed moodlet and is a flirty interaction. Poison Kiss is available to the Sim's enemies and gives a 3h -25 moodlet to the victim. Aside from these things, PlantSims leave a little trail of flowers when they walk. It's not a life state that dramatically changes how you play the game, but does give a few unique features to alter gameplay. PlantSims are unable to Try for Baby and produce a Forbidden Fruit seed instead.
Has this been tested with the Meditative Trance Sleep LTR? Would it make any difference at all to the energy gain from Photosynthesis or just the regular gain from sleeping?
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