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The Sims 3 Pets: Unicorns Guide

Finding and Adopting Unicorns and Their Special Powers

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This guide will teach you many things about Unicorns in The Sims 3 Pets, a new type of life form that can join your family. The information about these magical horses was organized by VampirePlasma on our Sims 3 forum. Members contributed information on our boards in various threads. Vamp assembled all of this and made it much easier for me to write. In the guide, we'll reveal how to adopt a Unicorn, where to find them, breeding, special attributes, and the powers they can use to help your Sim's household.

Finding Unicorns - The Aurora
Unicorns reportedly have a 40% chance to appear each night. They will be under an aurora that appears in the sky and streams down to them. Check map mode at 8:00 PM with time running, so that the aurora can render. Scan the map. If there isn't an aurora, you will not find a Unicorn that night. Keep checking back and one will eventually show.

If your Horse has the Friend of the Herd Lifetime Reward, Wild Horses will sometimes visit your lot and Unicorns can be among them.

The Sims 3 Pets: The Unicorn is under the aurora borealis

The fishing spots out of town are common areas for Unicorn sightings - especially the Water Treatment and Cinnamon Crest Falls in Appaloosa Plains.

Unicorns only stick around from 8:00PM to 5:00AM, so you will need to encounter the same Unicorn a few times to befriend it. Prepare your Sim for a long night by getting plenty of sleep and eating before he sets out.

The Sims 3 Pets: petting a Unicorn

Befriending Unicorns
A crucial step in the process of adopting a Unicorn is befriending the mythical creature itself. You can't just walk up and invite it to your household. Friends status is required to get the option to invite them. If it's not there, keep pressing with the social interactions.

Start with watching the Unicorn, and when your Sim has made acquaintances with it, approach and let it sniff your hand. When your relationship is better, move up to rub neck and pet interactions which will move the bar quickly.

Unicorns are magical creatures and will either bless or curse your Sim when you encounter them. This will result in a very strong positive or negative moodlet. Regardless, you should persist and keep your Sim interacting with the Unicorn, even if it is only watching. Later, you will be able to use these magical powers for your own benefit.

The Sims 3 Pets: Adopting a Unicorn, and it said yes! She's a friend to all animals.

Requirement to Invite
When you ask the Unicorn to join your house, it will tell you that you must prove yourself a friend of all creatures. So, make it to best friends forever with three creatures - Sim, Cat, Dog, or Horse. When you have multiple BFFs the Unicorn will accept your invitation to join the household.

You should see the same Unicorn every time it spawns, which seems to be a game mechanic to make it easier to befriend them. When you have invited the Unicorn into your home, another will have a chance to appear each night. Perhaps a Unicorn of the opposite gender, so that you can breed more!

Taking Care of Unicorns
Taking care of a Unicorn is just like taking care of a horse, but easier because its needs deplete slower. You should have a means of drinking water, food, and time to interact with the Unicorn. It will need exercise as well. If you ever want to breed, you'll need a stall, which is quite large, so be sure to have room on your lot for the Unicorn's needs.

Unicorn Traits
Unicorns share their trait set with Horses. You can learn about new pet traits, and encouraging/discouraging their development at the pet trait list.

The Sims 3 Pets: A unicorn scratches his back

No Selling Unicorns or Mare/Stud Services
You can't sell a Unicorn or put it up for adoption. After all, they are powerful creatures and you invited it to join your home. The only way to get rid of them is to release it back into the wild with the Sim, or by controlling the Unicorn and selecting Return to Wild.

Unicorns can't be put up as studs, nor can you get a mare pregnant at the Equestrian Center. Really, the only purpose of that place for a Unicorn is to race!

The Sims 3 Pets: A Unicorn blesses a dog

Unicorn Powers
Unicorns get several abilities that can benefit your household, and others that are mean and destructive. First, they can Bless Fauna, which will give a powerful +40 Unicorn's Blessing moodlet. The opposite is found under mean interactions, where Unicorns can Curse Fauna to punish Sims and other animals. This delivers -40 mood. Both the blessing and curse moodlets last 8 hours. The target of these will either sparkle or eminate a dark curse effect.

Another power that is very helpful in the gardening skill is Bless Flora, which will advance a plant to its next stage of growth. You can use this about three times with a max charge. Blessed plants have a chance to turn into Life Fruit. This spell will also revive a dead plant. Unicorns can also Curse Flora, which will kill a plant instantly. I am not sure why you'd want to use this, but you have the power!

The Sims 3 Pets: A Unicorn can make a fire, but it can also put them out

Unicorns are able to Teleport, but it will use a little energy. If the Unicorn is mounted by a Sim, the rider will come along.

Unicorns can make fire but you probably won't use this often. They can also put out fires, by conjuring a small cloud and rain over the area. Finally, Unicorns can also cast cure on a dog, cat, or Sim with fleas.

The Sims 3 Pets: Unicorns blessing plants

Unicorn Power FailureAll power use is limited by the Unicorn's Magic Capacity, which you cannot see. If you use them too much, you will run out and the Unicorn will need to recharge. This takes several hours, but they are always recharging. You can tell when your Unicorn is at half power by the appearance of the Power Shortage moodlet, which gives no mood impact. The Power Failure moodlet will come later, if you keep using powers. This gives a small -10 mood hit. If you use the powers once every few hours you won't run out. Powers like Teleportation and create fire are really cheap, but Blessing Sims and Flora can only be used three times with max energy. Extinguishing fires takes no energy.

Whatever you do, don't remove the Power Failure moodlet if you're cheating. Your Unicorn might lose the ability to generate magic. I suspect power fills after the moodlet is gone. I had a Unicorn go three days without any magic during playtesting. The problem was not resolved.

Unicorn motive bars are white and decay slower than a regular Horse's. They also possess super speed and leave a sparkling trail while running. Because of this ability, they start with level 10 racing and jumping skills, although no skill challenges are compled. This makes them ideal for racing and jumping competitions at the Equestrian Center.

When a Unicorn is grazing, a rainbow will sometimes appear, as in the screenshot below.

The Sims 3 Pets: Unicorns emit a rainbow when grazing

Unicorn Appearance, Glows and Beards
Unicorns glow in the moonlight, and will sometimes get a moodlet from it. It appears to do nothing, but the glow itself is very pretty to see. You can't see it very well on a black horse, but grey or white will really shine.

Unicorns in the wild will be black, silver, or white. This has no impact on their gender. Male Unicorns will have a lion tail and beard, while females will not.

The Sims 3 Pets: You can customize your Unicorn's color in the edit saddle menu

If you click your Unicorn and go into edit saddle mode, you can change it to any color you like and alter its saddle and bridle. Change hair, tail styles, and whether the Unicorn has a beard. You can also change the color of its horn. I said that Unicorns in the wild will be black or white, but you can have a pink or brown steed if you like. The color of the parents will come into play when breeding, however.

Breeding Unicorns
To breed two Unicorns, you'll need a stall. There are a couple of options in the Buy Mode Sort by Function's Pets menu. To get the option to come up easily, first build up a relationship between the two Unicorns, then send one into the stall and use the other Unicorn to Try for Foal. This option will appear later as a romantic interaction, but I got it to appear faster this way.

It may take multiple tries for your mare to get pregnant. Wait until you hear the rock-a-bye-baby chimes. When she is pregnant, the option should disappear. Three days after the appearance of the Pregnant Moodlet (a while after chimes), a Foal will be born. While the mare is pregnant, your Sims cannot ride.

Foals don't get access to the magical abilities, but do leave a trail when they run like an adult.

Horses and Unicorns can mate. When you breed them, there is a 50% chance of you getting a Unicorn with powers, vs a regular horse. Of course, two Unicorns breeding guarantees a magical foal.

The Sims 3 Pets: Unicorns try for a foal. Woohoo!
The Sims 3 Pets: Unicorns are incredibly fast.

Share Tips and FAQs (109)

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Kimmy says...
1. Hit CTRL, SHIFT and then C all at the same time then let go, this will bring up the cheat menu.
2. Enter this exactly: testingcheatsEnabled true
3. Hit enter
4. Hold shift and click on your unicorn
5. Hit "Edit in create a sim" (It might say something slightly different but it will have "Create a sim" in it)
6. Go to the bottom where it shows a square picture of your horse.
7. Click on the little circle inside of the picture.
8. Click on the thing that looks like a little folder with an arrow pointing inside.
10. Once it's done saving click the check mark and you're done.

Now you can go to "already made sims" whenever you make a family and choose the saved unicorn. Hope you enjoy.
15th May 2014 12:50am
Tips says...
Yeah I got one likethat useing a real horse SOOOO useful
4th July 2014 7:37pm
Jade says...
Where is the clock i can't tell what time it is?
22nd August 2015 2:55pm
Shan says...
Should be right under your sims face, under the lifetime wish box
27th October 2015 5:31pm
sako-chan says...
You can also cheat to skip the part when you have to befriend the unicorn and the other creatures...

ctrt+shift+c and type "testingcheatsenabled true"
then, when you meet an unicorn, you can shift-click it and select Add to Household ;)
8th September 2013 7:57am
Emma says...
The unicorn isn't spawning. Is there a cheat to spawn them? Plz tell me if there is

Thx emma
4th July 2014 6:59am
Jessika says...
Emma, I think you have Wild Horses turned off in your Population Control settings. If it's turned on and not working still, contact EA.

Sincerely, Jessika
7th July 2014 7:36pm
September says...
Sometimes unicorns don't spawn in towns besides Appaloosa Plains. I had to have my sims move there to get a unicorn.
17th October 2015 6:19pm
Phenney says...
I found one unicorn by chance when I didn't even know they existed, and now I do all this and I can't find one! :P
4th January 2014 2:31am
princess says...
1st July 2014 9:19pm
Conor says...
I have bff with a dog, cat, horse, and many sims, the unicorn still won't let me adopt it.
Did the animals live with you? Did you cheat up the friendships?
26th June 2013 3:06pm
Conor says...
Yeah, I'll try to get pets in my household, thanks for the help!
27th June 2013 10:35am
wallah says...
I was BFF with my dog, but when I became BFF with my horse, I just was like.. regular BF with my dog, so how do I become BFF with several at once?
To get a unicorn you don't have to be BFF with multiples. Otherwise, I'm not sure try being the dog and choosing the Sim you want to be BFFs with and make sure it's not because the dog is BFFs with someone new. Pet relationships decay just like Sim ones.
15th July 2013 5:56pm
Katie says...
I have sims supernatural and I am getting sims pets.I was wondering if I could make a fairy and let the fairy have a pet unicorn?
2nd December 2013 6:14pm
max says...
when I move out of the home, my unicorn no longer has a horn, it still has the magic, but no horn...
27th May 2014 7:53pm
Simstothestars says...
I think you can edit the horn in create a sim, if not, press shift+ctrl+c It will open up a cheat box,type in testingcheatsenabled true. Then, shift+click on the unicorn. Go to edit sim. then, you can add the horn. Hope this helped!
13th August 2014 8:03pm
HoRsE sEeKeR says...
Really helpful. Unfortunately....well I became friends with a Unicorn in one night. Then I kept checking for auroras but one didn't come(and still hasn't). So now he is no longer my friend :(
18th July 2013 11:58pm
Emma says...
Same here is that normal? I really want a unicorn
4th July 2014 7:05am
ImpossiblyFoxtoxic says...
To find and get a unicorn:

1. Wait until 7.30pm in sim time

2.look around the waterfull place for a glowing disco cloud

3. Zoom in on the waterfall place and there should be a unicorn

4. Do: ctrl shift c

5. Type testingcheatsenabled true

6.shift click the unicorn add to active place/household
1st August 2014 12:16pm
Amy P says...
It's 8:00pm not 7:30
9th October 2015 2:37am
Lola says...
Is it possible to get a Unicorn in somewhere else than Appaloosa Plains? I'm living in Starlight Shores so I was just wondering because I really want a unicorn but I don't want to move to Appaloosa Plains.
23rd November 2013 1:17pm
Irene says...
Yes . Unicorns exists in every city in fishing zones .
12th August 2014 8:24pm
Chloe says...
I just lost my unicorn cause the program cashed :( I was so stoked and I only just got my unicorn :'(
28th June 2013 7:31am
Maddie says...
Me too I had the three bff (horse, dog and cat) and I found it by chance while fishing, made friends with it and asked it to move in and my computer stopped working :(
2nd August 2014 4:54pm
Alla says...
Regarding the option to adopt the unicorn and 'proving friend of all creatures', I personally think that there's some hidden skill filling up after interactions with wild animals or pets. That's why some people claim it's necessary to interact with (or catch) birds and racoons to 'prove friend of all creatures'. The riding skill (claimed to be important in adopting a unicorn as well) I think comes from the same source - just communication with animals, as you interact with horses while developing riding skill. For me personally adopting the unicorn worked after I simply adopted three pets (two digs and one cat - no horses at that time) and became friends (BFF) with them. Oh, and I was friends with the unicorn itself as well (not BFF). It accepted invitation to join the household. In case with adopted pets, they can select an interaction 'make BFF' which makes it easier. Good luck )
1st December 2013 8:01pm
lilylove229 says...
i wanna baby unicorn
25th June 2014 1:21pm
Layla says...
The unicorns I get from my game ( I have the expansion packs supernatural and pets) usually appear near parks and waterfalls. If you own that area of land or use the cheat code, you can fence in the horse and teleport yourself into the pin. It then stays for a much longer time and you can make. Friends with it faster.
29th November 2013 4:10pm
Aries says...
What cheat code do you use??
17th August 2014 10:13pm
Emahan says...
Yes I'm a simmer so if u type control shift c than type in testingcheatsenabled true hit inter than go find a unicorn at night once u do shift click it and click on add to active family and there u have a unicorn then do control shift c and type testingcheatsenabled false and hit enter than continue to play but with a unicorn in it household, I hope that helped!!! :)
19th February 2014 11:19pm
Emma says...
But what if the unicorn isn't spawning? Does it still work?

Thx Emma
4th July 2014 7:07am
Nicky says...
"Whatever you do, don't remove the Power Failure moodlet if you're cheating. Your Unicorn might lose the ability to generate magic. I suspect power fills after the moodlet is gone. I had a Unicorn go three days without any magic during playtesting. The problem was not resolved."

I have discovered a fix for this, if you use Twallans Master Controller, Click on your unicorn and go to NRaas>Master Controller>Sim>Intermediate>Moodlets>Add Moodlets and find Power Outage, add it back in and wait the full 4 hours (you may get the first power shortage message along with it but do not worry it won't interfere), after 4 hours have passed your unicorns magic power will be back up to full.

If a administrator wants to add this fix it is fine by me :) although someone may have already figured it out, not sure. But right when I read that quote up above I accidentally deleted the Power Shortage moodlet and came here for a solution only to share one with you all :).
29th June 2014 9:39pm
indie says...
ok so i got the game a few months ago and ive bin looking for the darn unicorn it's not coming out at night ive looked ever night and still can't find it. plz help
6th December 2013 12:21pm
Emily Smith says...
Is it me or do these always make me wanna play sims...and then it soesnt work! LOL
23rd May 2013 3:27am
Sprinkles says...
I can't wait to try this out!!!
27th October 2013 6:00pm
Nataruma says...
You can maximize a hidden skill called Wildlife Friend to gain the unicorn's trust and invite them to your household, as an alternative to the BFF method. To do this you need to observe & interact with deer, raccoons and/or wild horses. Interacting with minor wild creatures will NOT count.

If you don't use any mods this can be a challenge, since you can't see the skill progress, but you can sort of tell how well you're doing when wild animals allow you to pet them and aren't spooked or run away every time you approach them.
6th August 2014 11:54am
princess says...
is this for pc or xbox 360
1st July 2014 9:03pm
Mango Dolphin says...
11th May 2013 8:23pm
anna says...
Already found. 2 unicorns and have a unicorn foul(luviit
3rd August 2014 11:10am
Tabitha says...
Well actually u can walk up to a unicorn and force it to join ur household by using the cheat XD
17th November 2013 10:40pm
Danni says...
I have tried multiples of times to get the Adopt a Unicorn LTW but even with multiple BFFs (including the unicorn) he still rejects my offer. why?
29th October 2015 5:45pm
Sadie says...
The unicorn has only showed up 2 times and it hasn't come back in 10 days!
3rd January 2014 7:33pm
Batman says...
OMG! I love unicorns! They are my favorite animals! Thanks, now I can have a unicorn on Sims!
8th July 2013 5:26pm
Smiley miley says...
Is there a way you can get a unicorn to appear?
4th April 2014 1:26am
Kay says...
I am BFF'S with a sim cat dog and the unicorn but it won't let me adopted it and my household is not full.
22nd February 2014 11:17am
LateNighter says...
You need,to be friends with a horse too.
31st May 2014 11:33am
Skittle says...
You have to be best friends with a horse too before you can adopt it. :)
20th June 2014 5:45pm
Sarah says...
If you enter testingcheatsenabled true and hold shift and click on the unicorn you can edit it in CAS(Create a Sim) Then by its portrait in CAS there is a blue circle with 3 white dots. Click on it and click the save button(folder with arrow going into it). After you have saved the unicorn when you are creating a new game you go to the sim bin and choose the unicorn, then you can personalize it and have a bunch of unicorns in your family and breed them.
Unicorns(or any other pet/sim) cannot breed if they are related!!!
3rd January 2014 4:13pm
Isabel Riley says...
I made my own fishing spot for Appaloosa Plains. Just make sure to include landscaping like trees,shrubs,rocks ect. A unicorn,Babs Horse came. So i was using cheats and i dragged my sim Alicia's energy up. They already had 3 horses going on 4 so i shift click and i edit it. I saved it so i could have a unicorn anytime i want.
23rd November 2013 7:51pm
KarMell says...
Just one little doubt. After you become a YA your sim cannot be a BFF with another sim, only with pets. Only teens can become BFFS.

So maybe you need to be BFF with 2 animals and BF with a Sim? If anyone can clear up that for me, I'll be happy :)
21st August 2013 11:31am
MarshmalloFluff says...
I love unicorns even though I'm 14 and I didn't even KNOW that pets has unicorns!! Carl, your website is soooooo awesome and I looooooove it
MarshmallawFluff XOXXOXOXXO
17th June 2013 7:51pm
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