The Sims 3 Into the Future: Bot Building
Creating Plumbots, Skill Level Unlocks, Nanite Designs, and Trait Chips
|Time Traveler||Utopia & Dystopia||Legacy Statues||Descendants||Advanced Tech||Bot Building|
|Laser Rhythm-a-con||Plumbots||Trait Chips||Astronomy Career||Bot Arena Career||Nanites|
This Guide to the Bot Building Skill in The Sims 3 Into the Future will teach you about the various features and abilities you can access using the skill. This page will focus on making and discovering how to build nanites and Trait Chips for Plumbots, selling Plumbots, and provide tips to help you get the most of the Skill. You can learn more about Plumbots themselves here, and the Trait Chips that can be installed in them here.
The Bot Fan Trait
The Bot Fan Trait is incredibly helpful if you want to take up the Bot Building skill. Making Bots comes much more naturally to these Sims, and they will learn the Skill 15% faster than other Sims. They will also gain relationship 50% faster with Bots, while also having the ability to use Bot Mode (click your Sim) to act as a Plumbot and even use the disguise to enter Bot Arena competitions, posing as Plumbots and competing against them in Battles of Athletics (Battle), Charisma (Acting), or the Bot Making Competitions, which they will naturally excel at when you level up the skill.
Head to the Future or go to Buy Mode > Study > Hobbies and Skills > and buy Reventlov's Bot Workship for $1750. You can also use the Bot Making Station free of charge at the Bot Shop in Oasis Landing (the Future World). Given you sell Bots in the future unless you place the Bot Shop in your present world with Edit Town, the Future is the best place to do it. Nanites will not appear in the Present unless you have a Skill Challenge completed, and only then in limited quantities.
You can of course learn Bot Making from a Skill Book and of course take a Class at the Bot Arena in Oasis Landing, but as is usually the case, real experience is better for this skill in order to let your Sim complete the Challenges faster.
You should also join the Bot Making Self Employment Career as you will get a 35% bump in sale value of any Plumbots you design and fit with Trait Chips. You can do this at City Hall when you have gained level 1 in the Skill.
Leveling Bot Building Efficiently
Once you have your Bot Making station, you'll be able to start gaining levels. Doing anything but Customizing Bots seems to give decent Skill experience, and it doesn't take too long to level. Your best bet is to use Discover Trait Chip designs (to work on a Skill Challenge) as soon as it's available, then switch to Creating and Selling Nanites through the inventory when you have discovered all Trait Chip designs up to your current level. I'll list when each Trait Chip becomes available below.
|Level||Skill Unlocks||Learnable Trait Chip Recipes|
|0||Design Nanites, Create Nanites, Tune Up Plumbot, Adjust Trait Chips||None|
|1||Design Trait Chips||Competent Cleaner|
|2||Create Plumbot||Handibot, A.I. Angler|
|3||Reverse Engineer Nanites||Steel Chef, Fear of Humans|
|4||Earn more Tuning Up non-Household Plumbots, Chance of Increase in Quality when Sim does Tune-Up||RoboNanny, Friendly Functions|
|5||May use Upgrade Trait Chip Slots on Plumbots and all Plumbots now start with 4 Trait Chip Slots||Sinister Circuits, Sense of Humor|
|6||Chance of better improvement in Quality with Tune Ups.||Office Drone, Musical Machine, Mood Adjuster,|
|7||Plumbots may be upgraded to/start with 5 Trait Chip Slots||Solar Powered, Capacity to Love, RoBotany Gardner|
|8||Nothing||Limitless Learning, Simulated Emotions, Algorithmic Artist|
|9||Plumbots may be upgraded to/start with 6 Trait Chip Slots||Holo Projector, Efficient|
|10||Plumbots may be upgraded to/start with 7 Trait Chip Slots||Sentience - required for Lifetime Wish but may be bought/stolen from a Plumbot as well.|
Design Nanites (Level 0)
Design Nanites is the first productive thing you can do to level the skill, and it's done from the Bot Workshop. This will unlock random Nanite designs for your Sim, with common finds being more likely. You cannot unlock the Rare Nanites without finding them in the wild and Reverse Engineering them. More on that later.
Create Nanites (Level 0)
Create Nanites from designs your Sim has created themselves, or from Nanites found in the wild and Reverse Engineered. The price of each Nanite varies based on rarity. You use Nanites in Trait Chip recipes, along with the Processors you get when Reverse Engineering them. This is actually profitable, given Nanites will be worth a little more when sold through the inventory after your Sim has gained some levels in Bot Making and makes higher quality Nanites. It's even better to Sell them at the Bot Shop with Consignment, but you'll have to wait on your money to return.
Tune Up Plumbot (Level 0)
Click a Plumbot to Tune it Up and give it a +10 2h moodlet and raise the Maintenance Need that Plumbots have, while also giving a chance that it will be bumped up 1-2 Quality levels (after Skill level 4, and only up to your level), raising its value. You can do this until the Plumbot's Quality level is as high as your Bot Maker's Skill Level - you just have to keep trying until it succeeds. This interaction won't go over well with Plumbots out of your Household until you've got some experience in the skill. After that, Tune-Ups will give you a tip from the Plumbot that only goes to a few hundred Simoleons at max level even when you bump the quality of a Plumbot, and some Plumbots will still reject your attempt to Tune them Up and cause a relationship hit.
Sims that take on the Bot Arena Career can Perform Professional Tune-Ups that give a 9H +30 Moodlet, helping the Plumbot perform better in competitions while also giving the Well-Tuned Moodlet and bumping Plumbot Quality to the user's Bot Making Skill Level's maximum. Of course, this also gives Bot Making Skill.
Adjust Trait Chips (Level 0)
Clicking a Plumbot allows you to swap out a Plumbot's Trait Chips for others in your Sim's inventory. Non-household Plumbots will suffer a big -30 relationship hit, and there is a 50% chance any removed Trait Chips will be destroyed. Don't let this discourage you from the possibility of going about and stealing Plumbot Trait Chips to help your own financial or skill gain. You'll use this interaction to tweak your own Plumbot's Trait Chips to suit your needs and swap in new ones when you've discovered better schematics or bought Trait Chips from the Bot Emporium.
Design Trait Chips (Level 1)
Lets your Sim research new Trait Chip designs to fit into Plumbots. You'll be limited to what designs your Sim is eligible for based on level (in the table above). You should work on this early to complete a Skill Challenge to learn 21 recipes, which will let your Sim get a 25% Discout on all purchases at the Bot Shop.
Create Plumbot (Level 2)
This is what lets you create your own Plumbot for $250 Simoleons. Plumbots at this level are not profitable, but if you want one to aid your Sim or live a life of its own, you can get started and gradually upgrade that Plumbot. You'll enter Create-a-Bot which lets you customize the gender, look, and name of your Plumbot. Since Plumbots are programmable, their gender is an Operating System, so you can even change that later for $100 Simoleons with Customize Plumbot. Later, you may want to let random design/name take over as your standard practice as you sell Plumbots for profit. You will see in the table below that they are not very profitable at all until you've gained a few more levels in the Skill.
Reverse Engineer Nanites (Level 3)
This will break a Nanite down into components that are used to produce Trait Chips, also teaching you how to make the Nanite on your own with the Work Station. If you want the best Nanites for the best Trait Chips, you'll need to do this with Nanites caught in the wild or bought at the Bot Emporium.
Upgrade Trait Chip Slots (Level 5)
Upgrades a Plumbot to the maximum number of Trait Chip Slots your Sim is eligible to install. Newly created Plumbots start with the max amount, but any previously created or store-bought Plumbots will need to have this action performed on them to allow the maximum number of Chips.
The Pioneer of Plumbotics Legacy Statue
Create a Plumbot in the Present (it must be built there) and install it with the Sentience Chip to earn the Pioneer of Plumbotics Legacy Statue in the Future. Your alteration of the timeline will cause you to be the first to invent Plumbots, and thus will be honored and given a Statue in Legacy Park and a permanent +15 Pioneer of Plumbotics Moodlet while visiting the Future.
Selling Plumbots - Quality and Value Multipliers
Head to the Bot Shop and click on one of the Bot displays with your Sim to get the option to sell them. Note the Plumbot must be on the lot with you (I found visit lot with... option from the map to be helpful here, especially when selling multiple Bots). Plumbot value when sold at the Bot Emporium is based on the following formula:
250 + 50 per trait slot over 3 + total value of any Trait Chips times the multiplier in the table below.
Any Sims enrolled in the Bot Making Self-Employment Career will get another 35% on top of this. Plumbots cost 250 to make, so the first few levels are a loss without Trait Chips and you may be better off not making Plumbots until you can Tune Up the Quality to get at least a 1.0 Multiplier.
Look to the Trait Chips Guide to learn the Value of each Trait Chip so that you can earn the most possible by fitting them with your best Trait Chips before making a sale.
|Plumbot Quality||Base Value w/ no Chips*||Quality Multiplier|
|Duct Taped (2)||$238||0.95|
|Decent (5)||$345 (4 Trait Slots so 300 x 1.15)||1.15|
|Fantastic (7)||$455 (5 Trait Slots so 350 x 1.3)||1.3|
|High Tech (8)||$490||1.4|
|Next Gen (9)||$580 (6 Trait Slots so 400 x 1.45)||1.45|
|Future Tech (10)||$675 (7 Trait Slots so 450 x 1.5)||1.5|
*Base Value with no Trait Chips means a Plumbot with the Max available slots and going on the multiplier. Any Trait Chips installed would also be multiplied by the Quality Multiplier and also benefit from Self-Employment in Bot Making.
Given the value of Trait Chips and being able to install 7, you can make a huge profit from making a Plumbot, Tuning it Up to a Future Tech Plumbot if it is not already, and fitting it with your most valuable Trait Chips.
Plumbot Making Skill Challenges
Domo Arigato Mr. Plumboto
Earn at least $5,000 Simoleons from Performing Tune Ups. As a result, the Well-Tuned moodlet will last longer (6 hours vs 2) after performing a Tune Up. I got this without earning anything in tips as it seems Tune-Ups on household Bots count toward Tips earned from Tune-Ups even if you do not actually earn the money.
Create at least 200 Nanites to become a Micro-Master. Once achieved, the cost of creating all Nanites is halved, which helps your profit margin when selling Plumbots fitted with Trait Chips and the Nanites themselves.
Chip In by discovering 21 differing Trait Chip Recipes. Afterward, all purchases at the Bot Shop will be 25% off.