Bot Building Skill Guide


The Bot Building skill is one of the biggest additions in The Sims 3 Into Future, you can build your very own Plumbot with it. Building a basic Plumbot itself is not really that hard, you just need to get skill level 2 and 250 Simoleons. What you want however is a Plumbot that has personality and you give this to your bot with Trait Chips. This guide will explain how to build trait chips and what you need for them.

How to start

There are two ways to get this skill, the first is the most obvious. You have to travel (back) to the future. While there travel to the Nuts n’ Bolts Bot Emporium and start designing a trait chip. While in the future you can also buy bot building skill books.
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If your Sim can’t, or doesn’t want to, visit the future, there is a present day alternative. Go into buy mode and there you can buy the Reventlov’s Bot Workshop. Just start designing nanites and trait chips and the skill will build from there. It’s up you how realistic you find this option, or if you’d rather keep the future in the future! As you’ll see, the future option has certain advantages!

Designing Nanites

Nanites are the components of trait chips, you can capture these (like insects) in the wasteland in Oasis Landing or you can design them on the Bot Workshop. They do cost money to design so finding them is cheaper, just takes more time! There are 20 nanites in total. 14 you can discover through designing them and 6 you need to capture first and they are rare.
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Nanite Information

Nanite Name Rarity Creation Cost Sell Value*
Neutron Common §15 §20
Caustic Common §18 §25
Quantum Common §23 §30
Scalar Common §23 §30
Lite Common §26 §35
Lepton Common §30 §40
Tribble Common §37 §50
Heisenberg Common §41 §55
Condensor Uncommon §68 §90
Tunnelling Uncommon §75 §100
Torque Uncommon §78 §105
Induction Uncommon §86 §115
Polar Uncommon §86 §115
Thermo Uncommon §93 §125
Dispersion** Rare §187 §250
Entropic** Rare §206 §275
Optic** Rare §232 §310
Damping** Rare §236 §315
Prismatic** Rare §262 §350
Uber** Rare §412 §550

* This price is the max value that you get when you Create the Nanite yourself on the Bot Workshop, captured nanites can be worth less than this amount. ** These nanites need to be captured in the wasteland and reverse engineered before being able to create them yourself.

If you captured a nanite you do not know how to design yet, you can reverse engineer it. This gives you the information on how to design them yourself and processors [more on this later].

Designing trait chips

Once you have reached lvl 1 of the botbuilding skill you can design trait chips. Trait chips are the personality traits your PlumBot will have, ranging from being able to clean to having social & fun needs.
Designing trait chips is similar to the Alchemy skill in The Sims 3 Supernatural, knowing how to make a trait chip is not enough, you also need components for them. Here is a list of all the trait chips and components.

Trait Chip Information

Lvl Icon Name Components Value Trait Chip Properties
1 Competent Cleaner 1x Any Nanite §130
  • Any mess dissolves under an unrelenting barrage of tidying action.
  • Plumbot prioritizes domestic functions.
  • Handles countless tasks from cleaning to laundry!
2 HandiBot 1 x Any Nanite 1 x Small Processor §165
  • Max Handiness Skill.
  • Enables all home maintenance interactions
  • Plumbot takes the initiative to repair appliances on its own.
2 A.I. Angler 1 x Any Nanite 2 x Small Processor §205
  • Max Fishing skill.
3 Steel Chef 1 x Lite Nanite 3 x Small Processor §230
  • Max Cooking skill.
  • All Cooking Recipes are immediately learned.
  • Plumbot takes the initiative to cook for other Sims when they are hungry.
3 Fear of Humans 1 x Any Nanite 1 x Small Processor §160
  • Bot flees at the sight of humans Sims.
  • May cause terrified leaking.
  • Bot will not fear pets or Sims that are not standard humans.
4 RoboNanny 1 x Scalar Nanite 3 x Small Processor §315
  • Childcare becomes the Plumbot’s first priority
  • Enables all childcare interactions, from diaper changing to playing tag.
4 Friendly Functions 3 x Small Processor 1 x Kindness Crystal §295
  • Imbues Plumbot with the Social Motive.
  • Enables friendly social interactions.
  • Plumbot takes the initiative to socialize on its own.
5 Sinister Circuits 3 x Small Processor 1 x Rage Crystal §300
  • Activates the Social Motive
  • Encourages this Bot to rebel against decent Sim society.
  • Enables a full suite of cruelty-based interactions.
5 Sense of Humor 3 x Small Processor1 x Laughter Crystal §320
  • Activates the Social meter.
  • Enables a wife range of joking interactions.
  • Introduces Plumbot to the world of professional Comedy Shows.
6 Office Drone 1 x Lepton Nanite1 x Quantum Nanite2 x Small Processor §400
  • Advances your Bot through its chosen profession.
  • Plumbots are immune to daily stress of professional life.
  • Earn Simoleons by lending your Bot to local businesses.
6 Musical Machine 1 x Caustic Nanite1 x Heisenberg Nanite2 x Small Processor §395
  • Max Music instruments skill.
  • Every song in Similization is instantly learned.
  • Plumbot takes the initiative to play music on its own.
6 Mood Adjuster 1 x Neutron Nanite1 x Any Crystal4 x Small Processor §415
  • Activates the Social meter.
  • Enables various Massage techniques (+10, 3h).
  • Equips Plumbot with experimental Mood Beam for direct emotional manipulation. (+40, 3h).
7 Solar Powered 1 x Condensor Nanite1 x Medium Processor §460
  • Replenishes Plumbot Battery Power while the Bot works.
  • Chip only functions outside, during daylight hours.
7 Capacity to Love 2 x Medium Processor 5 x 5Love Crystal §555
  • Activates the Social Motive and gives your Plumbot romantic urges.
  • Enables a full suite of interactions to express love and affection with other Plumbots.
7 RoBotany Gardener 3 x 3of Any Nanite1 x Any Crystal1 x Medium Processor §475
  • Max Gardening Skill.
  • Equips Plumbot with advances nanotech fertilizer.
  • Plumbot takes the initiative to garden on its own.
8 Limitless Learning 1 x Tunneling Nanite 3 x Medium Processor §650
  • Plumbots will learn and gain Skill levels as Sims do.
  • Dramatically accelerates Skill learning.
8 Simulated Emotions 1 x Kindness Crystal 1 x Laughter Crystal 1 x Rage Crystal §575
  • Activates the Social and Mood meters.
  • Grans access to three different Emotional Modes:Happy: +20Sad/Angry: -10.
  • Enables interactions thoroughly express any emotion at any time.
8 Algorithmic Artist 1 x Torque Nanite1 x Polar Nanite 2 x Medium Processor §680
  • Max Painting Skill.
  • Enables all Painting-related interactions and behaviors.
  • Plumbot takes the initiative to paint on its own.
9 Holo Projector 1 x Induction Nanite 2 x Medium Processor1 x Large Processor §970
  • Projects your choice of Sims from other timelines or distant worlds and socialize with them.
9 Efficient 1 x Thermo Nanite 2 x Medium Processor1 x Large Processor §1010
  • Longer battery life and decreased maintanance needs.
  • Faster Skill learning and superior Harvesting results
  • Increased performance in professional settings and Bot Competitions.
10 Sentience 1 x Uber Nanite 5 x of Any Crystal 2 x arge Processor §1615
  • Enables Fun, Social and Mood Motives.
  • Plumbot experiences Liftime Wishes and opportunities.
Components

There are 3 types of components you will need for trait chips:

Nanites

As mentioned before, nanites can be designed on the Bot Workstation. They can also be found in the wasteland in Oasis Landing. If you have enough lifetime points the Collection helper really helps!
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Crystal Flowers

In Oasis Landing you can find crystal flowers randomnly in the world, these flowers can be harnished with laughter, love, kindness, rage or be kept neutral. You can harvest them in the wild and then like a normal plants, plant them yourself in your garden.
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Processors

You can get processors by reverse engineering nanites, they come in 3 sizes: small, medium and large. I’ve found that the more expensive nanites have a bigger chance of giving you large processors, but it is still rare.2013-11-11_20-10-02

Nuts n’ Bolts Bot Emporium

As well as collecting them, you can also buy components from the Nuts n’ Bolts Bot Emporium store, so make sure to check there often and see what’s on offer!
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Building and upgrading a plumbot

Building plumbots is actually the easiest part of the plumbot skill. You need level 2 and 250 Simoleons.
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Then you go into create a bot and let your imagination go wild! Once you have a plumbot you can upgrade it with trait chips (up to 7 in total, once you Sim is on level 10 of bot building) and upgrade the quality of the bot.
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Selling plumbots

After you build your plumbot you can sell it. The more trait chips and the higher level quality it has, the more it is worth! You can sell the bot in the Nuts n’ Bolts Bot Emporium by clicking on this Plumbot Stand. It is quite sad to sell your plumbot, they wave sadly at you. So be sure before you sell them!
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Self Employed Career

This skill comes with a self-employed career, the goal is to make money by selling trait chips and/or plumbots. How much a Plumbot sells for depends on the quality level and the trait chips. The base value of every Plumbot is 250 with 3 traitslots, every traitslots adds 50 to this value. The quality of the Plumbot is like a multiplier of this value. The follow table explains it:

Quality Base Value Multiplier
1: Fragile §225 0.9
2: Duct Taped §238 0.95
3: Weak §250 1.0
4: Average §263 1.05
5: Decent §345 (With 4 Trait Slots so (250+50)*1.15) 1.15
6: Awesome §360 1.2
7: Fantastic §455 (With 5 Trait Slots so (250+100)*1.3) 1.3
8: High Tech §490 1.4
9: Next Gen §580 (With 6 Trait Slots so (250+150)*1.45) 1.45
10: Future Tech §675 (With 7 Trait Slots so (250+200)*1.5) 1.5

Traitchips increase the value of your bot, the traitchip table earlier shows the value of each trait chip.

A Quality 10 Plumbot with these Traitchips: Sentience, Efficient, Holo Projector, Algorithmic Artist, Limitless Learning, Simulated Emotions and Capacity to Love will sell for roughly:

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Complete BotBuilding Skill Information
Level Unlocked Skill Trait Chip Designs
0
  • Design Nanites
  • Create Nanites
  • Tune Up Plumbot
  • Adjust Trait Chips
1
  • Design Trait Chips
  • Competent Cleaner
2
  • Create Plumbot
  • Handibot
  • A.I. Angler
3
  • Reverse Engineer Nanites
  • Steel Chef
  • Fear of Humans
4
  • More income when tuning up non-Household Plumbots
  • Tune-Up on Plumbot has chance of increasing quality
  • RoboNanny
  • Friendly Functions
5
  • Upgrade Plumbot Trait Chip Slots to 4
  • New bots start with 4 Trait Chip Slots
  • Sinister Circuits
  • Sense of Humor
6
  • Tune-Up on Plumbot has more chance of increasing quality
  • Office Drone
  • Musical Machine
  • Mood Adjuster
7
  • Upgrade Plumbot Trait Chip Slots to 5
  • New bots start with 5 Trait Chip Slots
  • Solar Powered
  • Capacity to Love
  • RoBotany Gardner
8
  • Limitless Learning
  • Simulated Emotions
  • Algorithmic Artist
9
  • Upgrade Plumbot Trait Chip Slots to 6
  • New bots start with 6 Trait Chip Slots
  • Holo Projector
  • Efficient
10
  • Upgrade Plumbot Trait Chip Slots to 7
  • New bots start with 7 Trait Chip Slots
  • Sentience

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