The Sims 3 Walkthrough and Guide

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The Sims 3 Guide - Sunset Valley


Here are some hints, tips and secrets that you may not otherwise have known about Sunset Valley.

Graveyard secrets: At the Pleasant Rest Graveyard, there is plenty to see and do.

Firstly, the catacombs underneath the lot is filled with ghosts, ghouls and is not for the faint-hearted Sim. Still worth a visit though! You may also come across a Mysterious Mr. Gnome! You also get some great items from it, and some humorous choices to make in the meantime.

If you turn up at night, ghosts will be roaming the graveyard. You can move gravestones from where a Sim dies, such as a family member in your house, to the Pleasant Rest Graveyard to stop them from pestering your Sims at home (and messing up your appliances!). You can then visit them there. Look out for the graves of Sims you once knew in the cemetery, and their ghosts! Some Sims have a desire to see a ghost.

Entering the catacombs at the graveyard. You'll have to find out what happens inside for yourself!

Use the Papyrus Memorial Library to learn as well as relax. In addition to all the educational books, there is also a computer and the slightly less education play room mentioned above.

If you follow the military career, you receive special interactions with Fort Gnome Military Base. You can also show dates and friends around, which may or may not impress them.

If you follow the criminal career line, your house will never be robbed.

On the beach, Sims can interact with the icebox to serve food and drinks to friends.

Start a beach party!

Sunset Valley contains many collectibles, in addition to all the books, household objects and other items more closely associated with everyday life. These include the Robot Fish and Vampire Fish, as well as the iconic Mysterious Mr. Gnomes. More details on possible locations for these are below.


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this is very helpful

Added 22nd Nov 2015, ID #627590

Thanks for the help it's very helpful and works whoooo!!

Added 10th Nov 2015, ID #623917

Actually I catched a Gnome while I was catching for fishes. What the hell does the Gnome is used for?

Added 20th May 2015, ID #558722

Its 'caught', not 'catched'!!!!!!!!

Added 5th Jun 2015, ID #565935

nobody cares

Added 17th Oct 2015, ID #617438

i dont really think if he/she said catched matters; i think he/she only wanted an answer

Added 12th Jul 2015, ID #583297

Do yall know how to get in the cave with the boards over it?

Added 25th Dec 2014, ID #490029

Isn't that Sims 4?

Added 1st Jul 2015, ID #578403

you can't

Added 10th May 2015, ID #554384

Is there a way to change your sims skill level? Like from 1 to 10 or something? Thanks

Added 23rd Nov 2014, ID #475389

Unfortunately no :( I know there are some mods that may allow it but I've searched everywhere for cheats.

Added 19th Apr 2015, ID #545153

Yes there is a mod you would have to use: Nraas Mastercontroller. With this installed you click on the sim then select "advanced", then from the next menu that pops up select "skills". You can now select one or more skills to change levels.

Added 7th Jun 2015, ID #566909

[spoiler][/spoiler] look up on youtube realestate cheat for sims 3. Im pretty sure it works its when you get a free house. But, first you have to have on 'teatsunabledtrue' onthen pick a house. Hope it works good luck guys!

Added 21st Sep 2014, ID #450586

Go to the appliance section then pick the tri forge stove...keep cooking till you reach 10...Your SIM will get tired but BUY the best coffee maker ( small appliance) espresso xti_french beverage on to maker and choose make beverages....saves time....I always play on puppet. .that way you have full control of you SIM....when you reach level 10 Go to the bookstore....choose the bakers hat and buy recipe books and learn all the recipes....if you want a great fridge.. after learning all recipes....join the cooking or culinary career at either CHEZ FRANCOIS or RUSTIC CRUST BAKERY.....IF YOU DONT HAVE money to buy the will take longer....but make friends with Cevin and Vasquez..can't remember her fist with both in mornings and evenings and SHARE COOKING SECRETS. Found in the social content...

Added 17th Sep 2014, ID #448869

You mostly get the mysterious gnome by fishing..I've found him mostly at the fishing pond across the street from penny and Trevor house(usually one of the first houses you can purchase at the start of the game) or the funshi garden pond...usually the better Fisherman you are the better....I've used him around the house but haven't noticed anything but him changing locations...if you put him in the barhroom for decorations. .. for may find him in the kitchen or outside...

Added 17th Sep 2014, ID #448860

Up on the top it says you can find the mysterious Mr. Gnome does anyone know what he does or were you find him????????????? Please help

Added 17th Jul 2014, ID #420335

Actually u still can be robbed if u r in the criminal career, once my sim robbed his own house at work!

Added 20th Apr 2014, ID #376822

Money tree: crtl+shift+c -> "testingcheatsenabled true" -> enter
Next, ctrl+shift+c -> "buydebug" -> enter
Look through all the categorys and voila!

Celebrity(expansion Late Night)
ctrl+shift+c -> "testingcheatsenabled true" -> enter
Next, shift+click on the person u wanna make famous
Next, choose celebrity
Next, choose something like starpoints
Next, type in "500"

Added 29th Jan 2014, ID #349525

Thanks for all these helpful cheats and comments! you have really made my little sister happy! is there and one that knows how to get to the top of a skill like cooking or guitar? it would really help! thanx !

Added 27th Jan 2014, ID #348808

There is no cheat for that but many of this skill can easily get full skill by using Cerebralizing Brain Enchancing Machine 2.0 if you got The Sims 3 University Life.. Hope i help btw there a still some skills you got to do it Yourself

Added 4th Jun 2015, ID #565363

im pretty sure I just killed my sim in the catacombs she hasn't come out and they keep yelling turn back !!!!

Added 27th Nov 2013, ID #322485

if u guys want LOSTS life time happiness? then all u gotta do is go 2 main menu type, in "testingcheatsenabled true" and then choose your family and then go to ur sims life time happiness pannel and you you see a small tresure chest and the number of life time happiness points that u have. hold ctrl and then press inbetween the tresure chest and the number and TADA!!! you get 500 happiness points!!! (u can click as much as u like!)

Added 15th Sep 2013, ID #309766

I know a secret / easter egg if you go into music = pop = cody simpson there if you make it go backwards it says all the words

Added 29th Aug 2013, ID #307331

If you want to pick the gender of a baby before its born have your pregnant sim eat 3 apples for a boy or 3 watermelons for a girl. Also without using cheats you can still force twins- listen to the kids music and watch cartoons in the same room with a pregnant sim. I'm not sure exactly how long it takes but I usually do it for a long while.

Added 7th Jul 2013, ID #295536

If you really want a lot of money type familyfunds (space) your families last name (space) then the amount of money you want then you get that amount. Highest it goes up to is 999,999,999,999. P.S only works if you have the cheat testingcheatsenabled true on.

Added 2nd Mar 2013, ID #260239

I was honestly looking for a guide of Sunset valleys story secret. like the little story it talks about when you start a new game? yeah. I already knew ALL this stuff from other guides. Maybe you should find out the STORY secret. Not the exploration "secrets". Please. That would REALLY be great.

Added 30th Dec 2012, ID #232004

Some of the cheats I know are:
allskill- makes your cooking skill level 10
CareerBungee- gives you careers such as teacher, firefighter etc
I haven't tried them because my mom took my laptop
Hope these work!!!!! ;)

Added 24th Aug 2012, ID #179594

i love this so much and i have the sims 3 showtime .

Added 15th Aug 2012, ID #176198

to move up stairs in sims 3 pets xbox press the back bottons

Added 16th Jul 2012, ID #164996

a secret to get ur dog or cat posess and make only him or her like you well first adopt a kid a todler and then posses the cat or dog then kill the tolder like make her or him starve to death then there you goo!

Added 16th Jul 2012, ID #164992

How do u get to family inventory and how do u the stuff above? -sk8r

Added 16th Jul 2012, ID #164838

When I first enter Sunset Valley, but before I choose my family, I do Ctrl*Shift*C to get the cheat box. Next I enter "testingcheatsenabled true" and press enter. Then I load the family I want to play. As soon as my family is loaded I use Ctrl*Shift*C to get another cheat box, then I type whatever cheat I want, for example I may type "familyfunds Goth 10000000" when I press enter the Goth family is $10,000,000 richer. Or I'll type "unlockoutfits on" and I have access to all my old work clothes. Or I type "moveobjects on" and I can combine a floor lamp and an end table to make an old fashioned lamp table like my Grandma used to have. The possibilities are endless. Since all the kids either tire easily, or they have a curfew to consider, I make a divided pond (one for fresh water and one for saltwater) in my yard, then I use the "buydebug" cheat and place the rarest fresh and saltwater fish in my ponds. I also put the rarest insects, gems, metals and plants around my yard. To help all my Sims progress faster, I click on the mailbox then choose the "make everyone happy" option. The kids can fish or paint or play all night if they want and still be fresh and happy for school the next day. For all my rich Sims I place my alarms on the corners of the outside of my house, or on a gatepost so criminals may come by but they never get farther than the front door or the foyer of my home. Since I began taking these precautions I've never been robbed despite numerous attempts. I hope I've been able to help someone with these tips. If not, please accept my apologies.

Added 15th Jul 2012, ID #164531

For the girl who cant prepare meals if u have overhead cabinets try taking them down and try again it might help but im not completly sure. -Sk8r

Added 15th Jul 2012, ID #164444

For more money u can also do ctrl-shift-c then type in kaching it gives you a little money and if u just wanna have fun do ctrl-shift-c then type in jokeplease in the box and it will give you a joke. Also is the rock with the alien drawing in sunset valley or riverview? By the way riverview is free.
- Sk8r

Added 15th Jul 2012, ID #164423

Hey DeadlyGirl again
The rock w/ alien drawings is high up from the graveyard, just look for a Stonehenge -DeadlyGirl

Added 12th Jun 2012, ID #151877


It's a llama in the cave! the cave is above the graveyard.
Source: Me playing

P.s that's not all the secrets


Added 12th Jun 2012, ID #151873

90 mill richh ha five ridez nd a three story custom house

Added 1st Jun 2012, ID #147520

Hey where is the ancient rock with alien drwings on it? I cannot find it anywhere! Someone pppllleeeaaassseee help me!!!! BTW: I love this game!!!

Added 21st May 2012, ID #144140

Dang,right now mom is taking up the game, haunt played it all day!

Added 13th May 2012, ID #141905

this game is awsome

Added 29th Apr 2012, ID #137988

Hello! by any chance does anyone know where i can find a rainbow Gem in Appaloosa Plains, i looked everywhere but still couldn't find it :( i even looked behind the junkyard! please help, thanks.. xx

Added 14th Apr 2012, ID #133412

Do you know how to find a spotted simax on sims 3 pets? I really want to know!!!!

Added 11th Apr 2012, ID #132204

Thanks guys, this was helpful in some ways i guess, just in case some of you dont or may not know that when you use the cheat "testingcheatsenabled true" if you hold shift and click on for example the mail box you'll get alot of different objects. you can also hold shift and then click on one of ur sims to change their traits or even what music they like, or make them older.

Added 6th Apr 2012, ID #129962

ctrl + shift + C then type: motherlode

open cheat box again and type: rosebud;!;!;!;!;!;!;! (instead of getting 50 or 1 thou. at a time this will give more LOTS MORE $$. just make sure that you end it with a !

Added 30th Jan 2012, ID #110903


Added 29th Dec 2011, ID #100389

if you want to be a celebrity in bridgeport press ctrl+shift+c all in the same time and type in testingcheatsenabled on and press enter. once you did that holde shift while clicking your mailbox and press make me know everyone and once you did that go to you relationships and find a person that is a celebrity and drag its friend status to bestfriend the highest friend capacity.......

Added 29th Dec 2011, ID #100373

The sims not being robbed if one is in the criminal career path is inaccurate; I have had sims houses robbed when a member of the household has been in that career path.

Added 21st Nov 2011, ID #89141


Added 14th Nov 2011, ID #87454


Added 12th Nov 2011, ID #86793

Hello! [img][/img] kitten

Added 22nd Aug 2011, ID #69265

Motherlode will give you 50'000 simlones (Really good if ur goal is swimming in cash and stuff )

Added 6th Aug 2011, ID #64519

Press shift and click somewhere and choose teleport it looks cool

Added 13th Jul 2011, ID #57543

Ive gotten robbed as a criminal, it happened when i was robbing someone else haha

Added 11th Jul 2011, ID #56906

where is the ancient rock w/ alien? iv searched everywere

Added 8th Jun 2011, ID #47820

how do i make a moneytree?

Added 2nd May 2011, ID #41091

ok, if you have sims3 for wii here is an easy trick for LOTS AND I MEAN LOTSSSSSSSS OF MONEY AND I GARUNTEEEE 100000000%!!! you go to the super market and buy EXACTLY 54 then go home and put them in the frige.wait a couple mins.(secs. in sim world)and then take them out sell themat the store it wount really max out ur money but you wont need a job anymore!!!

Added 25th Apr 2011, ID #39745

unlockoutfits on: will unlock outfits such as maid, cheerleader and all career outfits.
buydebug: unlocks really cool objects (you can spawn fish, gems, plants and much more!)

Added 22nd Apr 2011, ID #38862

Your house can still be robbed if you are in the criminal career track. Mine was.

Added 2nd Apr 2011, ID #35421