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Life Orbs and Their Uses

There are four types of Life Orb -- Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. They are obtained as your Sim dies, if they have successfully completed one of their Life Goals. Once you have completed the required missions to mature your game to the point at which Life spans are active, the Life Orb process is active.

(a) Each Sim is now born with a Life Goal Meter that runs from 2013% to 100% - you will know that the system has been fully enabled in your game when during the creation process your Sim is given a Personality. The new personality system is an integral part of the Orb System.

Once the system is fully integrated into your game, the Sims that already existed will NOT have Life Goals - you will need to create a Life Goal for them. You accomplish this by using a Wardrobe: Opening the Wardrobe you will find an option to grant your Sim a Personality when they lack that stat. Once they have obtained a personality, the Life Goal / Life Dream System is activated for that Sim.

You MUST do this for each of the Sims that do not have a Personality individually before they can fully participate in that part of living!

(b) During each of the six stages of life your Sim will obtain a unique Life Goal / Life Dream. Fulfilling that Goal/Dream will add a fixed amount of percentage points to their Meter depending upon the complexity and the difficulty of that Goal/Dream. If your Sim dies without completely filling the Meter they will not receive an Orb of any type.

Your motivation is to get the meter to 100% prior to your Sim expiring. If you fill the meter, when your Sim passes away a Life Orb will spawn. When this happens you should open the Build/Buy menu, tap the Life Orb, and place it in your Inventory. You do this because a Life Orb can be used for several purposes - which we will now cover.

(c) The Life Orb and its Uses - There are three uses for Life Orbs that you have placed in your Inventory and saved at the present time...

1. Generating Income: A Life Orb can be sold from within your Inventory to create wealth. Think of that as the inheritance passed on from a Senior to their relations. It is strongly recommended that you NEVER do this. The money that you receive through selling a Life Orb is never worth the effort that went into its creation OR the potential good you can do with it by using it for one of the other two actions.

2. Life Orb Improvements: When your Sim dies and you place their Life Orb in Inventory, the next time a new Sim is born with that Personality trait -- let's say that the Sim that dies had the Geeky personality and the Infant you have created also has the Geeky personality -- you can apply the Bronze Geeky Life Orb to the new Infant Geek Sim.

After they complete their life cycle if their Meter attains 100% instead of a Bronze Geeky Orb they will drop a Silver Geeky Orb. If the Orb you fused into them at birth was a Silver Geeky Orb and they attained 100% Meter they will drop a Gold Geeky Orb upon their Death, and if it was a Gold Orb, they will drop a Platinum Geeky Orb. Simple enough.

Improving the Orbs that your Sims drop upon Death is an incredibly crucial process - because in addition to having their life genuinely mean something when they die, it also enables the third option for Orb use as we will now detail!

3. Creating Building Orbs: Your Life Orbs can also be used to create Building Orbs, which are absolutely required if you want to construct the special structures or destinations - like the Beach on Mystery Island.

Creating Building Orbs is accomplished by combining different types of Life Orbs to create the Building Orb you need for the specific project. As you already know your Sims have personalities as well as Life Goals / Life dreams. Two personalities are Geeky and Sporty. We detailed above the process for improving these Orbs, and now we will show you the Recipes you can use on your Orbs in your Inventory to accomplish specific builds:

  • Arcade Building: Combine x1 Bronze Geeky Life Orb + x1 Silver Geeky Life Orb.
  • Beach Building: Combine x2 Bronze Sporty Life Orbs + x2 Sporty Silver Life Orbs.

By working towards improving the Life Orbs your Sims create, and then by combining them to the above recipe specification, you are subsequently able to construct new destinations that are key to the new Hobbies and, eventually, to new Jobs!

This is the legacy that you create through your Sim living their life.

Notes on Orb Creation

The first Sim you successfully bring through the Life Orb process will receive a Bronze Life Orb. This is the lowest type of Life Orb.

The Bronze Orb has several uses as discussed - it can be retained in your Inventory and sold for Simoleons; it can be used to create next gen Orbs; and it can be used for creating special Building Orb Recipes for creating special buildings / destinations in your world, each of which has far-reaching Consequences and advantages.

In short the Orb system functions as both a tangible means for assigning value to your Sim life and as a means for improving both your Sim Town and Society.

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Oct 25th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
After the latest update, I can't find all my life orbs in the inventory to sell. Is it me having this problem or others as well, please fix, thank you.
ID #619578
Oct 25th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
I can't find them either!!!
ID #619667
Sep 28th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
i like the update i have no issues getting them getting the orbs. however at times it glitches and when i come back to see if my sims completed tasks they will all be stopped and i have to start over. i never had the issue prior to the update.just wish that would be fixed so i can enjoy.
ID #612321
Oct 5th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
You cant press the quit button u have to just go to your home screen without quitting the game i had the same issue but not anymore i press the home screen on my tablet all the time and my work is saved
ID #614195
Jul 22nd 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
I like the aging process. I do not get attached to sims. I think the game is now more fun.
ID #588056
Jul 8th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
ID #581734
Jun 3rd 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
Stop updating the sims game ,
Stupid life orbs , so stupid
Do you guys even check this comments ?
HELLO ! .?
ID #565101
May 11th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
I really agree with everybody the update is horrible. I hate my sims update quick and it seems all of my first sims are dying quick and I can't pursue the hobbies because they're all dying way too fast.
ID #555047
Oct 6th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
I agree not happy with the update sims die to fast and it costs LP to stop them from meeting the reaper. And you lose all they have done. Just another way for the creators to get people to spent lots of money on the app
ID #614403
May 23rd 2015 Naeyoh Avatar Naeyoh
i just found out, although im not quite sure, but if you give a platinum orb to a sim they will be stopped from aging indefinitely. Smile
ID #559968
May 9th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
I hate the new updates , can't build anything I have a lot of life orbs .
Can you please stop changing everything , this game use to be fun . Now I'm frustrated with this .
ID #553750
May 2nd 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
Hate the new update! All my main sims are dying because they aree turning to seniors one by one! :(
ID #550999
Apr 24th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
I have plenty of orbs to build things iat the fair. But it won't let me click the sliver orbs to build it...? Does anyone else have this problem? and if not how do I fix it?
ID #547398
Apr 29th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
Me to. but i have brons ones and cant use them
ID #549386
Apr 23rd 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
Next update idea for the EA genius: pets will die, so you keep on buying them. Houses will rot so you have to tear down and spend more money building again😡
ID #546794
Apr 17th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
I HATE that Sims now age and die! Part of the appeal of this game to me was designing a beautiful world to escape to with gorgeous houses and beautiful, healthy young people.
Also - it is a bait and switch rip off to spend money on a cute toddler to later have it age. If I wanted something else I wouldn't have spent the money on a toddler! It feels like having a piece of my property- something I bought and paid for- stolen!
Whoever thought of this- it is a TERRIBLE idea! Everyone hates it!
This game used to be fun, peaceful and enjoyable. Not anymore. Now it is stressful.
So disappointing. I sure hope you listen to your game base!
ID #543984
Mar 30th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
We should boycott the sims freeplay: tell everybody to stop playing and stop buying so they can fix it. No more dying sims! No more auto aging!!!
ID #535410
Jul 7th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
Some people like this feature. Including me. Creating new sims and saying goodbye to the old keeps the game fresh.
ID #581054
Aug 16th 2015 Fredah66 Avatar Fredah66
How do you build new ones? I'm down to 11/32 and can't even create or buy a baby much less get orbs to build
ID #598835
Mar 21st 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
How to purchase or build with the life orbs such as the carnival or the pet playground.
ID #531499
Mar 3rd 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
The last time I played was 2013 since they implying new system of aging and dying I stop looking at it
Yesterday I checked on it again coz I miss them so much I don't want them to die :'(
Put so much effort working on all of my sims and we are talking numbers here okay not just one
Why you have to turn the game so evil not fun to play anymore hate it!!
ID #523897
Mar 2nd 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
I hate the aging update, because I had to use LPs to keep them from turning into seniors. Seriously, wtf.

But what I did to make it seem less horrible is that I created 4 sims not based on my own family and friends, whose sole purpose is to create and improve orbs. This way, I won't care if what they do all they long is fulfill their life dreams. When they die I just create more useless sims and pass on their orbs.

It's a lot of work but so far after a week or so, I got 2 platinum orbs out of it which I gave to my character and that of my husband. Made us immortal again! Smile

I'm very close to obtaining 2 more platinum orbs so I'm slowly getting back to the way the game used to be: endless fun.
ID #523483
Feb 25th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
I am now spending more time on trying to up the life orbs and completing them that there is no time left to give the sims hobbies or spend time doing much else. Hate how the sims life span is so quick. I hardly know who each sim is anymore.
ID #520927
Feb 12th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
Why did they make this update? I haven't gotten to the life dreams and legacies quest yet (I'm on the bird feeding quest. So I have to just do that and the quilt making quest before it) but I don't want to do that quest. At the same time, I really would like the public beach, carnival, etc. I have become attached to my sims and I don't want to lose them...
ID #515071
Jan 27th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
The game is really bad not the orbs are there everything takes to long and had just made it to boring for me you go through so many sims as they keep dieing which makes you loose interest I'm going to stop playing just to boring for me now.
ID #508045
Jan 25th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
It takes to long to complete the goals . If I wasn't retired I would not be able to complete the goals to earn the orbs. I to do not like that my sims have to die. You have us to make families, even though this is a game, you become attached. I think it is barbaric and vulgar that you require them to die and we have to watch. The continueous dieing of my sims has began to desensitize my feelings towards the sims. The game is not as much fun and I find myself not wanting to play it as much.
ID #507338
Jan 24th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
new update sims not nice n so bad. my sims keep dying. and i dont know how to earn silver life orb.
ID #506248
Jan 17th 2015 Guest AvatarGuest
My poor sims are dying 💔 I've been playing this game for 2 years and all my original sims are dying. Some of their children and becoming seniors before them. I hate it!
ID #502732
Nov 24th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
I really liked this game until my sims started dying off now just waiting for all to die and start again with the other sims I have to build just making sims plant and make money don't really like the new up grade they can't go to night club or restaurant because they work on orbs all the time
ID #475903
Nov 24th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
This game used to be's become too complicated, too much going on to concentrate on or grasp concepts! I've found myself not playing it hardly at all
ID #475892
Nov 19th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
So mad Simsfreeplay just did some dumb time laps a 13hr goal I was doing I have to do again but did it stop the goal clock NO I think it speed it up early this morning it was at 5days to 4days at bedtime
ID #473828
Nov 19th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
So mad Simsfreeplay just did some dumb time laps a 13hr goal I was doing I have to do again but did it stop the goal clock NO I think it speed it up early this morning it was at 5days to 4days at bedtime WTF....
ID #473827
Nov 17th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
I think it is important to mention that 1 platinum orb will give 1 sim immortality. Personally, I would have no interest in this game if I could not keep sims I have grown attached to. A revolving door of sims is not appealing, but I am willing to deal with it AS LONG AS I can keep a few (or in my case, my 1st 8 lol) sims in the adult stage. It's going to take some time to get 8 platinum orbs but I am up for the challenge. Until then, I am using LP's to keep them young. And those things don't come easy!
ID #472864
Nov 15th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
I would like the beach and stuff, but I really don't want my sim to die. The only way I think I should stop the prosses is to just not update.... That although would be terrible... I know it's just a game,but it kinda matters to me.
ID #472018
Oct 31st 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
Gutted they kill of my sims paid in excess of £200 on this game total rip off. RUINED!
ID #465333
Oct 22nd 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
I think what people have to remember when playing the Sims, is that it is trying to teach us all something - how to care for one another. It might only be a game, but the basic systems that are in place - going to the toilet, for example, state this isn't an ordinary one ! I think the Life Orbs are a good thing, and it will hopefully teach players young and old that a life is a precious thing and that we should cherish our own and of others around us !
ID #461705
Oct 8th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
Hi bought toddler gave it platinum orb still aged to preteen activated orb but now it wants to age to teenager used lp to buy time to get answer, can any one help ?
ID #456262
Sep 25th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
I have a bronze orb which is just hovering where the sim died! I don't want to pass it on, I want to add it to a building but there is nowhere to so this. How so I store this until, I want to use it, please?
ID #451638
Sep 25th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
Help bought toddler gave it a platinum life orb thought it would stay that age now says age or 3lps help,
ID #451587
Sep 25th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
Can i give a silver life orb to a toddler?
ID #451506
Sep 24th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
I need to figure out how to engineer trains using a train set for an orb goal
ID #451278
Sep 20th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
I really don't like that my sims have to die for these orbs. Attach to personally being complete. This sucks. I will stop playing it was fun..
ID #449844
Sep 17th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
I am attached to my sims, now your letting them die.... Oh my!!!
ID #448982
Sep 17th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
Hate it when my sim get old and die! To earn orbs a sim has to die..... What?????!!!!! Arggg!!!,!
ID #448981
Sep 16th 2014 CMBF Avatar CMBF
Obtaining Life Orbs

The Life Orbs are obtained by completing the related quests that become part of the game once the timers kick in (at quest 7 or 8 in the Life Dreams & Legacies Expansion).

Once we have our game squared away and begin that part of the campaign we will be providing detailed instructions, hints, tips, and where possible, ways to cheat the game out of time.
ID #448587
Sep 16th 2014 CMBF Avatar CMBF
Using Life Orbs

It is our understanding that to use the life orbs the sim does actually need to die. We have not yet reached that stage in the game because, when the LD&L Expansion was added and we fully grasped what it meant we froze all forward progress in our game at the first quest in the LD&L Expansion.

We did this so that we could complete ALL of the previous content fully without having to worry about our Sims dying. We also intend to use the hobby collections system to bank a huge about of LP and SP since, after the timers are added to the game, that will no longer be an option since grinding LP/SP is not worth killing a Sim over...
ID #448585
Sep 16th 2014 CMBF Avatar CMBF
Letting Sims Die?

It is not so much that you want them to die as it is that death has been made one of the mechanics in the game, having each life stage get timers.

Clearly the wizards behind this game misunderstood the nature of player attachment to their Sims - that is clear because they thought nobody would mind this horrible part of game play!

On the other hand it is the only way to earn Life Orbs, and those are needed to build key buildings and destinations (like the beach) in the game, so...
ID #448584
Sep 14th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
My life orbs are showing up when I try to build somthing but won't let me click on them to use them do my old sims have to die first or what to use the life orb?
ID #447656
Sep 7th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
After we make our sims into seniors they are instantly aging? & why would we want to let them die?
ID #445630
Sep 7th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
my question is how do i get a new life orb? i need one more bronze orb to build the carnival and every time i create a new infant it gives me previous orbs for them to use instead of giving them a new one.. does anyone know how to do that?
ID #445610
Sep 1st 2014 CMBF Avatar CMBF
Right now we are deficient in that area because we are working towards getting all of the labor-intensive stuff done including maxing out the horse related hobbies BEFORE we trigger the finite lifespan timers.

So you will have to be patient while we catch up to that point - we need to get the other stuff done first and it is time-sucking :(
ID #443222
Aug 30th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
Where do I find the orb inventory????
ID #442340
Jul 14th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
Put it in your inventory.
ID #418579
Jun 13th 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
May I know how to save the orb instead of passing or use
ID #398837
Jun 2nd 2014 Guest AvatarGuest
If you give a platinum orb to a sim as their personality does it pause their aging? Or do you have to specifically press pause age and use the orb for that. If its the latter can you still give them a personality?
ID #392676
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