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The Sims 3 Ambitions Traits Guide

Updated on June 4, 2010
It is the traits that maketh the artist...
It is the traits that maketh the artist...

The Sims 3 Ambitions comes with a boat load (and when I say 'boat load' I clearly mean a very small boat only capable of holding 6 things, because there are just 6 new traits) of new traits, which is brilliant, because one of the more amusing aspects of playing The Sims 3 is breeding your sims as if they're pedigree rats, and additional traits add additional variety to your genetic experimentation.

Most of the traits in The Sims 3 Ambitions relate to the new careers, which makes sense, some of them are great new additions that will affect play outside the work – a -day world, others are very profession specific and therefore good to choose if you're trying to play the game it was meant to be played (ie, you're not cheating your way though careers.)

Here are the new traits and what they do:

Born Salesman

Born salesmen sell their wares for more than normal sims and quickly build good reputations at the Consignment Store .


Everyday situations gain dramatic results from dramatic sims. At this point in the gaming experience, it is hard to tell how this trait differs from the excitable trait, but I'm guaranteeing it involves some amusing sim sounds and weird facial expressions.


An important trait for inventor sims, the 'Eccentric' trait boosts abilities in the field of building gizmos and whatchamacallits.

Eco- Friendly Sims

Your sims may not board a Japanese Whaling Boat and tell its captain that he's under citizen's arrest, but they will recycle, conserve energy, and 'live green'. (Which is a great deal easier in a world powered by electricity from another dimension.)


Perceptive sims are good at perceiving things and therefore make excellent detectives. An important trait to choose if you want your sim to be any good at the investigator career.

Savvy Sculptor

Much as it sounds, savvy sculptors are good at sculpting. Ye gods, its like the Sims developers weren't even trying when they came up with that one.

Traits, is that all?

No, of course it is not all! The new traits come with new career options, which I will elaborate on in later hubs, but which include 'Firefighter Super Hero' , 'Pervasive Private Eye' (Pervasive? Really? Did they have to stretch that far to find a decent alliterative word?) and Monster Maker, to name but three.

As I mentioned earlier, these new traits really are a grab bag of traits that affect a sim's personal and professional life, and for those of us who have been playing The Sims 3 since it first came out, this new variety is sure to spice up the game a great deal.


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