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The Sims Medieval Basics: Traits, Flaws, Tips, and Cheats

Traits and Fatal Flaws

Traits are nothing new for a Sims game. The two that you choose shape your Sim’s personality, determine their affinity towards certain quests, and ultimately determine whether or not you’re a match for that flirty house servant who comes every night to empty your wooden poo bucket. Performing actions in-line with your Sim’s traits will help your focus, while doing the opposite may hurt it. While all traits have a slight downside to them, there isn’t one that is inherently better than another. Remember, you’ll be creating additional heroes once you have the resources to expand your kingdom, so don’t be afraid to mix it up.

Fatal Flaws on the other hand - as their doubly negative name suggests - feature no upside whatsoever. Consider them entertaining handicaps, designed to stop your Sim from becoming a golden god too quickly. Thankfully you’re only forced to have one, and the choice is all yours.

 

Traits

Adventurous

Fairly self-explanatory in a game with a medieval theme. Sims with this trait love to slay dragons, venture far and wide, and generally try to assume the Captain Morgan pose whenever possible. You’ll get large focus boosts from going on adventures (something exclusive to this trait) in the forest or at the docks, but be careful - attempting such with a low focus bar may result in an injury, which hampers your meter for long after the deed is done. This trait conflicts with the Cowardly fatal flaw.


Chivalrous
This trait, while designed with the pure-hearted in mind, makes nighttime naughtiness a lot easier. Your Sim will be able to woo other characters extremely quickly, but things get tricky once you’re in a relationship. Make sure your partner’s toothbrush is out of the house before setting your sights on another, or face a serious hit to your focus. Chivalrous Sims also gain focus by making donations.

Creative Cook
Before microwaves and fridges, Sims spent a good portion of their day at the cauldron. A Sim with this trait will prepare food quicker, and their meals give off the “Delicious” focus buff when eaten. Additionally, these Sims actually benefit from eating Gruel, an action that normally lower focus. There’s no trait-specific way to lose focus with Creative Cook. Bam

Dedicated
This trait can be a lot of work, as you’ll usually be saddled with a third daily responsibility after finishing your standard two. The upside is an additional opportunity to gain focus from this extra task. Just make sure not to choose this trait lightly, as a failed responsibility is very bad for your focus. 

Earthy
Turns your Sim into a hippie. Spending a lot of time outside will give you the One With Nature buff and boost your focus. Alternatively, staying indoors for an extended period of time will have the opposite effect. Sims with this trait are better at finding rare herbs, and benefit from wearing green or brown.

Eloquent
Sims with this trait can use their silver tongues to open up lots of new social interactions. It’s a great way to make friends quickly, and your rhetorical powers can actually boost the focus of anyone listening. This trait conflicts with the Uncouth fatal flaw.

Evil

Above: Though it looks like he’s pummeling this woman’s face, Lord Matthias is only emotionally abusive

This turns your Sim into a genuine ass. The trait doesn’t allow your Sim to hurt anyone per se, but you can choose to laugh at Sims who are already experiencing a negative status. This will give you the “Fiendishly Delighted” buff, and a focus boost. Other than that, there’s not much to get out of this trait. Evil obviously conflicts with good.  

Excitable
No, not that kind of excitable. Sims with this trait experience the “Excited” buff after accomplishing many different tasks including winning duels or succeeding at gambling. This is an excellent trait to choose, as it has no downside and tasks you’d normally complete anyway will give you extra focus. This trait conflicts with the Morose fatal flaw.

Friendly
This trait is more for those interested in innocent friendships than countless one night stands, though it certainly doesn’t hurt your chances at achieving the latter. This trait allows you to earn friendships more easily with an increased number of conversational choices, and you’ll suffer less if you ignore your social needs. This trait conflicts with the Solitary trait and Misanthrope fatal flaw.

Fun-Loving
If left alone, Sims with this trait tend to go after the “fun” activities like Kingball and gambling. If you have enough fun over a short period of time, you’ll earn a huge focus boost. 

Good 
Sims with this trait have numerous opportunities to earn focus buffs. “Brightened Day” is earned by being nice to other Sims, “Comforted” is earned by lifting the spirits of sad Sims, and “Charitable” is earned by donating to the poor. Good conflicts with the evil trait.

Greedy
This trait isn’t as bad as it sounds - it just means your Sim really loves money. Making a lot of Simoles per day will give you a large focus boost, but having a low bank balance will actually lower your focus. If that’s the case, greedy Sims can borrow money from others without ever paying them back.

Haggler
A good trait for those who bend over in the parking lot every time they see a simole. You’ll receive discounts from vendors and earn a focus buff when you do. If you’re playing as a vendor, you’ll also receive more money for your goods.  

Hopeful Orphan
This is an odd buff with a very specific pay off. Sims with this trait are able to ask others about their parents for a small focus boost. Every now and then the Sim you’re speaking too will have a letter from your parents. Reading said letter will give you a large buff. There’s no downside to this trait, other than the fact that well, you’re an orphan... This trait conflicts with the Whale Ate My Parents trait.

Jokester
Above: Ironically, the jester in the background is studying while King Matthias makes an ass of himself

This trait gives your Sim additional conversation options that can raise your friendship meter quicker than normal. You can actually raise the focus of other Sims by telling them jokes. Conflicts with the Fatal Flaw Morose.

Loves Family 
To get the most out of this trait, you’ll obviously need a family, which is something you don’t have right out of the gate. You’ll get extra conversation options when talking to your family members that increase your focus when chosen. This is a trait for those planning ahead.

Scholarly
People who love to click on everything in a Sims game should definitely go for this. Sims with this trait will often get a focus boost just from examining objects around them. They also have a good chance of getting a focus boost after reading a book.

Solitary
The Sims games usually involve interacting with other Sims, but if you prefer to keep that to a minimum, this trait is for you. You’ll actually earn a focus boost by staying away from other Sims, and suffer a drop in focus when surrounded by others. Taking on quests alone (which is common) will earn you the “I Can Do It On My Own” focus buff. This trait conflicts with the Friendly trait.

Unkempt
If you’re one of those that think just dealing with hunger and energy is still too much of a bother, this one’s for you. Sims with this trait don’t care for doing things like taking baths, and will gain focus if they stay dirty. You’ll also be able to eat spoiled food (and usually gain focus in the process), and sleep on the ground like a hobo. This trait conflicts with the Vain trait.

Vain

If you have this trait, all you’ll need to do for a focus boost is look into a mirror. It’s a quick and easy way to keep your focus up, so don’t be afraid to simply buy a ton of mirrors and put them wherever you can. This trait conflicts with the Unkempt trait.

Whale Ate My Parents
What is clearly the most “wtf?” trait on this list is also one of the most interesting and fun. Sims with this trait can (and should) go on whale hunts via the docks. Doing so will earn you the “Whale Rage Satisfied” focus buff, as well as provide you with a load of valuable and tasty whale meat. Unfortunately your whale rage can bring you down too, so make sure to go on hunts every now and then. This trait conflicts with the Hopeful Orphan trait.

4 comments

  • Auron - April 10, 2011 1:27 p.m.

    To those who currently play; I suggest giving your witch/wizard the "insomniac" fatal flaw, as they only need to meditate to regain energy.(which is a faster way than sleeping anyway)
  • SpaceOdysseus - April 10, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    my name is Mathias and I'm personally honored to share the name of you king, but i must wonder why you didn't call him the king of names.
  • Apocalypse265 - April 9, 2011 4:07 a.m.

    I'm going to get this game for the "Whale ate my parents" part alone. Those bastards of the sea...
  • fffanatic1 - April 9, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    I've never really cared for the Sims, but this one sounds pretty sweet.

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