Author: Playalot

Around the World of Glimmerbrook

The first neighborhood you will load into is Glimmerbrook. It has five lots. Four residential including one starter home and one empty lot with the fifth lot being a community lot or venue, which is a bar. Glimmerbrook also has the Portal to the Realm of Magic where your Sim will find the Sages.

Glimmerbrook

The neighborhood of Glimmerbrook is pretty enough, it has a stream running through it with two fishing spots and a little crossing where your sim will run through the shallows to continue along the path towards the next lot.

Your sim will find frog logs, dig sites and plants to harvest in Glimmerbrook so it is relatively easy to get started on gathering potential ingredients for potion making here. There are two pre-made households in residence that are Spellcasters so your Sim will always be able to find someone to duel with.

Unless your sim is already a Spellcaster they will need to travel through the Portal to get to the Magic Realm. Newly made Spellcasters can use the Glimmerstone in their personal inventories to travel directly there via a loading screen. Just click on the Glimmerstone to access the travel options.

Once in the Magical Realm you will want to look around the Magic HQ building and locate the three Sages to begin your Sim’s journey into the life of a powerful Spellcaster. This is as simple as introducing your Sim to a Sage and ‘Ask How to Use Magic’. Your sim can also go fishing, frog collecting or harvest wild plants here, but there are other places to look at too.

Magic Realm

In Caster’s Alley you will find the three magical vendors where you can buy Familiars, wands, brooms/mops, tomes, potions and potion ingredients (frogs, crystals, fish, harvestables including the Death Flower and metals). Due to being able to purchase both the Death Flower and Angelfish in Caster’s Alley making ambrosia is now a very easy and quick task.

Caster’s Alley

The Collecting Area is a small island with a pretty glasshouse looking backdrop that has one fishing spot, some frog logs, wild plants including the new mandrake and valerian plants and some dig sites. So it is useful to a small degree if you are going to grind for potion ingredients.

Collecting Area

The Dueling Grounds is another little floating magical island where Sims will automatically path to in order to have a magic duel or you can choose for your sim to go there and have a duel with a nearby Spellcaster. It has a couple of benches that I guess your Sim could nap on or sit and chat with another sim once the duel is over.

There aren’t many new places to know about in Realm of Magic. This about covers them all, but now you should have a firm understanding of the lay of the land, and after reading this introduction you will know where your sims need to go to do what you want them to do. Happy casting!

Other Realm of Magic Guides

Feeding Sims and How to Best Manage Hunger During Pregnancy

The Gourmet Cooking skill is the answer. Seriously. You know, that skill that you never have your sims learn because who can be bothered, right? Well, turns out is more useful than you probably think. Specifically, the Epic Meal moodlet that unlocks at L7 of the Gourmet Cooking skill.

The Epic Meal moodlet reduces hunger decline by 20% for the duration of the moodlet which makes a noticeable difference. Basically, it means that Hunger hardly decreases at all for that 6 hours that the Epic Meal moodlet lasts. So, your sims stay full with an almost nonexistent hunger decline for 6 hours. That’s 6 hours of being full and with the added bonus of a Happy +3 mood.

This is a huge help for sims as a normal part of your game play, good for working sims who disappear off-lot into a rabbit-hole career, great for an active career and for taking your sims out and about off the home lot as they will stay almost completely full and happy for 6 hours. Then only once the moodlet goes does their hunger start to decline at the usual rate.

The best use of this Epic Meal moodlet must be managing your pregnant sims needs. A pregnant sim will stay full for those 6 hours of the moodlets duration with only a very slight drain on the Hunger bar allowing you to manage their Bladder and Energy needs much easier.

Leveling up Gourmet Cooking skill is easy and if you do it right, it wont take much more than a sim day. To start you’ll level up the Cooking Skill to level 5 where the Gourmet Cooking skill unlocks. Do this by always choosing the highest level food type each time, using the Homey Lot Trait and by keeping your sim Very Inspired.

Easy methods for staying Very Inspired is to Cloud Gaze and then have a few seashells around the kitchen with their auras enabled. These methods are pack dependent (Outdoor Retreat and Island Living) but there are many items in the game and many other methods for getting and staying Inspired. Once your sim hits Level 7 of the Gourmet Cooking style any excellent gourmet recipe will give the Epic Food moodlet. Once your sim has the moodlet don’t eat another meal of lesser quality or the Epic Meal moodlet will go and your sims Hunger drain will start again.

How Useful Is Fruitcake?

If your sim likes Fruitcake, it is actually pretty useful. Fruitcake on the first bite gives a Happy+2 moodlet that lasts 4 hours. It only takes sims 4 bites to complete the serving making it a pretty fast meal to eat and fills around 3/4 of the Hunger bar.

The most useful feature of Fruitcake is that it never spoils and so is one of the easiest and best foods to have in a sims inventory. Perfect for eating away from the home lot. Top up your sims Hunger bar with a few harvestables and your sim will be full and Happy.

To get your sim to like Fruitcake, without cheating, is easy but can take some patience. Simply get your sims Homestyle Cooking Skill to Level 5 then the ability to cook a Gourmet meal unlocks. Fruitcake is a Level 1 recipe. With the use of the Homey Lot Trait this is easily and quickly done in your sims first day in a new save. Of course, if you save your Welcome Wagon Fruitcake then having to cook your own can wait.

Save your game before your sim takes a slice. If your sim likes Fruitcake, there’s nothing more to do so save your game to lock in the Hidden Trait of liking Fruitcake and continue playing.

If your sim does not like Fruitcake on the first taste quite without saving. Delete the localthumbcache.package file from your TheSims4 folder and hop back into your game. Repeat this until your sim receives the positive moodlet indicating that they now like Fruitcake.

If you want to use cheats to make your sim like Fruitcake. Enable ‘testingcheats on’ then type: ‘traits.equip_trait trait_hidden_likes_fruitcake’ and press enter.

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