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Investigator is a profession introduced in The Sims 3: Ambitions.

Unique among the possible careers, Investigators work freelance, having no set time or location to work. Instead, they acquire cases either by going to the police station, researching cases on a computer, or waiting for clients to call them.

Cases are solved by rummaging through mail and garbage, snooping for clues at various locations, dusting for prints, and - most importantly - talking with other Sims. However, occasionally problems in the investigation will arise. For example, it may be necessary for an investigator to pick locks in order to get inside homes to search for clues and sometimes other Sims will need to be convinced to talk, either by being befriended, being bribed, or simply by being beaten up by the investigator. Be aware that beating up other Sims make your relationship with that Sim go down, and if you do not have a high athletic skill, you might just lose the fight.

Less ethical investigators (even by investigator standards) can steal objects from locations as being "evidence," much like Sims with the Kleptomaniac trait. They can also use evidence found in mailboxes and garbage cans to blackmail other Sims, although this action is not always successful. Also, Investigators with no love for critters crawling at the outdoors can misuse their magnifying glass to fry the insects and making them explode, negligibly boosting fun for the Investigator. This can also be done at night time, strangely enough.

Successful Stakeout

A successful stakeout

Investigator Message

An example of a message given if a stakeout is successful

Investigator Sims also need to hold stakeouts. This can be done on a community lot. The Sim will pick up some bushes, and a random message will appear. Then, if the stakeout is successful, the Sim will see two other Sims exchanging something. The Sim can then go and write a report on a computer, which, in turn, will raise their career performance.

Finally, an investigator can also go to the police station to do "Low level police work" for hourly pay, with options similar to a standard career (work hard, meet coworkers, etc.).

Promotion Levels Edit

Level Name Description Work Time Compensation Performance Factors Perks
(cumulative)
1 Eavesdropper Self-motivation is second only to self-preservation in the solitary career of an Investigator. Track down criminals, solve mysteries, and keep the peace -- when Sims are down on their luck and have nowhere left to turn, they'll turn to you! If you're up for the challenge and can manage the stress, a life of intrigue awaits!
Days Off
N/A
Hours
Open
Stipend
§275/week
Promotional Bonus
None
Pension
§
Skills
Logic
Responsibilities
Cases, Stakeouts


2 Small Claims Investigator Unpaid debts and property damage may not make a splash in the headlines, but hard work and honest investigating will get the job done. With your magnifying glass no clue will be too small, so get out there and start hunting for your next lead.
Days Off
N/A
Hours
Open
Stipend
§340/week
Promotional Bonus
None
Pension
§
Skills
Logic
Responsibilities
Cases, Stakeouts
Magnifying Glass


3 Superfluous Sleuth You've watched enough mid-day TV courtroom dramas to know this won't be an easy gig. Analyzation is the name of the game and you're just the one to undo any wrong doings before anyone does something rash!
Days Off
N/A
Hours
Open
Stipend
§400/week
Promotional Bonus
None
Pension
§
Skills
Logic
Responsibilities
Cases, Stakeouts
Free Professional's Frosted Door


4 Caper Crusader It's time to up the stakes. The criminals are getting craftier and to stay on top of their crimes you need to pull out your own bag of tricks. In a world without restrictions you'd always have the last laugh, but for now you'll just have to hope that dusting for prints turns up some solid leads.
Days Off
N/A
Hours
Open
Stipend
§525/week
Promotional Bonus
None
Pension
§
Skills
Logic
Responsibilities
Cases, Stakeouts
Fingerprint Dusting Kit, New Uniform


5 Obscure Clue Summoner Crime may lurk beneath the surface of where honest citizens call home. As the newest member of the community watch, it's time for you to help create a safe neighborhood for all. Keep an eye open for any suspicious behavior, but remember - no window peeping!
Days Off
N/A
Hours
Open
Stipend
§650/week
Promotional Bonus
None
Pension
§
Skills
Logic
Responsibilities
Cases, Stakeouts


6 Gumshoe Gumshoe isn't just a title -- it's a precursor to snatching bad guys before they're even aware of what hit them. Get your gear and hit the streets, because your training to become a super sleuth starts now.
Days Off
N/A
Hours
Open
Stipend
§850/week
Promotional Bonus
None
Pension
§
Skills
Logic
Responsibilities
Cases, Stakeouts
Free Investigator's Case Board


7 Licensed Snoop The training is paying off and you're able to sidle up to crooks before they can think twice. You're dealing with the heavy hitters now, so it may be time to get a little dirty to clean this city up. You've been assured that the boys in blue will look the other way, so get to work!
Days Off
N/A
Hours
Open
Stipend
§1125/week
Promotional Bonus
None
Pension
§
Skills
Logic
Responsibilities
Cases, Stakeouts
Ability to Sneak


8 Inspector of Iniquities Your reputation precedes you because of the news from your big busts. The community watch is duly impressed, and they've nixed this year's crosswalk guard's funding to buy you a sleek new sedan instead. Don't disappoint!
Days Off
N/A
Hours
Open
Stipend
§1475/week
Promotional Bonus
None
Pension
§
Skills
Logic
Responsibilities
Cases, Stakeouts
Free Yomoshoto Evasion


9 Flatfooted Investigation Specialist Criminals are being drive out of town in droves and local politicians are taking notice. When one citizen can be the catalyst for such change, you can be sure to catch the police commissioner's attention. With the backing of authority you can take your business to the next level.
Days Off
N/A
Hours
Open
Stipend
§1850/week
Promotional Bonus
None
Pension
§
Skills
Logic
Responsibilities
Cases, Stakeouts
New Uniform


10 Private Eye You've done it! The solver of stumpers, the evictor of enigmas, the master of mysteries! You've been called it all as citizens around town express their gratitude. There's no time to rest on your laurels though because duty calls and you always answer. Don your new duds and hit the streets -- criminals must know that private eyes are watching them.
Days Off
N/A
Hours
Open
Stipend
§2475/week
Promotional Bonus
None
Pension
§
Skills
Logic
Responsibilities
Cases, Stakeouts
New Uniform


Career Rewards Edit

  • Investigator's Trophy of Honor: Solve 3 cases
  • Investigator's Trophy of Heroism: Solve 3 missing sim cases
  • Eagle-eyed Eavesdropper Medallion: Solve Great Jewel Heist case
  • Medal of The Mindful: Solve Rogue Cop case
  • Investigator's Ribbon of Bravery: Solve Fish Kid case
  • Investigator's Key to The Town: Reach Career Level 10
  • Investigator's Keepsake: Solve 5 cases after Reach Career Level 10

Trivia Edit

  • Sometimes when holding a stakeout, Sims will mention that it reminds them of when Bella disappeared, referring to Bella Goth's disappearance in The Sims 2, which doesn't make sense given that The Sims 2 takes place 50 years later.
  • Since there is no set time for this career, Workaholics are not affected and therefore the 'Missing Work' moodlet does not appear.

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