Metals are a collectible in The Sims 3 and are found in ore form, to be smelted into ingots for §40.
Sometimes the foundry will return an ore, saying that it is actually a Mysterious Mr. Gnome in disguise.
Smelted ingots are worth 175% of their original cost, and so the raw metal must be worth §54 to offset the §40 cost of smelting and break even relative to selling the ore alone.
The "breaking even" equation is as follows: §54 (cost of ingot) * 1.75 (smelting worth modifier) - §54 (cost of ingot) - §40 (cost of smelting) = §0.5; thus this is the lowest whole number that does not lose money.
Some consider §23 as "breaking even," but this only covers the cost of smelting the ore. In order to fully "break even", it must factor in all costs, including the value of the ore itself. Plugging into the correct equation, §23 * 1.75 - §23 - §40 = -§22.75, and thus is losing money. Even disregarding the cost of the original ore, to sell the raw ore gives §23 and costs nothing, for a profit of §23, whereas mailing it to the smelter, costs §40 and makes §40.25, for a profit of §0.25. From a strict simolean standpoint, it is far more worthwhile to sell a raw ore up to §54, at which point it becomes worthwhile to smelt it.
However, smelting also provides the chance of getting a Mysterious Mr. Gnome, worth §1000, as well as the chance of duplicating the smelted bars if the sim has completed the Metal Collector challenge. This is a gamble that may make it worth smelting ores that are less than §54.
|Raw||Ingot||Metal||Rarity||Weight||Raw Value||Ingot Value||EP||Where?|
|Mummitomium||Rare||150-450||§750-1200||§1312-2100||Egypt, garbage cans in base neighborhood.|
25% more than the worth of the 8 metals used
Buydebug Metal Spawner/Transfiguration/Sculpting Station (rare)
Transfiguration requirements: Between 2 and 4 different metals.
|Garbage cans in base neighborhood.
Buydebug Metal Spawner/Transfiguration
Transfiguration Requirements: At least 5 different metals.
|Woohooium||Rare||1-52||§500-750||§875-1313||Sculptor's Workbench (Ambitions), Consignment store (Ambitions), Relic Shops (World Adventures), garbage cans in France (World Adventures)|
- ↑ With World Adventures installed, foreign metals can be found in the base world through the use of the Miner.
- ↑ Once smelted, Mercury will always be returned as a liquid in a vial (On rare cases it will be returned as an Ingot possibly with the skill challenge Metal Collector). Solid Mercury can be obtained through Transfiguration.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Available through Transfiguration.
- ↑ Price is determined by which metals it consists of, see Transfiguration for more details.
- ↑ Woohooium is predominantly found from the sculptor's workbench. When sculpting stone, it can shatter to reveal Woohooium (or the Flourite Palmstone gem). There is also a possibility the ore may be obtained through transfiguration.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 SimFans tweet