The Mysterious Mr. Gnome is a special item found in The Sims 3. They are nameable, and can be stored in the inventory of a Sim. The Mysterious Mr. Gnome can be kicked, but unlike a regular garden gnome, cannot be cloned with the eyedropper tool. He has a habit of sneaking around.
The player will never see the Mysterious Mr. Gnome sneaking around, unless they are incredibly lucky. Instead, he will disappear from his current location and reappear elsewhere on the lot. He changes position at approximately 1 AM. If kicked, he falls in odd positions that are unusual for a gnome and sometimes ends up with a plaster across the bridge of his nose.
Sometimes, the sim will automatically walk to the new location of the Gnome. It is impossible to prevent the gnome from moving; even if walls are built around him, The Mysterious Mr. Gnome will still appear anywhere on the lot. His disappearing act usually causes him to materialize next to an object (e.g. stereo, plant, couch, washing machine). He will even interact with some objects; for example, when he appears next to T.Vs or stereos, he turns them on. (Possibly waking sleeping Sims, so watch out!) If The Magical Gnome Of Inventing appears next to a Scraptastic™ Workbench with an unfinished project on it, he will magically make it 99% complete. A Sim at level 10 in the Science career can perform experiments on these gnomes. All Mysterious Mr. Gnomes sell for §1,000, although kicking the gnome can sometimes result in a decrease in value, thus making him worth only §999. It is possible to have multiple gnomes in one household. This can be accomplished by using the miner, finding them in random places and hoarding them, or by using the cheat "buydebug on" and clicking on the "misc." tab under the question mark in buy mode.
There are different methods for acquiring different varieties of Mysterious Mr. Gnome. Differing varieties also have thematic poses, such as Sultan Sam's Egyptian walk.
The base game version of Mysterious Mr. Gnome looks just like a garden gnome, with an orange hat with a yellow star shaped flower on it with a brown center, a long gray beard, blue button down shirt and red pants and shoes of a brown/tan color. This unique garden gnome can be found when a Sim chooses to "Explore The Catacombs" at the graveyard, by activating the irreversible transfiguration on Carter's Display Case - XL Edition, within ore or gems when they mail them to their respective refiners, as an 'acquisition' from being promoted in the criminal career, as a reward for a case in the Investigator Profession or by fishing. It can also be found using the miner.
Mysterious Mr. Gnome is also obtainable by using the "testingcheatsenabled true" cheat, then "buydebug on". In buy mode under the miscellaneous tab, there should be one of every Mysterious Mr. Gnome, depending on the available expansion packs. They cost $1000.
This gnome from The Sims 3: World Adventures is found primarily in Al Simhara, Egypt. Sultan Sam will often adopt poses that harken to Egyptian wall motifs. He can be found when a Sim chooses to "Explore The Catacombs" in the Egyptian mausoleum, as a random event while fishing in Egypt, or by refining metals using the base camp mailbox in Egypt. He can be found on a display stand, along with the other gnomes from World Adventures, in the Champs Les Sims Museum. He can also be found as a treasure in some Egyptian tombs.
This gnome from The Sims 3: World Adventures is found primarily in Champs Les Sims, France. He can be found when a Sim chooses to "Explore The Catacombs" in the French mausoleum, as a random event while fishing in Champs Les Sims, or by refining metals using the base camp mailbox. He can be found on a display stand, along with the other gnomes from World Adventures, in the Champs Les Sims Museum. This gnome seems to be a caricature of Napoleon Bonaparte.
This gnome from The Sims 3: World Adventures is found primarily in Shang Simla, China. Master Manchu's poses include martial arts kicks, and meditation. He can be found randomly when using the Miner from the inventing skill, when a Sim chooses to "Explore The Catacombs" in the Chinese mausoleum, as a random event while fishing in China, or by refining metals using the base camp mailbox.
- Sultan Sam, Little Leon and Master Manchu can all be found in the museum in Champs les Sims. They can be picked up and placed in the inventory.
This gnome from The Sims 3: Ambitions is found primarily while using the "Invent" interaction at the Scraptastic™ Workbench. He can only be invented by accident. It can also be found using the miner. This gnome resembles a robot, and adopts poses similar to the Robot Dance.
Occasionally the Magical Gnome of Invention may stand on the Scraptastic Workbench and watch your Sim invent. When this happens, if you leave the workbench with an unfinished invention the invention may jump to 99% complete and the Gnome will return to other tasks.
This gnome from The Sims 3: Ambitions is found primarily while using the "Sculpt" interaction at the Pedestrian Sculpting Station. He can only be sculpted by accident. It can also be found using the miner. This gnome's texture varies according to the sculpting medium he is sculpted in, meaning he can have many different looks, especially since each sculpting medium has different colors/types such as darker clay. He regularly adopts poses that mimic famous sculptures such as The Thinker.
This gnome from The Sims 3: Ambitions is usually found during travels in the time machine, or by exploring a drill tunnel. He looks like a caveman, and often adopts stereotypical cartoon caveman poses with his club.
A Hip-hop gnome from The Sims 3: Late Night. He adopts rapping and dancing poses and can be received as a celebrity gift.
A female Vampire gnome from The Sims 3: Late Night. Randomly found on lots with multiple plasma fruit bushes growing, and rarely with plasma fruits in the fridge. A greater number of bushes on a lot increase the chances of finding one.
This gnome gives every non-vampire Sim (other than Sims with the Brave trait) on the lot the 'Hunted' moodlet. This gnome has the power to transform a teddy bear into a Vampire gnome.
The Freezer Bunny, with a gnome hat. There is a 0.1% chance of spawning every time a dog barks or cat freaks out at the fridge. Sometimes seen holding an icecream cone or sitting on a llama. Also, may be found sleeping or sunbathing in the sun.
A cat gnome. There is a 0.7% chance the gnome will spawn every time a cat receives the "Whacked Out" moodlet.
A dog gnome. There is a 0.7% chance to spawn per Dog best friend. It is often found doing dog like things.
A horse gnome. There is a chance this gnome will spawn whenever a horse licks a salt lick for 80 minutes. The chance increases by 0.2% for every 20 Sim minutes the horse licks the salt lick.
The Zenyatta leaves produce around the yard for a Sim's animals.
She is named after Zenyatta, a famous Thoroughbred mare who won 19 consecutive races and was named the runner-up Female Athlete of the Year in 2010 by the Associated Press.
This gnome is a singer gnome which resembles a 50s singer. This gnome will appear randomly on the lawn of the player's house if the player's sim is in the Singing Career.
This gnome is a magician gnome. It will appear randomly on the lawn of the player's house if the player's Sim is in the Magician career.
Can be obtained from the Claw machine in the Supernatural expansion or as a reward when successfully researching ghosts at the Vault of Antiquity. It can also be found on the lot when a Sim is cursed with the haunting curse.
This gnome summons ghosts to the lot.
This gnome has a chance of showing up in a Sim's inventory when collecting eggs at the spring festival in the Seasons expansion. Appears quite frequently when Sims garden as well. May also appear when WooHooing, in spring. This magical gnome will usually teleport nearby Sims who are WooHooing. Can be redeemed for 500 tickets at the Spring Concession Stand.
This gnome can be found when throwing pool parties, making food from a BBQ, or having a lot of fireworks on your lot. Can be redeemed for 500 tickets at the Summer Concession Stand.
There's a chance Sims will receive this gnome when they enter the haunted house and trick or treat. Additionally, Sims may also redeem the gnome from the Fall concession stand with festival tickets.
This gnome can be found on your lot with the Seasons expansion if a player has built a lot of snowmen, and can be bought at the winter festival consession stand with enough tickets.
Evil Mr. Gnome has the same base figure as the base game version of Mysterious Mr. Gnome, but with a few differences. He has a red hat with flames, a long gray beard with a black mustache, black eye paint, a red button-down shirt, and black pants. Sims can find him by receiving him in the mail or through trick-or-treating.
When placed, Evil Mr. Gnome will spawn trash around, fight against Mysterious Mr. Gnomes, appear next to a sleeping Sim, giving the Sim "Gnightmare" moodlet; knock over the trash, un-make beds, and create puddles.Sims University. Also, while a Sim is in class, a message may pop up saying "A Graduation Gnome was hiding in between some pages of your textbook," and the Sim will acquire it.
This section describes features that are only available in The Sims 3: Generations.
With The Sims 3: Generations, the Mysterious Mr. Gnome can "get married" and have gnome children (this only applies to Mysterious Mr. Gnome). The children start as toddlers and will age to children, then rebellious looking teens, then adults, the default look of the gnome, then elders. Gnomes will die after becoming elders, and they will have a respective tombstone, although it can only be bought through cheats. They are surrounded by yellow sparkles when they age.
The Mysterious Mr. Gnome has been spotted doing the following things:
- The Troglodyte has been seen "praying".
- The Graduation Gnome has been seen carrying books.
- Graduation Gnome hovering in the air, as if Jumping, throwing their graduation hat above head.
- Crawling towards stairs.(Invention + Raining at the time)