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Modding and Troubleshooting The Sims 3

Premium Content: Missing Accessories

The second most common problem when dealing with Premium Content from  the Sims 3 Store is missing accessories. Accessories are special objects that your sim uses to complete animations. Premium content that uses special animations with new objects require accessories for your sims to be fully animated. Here are some examples of accessories for premium content:

  • Ladle (spoon) for the Magic Cauldron
  • Needles for the voodoo doll
  • All food and prepping tools for the Deep Fryer/Ice Cream Maker/Teppanyaki Grill/Wood Oven/Chocolate Fountain
  • Chicken feed and Charles the Evil Chicken also baby chicks (Chicken Coop)
  • Cards and poker chips for the Poker Table/Roulette Table
  • Coin from the Wishing Well
  • Megaphone and Magnifying Glass from the Garden Station
  • Ball for the basketball hoop
  • Lemon and Purple Eggplant objects (harvestables)
  • Hot stones and needles for massage table
  • Powder bottle for Changing table
  • Binoculars and champagne glass for Hot Air Balloon
  • Ticket for the ticket machine
  • Fruit from the Tree of Prosperity
  • Sunlight from the Plants vs. Zombies Sunflower
  • Bow from the Violin
  • Arrows from the Archery range
  • Baby Dragon that hatches from egg from Dragon Valley
  • Fully repaired car from the fixer upper car from Roaring Heights

Why are Accessories Important?

Without their matching accessories, some premium content may not work properly at all. Other times, the animations might just look silly. For example, the magic cauldron works fine when the ladle is missing, but the sim looks silly stirring without a spoon. On the other hand, if the sunlight from the Sunflower is missing, your sim will not be able to use the object at all. Additionally, sometimes a missing accessory will cause a large white box to appear at the object, with the text “Missing Object…” which will look rather ugly in game. This can happen with the blackjack, poker and roulette table, as well as several other objects.

Why Do Accessories Go Missing?

There are two causes for missing accessories:

  1. The Launcher did not properly install the accessory (this is a very common problem).
  2. The Sims3pack has been decrapified (which could mean an illegal download).

It is very common for the launcher not to properly install accessories when installing sims3packs. I do not know why this is, but it has been an issue since the very first premium content objects that used accessories in their animations (More Magic! set/Magic Cauldron/Voodoo Doll). When the Magic Cauldron was first released, the official forums was flooded with complaints from people who could not see their ladle when using the Magic Cauldron. Although most people seemed to have a working ladle, there were many people who did not.

How To Fix Missing Accessories

Luckily, fixing missing accessories is really easy. To fix missing accessories:

Simply reinstall the sims3pack until the accessory shows up.

Yep. It’s that easy. You don’t need to uninstall first. In fact, I don’t recommend that at all. Just re-install the sims3pack several times in a row. It could take 3 or more tries to get your accessory to show up, but this is the best  (and least painful) way to do it.  If you want more specific instructions, try re-installing 2 or 3 times and then start your game and test the object.

If you’ve decrapified your sims3pack, you will need to find a fix so that the object will show up properly in your game. Keep in mind that, even when using a fix, your Launcher still might not properly install the accessory. You may need to re-install the sims3pack until the accessory is installed and make sure that your fix is updated.

Related Reading:

DCBackup, ccmerged.package and Your Premium Content Items

PS This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for a long time, I just didn’t have the time. Sorry for the delay!

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19 Comments »

  1. […] For Missing Accessory issues (missing Megaphone, Cauldron spoon, Charles the Chicken etc.), see: Premium Content: Missing Accessories […]

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  2. […] Premium Content: Missing Accessories -Eggs not hatching are the exact same issue described here. […]

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  3. […] Premium Content: Missing Accessories – Violin bow doens’t show up? You can fix that here. […]

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  4. Quick Question does your ccmerged include Midnight Hollow?

    Comment by darkzaleth | February 6, 2014 | Reply

    • Yep

      Comment by Nona | February 6, 2014 | Reply

  5. Hi,
    when you say re-install sims3packs without uninstalling them first, do you mean hitting the install button while in the downloads section of the launcher? Or something else?

    Comment by Emma | April 26, 2014 | Reply

    • Yep, that’s what I mean. If taht doesn’t work, you can also try uninstalling and re-installing.

      Comment by Nona | April 26, 2014 | Reply

      • cool, will try it. I have a decrapped copy of the prism art studio that brings a big white box when trying to use the work station which isn’t covered in the store fixes. Also the new bakery oven has ‘no interactions’ so will keep hitting that install button!

        Comment by Emma | April 26, 2014 | Reply

        • The store fixes at MATY cover the Prism Art Studio, as long as you’re using notouching’s fixes. If you still have white boxes then, it’s an install problem.

          No interactions on the bakery means you have a ccmerged issue. Make sure your ccmerged is updated, and that you don’t have an outdated mod or an older copy of the ccmerged hiding somewhere.

          Comment by Nona | April 26, 2014 | Reply

  6. i have the bakery installed and when my sim was decorating the wedding cake, he did the action like he was piping something but there was no piping bag on his hand. then the cake disappeared and he wasnt able to use the bakers station again. he was able to grab the ingredients from the fridge but he was waving his arms like his path was blocked (when it wasnt). after that the ingredients was put down on the counter he wasnt able to continue cooking. there was only the “clean up” action. what do you think went wrong and what would you suggest?

    Comment by Kaylene Wong | May 16, 2014 | Reply

    • If you purchased the bakery from the store, you may have a faulty installation. In that case you need to re-install.

      If you didn’t purchase the set, then you may need a fix. It’s also possible that you have an installation issue.

      Comment by Nona | May 16, 2014 | Reply

      • thanks, i’ll try and find the fix. my chocolate fountain is also missing the chocolate pack accessory (when you get then to fill the fountain they’ll pull out a pack of chocolate) and i did not get the animation to dip a skewer of marshmallow). but i did get the other options like “have some” and “drink from fountain”.

        Comment by Kaylene Wong | May 23, 2014 | Reply

  7. Hi, Im confused just started playing the sims so yea. I already have a ccmerged package in my DCBackup. I have not ever deleted anything from it. So I’m asking if I should install yours or just leave mine alone.

    Comment by Anon | January 3, 2015 | Reply

    • There is no reason to use mine if you don’t have premium content, or if you have no problems with premium content. If you have purchased premium content, however, and it doesn’t work right, it might help to use my ccmerged.

      Comment by Nona | January 5, 2015 | Reply

  8. I have the Business As Usual Bistro and my sims seem to always have a white box surrounding them when they start to order. I thought my game was crashing or glitching out so I canceled the action and never had any of them go back until I solved the problem.

    When I hover over the box this appears, “”Missing object resource instance 319e4f1d:01000000:0000 0000000f5c77”

    What does that mean and is there a fix for this because this particular premium content in not in your list above. Thank you.

    Comment by holybell | April 4, 2015 | Reply

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    Comment by Adrien Katnik | June 1, 2016 | Reply

  10. how do I reinstall the game without needing to uninstall it? where do I go to find the reinstalling thing, I’ve looked everywhere and everyone is talking about how to uninstall AND reinstalling.

    Comment by Sam | January 14, 2017 | Reply

    • no need to answer, I figured it out now

      Comment by Sam | January 14, 2017 | Reply

  11. I know this is 3 years late..but I installed the bakery but actions didn’t appear so I contacted ea and went through numerous trouble. They did give me your website but I don’t know what you mean by keep reinstalling it? I uninstalled the game one til and it didn’t work so the lady had me delete my mods and then uninstall the bakery and reinstall it. I’m trying that right now. Please help me this is very frustrating.

    Comment by Terri | October 22, 2017 | Reply


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