As The Sims 4 continues to grow through the ever-increasing selection of expansions, game, and stuff packs, new features and functionality are continually being added to the game. The DLC packs on offer have brought extra careers, skills, life states, and even mysteries to solve. With so many new ways to play it can feel overwhelming.
These guides are specifically about new aspects of the game introduced through DLC. For those who are looking for more information about the base game and more general Sims concepts, we have a separate hub for base game content.
From curses to climbing, the guides linked here are organized by pack type and title and are being continually being expanded to form a comprehensive resource for anyone looking for information about DLC features. This selection of guides will be kept up to date as content regarding DLC both new and old continues to be produced.
The Sims 4 expansions provide the most extra content in terms of new game features and functionality, meaning there are more guides for this type of content. The main focus currently is on recent expansions but check back for more early expansion guides as we build out our resources.
We aim to cover new careers, skills, and gameplay features from each expansion. Some guides will be linked to each other and they will all help you work out the complexities of different DLC.
The tenth Sims 4 expansion brought us a new world, lot types, winter sports, gachapon style collectibles, and more. There are even new ways for Sims to interact with each other. These guides will explain the new features and functionality of Snowy Escape.
- The Sims 4: Snowy Escape: All New Activities, Ranked
This ranked list sets out all the new activities in the expansion, serving as a quick guide to the new gameplay features you can expect. It also tells you where your Sims can go to participate in each activity.
- The Sims 4: Snowy Escape: Lifestyles Guide
Lifestyles are a feature specific to Snowy Escape that complements the sentiments feature that came with the pre-expansion update. This guide discusses the concept before detailing all the lifestyles, how to trigger them, and the benefits and drawbacks of each.
- The Sims 4: Snowy Escape: All The Simmies (& Where To Find Them)
If you want to collect the Simmies you can find in the vending machines around Mt. Komorebi this guide will help. From where to find them to what to look for, complete your collection with our help.
- The Sims 4 Snowy Escape: Festival Guide
There are three new festivals in Mt. Komorebi. This guide tells you where and when to find each one and details the activities your Sim can enjoy while visiting.
- The Sims 4 Snowy Escape: How To Build Rock Climbing Skill Quickly
Rock climbing has been brought out of the gym and into the great outdoors but it’s not quite as simple as just heading off up a wall. This guide goes over what you need to know to build the rock climbing skill quickly and safely.
- The Sims 4 Snowy Escape: How To Successfully Climb Mt. Komorebi
Once your rock climbing skill is high enough you can take on Mt. Komorebi. However, the mountain holds some unique challenges. This guide will help you climb to the peak safely, enjoying a few perks along the way.
Eco Lifestyle is a unique pack because its features actually impact every aspect of the game. It introduces green energy and an eco-footprint system that affects every world. There are also unique action plans each neighborhood can enact as well as new skills to learn.
- Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle: 10 Things You Need To Know About Eco Footprints
Eco footprints are a new feature that affects every world unless you disable them. This guide walks you through the basics.
- Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle 8 Ways To Improve Your Eco Footprint (& 8 Ways To Industrialize Your Neighborhood)
This looks in more depth at the features in-game that have both positive and negative effects on your world’s eco-footprint.
- How I Destroyed The Eco Footprint Of Evergreen Harbor In The Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle
It’s far harder to destroy the world than it is to save it. If you want to cause smog and despair then this walks you through the process of utterly destroying Evergreen Harbors ecosystem, one neighborhood at a time.
- The Sims 4: How To Recycle Furniture
The new crafting skills include fabrication which needs bits and pieces. This quick guide shows you how to recycle items in order to build new ones.
- Sims 4 : Eco Lifestyle 10 Things You Need To Know About Neighborhood Action Plans
Find out how Neighborhood Action Plans, or N.A.P.s work and how they can affect your worlds.
- Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle: The 10 Best Neighborhood Action Plans, Ranked
We rank the very best N.A.P.s and detail the benefits they’ll bring for your Sims once enacted.
Discover University allows your Sims to earn a degree and get ahead start in life, no matter how old they are. They can attend one of two universities and live either in dorms or at home. The university system is more flexible than ever before and degrees have tangible benefits. These guides will tell you more about how to get the most out of your Sims time at university.
- 8 Reasons To Choose Foxbury (And 8 Why You Should Attend Britechester)
This guide sets out the differences between the two universities in terms of degrees, location, and extracurricular activities.
- Sims 4 Discover University: Passing Your Degree Without Passing Out
Degrees can be difficult to manage. This guide will help you learn how to balance work, studying, and partying, without ending up passed out on the floor.
- Sims 4 Discover University: Every Degree Explained
This guide walks you through the different types of degree and discusses the career benefits and advantages of each one, as well as the skills that it requires.
- 15 Questions Fans Have About Discover University Gameplay, Answered
Get the answers to come common gameplay questions in this guide to university life in The Sims 4.
Island Living allows you not just to vacation on an island but to actually live there, embracing the culture of Sulani. There are new places to explore, careers to discover, and a new way of life to embrace. You may also encounter some mermaids along the way.
- 10 Things You Need To Know About The New Jobs & Careers In The Sims 4: Island Living
There are several new careers and jobs in Island Living. They include a new semi-active career, the odd job system, and an overhaul of part-time work. This guide gives you more information about them all.
- The Sims 4 Island Living: All The New Jobs, Ranked
This guide ranks all the new jobs, taking into account pay, hours, and the flexibility they offer for your Sims.
- The Sims 4 Island Living Conservationist Career Guide
The conservationist career is a brand new semi-active career that allows your Sims to improve the ecosystem of Sulani. This guide shows you how.
- Cave Of Sulani Guide
Sulani holds some secrets. Here’s everything you need to know about the Cave of Sulani and what you can find there.
- Island Living: 15 Things You Need To Know About Mermaids In The Sims 4
If you want to befriend or even become a mermaid this guide has all the details you need to live your best aquatic life.
Get Famous allows you to experience the highs and lows of fame. It introduces a fame system, an active acting career, and more. Del Sol Valley will allow your Sim to experience walking amongst the stars on their way to the top, gaining access to the most exclusive locations.
- The Sims 4 Get Famous: How To Succeed As An Actor
This guide to the active acting career will help your Sims reach the dizzying heights of winning awards at the Starlight Accolades.
- Sims 4 Get Famous: Social Media & Influencer Guide
If you prefer a more flexible career this guide talks about the new ways to become an influencer and the similarities and contrasts between this and City Living’s social media career.
- Sims 4: 10 Best Cheats For The Get Famous Expansion Pack
For those who want a shortcut to the top this guide pulls together all the pack-specific cheats for Get Famous.
Seasons will bring new life to your game with weather. You’ll find everything from sun, rain, and clouds through to blizzards and storms. There is also a new calendar system as well as holidays to celebrate. These guides will help you embrace everything the pack has to offer.
- The Sims 4 Seasons: Everything You Need To Know About Weather
Learn how to dress for and even control the weather. This guide walks you through seasonal weather patterns as well as the differences in world climates. It also mentions the dangers of extreme weather and how to avoid them.
Cats & Dogs
The Cats & Dogs expansion finally introduces pets into your Sims homes. You can enjoy life in the new world of Brindleton Bay with your very own four-legged friends. If you really want to invest in animals you can buy and run a vet clinic.
- The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs: Guide To Running A Successful Vet Clinic
This guide looks at how to buy and run a successful vet clinic including how to diagnose and treat animals as well as how to improve your clinic’s reputation and appeal.
Get To Work
Get to Work introduces aliens as well as three new active careers and the ability to run a retail store. This pack has a focus on work and these guides will help you succeed in your endeavors.
- The Sims 4 Get To Work: Guide To Running A Profitable Retail Store
If you want to run a retail store this guide shows you how to start in your back garden and grow your business into a thriving retail empire.
- Sims 4: Doctor Career Illness List
If your Sim wants to become a doctor they’ll need to learn a lot about the different illnesses in the game. This guide will help you identify and treat the different conditions you’ll encounter.
Game packs are new to The Sims 4 and were introduced to allow the team to add more gameplay elements to the game outside of major expansions. They have more content than stuff packs and are designed with more emphasis on gameplay, rather than just create a sim and build buy items.
The introduction of this type of DLC has allowed the team to experiment with new ideas and collaborations, as well as with splitting some features that may have been a small part of an expansion into individual and more detailed packs. These guides are written to help you through some of the more interesting and unique elements of the game you’ll find in game packs.
Journey To Batuu
This pack was a collaboration between The Sims 4 and Star Wars, offering a true crossover between the two franchises. It allows Sims to visit Batuu, the design of which is based on the Disney Parks interpretation, and [participate in a series of story-based quests for the First Order, The Resistance, and The Scoundrels. It was released to mixed reviews and many struggled with the crossover. To help bridge the gaps these guides take a look at things fans from both franchises need to know in order to progress.
- The Sims 4: Journey To Batuu: 10 Things Star Wars Newcomers Need To Know Before Playing
This guide outlines the basics of the Star Wars universe that will help Sims players understand more about the world of Batuu, its characters, and its history.
- The Sims 4: Journey To Batuu: 11 Things Newcomers To The Sims 4 Need To Know Before Playing
For those who are new to The Sims 4, this guide goes through the basics you’ll need to know in order to safely navigate the world of Batuu.
- How To WooHoo With Kylo Ren And Rey In The Sims 4: Journey To Batuu
If you want to WooHoo with Kylo Ren or Rey it’s not as simple as hitting flirt. This guide shows you how to romance both characters without the use of mods.
- The Sims 4: Journey To Batuu: 12 Questions Fans Have, Answered
This guide offers an overview of the gameplay the pack covers and includes answers to common questions about the pack.
Realm Of Magic
Realm of Magic allows you to be a spellcaster. You’ll be able to visit the magical realm and discover more about magic and mischief with the aid of three wise sages. These guides will tell you more about embracing your inner witch or wizard.
- Making Magic: How To Get Started As A Spellcaster in The Sims 4 Realm Of Magic
This guide walks you through the process of becoming a spellcaster as well as how to revert to a regular Sim, should the powerful magic become too much.
- Which Branch Of Magic Causes The Most Chaos?
There are three branches of magic and they all have different advantages and disadvantages. We tested which one can cause the most chaos in your Sims world.
- 10 Best Spells In Sims 4 Realm of Magic: Ranked
This list covers the most spells in the game and how they can benefit your Sims.
- The Sims 4: 10 Pro Tips For Spellcasters You Should Know
If you’re a spellcaster you’ll want to know these pro tips to help you get the most out of your new magical powers.
- Sims 4 Realm of Magic: All The Curses And How To Remove Them
Magic comes with a price and in The Sims 4, that’s the chance of becoming cursed. Here’s everything you need to know about curses, what they do, and how to remove them.
Strangerville sends your Sim on a quest to solve an engaging mystery. It’s a unique game pack that features a replayable storyline. These guides walk you through the town’s curiosities.
- All You Need To Know About The Curio Shop
The curio shop has a number of hidden secrets and uszes. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of it.
- How To Solve The Mystery
This spoiler-filled walk-through goes right through the storyline and how to solve it, for those who need help or anyone who wants to know what’s going on without playing through it.
Parenthood adds new life and challenges to raising a family. It brings different character traits for Sims as well as new ways to influence Sim’s personalities. The parenting skill is more in-depth than you may think and these guides will help.
- Sims 4 Parenthood: Best Character Traits Ranked From Best To Worst
This walks you through the new character traits your Sims can acquire as a result of how they are parented.
If you’ve ever wanted to run or visit a restaurant this pack is for you. It introduces restaurants that you can visit, own and run. There are menus to customize, visitors to serve, and dress codes to decide.
- The Sims 4 Dine Out: Guide To Running A Five Star Restaurant
If you want to succeed in the restaurant business then this pack is for you and we can help you achieve five-star status. Everything you need to know about restaurant management is crammed into this guide.
Stuff packs mainly contain furniture, decor items, and clothing but they do also contain a gameplay element. Often these are simple interactive items, but more recent stuff packs have increased this level of content by including careers, skills, and more.
These guides will help you navigate the gameplay elements in some of the stuff packs released for The Sims 4.
The Paranormal stuff pack is the most in-depth stuff pack we’ve seen and has a huge amount of gameplay elements. If you need help figuring out the specifics of specters, these guides are for you. Embrace your best supernatural life with our guides.
- The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff: How To Build The Medium Skill Quickly
The medium skill is the cornerstone of this pack and this guide tells you everything you need to know. From how to level quickly to what each skill level unlocks, this guide covers it all.
- The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff: How To Summon Bonehilda And What She’ll Do
Fan-favorite Bonehilda is back. This short guide walks you through the steps to summon her as well as discussing what she’ll help your household with.
- The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff: Guide To The Paranormal Investigator Career
If you want to become a Ghostbuster then this guide is for you. From how to become a paranormal investigator to how to complete your tasks, this guide has the answers.
- The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff: Everything You Need To Know About Guidry
Guidry is a friendly spirit guide but there’s a lot he can do that you may have missed. Here’s everything you need to know about the flirty spirit.
- The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff: Everything You Need To Know About Haunted Houses
The new haunted house lot type will bring a new and unique element to your home. Find out more in this guide.
- The Sims 4 Paranormal: Becoming Bonehilda And Adding Her To Your Household
If your love for Bonehilda runs deeper than just having her help around the home this guide will show you how to become her, as well as how to add her to your household and the risks and limitations of this.
- The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff: How To Tame A Haunted House
If you want to calm the spirits in your haunted house then this guide is for you. Learn how to tame the specters and restore spiritual harmony to your home.
- The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff: How To Cause Chaos In A Haunted House
For those who prefer to embrace chaos, this guide will show you how to ramp up the spiritual insanity to eleven.
With all these guides you to can discover more about the new features and functionality introduced by DLC packs. As more content continues to be released the list of guides will grow so check back to keep up to date with the latest features you need to know about.
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