The Sims 4 Seasons

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall Expansion Features

The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack

The Sims 4 Seasons released June 22, 2018. This new pack incorporates weather and seasonal changes to all existing worlds. With that, you also get holidays and a functional calendar year. In this guide to the features in the Expansion, we'll link you to more detailed guides and summarize the new additions and changes to gardening.

Seasons Guides - Progress So Far

You'll find a rundown of the major content in seasons below. Development is moving slowly, as I have to do skill gains the old fashioned way due to broken cheats. Here is what's released so far:

Seasons Cheats (Weather Control and More)
Beekeeping & Honey
Beekeeping (Bee Box/Honey) Video
Scouts (Child/Teen "Career")
Scouting Video
Gardening Updated for Seasons
Rewards Updated
Careers Updated
Skills Updated
Gardening Career
Flower Arranging Skill
Weather in Seasons
Weather Machine - Change Seasons and Weather Forecasts
Patchy the Straw Man (Scarecrow)

Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Weather

The Sims 4 Seasons: Holiday lights are present in the game for spring, summer, fall, and winter
Click to Enlarge. Holiday lights are in the Expansion, with decorations for spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Seasons comes with the expected Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Seasons does not ship with a new world, but rather impacts all existing Sims 4 worlds, including places like Granite Falls and Salvadorada. Each world has its own weather patterns. It may thunderstorm or rain in the spring, summer and fall, and snow in the winter or early spring. Worlds like Oasis Springs are warm and mild in the winter, while scorching in the Summer. As time passes, the world gradually transitions into each season, weather growing cooler as mid fall phases into winter. Players are able to choose the duration of seasons through the game options menu. You can select 7, 14, or 28 days seasons.

With seasons, naturally you get temperature changes. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter just as you'd expect, and those things will effect Sims to a large degree.

The Sims 4 Seasons: All four seasons have their own weather in the expansion pack
Click to Enlarge. All four seasons have their own weather, so Sims will want to bundle up or chill out.

Temperature

Temperature matters in The Sims 4 Seasons. To help with preparing for what awaits them outside that day, Sims can check the weather channel or simply mouse over the temperature and weather interface at the bottom of the screen. The calendar located in the bottom left will show you a forecast for the next seven days.

While exposed to uncomfortable temperatures, Sims can overheat or get too cold. Proper clothing can help a lot with this, but there's also temperature control inside the home and ways to cool off or warm up. Yes, the Expansion comes with a thermostat, and it's possible to mishandle it (like by cranking the heat in the Summer). A Sim getting too hot can have deadly consequences, so this system is also realistic and extreme situations can result in a Sim's demise. Preparedness is key!

Players can choose whether the worlds generate strong thunderstorms and blizzards occasionally, or if these never develop leaving Sims with tame rain and snow. Via the options menu, you can also select whether or not temperature makes an impact on Sims. Do this if you find it too annoying not being able to leave the house in a world with a more extreme summer or winter. Learn more about the weather in Seasons.

Weather Machine

The Expansion, of course, comes with a weather machine that lets you do just about anything to the weather for a day. Look to the Weather Machine Guide for more detailed information. Rain coming on your Saturday party when everyone's ready to have fun? Change it to a sunny mild day. It can also be used for diabolical purposes, like bringing in a blizzard in the middle of the summer when no one is prepared. More powerful options like changing the current season are also available. While you purchase the weather machine from buy mode (and don't build it yourself) there are over half a dozen upgrades available that improve its reliability and functionality.

Patchy the Straw Man

The Sims 4 Seasons features a Scarecrow named Patchy who you can buy and place on your lot. Befriend him, and he'll come to life and work in your garden. If you check his pockets, he may have some useful seeds. Check the guide to learn about all of his abilities and cooldowns. View the video guide above or visit the text guide to learn more.

Activities & Holidays in Seasons

From yard work to water balloon fights, the Expansion's trailer showed a busy world filled with building snowmen, playing in sprinklers, and dodging lightning bolts. With a fully functional calendar for event planning, there are several premade holidays - Lovefest (Valentine's Day), Harvestfest (Thanksgiving/Halloween), Winterfest (Christmas/Hanukkah) and New Year's. The Expansion's seasonal cycle and calendar produce a simulated year for Sims. What is more, Sim families can also make up their own holidays that repeat every year. Get together and do a polar bear dip or even play video games. You choose the activities that take place at the celebration and can invite others. The calendar also shows who is available when, so you can select a time to celebrate when a dear friend isn't going to be at work.

I'm happy to report that there is integration with other Expansion Packs and DLC. For example - and as we had hoped - shoveling snow and raking leaves can help Teens develop responsibility from the Parenthood Game Pack. Players who own The Sims 4 Pets will find their furry friends are also effected by the temperature and weather, with new interactions with snow and rain puddles. So far the team has been good about incorporating Get Together's Clubs into each Expansion, and Seasons is no exception. Furthermore, the Get to Work businesses can be used with our next major feature: The gardening career.

Easter and Spring in The Sims 4

A guide to spring in Seasons. Includes information on The Sims 4's version of Easter with the Flower Bunny and Love Day (Valentine's Day). Covers springtime activities and the making of custom holidays.

The Sims 4 Seasons: Control the weather with the weather machine!
Click to Enlarge. Sims players will also have some control over the weather if they choose to make the weather machine! This will allow us to make sure our picnic isn't interrupted and maybe even water the garden with the power of science.




Gardening Career

The Sims 4 Seasons: Gardening Career
Click to Enlarge. Sims can make money with the new Gardening Career Expansion feature

At long last, there is a gardening-related career, and one that allows you to choose when you'd like to work from home (similar to those brought about by City Living. The Career branches at around halfway, allowing you to choose whether you'll be a Florist or Botanist. You can create a floral shop by incorporating with Get to Work, and sell your arrangements for a living. This is a fairly interesting idea, though of course it is no different from selling paintings as an artist. The Botanist branch is more focused on gardening itself, and a nice addition padding to your gardening income though there's nothing particularly special about it.

Beekeeping

Sims can also do beekeeping, which allows them access to special interactions provided by bees, along with honey. Beekeeping acts as a passive money maker that also provides a boost to Gardening. Bees pollinate plants nearby, providing a passive fertilizer effect that stacks with regular fertilizer. See the above video to learn all about this new feature - I'll write a text-based guide to it soon, now that I know everything.

New Skill: Flower Arranging

Sims don't need to take the floral designer branch of the new gardening career in order to benefit from the new violets are blue flower arranging table, available for $250 in Buy Mode. They're able to begin leveling this skill regardless of that track though it's possible they may miss out on some nice unlocks from Career progress. The jury is still out on that one. Here's a guide to the new Flower Arranging skill.

Scouting

Scouting is a new activity for Children and Teens in The Sims 4 Seasons. This new after school job is unpaid, but offers a ton of skill experience via the Scouting Aptitude reward trait you receive should you max out the 'career'.

New Deaths

There are multiple new deaths associated with Seasons. Sims can, of course, be struck by lightning if they are outside during a powerful thunderstorm. You can also overheat if there's a heat wave and your Sim isn't wearing cool weather clothing, while the opposite is also true. We're still looking to report on the last death which may be related to the gardening career, though it may simply be aging up prematurely via a scent the florist can create.

Umbrellas in Seasons

While I covered this on the weather page, it's worth noting here because a lot of people will have trouble figuring out how to find an umbrella. Umbrellas are categorized under Appliances > Misc. You can also do a text search for it and look for the 'Umbri Umbrella Rack'. Have each of your Sims claim an umbrella and they'll keep it, so long as you don't put it back. The umbrella doesn't appear in your inventory at all. The Sim is just flagged as having one. They'll use them automatically any time there's precipitation, though the umbrella can be broken in strong thunderstorms they seem to automatically replace them. Even doing something like gardening in the rain is possible with an umbrella, as the Sim will whip it out between animations without actually getting wet.

Father Winter

One of the special characters in Sesons is Father Winter. It's possible to Woohoo with him and even Try for Baby! Go to the Try for Baby with Father Winter Watch Page on Youtube, or find it on My Sims 4 Guide Channel to view it. A text guide to Father Winter is also available.

Seasons Holiday Decorations Guide

A guide to decorating friezes, spandrels, and other parts of the house in The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion Pack.

Activities and Features

The Sims 4 Seasons: A sim is struck by lightning
Click to Enlarge. Lightning can strike Sims, but they can evidently discharge the power in some way.

Here's a list of things we see in the trailer. I'll add to it over the next month, so check back weekly to see if there's any new info!

  • Rain, Thunderstorms, Snow - Hopefully also sweltering heat and bitter cold. Let's make those Sims uncomfortable.
  • Control the Thermostat - Sims have climate control indoors, but should watch their body temperature as well. Dress appropriately for the outdoors.
  • Weather Channel - Sims can check the weather to know what the day has in store for them.
  • Umbrellas, Scarves, Winter Clothing - Looks like lots of clothing for the various seasons.
  • Holidays - Seems like Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's at minimum. I'm sure these are de-religionized to spring festival and winter festival or something like that.
  • Holiday Decorations - for all four holidays
  • More Holiday Decorations - This is also in the home, such as Christmas trees and even decor for new year's parties.
  • Holiday Parties - We see new year's celebration, Christmas gift passing, thanksgiving feast and Easter bunnies.
  • Presents!
  • Snowmen
  • Ice Skating
  • Roller Skating
  • Swing Sets
  • Kids' Pools
  • Sprinklers
  • Scarecrows - talking ones that can help with gardening
  • Some kinda Winter King getup that is like Santa?
  • Jumping in puddles
  • Leaf piles to jump in
  • Water Balloon Fights
  • Snowball Fights
  • Raking Leaves
  • Shoveling Snow
  • Lightning strikes - A Sim is struck by lightning in the trailer, but uses it to make a Kamehameha. Lightning can reportedly kill Sims, so a new death type.
  • Seasons Screenshots: Click for Larger Picture

    The Sims 4 Seasons: Sims can be a beekeper The Sims 4 Seasons: Christmas and other holidays are in the expansion The Sims 4 Seasons: Easter bunny and christmas king The Sims 4 Seasons: Fall (Autumn) activities and the scarecrow The Sims 4 Seasons: Making a snowman The Sims 4 Seasons: roller skating is a new activity for Sims The Sims 4 Seasons: Sims celebrating the New Year The Sims 4 Seasons: Playing in sprinklers and jumping in leaves and puddles The Sims 4 Seasons: A Sim using the weather machine

    Seasons Trailer

    Seasons Expansion Guides

    Seasons Cheats
    Expansion Features
    Weather Machine
    Patchy the Straw Man
    Beekeeping
    Father Winter
    Scouting (Children/Teens)
    Flower Arranging Skill
    Gardener Career

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    1 2 3 > Last
    paradiseplanet
    IT'S TIME!!!
    21st June 2018 8:16pm
    faythenme
    Thanks for the "heads up." I am just learning Seasons today and have a question. Where does a Sim get an umbrella?
    22nd June 2018 3:03pm
    faythenme
    I found it! I had to go to gamepacks and choose seasons then purchase the umbrella stand. Once in the game the Sim can take an umbrella.
    22nd June 2018 3:14pm
    Playlot
    You can also find the Umbrella Stand under 'Misc Appliances'.
    24th June 2018 7:05pm
    Nat
    I actually got my umbrella (the black one, no idea yet whether there are other variations as I haven't checked the umbrella stand) by just clicking my sim > open umbrella. The umbrella is just there without any purchase made.
    8th July 2018 10:52pm
    Playlot
    If you are playing a townie then they automatically get allocated a black umbrella. To see the other color and pattern options place the umbrella stand (misc objects in buy mode) and click it. Your sims can put away existing umbrella, take a new one and then choose from the pop up menu of options.
    9th July 2018 7:59pm
    Lareda
    I've come across three new plants that have been added with Seasons as well. Holy Bell Pepper and Green Pea. Got them all through purchasing starter packs. Holy was in the flower starter and Peppers/Green Peas were in veggie one.
    23rd June 2018 2:03am
    Playlot
    We'll have the new plants on our Gardening Guide soon! Smile
    24th June 2018 7:03pm
    Ghilianna
    how do the gifting thing work, because I want to give my sims a computer for Christmas.
    23rd June 2018 8:06pm
    Playlot
    Gifting works on items in a sims personal inventory, so anything that you can not drag/place in a sims personal inventory can not be gifted. Have the item in the givers inventory -click on the sim you want to give it to and click Give Gift' under friendly socials. Your inventory menu will pop up -choose the item and click on it to give it to the other sim.
    24th June 2018 6:59pm
    Tavany
    The skill cheats DO NOT WORK!! PLEASE HELP CARL!!!
    24th June 2018 12:05am
    Anette
    I noticed that too! Does anyone have any answers/fixes to this?
    I've tried some other cheats, and the skills-cheat
    (for example stats.set_skill_level Major_Mischief 10)
    is the only one that I have found so far that does not work.. I haven't tried the toddle/child skills yet, so I don't know if they work.
    24th June 2018 9:51am
    Franki
    Most cheats are currently out of action, just have to do it the slow way. Have to wait for the patch to come out to see what cheats are going to be fixed. it's currently a well known problem.
    26th June 2018 1:36am
    Flame
    Are the ice skating and roller skating rink in a part of town during the seasons or do I have to place them?
    24th June 2018 4:13am
    Jennifer
    The ice rink just appeared. I haven’t played a full year yet so I don’t know if the roller rink also just appears? I’m assuming so.
    24th June 2018 6:07am
    Anette
    On what lot did it appear?
    24th June 2018 9:46am
    Madelynn
    The roller rink is found in the build mode
    24th June 2018 8:34am
    Playlot
    Yes, in all worlds seasonal items will attempt to spawn. They can also be found in the build/buy menu but if there is space then seasonal activities and vendors will now just appear in the world on the uneditable bits for your sims to use.
    This is neat because before this the devs had said they were unable to change the worlds in any way. Could lead to some exciting changes in the future maybe -who knows!
    24th June 2018 7:01pm
    Keira
    The skill cheats have all together stopped working in with the new pack. I personally use mc commands but using the normal method does not.
    24th June 2018 3:59pm
    Playlot
    The recent patch broke many, many cheats. The QA guys know about this so hopefully they will patch in a fix soon for us all!
    24th June 2018 7:01pm
    Emma
    How do you hang up the holiday lights?
    25th June 2018 8:02pm
    Playlot
    There is a special box of decorations that when you click on it all the options for decor come up. "The Attic Stack Decoration Box" - search for it in the search bar if you can't find it under the 'decorations' filter.
    26th June 2018 5:52am
    Amanda Campbell
    I've tried adding holidays to my calendar, when I am all done creating them I hit the check mark and it doesn't show up on my calendar.
    25th June 2018 10:45pm
    Franki
    it tends to show the next 2 sim weeks, so they might be there, just not showing yet.
    26th June 2018 1:38am
    Playlot
    There is a bug where in longer games that you have been playing before installing Seasons where the Calendar does not work. EA Bug Forum (click)
    26th June 2018 5:55am
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