The Sims 4 Skills

Skills List and Ideal Emotions Strategies

Skills for The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs and others will be added soon. Check back in a day or two! Cats and Dogs includes a Veterinary and Pet Training Skill (the latter mostly focused on dogs)

Skills in The Sims 4 unlock the moment your Sim performs an interaction related to them. This will help you to utilize all skills that could be helpful to you. If your Sim talks to others a lot, Charisma will gradually develop. Tell a joke, and wham - you've got the Humor Skill at level 1. Each level your Sim gains in these Skills will improve their performance and unlock new abilities.

Skill Books
Skills may be learned from Skill Books, read at the Library or purchased from the computer for use at home. In The Sims 4, you can learn the first four levels of a Skill from the first volume, though you must reread the book to do so. You will not gain Skill level from Volume 2 or 3 until you've reached level 4. Volume 2 works up to level 7, at which point you can read Volume 3. The last volume will only take your Skill to level 9, requiring you to at last use the Skill for Mastery.

Moods and Skills
Most Skills have an ideal mood - something that will boost Skill gains further than just being happy, or otherwise increase the likelihood of a good outcome. I'll list the ideal moods with each Skill, while Guides for each Skill and others (like this one on Emotion) may teach you what can be done to get your own Sim in the best mood for the Skill. Some Skills, like Writing, Charisma, and Painting, can incorporate many moods into their abilities. Depressed Sims may make a masterpiece sad painting, or a flirty author might write a great Romance novel. You can learn the role of Emotions with Skills in this Guide to How Emotions Affect Skill Levels and Best Moods.

The Sims 4 Acting Skill in the Get Famous Expansion PackActing
(The Sims 4 Get Famous Expansion Pack)

Ideal Mood: Confident

Skill Info: Acting is primarily used if you pursue the Actor Career, though it may be useful in some minor ways for directing the conversation. Actors can perform scenes for tips in public, which gives them a small bit of fame.

The Sims 4 Archaeology SkillArchaeology
(The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure Game Pack)

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Archaeology helps immensely with exploring the jungle of Selvadorada, its many traps, and puzzles. The game pack's core skill gives you new ways to find valuable artifacts and relics, which can be pieced together to create powerful magic on command.

The Sims 4 Get to Work Baking SkillBaking Skill
(The Sims 4 Get to Work Expansion)

Ideal Mood: Inspired
Skill Info: Bake sugary treats that can be sold in a retail store or direct to a local bakery by clicking them in your Sim's inventory. Use an oven's 'Bake' menu to start learning, and be sure to be Inspired as it makes your Sim more likely to bake excellent-quality foods. This Skill also makes good use of the Base Game's cupcake factory.

(The Sims 4 Bowling Night Stuff)

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Listed for the sake of completion, Bowling is a minor skill (with a maximum 5 levels) released with The Sims 4 Bowling Night Stuff

The Sims 4 Charisma SkillCharisma Skill

Ideal Mood: Happy for Skill Gains, Confident and other Moods for Interactions

Skill Info: The Charisma Skill will help your Sim form Friendships and Romantic Relationships faster by increasing the success of Social Interactions and unlocking new ones. It helps if your Sim just needs a pal, wants to get married, or just Woohoo. Start by talking to a Sim or 'Practicing Speech' at a Mirror.

The Sims 4 Comedy SkillComedy Skill

Ideal Mood: Playful (for some Interactions)

Skill Info: The comedy Skill allows your Sim to write jokes, perform Comedy Routines and even earn tips for making other Sims laugh. Start by Writing Jokes at the Computer or choosing a Funny Interaction.

The Sims 4 Cooking SkillCooking/Gourmet Cooking Skill Guides

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: Lets your Sim cook better meals, leading to better Moodlets after meals. Additionally, you'll unlock new and better Recipes. Cooking leads to the Gourmet Cooking Skill. Start by Cooking a meal. Once you've unlocked Gourmet Cooking (automatically at Level 5 Cooking), you can practice by Cooking those types of meals and using Skill Books. Actually, you can unlock Gourmet Cooking early by purchasing a Skill Book, but still need to learn cooking to utilize it.

The Sims 4 Dancing SkillDancing Skill
(The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion)

Ideal Mood: Confident

Skill Info: Dancing is a minor skill with 5 levels that gives you better animations as your Sim improves. In the game, it's a way to get out and have fun while also getting some exercise to shed those pounds off your Sim.

The Sims 4 DJ SkillDJ Mixing Skill
(The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion)

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: Get started with a turntable and go from making horrific noises that shatter your household's nerves to being the life of the party, filling the room with sweet music that makes Sims want to dance all night long. Your Sim will learn to get crowds into the mood to party and may even earn some extra tips from those nights on the town.

The Sims 4 Fishing SkillFishing Skill

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Learn to catch fish, use bait, and guess the best bait to use on any given spot of water. This is a highly-profitable Skill that lets you enjoy some beautiful views while your Sim reels 'em in one by one. Start by heading to a sign near a body of water, The Sims 4's form of Fishing Spot.

The Sims 4 Fitness SkillFitness Skill

Ideal Mood: Energized

Skill Info: Lets you mold your Sim's body through exercise. You can lose weight, gain muscle, or just stay in shape with Fitness. Start this Skill by heading to a Gym or purchasing some equipment for home use.

The Sims 4 Flower Arranging SkillFlower Arranging
(The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion)

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: The ability to play as a florist is possible if you own both Get to Work and Seasons, but fear not. You can sell flower arrangements with a single click whether you own both or not. High levels allow you to infuse arrangements with scents that have powerful effects, and can even extend a Sim's life or cause death via aging.

The Sims 4 Gardening SkillGardening Skill

Ideal Mood: Focused for Skill Gains

Skill Info: Gardening allows you to plant, harvest, weed and water Plants. Eventually, you'll unlock the ability to take cuttings and graft them onto other plants, forming all kinds of different combinations and unlocking new Plant Types. Start by planting anything your Sim has Harvested in the wild, or order some seeds on the Computer.

The Sims 4 Guitar SkillGuitar Skill

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: The Guitar Skill allows Sims to make money via Guitar, make Licensed Songs to earn a commission and 'Play for Tips'. Start by picking up a Guitar in buy mode. The best way is through practice!

The Sims 4 Handiness SkillHandiness/Woodworking Skill

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Upgrade Objects throughout the home with the Handiness Skill. Objects can be made unbreakable, self-cleaning, and even perform better for your Sims. You'll also learn to work with woods to craft furniture for the home. Start by repairing a broken object or purchase a woodworking table.

The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Herbalism SkillHerbalism Skill
(The Sims 4 Outdoor Retreat Game Pack)

Ideal Mood: Focused
Skill Info: Take a vacation to Granite Falls and start gathering, eating, and identifying herbs. You can plant the specimens you take once you get home. Herbalists can brew potions that cure ailments. You must travel to get started in this Skill, but can begin learning from Skill books at home. Sims can learn a unique recipe from the hermit in the deep woods, should they befriend them.

The Sims 4 Logic SkillLogic Skill

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Logic improves a Sim's ability to play Chess, as well as use the telescope and microscope. Both of these are routes to learning the Skill, as well as getting Focused and painting a mathematical diagram with an Easel. Pick up one of those two objects or head to the park for some chess.

The Sims 4 SkillMedia Production
(The Sims 4 Get Famous Expansion Pack)

Ideal Mood: Inspired, but Varies

Skill Info: Media production allows Sims to mix music, record video blogs, or drone footage and edit/upload it to the web. This provides fame and a residual income. This skill can be used (primarily via drone and video footage) to help Sims who have no other means of accessing fame.

The Sims 4 Mischief SkillMischief Skill

Ideal Mood: Angry, Happy, and Confident all boost Skill experience.

Skill Info: Mischief teaches Sims to be mean and pull pranks with cruel efficiency. You'll even get to use a Voodoo Doll to inflict harm upon your enemies. Start by pulling a Mischievous Interaction on another Sim or reading a Skill book.

The Sims 4 Mixology SkillMixology Skill

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: Mixology is the art of making drinks for your Sims and others. As Sims get better, they can make drinks to boost Emotions and earn money with the Skill. Start by buying a bar through Buy Mode or reading a Skill Book. More drink recipes unlock the further you advance in the Skill.

The Sims 4 Painting SkillPainting Skill

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: Teaches a Sim to make Paintings from a variety of types of art. Emotion is key, and Inspired is the go-to, but Sims may also paint while Angry or Flirty and come up with Paintings that give off Emotional Auras that influence others. Start by purchasing an easel.

The Sims 4 Parenting SkillParenting Skill
(The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack)

Ideal Mood: Focused (Largely irrelevant)

Skill Info: Parenting is the act of teaching core responsibilities and life skills to young Sims. As you level the skill your Sim will unlock abilities that make them more efficient as a parent, for example time outs as a punishment, motive-solving interactions, and the Super Parent ability that reduces a parent's need decay so they can be there for their kids.

Pet Training
(The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs Expansion)

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: The Pet Training ability is only used for dogs, and is a minor skill with only 5 levels. As you level, you'll teach dogs more commands, and teach them faster. Heel, play dead, and attack are all commands that can be taught. Perhaps the most useful is the explore ability, which may result in your pet finding collectibles.

The Sims 4 Get to Work Photography SkillPhotography Skill
(The Sims 4 Get to Work Expansion)

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: Purchase a camera or use your Sim's cell phone to get started. Higher cost cameras lead to higher-quality images, which can be sold from the inventory for larger amounts. Pictures can be hung on the wall to decorate your home with pics of the game world or sold in a Retail Store.

The Sims 4 Piano SkillPiano Skill

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: With the Piano Skill, your Sim can make money once they've become good at tickling the ivories. To start using this Skill, you've got not real choice but to purchase a Piano.

The Sims 4 Pipe Organ SkillPipe Organ Skill
(The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack)

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: While the Pipe Organ skill does feature entirely new sounds, it is so similar to the piano skill that another guide is unnecessary. Unfortunately the limitation of one published piece per instrument applies to this as well. Players who wish to make money from music should spread out to multiple instruments, though it is a huge time commitment for little reward when compared to other money making opportunities.

The Sims 4 Programming SkillProgramming Skill

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Programming gives you a variety of means of making money at the computer - from the good means, in writing plugins, to the darker side via hacking. To learn the Skill, get a computer and start practicing. You can also do so at the library if needed.

The Sims 4 Rocket Science SkillRocket Science Skill

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Rocket Science lets your Sim build rockets (and rebuild them after crashes), while also upgrading them to improve their performance on Space Missions. These text adventures send your Sim to space where they may find rare items and also go after the Alien and Space Rock collections. Start by reading a Skill book or buying a rocket.

The Sims 4 Selvadoradian Local Culture SkillSelvadoradian Culture
(The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure Game Pack)

Ideal Mood: ???

Skill Info: The local culture skill is acquired while visiting the locals in Selvadorada. This skill unlocks new interactions with the locals and a few useful abilities for exploring the jungles. As another minor skill, it maxes out at level 5.

The Sims 4  SkillSinging Skill
(The Sims 4 City Living Expansion)

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: The singing skill is practiced with a microphone or karaoke machine, and can be unlocked by singing in the shower. This skill, combined with guitar, can let your Sim eventually learn to do both at once. Like other musical skills, you can write songs and license them with the mailbox to make some side money.

The Sims 4  SkillVampire Lore Skill
(The Sims 4 Vampires Game Pack)

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Vampire Lore is leveled by reading the Encyclopedia Vampirica books series (only). Researching this skill gives your Sim the ability to ward off vampires, protect against the curse, reduce a vampire's vulnerability to sunlight, and even cure vampirism itself.

The Sims 4 Veterinarian SkillVeterinarian Skill
(The Sims 4 Cats and Dogs Expansion)

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Leveling the Veterinarian skill grants your Sim some Vet Points that can be used to upgrade their own vet clinic. You'll also unlock new serums, pet interactions, and powerful treats such as Age Up/Down treats that can be used to make pets immortal.

The Sims 4 Video Gaming SkillVideo Gaming Skill

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Sims may blow off steam or meet their need for fun by playing games at the computer or via other electronics. Getting better at gaming means you can start to make money and even pursue it professionally via livestreaming and entering gaming tournaments. Start at the computer.

The Sims 4 Violin SkillViolin Skill

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: The Violin Skill is much like Piano and Guitar, allowing your Sim to play for profit. Learn this skill by purchasing a Violin. You can also use the one at the Lounge in Oasis Springs if the investment is too steep for a broke Sim.

The Sims 4 Spa Day Wellness SkillWellness
(The Sims 4 Spa Day Game Pack)

Ideal Mood: Focused

Skill Info: Learn to massage others to give them great moodlets, practice Yoga to get powerful moodlets for your own Sim, and meditate to possibly freeze needs and learn to teleport. Start by purchasing one of the related skill items or going to the Spa for a Yoga class!

The Sims 4 Writing SkillWriting Skill

Ideal Mood: Inspired

Skill Info: Writing is done at the computer, and allows Sims to publish novels to earn income from their writing. Unlock new types of genres by advancing the Skill and rake in the cash. Emotion allows you to boost certain types of genres. You may start the Skill on the computer.

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what about reaper skill?
It's not a useable skill, probably just something they had to put in to let grim get reap-y.
7th July 2015 10:46pm
What about the sculpting skill?
Closest you'll get is the woodworking component of handiness, at least for now.
8th July 2015 8:39am
So, these are all the skills we can learn?
10th July 2015 9:43pm
Whoops, no. At the moment Photography and Baking are missing from the Get to Work Expansion. I'll have to fix that as soon as I can, so thanks for asking.
11th July 2015 3:59am
Got the list up-to-date as of Spa Day.
22nd July 2015 2:07am
hmm i think you miss out herbalism?Unsure
Yep that makes 3. I guess I'll just add them all in when I cover Wellness in the upcoming game pack, in order to be efficient. Thanks for bringing it up. The guides to the 3 missing from the list are there in the side bar links though :)

11th July 2015 7:02am
how about when it says reading level is to low
Means the skill book is too advanced for the Sim to understand, and they need to use a lower rank book :) Makes sense, doesn't it?
11th July 2015 10:36pm
your guide makes life so much easier! Don't forget the new Wellbeing skill that comes with "Spa Day"
Thanks. I'm writing about it today, then will make sure the list is up to date. Glad I'm able to help you
14th July 2015 12:21pm
what about gourmet cooking skill?
Cooking and Gourmet Cooking are lumped together, as you can see in the list. They're very similar, gourmet just gives better Moodlets later on.
17th July 2015 11:20am
I heard there is a reaping skill like the Grim Reaper has. What is the cheat code?
It doesn't work, it's just in the game code. You can give them level 10 in it, but it doesn't do anything as far as i know.
25th July 2015 10:35pm
good job
22nd August 2015 2:48am
For the piano, if you don't have money or place to buy one, there is one available at the museum in Willow Creek
13th October 2015 3:36am
Huh Something I've noticed at least once in Sims 4 and once in Sims 2 is that sometimes a Sim can do something 'naturally,' such as one of my Sims 2 Sims was able to pick up the guitar and play it even though he had never played one before and a guy I was watching on Sims 4 had a Sim that was able to play the piano without any trouble and his skill was extremely high, even though, again, the Sim had barely been exposed to the piano. Are there such things as natural skills that some Sims just have?
3rd November 2015 1:58pm
This is more a matter of opinion, but I think there are some Sims that have natural given talents. Just like in real life. :)
13th January 2016 4:03pm
Is there any sign of the science, advance technologies and other music related skills, like drums and bass, and the lazer one from sims3 coming soon. Also are we getting celebrity status back any time soon?
9th November 2015 6:40am
There isn't anything official from EA, and won't know anything until they say so. Anything else is pure speculation. We here at Carl's guide don't want to speculate any of what content will be coming to the Sims 4 game.
13th January 2016 4:07pm
Don't look for Sims 4 to get all of the cool stuff Sims 3 had. That's not the way the Sims games work. Many popular ideas from each sims game never get repeated in later versions of the game. Universities are one obvious one. Each game has a totally redesigned engine, and as a result everything has to be created anew. I suspect they simply lack the time to redo many old ideas when they are busy creating new ones for the new game. I think they want each Sims game to stand as a game in its own right, and not lean on the previous games too heavily.
5th January 2017 5:12am
Which isn't always a good thing. It's becoming quite obvious that the lack of in-depth game play in TS4 has turned off many long time fans. Sometimes change for changes sake isn't always prudent.
5th January 2017 7:18pm
Mya Whyte
Hi Carl. I have two questions for you to (hopefully) answer. Firstly, when I got max skill in Gourmet Cooking (using cheats) I had no extra food to cook. Finally, some of the cheats don't work to get max skills
23rd December 2015 3:08pm
Which skills are you specifically not able to get to work with the cheats? And was your regular cooking skill also at max?
2nd January 2016 7:38am
You should add Dancing and DJ Skill which you can get from Get Together
31st December 2015 12:13am
DJ skill guide has been done. You can find a link to it by using the skills drop down menu Smile
2nd January 2016 4:09pm
I think that i\the sims 4 is the best game that they had from sims 3 and 4 Cool
21st January 2016 4:42pm
in the sims 4 basic game it shows 22 fish to collect... however there are spaces for two extra fish..... what are these suppose to be, anyone know? i have 20 of the 22 ... still trying to catch the anglerfish and the treefish in sylvan glades... was just curious about the two extra fish spaces on the collection guide in the game...
11th March 2016 3:35am
So in my game it shows '+3' because of the packs I have. So any new fish that were not part of the base game and so added by a pack will show as '+'. My extras are the fish that came with Spa Day and Outdoor Retreat which actually totals 8!
So my guess your two extra will be the Gummy Fish and the the Captain Fishbones Bonefish.
11th March 2016 5:48pm
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