The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff
Hauntings, Spectres and Paranormal Investigator
The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff releases January 26, 2021 and brings haunted houses to the game. While we already had ghosts in Sims 4, this pack features a new type of haunt (Spectres) who appear at night and make Sims uncomfortable. It also marks the return of Bonehilda and features a new Paranormal Investigator career.
How to Play in a Haunted House
How to play in a haunted house? Pick the Haunted House Residential Lot Type
In order to experience a haunting, you must be playing in the new Haunted Residential lot type. This is not a Lot Trait, so you go to the top-left menu where you set the lot type, and change to this option. It's also where you'd change to Tiny Home if you have the Tiny Living stuff pack. This does mean the only type of lot that can have a haunting is a Sim's home.
New Scared Emotion
Scared is a new Emotion in The Sims 4
The patch that came with this pack introduced a new Scared emotion to the base game that is heavily used with this pack. Sims can do things while scared but will stop being very helpful once Terrified. This emotion is not restricted just to ghosts, but also to things like lightning strikes.
While playing in a Haunted House, objects may appear at night time. Things like goo puddles, creepy hands, and evil dolls will appear inside the home and vines may grow outside. These objects reduce the lot's Serenity value, and the lower that goes the more haunted the house becomes.
These are friendly Spectres, but Sims still get scared.
There are several types of Spectre that appear (mostly after 9pm) during a haunting. The green type are mostly friendly, blue not-so-friendly, and red are downright mean. It is possible to communicate with them and offer them gifts in return for collectibles. You can also offer a Spectre your soul, which gives up a bit of a Sims' energy and counts as a positive gesture.
The new Seance table being used by an angry Ghost.
Medium is a new Minor skill that comes with this pack. Medium uses the Seance table found in Build/Buy (which comes pre-assembled with a crystal ball and four chairs). This is a very simple skill so is not worth a full guide page.
Medium Skill Unlocks:
- Level 1 - At first, you can only Sense Spiritual Volatility (check how haunted) and Perform the Ritual (attempt to make the lot more serene).
- Level 2 - Allows you to do group seances, which gives everyone some Medium skill xp and perhaps makes them more successful.
- Level 3 - Summon Bonehilda unlocks, along with Invoke the Dead (Summon a random? ghost).
- Level 4 - Perform the Ghastly Ritual on a Seance table to turn into a ghost for a time.
- Level 5 - Energy decays less while using the Seance table. Better chance of positive interaction when speaking with spectres. Also allows you to make a Seance circle anywhere on the ground and unlocks the Paranormal Investigator license (see below).
You can cheat medium skill as well as the new Paranormal Investigator Career
How to Cheat Medium Skill: You can cheat the Medium Skill to max by typing stats.set_skill_level minor_medium 5 if that doesn't work, try adultminor_medium instead.
Guidry joins the family for a Seance
Starting soon after the haunting, Guidry will begin to appear in the haunted house. He is a friendly ghost that can tell you a bit about hauntings. He's typically flirty. His main role is to serve as a bit of a guide to the new pack, and thankfully he's optional.
The Helping Hand will let you crank up the hauntings with Heroic Mode, or disable Guidry's visits.
In Build/Buy you can purchase an item called the Helping Hand. This allows you to stop Guidry's visits on your lot. If you like, you can also enable Heroic Mode which will greatly increase the haunting speed and double the amount of reward points for each successful night in the house. You can not disable heroic mode until 24 hours have passed.
It can be hard to finish the laundry in a haunted house.
At rank 5 of Medium skill, the 'ask about Paranormal Investigator' themed interaction on Guidry's socials will change to something more like, ask to become a Paranormal Investigator. What this does is grants you a license to join, but doesn't actually join you. It's possible to purchase a Paranormal Investigator license for 3000 points in the reward store.
You join the Paranormal Investigator career by going to the Find a Job menu and select Freelancer. Once you've become a freelancer, use the careers tab to pick an agency and choose the Paranormal Investigator agency. From there, you can schedule gigs and it's possible to do up to one per night.
While on a gig, you need to increase the Serenity of the house by removing haunted objects and performing Seances. It's possible you can do other things such as asking Spectres to leave. There are usually enough objects to remove that you can get by without doing this. It's not a rabbit hole, but after a few times doing it you're unlikely to want to join your Sim as it becomes somewhat repetitive.
Cheat Paranormal Investigator Use the simple Careers.promote Freelancer_Agency_ParanormalInvestigator to raise your career level in Paranormal Investigator.
Bonehilda is back, and she cleans.
Bonehilda makes her return in Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff. To take advantage, you need level 3 in the aforementioned Medium Skill. With this, you can summon her from the Seance table. It takes about 30 Sim minutes to summon her, but she'll stick around for hours afterward.
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