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

The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff - 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

The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff came with a free 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.

Hauntings

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.

Spectres

The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff - two spectres
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.

Medium Skill

The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff - a Sim does a Seance
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).
The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff
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

The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff - Guidry
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.

Helping Hand

The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff - The Helping Hand
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.

Paranormal Investigator

The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff
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

The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff features Bonehilda
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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DEZsays...

I thought of an EXCELLENT decor item to add to the haunted house that will help keep your Sims from freaking out. Mounted fish! Fits in with the decor of the mansion included with the pack and adds confidence. Sprinkle them along the top of the room along with the arrangements of photos. I thought of it because I always start fishing in order to have fertilizer and I mount the crappy little fish.

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Bailey Kliesensays...

This was. Very helpful (*ˊᗜˋ*)ᵗᑋᵃᐢᵏ ᵞᵒᵘ

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Similianssays...

ideal mood for medium skill?

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Jessicajasminesays...

It would likely be focused or confident. I’m working on it so we shall find out.

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Similianssays...

Yes, it is focused, I've tried it yesterday

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Coresays...

Is it possible to revive Temperance? if so... how?

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R. Bohallsays...

So far the ambrosia didnt work, I cant bind the book of life to her, and MC Command doesn't register her as dead

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SuzyQsays...

She has a hidden trait, like Guidry did. I read somewhere that it was similar to removing the trait, which they called temperance, but when I tried that it didn't work. I was able to revive Guidry that way, though.

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Samie Collinssays...

Just to let everyone know that you can add Guidry to your family and he will help with get rid of the creepy hands and dolls if you make your house haunted. I even added bonehilda to my family she has fought Temperance twice for my family. But this last time I made Temperance leave by putting a Bizarre idol that my sim got from Guidry(also can be bought in build mode with hidden objects cheat code).

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Jared Shanksays...

I have both the PS4 version and the PC version. The one thing I have found is that the Paranormal ticket does not appear in the trait list on the PC.

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Lauren Schillingersays...

My sim's husband got set on fire by spirits and died, and she was able to ask the Grim Reaper to "Join the Soul Reaper Society" and he said there were no openings. I'm wondering if that's just a little easter egg, or if there's something there...

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Kevin Baconsays...

I noticed that too when one of my sims died. I’m hoping it’s some sort of career.

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BananaAndTheLlamasays...

I once got join secret society or something like that from grim but was denied. It had the icon that paranormal investigator has.

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HNewsays...

Is it part of the haunting for stuff to disappear? Like my coffee table disappeared...

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Playalotsays...

Sounds more like you had a klepto Sim in your house!

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Kellysays...

Do you have the eco lifestyle expansion? If so it's possible that the 'sharing is caring' NAP is active, in which case your neighbours, or anyone else who comes into your house e.g. ghosts and guidry etc will just steal randomly steal your stuff. Pretty annoying, you have to go to mail box during the voting period and click to repeal it, then collect 5 repeal signatures before the voting closes again (you can vote between a certain time friday-monday). Once it's been repealed I went into game setting and turned off the voting for npcs in the pack settings option. Hope that helps :)

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Winkysays...

I wanna buy this pack for the build/buy & cas stuff but don't care for playing with ghosts etc, is there a way to disable the paranormal aspect of it?

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Ruth Vadisays...

The paranormal aspect only affects houses that are set to haunted. So if you get the pack, you get the objects in the game, but you don't get the hauntings, if that makes sense.

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DEZsays...

You can also set a lot status to ordinary residential OR haunted house if it drives you nuts. I decided to take a break from the haunted house part of it because it was getting a bit much and just set it to residential.  no more ghosts, no more Guidry.

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StarryWantsAPeppermintsays...

You forgot to mention, scared and terrified bring down the bladder need much faster.

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Stephanie Pottersays...

Just wondering how many people downloaded this pack to create Sam and Dean Winchester

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Emmisays...

Personally I got it for Malfoy Manor...

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sebiiiiisays...

dope

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Tatterdemaliansays...

For 8000 satisfaction points you'd think the Brave reward trait would grant total immunity to Scared moodlets. Carefree and Shameless don't even cost that much.

Unfortunately Brave seems to only have a 25% chance of preventing a Scared moodlet when one would normally be inflicted, or maybe it only works on specific Scared moodlets. They should drop the price to 1000 honestly.

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Rainasays...

Offering your soul to a spectrum gives up more than energy. Your life cycle gets shorter by a few days every time.



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