The Sims 4 Hidden Area:

Finding Forgotten Grotto

There are two hidden areas included in The Sims 4, one in each World - The Forgotten Grotto in Oasis Springs, and Sylvan Glade in Willow Creek. Forgotten Grotto is accessible only to Sims that have level 10 Handiness skill. Once you've unlocked these areas, you can easily return to them at any time without having to go through all those steps - just travel to the neighborhood and head right in!

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Forgotten Grotto Location in The Sims 4
Where to find the Forgotten Grotto in Oasis Springs

Hidden Area: Forgotten Grotto
This area has two entrances, both of which are in Oasis Springs. For the purposes of the Guide, I'll use the one found in Desert Bloom Park. Look to the screenshot above to see the mine entrance, which is far back behind the park. The second is down the cliff behind the Landgraab Mansion. Both entrances require Level 10 Handiness.

Opening the door to Forgotten Grotto
This Cave Requires Level 10 Handiness to Open

Once you've got the door down, you can select the Wide Path, Climb Ladder, Step onto Ledge, Travel to Grotto. You get as many tries as you like at this, so you don't have to memorize the four steps.

The Forgotten Grotto is a Hidden Area in The Sims 4
Click to Enlarge. The Forgotten Grotto is one beautiful area!

Inside the beautiful Forgotten Grotto area, you'll find several places to look for Frogs, a few Plant spawners, and Fishing spots.

Catching a Batfish by Fishing in The Forgotten Grotto

This is the only place you can find the Batfish. I caught one, without bait, at the first fishing spot on the right upon entering the cave. I also caught several Health Potions in the process.

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Im level nine of the handiness skill one more to go
22nd August 2015 3:12am
Is there a cheat for level 10 handiness?
25th October 2015 10:38am
yeap :) - stats.set_skill_level major_handiness 10 -
30th December 2015 2:18am
23rd January 2016 8:53pm
How do you get a sim to like you?Huh
23rd January 2016 8:23pm
Do you mean how do you get your sim to make friends?
Carl's Guide to relationships and more.
23rd January 2016 8:54pm
Grin Thanks! Super helpful/AWESOME!
6th March 2016 9:56am
Hi thanks this website is awesome sim (donna) went there she got a bat fish there very weird looking hehe Laugh
27th April 2016 5:00am
Super cool thanks for all the help! Can't wait to catch a bat fish!Laugh
12th June 2016 10:33am
But.. Where the heck is that? I know that's oasis spring but where?? Huh
17th September 2016 1:21am
The top screenshot is in Oasis Spring park right at the very back of the routable area (way off the buildable area). Find the public toilet block right at the back of the park and then go left until you can match the screenshot with what you are seeing in your game.

There is also another of the 'mine shafts' behind the Landgraabs house down the path to the left of the house as you look at it from the road. Follow this road down and around till the end and you will see the mine shaft.

Both the mine shafts go to the same place.
17th September 2016 11:17pm
The Batfish can also be found in Forgotten Hollow if you fish with a frog as bait.
25th February 2017 5:41am
I noticed what looked like a boarded up mine entrance in Forgotten Hollow yesterday, but I thought it was just part of the background scenery. Then I saw your screenshot up there and now I'm curious about it. If mine is indeed like the one you're showing here, is it possible that there are more hidden areas in non-base game worlds?
21st March 2017 9:04pm
Oi. I just saw the sidebar with Deep Woods and Sixam. It just makes me even more curious about Forgotten Hollow. :)
21st March 2017 9:49pm
No sadly there are no more hidden lots. I think basically that they were a left over from when TS4 was being developed as an on-line game with a story mode. The only hidden lots are in the Base Game worlds of Oasis Springs and Willow Creek with the Hermits Area from the first Game pack (Outdoor Retreat) also being a hidden lot.
23rd March 2017 12:50am
I'm sorry it took so long to respond. I'm a little disappointed there aren't more hidden /extra places, but hey, maybe that'll change and not because they're left over from something else, so there will be more to do and see. Thank you for your assistance, Playalot.
16th June 2017 7:03am
whats the cheat to build on the ghrotto or glade i forgot UnsureGrin
13th April 2017 12:45am
You can find all the cheats here on the cheats guide.
15th April 2017 7:37pm
what kind of outfit is that batfish-fishing guy wearing? i've tried to find it in cas but could never find it
16th June 2017 9:49am
It is one of the career outfits that unlocks on promotion. Astronaut or Secret Agent I think.
16th June 2017 8:31pm
Hey! I've been trying to figure out how I can access the part of the neighborhood where Crick Cabana is in Willow Creek but with no luck. There's a lot of deaciptions on how to access the secret lots like the Forgotten Grotto and the tree in Crick Cabana, but absolutely no info on how to unlock the Crick Cabana lot itself. I've even asked in forums but no one will tell me! Please help me
28th February 2018 4:15pm
You travel there by using your sims phone or pushing the shortcut key 'M' to access the map. Doesn't matter if no sims are living there, your own sims are able to travel to any lot at all. Also any lot in the neighborhood will grant you access to the entire surrounding neighborhood which includes the tree to take you to the Glade. So your sim could travel to Crick Cabana, Daisy Hovel, Garden Essence, Streamlet Single or even Bargain Bend.
This is true of all neighborhoods... any lot will allow access to the entire local neighborhood.
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1st March 2018 3:47am
Hey! I've been trying to figure out how I can access the part of the neighborhood where Crick Cabana is in Willow Creek but with no luck. There's a lot of deaciptions on how to access the secret lots like the Forgotten Grotto and the tree in Crick Cabana, but absolutely no info on how to unlock the Crick Cabana lot itself. I've even asked in forums but no one will tell me! Please help me
1st March 2018 9:13am
If you can’t access Crick Cabana, try moving a Sim into the neighbourhood and having them visit the lot. Or just move a Sim directly into Crick Cabana, that’d do it.
9th July 2019 10:04pm
If one of your sims gains access to the grotto using their level 10 handiness, can your other sims without level 10 handiness enter afterwards? Or does each sim who enters need it? One of my sims has higher handiness skill but the other has higher fishing skill so I want her to enter but not have to level up the handiness.
3rd June 2019 7:21pm
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