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The Sims 4 Island Living Game Guide
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Table of Contents
New Game Additions
Careers & Odd Jobs
Explore a breezy world drenched in sun, sand and endless fun as your Sims make their own paradise in The Sims 4 Island Living. Whether they contribute to the conservation effort or prefer living off the grid, your Sims can take the plunge and enjoy what this unique culture has to offer. Embrace traditional events, wear native clothing styles or sip on some kava.
The Sims 4 Island Living Expansion Pack adds one new Aspiration for selection in Create-a-Sim. This aspiration grants Sims both a reward and bonus trait.
|Beach Life||This Sim wants to take it slow and enjoy beach life.|
The Sims 4 Island Living adds a new aspiration reward to the game. When completing aspiration milestones in the game, Sims can earn enough points to purchase new rewards.
|Mermadic Kelp||Eat this to turn into a Mermaid!||500 Points||Rewards Store|
The Sims 4 Island Living Expansion Pack adds six brand new traits for Sims. Two of the traits can be selected in Create-a-Sim, one is earned by completing the new Aspiration, two are from completing the Conservationist Career, and one is inherited.
Female Adult/Teen/Elder – 15 Hairstyles and Hats, 18 Tops, 12 Bottoms, 8 Outfits, 4 Pairs of Shoes, 9 Accessories, 1 Set of Teeth, 4 Tattoos, 2 Makeup
Female Children – 2 Hairstyles and Hats, 4 Tops, 6 Bottoms, 5 Outfits, 3 Pairs of Shoes, 3 Accessories
Female Toddlers – 1 Top, 3 Bottoms, 9 Outfits, 1 Accessory
Male Adult/Teen/Elder – 7 Hairstyles and Hats, 13 Tops, 12 Bottoms, 1 Outfit, 2 Pairs of Shoes, 5 Accessories, 1 Set of Teeth, 4 Tattoos, 2 Makeup
Male Children – 1 Hairstyle and Hats, 2 Tops, 5 Bottoms, 2 Outfits, 2 Pairs of Shoes, 2 Accessories
Male Toddlers – 1 Top, 3 Bottoms, 1 Accessory
Hairstyles and Hats
New Game Additions
This section includes details of the new gameplay available with The Sims 4 Island Living. Images have been sized down in most cases, so click the images for a larger view.
New Music Genre/Radio Station
The Sims 4 Island Living adds the new “Island Radio” music genre to the game. You can listen to the new music and stations in game via the stereo and speaker systems.
If you own The Sims 4 Get Together Expansion, Island Living adds ten new Club Activities and Club Requirements. The following options are available when picking club requirements and activities.
- Child of the Islands
- Child of the Ocean
- Conservationist Activities
- Dive in the Ocean
The Sims 4 Island Living includes the brand new “Seashells”, “Buried Treasure” and “Underwater Photos” collections, and adds brand new collectibles to the already existing Gardening and Fishing Collections. Below is a detailed list of all the new collectibles.
Seashells are a new collectible acquired by Fishing, Diving, and “Combing the Beach” for Seashells. There are 13 Seashells to collect in Sulani in order to complete the collection.
❗ The “Ordinary” Conch Shell has a special “Blow Conch” interaction on it. When used around Mermaids it will invoke a reaction. (Even when not in their “Merform”)
Buried Treasure is a new collectible acquired by Fishing, Scuba or Free Diving for Treasure, or “Combing the Beach” for Seashells. There are 18 separate Treasures to collect in Sulani in order to complete the collection, each with a unique story description.
The Sims 4 Island Living adds 14 brand new fish to the Fish Collection. The new fish are exclusive to Sulani, but can still be taken to other worlds for cooking, roasting, and mounting. Catching these new fish types depends on location and skill level.
❗ The Sims 4 Island Living introduces some new ways to fish. Sims can now Fish directly off boats and even use the “Spearfish” interaction on the Diving buoy.
❗ The Sims 4 Island Living also introduces a new “fish trap” item that can be purchased from the beach shack vending machine. When left in the ocean near schools of fish, Sims can set a trap and then return to retrieve fish at a later time.
The Sims 4 Island Living adds 4 brand new harvestables to the Gardening Collection. The new harvestables are exclusive to Sulani, but can still be taken to other worlds for cooking and planting. Sims can purchase the new harvestables from the beach shack vending machine, or by harvesting them in the wild.
The Sims 4 Island Living introduces 10 new Underwater Photo collectibles. Underwater Photos are taken using the special “Take UnderWater Photos” interaction on the diving buoy. While they do not have their own dedicated collection in the game, Sims can still collect them to display in their homes. All photos are worth §200.
The Sims 4 Island Living adds 10 brand new food recipes. Sims can either make the recipes at home, purchase them at a food stand, or cook them with the Sulani BBQ Searer. With the exception of the Coconut Cake which can be baked at home, the other recipes require the BBQ Searer or must be purchased at the new food stands.
❗ Although Blackened Swordfish is shown as a new recipe in the game code, I have not been able to figure out how to cook it. It is unknown if it is a live recipe in game.
The Sims 4 Island Living adds 2 brand new drink options. Sims will need to purchase a special Kava bowl to create Kava, and reach Mixology Level 6 to create Lotta Cocolate.
|Kava||N/A||Created with the Kava Bowl.|
|Lotta Cocolate||Level 6 Mixology||Created at a Bar.|
The Sims 4 Island Living includes two new food stalls that are found in the public areas of Sulani, or in buy mode. Each of the food stalls have different offerings, but both allow Sims to purchase some of the new food recipes.
❗ Food stalls on a residential or commercial lot include the “Hire Vendor (§100)” interaction. This brings an NPC salesperson to the stall to sell the food items.
❗ The Zee’s E-Z Poke Stand also includes a special “Bring Your Own Fish” interaction which allows Sims to purchase any of the dishes at a discount in exchange for using fish from their inventory.
The Sims 4 Island Living introduces the special Kava Bowl. This bowl is used to prepare the new Kava drink that comes with the game. Sims can prepare Kava with or without Kava Root, but having the ingredient lowers the price.
The Sims 4 Island Living adds some new random events available to Sims living in Sulani.
When a household moves to Sulani, they will be greeted by the friendly locals of the neighborhood with a special Island Welcome Wagon. The neighbors will welcome you with Kava, a special, relaxing drink that is a staple of the culture.
Sulani locals might visit Sims at their home from time to time, and might even bring over some plates of extra food they had made during the Extra Food Event.
Other events that occur are exclusive to Ohan’ali Town, where Sims can join in on local festivities and events. The following events will spawn in Ohan’ali:
- Beach Bonfire — Sims will party around the bonfire.
- Family Fun Day — Sims and their families will spend some time at the beach, doing activities such as swimming in the ocean, swinging on the swing set, and playing in the sand.
- Fishing Competition — Sims are able to fish with each other at the designated fishing spot, and are able to have the fish they caught prepared for a meal at the food stall.
- Flowers and Music — Sims are able to enjoy guitar playing and fire dancing while surrounded by vibrant flora.
- Island Celebration — Sims are able to enjoy food from food stalls, play the guitar, paint on the easels, and dance around the bonfire.
- Town BBQ — Sims will drink Kava and eat a BBQ Feast prepared from the Barbecue Pit.
- Town Potluck — Sims will bring over food they have prepared to share for a feast.
Once the environment of Sulani has been conserved enough to the point where it is fully thriving, a Turtle Hatching Event may occur at Mua Pel’am. Here, Sims are able to watch and cheer on baby turtles as they hatch from their eggs and enter the ocean.
Elementals are ghosts native to Sulani that can be found on the island. Elementals are protective of the land they inhabited when they were alive, so they like to see the Sulani culture and geography thrive.
Sims with the Child of the Islands trait have the ability to Summon Island Elements in Sulani, which will trigger an event called “Commuting with Sulani Elementals.” This will make a few Elementals appear for the Sim to interact with. However, this event only lasts a few hours, and once it is over, the Elementals will disappear.
Those who have the Child of the Island trait may also “Ask For Judgment” to see if the Elementals approve of how they honor the island’s traditions. If a Sim follows the island’s customs and helps conserve the environment, they are likely to please the Elementals with their special connection to Sulani.
Elementals and offspring to Elementals have the inherited Sulani Mana trait. This trait allows them to use their elemental energy to increase the quality of plants and summon Volcanic Bombs.
Lots with the Island Spirits lot trait, such as the Hoapili residence in Ohan’ali Town, frequently experience visits from clusters of light known as Spirits.
Sims can “Commune” with Spirits, which may give them a positive moodlet that can last up to two days. These moodlets include the +1 “Island Energy” Energized moodlet and the +1 Confident “Island Luck” moodlet. Once the moodlet is applied, the affected Sim will have an occasional blue energy appear around them until the moodlet wears off.
❗ If a Sim does not want to receive a mood boost, they can simply use the “Release Spirits” or “Banish Spirits” interaction.
Death by Drowning
The Sims 4 Island Living has added a new way for Sims to die by Drowning. Sims who swim in the ocean with low motives have a high chance of drowning. The grim reaper will then come to take away the Sim’s soul and leave their urn floating on lifebuoy.
❗ Drowning can occur in any part of the ocean just like it can in swimming pools. Sims who are uncomfortable with very low motives should get out of the ocean as soon as possible to avoid drowning.
Death by Fire
The Sims 4 Island Living has added a new way for Sims to die by Fire. Sims who use the “Try to Touch” interaction on Volcanic Bombs run the chance of burning to death.
The Sims 4 Island Living introduces a new Woohoo location for Sims. Any Sims that are in a romantic relationship can use the Waterfall area to “Woohoo” or “Try for a Baby”.
❗ The waterfall is located in the Mua Pel’am Neighborhood near the volcano.
Part Time Careers
The Sims 4 Island Living introduces three brand new part time career options: Lifeguard, Fisherman and Diver.The new careers are found in the careers menu with all the other full time and part time career options. Sims can hold multiple part time careers, and if there is a schedule conflict, they’ll be asked to quit the career with conflicting hours.
Grab your snorkel and get to work! Being a diver is all about exploring the depths of the ocean floor.
The new diver career has only one shift choice: 5pm-8pm. Sims have to use one of the deep water bouys to purchase Diving Gear to receive a promotion in this career. As of the time of writing this guide this is a little glitchy, so wait until it directs you to buy the items. I found if I already owned the item it didn’t always detect the purchase and I couldn’t get the promotion. (This career is not available for Teen Sims.)
|Level||Rank||Pay||Promotion Task||Promotion Bonus|
|1||Snorkel Guide||§45/Hour||Purchase Diving Knife|
|2||Scuba Instructor||§59/Hour||Purchase Treasure Tool||Scuba Dive Tank|
|3||Sunken Treasure Hunter||§70/Hour||Mermaids Love Treasure Chest|
Relax by the water and let the fish come to you. It’s all about how you catch ’em (hook, line, and sinker) when you’re a fisherman!
The fisherman career has a choice of two shifts: 5am-9am or 9pm-1am. This career is perfect for the early bird or the night owl. Sims also get to dress in some hip fishing waders as they head off to work. (This career is not available for Teen Sims.)
|Level||Rank||Pay||Promotion Task||Promotion Bonus|
|1||Goldfish Hunter||§33/Hour||Reach Level 2 Fishing|
|2||River Wrangler||§40/Hour||Reach Level 4 Fishing||Life of Fish|
|3||Deep Sea Fishing Master||§48/Hour||Swordfish-Mounted|
Sunscreen, whistles, and the occasional shark are all part of everyday life as a Lifeguard. Love swimming, safety, and yelling at rambunctious children trying to drown each other? This is the part-time career for you!
The lifeguard career has a choice of two shifts: 8am-12pm or 5pm-9pm. Sims with the Lifeguard Career have a new interaction that allows them to patrol the area. This seems to mean strike a confident pose that makes you look busy. I guess if you’re going to be a lifeguard, you should get to look cool while doing it. Speaking of looking cool, you’ll unlock brand new swimwear options once you reach level 2. (Teenage Sims will only have the option of the 5pm-9pm shift.)
|Level||Rank||Pay||Promotion Task||Promotion Bonus|
|1||CPR Dummy Stand-In||§33/Hour||Reach Level 2 Fitness|
|2||Wave Watcher||§40/Hour||Reach Level 4 Fitness||New Clothes
Lifeguard Life Preserver
|3||Prolific Whistler||§48/Hour||Oversized Lifeguard Beach Towel|
Looking to earn a little extra income? Pick up you phone (or log on to your computer) and put your skills to work with all new Odd Jobs. And like any good gig economy, your job performance is rated out of 5 stars. Having a higher rating will grant access to better paying odd jobs. You can find your current Star Rating at the top of the Odd Jobs board.
Having a higher Odd Jobs rating will grant access to higher paying gigs. Two Sims with different ratings may see different jobs when they check the Odd Jobs Board. Odd Jobs are available from 8am-8pm and reset daily. Any of the Odd Jobs a Sim selects or completes during the day will not be accessible to other Sims.
There are two main types of odd jobs, based on when the job begins. The first type are listed as “Begins ASAP” and the important thing to note is the recommended skill (found at the bottom of each listing). Once selected, a Sim will just disappear for a few hours as they head out to do the odd job. It’s important to make sure Sims meet the minimum recommended skill.
The next type of odd jobs are listed as “Needed By” and the important thing to pay attention to is the job description. These listings are usually in search of a specific item like a coconut. Once an item is acquired, use the mailbox to send it to the client and complete the odd job. These listings often give a couple days to complete the request, but Sims can only have one active odd job at a time. So until they fulfill the request or cancel the odd job, they will not be able to work any additional odd jobs.
To select an odd job, click on the listing you want then click the check mark button in the bottom right. The Odd Job details will then appear in your Sim’s career panel.
If Sims select a “Needed By” job, task details are at the bottom of the Odd Job detail panel. Once Sims complete all the listed tasks, they will get a notification of their performance and be paid for the work. To cancel an Odd Job, click on the trash can icon in the Odd Jobs panel.
Once an odd job is completed, Sims will receive one of the following feedback reviews: Great Success, Success, Failure or Critical Failure. They’ll be notified of their pay, any tips received, and whether or not their Odd Job ranking went up or down. From there, choose a new odd job, or go about your day.
Mermaids are the newest occult life state that come with Island Living. No Sim is more connected to the sea than Mermaids. They might seem like an average Sim on land, but when they are in water, they reveal their fishy, scaly tail. They also have special powers that set them apart from human Sims.
The Sims 4 Island Living adds the new “Mermaid” life state. Aside from being able to find Mermaids throughout the game, and turning into one as you play, players can also use the new “Create-a-Mermaid” feature in CAS to make a Mermaid family immediately.
❗ Only Sims aged Teen-Elder can become Mermaids.
Just like human Sims, Mermaids can be created and customized from head-to-fin. However, because Mermaids are a special life state, they do lack some features like shoes and pants (the fin replaces those), but have additional features like Fin and Pupil Customization.
Mermaids can be customized using Hairstyles, Clothing, and Accessories available within the game, but MerSims also have their very own default “Mermaid Form”. This allows for customization of the “Mermaid look” when performing Mermadic actions within the game.
Both “sides” of a Mermaid can look the same by using the “Copy Mermaid Form to Sim” and “Link/Unlink Sim Form with Mermaid Form” options to carry over their looks.
❗ The Mermaid Form is not optional, so you will not be able to have Mermaids walk around with a fin when they’re not in water, nor will you be able to have them swim in the water without a fin. With the exception of the lower half of their body (shoes, pants, fin, etc), the Mermaid Form can be customized separately from the Sim form.
Becoming a Mermaid
Mermaids can be created directly from Create-a-Sim, but a human Sim can become one if they desire by consuming the special Mermadic Kelp. Mermadic Kelp can be obtained in a number of ways. The easiest way of obtaining it is by purchasing it in the Rewards Store for 500 Satisfaction Points. Mermadic Kelp will appear in the Sim’s inventory.
❗ Mermadic Kelp can also be found through other means like fishing, diving for treasure, requesting a dolphin retrieve treasure, and exploring the cave in Mua Pel’am.
Once a Sim has acquired Mermadic Kelp, they will need to consume it in order to to turn into a Mermaid. After eating Mermadic Kelp, Sims will receive the 24-hour +3 Energized “Strange Sensations” moodlet. Once the moodlet is activated, the Sim will need to enter the ocean and officially transform into a Mermaid. If they don’t enter the ocean within the 24 hour moodlet span, the Sim will remain human.
❗ MerSims can also produce Mermadic offspring. If two Mermaids Try for a baby, the baby will have Mermadic powers once they become a Teen. If only one parent is a mermaid, there’s a 50/50 chance of the offspring becoming a Mermaid.
Once you have a Mermaid in the family, you’ll need to care for their needs. In lieu of a hygiene need, Mermaids have the Hydration Need. Showering, bathing, swimming, and drinking water can all fulfill this need and keep Mermaids happy.
Mermaids with low hydration will receive a +2 Uncomfortable “Dried Scales” moodlet, and once the hydration bar is nearly depleted, the Mermaid will receive the +3 Uncomfortable “Dehydrated!” moodlet and start to smell. Hydration is very important for Mermaids.
Mermaid Powers and Abilities
Mermaids are able to do more in the ocean than human Sims. They can sleep on the water, interact with sea life, dive in deep water without scuba diving gear, call other Mermaids by blowing into a conch shell, and swim really fast. Mermaids are limited in some aspects, though. For instance, they cannot snorkel at buoys, and they get sad when they eat a fish or view a mounted fish on the wall. What Mermaid would want to eat their friends?!
Special abilities aside, Mermaids also depend on Hydration to fuel their special powers and interactions. Using hydration points, Mermaids can affect the mood of other Sims, change the weather, and interact with special Dolphins.
The following powers and interactions are available through Mermaids:
- Mermaid’s Kiss (-30 Hydration Points) – This will give the receiving Sim a +1 Happy “Aquatic Breath” moodlet.
- Aquatic Lure (-30 Hydration Points) – This action can be performed at fishing spots to increase the quality of fish.
- Summon Ocean Threat (-30 Hydration Points) – This will cause a dark cloud to form under a Sim while they are in the ocean, which will pull them down under the water. This will give the receiving Sim a +3 Uncomfortable “Deep Sea Entity” moodlet, and might even cause them to drown to death.
- Siren’s Lullaby…
- Aegean’s Question (-30 Hydration Points) – This will give the receiving Sim a +2 Tense moodlet.
- Charmer’s Lullaby (-30 Hydration Points) – This will give the receiving Sim a +2 Flirty moodlet.
- Inspiring Berceuse (-30 Hydration Points) – This will give the receiving Sim a +2 Inspiring moodlet
- Night’s Requiem (-30 Hydration Points) – This will give the receiving Sim a +2 Sad moodlet.
With the Seasons expansion pack, Mermaid Sims can also affect the weather.
- Call Clear Skies (-75 Hydration Points)
- Call Rainstorm (-75 Hydration Points)
- Call Thunderstorm (-75 Hydration Points)
Mermaids also have additional abilities while in the ocean.
- Call Over Azure Dolphin (-30 Hydration Points)
Lastly, Mermaids tend to befriend dolphins easier than other Sims. Once they get to know a dolphin better, they might become soulmates.
Becoming a Human
If a Mermaid decides that the Mermaid lifestyle is not for them, they can change into a human by consuming two pieces of Mermadic Kelp. After eating the first piece of Mermadic Kelp, the Mermaid will receive a 4-hour +1 “Heightened Sensations” moodlet. Once the moodlet is activated, the Sim will need to eat a second piece to become human. If they don’t eat the second piece within the 4 hour moodlet span, the Sim will remain a Mermaid.
The Sims 4 Island Living introduces a tropical ocean life experience to The Sims 4. From building sandcastles, to spearfishing, the Island Living Expansion Pack adds numerous new features and interactions for Sims to experience and enjoy.
The Sims 4 Island Living introduces swimming in the ocean. This interaction is only possible in the world of Sulani, giving Sims the ability to swim around in different parts of the world.
The following interactions are available in the waters of Sulani:
- Swim Here
- Swim Around
- Swim With…
- Back Float
- Wade Here
- Skinny Dip
- Skinny Dip With…
- Ride Here (Requires Water Vehicle)
- Play in Ocean (Toddlers)
- Wade Here (Toddlers)
- Sit Here (Toddlers)
The Sims 4 Island Living introduces Beach Towels to the game. Sims Aged Child and older can use these towels to relax, nap, or sunbathe.
When Sims are not napping on beach towels and swimming in the ocean, they can partake in various beach activities available when clicking on the sand. Sims of all ages can enjoy some of what Sulani’s beaches has to offer.
Sims can use any of the following interactions when clicking on sand:
- Build Sand Sculpture
- Build Sand Sculpture With…
- Beachcomb (Seashells or Trash)
- Play in Sand (Children)
- Sit Here (Toddlers)
When building sand sculptures, Sims will create one of 5 types of sculptures. They can then use the “Monster Stomp” interaction, or if the sand slowly blows away, Sims can then use the “Restore” interaction on the sculpture to bring it back to its original form.
When using the beachcomb interaction, Sims will find random buried treasures and the new seashells available for collection. This interaction will yield some of the rare treasures that Sulani has to offer. Sims can also opt to beachcomb for trash if that’s their thing.
There is nothing more relaxing than the warm rays of the sun on your skin. Now Sims can click on a lounge chair, pool float, or beach towel and choose to sunbathe. There are three options for sunbathing: “Sunbathe in Current Outfit”, “Sunbathe in Swimwear” or “Sunbathe in Nude.” Mermaids also have a fourth option to “Sunbathe in Open Water.”
❗ Island Living introduces realistic suntan lines. This means if Sims sunbathe, they should choose their outfit carefully as tan lines will appear in the shape of their clothing.
There are a few exceptions to keep in mind when it comes to sunbathing. Sims won’t be able to sunbathe nude if there are any children around, and Child Sims can not sunbathe at all.
Sims also won’t be able to sunbathe if the sun is not out. (This also applies to cloudy days or during bad weather if you have The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion installed.) Lastly, there are certain skin types – particularly the more unnatural shades of blue, green and grey – that will not tan or burn.
Mermaids may be able to sunbathe in one form but not the other based on their skin tone. Other Occult Sims like Vampires and Aliens, will not be able to sunbathe in either of their forms as they will receive a notification that states “This Sim’s skin is incapable of tanning. It must have some weird properties.”
It’s important for Sims to keep an eye on how long they are sunbathing, or the sun might turn from friend to foe. One way to prevent burning is to keep an eye on Sims. When a red aura appears with a tense “Starting to Burn” moodlet, cancel the sunbathing action. Failure to cancel the sunbathing action results in the uncomfortable “Burning” moodlet, which means it is too late for the Sim to stop the sunburn.
Sims can help prevent burns by choosing the “Apply Sunburn Protection” self-interaction. This will protect Sims for 12 hours, and instead of burning, Sims will stop sunbathing once they’ve achieve that perfect sun-kissed look. Perfect tans are not always perfect with pranksters around though…
Sims can also use the “Prank Sunbather” interaction to ruin a tan. This will apply an uneven layer of sunblock to the sunbathing Sim, which will create random silly tan lines once a Sim tans or burns while sunbathing. If that Sim stops sunbathing before having time to tan or burn, then the prank will have no effect. Likewise, if the sunbathing Sim applies Sunburn Protection after being pranked, it will cancel the effects of the prank. While Child Sims cannot sunbathe, they can Prank Sunbathers. Only Sims sunbathing on land (such as a towel or lounge chair) can be pranked. Sims sunbathing on a float are safe from pranksters.
Sunburns and Tans will only last a few days. To fix a mistake or to give Sims a more lasting look, there is a quick way to cheat the perfect tan. Using “testingcheats true” you can right click on your Sim to see the secret tanning options menu. Select “Sunbathing Options” and you’ll see a choice of “No Tan”, “Tanned”, “Sunburnt”, or “Lock Tan/Burn”.
Sulani’s waters offer even more adventure for those eager to explore the coral reefs and ocean depths. There are two types of buoys, the shallow water buoys and the deep water buoys. The deep water buoys are red on top and allow Sims to free dive. Shallow water buoys are green on top, found near coral reefs and allow Sims to Snorkel.
Sims will need to reach Fitness Skill level 3 to unlock diving interactions, but Mermaids do not need to meet this requirement. Sims will not need a specific Fitness Skill to Scuba Dive, but they should be careful about swimming in the deep waters as they can drown.
❗ Child Sims are not able to dive.
❗ Pregnant Sims will not be able to preform any diving during their third trimester.
To unlock more diving options Sims will need to buy Dive Gear by clicking on the deep ocean buoy. Dive Gear isn’t a physical item in your Sim’s inventory, so once purchased, they can not be lost or traded.
The following diving items can be purchased at the deep water buoy:
- Diving Knife (§250) – Allows Sims to dive and collect Seashells.
- Spearfishing Gun (§500) – Allows Sims to Spearfish
- Rebreather (§750) – This item unlocks Scuba Diving for Sims. Unlike Free Diving, there is not a Fitness Skill requirement for Scuba Diving. Once a Rebreather is purchased, Sims can Scuba Dive immediately. Mermaid Sims do not have the option to Scuba Dive since they already have the ability to Free Dive.
- Underwater Camera (§1,000) – This is used to collect 10 unique photographs for your home. Sims can only use the Underwater Camera if they own the Rebreather (or are a Mermaid). The Underwater Photo Collection is not considered an official collectible so you can’t track your progress in the Household Collections menu.
- Treasure Tool (§1,200) – This is the most expensive item, but allows Sims to search the ocean floor for valuable buried treasures. This is the fastest way to complete the new Buried Treasure Collection and can be used with or without the Rebreather. Once Sims own the Treasure Tool, they can choose to Free Dive or Scuba Dive for treasure.
Sims and Mermaids who purchase a Spearfishing Gun will be able to spearfish in the deep waters so long as they have at least a level 4 Fitness Skill. This is a new way for Sims to catch fish in the game and complete their Fish Collection.
Unlike regular fishing, spearfishing is a timed action that may yield just one fish. Sims will have to choose to do the spearfish interaction again to continue catching fish using this method. Spearfishing will also help raise a Sim’s Fishing Skill.
Amidst the coastal waters you’ll spot a few shallow water green buoys. Sims can click on these buoys and choose to “Snorkel” or “Snorkel Together.” Unlike Sims, Mermaids cannot snorkel as they will receive a notification that states “Mermaids would never…be caught snorkeling. Very taboo subject..”
Dolphins can be found Living in the waters of Sulani, and with the right conditions set, can be interacted with around buoys throughout the world. There’s a chance that a Sim might randomly find that a dolphin approaches them while swimming around a buoy, but if the dolphin is not a fan of the Sim, it will swim away. If a Sim is approached, they will be given a chance to learn more about this gorgeous sea creature.
When looking for a dolphin, it’s best to look out for the aquatic activity surrounding buoys. Sometimes dolphins will swim in groups, and when they do, there is typically a school of fish that will swim near the surface of the water. Clicking that swirling pool of fish will give the prompt to “Call Over Dolphin” that allows Sims to interact with a dolphin. Sims will need to be quick with their interactions as dolphins don’t stick around for long.
Sims can build up their relationship with dolphins by performing different social interactions, some of which are unlocked as the friendship develops. Once friends with a dolphin, a Sim can specifically call for them at buoys.
The following interactions are available with dolphins:
- Talk to Dolphin
- Ask to be Squirted – This can be performed by sims with the “Child of the Ocean” trait.
- Pet Dolphin
- Playfully Splash Dolphin
- Feed Dolphin (§2)
- Request Trick…
- Belly Rub
- Fetch – The dolphin will go fetch an item from the ocean for the sim, such as fish or treasure.
Sims will typically see the classic “grey” dolphins out in the ocean, but there are two additional dolphin types that can be found: Albino and Azure.
Albino Dolphins are a rare species that can only be found in Sulani once it has reached its most thriving state of conservation. These beautiful creatures are lighter than other dolphins and have a slight pink tone to them. Sims can befriend albino dolphins just like any other dolphin. They, too, can be found around buoys.
Finally, Mermaids are able to call over the special Azure Dolphin while in the ocean. Azure dolphins have a blue tint to their pigment, and because of their oceanic connection, mermaids are likely to become Soulmates with these dolphins. Mermaids are also likely to develop a relationship with all dolphins quickly, making it easier to interact with them.
Sims may also encounter sharks while treading water. Sharks will appear at random and give Sims random moodlets as they swim nearby. The more uncomfortable moodlets can make drowning in the ocean more likely.
Sulani (New World)
The gorgeous Sulani island chain welcomes all to a life of blue oceans and friendly neighbors. The main islands show off the many walks of life from the community centered Ohan’ali Town, to the more lavish upscale Lani St. Taz, and even down to the seemingly vancant Mua Pel’am. All around is the beauty of nature no matter where you look.
Sulani is divided into three neighborhoods: Lani St. Taz, Mua Pel’am, and Ohan’ali Town. Lani St. Taz contains a lush jungle environment, Mua Pel’am is most famous for its active volcano and romantic waterfall, and Ohan’ali Town is where all the history and locals are, including the Sand Bar Ohan’ali Beach.
Sulani is a brand new world for The Sims 4. You can move your current or new household to this world, or simply visit by using the travel interaction on the cell phone.
The Sims 4 Island Living has added 3 new lot traits available for use in any world. Each trait has a unique effect that can change how your Sims interact with the lot. Two of the lots traits can be used on any lot, and the third is a hidden trait that is pre-fixed to certain oceanfront lots in Sulani.
Neighborhood and Lots
Sulani comes with 3 neighborhoods filled with pre-built residential and community lots. This section of the guide gives you information on all lots.
Lani St. Taz
An idyllic tropical paradise where the beaches are filled with white sand, and the waters are warm and vibrant. The lush jungle environment here is a perfect place for getting lost in the timeless island spirit.
• Sapphire Shores (Residential, 50×50, §10,750) – Pristine white sand where topical water ebbs against the shore, and the ocean is teaming with life. Locations like this are the true island living dream. (Oceanic Paradise Lot Trait)
• Journey’s End (Residential, Occupied by the Kahananui Family, 40×30, §77,575) – As the self-appointed “Sulani ambassadors” this enterprising couple, Mele and Alika, have decided to live out their golden years in a dream retreat away from the bustle of Ohan’ali Town.
• Reef Finery (Residential, Occupied by the Ngata Family, 40×30, §55,283) – Coming to Sulani for inspiration Leila didn’t expect to fall in love so deeply with the islands. And it wasn’t just the scenery that she fell for, but also for Oliana and her son Tane that welcomed her so easily into their family. The three are now an inseparable trio that call Sulani their home enjoying the sand and ocean at their own pace.
• Pier Perfection (Residential, 30×20, §19,522) – When living right on the water is a goal, you can find Pier Perfection right here.
• Sand Simoleon Beach (Beach, 40×30, §18,668) – Surrounded on all sides by tranquil waters, this beach is a must visit destination for any island lover. Only the finest of lounge amenities fill this beach to enjoy a relaxing day or night by the calming waters. (Oceanic Paradise Lot Trait)
Nature rules this island, from the active volcano to the flowing waterfall and down into the depths of the secluded cave. This remote destination in the Sulani island chain is the place for exploring the beauty of nature.
• Key Point (Residential, 40×30, §7,000) – This classic deserted islet formed from the natural accumulation of sand shored up by the surrounding reefs happens to make for the perfect untouched beach. (Oceanic Paradise and Off-the-Grid Lot Traits)
• Caldera Camp (Residential, 30×20, §19,383) – This ramshackle shelter, precariously sits at the base of an active volcano, is the first and potentially last stop for the most intrepid conservationists. (Volcanic Activity Lot Trait)
• Admiral’s Wreckage (Residential, 50×50, §51,146) – Few remember how or when an old trawler became so dramatically landlocked. Even fewer know what remains of this vessel in ruins. (Off-the-Grid Lot Trait)
Once a tiny fishing camp that was nestled between tropic jungles and calm lagoon waters, Ohan’ali Town has become one of the most bustling areas of Sulani. Devloping into the main town of the region has not changed the deeply rooted sense of community and their strong connection to the island traditions.
• Tangled Flat (Residential, 20×20, §16,530) – This modest hut has withstood the test of time and constant encroachment of a voracious jungle environment.
• Lagoon Look (Residential, 20×20, §17,206) – Ideally situated on the gentle shores of Ohan’ali cove, this simple but well-appointed beach house awaits its forever family.
• Ohan’ali Beach (Beach, 30×30, §15,988) – This stretch of sand has been the local beach for time immemorial. Where the first fishing boats once launched, this beach now serves as the main access into the lagoon’s crystal clear waters.
• The Sand Bar (Bar, 30×20, §30,353) – Local watering hole. Informal town center. Social hotspot. Refreshment support system. The only thing this open-air tavern doesn’t do is disappoint.
• Chieftain’s Villa (Residential, Occupied by the Hoapili Family, 40×30, §73,312) – Sitting high above the center of Ohan’ali Town, Keala watches over the townsfolk that look to her for guidance. This spirited, young-at-heart grandmother has taken young Lia under her wing to pass on the knowledge and cultural history of Sulani through the generations. (Island Spirits Lot Trait)
The island of Mua Pel’am sits at the foot of an active volcano. The island’s majestic waterfall and secret cave have made this a destination spot for locals and visitors to Sulani. However Mua Pel’am has suffered at the hands of those who do not respect the environment and the ecosystem has suffered. Can you help restore the island so the native species can once again thrive?
There are few things you can do to help Mua Pel’am back to it’s former glory. The most obvious is cleaning up the debris piles around the island. Additionally, your Sim can attempt to catch invasive species (like goldfish) while fishing and taking care to release any threatened species they catch.
As your Sim makes positive conservation efforts you’ll see a heart shaped leaf appear. The more conservation efforts your Sims make, the faster you’ll see progress on the Island. Your first indicator of progress will be a popup letting you know the island is improving. Trees will start to appear greener and you’ll notice more wildlife around the island.
Unfortunately with progress, you’ll see more pests around Mua Pel’am. These can range from Fish Poachers to anti-environmentalists. You’ll be able to spot the visual indicator that these Sims are bad actors by the red exclamation mark above their head. You can confront these Sims about their wrong doings (which will be better received if you have a higher charisma) or ask them to leave.
All of your conservation efforts will eventually pay off with the popup notification that Mua Pel’am is now thriving. Visually, the island is greener and has a lush variety of floral and fauna. The coral reefs are now an active home to fish and turtles. Butterflies dance around the island, baby turtles race from their nest to the sea and you can now find a Rare Albino Dolphin.
While any Sim can help make Conservation Efforts by picking up trash along the shores of Mua Pel’am, there is a brand new Career path dedicated to improving the Island. Your Sim can now choose to join the Conservationist Career. Sims who choose this career will be able to survey wildlife and use their research to help improve Sulani and beyond.
You’ve watched every nature documentary out there, and you know just how much the planet is in danger. From educating the public to performing research expeditions, you want to truly make a difference. Change won’t happen overnight, but keep at it and your hard work can lead to a thriving ecosystem.
|Level||Rank||Pay||Promotion Task||Promotion Bonus|
|2||Field Assistant||$18/Hour||Reach Level 2 Logic||Enthuse About Conservation|
|3||Land Surveyor||§25/Hour||Reach Level 3 Logic||Spray Invasive Species|
|4||Wildlife Technician||§37/Hour||Reach Level 4 Logic||Write Conservation Article|
|5||Nature Historian||§43/Hour||Reach Level 5 Logic||The Conservationist Canoe|
|6||Conservation Director||§62/Hour||Reach Level 6 Logic||New Conservationist Clothes
Activate Flower Sail
Deactivate Flower Sail
❗ This is a work from home career. You will receive a text alert an hour before your shift begins with an option to send your Sim to work or work from home. As with most work from home careers, you typically can advance your career faster by choosing to send your Sim to work. You will also get paid at the end of your shift based on your hourly rate.
❗ Choosing to work from home does give you more flexibility with your day. You’ll be given daily tasks to complete and you will be paid at the start of your next shift. Pay is based upon your job performance so if you fail to complete your daily tasks you may not receive a paycheck.
You’ll kick off your new career with the work from home assignment to “Research Conservation” from the computer. This is also a good way to level up your Sim’s logic skill, a requirement for promotion. Once your Sim reaches level 4 Logic, they’ll also be able to write a Conservation Article to improve their logic skill.
Collecting Research Data is another way to improve your job performance. When you choose to “Survey” a plant, mineral or other item, you’ll have a chance to collect Research Data. Sometimes your Sim won’t discover anything when surveying an item (and there is a cool down period before you can perform this interaction again) but this is the easiest way to collect Research Data.
The next way is to choose to “Collect Sample” or “Collect Sample from the Ocean”. The sample will appear in your inventory, where you can choose to “Analyze Sample.” You will have more success converting samples to Research Data if you have a higher logic skill. Otherwise the sample will explode in your Sim’s face. Once you’ve collected the Research Data in your inventory, you can choose to “Sell to National Nature Channel” for a small profit or “Send to research Center” for a career boost.
Additionally, the Conservationist Career unlocks more environment interactions (“Take Photo”, “Spray Invasive Species”) and Sim interactions (“Enthuse about Conservation”, “Spread Conservation Awareness”).
The Conservationist Career has two available career branches once your Sim reaches career level 7, the Marine Biologist or the Environmental Manager. The first branch, Marine Biologist, is the more passive option. Your Sim will be able to “Survey Wildlife” from a shallow water Snorkeling buoy or “Survey Ocean Floor” from the deep water Diving buoy. They require leveling up their Logic and Fitness skills to promote through this branch. Sending them to Survey Wildlife/Ocean are great ways to improve their fitness skill.
From coral reefs to sea turtles, show your love of marine life and the sea. The ocean calls to you!
|Level||Rank||Pay||Promotion Task||Promotion Bonus|
|7||Ocean Observer||§87/Hour||Reach Level 8 Logic|
Reach Level 2 Fitness
|Enthuse about Marine Biology
Survey Ocean Wildlife
|8||Fisheries Specialist||$130/Hour||Reach Level 9 Logic|
Reach Level 4 Fitness
|Survey Ocean Floor|
|9||Aquatic Ecologist||§208/Hour||Reach Level 10 Logic|
Reach Level 6 Fitness
|Shoot Nature Documentary
New Marine Biologist Clothes
|10||Master of Marine Affairs||§325/Hour||Master of the Sea|
Once your Sim reaches Level 9 they will be able to shoot a Nature Documentary (also available for Environmental Manager branch). You can choose this action by clicking on your Sim and selecting “Shoot Nature Documentary (§500)”. Your Sim will disappear for a few hours then return with the film in their inventory. You will have an opportunity to name your video when a Sim first returns, and the video can be renamed in the inventory.
If you own The Sims 4 Get Famous Expansion, you can drag the video to the video station and edit it for a chance to improve the video quality. If you do this you’ll then want to drag the video from the video station to your personal inventory before you can “License to National Nature Channel.” This allows Sims to receive royalty payments.
Once you have reaching level 10 of the Marine Biology branch, your Sim will receive the new Master of the Sea trait.
Use your expertise to consult on environmental policies, secure grants, and spread awareness to the masses. It’s time to widen the scope of your work!
|Level||Rank||Pay||Promotion Task||Promotion Bonus|
|7||Conservation Regulator||§127/Hour||Reach Level 8 Logic|
Reach Level 2 Charisma
|Consult on Global Policy
Prepare Grant Application
Submit Grant Application
|8||Sustainability Specialist||$178/Hour||Reach Level 9 Logic|
Reach Level 4 Charisma
|Write Conservation Paper|
|9||Environmental Ambassador||§231/Hour||Reach Level 10 Logic|
Reach Level 6 Charisma
|Shoot Nature Documentary|
|10||Chief Sustainability Officer||§340/Hour||Natural Speaker
"Can You See Me Now?" Camera
In comparison to the Marine Biologist branch, there is a lot more you can do with the Environmental Manager branch. Your Sim can use the computer to write a Conservation Paper (level 8) for a boost to their logic skill and to earn a tidy sum of simoleons. The Environmental Manager can also work on applying for a Grant, which will award Sims a nice amount of money to help fund their work.
To apply for a grant, your Sim will first need to use a computer to “Prepare Grant Application.” You’ll find these applications stored in your Sim’s inventory. When you are ready to submit an application, select “Submit Grant Application.” If your application is accepted you will receive the grant payment immediately. (Rejected applications yield a temporary embarrassed moodlet.)
The chances of your grant being approved will depend on the quality of your application. You can also choose to “Incorporate Research Data” you have collected to increase your application’s chance at being accepted. Once you have reaching level 10 of the Marine Biology branch, your Sim will receive the new Natural Speaker trait.
The aspect of the Environmental Manager that makes this branch stand apart is the ability to affect changes that impact Sulani and the worlds beyond. Using their phone, Sims can consult on Global Policies. Once you have selected a global policy you will need to consult several times before the policy is enacted. There is a cool down period between when you will be able to consult on a global policy (roughly 12hrs) but you can “Check Progress on Global Policy” at any time. Once you have consulted several times and the progress reaches 100%, your new Global Policy will be enacted.
You can only consult on one policy at a time, but you can continue to enact as many new Global Policies as you would like. If at any time you decide you don’t like a policy, you can grab your phone and “Repeal Global Policy.” The repeal will be effective immediately.
If you have The Sims 4 Seasons Expansion installed, Sulani will have its own weather system. Being that it is a tropical world, Sulani is likely to experience rain, heat, and a new weather event called “Monsoons”. Below is a list of weather patterns to expect.
|Cool, Warm, and Hot Temps. Rain and Wind.||Warm and Hot temps. Monsoons possible. Wind.||Cool, Warm, and Hot Temps. Monsoons possible. Rain and Wind.||Cool, Warm Temps. Thunderstorms, Rain, and Wind.|
The neighborhood of Mua Pel’am includes a secluded cave at the base of the mountain right next to the waterfall. This cave can be explored by Sims, and is used frequently with the Conservationist Career. Sims will emerge from the cave with treasures and collectibles.
The neighborhood of Mua Pel’am is home to a gorgeous waterfall. While it may seem as though the waterfall is only there for aesthetics, Sims can actually interact with it. The following interactions are available with the waterfall object:
- Play In
- Play In With
- Attract Frogs
- Catch Frogs
- Shower Nude
- Try for Baby
Also located in the neighborhood of Mua Pel’am is the Volcano. This lava spewing crater is both beautiful and dangerous. Homes adjacent to the volcano have the special “Volcanic Activity” lot trait for good reason: Lava Bombs! Volcanoes will randomly erupt, causing a shaking effect and dumping large volcanic lava bombs on nearby lots.
❗ Sims who have the “Sulani Mana” trait can summon volcanic bombs on the fly.
Lava bombs are very hot and should only be touched after they cool down. Touching a lava bomb while it is still red hot can result in death by fire. Once it cools off, lava bombs have a special “Break Open” interaction that yields crystals, fossils, minerals and more.
The Sims 4 Island Living adds a variety of new interactive objects. These objects allow for new game play not previously available in game. Details on these objects below.
The Admiral’s Fish Trap is a new way to trap and catch fish and other collectibles. Fish traps are available for purchase in buy mode, or at a local beach kiosk, and are carried around in a Sim’s inventory. Once a location is decided, use the “Place in World” option.
The main focus is to trap fish with these traps, so it’s best to place these near fishing spots around the world, or other areas where schools of fish are present. Keep in mind it will take a day or so for the trap to fill up with fish and other items.
The following options are available when using the fish trap:
- Put in Inventory
- Set Trap
- Set With Bait
- Check Trap
- Release Fish
- Empty Trap
The Aqua-Zip is a fun watercraft Sims can use to ride on the water. Aqua-Zips can be upgraded with additional features. The following interactions are available with Aqua-Zips:
- Ride Around on Aqua-Zip
- Change Paint Pattern…
- Abstract, Black, Blue, Clownfish, Lime-Green, Pastel, Pink, and Polka Dot
- Add on Fireworks Pod (§500)
- Add on Flame Vents (§1,000)
- Add on Lights (§500)
- Add on Music Player (§1,000)
- Add on Streamers (§500)
- Rename Aqua-Zip
- Put in Inventory
Canoes are used as slower paced form of transportation on water. Canoes have additional interactions available while not in motion.
- Sail Around on Canoe
- Go Fishing
- Lounge on Canoe
- Activate Flower Sail
- Rename Canoe
- Exit Canoe
- Aquatic Lure (-30 Hydration Points) — Mermaids Only
Sims can lie on Float Loungers to take a breather and soak up some sun. The following interactions are available with Float Loungers:
- Sunbathe in Nude
- Put in Inventory
The Beach Kiosk is a vending machine can be used to buy beach supplies such as watercraft, fishing skill books, the new harvestables, lounge chairs, and beach towels.
The Sulani Volcanic BBQ Searer is a new way to cook meals. This object can be purchased in buy mode and found during the Town BBQ Event around town. There are only two options available with the BBQ Searer, and limited recipe selections.
- Cook Feast (Yields 8 Servings)
- Grand Pit BBQ Feast (Yields 12 Servings)
- Available Recipes…
- Fish Dinner
- Kalua Pork
- Pork Adobo
- Tofurkey Dinner
- Island Vegetable Feast
- Hang Out – Available while food is cooking.
Bonfires are a brand new interactive object that allows Sims of all ages to enjoy some bonfire fun. This object can be found in a few places around Sulani, and can also be purchased in buy mode. The following interactions are available with the Fire Pit:
• Light Fire – Light up the fire pit and get started! Be careful though, your Sim may just end up with a burnt arm!
• Extinguish – Extinguish a fire pit.
• Hangout – Sims can either hangout alone or hangout together with a group.
• Possess (Ghosts) – Ghosts will create a really awesome skull-fire effect when possessing the large fire pit, and then light it for you! How convenient!
• Play – Use this interaction for a number of animations while Sims interact with the Fire Pit.
• Change Fire Color – Tired of the same color? Change the fire pit color to any of the following colors: Red, Grey, Light Blue, Light Purple, Yellow, Yellow-Green, Pink, Purple, Green, Teal, Dark Pink, Blue, Orange, or Light Red.
• Add Fuel – Sims will add lighter fluid or logs to keep the fire going. Fire Pits that do not receive enough fuel over time will burn out.
• Cozy up With – Have a special someone? Use this interaction to get Flirty!
• Dance – Sims can either dance alone or dance together with a group.
• Fire Dance – Sims can use this interaction for a whole new way to dance!
• Burn Money (§500) – Sims can use this interaction to burn some money. Sims must have at least §50,000 Simoleons or more to perform this action. This requires The Sims 4 Get Famous Expansion.
Buy/Build Mode Items
The Sims 4 Island Living includes 189 buy and build mode items. This includes objects, build items, styled rooms, and every other item that was included with the game. The slideshow below contains 180 of these objects, with the “Styled Rooms” listed right below.
The slideshow begins with the “Drift Away Single Bed” and ends with the “Wicker-O-the-Wisp Single Bed”. Check out the images individually in the Flickr Album.