The Sims 4 Skills Guide – How to Level Up

By   /   Sep 5, 2014

Learning and developing skills is the part and parcel of leading a successful life in The Sims 4. Skills are not only required to advance in a career, but also open up various opportunities throughout the course of the game.

An important thing to keep in mind is that a Sim can fulfil its basic needs and develop skills simultaneously. For example, watching a cooking show on television will not only increase fun, but also the cooking skill.

For more help on The Sims 4, read our Collectibles, Aspirations and Emotions Guide.

The Sims 4 Skills

In this guide, I’ll be talking about different children skills, teen skills, and mentor skills. And like always, if you’ve any queries, throw them in the comments below and I’ll get back to you!

Teen Skills

As soon as a teen learns a skill, it automatically gains Level 1. For example, if a teen plays a video game, it’ll develop Level 1 Videogame Skill. In addition to this, you can also read different books to level up different skills. These books can be bought and saved on your bookshelf.

However, do note that you cannot make your Sim read skill books all the time. Therefore, it’s a good idea to read books along with practising skills outdoor. Here are all the teen skills featured in the game:

Charisma determines how your Sim interacts with other Sims in the game. Like mentioned above, Charisma can be upgraded by either reading books or by practising speech in front of a mirror. Some of the uses of Charisma are to get promotions, make friends, and build relationships.

Another thing to keep in mind is that your Sim’s mood affects Charisma’s progression. For example, if your Sim is happy while interacting with other Sims, it’ll develop this skill a lot faster.

Other few things that help building Charisma are online charity and social networking. Here’s what you get after unlocking each level of Charisma:

  • Level 1: Sense of humour and faster interactions
  • Level 2: Brighten day on other Sims
  • Level 3: Online charity, pick-up lines, and flattering skills
  • Level 4: Apologizing and cheerful introduction to other Sims
  • Level 5: Social networking, storytelling in a mirror, and flirty introduction
  • Level 6: Uploading images on social network and sweet talking to other Sims
  • Level 7: Giving and receiving loans
  • Level 8: Hashtags and enchanting introduction to other Sims
  • Level 9: Giving and receiving larger loans
  • Level 10: Call boss for promotion

Similar to charisma, comedy is useful in both regular interaction and career-oriented interactions.

To begin developing this skill, simply tell any Sim a joke and you’re good to go. As for upgrading this skill, you can read a skill book, watch a comedy show, or keep on telling jokes to your in-game buddies.

Coming to the career aspect, developing this skill allows your Sim to create jokes and funny acts which can result in earning money. In addition to this, it’s also useful when changing your or other Sims’ mood to playful.

Here’s what you unlock with each level:

  • Level 1: Practice jokes on microphone and computer
  • Level 2: Knock-Knock joke
  • Level 3: Create small acts on computer and practice them
  • Level 4: Fashion jokes
  • Level 5: Practising funny act on microphone or mirror
  • Level 6: Create medium-length funny acts
  • Level 7: Write comedy books
  • Level 8: Create lengthy funny acts
  • Level 9: Funny storytelling
  • Level 10: Create spontaneous acts

Cooking is a skill which should be developed by every Sim because it’s closely related to your hunger need. To begin learning this skill, click on the refrigerator/stove and you’re good to go.

To develop this skill, your Sim can refer to books, cooking shows on TV, and practice cooking at home. In addition to fulfilling your basic need, cooking skill can also be used to talk about food-related things with other things.

And lastly, cooking meals for friends and family can change their mood to happy – if the food is of higher quality. To cook a meal of higher quality, make sure to use fresh ingredients and have proper skill level.

Here’s what you unlock with each level of cooking skill:

  • Level 1: Regular meals
  • Level 2: Eggs and toast, BLT, chips and salsa, and fish tacos recipes
  • Level 3: Pan fried tilapia, chocolate chip cookies, and pancake recipes along with cooking-related talk
  • Level 4: Spaghetti and strawberry cake recipes
  • Level 5: French toast and fish and chips recipes along with Gourmet Cooking skill
  • Level 6: Blue confetti cake and Chilli recipes
  • Level 7: Blackened bass and omelette recipes
  • Level 8: Apple pie recipe
  • Level 9: Chicken stir fry and cioppino recipes and giving other Sims cooking tips
  • Level 10: Roast chicken and tun casserole recipes

Fishing is a skill which is extremely important if you’re collecting fish collectibles.

To learn this skill, simply begin reading a book on fishing or start practising at any fishing pond. Do note that at the beginning of the skill, you’ll have skill to a limited number of ponds.

However, as the skill develops, you’ll be able to catch rare fish and talk about fishing with other Sims. Another reason why fishing is a good idea is because you can sell caught fish for a price depending upon the quality and mass of the fish.

Here’s what you get as you develop this skill:

  • Level 1: Decorate home with a fish
  • Level 2: Fishing ponds containing bass, koi, and trout
  • Level 3: Using baits while fishing
  • Level 4: Fishing ponds containing catfish and tilapia
  • Level 5: Observing water of a fishing pond
  • Level 6: Fishing ponds containing rainbow fish
  • Level 7: Catching mysterious fish
  • Level 8: Assume the role of fixture in the community
  • Level 9: N/A
  • Level 10: N/A

Developing fitness skill is a good idea because it not only adds to the fun need of your Sim, but a few career options require your Sim to be physically fit to a promotion.

To learn this skill, simply read a book or start exercising – a simple jog anywhere should suffice. You can also workout at an outdoor gym and even buy exercise equipment for your home.

The best way of developing this skill is by doing working out while you’re energized. At higher levels, you’ll be able to talk exercise-related stuff with other Sims and even research about new exercise techniques on the computer.

Here’s what you gain with each level of fitness:

  • Level 1: Different exercise techniques
  • Level 2: Talk exercise-related things with other Sims
  • Level 3: Research techniques on computer and longer runs
  • Level 4: Punching bag and heavy lifting unlock
  • Level 5: Protein shakes and no sweat runs unlock
  • Level 6: Show muscles to other Sims
  • Level 7: Hill challenge unlocks
  • Level 8: Epic workout unlocks
  • Level 9: Fight practice with other Sims
  • Level 10: Mentoring fitness unlocks

Note: Exercising reduces your Sim’s hygiene need so make sure to take a bath after exercising.

I’ve come across many people who don’t pay any attention to gardening skill – maybe because it’s not directly linked to any career option. However, in my opinion, this skill is worth upgrading because it’s directly tied to the largest collectible collection i.e. plants.

To learn this skill, simply read a book or order some seeds from your computer and begin gardening.

Gardening is also important because you can sell your grown plants for a profit and even use the fresh ingredients while cooking meals which enhance the meal quality. At higher levels of this skill, you’ll be able to talk to others about gardening and even learn splicing and grafting to create new plants.

Here’s what you learn with each level of this skill:

  • Level 1: Learn planting, watering, and harvesting
  • Level 2: Getting better at gardening
  • Level 3: Researching gardening tips on a computer
  • Level 4: Talk to plants
  • Level 5: Fertilizing plants
  • Level 6: Receive compliments from other Sims on gardening
  • Level 7: Learn grafting
  • Level 8: Reshaping Bonsai trees
  • Level 9: One step closer to becoming the veteran gardener
  • Level 10: Mentoring gardening to other Sims unlocks

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