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Lot traits and challenges
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Lot traits and challenges panel as of patch 115.

For other trait systems, see Trait.

Lot traits and lot challenges are systems in The Sims 4,[1] introduced with patch 42 and patch 115 respectively, that can be accessed and assigned in build mode. Residential lots, as well as apartments[TS4:CL][TS4:EL] and most venues,[2] can be assigned lot traits and challenges that impact gameplay on that specific lot, such as increasing skill and mood or enabling random events to occur.

Lot traits[]

The game features 40 lot traits in total, of which 10 are available in the base game. Each lot can be assigned up to three traits. 12 traits are added with the City Living expansion pack.[3] Vampires adds 3 lot traits, all related to the primary theme of the game pack. Cats & Dogs adds 6 lot traits related to pets. Jungle Adventure adds 1 more lot trait related to jungle vacationing. Get Famous adds 3 lot traits related to celebrity. Patch 81 adds 2 lot traits into the base game. Island Living adds 1 lot trait. Discover University adds 2 lot traits related to university students. Eco Lifestyle adds 2 more lot traits related to eco footprint and recycling. Several traits are locked to specific lots which cannot be changed or removed within the game.[4]

Base game[]

Icon Trait Description Effect
Trait TS4 Great Acoustics.png Great Acoustics The acoustics are perfect here! A great place for any musician to hone their skills. 50% boost to singing, guitar, piano, violin, and DJ mixing skill gains. Sims receive an inspired moodlet while learning.
Trait TS4 Fast Internet.png Fast Internet A great online connection helps out those looking to improve their Programming, Video Gaming, or Writing skills. 50% boost to programming, video gaming and writing skill gains. Sims receive an energized moodlet while playing video games, writing, or programming.
Trait TS4 Domestic.png Homey The homey vibe helps Sims quickly master the domestic arts of Cooking, Mixology, Handiness, and Gardening. 50% boost to cooking, gourmet cooking, baking, mixology, handiness, and gardening skill gains. Sims will receive a happy moodlet.
Trait TS4 Science Lair.png Science Lair The secluded vibe means there's little to distract great minds from the study of Logic or Rocket Science. 50% boost to logic and rocket science skill gains. Sims will receive a focused moodlet.
Trait TS4 Convival.png Convivial The spacious but intimate feel makes it easier to practice Charisma, Comedy, and Mischief to your heart's content. 50% boost to charisma, comedy and mischief. Sims receive a confident moodlet while socializing.
Trait TS4 Natural Light.png Natural Light The quality of light here makes Painting and Photography much easier to master. 50% boost to painting and photography skill gains. Also 50% boost to handiness skill gain while woodworking. Sims receive an inspired moodlet while painting.
Trait TS4 Breezing Braces.png Bracing Breezes Oodles of fresh air make for a bracing environment to exercise. 50% boost to fitness and wellness skill gains. Sims receive an energized moodlet while exercising.
Trait TS4 Private Dwelling.png Private Dwelling A home lot with this trait deters all but the most determined visitors (It has little effect on commercial venues). No Sims will visit the lot, unless invited by the household.
TeenHangout.png Teen Neighborhood More teens will hang out in the neighborhood that surrounds this lot. You'll spot them roaming around and loitering in the streets, as teens are known to do. It's a good opportunity for teens in your household to meet new friends their own age! Teenager Sims will visit the lot more often than usual.
Trait TS4 Clothing Optional.png Clothing Optional This lot embraces an open, natural lifestyle empowering visitors to shed strict material conventions and prudish societal moors... also their clothes. Various sims will visit the lot in the nude. Underage Sims will be forced to go home. Sims with the childish, neat, squeamish, and snob trait will not get naked, however.

City Living[]

Icon Trait Description Effect
Trait TS4 Chef's Kitchen.png Chef's Kitchen Food prepared in this kitchen will enhance your Sims' culinary skills. Look out famous Chefs! 10% boost to cooking and gourmet cooking skill gains. After preparing food, Sims will receive the "Inspired Chef" inspired moodlet that lasts for 2 hours.
Trait TS4 Bookworm.png Good Schools The local school is great! Kids seem to get high grades and usually do better at homework. 15% boost to school performance (10% for high school). 25% of child or teen Sim receiving the "Quality Education" confident moodlet after school.
Trait TS4 Mean Vibe.png Mean Vibe The Mean Vibe makes it easier to get other Sims angry with Mean or Mischief interactions. Sims will gain the "Mean Vibes" angry moodlet when being targeted by mischief interactions.
Trait TS4 Home Studio.png Home Studio The artsy vibe makes this a great place to be creative. Painting, Writing and Woodworking usually comes out better quality. 10% boost to Painting and Writing skill gains. Sims will receive craft-related whims more often, and will output significantly higher-quality crafted objects.
Trait TS4 Sunny Aspect.png Sunny Aspect The beautiful scenery really make this place uplifting. When the sun goes down, Sims may get Energized, Happy or Inspired. At 6:00 pm Sims on the lot will receive an energized, happy, or inspired moodlet that will last until Sim leave the lot.
Trait TS4 Penny Pixies.png Penny Pixies Sims often find loose change around the place. It's like there's a secret money fairy or something. Sims may find small amount of Simoleons while sitting, cleaning, napping, and rummaging. Occasionally the Sim will also receive the "Penny Pixies" happy moodlet upon finding money.
Trait TS4 Party Place.png Party Place Parties just seem to go well at this place! Meeting Social Event goals becomes much easier. Social event objectives are easier to fulfill. Sims will receive "Great for Atmosphere" happy moodlet upon entering the lot. This moodlet will boost the effect of friendly and romantic social interactions.
Trait TS4 Romantic Aura.png Romantic Aura Romantic aura makes it easier to get other people in the mood for LURVE! Sims may receive the "Feelin' Lucky!" confident moodlet when using romantic social interactions. This moodlet will boost the effect of romantic social interactions.
Trait TS4 Great Soil.png Great Soil Gardening just seems to go really well here. Increases the rate of plant growth by 10% from 7 AM to 7 PM.
Trait TS4 Child's Play.png Child's Play Kids just seem to learn faster here. Child Sims and adult Sims with the childish trait receive the "Child's Play"/"Inner Child Play" playful moodlet when using children's objects.
Trait TS4 On Ley Line.png On Ley Line Full of funky fertile earth energy, twins are born here more often than not. Boosts the chances of a Sim conceiving twins.
Trait TS4 Gnomes.png Gnomes Broken things just seem to get mended overnight. It's as if kindly Gnomes watch over the place... Objects will magically repaired at 3 AM while Sims on the lot are asleep. However, no actual gnomes will appear repairing objects.

Locked traits[]

Icon Trait Description Effect
Trait TS4 Cheap.png Cheap Rent is cheaper than average for this Apartment. No effect. This trait is unused and therefore inaccessible within the game. Despite the description, an apartment's rent cost is fixed and is not actually affected by the trait.
Trait TS4 Great View.png Great View The beautiful views are sure to lift anyone's spirits. Sims receive the "Fantastic View" energized moodlet when viewing an exterior-facing window.
Trait TS4 Historical.png Historical The Landlord has one rule - the Inspirational plaque dedicated to a famous historical resident can never be removed or sold. The lot contains a plaque that cannot be moved or removed. Viewing the plaque grants the Sim the "Historical Location" inspired moodlet.
Trait TS4 Lively Neighbors.png Lively Neighbors The neighbors live life to the max. There's often a party going on. The lot is more likely to receive disruption from neighbours. Goofball and erratic Sims will more often enter the lot uninvited.
Trait TS4 Low Deposit.png Low Deposit The deposit for this apartment is suspiciously low... No effect. This trait is unused and therefore inaccessible within the game. Despite the description, an apartment's deposit cost is fixed and is not actually affected by the trait.
Trait TS4 Needs TLC.png Needs TLC A great place to practice your Handiness skills! After several days, the apartment will experience issues such as power outage, burst pipes, roaches, mice, and bad smells.
Trait TS4 Pricey.png Pricey Rent is higher than average for this Apartment. Sims living on the lot receive the "Only the Finest" happy moodlet indefinitely. This trait is unused and therefore inaccessible within the game. Despite the description, an apartment's rent cost is fixed and is not actually affected by the trait.
Trait TS4 Romantic Fireplace.png Romantic Fireplace A flirty vibe radiates from the beautiful fireplace in this apartment. The Landlord won't allow this fireplace to be removed or sold. The lot contains a fireplace that cannot be moved or removed. Sims within range of the fireplace receive the "Flirty Fire" flirty moodlet.
Trait TS4 Serviced Apartment.png Serviced Apartment The rent for this apartment includes maid service. A maid will arrive each weekday at 9 AM to clean the apartment, free of charge.
Trait TS4 Quiet.png Quiet Maybe it's the insulation or maybe the neighbors are very polite. Either way, it's never noisy here. The lot will never receive disruption from neighbours.


Icon Trait Description Effect
TS4 Trait On A Dark Ley Line.png On A Dark Ley Line The dark energy here has a impact on all nocturnal activities. You can expect babies conceived here to require extra care while teething. Increases the chance of a baby being born as a vampire, even if both parents are not vampires.
Trait TS4 Vampire Lair.png Registered Vampire Lair The lot registers as a vampire lair. The League will send various gifts from time to time. Through the mail, no less. Even the immortals use the public mail service. Only available on home residences. The household may receive free gifts through the mail.
Trait TS4 Vampire Nexus.png Vampire Nexus A dark void envelopes this lot in the upside down. Vampires are more likely to visit the area. Vampires will visit the lot more often.

Cats & Dogs[]

Icon Trait Description Effect
Trait TS4 Breeding Grounds.png Breeding Grounds Increases the chances for pets to have larger pet litters. Pregnant pets are likely to give birth to more than one offspring.
Trait TS4 Cat Friendly.png Cat Friendly Cat owners will visit this lot with their cats. Pet cats and their owners will visit the lot.
Trait TS4 Cat Hangout.png Cat Hangout Stray cats really love this lot. Meow! Stray cats will visit the lot.
Trait TS4 Dog Friendly.png Dog Friendly Dog owners will visit this lot and bring their dogs. Pet dogs and their owners will visit the lot.
Trait TS4 Dog Hangout.png Dog Hangout Stray dogs will hang out at this lot. Stray dogs will visit the lot.
The Sims 4 Pet Training Icon.png Training Ground Sims gain Pet Training skill faster on this lot. Sims will gain the pet training skill faster, and have an easier time training pets as a result.

Jungle Adventure[]

Icon Trait Description Effect
Trait TS4 Peace and Quiet.png Peace and Quiet Something about this lot makes it great for reading. Sims understand more, so they gain skill faster from reading, and Tense moods go away faster. Sims will gain skill from books 50% faster and will relieve tension upon entering the lot.

Get Famous[]

Icon Trait Description Effect
Trait TS4 Celebrity Home.png Celebrity Home This residence is listed on the Celebrity Home Tours, granting increased fame gain, restricted access, and awe amongst welcomed visitors. Beware though! Those who live here but aren't actually very famous will be considered posers! Strangers have restricted access until a relationship with household member is established or been invited. If one Sim in the household is rank Proper Celebrity or Global Superstar, all Sims in the household will receive a "Prestigious Living" happy moodlet. Otherwise they will sometimes get an embarrassed moodlet, being considered posers.
Trait TS4 Hottest Spot in Town.png Hottest Spot in Town A place for the Superstars, the VIPs, those who've achieved victory over the commonplace! After all, who else could afford these hyperinflated lot prices? Not you... no. But at least, the Starlight Accolades can only happen on Lounges with this trait. Prices are doubled for all buyable goods, such as food and drinks. Restaurants with this trait have a §50 fee to be seated at a table. The Starlight Accolades awards show can only take place at lounges with this trait.
Trait TS4 Up-and-Coming Hotspot.png Up-and-Coming Hotspot At least your Sims can say they 'went here before it was cool.' Also, cheap drinks and eats for the super famous! Even better, Meet a Celebrity events can only happen on Lounges with this trait. Celebrities rank B-Lister and above get 25% discounts on buyable goods. Meet a Celebrity events can only take place at lounges with this trait.

Island Living[]

Icon Trait Description Effect
Trait TS4 Island Spirits.png Island Spirits Ancient Island spirits inhabits this lot, visiting frequently. How will Sims choose to interact with them? Haunted spirits will appear and Sims can commune with, release, or banish spirits.

Locked trait[]

Icon Trait Description Effect
Trait TS4 Oceanic Paradise.png Oceanic Paradise This lot has an abundance of ocean life. Swimming in the ocean is an inspiring endeavor and dolphins and rare fish are easily found here. Sims swimming in the ocean will find more marine life. Non-mermaid Sims can call and play with dolphin.

Discover University[]

Icon Trait Description Effect
Trait TS4 Study Spot.png Study Spot A great place to enhance one's mind in pursuit of higher education. Not only will Sims complete their homework faster, but they can study longer without getting mentally exhausted. They'll also enjoy a slight bonus to all skill building. University students, children and teens will study and do homework faster, and all Sims will receive a small boost to skill building. Can study slightly longer before getting mentally exhausted.
Trait TS4 University Student Hang Out.png University Student Hang Out This spot has great prices on food and drink, so the university students are sure to flock to it.

Food and drinks are 30% cheaper, and university students will visit the lot more often.

Eco Lifestyle[]

Icon Trait Description Effect
Trait TS4 Eco Lot.png Eco Lot This lot moves toward eco-friendliness faster than others. Eco Footprint move towards green 10% faster.
Trait TS4 Geothermal.png Geothermal Natural heating lowers utility bills by generating power, and keeps any pools warm. Power bills reduced at a rate of 28.57 power units per day. Swimming in a pool grants the "Warm Waters" happy moodlet.
Trait TS4 Natural Well.png Natural Well Spring water runs under this lot, reducing utility bills and offering fresh, clean water from the tap. Water bills reduced at a rate of 28.57 water units per day. Drinking water grants the "Fresh Spring Water" happy moodlet.

Lot challenges[]

Patch 115 introduces lot challenges as a new feature. 11 previously existing lot traits were converted to lot challenges, including 1 from the base game, 6 from City Living, 1 from Jungle Adventure, 1 from Island Living, and 2 from Eco Lifestyle. 2 brand new lot challenges are also added with the Cottage Living expansion pack.[5] Unlike lot traits, there is no limit to how many challenges a lot can have.

Base game[]

Icon Challenge Description Effect
New TS4 Off-The-Grid.png Off-the-Grid This lot is not connected to the utility grid, and most objects that use Power or Water will not function as expected. Can your Sims survive without the comforts of plumbing and electricity? Natural living does have it's advantages—such as no utility bills! Most electronics and plumbing objects will not work on the lot, apart from a select few (identified by their build buy descriptions). With Eco Lifestyle, power and water utilities can be used as long as the household produces more than it uses. Bills are discounted by 25%

City Living[]

Icon Challenge Description Effect
Trait TS4 Quake Zone.png Quake Zone Occasionally there's a minor tremor here. Probably nothing to worry about... The lot will randomly experience mild earthquakes, causing Sims to become tense.
Trait TS4 Cursed.png Cursed Lots of things seem to go wrong here. Sims may get voodoo'd when entering the lot. Uncomfortable and tense moodlet duration will be longer, interaction that decays bladder such as drinking will decay faster, and are more likely to die from electrocution and exhaustion. The lot will also experience fires more frequently.
Trait TS4 Slob.png Grody Sims have a chance to get nauseous when eating, drinking, or using the bathroom. 33% of Sim becoming nauseous when eating, drinking, or using the toilet on a lot with this trait.
Trait TS4 Gremlin.png Gremlins Stuff breaks here a lot. It's like there are tiny goblins that come out at night and smash things...but that's ridiculous, right? Objects will break at 12 AM. while Sims on the lot are asleep. However, no actual creatures will appear breaking things.
Trait TS4 Filthy.png Filthy From clogged sewers to grimy counters, this place seems to get dirty really quickly. Objects will become dirty at double the usual rate.
TS4 Ghost Icon.png Spooky For some inexplicable reason this lot attracts wandering Ghosts! At 10:30 PM, a ghost will appear on the lot and all Sims get a scared moodlet. More ghosts will appear on a Haunted House Residential lot.

Prior to Patch 107, this was named "Haunted".

Jungle Adventure[]

Icon Challenge Description Effect
Trait TS4 Creepy Crawlies.png Creepy Crawlies It seems that some creepy pests have taken up residence here. Be prepared; when they hit you'll never see them coming! Spiders, bees, and bats may randomly descend on Sims on the lot.

Island Living[]

Icon Challenge Description Effect
Trait TS4 Volcanic Activity.png Volcanic Activity This lot is near an active volcano! Beware of earthquakes, steam vents and occasional lava bombs. Similar to the "Quake Zone" challenge, small and large volcanic eruptions will happen randomly. During an eruption, the ground shakes, some objects break, and lava bombs will rain onto the lot. Sims can touch the bombs (risking dying by fire) or wait for it to cool. Steam vents from cracks on the ground can also happen.

Eco Lifestyle[]

Icon Challenge Description Effect
Trait TS4 Landfill Lot.png Landfill Lot This place is a dump! Trash accumulates on this lot. Eco Footprint move towards industrial 20% faster. Townies will dump trash and broken appliances into the lot. Any trash left outside will immediately become trash plant after 3 AM.
Trait TS4 Eco Master.png Reduce and Recycle This lot generates Compostable and Recyclable Trash, and outdoor cans are no longer bottomless. Actively managing the trash output is a must! All trash cans and dumpsters will accumulate and need to be sorted out or sent to the garbage dump. If the trash overflows, flies and roaches will appear. Some interactions will generate recycleables, food compost, and garden compost in a Sim's inventory.

Cottage Living[]

Icon Challenge Description Effect
Trait TS4 Simple Living.png Simple Living This lot requires ingredients to cook all recipes. Cooking with ingredients just makes food taste better! The household no longer receives free ingredients while cooking. All ingredients must be purchased from a grocery store, gardened, fished, or foraged. Sims who reach level 10 in the cooking skill and have cooked at least 15 meals already unlock the ability to write a cookbook. Reading a cookbook makes other Sims level up in the cooking skill much faster than normal.
Trait TS4 Wild Foxes.png Wild Foxes Wild foxes will appear on this lot, being a nuisance to your garden, chickens, and rabbits. Wild foxes will occasionally sneak around to steal eggs from chicken coops, and attack any chickens and rabbits that are on the lot.