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Rocket Science is a skill in The Sims 4. It represents a Sim's ability to build and upgrade Rocket Ships, as well as perform better in space exploration. It can be raised through building and upgrading rockets, reading skill books and exploring space. The skill is tied with the Astronaut career track. Raising it to the max level provides the achievement: "It's Not Brain Surgery".
When in space, various missions that are similar to chance cards from The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 will appear. Depending on the choices the player makes and the upgrades installed on the rocket, Sims may receive good outcomes, such as obtaining collectible aliens and positive moodlets. If things go awry, Sims may crash the ship or receive negative moodlets.
There is no particular aspiration for those that seek Rocket Science, but Curator can improve the chance of getting rare consumables.
Traits than can help are, as follows:
- Genius: It awards a random Focused moodlet, which is helpful towards the Rocket Science skill.
- Loves the Outdoors: Since most of the Rocket Science skill is gained outside, it can bring a hefty boost to your Focused with a +2 Happy moodlet.
|1||Build Rockets, Upgrade Landing Stabilizers, Explore Space||Perform one of the interactions to unlock the stat tracking. Landing Stabilizers allow your Sim to have less chance of crashing.|
|2||Build and Upgrade Faster||-----|
|3||Expand Fuel Storage Tanks||They unlock new dilemmas to perform while in space, and new collectibles.|
|4||Build and Upgrade Faster||-----|
|5||Improve Maneuvering Thrusters||Even more dilemmas unlock, along with new collectibles. Unlocks different outcomes for other dilemmas.|
|6||Expand Cargo Bay||It unlocks the ability to bring more cargo with you from space, allowing to bring more valuables back.|
|7||Install Cannon Defense Systems, Build and Upgrade Faster||Cannon Defense Systems influences a lot of outcomes from Space Exploration, and is a very useful upgrade.|
|8||Build and Upgrade Faster||-----|
|9||Install Automated Landing Computer||Installing a Landing Computer nearly reduces to 0 your risk to crash, even after a bad scenario outcome.|
|10||Be a Master Rocket Scientist||New, rare dilemmas, appear.|
You can collect 4 different kinds of Space Rocks, 10 aliens (5 Live, 5 Dead specimens), and one fossilized alien skull.
|Common Space Rock||Space Rock||Common||95||Environment: 3|
|Uncommon Space Rock||Space Rock||Uncommon||145||Environment: 3|
|Large Space Rock||Space Rock||Uncommon||200||Environment: 3|
|Unnaturally Large Space Rock||Space Rock||Rare||275||Environment: 5|
|Dead Red Coral||Dead Alien||Common||150||Confident: 3|
|Dead Space Porcupine||Dead Alien||Common||150||Confident: 3|
|Dead Pink Whale||Dead Alien||Common||150||Confident: 3|
|Dead Blue Slug||Dead Alien||Common||150||Confident: 3|
|Dead Space Squid||Dead Alien||Uncommon||150||Confident: 3|
|Live Space Porcupine||Live Specimen||Common||165||Environment: 3|
|Live Pink Whale||Live Specimen||Uncommon||165||Environment: 3|
|Live Red Coral||Live Specimen||Uncommon||165||Environment: 3|
|Live Blue Slug||Live Specimen||Rare||165||Environment: 3|
|Live Space Squid||Live Specimen||Rare||165||Environment: 3|
|Fossilized Alien Skull||Fossil||Rare||250||Environment 3|