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Skills are talents that Sims need in their everyday life and to advance in their working career.

In The Sims, only adults can earn skill points. In The Sims 2 and The Sims 3 however, any age group from toddlers on up can gain at least some skills.

In The Sims 2, certain aspiration reward objects such as Smart Milk, the Thinking Cap, and the SimVac can also aid in the building of skills, as do the career reward objects which focus on one skill. All 7 main skills (Cooking, Cleaning, Mechanical, Logic, Creativity, Body, and Charisma) are covered by at least one object. If Seasons is installed, drinking a veggie cocktail will aid in skill building, and drinking eggplant juice will give a random skill point.

In The Sims 3, skills have been expanded, and something roughly similar to the talent badges from The Sims 2 has been worked into the skill system. Skills still have 10 levels of proficiency. Sims who have maxed out any skill receive a certificate which can be sold for §1,000 (price will drop after some time) or hung up proudly on their wall. The interface for The Sims 3 was redesigned, so that information about a skill, statistics and challenges can now be found in the skill journal. Additionally, classes in all the skills can be taken at various Community buildings. Another difference from previous games is that Sims can learn skills on any lot. Previously, Sims could not gain skills on community lots, though some expansion packs for The Sims 2 had limited exceptions to this.

Skills by gameEdit

Skills and secret skills, including talent badges, learned in each game or expansion pack.

Regular skillsEdit

Skill The Sims The Sims 2 The Sims 3 The Sims 4 Age Notes
Cooking X X X X Child and older
Mechanical / Handiness X X X X Toddler[TS2:FT] and older
Charisma X X X X Toddler[TS2], teen and older
Body / Athletic / Fitness X X X X Child[TS3:G] and older In The Sims 2 and its expansions, children can use some methods of building this skill (see Body). In The Sims 3, this changed to child and older in Generations.
Logic X X X X Toddler and older
Creativity X X Toddler and older Was split into many skills such as Piano, Writing and Painting in The Sims 3 and The Sims 4. However is available as a child skill in The Sims 4.
Cleaning X X Child and older Is a hidden skill in The Sims.
Painting X X X Child and older Is a hidden skill in The Sims 2
Guitar X X Teen and older In Generations, it changed to child and older
Fishing Talent badge X X Child and older
Writing X X X Child and older Is a hidden skill in The Sims 2
Gardening Talent badge X X Teen and older In Generations, it changed to child and older
Photography X[TS3:WA] Child and older
Nectar Making X[TS3:WA] Teen and older
Martial Arts X[TS3:WA] Teen and older
Sculpting X[TS3:A] Teen and older
Inventing X[TS3:A] Child and older
Mixology X[TS3:LN] X Teen and older
Drums X[TS3:LN] Teen and older In Generations, it changed to child and older
Piano X[TS3:LN] X Teen and older In Generations, it changed to child and older
Bass X[TS3:LN] Teen and older In Generations, it changed to child and older
Riding X[TS3:P] Teen and older
Racing X[TS3:P] Horse only
Jumping X[TS3:P] Horse only
Hunting X[TS3:P] Cat and Dog only
Gambling X[Store] Young adult and older Only available in The Sims 3 Store
Alchemy X[TS3:SN] Teen and older
Science X[TS3:UL] Teen and older
Social Networking X[TS3:UL] Teen and older
Street Art X[TS3:UL] Teen and older
Violin X[Store] X Only available in The Sims 3 Store
Dancing X[Store] Only available in The Sims 3 Store. This is a separate skill from the hidden Dancing skill.
Scuba Diving X[TS3:IP]
Advanced Technology X[TS3:ITF] Child and older
Bot Building X[TS3:ITF] Teen and older
Laser Rhythm-a-con X[TS3:ITF] Teen and older
Artisan X[Store] Teen and older
Comedy X Teenand older
Gourmet Cooking X Teen

 and older

Requires level 5 in base cooking skill.
Mischief X Teen

 and older

Programming X Teen

 and older

Rocket Science X Teen

 and older

Video Gaming X Teen

 and older

Other skillsEdit

Skill The Sims The Sims 2 The Sims 3 Age Notes
Walking X X Toddler only
Talking X X Toddler only
Potty Training X X Toddler only
Nursery Rhyme X[TS2:FT] Toddler only
Study / Homework X X Child or Teen Is a hidden skill in The Sims 3
Dancing X X Child and older Is a hidden skill in The Sims 2 and The Sims 3
Meditation X Teen and older Is a hidden skill in The Sims 2
Yoga X Teen and older Is a hidden skill in The Sims 2
Pool X[TS2:U] X[TS3:ST] Teen and older Is a hidden skill in The Sims 2 and Showtime
Tai Chi X[TS2:BV] Child and older Is a hidden skill in The Sims 2
Magic / Spellcasting X[TS2:AL] X[TS3:SN] Teen and older Witch only
Parenting X[TS2:FT] Teen and older
Fire Prevention X[TS2:AL] Teen and older
Anger Management X[TS2:AL] Teen and older
Lifelong Happiness X[TS2:AL] Teen and older
Physiology X[TS2:AL] Teen and older
Couple Counselling X[TS2:AL] Teen and older
Driving X[TS3:G] Teen only
Ballet X[TS3:G] Child only Is a hidden skill in Generations
Scouting X[TS3:G] Child only Is a hidden skill in Generations
Sandbox X[TS3:G] Child only Is a hidden skill in Generations
Hopscotch X[TS3:G] Child and older Is a hidden skill in Generations

Skill benefits Edit

SimCooking

A Sim training her cooking skill

A few examples of skills that are needed in everyday life:

  • Sims will be less likely to set ablaze their kitchen or burn their food when they know how to cook.
  • If a Sim is experienced in the Mechanical skill, they can repair broken things in the household faster and the chance of electrocution while repairing objects (e.g. a trash compactor or TV) decreases significantly. This is particularly useful in The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, since it can mean not having to wait for the repairman to come.
  • Skills can affect the job performance of a Sim, specifically skills related to that job.
  • Sims with high Charisma tell better stories and jokes. They are also not too likely to be rejected for these interactions by other Sims they might want to make friends with.
  • Sims will clean things in the household slightly faster if they have gained enough cleaning skill. However, some players report that it also depends on the neatness of the Sim. [confirmation needed]
  • The Body skill of a Sim is built by using treadmills, weights, or swimming. When Sims are fat, they can train and not only get thin, but also stronger. When two Sims fight with each other, it is said that the Sim with the higher Body skill is more likely to win the fight. At least in The Sims 2, more active Sims build this skill faster.
  • The creativity skill, when high enough, will lead to Sims who create masterpieces on the easel which that sell for a lot of money (in The Sims 3, up to several thousand simoleons for master painters). Alternatively, creative Sims can also write novels (in Sims 3, a masterpiece by a truly talented and experienced writer can fetch over 10,000 per royalty payment, which adds up to over 70,000 Simoleons). Sims with high music skill can earn tips when they play an instrument in front of an audience; in Sims 3, a virtuoso with maxed out guitar skill can make a couple of thousand Simoleons per session.
  • If a Sim has every skill maxed they will also begin a career half way into it. Also when they pick up a job at this stage the career reward usually becomes immediately available, enabling them to achieve all the rewards within a few days. [TS2]
  • Perfecting a skill unlocks new abilities; for example, a high logic skill lets a Sim tutor other Sims, new cooking skill levels unlock new recipes, and new fishing skill levels lets Sims catch new types of fish.[TS3]
  • Sims get a Power Study moodlet if they study at the library.[TS3]

Skill-related Wants and Wishes Edit

This section describes features that are only available in The Sims 2 and The Sims 3.


In The Sims 2, Sims of any age and aspiration may roll wants to gain a skill point or to gain a point in a specific skill. These wants are more common for Knowledge Sims, and Knowledge Sims may also have wants to increase a specific skill to a certain level, to maximize a specific skill, and to maximize all skills. These wants have higher values, and are also Influence wants. Also, Fortune and Family Sims have a somewhat higher chance of rolling skill-related wants. Fortune Sims will frequently want to gain skills needed for promotion, while Family Sims will often want to gain cooking and cleaning skill.

FreeTime changes this somewhat, in that Sims who do not have Knowledge as a primary or secondary aspiration may have wants to increase a specific skill to a certain level. Sims with hobby enthusiasm may have wants to increase skills related to their hobbies.

In The Sims 3, Sims above the toddler age may also wish to gain a particular skill point or to increase their skill in a particular area. These wants are influenced by a Sim's traits or lifetime wish (artistic Sims will want to gain points in the painting skill, Sims who wish to be monster makers will want to gain points in the inventing skill).

Skill journal Edit

Skill finish

A Sim mastering his skill

This section describes features that are only available in The Sims 3.


Players do not see the skill in the Sim panel until the first point is unlocked, then they can view the skill journal. Each skill has a tab in the skill journal detailing the level of the skill, statistics, what the challenges are, and sometimes other special information. For example, the athletic skill journal shows the statistics: hours of cardio workout, hours of strength workout, distance jogged. The skill journal is viewed by pressing the 'J' key in-game or selecting the skills tab and clicking the small document that appears at the end of the skill bar after unlocking the first point.

Various challenges are also available in the skill journal. For example, in the Painting skill journal, a challenge to paint thirty paintings is available. When completed, the Sim earns a reward of being able to paint significantly faster than normal Sims.

There are multiple skill challenges for each and every skill, as well as collections. All of them earn some kind of benefit, such as quicker completion, better results, etc.

Community lot skill buildingsEdit

This section describes features that are only available in The Sims 3.


There are certain rabbit holes where Sims can go to learn skills:

Skills Rabbit holes
Advanced Technology Stellar observatory
Alchemy Vault of Antiquity
Athletic Stadium, bot arena(Plumbot only)
Bass Theater, college of arts
Bot Building Bot arena
Charisma City hall, college of business, bot arena(Plumbot only)
Cooking Diner, bistro, college of arts
Drums Theater, college of arts
Fishing Grocery
Gardening Science lab, college of science
Guitar Theater, college of arts
Handiness Military base, annex
Inventing Science lab, college of science
Laser Rhythm-a-con Theater
Logic Science lab, college of science
Mixology Bistro, college of arts
Painting School, college of arts
Piano Theater, college of arts
Riding Equestrian center
Science Science lab, college of science
Scuba Diving Science lab
Sculpting College of arts
Social Networking Office building, college of business
Street Art College of arts
Writing Office building, college of arts, college of business

These lessons take a few hours to complete, and are available to Children and above. The lessons may cost around 300 - 600 Simoleons. They are also a much more efficient way to train skills, due to their price. Sims can only be trained once for each skill. They'll need to use other methods (read books, practice, etc.) after the class.


Moodlet eureka Tip

If The Sims 3: Generations installed, children and teens can also learn skill from certain afterschool classes or field trips.

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