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The Sims 4 Island Living: New Sim Traits!

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The Sims 4 Island Living adds new traits for your Sims so they can truly get the most out of everything the beautiful world of Sulani has to offer. Not only are there two new traits for CAS and a new aspiration reward trait, but for the first time, reward traits have been added to careers! The new Conservationist career has two new traits; one for each career branch. Maxing out the Conservationist career in either branch will earn your Sim a new trait!

CAS Traits

Sims with the Child of the Islands trait have a special relationship with Sulani and care very deeply about the island’s well being. Sims with this trait can speak with the spirits of the islands and either gain their favour or disapproval.

Sims with the Child of the Ocean trait feel more at home in the water than they do on land. They will autonomously choose water activities whenever there are any available nearby. Sims with this trait will not enjoy fishing or eating seafood. Fish are friends, not food!

Aspiration Reward Trait

Exactly as the name suggests, Sims with the Laid-Back trait are just too chill to get stressed out about anything. They’ll never feel tense again. To earn this trait, have your Sim complete the new Beach Life aspiration that comes with The Sims 4 Island Living.

For more information about the new Beach Life aspiration, check out our article, The Sims 4 Island Living: Beach Life Aspiration!

Career Traits

Sims with the Natural Speaker trait are naturally charismatic and have no trouble whatsoever convincing other Sims to take a more proactive role in protecting the environment! To earn the Natural Speaker trait, have your Sim reach the top of the new Conservationist career in the Environmental Manager branch.

Sims who are Master of the Sea were born to navigate the ocean! They make friends with mermaids and dolphins faster and can get around on the water with ease. To earn this trait, have your Sim reach the top of the new Conservationist career in the Marine Biologist branch.

For more information on the Conservationist career, check out our article The Sims 4 Island Living: Conservationist Career Guide!

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  • What’s the difference between Laid-Back and Carefree? Does it have a new set of moodlets? I already grt more AP than I can ever spend so 3,000 for carefree is one of my first buys

    • Basically, while it’s still a free trait rather then spending 3,000 points to get Care Free, You can only have Laid-Back if you pick the Beach Life aspiration. Personally, everyone having Beach Life on all sims would be kinda boring. Even tho having a sim never be tense can be good, other aspiration starting traits can have advantages in other parts of the game and how you manage a sims life. If I wanted a sims to be good at talking to people, I wouldn’t want to pick “Beach Life” for that sim, regardless of “Laid-Back” being a positive trait, and doesn’t add the challenge to the game if my sims simply feel nothing.

      • It’s a reward trait, not the trait you get from picking the aspiration as your first one. Meaning you only get the trait if you complete the aspiration.

    • And honestly, the most useless trait would be Jealous. They’ll get tense even if their significant other is on the same lot and in the same house. The moodlet will only go away if they’re in the same ROOM, which is kinda stupid. They should really fix that if they’re not on the same lot rather than the same room.

  • Actually, reward traits from careers is nothing new:

    In GTW, the Doctor career rewards you the Sickness Resistance trait I believe at lvl 7

    In City Living, the Arts Critic branch of the Critic career rewards you with some trait that allows you to get discounts on all art, somewhere around lvl 7 or 8

    • I’ve seen some people saying it’s caused by being a Mermaid, but the only time my Merman Sim has gotten it was before he came a Merman (despite eating fish since). He has the Child of the Ocean and Child of the Islands traits, but I think it’s probably the Ocean one that causes it – its description says that whomever has it feels closer to the denizens of the sea, so it’d make sense for them to be sad about eating their fish friends lol.

    • It’s the Child of the Ocean trait. Doesn’t matter what race they are. If this trait is there they don’t want fish to be harmed.

  • Can some one please help me :(
    When creating a Sim/playing a sim they have bright silver stripes all across their body. Wont go once there – nothing states part of new traits with Island Living, but would really appreciate any help on how removing this .. possible Glitch I think? Thank you in advance :)

    • If you have any mods, you should check each one online for updates – update any that need to be updated, and remove any that haven’t been updated if the creator hasn’t said that they work with the newest game version. The expansion also apparently broke quite a bit of CC, as some people are having mermaids without faces, and I think I saw someone elsewhere complain of the same issue you’re having, so if your other mods are all good, I’d try removing your CC and see if that helps. Good luck!

  • So I found that, there is a trait for “Powerful Elementals” that “Child of the Island” can summon to give them blessings. I searched out that trait on google but seems like not much people knows about that trait. The name of the trait is “Sulani Mana” based on Sims Fandom Wiki and in-game appeareance.

    I still don’t know how to get that trait until now, unless using cheats “traits.equip_trait trait_Hidden_IslandAncestor_Elemental”. But I know that every “spirits of the island” that “Child of the Island” summoned are had that trait. So I wonder if you guys could help me how to get that trait by making article or anything that could help.

    Here’s some link that maybe could help. >>> (Inherited traits)