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The Sims 4 Scenario Playthrough: No Skills, No Problem

Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws? I wanna do it!

In case you missed it, The Sims 4 added a bunch of new scenarios to the game a little while ago. So many, in fact, that we’re still in the process of playing through them all! Today’s scenario, “No Skills, No Problem,” is about a Sim who can’t seem to build very much skill in anything, making it difficult to earn a living.

Here’s how our No Skills, No Problem scenario went!

Getting Started


You’ll notice the scenarios have gotten a bit of a revamp. Along with lots more new scenarios, there are now difficulty ratings on each scenario to give you an idea of the time and effort it will take players to complete them. The No Skills, No Problem scenario is listed as an Intermediate scenario.

This is a permanent scenario so there’s no need to rush to start it before a certain date. It will be available in the game forever so start it whenever you like!

The scenario description states that your Sim wants to earn a lot of money but there’s one problem; they don’t have any skills and have a lot of trouble building any skills. They will need to find a way to earn $400,000 in spite of their unfortunate lack of skills. The household requirements are simple; you just need one Young Adult or older Sim. When you start the scenario, your Sim’s household funds will be reduced to $0 so choose your starter home wisely.

The Easy Way Out

In previous money making scenarios, we showed you how to get rich fairly easily without much work involved. Mimi Landgraab from our Super Rich Supervillain scenario amassed a large fortune rather quickly after getting her hands on a money tree seed. Today, we’re going to show you an even faster way to complete these kinds of scenarios without resorting to money cheats.


Meet Clyde. Clyde wants to be rich but Clyde isn’t particularly good at anything. He’s also lazy and the idea of completing an aspiration in order to earn the satisfaction points for a money tree seed is just far too much effort for him. He has a plan to amass a large fortune in just a few days.

How, you might ask? Well, it involves kidnapping Father Winter. No, we’re not kidding.

Laying the Trap

We started in Winter with 7 day seasons so we only had a few days to wait for Father Winter to show up. You might think Clyde would busy himself raising some chickens and planting some crops since we moved him into Henford-on-Bagley but no. Clyde plans to do absolutely nothing for three days. Why should he do anything? He’s going to be rich in a few days so why not kick back and relax?

In fact, we issued no commands to Clyde during this three day period and just watched what he did. He mostly sat around watching TV and eating sandwiches until we sold the TV unit to buy a fireplace for Father Winter to use. Then he switched to reading half a book, setting it down somewhere random, grabbing another book and doing the same thing before he cried himself to sleep every night from loneliness.

Yeah. That’s a mood, Clyde. We feel that, buddy.

Operation Kidnap Father Winter

We should note that even though we purchased a fireplace for Father Winter, you don’t absolutely need a fireplace in your home for Father Winter to pay a visit on Winterfest evening. He will spawn somewhere in the neighbourhood and just walk over but a fireplace is still handy. Instead of trying to locate where he is in the neighbourhood, he will spawn inside your home next to the fireplace so it’s easier and faster to find him.


Wake up, Clyde! It’s Winterfest morning! Get out of bed and start preparing! Not for Winterfest; Clyde’s too poor to have a tree and he has no friends to exchange presents with but that won’t matter tonight when Father Winter shows up! Clyde will have enough money to buy as many gifts for himself as he wants. Who needs friends when you have a big stack of simoleons, right?

You might be wondering… why are we kidnapping Father Winter? Isn’t the goal of the scenario to make $400,000? Couldn’t we achieve that by marrying rich Sims and then kicking them out? Well, yes, but that would take a lot of time because even the wealthiest Sims in the game only have about $50,000 in household funds and around $100,000 if you sell their house and all their belongings, too. Clyde would need to romance, marry, and then divorce multiple Sims. He’s too lazy for that.

But Father Winter? Well, a lot of players might not be aware of this but Father Winter has $500,000 in household funds. He is easily the wealthiest NPC in the game and he is the only Sim in his household so everything he owns, including all his money, comes with him when you move him in with you. This makes him a prime target for Sims like Clyde, who like money but don’t like hard work.


When 8pm comes around on Winterfest, Father Winter appears next to the fireplace right on schedule! Now’s our chance! We have to act fast because Father Winter typically leaves at around midnight. We don’t have a lot of time to spend chatting him up so we’re going to take another shortcut. After Clyde introduces himself, he whips out his cell phone and starts snapping pics of Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick, who provided us with some highly amusing poses, we must admit.

After 2 or 3 snapshots, Father Winter was magically good friends with Clyde! Yeah this makes absolutely no sense but we love taking advantage of this weird loophole. All that was left was to ask him to join the household. Okay, okay, we said we were going to kidnap Father Winter, not politely ask him to move in with us but we really don’t want to be on the naughty list next year, mkay?


Anyway, Father Winter happily agreed and lo and behold, the jolly old guy had a whopping $500,000 in household funds that were now our household funds. The game did warn us that moving Father Winter in might cancel the scenario but luckily for us, it did not! Clyde completed the scenario in 4 days without having to learn a single skill… except how to add a cute filter to a cell phone pic, we guess.


Our Thoughts

We enjoyed this scenario. It was hilarious trying to complete it in the fastest, laziest way possible but if you were interested in putting in some hard work, there are a few ways to make money that don’t necessarily require skill. We’d suggest raising animals. You can breed and sell cats or dogs for profit. You can also raise cows, chickens, and llamas and sell their byproducts. You don’t need high skills to take good care of your animals and start getting high quality byproducts from them to sell.

Still, we had fun taking the easy way out and exploring some of the more ridiculous ways to complete this scenario.


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