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Guide to PlantSims in The Sims 4


Become one with nature by literally becoming a plant!

Did you know there is an occult life state in the base game? Two, actually. Ghosts and PlantSims, but we’ll be talking about PlantSims today. Previously only found in the Seasons and University DLC packs for The Sims 2 and 3, respectively, PlantSims came to the base game of The Sims 4 for the first time in the franchise’s history. They were initially added for a limited-time event in April of 2017 but they stayed in the game afterwards as a sort of “secret” life state.

Sadly, PlantSims aren’t as in-depth as their predecessors but they can still be fun to play with. Here’s everything you need to know about becoming a PlantSim and caring for one!

Becoming a PlantSim

Guide to PlantSims in The Sims 4

There used to only be one way to become a PlantSim but a new scenario has added a faster, easier way to become a PlantSim as soon as you start the game.

If you choose to start the Plant-A-Sim Scenario, your Sim will start the game with 5 Forbidden Fruit of the PlantSim in their inventory. Have your Sim eat the fruit to become a PlantSim! If you don’t want to play through the rest of the scenario, you can cancel it. Your Sim will still keep the Forbidden Fruit they started with.

Guide to PlantSims in The Sims 4

For players who want more of a challenge to become a PlantSim, you can still become a PlantSim the old fashioned way. Through finding all the magic beans! The magic bean collection was added with the April 2017 PlantSim event and cannot be found out in the world now; however, they can still be obtained through rare seed packets. Sims can purchase rare seed packets for $1,000 each after maxing out the Gardening skill. Just keep purchasing these rare seed packets until you have all the magic beans. Check the collection panel (the diamond icon on your Sim’s inventory menu) to see your progress.

Guide to PlantSims in The Sims 4

Once all the magic beans have been collected, purchase the magic stump object from the Outdoor Activities section in Build/Buy. Drag all the magic beans into the slots on the stump. The order they are arranged in doesn’t matter; all the slots just need to be filled with different magic beans.

Water the stump with all the beans arranged on it and watch it sprout up into a HUGE tree with an opening in the side for your Sim to explore! Exploring the tree will give your Sim a Forbidden Fruit of the PlantSim which they can then eat to be turned into a PlantSim.

Staying a PlantSim

PlantSims are not a permanent life state, unlike PlantSims from past Sims games. Your Sim will only stay a PlantSim for 5 days before they “wilt” and become a human again. There is no way to avoid this happening but if you have enough Forbidden Fruit, you can just keep eating the fruit every 5 days to immediately become a PlantSim again.

Guide to PlantSims in The Sims 4

The easiest way to ensure that your PlantSim will never run out of Forbidden Fruit is to plant the first Forbidden Fruit you get so it will grow into a tree that produces Forbidden Fruit daily. You’ll never have to worry about not being able to become a PlantSim again if you have a Forbidden Fruit tree.

PlantSim Appearance

Guide to PlantSims in The Sims 4

All PlantSims sport green skin and the same short spiky green hairstyle that can’t be changed. Otherwise, they look the same as regular Sims and wear normal human clothes. They won’t be in their PlantSim form in CAS so changing their hairstyle in CAS will not change their default PlantSim hairstyle in-game but changing their clothes in CAS will also change their clothes in-game.

PlantSims have two animations that they do frequently. One is their photosynthesis animation and the other has them sprouting leaves on their arms and producing a cloud of pollen around them. You can’t direct PlantSims to do these things. They are autonomous idle animations.

PlantSim Abilities

PlantSims have some unique abilities that human Sims don’t have. Instead of a Bladder motive, they have a Water motive. This means they don’t need to use the bathroom but they do need to absorb a lot of water, either by being submerged in water or by drinking it. Without enough water, PlantSims can’t photosynthesize.

Guide to PlantSims in The Sims 4

Which brings us to their next ability; PlantSims do have a Hunger motive but eating regular food will do nothing to satisfy it. PlantSims get their nutrients from the sun, just like a real plant! They need the sun to photosynthesize and fill their Hunger bar so make sure to keep your PlantSim outside during sunny days often so they can eat! You don’t need to do anything specific to have your PlantSim photosynthesize. They will naturally do so outdoors in sunny weather even while doing other tasks.

Guide to PlantSims in The Sims 4

If your PlantSim is hungry at night or during bad weather when there’s no sun, they can absorb solar energy from their plants so it’s a good idea for any PlantSim to have a large garden in case of emergencies. Absorbing solar energy from plants will fill your PlantSim’s Hunger motive but it will also cause the plant to revert back to the sprout stage. It’s not ideal to rely on your plants for this reason. Try to use the sun to keep your PlantSim full as much as possible and only use plants as a last resort.

Although any skilled gardener can talk to plants, PlantSims will always have this ability no matter what their Gardening skill level is. Talking to plants replenishes the Social motive.

PlantSim Weaknesses

Players with Seasons installed will have to take extra care with their PlantSims! If the weather is cloudy or rainy, your PlantSim won’t be able to photosynthesize and could potentially starve! You can help minimize this danger by choosing a world for them to live in that is usually sunny. Sulani is ideal for both its abundant sun and water but a PlantSim could live comfortably in a desert world like Oasis Springs as long as they have a pool or a swimmable body of water nearby. Baths and showers will also replenish the Water motive but tubs and showers are usually only found on residential lots.

Guide to PlantSims in The Sims 4

Although PlantSims rely on the sun to get their food, the sun can also dry them out if they aren’t careful. The Water motive depletes rapidly when a PlantSim is outside on a sunny day. Too much sun without water will make your PlantSim wilt and prevent them from being able to photosynthesize, which can lead to starvation!

Taking care of a PlantSim requires a delicate balancing act between sun and water so make sure you always have a close eye on their motives. PlantSims are fragile creatures.

Enhancing Your PlantSims

If PlantSims in The Sims 4 leave you feeling underwhelmed, there is a mod that can help improve them in areas where they’re lacking. The PlantSim Lives mod by SrslySims makes PlantSims a permanent life state and adds more CAS customization for them, as well as new socials and new special PlantSim recipes. If you’re a PC/Mac player who likes to mod your game, we definitely suggest checking it out.

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