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Pop Culture Meets The Sims: Pokémon (Part 1)


Gotta Catch ‘Em All – Sims 4 Style!

Welcome to a new miniseries where we will be taking hot and trending topics in popular culture and see what happens when they meet The Sims 4! Now, regardless of how old you are, it’s more than likely that you will have heard about Pokémon, be it anime, movies, trading cards, video games, or other Pokémon-themed merchandise. Pokémon is one of the hottest video games, with the recently released Pokemon Scarlet and Violet editions for Nintendo Switch. However, have you ever wondered what would happen if the world of Pokémon met The Sims 4? Well, let’s find out!

For this first of three parts in our introductory miniseries, we will take a look at rebuilding our trainers’ starting home in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, as well as introduce you to some experienced and upcoming Pokémon Trainers!

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: The Location

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is based in the beautiful world of Paldea. However, your home as a trainer is located in the gorgeous area of Cabo Poco. As for The Sims 4, I tried to find a world and lot that was similar to that in the game.

This took some time as I knew suitable lots would be limited. I wanted to try my best to keep that “over the water” lookout and that had space to accommodate as much of the outdoor space as possible.

After trying a variety of lots in Oasis Springs, Sulani, and Tartosa to name a few, I settled on the Piccola Luce lot in Sulani. The 40×30 lot seemed to be the perfect choice for this recreation.

The Sims 4 Sulani

While it was a little bit more island-like compared to what we see in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, as the shell started to take shape, I knew it was the right lot for the build.

I will admit, it was difficult to get the shell just right, even now it does seem a little on the larger side but that was down to the layout of the house and the placement of the staircase.

The Sims 4 House Build

With the bare shell laid out. It was time to move on to adding the windows, doors, and additional exterior details before tacking the interior.

The Exterior & Landscaping

This part of the build I really struggled with. Initially, nothing seemed to be working or coming together. I couldn’t find the right items to use that were similar to those in-game. Eventually, I started to make some progress. While some of the items used weren’t exactly the same as what we see in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, I chose them based on how similar they were and how they worked for the overall build. This was specifically true when it came to the windows and window placement.

Another task that was a challenge for me was landscaping. I’ve never been someone who is good at landscaping however I always give it my best shot! Trying to replicate what was in the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games was difficult. I tried to think outside the box as to what objects I could use. Those that fit with the game’s style, or at least similar. DEBUG mode provided me with a larger range of objects to choose from and eventually, I found what I was looking for.

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With the exterior now complete, it was time to move on to the interior!

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: The Interior

This is where I knew I was going to be able to have some fun! With the Kitchen, Lounge, and your player’s Bedroom available to explore these would be straightforward to replicate. However, having your Parent’s room, a storage room, and a limited selection of camera angles some aspects of the build I knew would be more challenging. Without letting that put me off I set about furnishing each of the different areas.

I wanted to stay true to the game and not add too many additional objects to each space. For each room, I wanted to do my best in replicating everything as closely as I could.

Pokemon World

On the other hand, one thing that I thought of as I started to furnish the inside of the build was due to the minimal camera angles, some areas appeared to have nothing in them. My plan to tackle this was to follow the same theme as the room and fill that space with objects I felt would be in those spaces and were also following the same theme of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

Kitchen & Lounge

Likewise, with most builds I work on, I started in the Kitchen. For me, this feels like the most natural place for me to start. Choosing the counters was relatively straightforward. Initially, the space felt empty but after adding a touch of paint and flooring it was starting to come together well.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Living Room

While the limited freedom of movement with the in-game camera in Pokémon Violet was slightly frustrating, I think I managed to capture and recreate both the kitchen and lounge spaces well. There are definitely a few things I was hoping I could recreate in game such as the ceiling beams but it just wasn’t possible.

Trainers Bedroom

The Trainers bedroom was not only the easiest but also the room I enjoyed furnishing the most. It was straightforward but the variety of objects we have in The Sims 4 really helped make a relatively accurate recreation.

Pokemon Bedroom

I’ll be honest, my younger self wishes that this was my bedroom if I was embarking on my own Pokémon adventure to become a Pokémon Master!

Master Bedroom

This room was one of two rooms that were not accessible by players so needed a little bit of imagination when creating it. I decided to keep it simple instead of trying to overcomplicate it and in the end, it turned out perfectly. A lovely quiet space perfect for grabbing a book to read or just having a peaceful night sleep!

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While this was not a part of the Master Bedroom, I did really like how the small area between the stairs and the master bedroom turned out as well!

The Storage Room & Empty Spaces

Next up is the storage room. In Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, you aren’t actually able to enter this room so I used my best judgment to create a space that would work. As this build was likely to be used in my own game, my first thought was to use this space as a bathroom and some additional storage It definitely worked as there would be nowhere else to really place a bathroom area.

The Sims 4 Storage Room - Pokemon Style

A second area that was a bit of an empty space was the small rounded tower space located behind the kitchen. Now, in the game, it is part of the kitchen however when recreating the house in The Sims 4 it just didn’t work. I ended up turning this into a small laundry room instead to help fill the space but it also doubled as another entrance/exit into the garden area.

Laundry Room in Sims 4

Earlier on in this article, I mentioned that due to the limited freedom of movement with the camera in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, there were some spaces that appeared to be empty. This is what I decided to do to make these spaces more functional instead!

In the kitchen, there was a small bit of space which I filled with another washing station for laundry.

Kitchen area in Sims 4

The empty space on either side of the entrance turned into two different spaces. One was a space for Sims to get ready with their shoes and coats and then on the other side I placed a bookshelf which would also work well for the lounge area.

The Final Result

Overall, both the interior and exterior of the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet came together better than I could have expected. What helped was the variety and versatility of many of the objects that I could use and choose from in The Sims 4 and the available packs. While there were many different versions of various areas of the build over time, the end result wasn’t too bad. Of course, there are things I would like to revisit and more than likely change when I start to use this build myself in the game but that is natural in any build but, as an overall reflection of it, I am pretty happy with how it all turned out!

You can download Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Trainers’ House by clicking the download button below! Or search for Leekseverywhere in The Gallery and look for the lot titled Pokémon Trainer Home!

Now, with the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Trainers home complete let me hand you over to another Sims Community Staff member!

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: A Trainer for Every Path

SnarkyWitch here! I’m so glad Krista allowed me to collab with her on Sims Community’s three-part Pokémon series because, like many others, I too have been totally sucked into the latest installment of the beloved Pokémon series. Pokémon is a certain special nostalgia our generation just can’t seem to kick and do we want to? Let’s be honest, not really.

Krista did such a beautiful job with the protagonist’s home from Pokémon Scarlet/Violet but you know what they say; a house isn’t a home without Pokémon trainers! I’m sure that’s the saying. Nailed it. Since Scarlet and Violet offer us three different story paths to pursue at our own pace, I thought it fitting to create three of the characters from Pokemon Scarlet and Violet to enjoy this home. I know the protagonist and their mom is supposed to live here but in The Sims, there are no rules! So may I present three of my personal favourite Pokémon trainers; Nemona, Arven, and Meli!

It was important to me that these Sims have no custom content. I love custom content but Pokémon is for everyone and it wouldn’t be right to exclude our beloved console players from enjoying this Pokémon and The Sims crossover. It was definitely a challenge to create such unique, distinct characters without CC but a lot of fun! Let’s meet these trainers, shall we?

Please note there may be minor early-game spoilers ahead!

Nemona Trainer

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Nemona

It was basically a no-brainer to make Nemona first! She’s one of the first pals you meet on your Pokémon journey and is the one who mentors you as you take on the Pokémon gyms around Paldea. She thinks you have what it takes to become a League Champion and with such an encouraging friend in your corner, how could she be wrong?

Nemona’s Trainer Stats

  • Age: Teen
  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Romance Preferences: Game Default
  • WooHoo Preferences: Game Default
  • Traits: Self-Assured, Overachiever, Relatable (Bonus)
  • Aspiration: Goal Oriented
  • Likes: Red, Purple, World Music, Outdoorsy Fashion, Streetwear Fashion, Fitness, Modern Décor
  • Dislikes: None

Other Notes About Nemona

  • Nemona has two Everyday outfits: her Uva Academy outfit from Violet and her Naranja Academy outfit from Scarlet.
  • Nemona has base game-styled looks for her other outfits to cut down on the number of required packs.

Arven Sadaturo

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Arven

Arven’s another school pal with big ambitions, but unlike Nemona, he’s a bit prickly at first. The son of Professor Sada and Professor Turo, Arven’s on a hunt for the Herbica Mystica, legendary herbs said to be protected by mythical Titan Pokémon. And you’re just the scrappy new freshman to help him!

Arven’s Trainer Stats

  • Age: Teen
  • Pronouns: He/Him
  • Romance Preferences: Game Default
  • WooHoo Preferences: Game Default
  • Traits: Foodie, Adventurous, Essence of Flavour (Bonus)
  • Aspiration: Master Chef
  • Likes: Red, Purple, Alternative Music, Outdoorsy Fashion, Cooking, Gardening, Mission Décor
  • Dislikes: None

Other Notes About Arven

  • Arven has two Everyday outfits: his Uva Academy outfit from Violet and his Naranja Academy outfit from Scarlet.
  • Arven has base game-styled looks for his other outfits to cut down on the number of required packs.

Mela Schedar

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: Mela

As fiery as her team of Pokémon, Mela’s known for solving all of Team Star’s problems in the most… direct way possible. She’s a formidable foe in battle but she might show you a more vulnerable side if you manage to defeat her and dismantle her renegade crew.

Mela’s Trainer Stats

  • Age: Teen
  • Pronouns: She/Her
  • Romance Preferences: Game Default
  • WooHoo Preferences: Game Default
  • Traits: Hot Headed, Genius, Relatable (Bonus)
  • Aspiration: Live Fast
  • Likes: Red, Orange, METAL MUSIC, Rocker Fashion, Mischief, Cosmolux Décor
  • Dislikes: None

Other Notes About Mela

  • Mela has base game-styled looks for her other outfits to cut down on the number of required packs.

You can download Nemona, Arven, and Mela by clicking the download button below! Or search for SnarkyWitch in The Gallery and look for the household titled Pokemon Trainers!

Thanks for letting me crash the Sims Community Pokémon party, Krista! I had a blast creating some of my favourite trainers from Pokemon Scarlet and Violet!

Both SnarkyWitch and I had a great time creating both the Trainer Home and Trainers from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet! Don’t forget to stay tuned for the next part of this miniseries and why not let us know who you chose as your Starter Pokémon in the comments below?

Gameplay Images used in this article have been captured in-game from Pokémon Violet on Nintendo Switch.

About the author


Hey, I'm Krista! Long time Simmer and Sims Community Staff.

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