The Sims 4: A Complete Guide To Traits (2023)

The Sims 4’s Traits are the characteristics or qualities that belong to a Sim. Some of them were released with the Base Game, while others were added with the release of The Sims 4’s Expansion Packs. Usually, every new Trait will be related to the new Pack one way or another, like the Maker Trait from Eco Lifestyle.

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Traits will allow Sims to feel certain emotions for a period of time. This feature is called Moodlets in The Sims 4. These Moodlets will appear under Sim's picture in Live Mode. Players need to keep in mind that picking different Traits will cause over one Moodlet to appear.

Updated on September 9, 2022, by Ritwik Mitra: Traits form the crux of the personality systems in most of The Sims games. The fourth game is no exception here, with the Sims 4 Traits system being expanded quite a bit to make every Sim as unique and engaging as possible. As a result, it's only a given that people absolutely obsessed with the game would want to know everything about these traits and how they can affect a Sim.

How Do Traits Work In The Sims 4

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There are four kinds of Traits; Personality, Bonus, Death, and Reward Traits. Some of them can be selected at the start of The Sims 4, whereas others can be earned by a variety of methods.

Personality Traits

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The Personality Traits are available in Create A Sim (CAS). Simmers can choose up to four different Traits for Young Adults and older, three Traits for Teens, two Traits for Children, and one Trait for Toddlers. It's worthy of note that Toddlers' Traits differ from the rest.

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There are four different categories; Emotional, Hobby, Lifestyle, and Social Traits. Each one has Traits that could help Sims in their Career or social life.

Emotional Traits

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Emotional Traits govern the many strong feelings a Sim may experience over the course of their lives. This forms a major part of their interest, with the majority of their conversations being dictated by what emotions govern them.

Sims can be everything from hopeless romantics to active players, wanting to pursue goals that adhere to their personality. It's one of the most classic forms of Traits that have been fairly consistent across the series.

Hobby Traits

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Over the course of their life, it's only a given that a Sim would inevitably develop a passion for something that they really want to do. This becomes a major hobby for them throughout their life.

Sims might aspire to be great musicians or art connoisseurs, which adds more depth to their personalities. While realizing this goal can take a lot of work, Sims who manage to turn their hobby into something greater will be pretty satisfied in life.

Lifestyle Traits

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A Sims' lifestyle is also dictated by Traits that shape their interests in the world around them. These Lifestyle Traits are numerous and definitely turn Sims into unique facets of a world that will be more inclined to opt for one particular action to help them enjoy.

These Traits decide if a Sim loves cats or dogs, likes mountains or beaches, is more spiritual or materialistic, and everything else along the same lines. It's a simple yet great way to make each and every Sim feel like a genuine person as opposed to mere lines of code.

Social Traits

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Social Traits do pretty much what is stated in the title. They govern how a Sim interacts with other characters, establishing the chemistry they can share with potential friends, romances, and rivals.

Some Sims are talkative and boastful, while others are shy and reserved. These Traits decide whether a Sim has numerous friends in life or is perfectly content with a smaller group of closer friends.


Emotional Traits

Hobby Traits

Lifestyle Traits

Social Traits

Toddler Traits

List of Traits

  • Active
  • Cheerful
  • Creative
  • Genius
  • Gloomy
  • Goofball
  • High Maintenance
  • Hot-Headed
  • Romantic
  • Self-Assured
  • Unflirty
  • Art Lover
  • Bookworm
  • Foodie
  • Geek
  • Maker
  • Music Lover
  • Perfectionist
  • Adventurous
  • Ambitious
  • Animal Enthusiast
  • Cat Lover
  • Child of the Islands
  • Child of the Ocean
  • Childish
  • Clumsy
  • Dance Machine
  • Dog Lover
  • Erratic
  • Freegan
  • Glutton
  • Green Fiend
  • Kleptomaniac
  • Lactose Intolerant
  • Lazy
  • Loves Outdoors
  • Materialistic
  • Neat
  • Overachiever
  • Recycle Disciple
  • Slob
  • Snob
  • Squeamish
  • Vegetarian
  • Bro
  • Evil
  • Family-oriented
  • Good
  • Hates Children
  • Insider
  • Jealous
  • Loner
  • Mean
  • Noncommittal
  • Outgoing
  • Paranoid
  • Party Animal
  • Proper
  • Self-Absorbed
  • Socially Awkward
  • Angelic
  • Charmer
  • Clingy
  • Fussy
  • Independent
  • Inquisitive
  • Silly
  • Wild

Bonus Traits

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Upon choosing an Aspiration in CAS, players can choose the fourth-Trait based on the Aspiration they chose. They are called Bonus Traits.

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Animal Affection


High Metabolism








Essence of Flavor


Business Savvy


Quick Learner


Home Turf








Prepared Voyager

Star Wars





Spa Membership


Lunar Confidant


Eco Master

Gained by using cheats


Gained by using cheats

Master Crafter

Gained by using cheats

Death Traits

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Death Traits are only given to a Sim after passing away. They can be found in the Simology Panel, and they describe how the Sim died and what new abilities they possess. These Traits are:

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  • Consumed By the Mother
  • Death by Anger
  • Death by Beetles
  • Death By Being Crushed By a Murphy Bed
  • Death By Being Swarmed By Flies
  • Death by Cowplant
  • Death by Drowning
  • Death by Electrocution
  • Death by Embarrassment
  • Death by Falling from Heights
  • Death by Fire
  • Death by Flowers
  • Death by Freezing
  • Death by Hunger
  • Death by Killer Chicken
  • Death by Killer Rabbit
  • Death by Laughter
  • Death by Lightning
  • Death by Old Age
  • Death by Overexertion
  • Death by Overheating
  • Death by Poison
  • Death by Pufferfish
  • Death by Rabid Rodent Fever
  • Death by Spellcaster Overload
  • Death by Steam
  • Death by Stink Capsule
  • Death by Sunlight
  • Death by Urban Legend
  • Death by Vending Machine
  • Ghastly Consequences
  • Night Wraith
  • Spectral Look

Reward Traits

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There are currently 13 Reward Traits; Aspiration Reward, Inherited, Toddler Skill Reward, Child Aspiration Reward, Character Value, Satisfaction Reward, Career Reward, Food mastery, Mountaineer, Temporary, Sage, Childhood Phases, and Infection.

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Aspiration Reward

  • Animal Whisperer
  • Long-Lived
  • Survival Instinct
  • Kindness Ambassador
  • Expressionistic
  • Poetic
  • Piper
  • World-Renowned Actor
  • Muse of the Maker
  • Sacred Knitting Knowledge
  • Mastermind
  • Tormentor
  • Twisted Heart
  • Vicarious
  • Matriarch/Patriarch
  • I am the Master
  • Role Model
  • Fresh Chef
  • Potion Master
  • Melt Master
  • Shrewd
  • Thrifty
  • A True Master
  • Handy
  • Higher Education
  • Museum Patron
  • Professorial
  • Slinger of Spells
  • Webmaster
  • In the Know
  • Hero of StrangerVille
  • Laid-Back
  • Worldly Knowledge
  • Fast & Fastidious
  • Filth Dweller
  • Player
  • Companion
  • Survivalist
  • Naturalist
  • Angler's Tranquility
  • Appraiser
  • Treasure Hunter
  • Master Mixer
  • Influential Individual
  • Nature Conversationalist
  • Natural Leader
  • Hilarious
  • Beloved
  • Perfect Host
  • Confidante
  • Regained Humanity
  • Unstoppable Fame
  • Heroic Presence
  • Sleight of Hand
  • Supreme Authority
  • Over-Achiever
  • Calming Aura
  • Clear Perspective
  • Self-Care Expertise


  • Father Winter's Baby
  • Sulani Mana
  • Weak Bloodline
  • Strong Bloodline
  • Ancient Bloodline
  • Dormant Wolf
  • Greater Wolf Blood

Toddler Skill Reward

  • Happy Toddler
  • Top-Notch Toddler

Child Aspiration Reward

  • Creatively Gifted
  • Mentally Gifted
  • Physically Gifted
  • Socially Gifted

Character Value

  • Responsible
  • Irresponsible
  • Good Manners
  • Bad Manners
  • Emotional Control
  • Uncontrolled Emotions
  • Mediator
  • Argumentative
  • Compassionate
  • Insensitive

Satisfaction Reward

  • Always Welcome
  • Gym Rat
  • Observant
  • Speed Cleaner
  • Great Storyteller
  • Heat Acclimation
  • Cold Acclimation
  • Waterproof
  • Mentor
  • Morning Sim
  • Night Owl
  • Speed Reader
  • Storm Chaser
  • Free Services
  • Marketable
  • Stoves and Grills Master
  • Creative Visionary
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Frugal
  • Independent
  • Shameless
  • Steel Bladder
  • Incredibly Friendly
  • Heatproof
  • Ice Proof
  • Beguiling
  • Antiseptic
  • Carefree
  • Connections
  • Fertile
  • Great Kisser
  • Paranormal Investigator
  • Hardly Hungry
  • Professional Slacker
  • Savant
  • Seldom Sleepy
  • Super Green Thumb
  • Needs No One
  • Brave
  • Forever Fresh
  • Forever Full
  • Never Weary
  • Sincere
  • Memorable

Career Reward

  • Sickness Resistance
  • Critically Connected
  • Scouting Aptitude
  • Master of the Sea
  • Natural Speaker
  • Seasoned Gamer
  • Mental Magister
  • Champion of the People
  • Eco-Engineer
  • Legendary Stamina
  • Charismatic Crooner

Food Mastery

  • Chopstick Savvy
  • Spice Hound
  • Immortal
  • Afizzionado


  • Middling Mountaineer
  • Capable Mountaineer
  • Expert Mountaineer


  • Werewolf Ally
  • Friend of the Wildfangs
  • Friend of the Moonwood Collective


  • Temporary Genius
  • Evil
  • Night Owl
  • Mystical Sensing


  • Mischief
  • Practical
  • Untamed

Childhood Phases

  • Clingy
  • Distant
  • I'm a Bear!
  • Loud
  • Mean Streak
  • Picky Eater
  • Rebellious


  • Infected

Each one of these Traits has a specific method to be gained. Some develop when the Sim was a child and stay until they are Elders.

The Sims 4 is available now for PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S.

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