The Sims 4: Legacy Challenge

The Sims 4: Legacy Challenge
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Written by 

Kiera Mills


5th Aug 2022 18:45

Players participate in Sims 4 challenges for many reasons, one may be to get a dose of new gameplay whilst waiting for new packs to release. The Sims 4 Legacy Challenge involves playing through ten generations of a family and building the wealth of the family up from scratch in a similar way to the Rags-to-Riches Challenge. For an explanation of the challenge and its rules, read on.

The Sims 4: Legacy Challenge Explained

Examples of legacy families taken from The Sims 4 gallery
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There is both a regular Legacy Challenge and an extreme version of the challenge, both created by simmer Pinstar, for the original blog post with rules, click here.

The aim of the challenge is to start on a lot with no furniture or buildings and slowly work your way up to riches from nothing. What sets it apart from the Rags-To-Riches Challenge is that it carries over to ten generations of the same sim family. The Legacy Challenge also places more rules and importance on the offspring created during the challenge.

The aim of the challenge is to earn as many Legacy points as you can before the tenth heir is born and the challenge ends. These legacy points can then be compared to other participants to see who has objectively performed better in the challenge.

The Sims 4: Legacy Challenge Rules

Sims 4 legacy challenge money rules
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The original version of the Legacy Challenge starts in any season if you have the season pack installed, with a starting budget of 1,800 simoleons. You can use the money cheat to do this, type 'testingcheats on' in the cheat box, followed by 'money 1800'. The other rules are as followed:

  • Start on a 50x50 lot
  • Single sim to start with and must be a young adult
  • You can choose whether to be a patriarchy, matriarchy or equal chance for any gendered successors.
  • You may also choose if only children born from the bloodline can become an heir, if adoptive children can too or if only adopted children can inherit the estate you build.
  • Heirs can either be the same species as the founder or the species can alternate if you have any of the occult packs of Sims 4: Get To Work
  • No cheats allowed
  • Lifespans set to normal
  • Ambrosia can be made but is not allowed to be consumed to revive ghosts.
  • Death flowers, fruit and other game mechanics are not allowed to extend the life of your sims. This includes traits from the rewards store.
  • Can only age up a sim when the game prompts you of their birthday approaching.
  • When a sim ages, their traits must be randomly assigned.


The Sims 4 Legacy Challenge: Rules Of The Inheritance

A test of strength in The Sims 4
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This can be decided in the following ways when choosing which child will inherit the estate:

  • Traditionally - the first-born inherits.
  • Determined by who has the closest relationship to the parent upon death.
  • Random – the heir is chosen by a dice roll
  • Based on merit – the child with the most skills inherits the estate
  • A test of strength – a child can fight the successor, if they win the fight, they have also won the will.
  • Magical bloodline – whoever has the strongest magic rank wins the title
  • Duel – a magic duel will be held to determine the victor.

The Sims 4: Extreme Legacy Challenge Rules

Lot location of extreme legacy challenge in The Sims 4
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The following are rules for the extreme version of the Legacy Challenge, these are to be implemented on top of the already established Legacy Challenge rules.

  • Starting finds are 0 simoleons.
  • Must use the 64x64 Windenburg lot or 64x64 Del Sol Valley lot.
  • Start the challenge in Winter if Sims 4: Seasons is installed.
  • The lot must have the “Celebrity Home” Trait
  • Sim must repay the loan that would have been used to pay for the lot, this is deducted by purchasing five, Knights of the Octagon Table and one Viva La Landscape Painting before your founder dies. These are kept in the household inventory, not placed on the lot. These are monetary expenses to make up for the free purchase of the lot.
  • Once the loan is paid off, you can remove the 'Celebrity Home' trait off the lot.
  • Check out our guide to The Sims 4 Prom, for tips on making your prom and being elected as prom royalty or jester.

The Sims 4 Extreme Legacy Challenge: How To Earn Legacy Points

Achieving aspirations in The Sims 4 for legacy points
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Collect as many legacy points as possible by completing tasks before the challenge ends. To earn points, here are the following tasks:

  • One point for founder sim and another point for each heir born until the tenth.
  • One point for every lifetime aspiration fulfilled by a family member, these can be completed by members who are not heirs, as long as they are on the family tree. Ione tree per aspiration, if a member fulfils the same aspiration, they do not get a point.
  • One point is earned for creating a portrait of a family member and having it on display after their death. Sim doesn’t have to die for it to count but they must be living on the legacy lot and be a young adult or older.
  • One legacy point earned for every $100,000 in net worth the house is worth. A maximum of 20 points can be earned this way.
  • One legacy point per 100,000 aspiration points earned.

Kiera is a former GGRecon Guides Writer.

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