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The Sims 4 best packs guide: all DLC packs explained

Every expansion explained

There are 32 DLC packs for The Sims 4. This is a lot, and since they range from cheap packs to full on expansions this can snowball into an eye-watering amount of money being spent.

In this Sims 4 packs guide, we will go over all of the DLC packs available for the game, the types of DLC pack available, and the contents of every pack.

You could buy all of the DLC packs, but if you buy them at full price I have some horrifying stats for you:

  • Buying all 9 expansion packs: £314.91 / $359.91 / 359.91€ (Number includes Eco Living expansion pack)
  • Buying all 8 game packs: £143.92 / $159.92 / 159.92€
  • Buying all 15 stuff packs: £149.85 / $149.85 / 149.85€
  • Total cost for all The Sims 4 DLC: £608.68 $669.68 669.68€ (Number includes Eco Living expansion pack)

Now I should stress, DLC packs for The Sims 4 are frequently discounted on the Origin Store, so it's unlikely that you'll be splurging the full cost and emptying your wallet. But it's still a very expensive proposition.

Therefore, we will also be giving you our recommendations for the best Sims 4 packs and which ones you can skip entirely.

The Sims 4 expansion packs explained

Expansion packs are the big bits of DLC for The Sims 4 which include the major new features. Currently there are eight expansions with a ninth expansion on the way. You can find out more about this ninth expansion pack in our everything we know about The Sims 4 Eco Lifestyle guide.

Each expansion pack has a retail price of £34.99 / $39.99 / 39.99€ but are frequently discounted in the Origin Store. To find out what is in each expansion pack, click the expansion pack name below to be redirected to the table with all of its features.

Best expansion packs

If you're interested in their features, all of the expansion packs are worth investing in. My personal recommendations for ones to check out first are Get To WorkCats & Dogs, Seasons, Island Living, and Discover University, but no expansion pack is a "bad" choice.

The Sims 4 game packs explained

Game packs are DLC that are generally lighter in new features than expansion packs, but they're still a little more substantial than stuff packs. Currently there are eight game packs available, each featuring a range of stuff for your Sims to do, from visiting vacation destinations to solving a mystery about your local neighbourhood.

Game packs have a retail price of £17.99 / $19.99 / 19.99€, but see frequent discounts in the Origin Store. To find out what is in each game pack, click the game pack name below to be redirected to the table with all of its features.

Best game packs

Though a lot of the game packs include some great stuff, I would highly recommend that you consider checking out Jungle Adventure, Vampires, Parenthood, StrangerVille, and Outdoor Retreat as they all include great new features to the game.

The only game pack that I think isn't worth looking at is the Dine Out pack as it just includes restaurants stuff. If you're not interested in running the restaurant, then you can safely skip it.

The Sims 4 stuff packs explained

Stuff packs are the smallest of the DLC packs for The Sims 4. Generally you'll only get new objects and clothing options in each one, but there are exceptions that include a new career, new skills, and more. Since there are a whopping 15 stuff packs, it can be confusing which ones are worth investing in.

Stuff packs normally cost £9.99 / $9.99 / 9.99€, but you'll likely find them discounted in the Origin Store. If you want to know what's in each stuff pack, click the stuff pack name below to be redirected to the table with all of its features.

Best stuff packs

Since there are so many stuff packs available, it can be hard to work out which ones are the best buys. I recommend Cool Kitchen, Romantic Garden, Backyard, and Movie Hangout for the stuff they include, as well as Tiny Living for those who want a challenge.

What else do I need to know about stuff packs?

I would also like to point out that My First Pet Stuff requires that you've purchased the Cats & Dogs expansion pack, so do not purchase My First Pet Stuff if you don't own the Cats & Dogs expansion.

The Moschino pack is full of real-world fashion company Moschino's branding, so if you don't wish to support a third-party corporate company then you can safely skip this one. However, it does include the fashion photographer branch for the freelancer career.

The Sims 4 packs guide

The Sims 4 bundles

You're probably looking at all of the DLC available and wondering how you're ever going to afford all of it. The good news is that it's not worth buying every DLC pack ever released, and there are ways to reduce the cost to buy them if you so wish.

A few similarly themed DLC packs have been collected together into bundles by EA that are available for £44.99 / $49.99 / 49.99€. This is the same price as an expansion pack and a stuff pack combined. The bundles available are as follows:

You can also create your own DLC bundle. I highly recommend combining the packs above to see if it is cheaper than purchasing the bundles directly. You also have a greater amount of freedom when combining bundles as you just need to select any expansion pack, any game pack, and any stuff pack. There are some important stipulations to point out with this: you can't give bundles as gifts to friends, and if you own all of one pack type, you can't build a bundle.

If you don't own The Sims 4 yet, then you get the one-time opportunity to buy The Sims 4 in a bundle with three expansion packs. You'll then be able to create DLC bundles after purchasing which can then include game packs and stuff packs.

The Sims 4 packs features

Without further ado, here are all of the Sims 4 DLC packs separated by type, along with all of their features. Note that we are summarising a lot of the descriptions here so that we aren't spoiling too much.

Expansion packs

The Sims 4 Expansion Pack
Expansion Pack features
Get To Work
Doctor, Scientist, and Detective careers Own shops New neighbourhoods: Magnolia Promenade and Sixam New skill: Baking Hospital births Illnesses Aliens via Wormhole Generator New objects New lot assignment: Retail New radio station & TV channels New collectables
Sixam & aliens unlocked with Wormhole Generator
Get Together
Create clubs New neighbourhood: Windenburg New skills: Dancing and DJ Mixing New Aspiration: Leader of the Pack New objects New lot assignment: Café New traits: Dance Machine and Insider New radio station Sims can pick a nude outfit Emotional texts Natural pool colours Special Bar Nights & Happy Hours New foods and drinks exclusive to bars Barista and DJ NPCs Dance party social event New WooHoo locations: Closet and WooHoo bush
City Living
Critic, Politician, and Social Media careers New neighbourhood: San Myshuno New housing types: Apartments and Penthouses New lot assignments: Arts Center and Karaoke Bar New traits: Unflirty and Vegetarian New aspiration: City Native Many new lot traits Festivals (five in total) Bulletin boards (advertising festivals) New objects New radio stations & TV channels New collectables Sims can visit rabbit-hole venues Street performing Spices Landlord and Vendor NPCs
Cats & Dogs
Pets: Cats and Dogs New neighbourhood: Brindleton Bay New lot assignment: Vet Clinic New traits: Cat Lover and Dog Lover New skills: Pet training and Veterinarian New aspiration: Friend of the Animals Many new lot traits New objects New radio station New collectables Stray pets Gourmet pet food Pet treats Simstagram accounts for pets Mystery boxes found by pets New WooHoo location: Brindleton Bay's lighthouse
New features: weather, seasons, holidays, and calendar New careers: Gardener and Scout New skills: Flower arranging and skating New objects New radio station and TV channels New collectables Outerwear clothing Mud/Snowball/Water balloon fights Holiday crafts Grand meals Gift giving Singing holiday songs Making snow angels Taking showers in the rain Playing in the rain Lightning bending Father Winter and Flower Bunny NPCs New WooHoo location: Leaf pile
Skating is a secret skill. Scout is an after school activity.
Get Famous
New features: fame and reputation New careers: Acting and Drama Club New Neighbourhood: Del Sol Valley New skills: Acting and Media Production New trait: Self-absorbed New Aspirations: World Famous and Master Actor Three new lot traits Seven new NPC types Seven new pre-made Townies New objects Scars and gold teeth in Create a Sim Blind dates Giving residence keys to good friends New WooHoo locations: Sleeping pod and money vault
Drama Club is an after school activity.
Island Living
New features: Mermaids and island life New career: Conservationist New part time jobs: Diver, Fisherman, and Lifeguard New neighbourhoods: Ohan'ali Town, Lani St. Taz, and Mua Pel'am New traits: Child of the Islands and Child of the Ocean New aspiration: Beach life New lot assignment: Beach Three new lot traits New radio station New objects New collectables Ocean swimming Residential beach lots Pier ladders Building sand castles Dolphins Sharks Turtles Seagulls Snorkeling Floating Suntanning/Sun burning Volcanic activity, such as eruptions Odd jobs Festivals Elemental spirits Kava parties
Discover University
New feature: Degree New careers: Education, Engineer, Law, E-Sports Competitor, and Soccer Team Player New skills: Research & Debate and Robotics New aspiration: Academic New neighbourhood: Britechester New lot assignments: Foxbury Commons, UBrite Commons, and University Housing Two new lot traits New objects New life state: Servo Facial piercings Minimalistic tattoos Repo-men Roommates Scholarships Secret society Shower WooHoo Skill classes Student loans Student organisations
E-Sports Competitor and Soccer Team Player are after school activities.

Game packs

The Sims 4 Game Pack
Game Pack features
Outdoor Retreat
New vacation destination: Camping New skill: Herbalism New townie: Hermit New objects
Spa Day
New feature: Wellness New skill: Wellness Massages Saunas New objects
Dine Out
Dining in restaurants Managing restaurants New objects
New life state: Vampires Vampire perks and powers New neighbourhood: Forgotten Hollow New skills: Pipe Organ and Vampire Lore New aspirations: Master Vampire and Good Vampire New objects
Enhancements to toddlers and kids Ten new child traits Life lessons for kids Set curfews for kids School projects New skill: Parenting New objects
Jungle Adventure
New vacation destination: Selvadorada New skills: Archaeology and Selvadoradian Culture Secret Shop New life state: Skeletons Treasures in the temple New objects New collectables
New neighbourhood: StrangerVille A story that affects the look of the town New career: Military New objects
Military career has two branches: Covert Ops and Officer
Realm of Magic
New neighbourhood: Magic Realm Spellcaster perks Magic spells Alchemy Familiars

Stuff packs

The Sims 4 Stuff Pack
Stuff Pack features
Perfect Patio
Hot Tubs New furniture/objects New fashion items (laid back) A Pre-made patio
Cool Kitchen
Ice Cream Maker New furniture/objects New fashion items (trendy) Two pre-made kitchens
Pumpkin carving station Spooky candy bowl Spooky party New furniture/objects New fashion items (spooky) Two Pre-made indoor rooms
Movie Hangout
Projector screen Popcorn popper New fashion items (boho-chic) New Decorative lighting New furniture/objects Ten in-game movies for your Sims
Romantic Garden
Wishing Well Water Fountain New floras and plants New furniture/objects New fashion items (modern/romantic)
Kids Room
New furniture/objects Trading card battle game & collectables Puppet Theatre New fashion items (kids)
Water Slides Bird feeder Wind chimes New fashion items (casual) New furniture/objects
Vintage Glamour
Butlers Vanity table New fashion items (posh)
Bowling Night
Bowling New fashion items (retro)
Climbing wall Workout videos Earbuds New furniture/objects New fashion items (fitness) Three pre-made gym rooms
New fashion items (toddlers) New objects Hosting play dates
Laundry Day
Laundry New furniture/objects New fashion items (country)
My First Pet Stuff
New pet: Hamsters New fashion items (pets) Pet print decorations
Requires The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs Expansion pack
New career (fashion photographer) New furniture/objects New fashion items (Moschino) Expanded photography UI Custom magazine covers
This Stuff pack is branded with Moschino items
Tiny Living
Tiny Home Residential lot assignment New furniture/objects New fashion items (low key)

The Sims 4 packs guide

Thanks so much for reading this Sims 4 packs guide. We hope it has been helpful in assisting you with working out which packs you can safely skip and which ones to buy. If you're still looking for more Sims 4 guides, check out The Sims 4 cheats guide.

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