The Sims 4 Legacy Challenge Rules
Version 1.20 (updated 12/11/2015)
The Legacy Challenge is a set of self-imposed rules meant to change the way you play the game of The Sims 4. By abiding by the restrictions of the challenge and reaching for the goals of the challenge, you will find yourself getting a very different experience from The Sims 4 that you might have playing casually. The Legacy Challenge tasks you with creating a single founder Sim moving them in to a giant lot, and starting out in abject poverty. Your founder must build their house, build their wealth, and ultimately bring in the second generation to continue when they die. In this challenge you play a single family for 10 full generations. With less control over how your children turn out and more challenges thrown your way, the challenge asks the very important question. “What kind of Legacy will you leave?”
The best thing to do when starting your Legacy Challenge is to begin a new game. Do this by selecting the + at the top of the main menu and selecting New Game. This will bring you to Create a Sim (CAS).
Your challenge begins in Create-A-Sim (CAS). There, you must design your founder. Your founder can be just about anything you want and if you have The Sims 4 Get to Work, they can even be an alien! You can pick whatever aspiration you want for them and give them whatever traits you want. Pick out their gender, wardrobe, body shape and color, and even incorporate any CAS custom content or mods. The ONLY two rules are that they must be of the ‘young adult’ age, and they must be the only person in the household.
Take extra care when giving them their name, especially their last name, as many future Sims will have that as part of their name, so make it a good one.
Once you have finished your founder, move them into any empty lot. Return to the world screen. Select your founder on their empty lot and pick “Move Family”. Locate a residential 50×50 lot and bulldoze it, evicting the family present if there is one. The lot should now cost exactly $10,000. If it does not, it is not an eligible lot.
Move your founder into the new empty $10,000 lot. This will leave them with $10,000 in cash. Before doing anything else, purchase the Knight of the Octagon Table decoration costing $8,200 and place it in your family inventory. It must remain there for the entire challenge. Think of it as a sort of price of a nobility title; a right to call yourself a Legacy family. Once this is completed, you must ponder what your family’s succession law will be.
**NEW EXTREME START OPTION** – With the addition of The Sims 4 Get Together an “Extreme” start (similar to what was in the Sims 2 Legacy Challenge Advanced Rules) is now an option. Successfully completing an extreme start will net you one bonus point (see the Scoring section under “Handicaps” for more details). To start an “Extreme” Legacy Challenge you must move your founder onto one of the new 64 x 64 lots in Windenburg (after the lot on it has been demolished). This will leave you with $8000. You can not buy or build ANYTHING until you earn enough money to buy the Knight of the Octagon Table (which costs $8200). Once the Knight has been purchased (leaving with you no money) the challenge can start as per usual. The Knight MUST be purchased before the first set of bills arrive, failure to do that results in you being unable to earn the bonus point (it does not, however, fail your challenge). (Thank you to Aprilise helping us figure out this new rule!)
Don’t want an Extreme start but still want to use the new 64 x 64 lots? Twitch Streamer SgtShaf came up with a solution so that you can still have the same amount of starting cash on a 64 x 64 lot as you would a 50 x 50 lot:
- Buy two Points of Enmity for $2100
- Buy one Von-Windenburg’s Trap for $2000
Place those three items into your inventory (which totals $6200) and start the challenge as per usual with the standard $1800 starting cash.
Click Here to move onto the Succession Law page.