You can tell we’ve all been alone in lockdown for too long when the newest NPCs in The Sims 4 are an amorous spirit guide and a skeleton with an inexplicable cleavage.
Yes, The Sims 4 Paranormal Stuff Pack introduces a handful of new special characters, including the rakish Claude René Duplantier Guidry — or just Guidry for short — a very helpful ghost who just happens to be permanently stuck in the Flirty emotional state.
The pack also marks the long-awaited return to the franchise of fan-favourite Bonehilda — a skeletal maid whose assets this time around are causing a few raised eyebrows, not to mention scratched heads as we try to work out how a lady with no skin, fat, or indeed bodily tissues of any kind can fill out a dress like that.
Whether your lonely Sims are looking for WooHoo in all the wrong places or hoping to be taken seriously in the Paranormal Investigator career introduced in the pack — either way, they’ll want to start summoning these new supernatural friends. Here’s how to go about it.
How to perform a séance in The Sims 4: Paranormal
While some of the new special characters in The Sims 4: Paranormal will turn up of their own accord, if you want to summon one of them specifically, your Sims will need to perform a séance. There are two ways of doing this:
- Using a séance table, a new object available to purchase in Build/Buy Mode. This behaves much like a dining table or gaming table: you’ll need to place at least one dining chair in an available slot in order for your Sims to use it. Back in Live Mode, click on the séance table and choose one of the interactions.
- Using a séance circle, which only becomes available once your Sim has maxed out their Medium skill to Level 5. The séance circle has the same options as the table — but it isn’t limited by your access to Build/Buy Mode, and doesn’t cost anything. Sufficiently skilled Sims can create a séance circle on-the-go to serve the same function as a fixed table.
There are a number of different séance interactions for your Sims to perform, and who (or what) you end up summoning varies depending on the interactions you choose.
How to summon Guidry
Guidry is a friendly (maybe a little over-friendly) ghost who likes to hang around houses with the new haunted house residential lot type. While the exact timing isn’t set in stone, Guidry will appear of his own accord sometime after 9pm on the second day after a household moves into a haunted house.
If your Sims don’t live on a haunted property but would still like to visit with Guidry, it’s possible for Sims with the Medium skill to summon him using the séance table or séance circle.
Affable and permanently flirtatious (though not, it seems, actually attainable romantically for your playable Sims), Guidry offers to help your Sims navigate the world of the paranormal in exchange for letting him hang out and lightly haunt you from time to time.
Guidry functions as somewhere between a tutorial guy for the pack, and a tour guide like those you’d find in The Sims 4’s vacation destinations. In addition to ordinary social interaction options, you’ll notice that Guidry has a unique social sub-menu when you click on him called (wait for it) ‘Guidry’.
Going into that menu will give your Sim access to a series of one-off queries about the supernatural, ranging from the generic (starting quite reasonably with ‘Who are you?’ and ‘Why are you here?’), to specific requests relating to the Sim’s current emotional state and any paranormal activity they might have recently witnessed.
How to summon Bonehilda
Unlike previous versions of Bonehilda the skeleton maid, who were ‘hired’ by acquiring their coffins in Buy Mode, The Sims 4’s take on the character needs to be summoned during a séance.
Your Sim will need to build their Medium skill to at least Level 3 and have access to a séance table (or séance circle) in order to summon Bonehilda. There doesn’t seem to be any way of failing to summon her once your Sim has the power to do so — which probably shouldn’t be surprising: she’s supernaturally motivated to provide free maid services for all eternity, so answering when you call presumably isn’t much of a stretch for her.
Once summoned, Bonehilda will appear at the séance. For the most part she behaves much like any service NPC, shuttling around performing household tasks such as cleaning and repairs as long as there’s anything that needs doing. Some of her behaviours come with a spooky twist, of course.
And, because I know some of you were wondering — for the first time in the series, you can WooHoo with Bonehilda. It looks to actually be a feature this time, not an exploit like it was in The Sims 3. I’ll leave you to wrestle with the various ethical implications of this one.
Bonehilda will stick around for around an in-game day after being summoned, before returning to… wherever it is she came from. There’s no cooldown on summoning her back, however, so as long as you have a Sim with Level 3 or higher Medium skill and access to séance equipment on the lot, she can be with you more or less 24/7.
Sims in the Paranormal Investigator freelance career can summon Bonehilda for assistance during gigs. This can be tricky to do in time, but has some significant payoffs: it turns out that among her many talents, Bonehilda is also a dab bony hand at fending off volatile ghosts during Expert Paranormal Investigations.
Alternatively, Sims have a small chance of turning themselves into Bonehilda while performing the ‘Ghastly Ritual’ séance interaction. The effects are only temporary (lasting around four in-game hours) and the game doesn’t treat this as a failure of the ritual, rather a minor variation on the ghost powers Sims are meant to gain from it.
How to summon Temperance
The pack’s third new special character, Temperance, works a little differently to the other two (even after you take into account the fact that in contrast to them, she’s not been made out to be weirdly alluring).
Unlike Guidry and Bonehilda, Temperance absolutely does not have your Sims’ best interests at heart. She’s a sworn enemy of your good pal Guidry, with a permanent Angry emotional state to prove it, and her arrival signals trouble.
Not that you’d probably want to, but summoning Temperance isn’t a simple matter of performing a séance and asking her nicely. Instead, there are a couple of circumstances under which Temperance shows up.
Moving a household into a haunted house residential lot will cause Temperance to spawn after a few in-game days at most, after which she’ll commence making your Sims’ lives a misery. Sims in the Paranormal Investigator freelance career have a chance of encountering her during an Expert Paranormal Investigation gig.