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Basketcase achievement in The Sims 4


Have a Sim get in and out of all primary emotional states within 24 Sim hours.

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How to unlock the Basketcase achievement

  • MalkorisMalkoris
    16 Nov 2017 16 Nov 2017
    This one can be a bit daunting at first, but with some preparation and some advanced sims, it gets easier. The real key here is using as many tools as possible that only set emotions when on.

    The "primary emotional states" are as follows, along with the way and order in which I toggled them so that they were gone quickly enough:

    Fine - Wake up after sleeping to clear out other emotions in a room with nothing inside (and no negative moodlets from neglected needs)
    Happy - Any "decor" without any other moodlets
    Confident - Emotion painting
    Playful - Emotion painting
    Flirty - Emotion painting
    Angry - Emotion painting
    Sad - Emotion painting
    Focused - Math diagram painting
    Inspired - Framed Book object
    Tense - Low "Fun" need (can easily be gotten by choosing to work hard at work, too, but then you've got to go to work, which eats up time)
    Uncomfortable - Low "Bladder" need (should also work with Hunger, Energy, or Hygiene)
    Bored - Use same conversation option three times in a row
    Embarrassed - Get rejected for a romantic conversation option
    Energized - Drink coffee
    Dazed - Drink more coffee
    Asleep - Go to sleep. Yep. You need to do this. I actually had to do it at the start and end of the set of emotions.

    And now, more detail for those who are interested:

    Secondary emotional states are the "very" versions of these, and they appear to count just the same as the primaries. (For example, if you skipped straight to "Very Playful", it appears to count the same as "Playful".)

    If you're not already familiar with sims' emotional states, you can find them in the lower left of the screen and you'll often have multiples at once. For an emotional state to count in this list, it has to be the active emotional state; in other words, the one with the highest count, and which you currently see the words for. So if you've got Happy+1 and Tense+2 and Flirty+2, but you only see Flirty displayed, that only counts as "Flirty".

    Because of this, the best way to get through all of the emotional states in one 24 hour period is to use tools with emotional states embedded into them so that you can turn them on and off again. The best way that I've found to do this is with paintings, when possible, or with rewards from other skills and jobs.

    I'm going to detail how I got this one, but there are many other ways to pick up individual emotions. Many of them can be enabled in other ways, like taking a steamy shower for Flirty, but then you've got that emotion on you for hours of game time, and some can be tough to shake off. If you haven't seen Carl's Sims Guide, I very strongly recommend it. It has a big list of emotional states and details many of the other ways to get into other emotional states.

    A caution about potions: You can purchase emotion potions with aspiration points for some of the emotions, but they tend to stick around for quite a while. If you're going to go this route, try to make sure you don't use the potion until it's one of the last so you don't get stuck with that emotion longer than you want it.

    What I did first was to get the Painter Extraordinaire aspiration. Painting's relatively easy to level compared to some of the other skills, and can be very profitable, which makes it appealing. If you get your sim feeling Confident, Playful, Flirty, Angry, or Sad, you can make a painting that, when enabled, will cause that aura to come out of it. If you've got the Painter Extraordinaire aspiration reward, you can paint all five of those even if your sim isn't feeling that way. (Also, if you have someone who's also got a bit of Logic and is Focused, you can paint a mathematical diagram for that.)

    So of the 16 emotional states, painting can get you 6 of them that you can toggle on and off. Two more - Asleep and Fine - just happen naturally under the right circumstances.

    Once I had all of the paintings and other goodies, I built a private room in my house with nothing but those items, so that there wouldn't be any other emotions. The house had some "decor" items, but I had my sim sleep in a bed in a room with nothing else inside. I made sure that all basic needs EXCEPT Fun were well satisfied.

    I then sent my sim to bed and slept until all emotions were gone. On waking, my sim was "Fine", so I walked him into the next room where I had some pretty decor to get "Happy".

    From there, I took him up to the room with the stuff. I toggled the emotional state by selecting each of the paintings to turn it on, waited for my sim to change emotions, then turned the emotional state for that painting back off. That took care of Confident, Playful, Flirty, Angry, Sad, and Focused. I then did the same with the Framed Book from the Writer career to get Inspired.

    By luck, as soon as I turned that one off, my "Fun" was low enough that my sim just slipped into Tense, so I went and watched TV for a bit to get it back up. Doing that lowered Bladder enough for Uncomfortable. After that, I went inside and brewed some coffee and drank it for Energized... and then drank again for Dazed.

    I then found another random Sim and immediately repeated the "Get to Know" social option three times to get Bored, and then tried to "Hold Hands" with a stranger. Upon getting rejected, Embarrassed took over (since it was higher). Interestingly, I then had to go back to sleep again. As soon as I got Asleep for the second time, the cheevo dinged.

    Lots of text, but I hope that helps folks who are struggling to get to the bottom of this one!

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    itsa pumaaDo you have to get out of one mood before you enter the next mood for this to work?
    Posted by itsa pumaa on 11 Jul 22 at 23:19
    Posted by Maceteur on 18 Sep 23 at 20:46
    evorgnayrif just looking for the achievement itself, the sims 4 community has families you can download from the gallery that already have the conditions required to unlock this (or just about to reach it), so that is the quickest option available
    Posted by evorgnayr on 04 Apr at 14:42
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  • sm182sm182
    15 Mar 2020 21 Mar 2020 21 Mar 2020

    Select New Game (Dismiss Tutorial if this comes up).

    Scroll right and select 'Open the Gallery'.

    Search for 'Basketcase Family +' and download the family made by 'Misier'.

    Select 'Place Household' and choose Replace. After this go to the bottom right and press 'Play'.

    Next choose 'Willow Creek' & then 'Streamlet Single'. Press confirm to load up the map.

    Finally press the Ultra Speed button and the achievement should pop within a few minutes.

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    laserbearnsharkI believe it’s ‘Basketcase Trophy +’ but you can just switch to EA account ID and search for Misier
    Posted by laserbearnshark on 23 May 20 at 08:35
    PoppaSmurf110+1 man cheers 🍻
    Posted by PoppaSmurf110 on 30 Jan 22 at 20:32
    BeatmoshHow many minutes/Sim days am I waiting? I've got a week and everyone is just tired and angry and everything is broken...
    Posted by Beatmosh on 20 Feb 22 at 13:59
  • EnceIaduXEnceIaduX
    23 Jun 2019 24 Jun 2019
    For me, the hardest part of this achievement was getting out of the emotions to start on the next one. I will run through how I earned the achievement.

    Ensure that you do not have any traits equipped that stop you getting embarrassed (Traits.remove_trait Shameless), stop your bladder meter depleting (Traits.remove_trait SteelBladder) or getting Tense (Traits.remove_trait CareFree).

    The only prep I needed was to have a completely empty room (for winding down some emotions), and a "sad" painting. For the sad painting, have a sim donate money to a fake charity on the computer (it is usually one with an outrageous name like Dinosaur Trust Fund) and once that sim is sad, paint a sad painting to capture the emotion. Disabling autonomy in the game options is also highly recommended.

    The Achievement

    We'll start off the first one with getting Tense. Let your fun meter deplete to the point where your sim is Tense. For this and the majority of the emotions, keep an eye on the bottom left corner, as soon as the sim becomes tense, go to a computer to play video games. Your 24 hours will start as soon as the sim becomes tense so keep an eye on the in-game clock. It's also really helpful to pause whenever transitioning to something else, as it is 24 in-game hours that count.

    Happy or Fine
    Your sim will now most likely be happy or fine. Your sim will naturally become happy in a nicely decorated room. Or for fine, go to the empty room I suggested you should prep for.

    Asleep is an easy emotion to check off, simply go to bed to sleep, wait a few seconds and wake up.

    Go to a bathroom for these next few emotions. For playful, go for a bubble bath. Once the sim is playful, exit the bath and go to a mirror and select the option "Try to calm down" which should have a pink mark next to it. When your sim becomes neutral again, move on. (You can select this option as many times as you need to calm down).

    Still in the bathroom, these next 2 emotions you can't really remove manually, so you will have to wait a little while to remove. For inspired, take a thoughtful shower. And then wait a round 1 in-game hour before moving onto the next emotion.

    Go to your bathroom sink and brush your teeth to get confident. Again though, to remove this emotion you will have to wait a little while.

    Next we go for flirty, simply have a steamy shower to get flirty. And to remove, go back to the shower and select "have a cold shower" which should cool you down after a few showers.

    To prepare for this one, leave your sim in the bathroom, then have another sim on "standby" outside of the bathroom. With your emotion sim, have it take a bath, switch to the standby sim and walk in on the sim taking a bath, you may have to walk in multiple times to make your emotion sim embarrassed. To get out of this emotion, you need to select the social interactions on other sims with yellow tags next to them (Self deprecating jokes, ask for confidence etc.)

    Keep the standby sim at hand, switch to it, and then interact with your emotion sim with 2/3 mean interactions, this will get your emotion sim angry. You need to take cool showers with your sim to remove anger (same as with flirty).

    Once your sim is neutral again, we need to go and view the sad painting that we prepped for. Go and view this painting to become sad. The sad emotion will not last very long but to reduce the time we can watch comedy on the TV.

    For this one, simply have the same social interaction with another sim 3 times in a row. For example I picked "ask about day" 3 times to get bored.

    To get energised, simply drink a cup of coffee.

    Ensure your sim becomes Energised before attempting this as you can miss energised completely by having more coffee. But once your sim does become energised, drink more coffee cups to become dazed.

    You may have had this one pop up anyway, but after drinking cups of coffee your sim will become uncomfortable from low bladder. Simply go to the toilet to remove.

    I left focused until last because I found that it was the hardest emotion to come out of. To get focused you simply need to play chess. Go play chess and this achievement should be yours!

    I made this achievement solution to reiterate that getting out of an emotion is more important that getting into one, as the 24 hours to do this is not long. I had about 6 hours to spare doing this method, however my sim did not go to work and also has traits that don't deplete Sleep, Hunger, Hygiene and Social needs. Your sim will need the entire uninterrupted day to go for this.
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