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Character Values Overhaul

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Uploaded: 29th Aug 2021 at 7:32 PM
Updated: 3rd Jun 2023 at 1:43 AM
Working with 1.98.127
The Character Value (CV) system introduced in Parenthood is underdeveloped and hasn’t been updated in years. Currently, only 12 traits out of the 50+ traits available to Sims have an impact on CVs. Also, if a child ages up with a worrisome trait like “Evil,” their existing CVs will remain largely unchanged. This mod corrects that and goes several steps further.

What This Mod Does

  1. All traits (including Toddler, and EP Traits) impact Character Values when a Sim is first created.
  2. Rebalances points needed for earning Parenthood Traits (more info below)
  3. Randomization to ensure that no two Sims are exactly alike.
  4. Character Values now slowly decay over time.
  5. Sims with a Character Value in the red behave as if they have the associated negative Trait.
    • ex: a Child Sim with -20 points in Responsibility will behave and roll wants as if they had the Irresponsible trait.
  6. When a Sim ages up, the trait they age up with impacts their Character Values. (Requires XML Injector)
  7. Infant traits will impact a Sim's Character Values when they age up to a Toddler. (Requires XML Injector)
  8. All of the boring Character Value notifications ("Sim is in range to earn Responsible trait") have been replaced with 30+ livelier ones

Optional Add Ons
  1. CharacterValuesOverhaul_BlockRewardsAddOn
    • As punishment for poor parenting, certain reward traits are blocked for Sims who have Character Values in the red and Sims who have negative Parenthood Traits (Insensitive, Bad Manners, etc).
    • If you have Outdoor Retreat, put both the BlockRewardsAddOn file and the BlockRewardsAddOn_GP01 file into your Mods folder

Latest Updates
Update: 3/16/23
  • Infant traits will now have a small impact on character values when a Sim ages up to a Toddler. (Requires XML Injector)
    • Check out the more detailed information section for specifics
  • Slightly increased rate of decay for Character Values.

Update: 3/07/23
  • Reworked mod after the last few patches broke it
  • Removed outdated custom whims (may revisit in the future)
  • Added HSY traits
  • Added the Loyal trait
  • Balance changes

More Detailed Information

List of Traits and the Character Values they impact

Toddler Traits

Infant Traits

Character Value points rewarded by traits are balanced

Points needed to earn negative and positive Parenthood Traits have been modified

Randomness of values

Autonomy and wants

Optional Add On: Block Rewards


This mod is not compatible with Zero_PH_Parenthood_Fixes. I've incorporated Zero's fix into this mod.

Despite the emphasis on traits in this mod, no trait files have been modified. The main files this mod modifies are the lifeSkillStatisitc XMLs and the LifeSkills_Autonomy buff XMLs. I haven't encountered another mod that touches these.

My mod is compatible with mods that increase or decrease the rate at which you gain/lose Character Value points. This includes the difficulty adjustment setting found in MCCC.

For an added challenge, you can use my mod with Kuttoe's "mini mod: parenthood hard mode". But, be warned. You'll be seeing red!

Some features of this mod require XML Injector

My mod will work without it (somewhat), but if you want ALL of the features this mod has, you just need to make sure that you have "XmlInjector_Script_v4.ts4script" in your mods folder. If you already have it, you're golden. If you don't, you can download it here.

If you're hesitant to download XML Injector, you can learn more about it here.

Made with Sims 4 Studio
German translation by granatapfelsaft