Anyone who has ever played The Sims will know just how powerful the motherlode cheat can be. So simple, but so popular, those ten letters will add a whole whack of Simoleons to your Sim’s household funds.
Unbelievable as it might seem, there are players who choose not to take the easy way out and do not resort to using cheats in The Sims 4 – however tempting they might be.
It takes an impressive amount of self-control, especially when taking one of the numerous Sims challenges out there. If you are looking for a little superficial self-confidence boost, borne out of the ability to avoid cheating in a computer game, we have some good news.
Sims 4 Bust the Dust Kit: The Dust Bunny is raining money, honey
The new type of DLC called Sims 4 Kits, recently introduced to the game, includes a kit called Bust the Dust. If you are a bit apprehensive about the pleasures of vacuuming in a virtual world if you can’t stand it in the real world, just hear us out.
If you leave the filth to fester just long enough, you might see a cute little Dust Bunny appear in your Sim’s house. The Sims 4 Dust Bunny isn’t just good for a feel-good injection of “aaaawwww, cute” and for making a new friend. They are quite useful if your Sim needs a bit of extra cash… in fact, a Dust Bunny could very well be your Sim’s way to becoming very rich.
Now, we’re pretty sure this level of gold mining won’t last for long, because it is way out of whack (like the pricing of the Sims 4 Kits, some might say, not us, cough, cough). But while it lasts, it’s a useful trick for anyone who would like to explore The Sims 4 without cheats but can’t face the thought of failing.
How to get rich using a Dust Bunny in The Sims 4
Okay, we’re going to hope that you have some semblance of humanity and you do not want to use the Dust Bunny only for its cash finding abilities. If you’re only after the dough, fine, whatever – we won’t judge.
The first thing that needs to happen is that a Dust Bunny needs to spawn. For that, you need the Bust the Dust Kit, obviously. They will spawn on their own, but when you see one, don’t vacuum them up.
Let the dust settle and be kind to your new moneymaker and soon you’ll see the “Ask Dust Bunny to Search for Valuables” interaction pop up. When you choose this interaction, your filth friend will bounce up and down excitedly (and adorably), making some more of those awww-inducing sounds and just doing a generally good job of looking cute.
Not long after, you will see a notification that the Dusty Bunny has found a tidy sum of Simoleons – apparently, Sims have a lot of change around their homes. We tried it twice in one day (two different Sims), and the amount ranged from just over §500 and just under §300 – more than some entry-level jobs offer for their daily rate.
The Dust Bunny returns won’t always be that handsome, sometimes it will return with nothing more than an old dusty toy. But, in the greater scheme of things, the ROI is pretty decent if your Sim is pressed for time.
If the Filth Life isn’t your thing or you get tired of exploiting a pile of dust, you can turn off the Dust System in The Sims 4: Bust the Dust Kit and return to your old ways where vacuums serve absolutely no purpose whatsoever.
Antoinette is a recovering journalist, having written for Sports Illustrated, The Guardian, Daily Maverick and others. She has won multiple SAB Journalist of the Year awards, across a variety of categories. She thinks it’s strange writing about herself in the third person, unless she’s playing as herself in The Sims…which she’s been doing for over 20 years.