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Specializations let you customize the culture and feel of your city in SimCity BuildIt. Choose from parks, landmarks, transportation, education, entertainment, and more.

Sims love a city with culture, style, and a thriving tourism economy. Choose one or more areas of specialization to boost both population and happiness in your city. There are six to choose from: What identity will you choose for your city? Level up to unlock all the different Specializations.

City Hall iconGetting started with Specializations

Tap the Services icon on the lower right of your screen to see the list of Specializations. Tap any active specialization to see its residential zone coverage visually mapped out over your city (if you have no buildings placed toward a specialization, there will be no coverage to view).

Picture of Specializations menu.

When selected in the Specializations menu, each type of specialization will give you information about its effect on your city. ProTip: Super-efficient Mayors can quickly scroll between each Specialization (and Services too) by clicking the yellow arrows now visible near the top of the screen.

  • Area – How much of your city will a specialization cover or protect? The bigger, the better!
  • Population boost – How many new residents will eagerly move to the area surrounding this building? Offering this specialization will increase the population by the percentage shown.
  • Building price – What will it cost to get the building up and running?
  • Requirements – What population level must your city reach before this building unlocks?

The expanded Specializations menu

Choose your specializations by deciding which activities you think your citizens will appreciate most as well as how you might want your city to look. Remember that just like you and me, your constituents are individuals with different tastes and ideas of fun, so they might still want whatever they don’t have! 

Different specializations will lead you toward different City Achievements as well. For most specializations, the relevant HQ must first be placed in your city to unlock the rest of the buildings in that category. The HQ will count toward your coverage area for the specialization effects, too, so be sure to place it near residential zones.

Most specialization buildings are purchasable with Golden Keys. Start collecting them by successfully completing cargo shipments or rebuilding your city if disaster strikes,

Build specialization buildings

  1. Tap and drag a specialization building onto the map. Make sure to place them alongside a road.
  2. Tap the green checkmark to complete your purchase of the new building.

Move specialization buildings

  1. Tap and hold the specialization building you want to move.
  2. Drag it to a different spot and tap the green checkmark.

Watch the effects on the surrounding residential zones as you move the building; if you’re moving the good stuff away from your citizens, they’ll move away too.

Bulldoze specialization buildings

  1. Tap and hold the building
  2. Tap the bulldozer icon that appears on the right side of the screen.
  3. Tap to confirm bulldozing the building.

You’ll get some Simoleons back if you remove parks or HQs, but buildings yout bought with Golden Keys will not provide refunds so make sure you absolutely need the space or have decided against following up with this area of specialization. Remember, if you bulldoze a specialization building and don’t replace it, your population boost will be lost.


Types of Specialization

Parks icon in Specialization menu Parks

An oasis in a big city gives your citizens room to breathe.


Gambling icon in Specialization menu Gambling

Cha-ching! Sims love to gamble, and some of these casinos are out of this world.


Entertainment icon in Specialization menu Entertainment

Who doesn’t like to be entertained? Hotels, stadiums, performance venues…and that spiky-looking building is very familiar.


Landmark icon in Specialization menu Landmarks

Bring the world to your city with landmarks like the Tower of Pisa and Big Ben.


Education icon in Specialization menu Education

Your citizens are thirsty for knowledge! Give them the education they need to raise their children to become productive members of your city.


Transportation icon in Specialization menu Transportation

Keep your city in motion, Mayor. Your Sims might leave if it's too hard to get across the city or traffic gets too heavy.


Beach Specialization icon Beach

Build Beach Specilizations to let your citizens cool off and have fun on the Beach Boardwalk.


Mountain Specialization icon Mountain

Send your citizens on a ski holiday, let them hike through the hills, and enjoy the mountain view of your city.


Landscape Specialization icon Landscape

Give your Sims beautiful landscapes by building lakes and forests.

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