The Sims franchise has been around for a while now and has become extremely successful thanks to its quirkiness and ability to rope players into its bizarre world. The most recent entry, The Sims 4, launched in 2014 and has continued the series’ legacy, giving players a refined way to create a Sim, along with adding a hefty list of quality-of-life improvements. When you’re ready to goof off and get even crazier, you might want to dive into the game’s expansive selection of cheats, which grant you the ability to do all sorts of things, including a way to increase your stats, gain unlimited money, and negate (or cause) death.
Cheat codes in video games are mostly a relic of the past, but The Sims 4 still puts them at the forefront. There are dozens upon dozens of cheats. In this list, we’ll share the absolute best ones, ranging from the most useful to the silliest, and everything in between. These are the best Sims 4 cheats.
How to use cheats
In The Sims 4, you can’t simply just type in a cheat code and expect it to work. It’s a complicated game in many regards, and using cheats requires a bit of explanation before diving in. For starters, you must enable the ability to use cheats in-game. Depending on your platform, there are slight differences in going about enabling them.
On PC, you’ll need to hold Ctrl + Shift + C (Command + Shift + C on Mac) to open up the cheat console. Once here, you’ll need to type in testingcheats on in the cheat console. Doing so will allow you to enter cheats. You’ll need to type them in exactly as written to get them to work. To disable cheats, type in testingcheats off in the same box.
To reach the cheat console on PS4 and Xbox One, you’ll need to press all shoulder and trigger buttons simultaneously. On PS4, it’s L1, R1, L2, R2, and on Xbox One, it’s LB, RB, LT, RT. After you press them all at the same time, the cheat console will appear and you’ll follow the same steps as above to enable cheats. Type in testingcheats on to gain the ability to type in cheats. Note that enabling cheats on a console will negate the ability to earn most trophies and achievements, so use them wisely.
Cheats are used by typing in specific codes into the same cheat console. You’ll receive a notification when you’ve typed in the code correctly, and it’ll tell you which code you’ve enabled.
You can’t go wrong with instantaneously acquiring money in The Sims 4. Fortunately, there are a few different cheat codes you can use to make sure you never run out of cash. Type the following codes in the cheat console to earn instant money:
- rosebud – 1,000 simoleons
- kaching – 1,000 simoleons
- motherlode – 50,000 simoleons
Alternatively, you can type in Money # to instantly gain a specified amount of money. For example, if you want 50 simoleons, you’d type in Money 50 after enabling cheats. Do note that using this method will replace the total amount of money you have, as opposed to adding to it.
Build Mode cheats
Some people focus solely on building the perfect home in The Sims 4, and while the game gives you the tools to do this easily, cheating can make it much more enjoyable. One of the best cheats allows you to literally build anywhere, while other cheats give you the ability to unlock any Career Items instantly. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time building, it’s recommended to take a look at the cheats below:
- FreeRealEstate On – Build anywhere for free
- FreeRealEstate Off – Turn off building anywhere for free
- bb.moveobjects on – Move objects anywhere, regardless of grid placement
- bb.enablefreebuild – Build anywhere
- bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement – Unlocks any locked Career Items in Build mode
Using all or a combination of some of these will save you money or allow you to build anywhere, giving you much more freedom than normal.
The Sims 4 features a host of different stats to improve upon, from cooking to acting and fishing. While you can go about increasing these stats the long way, cheating will instantly make you an expert at whichever one you choose. Either way, you’ll want to level these stats to perform them much more effectively and efficiently.
To use them, you need to type in the following code:
stats.set_skill_level [skilltype] [1-10]
For example, if you want to set your Fitness to level 8, you’d type in the following:
stats.set_skill_level Major_Fitness 8
Below are the list of stat-related cheats. Type these codes in, as part of the larger code listed above.
Why take the time to learn piano when you can just type in a cheat code to learn the instrument instantly?
Who has time to sit through the long length of a pregnancy in The Sims 4? Luckily, there are a few pregnancy cheats that will speed things up tremendously. Type in the following codes in the cheat console to make a Sim pregnant up to a specific trimester:
- sims.add_buff buff_pregnancy_trimester1 – Make Sim or Ghost pregnant in first trimester
- sims.add_buff buff_pregnancy_trimester2 – Make Sim or Ghost pregnant in second trimester
- sims.add_buff buff_pregnancy_trimester3 – Make Sim or Ghost pregnant in third trimester
- sims.add_buff buff_pregnancy_inlabor – Make Sim or Ghost pregnant at term
In The Sims 4, you can do your best to improve your relationship with others by talking with them and getting to know them. But frankly, that gets old fast, so why not use some cheat codes to speed things up? Whether you’re just friends or romantic partners, cheat codes can immediately max out your relationship with another Sim. Or, if you’re a masochist, you can make a Sim absolutely loathe you.
Use these cheats to manipulate your relationships with other Sims:
- relationships.create_friends_for_sim – New Sim is created with 100% Friendship
- modifyrelationship ‘entire Sim name 1’ ‘entire Sim name 2’ 100 ltr_friendship_main – 100% positive friendship between two specific Sims (you’ll need to enter a Sim’s first and last name in their respective spots in the code)
- modifyrelationship ‘entire Sim name 1’ ‘entire Sim name 2’ -100 ltr_friendship_main – 100% negative friendship between two specific Sims (you’ll need to enter a Sim’s first and last name in their respective spots in the code)
- modifyrelationship ‘entire Sim name 1’ ‘entire Sim name 2’ 100 ltr_romance_main – 100% positive romance between two specific Sims (you’ll need to enter a Sim’s first and last name in their respective spots in the code)
- modifyrelationship ‘entire Sim name 1’ ‘entire Sim name 2’ -100 ltr_romance_main – 100% negative romance between two specific Sims (you’ll need to enter a Sim’s first and last name in their respective spots in the code)
Negate (or cause) death cheats
Death can be hard to avoid in The Sims 4 — that is, unless you use some of the game’s various cheat codes to circumvent it. Or, morbid individuals might want to take advantage of some of the cheats that actually cause death, though you should use these at your discretion.
These are the various death-related cheats:
- death.toggle true – Sims cannot die
- death.toggle false – Sims can die again
- sims.add_buff buff_death_electrocution_warning – Sim dies from freak electrocution accident
- sims.add_buff buff_mortified – Sim dies from embarrassment within five hours
- sims.add_buff buff_motives_hunger_starving – Sim starves to death within a day
Death isn’t the end of the world, as your Sim can be brought back to life. Use these death cheats for nothing more than an over-the-top laugh.
Not much is worse in The Sims 4 than when you’re interrupted by having to visit the bathroom, take a shower, or eat. What an annoyance. If these instances tend to get in your way, you’ll be happy to know there is a hefty list of cheats that will make your life easier. Below are the cheats that will negate any of these annoying bodily functions:
- sims.give_satisfaction_points ‘X’ – Gives Sim satisfaction points; type in the amount for X
- fillmotive motive_energy – Refill Sim energy
- fillmotive motive_fun – Refill Sim fun
- fillmotive motive_hunger – Refill Sim energy
- fillmotive motive_hygiene – Refill Sim hygiene
- fillmotive motive_social – Refill Sim social gauge
- sims.fill_all_commodities – Refills all Sim gauges
You can refill motives individually or use the “all commodities” cheat to refill all motives.
Career advancement cheats
Career goals are of paramount importance in The Sims 4, and you’ll spend most of your game time figuring out which is best suited to you. To find a job and build a career, you’ll need to put your Sim to work and earn money. Just like in the real world, your Sim will need to invest time and energy into their career if they are going to succeed. Career choices include teacher, scientist, detective, and more. Unfortunately, getting your Sim through a job can take up a lot of time and include off-the-clock study hours.
Fortunately for us, several cheat codes can put your Sim’s career on the fast track. Different career-related cheat codes can accomplish career objectives, add in trades, and more. With the right cheats, you won’t have to put in all the time to complete a job. You can skip straight to retirement.
Here are a few of the career-related cheat codes:
- aspirations.complete_current_milestone – Immediately complete a current goal
- careers.add_career ‘x’ – Add career (‘X’ is the career you choose)
- careers.promote ‘x’ – Promote your Sim
- careers.retire ‘X’ – Give your Sim early retirement
Of course, you could let your Sim work every day until retirement. But in Sim world, you don’t have to, and it’s a little bit mean to make them. Cheat codes can fast-track your Sim to the good life.