Complete Guide to Sims 4 Cheats

The Sims 4 is a simulation game that centers around creating and controlling a Sim. It’s your job is to keep their sim healthy and happy, while also allowing them to explore various careers, locations, and activities. The story is yours to create and the gameplay is yours to take advantage of.

However, sometimes you get stuck on something and need a little boost. That essentially what cheats are for, cheats are generally development tools that the game creators use to test various functions of the game quickly and easily. In Sims 4 it is well known that there are a variety of cheats available for the game.

In fact, some cheats, such as motherlode and kaching have been around since at least Sims 2 and are still used regularly in gameplay. Cheating in Sims 4 is generally pretty simple press control+shit+c or on consoles press all four shoulder buttons at once. SO without further adieu let’s talk about what types of cheats there and what they do.

Basic Cheats

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When Sims 4 first came out it came with cheats that were only needed for the base game and slowly as more expansion packs game so did more cheats. Basic cheats are often the most used cheats as the list includes money cheats, death cheats, and housing cheats.

  • Testingcheats on turns testing cheats on which is a function that needs to be turned on for many various cheats to work
  • kaching is a money cheat that gives the family you are currently playing 1,000 simoleons. It’s useful for when a family is only a little low on money.
  • motherlode is a money cheat that gives the family you are currently playing 50,000 simoleons, it’s useful if you need a lot of money fast for a build or just don’t want your Sim to have to work.
  • money x is the most powerful money cheat, as it gives the family you are playing whatever amount of money is substituted for x.
  • resetsim fristname lastname This cheat resets a Sim if they get stuck in an action or simply stuck in the game. Sometimes the game has routing issues for Sims and they simply can’t move.
  • death.toggle true/false This cheat disables death and allows Sims to live forever without being immortal.
  • freerealestate on/off this cheat is used when a Sim family is shopping for a house. It makes all households in the game free to move into.
  • household.autopay_bills true/false this cheat enabled or disables bills for a household. Useful if you don’t want to have to worry about bills or the amount of money your Sim has.
  • fps on/off this turns on the framerate per second display in gameplay, its useful for those that are tuning graphics settings.
  • hovereffects on/off This cheat turns and on and off the hover effect when you hover your mouse over a Sim.
  • fullscreen This cheat is pretty self-explanatory, it makes the game fullscreen.
  • bb.moveobjects This cheat allows objects to be moved anywhere and is super useful for building.
  • bb.enablefreebuild Lets you build on any lot and is really useful if you want to edit a lot that the Sims is currently visiting. For example, I used this cheat to revamp the magic school is Realm of Magic to make it more like a school and less like a gathering place.
  • headlineeffects on/off This cheat turns the headline effects on and off and is useful for taking screenshots in the game.
  • bb.showhiddenobjects This cheat shows and allows you to buy objects that are typically hidden from use. In previous games, it was known as the buydebug cheat.
  • bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement This cheats allows you to buy objects that are typically locked by careers. Without this cheat, you must unlock the item by having a Sim play that career.
  • bb.showliveeditobjects This cheat is a little more complicated but it allows you to buy and use objects that are typically reserved for world creation, not lot creation. In order to use this cheat first testing cheats must be turned on and then bb.showhiddenobjects must also run before this cheat can be entered.
  • sims.give_satisfacton_points x This cheat gives sims satisfaction points and can be used to give any amount of satisfaction points by replacing the x with the value chosen. These points can then be used to buy rewards.
  • fillmotive x This cheat is used to fill motives for example you can use fillmotive motive_energy to fill the energy bar.

Testing Cheats

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Testing cheats are cheats that are used by developers to test various aspects of the game and it is also a prerequisite for many cheats. We talked about how to turn testingcheats on above, so now let’s talk about what testingcheats allow you to do in the game.

Once testing cheats are turned on you can shift-click on the mailbox to access various cheat menus within the game. For example, you can use this to enable and disable need decay, fill entire households, or even world needs as well. Shift-clicking an NPC will allow you to add them to your household, edit their needs, and edit them in CAS.

Shift-clicking objects allow you to reset objects and make them either dirty or clean. Shift-clicking the ground will allow you to teleport anywhere in the world you could normally walk without a loading screen.

Lastly testingcheats true allows the cas.fulleditmode cheat to be used which allows you to access the entire create a sim menu and change everything from the looks of a Sim to their aspirations, traits, and gender.

Skill Cheats

Skill cheats require testingcheats to be on as well. There is only one skill cheat that can be used to set various skills to either a certain level or to max out the skill completely. It’s important to remember that there is a different syntax between fitness skills, minors skills, and children’s skills. For example, the fitness skills would be entered as stats.set_skill_level skill_fitness 5 would set the fitness level to 5.

Minor skills would be entered the same way, minor skills include things, such as dog training and bowling. Major skills, such as cooking or logic are entered as stats.set_skill_level major_baking 6 would set the baking skill to 6.

Toddler skills have a different syntax as well, for example entering stats.set_skill_level statistic_skill_toddler_thinking 4 would set the toddler thinking skill level to 4. The syntax for children’s skills is stats.set_skill_level skill_child_mental 9, this would set the child’s mental skill to level 9.

Career Cheats

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Career cheats require testingcheats to be on and from there you can have a Sim join a career or promote the Sim through the career by using careers.promote X, for example career.promote secretagent would have the Sim join a career or promote them through the career while also gaining all career bonuses. Note that careers with two words should not contain spaces when using this cheat.

The same can be done to demote a Sim buy using careers.demote X you can demote a Sim to the level before. However, you can’t use this cheat to change which career branch you have chosen, instead, you will be fired.

Lastly, you can add a career by using careers.addcareer careercode or remove a career by using careers.removecareer careercode. This is useful if you want to give a teenager an adult job.

Aspiration Cheats

There are two aspiration cheats that can be used, the first is aspirations.complete_current_milestone, this will give the Sim all of the satisfaction points for completing a milestone and move the Sim onto the next level of their aspiration.

This can be repeated until a Sim has completed every aspiration and has a ton of satisfaction points. The second aspiration cheats gives the Sim a selected amount of satisfaction points for example sims.give_satisfaction_points 1000 would give a Sim 1000 satisfaction points.

Aspiration rewards also have their own cheats, for example, consumables like potions are one of the most common and affordable satisfaction rewards you can get for your Sim. Using objects_consumables_infinite_toggle cheat.

Trait Cheats

There is only one chat for traits but it works for both satisfaction point rewards and normal traits. To add a trait use traits.equip_trait X and to remove a trait use traits.remove_trait X. So for example to give a Sim the active trait you would use traits.equip_trait active and to remove the trait use traits.remove_trait active.

Relationship Cheats

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There’s only one relationship cheat which is rather long and cumbersome to use. This cheat is modifyrelationship yoursimfirst yoursimlast targetsimfirst targetsimlast x. Examples of using this cheat

  • Modifyrelationship Lexi Buff Sam Buff 100 LTR_Friendship_main This makes Lexi and Sam best friends
  • modifyrelationship Lexi Buff Fluffy Buff 100 LTR_SimtoPet_Friendship_main – Makes Lexi friends with her pet if playing Cats and Dogs.
  • modifyrelationship Lexi Buff Sam Buff -100 LTR_Friendship_main – This makes Lexi and Sam enemies
  • modifyrelationship Lexi Buff Sam Buff 100 LTR_Romance_main – They’re now soulmates if they have a high friendship level as well
  • modifyrelationship Lexi Buff Sam Buff -100 LTR_Romance_main – Drain their romance bar all the way to red

Get To Work Cheats

Get to work includes letting a Sim own their own business and with that comes retail perks that can be unlocked either by owning your own business or by using cheats of course! In order to unlock retail perks, you would enter bucks.unlock_perk X true with X being substituted for the perk.

For example, in order to unlock the first extra worker slot you would type in bucks.unlock_perk AdditionalWorker_1 true this would immediately unlock the perk. You can do this for all 20 perks and have an up and running business with very little work in no time.

The perks included in Get to Work are:

  • Register of tomorrow
  • Stunning Sign
  • Provocative Pedestal
  • Extra Worker Slot 1
  • Extra Worker Slot 2
  • Serious Shopper
  • Mega Manager
  • Slick Salesman
  • Superfluous Surplus
  • Cheaper Restocking
  • My First Simoleon
  • Fobbs 500
  • Snazzy Shirt
  • Faster Checkout Small
  • Faster Checkouts Large
  • Faster Restock Small
  • Faster Restock Large
  • Curious Shopper
  • Sure Sale
  • Instant Restock

Get Famous Cheats

Get famous cheats are mostly found after testingcheats is enabled and you shift-click on a Sim and open the public image menu.

From here you can increase a Sims fame rank, change their public image from good to bad, freeze their fame level, or even remove specific fame perks. Setting skills that came with Get Famous is the same as it would be for any Skill. Acting is a major skill while media production is a minor skill. Children’s drama club career can also be raised to help them with acting later on.

Dine Out Cheats

Dine out cheats are pretty much the same as Get to Work cheats. You can gain perks by using the bucks.unlock_perk X true. Meal Rush and Surplus Harvest are able to be used every 24 hours. Additional employee and discounts should be used in order and tidy tippers can be used multiple times. The perks included in Dine Out are:

  • Curious Customers
  • Additional Waiter 1
  • Ingredient Quality Options
  • Meal rush
  • Surplus Harvest
  • Patient Patrons
  • Additional Chef
  • Curiouser Customers
  • Additional Waiter 2
  • Inspirational Speech
  • Fast Eaters
  • Lower Employee Training Costs
  • Ingredient Discount small
  • Well Funded Foodies
  • Tidy Tipper
  • Ingredient Discount large
  • Well Managed
  • The Chef’s Hat

Vampire Cheats

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There are two sets of cheats that came with the Vampires game pack. The first two can either start the process of turning a Sim into a vampire or can instantly turn the Sim into a vampire, the cheats are stats.set_stat commodity_BecomingVampire 2160 and traits.equip_trait trait_OccultVampire respectively. In order to remove the trait use traits.remove_trat trait_OccultVampire.

Parenthood Cheats

Parenthood came with a new parenting skill that can be cheated using the normal skill cheat listed above, the game pack also introduced character values for toddlers, children, and teens. These character values if maxed out upon aging up to young adults give the Sim a special trait.

In order to set these character values manually, you can use stats.set_stat lifeskillstatistic_charactervalue X, for example stats.set_stat lifeskillstatistic_empathy 100 would set the empathy character value to 100.

You can also add and remove traits that are given to Sims upon age up using the traits.equip and traits.remove chats, for example, traits.equip traits lifeskills responsible would add the responsible trait to the Sim, while traits.remove trait lifeskills responsible would remove it.

Cats & Dogs Cheats

Cats and dogs have a few cheats that go with the new career in the game, Veterinarian and the new skill dog training. I’ve talked about how to use these above, keeping in mind the veterinarian skill is a major skill and the dog training skill is a minor skill, which means it caps at 5.

You can also unlock perks if you own a Veterinarian Clinic. These perks can be unlocked using the same syntax as other traits except using vetperks. For example bucks.unlock_perk vetperks_MoreCustomers true. The perks available for vet clinics are:

  • Additional Vet 1
  • Additional Vet 2
  • More customers increases how many customers visit the clinic
  • Lengthen Impatience Timeout which will give customers more patients when waiting for the vet.
  • Inspiration Speech Social will make your Sim inspired and give them an inspirational speech.
  • Lower Employee Training Cost will lower how much it costs to train employees.
  • Lower Chance Bad Events Small will reduce the chance of bad events.
  • Reduce Pet Stress will help pets not become as stressed during treatments.
  • Unlock CAS Item will unlock the lab coat for your Sim.
  • Supply Quality allows you to alter your vet supply quality, for example, cheaper or higher quality.


sims strangervile

Strangerville only comes with a few cheats to help advance within the military career, which can be used the same as you would for any other career. You can also use the good ole buy debug cheat otherwise known as the show hidden objects to help find and gather evidence to further the Strangerville plot.

You can also use testing cheats to shift-click on the bizarre plants to put them in full bloom state and more quickly gather the fruit. You can also use this to harvest the plants continuously.

Island Living

Island Living introduces a new life state of Mermaid, similar to the Vampire life state you can instantly turn any sim into a mermaid using the equip trait cheat or turn them back into a normal sim by using the remove trait cheat. In this instance you would use OcultMermaid in place of X.

You can also start the process of turning into a mermaid by buying mermadic kept from the show hidden objects menu and having your Sim eat it. Additionally, part-time jobs were added to the game and use the syntax of Careers.Promote PartTime_X for promotions for the job, these jobs cap out at level 3. Lastly, you can trigger volcanic eruptions by using volcanic_eruption small or large.

Realm of Magic

Realm of Magic introduced another new life state and a number of cheats to go with. Once your Sim is a spellcaster you can use cheats to change the amount of XP your spellcaster has. Spellcasters start as apprentices and have five different levels.

  • Neophyte which needs 50XP
  • Acolyte which needs 350XP
  • Adept which needs 875XP
  • Master which needs 1550XP
  • Virtuoso which needs 2350

Using stats.set_stat rankstatistic_witchoccult_witchXP # you can set your spellcaster to any of these ranks, for example, stats.set_stat rankstatistic_witchoccult_witchXP 3000 will set you to the max level, each time it is used you can get an extra talent point to be spent on the perks page.

Spell Tomes, familiars, and collectibles can be found by using the showhidden objects cheat and bought from that menu easily without having to wait for the store to refresh.

Traits for curse can also be added by using the traits equip cheat and removed by using the remove trait cheat. The curses included in this exemption are listed below, along with their trait names

  • Curse of Awkward Embraces – TouchyFeely
  • Curse of Infectious Laughter – InfectiousLaughter
  • Curse of Repulsiveness – Repulsiveness
  • Curse of Scrambled Spells – WildMagic
  • Curse of The Night Wraith – NightStalker
  • Curse of Uncleansable Stench – SweatyStench
  • Curse of Uncontrollable Charge – =FountainOfMagic
  • Curse of Unwarranted Hostility – PunchableFace
  • Hex of the Duelist – HexOfDuelist

Eco LIfestyle

Eco Lifestyle introduced a huge feature into the Sims 4 called the Eco Footprint and Neighborhood Action Policies. It’s possible to use cheats to influence these by first turning on testing chats. Setting the eco footprint can be done by using eco_footprint.set_eco_footprint_state # replaced the number sign with 0 for green, 1 for neutral, and 3 for industrial.

To change the Neighborhood Actions plans all you have to do is make sure testingcheats is enabled and shift-click on the voting board or the mail to change the action plans.

Community lots can also be changed to the marketplace, community garden, or maker space but shift-clicking on the community space voting board. The fabrication machine can be shift clicked to give bits and pieces each time. Lastly, traits and careers added by this pack can be cheated using the normal ways.

Nifty Knitting

Nifty Knitting only comes with two major cheats, the first is of course the ability to set the knitting skill to whatever you want by using stats.set_skill_level major knitting X. Additionally the clothing that is locked and needs to be knitted to be added to the wardrobe can be unlocked by using the cheat CAS.UnlockByTag SP17.

Snowy Escape

Snowy Escape brings a new type of system to the game called Lifestyles, which assigns a certain type of lifestyle to a Sim. In order to cheat lifestyle, you can use the testing cheats and shift-click to access the Sim info panel and add or remove lifestyles.

You can also add lifestyles by using the trait equip and trait remove cheats. For example traits.equip_trait trait_lifestyles_energetic will add the energetic lifestyle to the Sim. Their lifestyles for Snow Escape are listed below.

  • Trait_Lifestyles_AdrenalineSeeker
  • Trait_Lifestyles_CloseKnit
  • Trait_Lifestyles_CoffeeFanatic
  • Trait_Lifestyles_Energetic
  • Trait_Lifestyles_FrequentTraveler
  • Trait_Lifestyles_HealthFoodNut
  • Trait_Lifestyles_HungryForLove
  • Trait_Lifestyles_Indoorsy
  • Trait_Lifestyles_JunkFoodDevourer
  • Trait_Lifestyles_Networker
  • Trait_Lifestyles_NoNeedForRomance
  • Trait_Lifestyles_Outdoorsy
  • Trait_Lifestyles_Sedentary
  • Trait_Lifestyles_Techie
  • Trait_Lifestyles_Technophobe
  • Trait_Lifestyles_Workaholic

Additionally, the new skills can be cheated using the stats.set_skill_level skillcode #, all of these skills are major skills.

I personally find myself using the basic cheats on a regular basis, I’ve never bothered with career cheats or skill cheats.

Testingcheats, motherlode, free real estate, and bb move objects are probably the only cheats I use on a regular basis. In all honesty, there are tools out there to make cheating in Sims 4 much easier. State tuned for the post of custom content and mods to learn about some of these wonderful tools.


Question: Why use cheats in a game?

Answer: Using cheats is a great way to get around bugs or sometimes just progress the story to where you want it to be. I like to give my Sims skills that would have at their age when I make them, so the game feels more realistic.

Question: Why use cheats in a game?

Answer: Using cheats is a great way to get around bugs or sometimes just progress the story to where you want it to be. I like to give my Sims skills that would have at their age when I make them, so the game feels more realistic.

Question: What cheats are the most helpful?

Answer: I find testing cheats and bb move objects to be the most helpful in my day to day gameplay.

Question: Are there more cheats for the game?

Answer: Yes there are a lot of cheats for Sims 4 to many to list individually and some need a mod to be accessed.

Question: What cheats are the most helpful?

Answer: I find testing cheats and bb move objects to be the most helpful in my day to day gameplay.

Question: Are there more cheats for the game?

Answer: Yes there are a lot of cheats for Sims 4 to many to list individually and some need a mod to be accessed.

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