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The Sims 4 cheats and how to use them: Money, skills, move objects, Cottage Living, more

Published: 28/Jul/2021 17:11 Updated: 28/Jul/2021 17:12

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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The Sims 4 is chock full of different cheats that you can enter to change up the gameplay. From cheats that bestow your Sims with motherlodes of money, change relationships, improve skills, or move objects and enable hidden ones to appear in the catalog, there’s so much to discover, especially with the release of Cottage Living.

Cheats in The Sims 4 allow you to fine-tune the game, giving you greater control over the simulation than you originally would have. Every new pack release typically sees brand new cheats, too, that can be used to modify skills, careers, and other new features that get added.

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We’ve put together this handy guide, where you’ll find all of the cheats listed from every pack in the game so far. Make sure to check back, and we’ll continually update you as new packs are released and new Sims 4 cheats get added.


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The Sims 4 PC
EA / Maxis
Some of the cheats in The Sims 4 have been around since the very first game!

How to enter cheats in The Sims 4

While there are mods that you can download which enable cheats to be accessed by clicking on certain UI elements, using The Sims 4’s cheat console is the main method that Simmers can use.

The cheat console is where you’ll be entering all of the codes found here in this guide, and to bring it up, all you need to do is press a few buttons. Depending upon your platform of choice, these are:

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  • PC: CTRL, Shift, and C.
  • Mac: Command, Shift, and C.
  • Consoles: Hold down all four shoulder buttons.

If you’ve done this correctly, a white bar will appear in the top left corner of your screen where you can now enter your cheats.

Once you’ve done this, we’d recommend first entering ‘testingcheats true‘ or ‘testingcheats on‘ (this is interchangeable) as some cheats require this to have been entered first to work correctly. If at any point you’d like to turn these off during your play session, simply type ‘testingcheats off‘ or ‘testingcheats false‘.

It’s worth noting that while this cheat will then be enabled for your save going forward, many cheats listed below will need to be entered each time you load up the game.

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The Sims 4 money cheats

The Sims 4 money vault
EA / Maxis
These cheats will have that money vault stocked to the brim in no time.

Want to give your new Sim a headstart in their life, or just want to never have to worry about bills and move them into a large mansion? There are plenty of money cheats you can enter in The Sims 4:

Cheat Result
freerealestate on/off Reduces the cost of lots to §0.
kaching §1,000 added to household funds.
motherlode §50,000 added to household funds.
money #  Adds however much you replace ‘#’ with to your household funds.
rosebud  §1,000 added to household funds.
household.autopay_bills true/false Automatically pays your bills.

The Sims 4 Cottage Living cheats

Sims 4 Cottage Living cheats
EA / Maxis
That cute little Rabbit will be your best friend before you know it!

With the recent release of Cottage Living, there has been a whole load of new cheats released for Simmers to play with. We’ve compiled all of our favorite ones to help you automatically create Llama wool, level up your cross-stitch skill, purchase animal clothing, or even spawn chicken eggs out of thin air!

Cheat Result
Shift and left-click on Animals (Rabbits, Llamas, Cows, Chickens, and Birds)
  • Buy all Animal Clothing
  • Cheat Outcomes (failing or succeeding at livestock and wild animal socials)
  • Create all Feed Recipes
  • Create wool in inventory
  • Get all Animal Clothes
  • Setting the color of Chickens
  • Unlock all Animal Homes (Birds in The Bush and Wild Rabbit Home)
Shift and left-click on Animal Homes (Animal Shed, Chicken Coop, Birds in The Bush, and Wild Rabbit Homes
  • Ask or stop for help with Gardening from the Rabbit Home
  • Create Egg (Debug) (spawns any of the eggs available)
  • Create Hatchable egg (creates a baby chick)
  • Create Hen in Coop
  • Get Special Upgrade Part (used to improve your livestock homes)
  • Make Clean or Dirty
  • Spawn Cow
  • Spawn Llama
Shift and left-click on cross stitch hoops of all sizes (Small, Medium, Large)
  • Select ‘Cross-stitch Cheats’ to either unlock all patterns, create all patterns in your inventory, or create Llama wool.
Shift and left-click on Fridge
  • Select ‘Animal Treat Cheats’ to unlock treat recipes and create recipes and ingredients!
Shift and left-click on Ground
  • Select ‘Create Animal’ to spawn one of the new animals from Cottage Living.
stats.set_skill_level skill_crossstitch x Replace ‘x’ with a value between 1 and 5 to increase your cross-stitching skill.
traits.equip_trait trait_animalenthusiast
Adds the ‘Animal Enthusiast’ trait to the selected Sim.
traits.equip_trait trait_ghost_animalobjects_killerchicken Turns you into a ghost that was killed by a chicken!
traits.equip_trait trait_ghost_animalobjects_killerrabbit
Turns you into a ghost that was killed by a rabbit!
traits.equip_trait trait_nature_country Adds the ‘Nature Conversationalist’ trait to the selected Sim.
traits.equip_trait trait_lactoseintolerant Assigns the selected Sim the ‘Lactose Intolerant’ trait.

The Sims 4 Sim, skill, relationship, and career cheats

Want to give your Sim a cool new promotion, give them another trait, add some new skills, or change a relationship with one another? How about taking them back into Create-a-Sim quickly to modify their look or appearance? There’s a whole host of cool cheats to enter:

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Cheat Result
aspirations.complete_current_milestone Completes the current Milestone for your Sim’s aspiration.
cas.fulleditmode Allows Sims to be fully edited in CAS mode.
death.toggle true/false Disables death.
fillmotive motive_x
Replace ‘x’ with whichever motive you want to fill.
resetsim firstname lastname
Resets a Sim (useful if they’re stuck or not doing anything you tell them to).
sims.fill_all_commodities Fills all needs for every Sim in the household.
traits.equip_trait x Replace ‘x’ with the trait you want to add to your Sim (i.e ‘hardlyhungry’/ ‘snob’)
Career Cheats
careers.add_career x Replace ‘x’ with the career you’d like to assign to a Sim.
careers.promote x Promotes your Sim in their current career.
careers.demote x Demotes your Sim in their current career.
careers.remove x Removes your Sim from their career.
careers.retire x Retires your Sim from their career.
Skill Cheats
stats.set_skill_level [skill name] x Sets your Sim’s skill to the indicated level.
Relationship Cheats
modifyrelationship [sim 1 name] [sim 2 name] x [relationship type]
Modifies the relationship between two targeted Sims.
relationships.create_friends_for_sim Spawns a new friend Sim on the lot.
relationship.introduce_sim_to_all_others Makes the selected Sim an acquaintance with all other Sims.

For the above-listed skill cheats, you’ll need to enter the correct skill code followed by the level you want to set it to. For example, if you want to raise your Sim’s baking skill to level 8, you’d enter ‘Stats.set_skill_level major_baking 8‘ into the cheat console. All of the skill codes are listed below:

Skills
major_acting major_herbalism major_singing
major_archaeology major_homestylecooking major_skiing
major_baking major_logic major_snowboarding
major_bartending major_mischief major_veterinarian
major_charisma major_painting major_videogaming
major_comedy major_parenting major_violin
major_djmixing major_photography major_wellness
major_fabrication major_piano major_writing
major_fishing major_pipeorgan minor_dancing
major_flowerarranging major_programming minor_juicefizzing
major_gardening major_researchdebate minor_mediaproduction
major_gourmetcooking major_robotics skill_bowling
major_guitar major_rockclimbing skill_dogtraining
major_handiness major_rocketscience skill_fitness
minor_medium minor_localculture major_knitting
N/A N/A skill_crossstitch

The cheat can also be used for child and toddler Sims, too. The skills available for them are:

  • Child_Creativity
  • Child_Mental
  • Child_Motor
  • Child_Social
  • Toddler_Communication
  • Toddler_Imagination
  • Toddler_Movement
  • Toddler_Potty
  • Toddler_Thinking

Skills in the Sims have different max levels depending upon their type. For example, ‘major_painting’ has 10 levels, but ‘minor_mediaproduction’ only has 5.

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Similarly, skills such as Dancing, Bowling, Juice Fizzing from Eco Living, and the Selvadorardian Culture skills from Jungle Adventure all have 5, too. Minor skills typically don’t go above this value, whereas many others will go to 10.

The Sims 4 UI cheats

Ever wanted to take a perfect picture of something in-game without your Sims’ plumbob or turn off that annoying link that appears around objects when you hover over them? Read on to find out how to turn them off:

Cheat Result
fps on/off Adds an FPS indicator to the bottom left of the screen.
fullscreen on/off Switches between fullscreen and windowed mode.
help Lists all available commands.
headlineeffects on/off Disables elements such as the Plumbob and thought/speech bubbles.
hovereffects on/off Turns off the outline around objects and Sims when hovering over them.

The Sims 4 shift-click cheats

Sims 4 Shift cheats
EA / Maxis
Depending upon what packs you have, shift-clicking a Sim gives you a lot of different cheats.

Not all cheats in The Sims 4 have to be entered with a code, though. With ‘testingcheats‘ enabled, you can press Shift and left-click on PC/Mac / X & O on PlayStation / A & B on Xbox to bring up some extra cheats:

  • Shift-clicking Sims:
    • ‘Make Happy’ fills up their needs to full.
    • ‘Disable Need Decay’ turns off needs decaying over time.
    • ‘Enable Need Decay’ turns this feature back on.
    • ‘Modify in CAS’ allows you to edit a Sim and change their hair, clothes, and makeup. With ‘cas.fulleditmode’ turned on, you can completely edit everything about a Sim, from the face, traits, and body types.
    • ‘Cheat Sim Info’ allows you to change a Sim’s lifestyles, preferences, and lock their motives.
    • ‘Make Into Plant Sim’ turns your Sim into a Plant Sim.
    • ‘Reset Object (Debug)’ resets a Sim if stuck.
    • ‘Add to Family’ adds the selected Sim to the currently active household.
  • Shift-clicking the ground allows you to teleport the selected Sim to that location.
  • Shift-clicking the Mailbox on a lot allows you to alter needs for both the world and household.

Depending upon which Packs you have installed, Shift-clicking on your Sims can give you a whole host of things to play with. Fancy some Bits and Pieces from Eco Living, or some items from Journey to Batuu? There’s lots to discover with shift-click cheats.

The Sims 4 Build/Buy and move objects cheats

Sims 4 Strangerville House
EA / Maxis
Download a lot that’s a bit of a Fixer-Upper and transform it with some cool Build/Buy cheats,

Want to build and furnish something truly incredible, free of the restrictions the game initially places on you? Get ready to become THE Dream Home Decorator, as there’s a whole host of essential cheats for any Simmer to use:

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Cheat Result
bb.enablefreebuild Allows you to build and furnish otherwise locked lots like the Hospital, Police Station, Glimmerbrook Academy, and the Hermit’s House in Granite Falls.
bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement Instantly unlocks all rewards from careers.
bb.moveobjects on/off Allows you to place objects in-game without restrictions as to placement
bb.showhiddenobjects Shows debug items in the Buy menu
bb.showliveeditobjects §50,000 added to household funds.

The Sims 4 Mermaid, Vampire, and Ghost cheats

Want to turn your Sim into a Mermaid, Vampire, or let them experience life as a ghost before death? If you’ve got the Vampires Game Pack or the Island Living expansion, you can turn your Sims into these occults in-game without needing to do it in Create a Sim.

Cheat Result
traits.equip_trait trait_OccultMermaid Turns your Sim into a Mermaid.
traits.equip_trait trait_OccultVampire Turns your Sim into a Vampire.
Ghost cheats (by death type)
traits.equip_trait anger traits.equip_trait hunger
traits.equip_trait trait_ghost_beetle traits.equip_trait laugh
traits.equip_trait cowplant traits.equip_trait ghost_lightning
traits.equip_trait drown traits.equip_trait trait_ghost_murphybed
traits.equip_trait electrocution traits.equip_trait oldage
traits.equip_trait embarrassment traits.equip_trait ghost_overheat
traits.equip_trait exhaust traits.equip_trait poison
traits.equip_trait fire traits.equip_trait steam
traits.equip_trait trait_ghost_flies traits.equip_trait vampire_sun
traits.equip_trait ghost_frozen N/A

You can also replace the ‘equip’ part of the above cheats with ‘remove’ to take away any of these Occult statuses that you no longer want for your Sims.


So, there you have it. All of The Sims 4 cheats that you need to know about to make your game that much easier (or harder!)

For more tips and tricks, check out our other guides:

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