The Sims 4: Death Guide

Preventing Death, Resurrection, and Ways Sims Can Die

The Grim Reaper in The Sims 4
The Sims 4's Grim Reaper is an Unwelcome Guest

This Guide to Death in The Sims 4 will teach you about preventing your Sims' early demise. The Sims 4 base game offers several ways to die, from the basic and preventable fires, to the (kind of) inevitable old age, and unchecked emotional extremes. We'll look at means of preventing deaths entirely, while also getting around a bad situation when the Grim Reaper is already at the home with Death Flowers. If a Sim should die, you will also find the ways you can bring them back to life here.

Causes of Death

There are 22 causes of death in The Sims 4 as of Discover University:

Preventing Death and Bringing a Ghost Back to Life

A Sim dies in The Sims 4
When this happens, you do have some options - just not always great ones!

Just a quick intro to Ghosts, read more in the Ghosts Guide. There are two ways to bring Ghosts back to life in the base game - the Book of Life from completing the bestselling author aspiration, and ambrosia from mastery of cooking and gourmet cooking. Both require you to befriend the Ghost and ask them to join your Household so that you can take control. Keep the Urn or Tombstone on your lot so that the Ghost will occasionally visit in order to do this. There are a few ways you can stop death, even if the Reaper is there to take the soul:

The Grim Reaper loves Death Flowers
Grim loves Death Flowers and will Resurrect a Dead Sim if Given One by Another Sim

Pleading with Death and Using Death Flowers
If you've got a high level in Gardening, it's easy to prevent death entirely, so long as Sims all have Death Flowers. Read the Guide to learn a bit about getting them - they take several grafts to make. When a Sim dies, you can have another Sim give the Grim Reaper a Death Flower to stop him. You have to wait on him to finish arriving in order for the options to come up. He'll always accept it, and will restore the Sim back to life.

Do not try the 'Plead' option if you have a Death flower. Sims only get to plead once per visit, and giving a Death Flower counts as Pleading. So if you have a Death Flower, just hand it over and accept the minor loss, rather than try something less likely to succeed in the normal Plead Interaction.

A Sim laughs herself to Death
Only one good Emotion (Playful) can cause Death

Now, if your Sim lacks a Death Flower, you're kind of at Grim's mercy. Sims may plead for the life of a loved one as soon as Grim is done arriving. Pick the best Sim for the job as only one Sim may plead per visit. If a Sim is either in a Confident or Flirty mood, they are the best bet. Confident Sims can demand Grim leave the Sim alive, and a Flirty Sim can Seduce him. These have a better chance than plain old Plead, but if you are stuck with this you at least have a chance. You're unable to save your game or enter build mode to get Death Flowers with the Buy Debug Cheat bb.showhiddenobjects. I include this, as you may want to prevent death but skip the Gardening. Once that Cheat is entered along with testingcheats on, you will be able to find Death Flowers by using the search box. Place them on the ground and drag to your Sims' inventories.

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Pleading for a Sim's life in The Sims 4 PC Game
Pleading for a Sim's life can actually work. Grim sometimes has a heart.

Sims who are at least level 5 in Mischief may be able to use a Voodoo Doll to 'Toy with Death' and reverse his powers. This can sometimes cause a Sim to be brought back to life rather than taken with Grim. It's probably a better shot than pleading with no Emotional booster. Queue up the Interaction multiple times so that you are more likely to succeed, while you have another Sim try to Plead for the Sim's life the normal way.

The Ways Sims Can Die

Once an Elder, don't bother trying to Level Fitness

Old Age
Sims who grow old are going to die unless you take measures to prevent this type of death. Just how long they have depends upon the game's lifespan settings. You can check their age by pressing 'Y' to view the Simology tab. When the bar is full, your Sim could die at any time. You can prevent Sims dying of old age by purchasing the Potion of Youth for 1500 Satisfaction Points. This is fairly sustainable, so long as you continually complete Aspirations and Whims. The earlier in life you take it, the more time there is to get another 1500 to prevent it again.

Preventing Death by Old Age

  • Potion of Youth - This will reset your Sim back to the beginning of Elder, Adult, or Young Adult, wherever they are in their life span.
  • Ambrosia - Ambrosia is also an option, but a pricey one given it requires Potion of Youth and does no better. I bother to list this so no one think I missed it. Ambrosia is mainly for bringing back the already dead - Ghosts.
  • Cow Plant - The Cow Plant can let your Sims enjoy a long life, without costing Satisfaction, but only if you have other Sims sacrifice themselves.




Overexertion in Old Age
Elderly Sims who Jog, Woohoo, or perform other strenuous activities like lifting weights risk death through overexertion. They will get a 4h +40 Uncomfortable Moodlet and be unable to continue the activity. The option to do those things will also disappear. There is a chance that while this Moodlet is active, the Sim could die. Have them rest, and cease those kinds of activities unless you're willing to accept the risk or have a load of Death Flowers on hand. Personally, I'd find my Sim a less tiring hobby like Painting or Fishing.

Resurrecting a Sim
A Sim is Resurrected after Pleading with the Reaper

Death by Fire
Sims can die in fires started by the Stove, Electronics, or a Rocket Ship Crash. While you cannot install them outdoors to stop a rocket ship from causing death, you can indeed put Sprinklers in your home. There is no Fireman or means of calling when there is a fire in The Sims 4 at time of writing. You must either use an Extinguisher or activate the home's Sprinkler system (under Alarms). One control panel that can protect a single-story home. If there are any fire hazards on the upper levels, use a second box to help protect the home. The sprinklers are installed so long as you have a roof.

If your Sim catches fire, just click them and choose 'Extinguish'. They can put themselves out with some nice fire extinguisher moves. You can likely have another Sim help as well. You may also run for the shower. There is a timer before the death, which is visible via a moodlet, so you DO have time to do something about it.

Death by Drowning
Continue swimming once a Sim has become exhausted, and they'll eventually die. This is normally not a problem, given Sims will get out and head toward a bed. If you're controlling them on fast forward, they can easily drown. Use pools when your Sim is in good condition and avoid this death, easily.

Death by Starvation
Sims can starve to death if the hunger need is not met, and it's entirely preventable. Simply eat. It takes a couple of days to starve a Sim, and they'll be practically non-functioning until you get them some food.

Extreme Anger can cause a Sim to Die
Extreme Emotions can cause a Sim to Die

Death by Electrocution
Sims who are working to upgrade or repair Electronics can get shocked. When they do, there is a high risk that further activity of that sort will cause their death. Simply stop until the Moodlet disappears to prevent an untimely demise.

death by cow plant
The Cow Plant can easily kill a Sim, just take the cake!

Death by Cow Plant
A first encounter with a Cow Plant, which sticks a cake out of its mouth when hungry, will not kill a Sim. It will simply drain them of their mood, allowing it to be milked to give Sims a drink that grants that Sim's mood at time of feeding. When a Cow Plant gets the poor Sim a second time while the Moodlet is still there, they'll be killed and give their life essence to the Cow Plant's owner via milking it. This acts as a Potion of Youth and reverts the Sim back to day one of the current life stage. A Cow Plant that has been recently fed will not exhibit this behavior. See Cow Plants on the Gardening Guide for more info.

Death by Sauna in The Sims 4 Spa Day
A Sim died in the sauna, which was entirely preventable.

Death by Sauna (Spa Day Only)
Spa Day added saunas to the game, which can cause Sims to get an overheated moodlet. If they continue using the sauna, they're 100% certain to die. This is easily avoidable. Unfortunately, saunas are not that great as far as what they do for Sims, so it's best to just use them sparingly and pay attention to moodlets if you do. The moodlet will start at +1 happy, then rise all the way to +3. At +3, it is very near becoming an uncomfortable moodlet and the Sim needs to leave the sauna area.

Death by Pufferfish (City Living Only)
A new food included with the City Living Expansion, Pufferfish Nigiri, can kill your Sim. Poor-quality dishes are more likey to do this. Sims can learn the pufferfish recipe along with others exclusive to City Living by eating them at a food stall in San Myshuno. Different food stalls sell different foods, and most (or all) of the recipes can be learned by eating it one time. Ensure your Sim is skillful enough to prepare this dish, or anyone who eats it will risk death. Checking the quality immediately after it's cooked could save a life. Poor quality carries a risk of 50%, and having your Sim in a bad mood when eating it will also increase the likelihood of an untimely demise. Sims who eat the pufferfish without dying will get a confident moodlet. According to the game files, aliens may be immune to this type of death!

Death by Wishing Well (Romantic Garden Only)
The Romantic Garden stuff pack includes a wishing well that sometimes gives unexpected results when used. Wishing for eternal youth at the well can sometimes cause your Sim to die and become immortal as a ghost of any random kind, still under player control. Wish granted, right?

Death by Sunlight - (Vampires Only)
The Sims 4 Vampires' titular supernaturals can die when exposed to sunlight after a time. Vampires go through a few stages before reaching this point, giving you time to get to a roofed area or inside a structure. Any place indoors can save them (such as hidden worlds). You can prevent this death type by taking vampire powers that specifically make the vampire more resistant to the sun. The final rank will make them immune to death by sunlight.

Death by Poison (Jungle Adventure Expansion)
Exploring the jungle means exposing your Sim to danger. Poison is one of those dangers. Poison darts and bites will give your Sim dazed moodlet that grows worse. After 72 hours your Sim will die if their body couldn't fight it off. You'll be notified, so don't worry. They often fight it off. Your Sim should do a lot of belching and start to be covered in green markings if things are going to get worse. See how to save your Sim in the poison guide for Jungle Adventure. For one sure fire way to beat it, look to the computer to buy an antidote. It can be done without paying any money, however if you collect some things and learn how to make your own.

Fire Flies and Lightning Bugs (Jungle Adventure)
These two nasties are found in the jungle and may randomly appear to harass your Sims. You can use fire quencher to stop Sims burning alive and lightning insulation powder to protect against shock. The best way to handle these two is to learn about Selvadoradian Culture, which teaches your Sims how to survive in the Jungle.

Extreme Heat or Cold (Seasons)
With weather in the Seasons Expansion Pack, including a temperature mechanic, extreme heat and cold can now kill your Sims. Certain conditions might make this more likely, but one thing you can do to reduce the chance is dress with clothing labeled for hot or cold weather. Wearing the opposite type of clothing will make it more likely. Another factor is the in-home thermostat. Having it set to cold when it's already cold outside will result in the Sims indoors not getting protection from the elements. This can be used for diabolical purposes.

Lightning (Seasons
Lightning strikes can of course kill Sims. You won't go outside in a heavy thunderstorm in reality, so it stands to reason you shouldn't be sending Sims outside in those conditions... It is plausible it's more likely in heavy thunder, and further possible an umbrella may increase the odds of a strike.

Scent of Death (Seasons)
We don't know much yet about this one, but Sims who specialize in one of the Seasons gardening career's two branches might be extremely deadly. It has been said there's a new type of death associated with scents that can be created.

Rabid Rodent Fever (My First Pet Stuff)
I haven't personally played with this stuff pack, so I only know of this death type's existence from others telling me. If your pet hamster hates you, you may get bitten. Should you get a disease from the bite, you'll need an antidote to live. This is likely also purchased on the computer.

Research Machine Exhaustion Discover University
If your Sim uses the contribute knowledge interaction too much on the research machine, they'll grow exhausted. Continuing to use it when your Sim's already drained could lead to their death. There isn't a way to prevent this beyond not using the machine too much.

Death by Extreme Emotions

Enragement causes Cardiac Explosion Death, so calm Sims before this happens!

Sims may die from three different Emotional extremes: Anger, Embarrassment, and being too Playful to the point of laughing themselves to death (Hysteria). For Anger and Embarrassment, you must reach +7 total from the Moodlets affecting the Sim to reach Enraged and Mortified, respectively. For Playful, a Sim must reach a total positive score of at least +15 from Playful Moodlets and Happy Moodlets. All three of these cause a chance for death, and the longer the Sim is in that Emotional state, the more likely it is to happen. If you can put a Sim to bed, you can prevent any of these, as a Sim who is Asleep only experiences the Asleep emotion. Wait until moodlets disappear and carry on!

Enraged
Once a Sim is at the Enraged stage of Angry (Angry, Very Angry, Enraged), they may die of a Cardiac Explosion. You can prevent this by doing something to vent their anger. Using a Punching Bag is one option, while you may also take a Cold Shower as a more common means of alleviating it. Talk to another Sim by being Friendly may help, but more interactions with the Sim who caused the Anger are likely to exacerbate the issue. Sims may experience extreme Anger when they witness their significant other cheating, or having a prank pulled on them with a subsequent nasty conversation. Having a new enemy declared may also trigger this situation.

Preventing Emotional Death requires intervention on your part. Calm Down!

Mortified
If Sims are rejected or pee themselves, they may reach this level of Embarrassment. It can and does happen. Simply wetting themselves can lead to +5, and anything else Embarrassing happening can make a Sim Mortified. Talk to another Sim and use yellow interactions to help reduce the level of Embarrassment or risk death while you wait on Moodlets to disappear. This one can be very nasty and is probably the most likely of the three here. Taking good care of your Sim can prevent it. Don't go seeking a Wedding Proposal when your Sim is already in a bad mood.

Laughing to Death in The Sims 4
Hysteria can lead to death by Laughter. Chill out using a Mirror.

Hysteria (Laughter)
Sims can die of Hysterical laughter if they reach +15 from Playful and Happy Moodlets combined. A comedy routine, combined with a high Mood are enough to reach this, although it's not common to reach this level of Playful without those two things. I would say that Comedians themselves are at highest risk, given they can go from Very Playful to Hysterics if they are in the mood for their best performances and step over the edge. The Funniest Joke in the World gives a +3, while a hilarious conversation can lead to a total of +5. Being around playful decor and having high needs at the time means this can happen in the right situation. Use a bathroom mirror to Calm Self Down in order to be safe. If you can't do that, go to sleep wherever it is possible and wait for the Moodlets to pass.

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Nadiasays...
How about the New sims 4 stuff pack spooky stuffSmile)

And me sim for 15 minutes ago died from the sauna
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Kyliesays...
If my only sim dies will i be able to play her as a ghost straight away or will I have to put a new person on that lot?
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Playalotsays...
If your only sim dies it is game over!
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ronitsays...
hi
i have a problem. my sim can't die.
she is suppose to die of old age, but every time the grim reaper comes and try's to kill her the game stops and the computer get stuck
can someone help me?
is there a patch or somthing?
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Mary Eileensays...
I have the same problem. Twice from old age and once from a fire. I've tried to offer the reaper Death Flowers when this happens, but the game crashes and you can't save. It brings you back to your last save and when the game continues the Sims eventually end up dead from old age.
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Playalotsays...
This is a bug. Try some of the following: Delete your cache files, repair your game.
Delete Cache Files
Reapir Game
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Lizziesays...
I found that if the dying sim (or a sim that has a relationship with the dying sim) is good friends with the Grim Reaper, he will decide to resurrect them. It hasn't failed me yet, so I think it works!!
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SimsFansays...
My Sim went to her friend's birthday party, and she tried to marry him and she got rejected and Dien from embarrassment, I didn't know she was dying until the Grim Reaper showed up and I'm like nooooooooo
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Playalotsays...
Anytime your sim has the mortified emotion they have a extremely high chance of dying so get them to sleep immediately.
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Jacquisays...
Does anyone know, when the Sims die, what happens with their stuff if they have family? I have a huge family and at some point the parents will die and then the remainder of the house and all it's contents will be left there. Does it get sold and go to the children or does it just stay for the next family who I move in? Does anything get left in a will situation? Something like that used to happen in TS2 if I remember correctly but I never let any Sims die in TS3 so wasn't aware. Having so much fun with this game anyway! They're like my little pets!!! Smile
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Playalotsays...
Basically the items belong to the household, including the house. Anything in a household members personal inventory will be found in the household inventory after they die. Best to sell or move all items out of an elders personal inventory though as dying with many items in a personal inventory can cause problems. So, your sims will die and your game will continue on with the rest of the household.
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neuroticnellysays...
Both of my elder sims died on the same day. Grim showed up but all family members had death flowers which they offered up. Grim revived both elders, left the house, came back and then killed them both Shocked
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Playalotsays...
Yes successful pleading can often only grant the elder sim hours of extra life but you can keep pleading each time Grim comes back. Eventually, though, Grim will not accept anymore pleading/death flowers and your sim will be reaped. Unsure
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Tiasays...
It says that only adult sims can die, but my teen sim died (I don't know what he died of, it looked like he was choking even though he wasn't eating anything). I didn't use cheats, so is my game just glitching? Nothing was wrong with him, but then again, he didn't belong to my household. His girlfriend pleaded for him but it didn't work Crying
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Playalotsays...
We will get the guide updated asap.
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casey123says...
my elderly sim was about to die so i pleaded for her and death brought her back. how long does she have left to live or is she immortal?
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Playalotsays...
Probably only a few more hours. Definitely not immortal. You have to do some special things to get that to happen.
Immortality
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Jarasays...
Is death in the sims 4 creepy? I'm freaking out only by reading this article and comments Scared ..... Or is it cool? LaughTongueWinkBlush
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SparkleSImssays...
I just had one of my teenage sims get a playful moodlet from being a goofball, on top of like 8 happy moodlets because she had just gotten a boyfriend and such. Next I know, she just straight up died of laughter and Grim wouldn't even give her back when her little brother pleaded for her
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Ciarasays...
Your sims can also get scared to death as well. Found that one out the hard way.
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Bwill98says...
One of my Sims died. I was able to add him back into the household so now he is always here. Is there any way I can get him to come back to life?
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Playalotsays...
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lizasays...
where can I find the grim reaper without killing any of my sims? i wanna befriend him and possibly have one of my sims marry him lol is that possible?
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Playalotsays...
Sometimes Grim turns up on community lots so have you sim visit a few parks or the gym etc. Or invite an elderly townie into your household and drown them send them swimming a lot. Wink FYI Grim can not do any romantic interactions apart from flirt in TS4.
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Dreasays...
My sim died of hysteria after the kiss at the wedding :/
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Laylasays...
Ok I am so glad because I get scared and very anxious if my sims are in a bad mood.. I ALWAYS look out for my sims mood. Even if something is about to get to yellow or orange, I fulfill their needs, and now that I have read this, it makes me even more cautious, anxious, scared, worried than I already am.
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Amandasays...
Carl,On your old website you had a list of cheats you could enter to kill your sim.Where did those go??Do you still hem?if so please share
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Playalotsays...
They are now on the Ghost page. Smile
Death/Ghost Cheats
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Humaaaaaaaansays...
I killed my Sim's husband beacuse they got divorced and then there was the urn and I clicked release into neatherworld and I have no idea what it does? Anyone know?
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ExpertSimmersays...
If you sent a sim to the netherworld, it means your sim will NOTcome back as a ghost. Crying
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Simmersays...
My Sim's husband died of starvation, and I accidentally released him to the netherworld, does that mean I cannot plead the grim reaper to bring him back?ShockedShocked
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Xoxosays...
Yes. Once released, you can't bring that soul back
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SimmmerHorsesays...
My sim is old and it says she is going to die but it is taking 4ever!!! The tension is real!!!!!
Admin: lol It can take anywhere between 10-20 days on normal age setting. If your sim has completed the Body Builder aspiration it will be closer to the 20 days.
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Gwensays...
I never knew pregnant sims could die before I started playing again after 3 months. I had a family of 3 at the time, a married couple names Trent and Erin and their daughter Maggie, and Erin decided to cook. She set fire to the kitchen and somehow died even though she was pregnant, which I was really sad about. Luckily, I saved before that and I made Erin make a salad for lunch instead of mac and cheese. But about the pregnant sims dying, is that a bug?
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Playalotsays...
There are so many conflicting posts across the web about this so I have opened a thread on our forum to see what simmers think.
Can Pregnant Sims Die?
I guess we'll see what people have experienced!
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Fernsays...
If your playing sims to kill them you've just got to put three fires and carpets and in about thee minutes if you put your sim close to it and all you have do for that is press the carpet and it should say go here. Then finally your sim should die.
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Playalotsays...
I've tried killing a pregnant sim with fire. It doesn't work for me. She just stands there unfazed or keeps routing to safety!
I agree though, it's a great way to kill an unpregnant sim! Tongue
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Lady Doomsays...
Apparently teen Sims can die. My cousin has S4, and her teen died from a bbq that lit on fire.
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Playalotsays...
Thank you for pointing that out. We'll update this page as soon as possible. Smile
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Papersays...
I came so close to death from Hysteria, and I was painting! So, my Sim was married, and eloped in a matter of seconds (because I'm too lazy to plan a wedding) and I needed to draw a "playful painting" for my painter aspiration. I already had the "this otter be pop-art" which gives off a playful aura. When I was done, I viewed my playful painting and the hilarity of the painting, the aura, and the happiness of the marriage caused my sim to die of laughter almost instantly. Luckily, my spouse was able to convince the grim reaper that I shouldn't die.
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dominic xaviersays...
5 sims I had died cus of a ridiculously small cowplant (with cheats(and also a reaper got eaten(It is possible))
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Playalotsays...
I guess just about anything is possible with cheats! Wink


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