The Sims 4: Ghosts

Removal, Resurrection, and Joining the Family

A Ghost in The Sims 4
A Ghost

Ghosts are a feature of the Sims 4 Base Game. They are the result of Sims who've passed away, and their behavior and abilities vary based upon the cause of death. We have a separate guide to individual ways Sims can die, and preventing death. This guide to Ghosts will teach you about their attributes, means of getting rid of ghosts, having ghosts join your household, and how to bring a ghost back from the dead.

Ghost Visits & Basics
While there is some variation in what ghosts can do and how they behave, they also share the same qualities. Ghosts will visit in the middle of the night (after 10) and depart in the morning (around 6am). The presence of their urn (indoors) or tombstone (outdoors) is what determines the lot they will spawn on. Ghosts tend to behave erratically, but also in ways tied to the type of death they experienced. Having a haunting can be predictably chaotic, given the damage they could cause overnight, but they're mostly a minor nuisance that sometimes leads to funny moments and overall has a negligible impact on gameplay.

A Ghost scares a Sim in The Sims 4
Ghosts get a few unique socials, namely 'Scare' and 'Pass Through'

Ghosts may cause a Tense +2 Moodlet on Sims whenever they possess a nearby object, and possess the spook and pass through socials in order to scare Sims. Often, their arrival is nothing special to a group of Sims unless they possess a nearby object, and you're able to easily socialize with them and even befriend them over time. The color of a ghost shifts based on their emotions, not on their death type. You can easily tell if a ghost is happy if they're green. Flirty if pink, red is angry, blue sad, and so on.

Becoming friends with a ghost will let you add them to your household
Befriending ghosts lets you ask them to move in.

Given the odds are somewhat low for a visit from an individual ghost each night, the more urns on your lot the more likely you are to experience paranormal activity. Players of multi-generational families who keep their previous Sims around may have 2-3 ghosts running around at night, messing with the house. I'd say a ghost appears on average 1-2 nights a week, sometimes more, and you may experience long dry spells with no activity.

Cheat to Get a Ghost

The following cheats add or remove a specific type of death trait that is responsible for making a Sim into a ghost in the first place. Turning one of these on will immediately turn them into a ghost of the appropriate type. Equip the trait with traits.equip_trait X to turn them into a ghost or remove it with traits.remove_trait X to return the Sim back into a normal, living Sim. For this second part, you must use the exact type of death cheat to reverse it. Use the simology panel (hotkey Y) if you're unsure.

  • traits.equip_trait anger - Anger, and for example traits.remove_trait anger to remove it. This cheat may be temporarily broken due to a patch.
  • traits.equip_trait cowplant - Cow Plant
  • traits.equip_trait drown - Drowning
  • traits.equip_trait electrocution - Electrocution
  • traits.equip_trait embarrassment - Embarrassment
  • traits.equip_trait fire - Fire This cheat may be temporarily broken due to a patch
  • traits.equip_trait hunger - Hunger
  • traits.equip_trait laugh - Laughter
  • traits.equip_trait oldage - Old Age
  • traits.equip_trait exhaust - Overexertion (Old Age)
  • traits.equip_trait steam - Sauna

Removing Ghosts and Bringing Back the Dead

Return to the Netherworld sends a ghost off to the beyond, never to be seen again
Ghosts can be removed from the game by sending them to the netherworld. Afterward, the tombstone or urn they belonged to can be destroyed.

Return/Send to Netherworld
This is how you get rid of a ghost, forever. Do not use this option unless you are sure that you never want to see a ghost again and that you'll never want to play them. Click the ghost's urn or tombstone and you can release their spirit, permanently. Family tree aside, it will be as though that Sim never existed as far as the game is concerned and they cannot be recovered. Ghosts can decide to 'move on' this way, even once controlled by the player. Simply have the ghost select their own remains and return to netherworld.

Resurrecting Ghosts

Sims who complete the Bestselling Author Aspiration can earn the Poetic Reward Trait, which allows them to write the Book of Life. This book, which cannot be bound to the author, allows a Sim to be restored to life when they are a Ghost. If you want to protect the Author, you'll need to have another Sim do this Aspiration. Once it's written, simply bind the book to a Sim while still living, and then have them read the book themselves. You can make one for every member of your household. The Ghost must use the Restore feature to resurrect themselves. Any other Sim who reads it can only summon the Ghost.

Ghosts and the grim reaper
A group of ghosts gathers around, as the Reaper prepares to make another of the poor test family join their ranks.

If you did not get the Poetic Trait, then you need to make Ambrosia to bring the Ghost back to life. This requires a Death Flower, Potion of Youth, and Angelfish, along with mastery of both Cooking and Gourmet Cooking. Click to learn about Ambrosia and how you can get all its requirements in an efficient way. Ambrosia is one of the more challenging things to create in The Sims 4.

Warning: Culling
The game has a limit of 180 Sims, and ghosts are subject to deletion in multi-generational games. They are likely targets for the game to delete and make room for new Sims as others grow old. You can prevent this and remove the limit entirely with the No Culling Mod, available at

Playing as Ghosts

Ghosts can walk through walls, sometimes.
Ghosts can sometimes take shortcuts to get from A to B faster. This is great, even better is that they're immortal and have all the time in the world.

Playable Ghosts
Even if a ghost was your Sim's husband, relationship will decay at the normal rate and thus levels may fall. In order to play as a ghost, you can simply befriend one each time it visits and then ask it to join your household. If you don't mind cheating, you can easily use testingcheats on and shift-click the ghost when it visits, click add to family. If you wait it out, you should be able to befriend them within 2-3 visits and get them to rejoin the family.

Ghosts are immortal as they have already died, and you can play as a single ghost without any living Sims in the household without issue. Sims can Woohoo with ghosts, but may not produce the ever-coveted Ghost Baby. Ghosts do not have any special abilities when it comes to need decay, their needs are exactly the same as those of living Sims.

They can, however, walk through walls (when you've clicked and automatic pathing decides it's a good idea) and get a few unique socials related to scaring Sims. Ghosts can do the 'Ghostly Repair' on certain objects (mainly plumbing, but not electronics), fixing them and saving Sims time. They'll actually gain handiness skill in the process. Other behaviors relate to how they died:

A ghost who was eaten by a cow plant can decay plants when angry
Sims' death type determines their abilities as a ghost. In this case, she was eaten by a cow plant and can now decay plants when angry - hence the red.

Ghost Behavior by Death Type
Here are the behaviors ghosts exhibit, based upon the type of death. Many of these effects are situational or only existent whenever the ghost is a non-player character:

  • Anger - May give nearby Sims a small angry Moodlet (+1) with +2 for the Ghost.
  • Cow Plant - When angry, they can Decay a plant and cause it to grow weeds and lose water, possibly killing a plant that was already in bad shape.
  • Drowning - May cause pools of water to appear.
  • Electrocution - When angry, they may break electronics by possessing them. They can also shock Sims for a laugh.
  • Embarrassment - May give nearby Sims a small embarrassed Moodlet, with +2 for the Ghost.
  • Fire - May set fires at times, in random places. When player controlled, click the ground while angry to start a fire (may only work on the home lot).
  • Hunger - Will often eat in the middle of the night
  • Laughter - May give nearby Sims a small playful Moodlet, +1 for others, +2 for the Ghost.
  • Old Age/Overexertion - They just tend to chill when acting autonomously.
  • Sauna - Like the death-by-hunger Sim, except they strongly desire a cool-off. Because of this, they can near-instantly absorb puddles from the ground as opposed to mopping them.

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i used old age cheat and my sim is a ghost in my household now but i dont have an urn and i want to remove them from household but cant spit household up like in sims 3. please help!Sad
8th August 2015 11:23pm
You'd need to use the Book of Life. Just remove the Ghost cheat (traits.remove_trait [x]), then you can get started.

First, choose a sim and set their aspiration to Bestselling Author in the Creativity category.

Then, **OPTIONAL** use the skills cheat to max out the Sim's writing skill (stats.set_skill_level major_Writing 10)

Now use the milestone/aspiration cheat (aspirations.complete_current_milestone) a few times, until the aspiration is complete.

Once you complete the aspiration, that Sim can write the Book of Life.

**IMPORTANT** the Book of Life can't be used on the Sim who wrote it, so if your household only has one sim, you're going to need another one to do this or it won't work!

Once you have the book, have your sim place it in the world, then click on it and select Record Epic Tale (I think it's called that, might not be, but it'd still be similar).

After choosing that, a list of all the Sims in the household will appear, and you can choose who you want to write about by clicking on them. Your Sim will then sit and read the book for awhile, "recording" the life of the chosen Sim.

Once the Sim's life has been recorded, use one of the death cheats [link to all death cheats on twistedmexi's sims 4 wiki-->] on him/her (you need to have their Book of Life!!) and wait for them to die and their soul to be collected by the Grim Reaper.

You can now use their Book of Life to summon the ghost!

**NOTE** all relationships with other sims will be reset, so you can either build them back up normally, or use cheats. Also, you will need to Ask Them to Move In again since everything was reset.

I hope this helped! :)
10th August 2015 10:11am
What are the other stats that I can use for cheats?
I'd like to make all my sims skill levels perfect.
I've tried stats.set_skill_level major_Art 10
but that didn't work
and I've tried stats.set_skill_level major_Cooking 10
and stats.set_skill_level major_Food 10
But they don't work either...
And google isn't helping.
Please help Crying
The cheats are still active and working. Have a read through the Cheats Guide and consider posting on our forum if you are still having problems. Make sure you are in-game and paused when using cheats and that the 'testingcheats on' cheat is enabled.
Misc. Help - Forum
20th February 2016 10:05pm
I think you should change the small letter m in major to capital M
5th April 2016 3:48am
I think its because those arent actual skills. the art one is Major_Painting , and food related ones are Major_gormetcooking , Major_homestyleCooking , Major_baking , Major_bartending (i think, instead of mixology if i remember right)
13th April 2016 2:15am
When you're doing the cooking cheat it isnt food/cooking, the actual cheat is stats.set_skill_level Major_HomestyleCooking
27th May 2016 2:43pm
simmer sister 1
the cheat has to be stats.set_skill_level adultmajor_writing 10
28th April 2018 1:48am
I know it's a bit late, but you can split household, just not through move household. You can either find a sim you want them to move in with, get your friendship up a bit and select 'ask to move in' from the friendly menu. Then just move all the sims you want to leave into the other household. You can also go to options menu and select manage worlds. Select the played household, then '...', then manage household. Select 'transfer sims between households' and the rest is easy. Hope I helped!!!
2nd November 2015 3:28pm
Actually, you can split households. All you have to do is hit the menu button, go to manage worlds and click the house hold. Then you will see an " edit house hold " button. Click that. Then you can split them up.
20th December 2015 11:26am
exit your game and go to manage worlds , here you should go to edit household , and in the left corner of your editing sim click DELETE( it's a Red Cross) boom ghost deleted !
15th February 2017 8:50am
Found this by accident, in get to work, if your sim is a ghost already, using the ghost goo serum and you clone your sim, the result is a playable ghost sim.
15th August 2015 9:55pm
Laugh ha I used the cheat, and then went to random sim houses to destroy their plumbing and stuff. So much fun.
19th August 2015 6:41pm
Sad but for me, when I tried to remove the trait it didn't work, so I guess I will try it again next time I play
19th August 2015 6:43pm
all you need is already activated cheats "testingcheats true"
it will work if you already used cheats that before.. okayBlushWinkCoolGrin
2nd September 2015 4:23am
I haven't really experienced ghosts, so I guess that will come soon!
4th September 2015 6:20pm
My ghost sim once arrived before 10pm and once after 6am... Huh
5th September 2015 8:59pm
Can your sims marry the grim reaper....I've searched forum...but it always leads me to the sims 3....
13th September 2015 1:50am
Flirting with Grim Reaper is possible and so is marriage. However, if you try to marry grim there are lots of glitches and because Sims 4 is not designed for this to happen; when I closed my game (and saved it), Grim just disappeared from my household, and even though we were meant to be married and housemates, I couldn't find him anywhere.
You can only have a romantic relationship with Grim through cheats and/or mods. And yes, adding Grim to an active household will cause all sorts of unexpected issues!
6th March 2016 6:41am
I'm not sure if this is too late or helps anyone but this is how I have managed to have a playable grim reaper as a sims husband and have 3 children with the grim reaper as their father. I used:
-testingcheats true cheat
-when a sim passed away on the active lot and grim reaper appeared press, shift and click on grim reaper ( after the dead sim has passed on and the urn or tombstone appears- this is important not to have error or glitch grim reaper or 'death process' )
-choose add to family option for grim reaper
-now grim is in your family yay
-can advance a romantic relationship with grim but cannot boyfriend or girlfriend grim reaper as he or she 'doesn't have time' for relationships or says some quirky line of rejection but maintains a solid romance and friendship with sim who asks.
-obviously you cannot propose to grim reaper; but can have a somewhat romantic relationship minus the whoohoo (hey if your sim has no desire too woohoo then grim reaper is the ideal lovemate) I keep this family as townies for fun so I don't really play around with the relationship aspects.
-to add children: manage worlds, edit household and add sim and choose the child or teen option and mix the genes with your sim and grim reaper. Check the edit household relationships and make sure the child or teen has father and mother for your sim and reaper. You cannot edit pre-existing sims relationships, meaning, cannot make grim reaper a spouse with this method.
-Now you have kids who have the grim reaper as father or mother biologically (in family tree)

-if grim reaper is not of preferred gender, change in modify sim via clicking a mirror in game or using cheat
-not advised to change clothing, as that can cause glitch. is good to check that grim reaper sim has the same clothing (grim reaper outfit) for all outfits, in case game randomly generated other clothing when 'add to family' selected - remove any non grim reaper attire to keep sim running smoothly
Grin Laugh Smile
27th July 2016 6:19am
*for fun* add reaping skill to reaper and his/her children. This doesn't add behaviour or actions but is kind of a novelty skill atm. I enjoyed having 3 girls in school from the 'Reaper' family. Gained only via using cheats

none of this has affected gameplay or caused any issues for my computer or game. hope this helps others Smile
27th July 2016 6:23am
You cannot marry him, I don't know why other people are saying you can, because you can't. You can flirt with him, but nothing else, unfortunately. I hope they eventually have an update to the Sims 4 so you can though.
11th December 2016 7:41pm
Why can't I activate the cheat? Does it have something to do with the fact that my sim has a baby?Huh
13th September 2015 9:41pm
Tongue No, no it does not.
16th November 2015 9:33pm
Has a baby as in is pregnant with a baby? Pregnant sims can't die. Also, some death cheats take longer to take affect if you are talking about the death cheats.
25th January 2017 8:10pm
I feel really dumb I got rid of both of my ghosts before I knew you could play them in you household and now I can never see them again. CryingShocked
22nd September 2015 8:34pm
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