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.

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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 modthesims.info.

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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Elasays...
Sad my sim died and I see its wife is very sad and one of the wishes is 'Kiss Loraine' and shows her as a ghost but I cannot find Loraine (my sim) help?
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Playalotsays...
If you have your sims urn/tombstone placed on the home lot then it is just a matter of time before her ghost will show up for a visit. This can take longer than a sim week although often it happens faster. You will need to be on your home lot at night for this to happen. (Between 10pm and 6.00am)
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Marysays...
Help
So I had a baby with a coworker (scientist career) he was an elder sim (Eduardo Foust- don't know if that'll help). Not in my household. In order to make the child grow up fast I put the life span on "short." When I wanted to invite her dad over to meet, he was a ghost in my relationship file. How do I get him alive again if I don't have a tombstone/urn don't know where he used to live, and he's just in my relationship file. I know it's the sims, but I want the kid to at least meet her dad lol!
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Playalotsays...
Best bet would be to complete the Best Selling Author aspiration, write a book of life and bind it to the ghost (Capture Epic Saga). As the ghost is not in your household you may need to merge his current household with yours in Manage Worlds>Manage Households. To be honest, you may need to use cheats to achieve all this as ghosts do get culled quite quickly so you need to hurry!
Guide to Immortality
Guide to Moving Sims
If you need more help, post in the Misc Help section of the forum and we can give you some more info. Smile
Misc Help Forum
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sharpshootersays...
but there is 1 more ways to die: if your rocket fells down. I don't know the effects to the environment but I know that this is another way to die.
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Playalotsays...
Yes sims can die that way but it is really just another type of 'death by fire'.
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Kenjisays...
I found a shortcut trick for The Book of Life.
Once you write it, you can pay to copy the book for 23$. Only copy The Book of Life when its blank. Copying it after you've captured someone's life in it will make a copy of that instead,
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Playalotsays...
Yes, I use that trick a lot in busy households. The cost will be different for each player depending on the quality of the book at the time of writing. Just remember that only a sim that has completed the Best Selling Author aspiration can capture an epic saga though. Cool tip! Smile
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Joshuasays...
Hey is it possible if a sim can turn another sim into a ghost?
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Playalotsays...
Not as such, you can engineer a death and then add the ghost to your active household. Or use a cheat on a target sim.
Ghost Cheats
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Basilsays...
My sim has lived a full life. His life bar has completely filled up and is glowing. Yet the Grim Reaper does not show up to help him "move on". Is there a way to rush Grim to show up?
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Playalotsays...
Well... you could kill your sim off if you wanted to. If your sim has the active trait or has completed the Body Builder aspiration they tend to live 20 elder days instead of the normal 10 so that could be why your sim seems to be living longer than you expected. But other than actually forcing your sims death there is no way of bringing in Grim sooner to reap.
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Arther Kirklandsays...
I've got two problems. The first one is that I used cheats to kill off two of my sims, one of whom was pregnant, to try and get a ghost baby, and it didn't work. I didn't get a ghost baby I mean. So, after reading a bit I found out that you can't get a ghost baby in 4. Okay. So, I try to use a cheat to bring my sims back to life- and nothing happened. I tried multiple times on each of them. Nothing. Sirius and Remus stayed dead. So now, I've got two ghosts raising a kid. I really wanted them to have more kids though (I've got a male pregnancy mod.) and they can't because they're ghosts! My second problem is this: For a story thing, I killed off one of my sims. I drowned him. His husband had their kid, and then, I killed the husband too. The kid was taken away, and I closed the game. I installed the Get to Work expansion pack. Then I opened the game again and played that household. The save file was before I killed the husband. I had the kid at the hospital and watched. Then I went home. That night, Alfred, my sims dead husband, showed up. Both of their relationship bars are nearly full. They're still best friends, and they're even dating again. But the "Ask to Move In" option isn't showing up. I've been trying for 15 minutes, and nothing. I don't know what to do! I want to move Alfred back in so that little Matthew can be raised by both of his parents! What do I do??? Sad
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Arther Kirklandsays...
Update: I just need help on the first thing. I fixed the second one.
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Arther Kirklandsays...
Another update: The cheats are working again.
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Playalotsays...
Ok... So I'm guessing that you solved both your problems? Sometimes cheats can be a bit tricky to use, all it takes is one typo and they won't work. Unsure Sounds like you have a really interesting game going on there though! Happy simming. Smile
If you ever need to cheat any sim into your household again, just turn on 'testingcheats on' then shift click the target sim and choose 'add to household'. Works for all sims : ghosts, aliens and normal sims.
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kittysays...
My Sim died right before he got married.
My reaction in order:
HuhShockedScaredCrying
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diehereticscumsays...
One of my sims died and came back as a ghost in her family's house but I can't make her rejoin the family. She isn't "not in world" so I can't just transfer her into the house, and under "friendly" in socials there is no option to "ask to move in". How do I regain control of a ghost?
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Playalotsays...
You will need to have a very high friendship with the ghost before the social unlocks to ask them to join the household. You can use cheats, turn on 'testingcheats on' and then shift click the ghost and choose 'add to household'.
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beccasays...
when will my ghost appear after they die.
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Playalotsays...
Usually a few days to one week after the death between 10pm and 6am.
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Audreysays...
How do you invite a child ghost into your household? Huh
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Playalotsays...
Just the same way as an adult ghost. Wait for the ghost to visit at night and under friendly socials the option to 'invite to join household' will appear when your sim is very good friends with the ghost. The green friendship bar needs to be nearly full for this option to appear. Or you could turn on 'testingcheats on' and shift click the ghost and 'add to family' using cheats.
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Emilysays...
Do sims have to die on your lot to become ghosts, or can you find ghosts wandering around the neighborhood or at other houses? I have only just got the game and I haven't seen any ghosts yet, but I would like to find one to join my household without having to kill any of my sims, or having to wait for them to pass of old age. Thanks!
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Playalotsays...
You generally have to wait for either one of your sims to die or invite an elderly townie to join your household and wait for them to die to see a ghost, but you can always download a ghost from the gallery if you can't wait. Smile If you have Outdoor Retreat you can tell a ghost story at night around a campfire and a random ghost will spawn, if you befriend them you can ask them to join your household. Have to have a very high friendship level for the 'ask to join household' interaction to appear.
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Emilysays...
Can ghosts still complete aspirations?
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Playalotsays...
Yes they can. Ghosts can do everything a normal sim can do except try for baby.
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Simmstersays...
I was wondering is ghosts can have babies because I want to start a ghost family.TongueTongue
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Playalotsays...
No, not in The Sims 4, no Ghost babies.
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Elizabethsays...
These really worked! Was so sad when the Sim does at his wedding, but now he's alive again!
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shaunasays...
Crying my husband died on the game and I want the fastest way to make him reappear and come back to life... how can I do that??
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Playalotsays...
Place the urn inside your house. His ghost will reappear within a week usually between 10pm and 6 am. When it does get your sim to ask him to 'join the household'. Your sim will need a very high relationship with the ghost before this friendly social will appear. If you want to make this instant, turn on 'testinigcheats on' and shift-click the ghost when it appears and use the 'add to household' choice. Once the ghost is back in the household make him eat a plate of ambrosia. If your sim doesn't have the skills then using cheats you can use 'traits.remove_trait X' with X being whatever the ghost died from. (See the guide above.)
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reltnasays...
i accidentally moved my sims family into a new house where there was already a ghost, i cant find an urn or tombstone anywhere?
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Playalotsays...
Sims that die off an active lot don't generate urns or gravestones unfortunately. You can delete the ghost or move it out using the Household management menu.
Moving household members
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Qwertyzeldarsays...
Do ghosts gain weight?
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Playalotsays...
Yes or lose it too. You can have a ghost sim work out at a gym etc and gain fitness and muscle mass just like an alive sim.
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Meghansays...
Im confused! I read the important parts but maybe i missed something, my husband died and he disappeared from my small list of the household at the bottom, i thought he would at least become a ghost but i dont see him anywhere, i saved him in my gallery but he was a father and husband so i wanna keep those relationships, but do i just move him into a random house and kill him and make him a ghost and move him into the household???
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Playalotsays...
When a household member dies they are no longer a part of that household so their icon is removed from that small list on the bottom of your UI screen. Do you have his urn or gravestone? If you do then just wait for his ghost to visit the household, it usually happens about a week after the death, sometimes before that. Ghosts will visit (appear) between 10pm and 6 am. When the ghost is visiting you can 'invite to join household'. Your sim will need to have a very high friendship level before this friendly interaction appears. Your sim may also need to chat a few times before it appears. Once your ghost sim is part of your household again you can go about making him 'alive' again through ambrosia etc. You can also add the ghost to your household when using cheats (testingcheats on) by shift clicking on the ghost and choosing 'add to household'.
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Bresays...
My sims died of laughter so I used the remove trait to bring him back now every now and the. He gets the ghost playful mood let I remove all his moodlets and a few hours later it reappears, anyone know how to fix him?
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Playalotsays...
Did you use this cheat?
traits.remove_trait laugh
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jarodsays...
the cheat to turn them back into living sims isnt working
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Playalotsays...
Just checked it in my game it it is working there. Check for typos and make sure you enabled testingcheats on before using the traits.remove_trait X 'x' being whatever emotion/death type killed your sim in the first place.
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memesays...
A family member haz died but I havnt gotan a ghost , when will it come outCrying
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Playalotsays...
If you have the urn or the gravestone on your active lot the ghost will appear within the first week after death between 11.00pm and 6am. Once it took a ghost 2 sim weeks to appear but that is unusual. Your sim has to be actively on the lot with the urn or gravestone for the ghost to appear.
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Samsays...
i wasnt paying attention to my daughter and she burned to death and she has a young son and a mother who cannot look after him. Please help me get her back from the dead
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Playalotsays...
traits.remove_trait fire is the cheat. To apply it you will need to add the ghost sim back into your household first and enable 'testingcheats on'. If you keep the urn or grave stone on the home lot, the ghost will visit between the hours of 11pm and 6 am usually appearing about a week after the death.
To use a cheat to add a sim or ghost sim back into the household enable testingcheats on and then shift-click the ghost/sim and choose 'add to household'.

If you do not want to use cheats then read the guide on ambrosia
Ambrosia Guide
The other option is for a sim that has completed the Best Selling Author Aspiration and who knew the ghost while it was alive. They can write a Book Of Life from the Poetic Reward Trait.
Best Selling Author
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Jeanesays...
HELP! Long story... I had a family and the mother dies. A few weeks later her son goes on a date and suddenly comes across his mother! She is a ghost and i switch characters to her. Me being very curious I press the home icon and I swear it's been loading for 30mins. What do I do? Unsure
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Playalotsays...
Quit without saving. You may need to use the Task Manager if you are using a PC.
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Daisysays...
My sim will die of old age in two days and before she dies i was hopping to get her married with her boyfriend, little did i know he died. So i was wondering how do i get him with her, like how do i find him (he was J Huntington III the one you normally get). i have tried going to his club/clubs and i cant go to his house cus no one lives there anymore so i guessed their was no point. Please try to get back ASAP before she dies HuhUnsureTongue
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Playalotsays...
Uncontrolled sims do not leave behind an urn or a gravestone so if J Huntington has already died then that is the end of him Sad


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