Cheat Console and Shift-Clicking

To activate any cheat in The Sims 4, you'll first need to open the cheat console. To activate it:

  • On PC, hold CTRL and Shift, then press C.
  • On Mac, hold Command and Shift, then press C.
  • On PlayStation 4, hold all four shoulder buttons at once.
  • On Xbox One, hold all four shoulder buttons at once.

Once opened, the cheat console will appear as a thin box at the top of the screen. Into that, you can type any of the cheats below or on other pages. To close the cheat console, simply press the same keys or buttons.

Some cheats require you to first this:

testingcheats true

(Note that "true" above can be replaced with the word "on" as well.)

When TestingCheats is enabled, other cheats can also be toggled. To turn off TestingCheats, type this into the cheat console:

testingcheats false

(Note that "false" can be replaced with "off.")

Additionally, some cheats require shift-clicking Sims or objects on the PC or Mac. To execute a shift-click on consoles, hold Circle and press X (on PlayStation 4) or hold B and press A (on Xbox One).

Get Money Fast

While motherlode and rosebud are beloved cheats, an easier way to get your sims the Simoleons they need is by typing "Money X" with X being the amount you want to give your household. You can also use this to subtract funds from your household.

  • Money # - Set your household's Simoleons to a specific amount
  • motherlode - 50,000 Simoleons
  • kaching/rosebud - 1,000 Simoleons

How to Unlock Sugar Skulls and Other Seasonal Event Items

The Sims 4 official FAQ says that seasonal events with the NPC Jessica Holiday aren't currently planned for The Sims 4 on console, but items from past events (like Sugar Skulls, Holiday Cracker Plushies, Decorative Eggs, and Magic Beans) are still in the game. You can get them using cheats.

With cheats on, make sure you're in Live Mode and open the cheat box. Enter "bb.showhiddenobjects" and submit it. Then, enter Build Mode.

In the Objects by Function menu select the Decorations tab. Go to the Misc decorations, scroll through all the new items, and you'll find Sugar Skulls and the other event collectibles. Buy them, drop them in the world, and have your Sims put the items in their inventory to have them add it to their "Household Collections."

Console Cheats

Activating cheats does disable Achievements and Trophies. But if you're okay with that, here are a ton of cheats for The Sims 4:

Build Mode Cheats

With testingcheats true enabled, you can enter the following codes from the console for the corresponding effects in Build Mode.

[ and ]  The left bracket enlarges an item and the right one shrinks it
9 and 0  You can raise and lower objects using the 9 or 0 keys
bb.moveobjects on/off  You can merge objects together and place them wherever you wish
bb.showhiddenobjects  Items that normally must be found or dug up are now visible
bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement  All build items you would typically have to earn are unlocked

Submitted by: jboo_chillin


Pregnancy Effects

With testingcheats true enabled, you can enter the following codes from the console for the corresponding effects.

sims.add_buff buff_pregnancy_trimester1  Make Sim or Ghost pregnant in first trimester
sims.add_buff buff_pregnancy_trimester2  Make Sim or Ghost pregnant in second trimester
sims.add_buff buff_pregnancy_trimester3  Make Sim or Ghost pregnant in third trimester
sims.add_buff buff_pregnancy_inlabor  Make Sim or Ghost pregnant at term (purchase a bassinet and they will have a fake birth)

Submitted by: igber

Imminent Death

With testingcheats true enabled, you can enter the following codes from the console for the corresponding effects.

sims.add_buff buff_death_electrocution_warning  Cause death while fixing electric item
sims.add_buff buff_death_elderexhaustion_warning  Cause death after working out
sims.add_buff buff_mortified  Cause death by embarrassment within five hours
sims.add_buff buff_motives_hunger_starving  Cause death by hunger within one day

Submitted by: young_teen56

Skill Editing

With testingcheats true enabled, you can enter the following code from the console to set the desired level on a given skill:

stats.set_skill_level [skilltype] [1-10]

As an example, you might enter stats.set_skill_level Major_Fishing 7 to set your skill level on Major Fishing to 7. The list of available skill types is as follows:

  • Major_Fishing
  • Major_Mischief
  • Major_Guitar
  • Major_Reaping
  • Major_Programming
  • Major_Gardening
  • Major_GourmetCooking
  • Major_Comedy
  • Major_Charisma
  • Major_Writing
  • Major_VideoGaming
  • Major_Violin
  • Major_RocketScience
  • Major_Painting
  • Major_Piano
  • Major_Logic
  • Major_Handiness
  • Major_HomestyleCooking
  • Major_Bartending
  • Major_Dj
  • Skill_Fitness
  • Skill_Child_Social
  • Skill_Child_Motor
  • Skill_Child_Creativity
  • Skill_Child_Mental

Submitted by: somedude1800

Interaction Cheats

While in the cheats console, pressing SHIFT+] also increase the size of objects. If you enable additional cheats using the testinghcheats true code and then type in cas.fulleditmode, you will enable all CAS abilities. Then you can press and hold SHIFT while clicking on the objects listed below to produce a menu that lets you select the corresponding effect.

  • Sim - Allows Sim to be modified, except name and inherited traits (Modify in CAS)
  • Sim - Reset a Sim (Reset Object)
  • Sim - Add the Sim to the current family (Add to Family)
  • Sim - All motives are full and mood is Happy (Cheat Motive > Make Happy)
  • Sim - Motives change dynamically (Cheat Motive > Enable Motive Decay)
  • Sim - Motives remain static (Cheat MOtive > Disable Motive Decay)
  • Object - Resets object
  • Dirty-able Object - Makes object dirty
  • Dirty Object - Makes object clean
  • Mailbox - Resets mailbox
  • Ground - Teleports your Sim to that vicinit

Miscellaneous Cheats

You can enter the commands below to activate the corresponding effects.

Cheat CodeResult
motherlode 50,000 Simoleons
kaching/rosebud1000 Simoleons
FreeRealEstate [on/off] When entered at neighborhood/world level, makes all homes free
Death.toggle Disables Death
resetSim [FirstName] [LastName]Resets the specified Sim
fullscreenToggles full screen on/off
headlineeffects[on/off]Hides all headline effects (plumbobs, thought balloons, etc.)
testingcheats [true/false]Enables additional cheats
households.autopay_bills Pays bills automatically
ui.dialog.auto_respond Backs out of dialog or makes a choice automatically
aspirations.complete_current_milestone Completes current aspiration milestone
careers.demote[name of career] Earn a demotion in chosen career
careers.promote[name of career] Earn a promotion in chosen career
careers.remove_career[name of career] Abandon career
crafting.shorten_phases Faster crafting
sims.fill_all_commodities Fill commodities for one Sim
stats.fill_commodities_household Fill commodities for all Sims in household
sims.modify_funds [amount] Add specified amount of funds
sims.remove_all_buffs Moodlets are removed
sims.spawnsimple[number of Sims desired] Spawn specified number of Sims (keep the number low to avoid crashes)
bb.moveobjects Disable object placement rules
sims.give_satisfaction_points[number of points desired] Give satisfaction points to Sims
bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement Unlock all career rewards in Buy Mode



  • modifyrelationship [First name of the first sim] [Last name of the first sim] [First name of the second sim] [Last name of the second sim] [Number] Friendship_Main - Add more friendship between two sims
  • modifyrelationship [First name of the first sim] [Last name of the first sim] [First name of the second sim] [Last name of the second sim] [Number] Romance_Main - Add more romance between two sims

Become the Grim Reaper

To control the Grim Reaper you can add him to your household if someone else dies. With testingcheatsenabled on, shift+click on the Grim Reaper before he leaves, and click Add to Family.


The MoveObjects (or Move_Objects) cheat is a classic from the Sims franchise, and it returns in The Sims 4. To activate it, you must first open the cheat console. Into the box, type the following line including punctuation:


The coding serves as a toggle, so if you need to turn it off, simply re-enter the code. You can close the cheat console by pressing the same combination of keys or buttons as you did to open it.

MoveObjects used to be used in the Sims franchise to shift household objects when Sims were stuck. The cheat is no longer necessary for this; even without cheats or mods, you can move objects at any time even if a Sim is interacting with them, and the Sim will terminate their actions and reset themselves to a nearby tile.

However, MoveObjects in Sims 4 has additional features. With the cheat enabled, objects can be moved vertically or onto surfaces they should not be able to be placed. You can place tables onto beds, or toilets onto pools! Note that when used this way, Sims often cannot use the object in question; they wouldn’t be able to physically reach it to trigger the object's animation scripts. The cheat can be used instead to design houses in unique ways.