How to Kill Sims in The Sims 4

Whether you like your sims or not, killing them in a variety of fun ways is a rite of passage in gaming. The Sims 4 introduces even more ways to kill your sims with each new game pack, though it’s not as easy as you might think. Read on for a full list of all the possible ways to kill your sims.

Sims 4: Death of Old Age

Perhaps the easiest way to kill a sim is to live their life and wait for them to succumb to old age. Whether you set your sim’s average lifespan to short, normal, or long, they will eventually age to an elder and die. Upon death, the Grim Reaper will come to remove their spirit and leave an urn in their place. It is possible to summon the ghosts of dead sims by crying over an urn or tombstone.

Sims 4: Death from Overwork

Death from overwork in The Sims 4

This death only applies to older sims and involves overexerting them through strenuous activities such as working out or too much woohoo. You can bring them to woohoo multiple times until they collapse and die of exhaustion. It’s not the worst way to go.

Sims 4: Starved to Death

Starve to death in The Sims 4

It’s the long scam. To successfully starve a sim to death, you will need to lock them in a room with no access to food. After about 3 days of simulation, they will eventually die. If you leave the batch at any time, it usually releases them, so it takes ultimate patience to watch them slowly disappear.

Sims 4: Drowning

Death by drowning in The Sims 4

This is the most iconic way to kill a sim in The Sims franchise. Unlike previous episodes of The Sims where you simply had to remove a ladder by the pool to see the sims freaking out, The Sims 4 gave sims more independence. This means that to really keep them in a pool until they drown, you’ll need to construct an inescapable building around them. Most people build walls around a pool to get the job done. The Sims 4 Island Life also introduced mermaid mermaids to the game, which can lure sims into the ocean and drown them.

Sims 4: Death by Fire

Death by fire in The Sims 4

Perhaps the easiest way to get rid of a sim quickly is to have them make a grilled cheese sandwich with a level 1 cooking skill. 8 times out of 10 this will result in a house fire, with only a slim chance of the fire department showing up. Burning deaths are easy to perform and extinguish, so be sure to cancel any extinguishing interactions your sim can do autonomously.

Sims 4: Emotion Induced Death

Death by hysteria in The Sims 4

This occurs when a Sim experiences an extreme emotion such as mortification through embarrassment, hysteria through playfulness, or anger through anger. The sim must have a mood score of +7 in the enraged or mortified state, or a mood score of +15 in the hysterical state to be in mortal danger. This makes it one of the hardest deaths to get in The Sims 4.

Sims 4: Death by Electrocution

Death by electrocution in The Sims 4

Sims can be shocked by repairing faulty electronics. If the sim is shocked more than once, they may run the risk of dying from electrocution. This risk is increased if the electronics are near running water.

Sims 4: Dead Plant Cow

Death by Cowplant in The Sims 4

Cowplants are bred from Cowplant Berries, which can be fished from Oasis Springs or through Seed Packets. A Cowplant is a living plant that needs regular feeding. If the Cowplant is hungry, it will stick out its tongue in the shape of a cake to entice unsuspecting Sims into taking a bite. If this happens, the sim will be swallowed by the Cowplant. If a Sim is swallowed more than once by a Cowplant in quick succession, they will die.

Sims 4: Wishing Death

The Wishing Well in The Sims 4

This death came with The Sims 4 Romantic Garden bunch of stuff. The wishing well was a new item added to this pack that could either grant the sim’s wishes or twist them in unexpected ways. By wishing the wishing well immortality, there was a chance for the well to kill the sim and bring them back eternally as a ghost.

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Sims 4: Death in the Sauna

Death in the sauna in The Sims 4

This death came with The Sims 4: Spa Day pack. If a Sim repeatedly uses a sauna, they will eventually overheat and die. Their mood buffs will change from a +3 to happiness to discomfort until they finally trigger the death animation.

Sims 4: Death in the Murphy Bed

Death by Murphy bed in The Sims 4

This death occurred during The Sims 4: Tiny Living pack. The Murphy bed allowed players to diversify their builds and create a versatile bedroom and living space. The murphy bed, however, can malfunction if not leveled and can crush sims inside when they fold down.

Sims 4: Puffer Fish Death

Death by pufferfish in The Sims 4

This death came with The Sims 4: City Living. City Living allowed sims to try different city dishes and recreate the recipes at home. Nigiri Pufferfish is one such dish, however, if a Sim tries to cook it with low cooking skill, it has a chance of poisoning any Sims who choose to eat it.

Sims 4: Dead in the Sun

Vlad in the sun in The Sims 4

This death is unique to vampires of The Sims 4: Vampires pack. If you leave a vampire weak in sunlight outside long enough, it will burst into flames, die and turn to ash, just like the old fashioned vampire movies of the 80s.

Sims 4: Death by Exposure

Death by Exposure in The Sims 4

This death is experienced by extreme weather conditions, such as heatstroke or hypothermia and was introduced with The Sims 4: Seasons. To circumvent this, you can force your sims to wear waterproof outfits and install heating/cooling systems in a house.

Sims 4: Deathflowers

Death Flowers in The Sims 4

The activity and skill of flower arranging came with The Sims 4: Seasons. If an elder sim inhales a bouquet that has been scented with a flower of death, they may die.

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Sims 4: Poison Death

Jungle Poison in The Sims 4

The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure introduced poison to the game. You can poison yourself by venturing into the jungle. The sim will get sick and show green marks on their body. If left untreated, the sim will die, but there is an antidote that can be purchased from the market or from a PC.

Sims 4: Rabid Rodent Fever

Death by rabid rodent fever in The Sims 4

This is a featured death with the Sims 4: My First Pet pack. If you have a bad relationship with a hamster or rodent and you get bitten, there is a chance your sim will contract rabid rodent fever and start foaming at the mouth. This will lead to death if your sim cannot find a cure. The cure can be purchased from a PC after researching the disease.

Sims 4: Death of the Night Wraith

The Night Specter in The Sims 4

The Night Wraith is an NPC, featured with The Sims 4: Realm of Magic pack. The Night Wraith will haunt Sims who have been cursed with the Night Wraith curse and reduce their needs until they either succumb to death or find a way to remove the curse.

Sims 4: Caster Overload Death

Death by overload in The Sims 4

This is another death introduced with The Sims 4: Realm of Magic pack. Spellcasters will build up a charge over time by performing spells, this is basically a magic meter. Sims can dissipate their charge to avoid being overcharged and dying from their magic.

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Sims 4: Death of Beetle Juice

Death by beetlejuice in The Sims 4

It’s the ultimate Easter egg. By drinking the Beetle Juice three times in a row, your sim will turn into a ghost. Beetle Juice can be made when a Sim reaches Mixology skill level 10 and requires The Sims 4: Green Living pack.

Sims 4: Death of the Flies

Death by flies in The Sims 4

This was introduced via The Sims 4: Green Lifestyle Pack, which introduced bug farming to the game. If sims try to bond with bad-tempered flies, they can turn on your sim and trigger the death scene. Flies congregate around dumpsters and trash left out too long.

Sims 4: Death to the Vending Machines

Death by vending machine in The Sims 4

The Sims 4: Snowy Escape introduces a vending machine death, where your sim can be crushed by a vending machine if they try to climb up and shake it to retrieve items stuck inside. If the sim is crushed three times in a row, they will die from the impact.

Sims 4: Mountain Climbing Death

Death on the Mountain in The Sims 4

This is another death introduced with The Sims 4: Snowy Escape pack. If you are heading for a climb, your sim should be prepared with climbing gear (which can be purchased online) and have experience with the climbing skill before attempting a mountain in a snowy escape. If your sim falls off a climb more than once, they can be killed by the impact.

Sims 4: Death of Chickens and Rabbits

Death by Chicken in The Sims 4

The Sims 4: Living in a Cabin introduced farming to The Sims 4. Like rabid rodent fever, the animals in this pack have the power to kill your sims if you have a low enough friendship meter with them. If you interact negatively with them, the rabbit or chicken will pounce on your sim and kill them in a cloud of dust.

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