How to undo death in The Sims 4

There are a lot of ways to undo death in The Sims 4. You can use mods, cheats, restore old saves, or go on a long in-game journey to bring a Sim back to life.

Read through the following options, weigh the pros and cons, and decide which one best fits how you want to play the game.

Gameplay options

Cheats and Mods

For the future

Back up your files

Before you do anything, follow these instructions to back up your Sims 4 game files.

Take this as your sign to back up your files, even if you don’t plan to do anything. It’s always good to have backups, because you never know what’s going to happen! In fact, I stopped writing this paragraph to back up my own files, just because.

Close without saving


  • Presence of mind. (Don’t feel bad, I have never not panicked and saved after it was too late.)

It bears mentioning that if your Sim dies unexpectedly, you can exit the game without saving. This method loses everything since the last time you saved. Plus, if you’re reading this article, it’s probably too late for that.

Restore from an old save


  • An auto-save recent enough that you don’t lose too much gameplay.

Launch the game and click Load Game. A list of your saved games appears. For each of these save files, the game automatically creates multiple save points you can restore from.

Cook Ambrosia


  • A Sim with level 10 proficiency in Cooking and Gourmet Cooking

A Sim with enough cooking skill can prepare a serving of Ambrosia. Feed Ambrosia to a ghost Sim to resurrect them.

Dedeathify spell


  • Realms of Magic expansion pack.

A Master-level spellcaster can use the Dedeathify spell to bring a ghost Sim back to life.

Wishing Well


If your dead Sim is a playable ghost, they can use the Wishing Well to wish for “Life.”

Drink Vitality Nectar


Befriend the right guy and you can get a recipe for Vitality Nectar. A ghost Sim who drinks this nectar will be restored to life. Note: I haven’t tried this method, and I’m not clear on whether the ghost has to be a playable household member or not.

Use the remove_trait cheat


  • Dead Sim as playable household member.

In The Sims 4, being a ghost is a trait. To restore a Sim to life, use the traits.remove_trait TRAIT cheat, replacing TRAIT with the Sim’s specific type of ghost, based on their means of death.

For example, to restore a Sim who starved to death, take control of that Sim, type Ctrl + Shift + C to open the Cheats panel, then type:

traits.remove_trait trait_ghost_hunger



  • MC Command Center mod installed.

MC Command Center is one of the longest-running, most stable, well-respected, well-maintained mods in the Sims 4 ecosphere. In addition to a million other things, MCCC lets you right-click on a Sim’s dead body to bring them back to life.

Turn off death

If you want to avoid this situation in the first place, use testingcheats true and death.toggle false to turn off death in your game. If you’re reading this, it’s probably too late, but you can do this now to spare any future Sims.

Note: You may need to set this every time you play. I haven’t had a chance to check, and I’m finding conflicting information online.

Use the Book of Life


  • A Sim (not the one who died) with the Bestselling Author aspiration and Poetic Reward trait.
  • Create the Book of Life and bind it to a Sim before they die.
  • Dead Sim as playable household member.

This is another option that requires a lot of planning ahead of time. A Sim with enough writing skill and experience can create a Book of Life and bind it to another Sim. If that Sim dies, you can use the Book of Life to resurrect them.

Leave a Reply