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The Sims 3 Ghosts and Death Guide

Ghost Babies, The Grim Reaper, and How to Bring a Sim Back From the Dead

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In this guide, I'll discuss ghosts and death in The Sims 3. This applies to both expansions and the console (xbox 360 and ps3) versions of the game. There's a lot to cover, but we'll learn the causes of death for Sims. From there we'll discuss methods of resurrection, how to have a ghost baby and what you can do with your tombstones and urns to possibly get rid of Ghosts when a Sim has died.

Death: The Grim Reaper Cometh

The Grim Reaper from the Sims 3 playing with Virtual Reality GogglesWhen a Sim dies on your lot, the grim reaper will appear to harvest their soul. The Sim's body will disappear and the spirit will leap into the urn or gravestone. Before the patches came, Sims could befriend and eventually woohoo with the reaper to get a grim reaper baby. We wonder why the developers included this feature initially and removed it. Was in unintended or over the line? We'll never know for sure. Your Sim can socialize with the reaper, and even add him to their list of contacts but he will only come when a Sim has died, so socializing further is impossible. The ability to create reaper babies is a thing of the past. The reaper is known to stick around a bit at times and do some silly things, as in this picture with the reaper using the virtual reality goggles.

The Sims 3 Urns, Tombstones and Haunts

Sims who die on your lot will leave behind an urn or tombstone. Whether it's an urn or tombstone depends on its location. It's purely a visual. When a Sim's grave is indoors, it will be an urn. Outdoors you'll see a tombstone. You can change this appearance at will by moving the 'grave' indoors or outdoors. Note that there are at times bugs that cause a gravestone or urn to vanish with no known resolution. A Sim could die on your lot and leave nothing behind, unfortunately.

The Grim Reaper of the Sims 3 harvesting a soul upon deathAfter midnight, a dead Sim's ghost may appear and haunt the lot where its grave is placed. They'll vanish by morning. During that time, your Sim may interact with the ghost, but most of the time they'll just behave erratically. They may do some odd things associated with their cause of death. For example, Sims who've died of starvation may head for the fridge to grab a snack, and Sims who've died in a fire may take a shower. They can actually break the shower, too. So a haunt can be amusing at first but ends up quite annoying as they disrupt your Sim family's life.

To rid yourself of the haunts on your Sim's current lot, you could take their urn or tombstone to the public cemetery in town. They'll then be a part of the cemetery. For legacy familities, which often have a lot of deaths and could be overrun by haunts at night, it's suggested you make a family cemetery out of a nearby lot. To do this, go into Edit Town and select a Public lot, such as a fishing spot or a park area. Decorate the lot any way you wish with fencing, flowers, benches, etc. Do everything you want the first time because if you go back to that lot in Edit Town after placing tombstones, all of them will be returned to your family inventory and you'll have to place them again. After you've completed the setup and decoration of your cemetery, go back to the game. Pick up any grave that you wish to place in your cemetery and simply go to the lot and place it wherever you wish. Eventually the lot will show up in the town view as a cemetery. You can even rename it if you choose. The ghost will no longer haunt your lot once the Sim's tomb or urn is gone. They'll instead come out most nights like other ghosts tend to do.

How to Manage the Dead in the Sims 3

When Sims who are not in your active household die, they go to the mausoleum at the local graveyard. The tombs of family friends and other Sims can be managed here. By doing so, you can get the tombstone or urn required to resurrect dead Sims, let them haunt your household or add them to the cemetery.

A ghost in the Sims 3 being resurrected by Ambrosia

Resurrecting Sims and Playable Ghosts

Ghost Sims can only become playable by resurrecting them via the Science Lab opportunity that will appear some time after their death. This appears in the special opportunity slot, so make sure it's clear of any other opportunities if you want it to happen. Your Sim will be asked to bring the deceased's urn or tombstone to the science lab to resurrect them. This will bring them back as a playable ghost. Marriages are not sustained after death, but must be reinstated by proposing again. This Sim will come back as a playable ghost and you'll be capable of making ghost babies. After you've completed this opportunity the first time, Sims' tombs may be taken (by dragging to your active Sim's inventory) back to the science lab for resurrection at the cost of $5,000 Simoleons.

To resurrect a Sim from the dead entirely, have them eat Ambrosia. This can be stored in the fridge until it's ready to be served to the ghost. For a ghost in the house, this will usually be a simple matter of placing the dish at their feet or on a table and making it accessible to them. Even in the graveyard, they seem to know what it is and will go straight for the ambrosia. If the Sim was under your control before, they'll be returned to your household if there's enough room, upon bringing them back to life. Follow the link to learn more about making this dish. It will bring a Sim from death (ghost) back to a normal state, and can perpetually halt death due to aging when eaten by living Sims. The Sim's age bar will revert to 0 days at that state in their life span.

You can't make an elder into a young adult with Ambrosia, but you can make them into an elder that has just recently turned. This works either way, as you can keep them from being elders entirely if you feed them ambrosia early enough. More doses of this dish will be required in order to maintain immortality.

Ghost Babies - The Sims 3's Ultimate Playable Ghost

To make a ghost baby, develop a relationship with a ghost as a female Sim and get the ghost to 'Try for Baby' with them. There will be no father in the family tree as though it were an immaculate conception. With males, you'll need to make the ghost playable via the science lab opportunity. There is a 50/50 shot of getting a ghost baby instead of a normal Sim baby when they try this way. There isn't any major difference between a ghost baby and a normal Sim baby, but some people want them because they look cool.

A Unicorn Ghost in The Sims 3 Pets

Pet Ghosts and Ghost Babies

Pets grow old and die, and will appear at night just like regular Sim ghosts. This applies to dogs, cats, horses, and Unicorns. You can get an opportunity to resurrect them, and a male ghost can be bred with a normal female of that pet type to produce ghost kittens, puppies, or foals.

Pet Ghosts in The Sims 3

Pets can only die from old age, and will take on a red or blue color based on their lifetime happiness. Red animals had less than 10k lifetime points, while blue is the color for happy animals that made over 10,000 Lifetime Happiness. Above is a shot with a red cat and dog, both died miserable with few accomplishments. -Thanks HatakeSage

Easy Ghost Baby with Generations: The Sims 3 Generations includes a Chemistry set. Once you've uncovered enough potions, you'll be able to make the ghost potion. Sims who woohoo after drinking this can make ghost babies.

Winding the Death Clock - Returning a Ghost to the Sims 3 Netherworld

You can send a playable ghost Sim back to the netherworld by clicking the urn or tombstone in their inventory. Ghost Sims will eventually need to return to the netherworld once they've been made playable. This is due to the aging feature, which applies even to ghosts. That is, unless you've never resurrected them fully with ambrosia. Eventually the Sim could be resurrected again because their ghost will return from the netherworld in the future. When is not yet determined, but they do come back! They always come back! I hope this guide to ghosts in the Sims 3 has been helpful, feel free to comment on this and offer any addtions or corrections at our Sims 3 Forum.

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Comments (62)

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Ryncewynde88 says...
If a playable ghost travels to the past using the time machine from Inventing in Ambitions they may be resurrected and come out alive.
7th September 2012 6:55pm
Reader says...
my sim get an opportunity to take the urn to the research center, and then the ghost is playable.
8th September 2012 6:28am
ColoredConfused says...
Does Supernatural have any effect on any of this?
12th September 2012 8:39am
Noel says...
Sorta well I think yes because in Supernatural you can make ghosts in CAS so you may want to check for sure if it does
21st May 2013 3:04pm
khalela says...
ok i need help i want a smoke detector but where to buy one
12th September 2012 10:45pm
sigildagger says...
How to buy smoke detector, or other alarms:

1) Go to Buy -> Short by Room -> Kitchen -> Alarms

Or 2) go to Buy -> Short by Type -> Electronics -> Other Electronics

Hope this helps.
13th September 2012 12:54pm
ellbell says...
go into buy mode and go to kitchen it will come up with a smoke detecter above the stove then click there and it will come up with all the alarms hoped it helped
15th February 2013 5:45pm
bobherry says...
on the Xbox buy-electronics- Miscellaneous(However you spell it.) and it and a other favorite alarm will be there the other being the burglar alarm.
8th June 2013 4:52am
Kupocygirl says...
What if my sim's friend died while I was visiting him, I got to sweep his ashes and went in recycle now IDK what 2 do next :( I want to complete that opportunity please help...
15th September 2012 6:53pm
mandee says...
If you sweep up the ashes its ok that doesn't matter. Where he died there should be a tomb stone somewhere, put that in your inventory. I think that's only if he died on your lot. (Happened to me before) If not or If he died somewhere else you should be able to find it in the masoleum at the cemetary and put it in your inventory then go from there :)
19th September 2012 5:01am
NicholasMorris says...
Kupocygirl,when your friend dies put their remains in your inventory. Then when they die you get a mourning moodlet. After that moodlet leaves your sim you should get a call on your phone with the opportunity to bring the ghost back. Hope this helps!
5th April 2014 4:49pm
Dragsvard says...
For some reason the reaper turned into a regular NPC in one of my games. Must be a glitch
27th October 2012 5:16pm
morganmonster2 says...
Can I bring a ghost back to life you see I went to the loo I came back and she had died
10th November 2012 6:07pm
nadia says...
Especially with supernatural, can a sim fall in love with a ghost from the cemetary and add them to the household? My insane sim has an attraction to one of them and it is the only sim she has been attracted to so far.
Using the Philosopher's Stone you could add the ghost to the household - look into Alchemy to get a free one at level 10 or buy it as a Lifetime Reward.
13th November 2012 8:28am
epicgal says...
one of my sims died out of hunger however, after 15 sim days i could not revive the sim. how come i can't revive her?!
1st December 2012 2:48pm
i play sims says...
i resurrect my sister and she didn't came out and can't be play with. but if i want to move they said that "you can't move while somebody dying on your house". what should i do? T_T
22nd December 2012 1:16pm
E says...
Try to do the Resetsim (name) cheat. Maybe your sim is frozen and it just so happened to do it when they died.
4th January 2013 9:02pm
A Simer Whovian Gal says...
I just made a Kleptomatic Sim, Female. I made her go to the Graveyard around midnight, and I made her steal a tombstone. I put the tombstone in her house, and the night after that, she socialized with the (male) ghost sim. The next day, I got the opportunity to reserect the ghost, and I did, and she came home, with him as part of my household. So now they are engaged and a baby on the way! I hope it's a ghost!
5th January 2013 7:47am
Gracefulclutz says...
I'm going to try that with my Klepto sim. I know he stole one from the fall festival once, but still... xD Not one from the graveyard.

21st February 2014 3:14pm
ellbell says...
hi my sim family had ghost parents and ghost twin toddlers when i went to check my other family in the same town i came back to play that family and the twins were gone did they go to netherworld or get taken by child services because i played them until the mum aged to and elder and nothing happened?
15th February 2013 5:42pm
ghost says...
can you marry a ghost sim? you see i started my game with a male sim i had go to the graveyard at night, he met a ghost and she became his girlfriend. i want to bring her back to life, and i tried using karma powers but it said that it only works on family members.PLEASE HELP!
18th February 2013 9:05pm
Vanessa says...
Do testingCheatsEnabled true then shift click the ghost and press add to family
3rd June 2013 7:37am
Romes says...
That doesn't get u married (I don't think u can get married to a ghost) but u can control the ghost until they have to go back to "the dead" by morning till after midnight.
25th January 2014 4:50am
razz says...
Hi can my simple go to the grave yard and get a grave stone and at midnight will the if it's on my lot will the ghost of that person come to life on my normal sims game
25th February 2013 12:06pm
AlienTwins says...
"Ghost Sims will eventually need to return to the netherworld once they've been made playable. This is due to the aging feature, which applies even to ghosts. That is, unless you've never resurrected them fully with ambrosia"


Sorry, this isn't particularly clear to me. Does this mean that if you resurrect a ghost to make them playable at the science lab, and then *never* give them Ambrosia, they will eventually die (again) or not? From the text as it's written it would seem that they wouldn't (would be immune to ageing). But from the actual tone of the paragraph it suggests that the should still age and ultimately die.

Which is it?
26th February 2013 10:49am
Gabbi says...
Playable ghosts will age in game, whether you just made them in Sims 3 supernatural or resurrected them as ghosts. If they eat Ambrosia they will resurrect fully; I think at the age they died. My knowledge is limited to knowing what Ambrosia can do and not having tried it out myself. I just made a ghost mom in Sims 3 supernatural and she ages just like the rest of them. Eating Ambrosia would cause her to come to life but either way she will die eventually since she ages. It just means she'll 'Return to Netherworld' for her second death.
25th May 2013 12:16am
Malltog says...
Ghosts disrupting your Sims' lives? how about turning on the stereo so all 6 of them wake up at once?
27th February 2013 9:57pm
Wolvine says...
What's with that shot with the thief and he horse ghost? Was it just a coincidence, or do ghost pets do a kind of 'Guard the House' thing when they're dead?
It's been so long, but I believe the horse ghost had the brave trait and was scaring off the burglar. Dogs with aggressive or brave should also try. Even if it was just coincidence, I had to publish such an odd screenshot :)
3rd March 2013 6:11am
Cherry Dip says...
but, i tried to get a pet and it didnt work then one night a burgular/ theif came and there was a dog and a horse both ghosts, and they scared the theif / burgular how will i work out who's it is?
18th May 2013 12:41pm
crazygirl says...
my sims have ghosts that bother them every night. how do I make this stop?
7th March 2013 5:18pm
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