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The Sims 3 Death Guide

Causes of Death, Killing Sims, and Immortality

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This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.

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This list will start for vanilla Sims 3, that is The Sims 3 with no expansions, and the list will grow as we learn new ways Sims can die with the expansion packs. Yes, your Sims' causes of death will vary depending on what expansions you have installed. I'll also include information on making a Sim die in a certain way for the deviant Sim killers out there. Owners of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of The Sims 3 will find the vanilla deaths apply to their console port.

  • A Sims 3 Ghost who has died of old ageAge
    With Aging on, Sims will eventually die of old age. This is the natural cause of death in the Sims 3, all other ways seem to be accidental. The life span is determined by what you've chosen in the options menu. Sims don't die immediately once the age bar on elder is full. They'll die at a random moment at some point, but you can't be sure what day they'll die. This is a realism feature. Ghosts of Sims who've died from old age will be white in color. To "kill" a Sim this way, just turn the aging option on and nature will eventually take its course.
  • Death by Drowning
    Sims can drown in the pool when they are swimming, but it's rare unless they're extremely low on energy. These ghosts will appear blue in color. To kill a Sim by drowning reliably, you'll need to use build mode to trap them in the pool with walls. Removing the ladder no longer works, as they'll just climb out.
  • A ghost killed by electricity in the Sims 3Electrocution
    Failing repairs on electronics can cause a Sim to die from electrocution. They don't usually die from the first shock, but the second is likely a sure kill. Handy Sims are immune to this, because they never fail repairs. Sims with high level handiness are also unlikely to die this way. The more complex the device, the more likely the Sim is to die from electroction. The cheapest tv is not as likely to cause death as the transporter lifetime reward, for example. So do some studying before you send your Sim to repair the plasma TV. To trigger this cause of death, get your Sim to repair or upgrade an electronic and get shocked, then immediately jump in to try and get shocked again. It's a bit more tricky than your other options. Ghosts who die this way will be yellow in color.
  • Death by Fire
    Fire kills Sims. It can strike at any time with low level cooking. If a fire breaks out, and your Sim is in the vicinity upon the moment of combustion, there's a chance of death. There's also a chance of death when a Sim is fighting a fire. For non-brave or pyromaniac Sims, this can be a concern. It's usually better to call the fire department and take the loss rather than risk the death of the Sim. To kill a Sim with fire, you could have them stand next to a fireplace (wall them in so they have little choice on where to stand). You can also teleport them to their doom with the Sims 3's testing cheats. Sims that are killed by fire will be red in color.
  • A meteor squashes a Sim in The Sims 3 Ambitions
  • Death by Meteor Shower
    The Sims 3 Ambitions expansion brings a new way to die in the form of the Meteor Shower. The sky will grow dark, and meteors will begin to fall. You should have your Sim vacate the area or they may get squished by one of these killers from the heavens, like the poor sap under the rock above.

    A ghost Sim killed by the mummy's curse in the Sims 3 World Adventures.
  • Dying from Mummy's Curse
    Like many Sims expansions in the past, The Sims 3 World Adventures introduces a new way for Sims to die: The Mummy's Curse. Sims get cursed by mummies sometimes after they lose in a fight. The likelihood of this seems random, as sometimes your Sim will get knocked out. If you do get cursed, you'll know it. Your Sim will be hit with an onslaught of dark energy from the mummy who will then leave them alone.

    From the moment your Sim is cursed, they'll have 14 days to cure it. If they haven't done any of the available options on the mummies page, they'll die, disintegrated in a cloud of evil energy. Nothing's wrong with your graphics card -- when the curse starts to get closer to taking effect, your screen will be met with a moving dark ring around the edges that looks very sinister. There will occasionally be evil music played as well as the time draws near.

    Upon death, Sims killed by the mummy's curse have dark, black and white ghosts as seen in the screenshot above.

  • Dying of Starvation
    This hunger-specific cause of death is very rare. It takes about 48 hours Sim time for a Sim to actually die of starvation. If you can't grab a snack at the fridge in that length of time, you must intend to kill them. Killing Sims in this way is easy, just wall them up in a room (guests) or turn free will off (Sims of that household). Don't let them eat, and within a couple days they'll die and turn into a purple ghost.
  • Death Flowers
    Death Flowers will cause the Grim Reaper to take the flower instead of the Sim's soul for all causes of death. With one in the inventory, your Sim will be immune to all forms of death, including old age. With Ambrosia, this can make Sims immortal without disabling aging. You can find death flowers in cemeteries or have your Sim grow them from special seeds in his garden.

    Unlucky Sims Avoiding Death
    Unlucky Sims are immune to death by unnatural causes, such as accidents like fires. The reaper will spare the Sim's soul out of pity, so this trait is by far not useless.

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    Chloe says...
    My sim who was an adult, a husband and a dad of 4 died by drowning in a swimming pool soon after his wife found out she was pregnant again. He literally jumped into the water, cried for help and then he just died. All very uppsetting as a few days later, Stuart's wife had twins with her teenage son having to take her to the hospital. And now these two girls, Alice and Amelia are going to grow up, not knowing who their dad is.
    1st June 2014 7:36am
    meeka says...
    That is actually kinda interesting, which game do you play? I've never heard or seen that.
    26th November 2015 3:03pm
    Macee says...
    That is so sad
    4th August 2017 11:21pm
    Zander says...
    lol, mine just went into the pool when he was about to pass out. He died -_-
    17th November 2018 3:48pm
    IceWolf says...
    Lol sounds like the dad thought he made some mistakes
    1st December 2018 12:09pm
    sarah says...
    I killed my sim via the Philosophers stone and my dog growled at the grim reaper and saved my sim from dying somehow?
    11th October 2013 5:25pm
    Hnjjsjsims says...
    If you have a pet close to a dying sim, (with a high relationship w/ the sim) the pet will beg for it's owner's life. Since the Grim Reaper likes pets, especially horses, the Grim Reaper will usually agree. :)
    10th February 2014 9:32pm
    elizabeth says...
    my sim died from a murphy bed (university expansion) falling on him (?) AS HIS FIANCEƉ WAS HAVING A HOME BIRTH!
    6th June 2014 2:13am
    lily palmer says...
    NEVER kill your sims by fire its too sad I was crying so hard I fell asleep
    27th January 2014 4:40pm
    Layla says...
    Ok, the strangest thing happened...
    I wanted to kill a sim whilst having Static Needs on. I didn't want to make a pool, so I couldn't use a drowning or starvation death. So I made him eat a jelly bean sweet, and to my surprise, the first one he ate was an instant kill one. Grim Reaper turns up, but my sim magically gives him a death flower which never existed...

    Just for the fun of it I made a sim I liked eat a jelly bean. Guess what? Happens again, but this time my poor sim doesn't produce a flower (duh? Why do they only give false flowers to sims I hate?).

    I this because both these sims were witches? Never happens with any other supernatural type.
    Did they have special seeds in their inventory? If the special seed was a deathflower, it will work as if it were a deathflower.
    11th July 2013 12:58pm
    Luke says...
    I managed to accidentally kill my sim by daring her to divide by zero and then automatically leaving for work. She thinks for a bit, before catching on fire . I left her to see what would happen and surprise surprise, she died.
    12th January 2014 6:18am
    SimGirl says...
    My sim died because he was swimming in water and apparently he was scared of it and then he died. He came back to my house and started talking to his adopted sister
    30th December 2013 5:52pm
    Evereth says...
    My sim just died after she bashed the vending machine (University Life Expansion). The thing tipped over and fell on her and bam! There she is lying like a roadkill...
    13th September 2013 10:45am
    LightCharmander says...
    Lol mine did that too... 5 MiNuTeS aFtEr CrEaTiNg HeR!!!!!
    28th May 2014 7:17pm
    Li fee says...
    The dead (from old age) parents were regenerated through their urns at the Science Lab but once they got home their young adult daughter, who had been living in their old house with her boyfriend, had turned into a ghost! No death, grim reaper, and she is still playable. Her outline is silverish - so seems she died of old age, which isn't possible. Is this a glitch - or did I, by having both her parents brought back into the game as ghosts through the Science Lab, inadvertently plunge her into the world of the occult? She lost all her relationship with her boyfriend. Her parents were quite happy - they had a ghostie baby, but now I'm trying to get organised to give their daughter a dose of ambrosia! Oh - even though she is a ghost and spooks people, she doesn't glide - she simply walks through everything!
    6th September 2013 8:05pm
    Li fee says...
    As an update to above post: The ghost ages - she triggers through age milestones, even though it says zero days to aging up in her simnology thingie. She still only walks, rather than glides. Ambrosia doesn't make her alive again. Took ages to make it - it has revived her father and her brother, who were ghosts with tombstones (she doesn't have one). I'm hoping she'll actually 'die' properly - grim reaper and all - then I can do the 'Oh My Ghost' opportunity and the ambrosia thing. Not convinced though.

    As an aside - I revived her brother who was born a ghost with ambrosia: He appears human now, but he glides everywhere! Go figure!
    8th September 2013 4:15am
    Arvid of Vrondirr says...
    It said my Sim died of electrocution... Because he put his tongue in the toaster? Glitch?
    10th October 2013 6:33pm
    Life of the Dragons says...
    That doesn't sound like a glitch to me! In real life, if you put your tounge in a toaster that would shock u and hurt. Water (aka SPIT) conducts electricity. Ouch. And LOL WHAT SIM(or person) WOULD DO THAT?? X)
    31st December 2013 2:32pm
    Thatonegirl says...
    When pets die, do they get a ghost?
    8th June 2014 2:44pm
    Lydia says...
    Yes. They only die of old age. If the pet had under 10,000 lifetime happiness points, their ghost is red. If they had 10,000 lifetime happiness points or more, their ghost will be blue.
    21st June 2014 12:50pm
    Taylor says...
    I was at University with my sim and she was behind the bowling alley and there was a child sim there and right as my sim went to say hi the child died and turned into a green ghost and started following her around.
    2nd September 2013 8:56pm
    vicaboo says...
    What about the watery grave death or the one where they lock themselves in a box and fail to get out? its in showtime exp. pack and theres jelly bean and transmute, human statue and 'death by ranting' mermaids being dehydrated, blunt force trauma death, SHARK, drowned while diving and ghost curse haunting can you explain these please, i don't know how to do them.
    8th September 2013 8:36am
    Sure says...
    The water grave death can be found in showtime, (I don't have that one) But Jelly Bean curse in found in supernatural ep, when you get the jelly bean tree in the plants in BUY mode, just have a sim eat some beans from a tree (Takes a while) And soon enough they will die.
    9th June 2014 12:08am
    ShinigamiGurl says...
    FYI- the Jelly Bean Tree is under decoration/ plants and it's the very last item. I had a hard time finding it but it's a good Russian Roullette style of play if you have immortal vampires. 1 jelly bean a day until you get too tired of playing them or there are too many kids...then they 2-10 jelly beans a day.
    9th August 2014 10:06am
    BlankRandom says...
    What do the ghosts do when they are dead? Heard that fire ghosts always wants to take showers, but I can't be sure.
    18th May 2014 5:14am
    Lydia says...
    Sims that died of starvation will always be skinny, and they will constantly look for food. If there's no food around, they will be upset.
    13th June 2014 3:27pm
    Lizelle says...
    I was wondering, is there any way to remove sims from a household without killing them? I have a full house and I want to add a new baby. I have a sim I want to get rid of but she has the Unlucky trait so the Reaper won't take her, and I don't want to speed up the aging process because I like my current household except for her. Thanks <3
    18th May 2014 5:05pm
    Toby says...
    Click the phone. Then select "Move". Either kick the sim out of the house, or play as the sim in another home.
    28th May 2014 7:14pm
    DakotaZoid says...
    do the testingcheatsenabled true cheat and click your sim and click Object and then delete it and then your sim is vanished.
    2nd August 2014 9:03pm
    Sophie And Holly says...
    You cant do that on sim 3 Xbox xxx Do you have the game on Xbox??? xxx
    6th November 2015 12:00pm
    Olivia says...
    hey , can sims commit scuicide, is it an a expansion iv seen it in videos maybe its an older version... reply plz
    22nd December 2013 3:00pm
    Daisy says...
    I dunno :P xD
    26th August 2015 2:18pm
    Madison Snay says...
    Yes you can commit suicide but it is through a mod, not an expansion pack
    25th June 2017 9:20pm
    Lizi says...
    I had this one guy who was eating magic jellybeans, I guess there's a death flavor magic jelly bean. He had 4 kids, and 1 is in military school so he doesn't even know about it yet. But his wife bought a Philosipher's Stone so she could see him again. The kid in military school still doesn't know.
    12th August 2014 2:47am
    Ella says...
    I don't know how often that is, but my Sim died easily... In Sims 3 University expansion pack, it was my 1st day at University and was goin' to the Meet and Greet... Everything was fine until I looked at what my Sim wanted to do... I saw that she wanted to get a something free from the vending machine... I thought I would shake it, or slam it or something like that, it would give me something free from the vending machine, it fell over me jumped back up and my Sim was just like a piece of fried chicken... Everyone came around and started to cry... I thought it was nothin' and was still laughing... And then I saw there was something she's gonna do, and I saw it said Expire... I was like ohh no..... And she was glowing in red... Does that happen often, is that ever happen to you guys??? :DDD I'm a bit confused right now...
    2nd May 2014 1:25pm
    Sims girl says...
    I know all the cheats but if i dont want a sim anymore i hold down on the keyboared shift and ctrl C after u should see a box on top of the screen type in testingcheatsenabled true (enter) then shift click on your sim and one of the options should say Object click that then it should say delete click that then your sim disappears
    30th November 2013 5:43am
    MojoJoy says...
    thank you very much for the informations! I've look at the other articles that you've written and i can say that you must be a hardworking guy to write and share all of these informations! LOLZ but thanks again.. i need this guide to kill my character who's a mother of four.. i need to because the lesser character to control the lesser time consuming on my part.. ;) i'll just choose the natural way - old age.. with a shorten period on the option.. but would this also shorten the other characters life?
    Get her a birthday cake and blow out the candles to force a birthday. You could also cheat, given you are considering tinkering with the game's settings mid-game just to off a Sim ;)
    6th October 2013 1:08pm
    GhostlyBurger says...
    My Sim almost died from fire three times only to die of starvation. He was really hungry so I made him make some food but he made it and decided he didn't want to eat it. Then he died of starvation while giving his son a bottle.
    19th November 2015 4:58pm
    Remus Lupin says...
    I want to know an awesome way of killing my witch Sims she is annoying and I'd prefer her as a ghost what's an amazingly awesome super cool way btw I have most expansion packs... Not pets, wold adventures, seasons or university (I have them but they are not installed)
    3rd October 2013 4:16am
    DeathFlower123 says...
    Try the haunting curse, that always works.
    21st July 2017 7:55am
    plaukje says...
    My sim just died on university because she was ranting with a megaphone about death. Her ghost was yellow and had things like #*%&@% around her.
    8th May 2014 10:19am
    Kooliana says...
    That is great information! Thank you!
    5th November 2015 11:20pm
    ShinigamiGurl says...
    Fastest way to kill a sim is ranting about death...sometimes he'll let you off with a warning and if you rant about death before the buff wears off it's instant death- even before you actually say anything! I wanted to know what would happen and what the ghost would look like- UNFORTUNATELY I did it on the day after finals. SO once I did it my grave got left in Uni which meant I had to send his dad back to uni to get it. I have no idea who got all my inventory but they got some GOOD stuff!
    9th August 2014 10:11am
    Tania says...
    So my sim was about to become a young adult so i threw him a birthday, just when he was about to blow the candles the cake caught on fire and there was every guest around my sim so he has no where to go so he did catch fire and no one would put out the fire and he died it was so sad and to make things worse his dad also caught on fire and died and so did one of hia friends. It was the worst birthday party ever. I didnt save the game cause i didnt want my sims to die. Im definitely looking for a deathflower for eveyone of my sims cause i dont want thos happening again.
    24th October 2015 2:27am
    Jamie says...
    This once happened to an infant's birthday cake on aging to toddler when I had Alicia Keaton (Daughter to Claire Ursine, wife of Ezra, Daughter-in-law to Justine Keaton) hold her daughter (her name being Heather) and when she was about to blow out the candles, the cake got set on fire. Luckily, Ezra was a firefighter and he put it out.
    25th October 2015 6:31pm
    Daje says...
    The easiest way to kill a sim would be starvation. I usually do that to kill off unwanted spouses... just drag that hunger bar all the way down annnnnd....
    21st June 2014 1:07pm
    sof says...
    be careful - death flower NOT protect u against death from jelly beans tree! :( never again jelly beans :x
    5th June 2014 4:49pm
    LightCharmander says...
    If you have and elder, and you have the cheat testingcheatsenabled true in, and click trigger age transfiguration, will they die??
    28th May 2014 7:22pm
    MI says...
    Yes, it basically kills them instantly. I did this a few days ago to the sim my sim's husband was cheating on her with. Hell hath no fury ;)
    31st May 2014 5:56pm
    KaneTheBoom says...
    Yup, I use it go kill papparazis (who are mostly elders apparenty) and say "Hippity Hoppity, Get off my property!"
    16th March 2018 7:44pm
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