How to Kill a Sim in The Sims 4

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Sims is one of those strange franchises where murder isn’t actively something you’re supposed to want to accomplish in the game, but somehow, we all end up needing to do it one way or another.

There are a few ways to kill a Sim, some are easy and foolproof, others require careful planning and a more psychotic approach.


So, let’s look at some of the ways you can murder your Sim in Sims 4.

Drown Your Sim

Sims 4 Drowning Sim, kill
Sims 4 Drowning Sim

Sims 4 initially launched without swimming pools, having added them in Patch 7. This choice was raved about by the community at the time.

For a lot of players, drowning is the simplest way to kill a Sim. Simply let them take a swim, then remove the ladders and put a fence around the pool. Now all you need to do is wait. Eventually, your Sim will get exhausted, pass out, and drown.

Simple but effective.

Feed Your Sim to a Cow Plant

Sims 4 Cowplant
Sims 4 Cowplant

If you think drowning is too simple or boring for your taste, you could always try raising a carnivorous plant to do your bidding for you.

This takes time - you have to raise your plant to adulthood, and then starve it. They have to eat every twelve hours, so just put it off for a while until you see an ‘Alien’ style cake protruding from its mouth. 

Click on that.

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Your Sim will attempt to eat the cake and get swallowed by the cow plant. Whether they’re spat out again is luck based. There’s about a 50% chance your Sim will survive.

Have a Horde of Flies Eat Your Sim Alive

Sims 4 Flies
Sims 4 Flies

The recent expansion, Sims 4: Eco Lifestyle, added flies. They hover over food and empty plates.

If the Sim tries to bond with the flies, they can be eaten alive. It’s not the most conventional death, but it’s an interesting one. The way to do this to let your trash bin pile up, wait for a swarm of flies to form and then click the ‘bond with flies’ option. 

It might take a few tries, but don’t give up!

Crush Your Sim With a Vending Machine

Sims 4 Vending Machine
Sims 4 Vending Machine

The Snowy Escape expansion pack adds vending machines, and more interestingly, vending machine deaths. This one can take a little time as you have to actually buy things from the vending machine for it to have the chance to kill you.


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Buy things from the vending machine until one gets stuck, then use the ‘shake’ button to have your Sim try and shake the item free. In doing this, your Sim will either receive their item or have the vending machine crush them.


The Classic: Burn Your Sims Alive

Sims 4 Fire
Sims 4 Fire

This last one can be almost as simple as drowning. I’d say most of us have done this one by accident. All it takes is a misplaced combustible item and a fire source, be it a fireplace, or your Sim trying to cook a complex recipe.

For this one, I’d recommend trying to make sure your house is as big a fire hazard as possible. The bigger the fire, the easier it’ll be to kill your Sim. 

This one can be a little random, but it’s effective.

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There are a dozen more ways to kill a Sim, but these are our favourites. When in doubt, set fire to everything.

Best of luck in your next Sims 4 playthrough.