While The Sims 4 is a life simulator, players have to be careful to avoid situations that would result in death. Since the beginning of The Sims franchise, players have had to be careful to avoid killing their Sims in both zany and realistic ways. Still, other players try to trigger as many different death scenarios as possible, either to see what happens or to spawn and interact with the Grim Reaper.
There are so far 23 different death causes in The Sims 4, including those exclusive to DLC content. Whether a player is looking to see all the possible deaths in the game or wanting to know what to avoid to keep their Sim alive and well as long as possible, here is every possible death in the game and how each one is triggered.
All Possible Deaths in The Sims 4 Base Game
The base game for The Sims 4 comes with ten possible avenues for death, ranging from the mundane and expected Old Age (the most likely death players will experience in the game), to the significantly stranger Death by Cow Plant. Players have the best chance of encountering one of these during their playthroughs.
Sims, like people, grow old and eventually will die of old age. Players have the option to extend a Sim's lifespan in the game options menu or by purchasing the Potion of Youth for 1500 Satisfaction Points from completing levels of an Aspiration or fulfilling whims. Players can also make their Sims entirely immortal through cheats. But, for those who want to play the game with all the default choices intact and without cheats, players are likely to see the Grim Reaper eventually.
This death only affects Elder Sims who perform frequent strenuous activities, such as lifting weights, running, or woohooing. When an Elder Sim overexerts, they will get a strong uncomfortable moodlet that lasts four hours. During this period, there is a chance the Sim will die. It is possible to force this death to trigger if a player has Elder Sims keep running or continuously woohoo.
As with all versions of Sims, players need to be sure to protect their Sims from house fires. Fires can start due to a Sim who is bad at cooking burning their food, due to clothing dryers in the home (available in The Sims 4: Laundry Day Stuff) or due to faulty electronics. To help prevent this death, Sims should have a fire alarm in the home and can activate the sprinkler system or use a fire extinguisher to put the fire out. If it burns too long, the Sim will die.
Players who have The Sims 4: Fitness Day Stuff can also set their Sim on fire using the Rock Climbing Wall. Once a Sim's skill at rock climbing is high enough, they will be able to take the fire challenge, which has the Sim climbing the wall as jets of fire are launched at them. If the Sim takes the challenge with other Sims around, those Sims can help put the fire out, but Sims will die if they are caught aflame alone.
Perhaps one of the most famous Sims deaths is drowning. For as long as the game has been around, players have been deviously forcing their Sims to swim and, while they were occupied, deleting the pool ladder or walling the pool in. This is still the case in The Sims 4. Sims who continue swimming after being exhausted are likely to drown to death, so players should only have their Sims swim when in good condition and off fast forward to prevent this.
Sims who become too hungry and fail to eat in time will die of starvation. To prevent this, players should make sure their Sims eat regularly. They can also pick fruit from trees and keep them in their inventory to eat when they're away from home.
Sims who perform repairs and upgrades on their electronics have a chance to receive an electric shock. Players should stop their Sims from continuing the repair or upgrade until the shocked moodlet disappears. If they continue working, they are at a higher risk of dying by electrocution.
Sims who enjoy gardening and manage to grow the rare Cow Plant need to be sure to keep it fed. The first time a Sim interacts with a Cow Plant, the Sim will experience a drained mood. The Sim who owns the Cow Plant can milk it to receive a drink that transfers the drained Sim's initial mood to the owner Sim. If the Cow Plant gets the same Sim again when the drained moodlet is still active, it will kill the Sim and transfer that Sim's life force to the owner through the same milking process.
When Sims experience something embarrassing, they typically receive an embarrassed moodlet that lasts for a while. During this moodlet, Sims can die of mortification. To prevent this, players should make sure the Sim doesn't experience any further embarrassment while the moodlet is active. Because Sims can still die of embarrassment without another embarrassing incident, players should make sure to have their Sim speak to another and choose the yellow options to alleviate the embarrassment.
Sims who are at the enraged stage of angry can experience death by anger, also considered a cardiac explosion. To prevent a Sim from dying when enraged, players should have the Sim perform activities to vent or alleviate their anger, like using a punching bag or venting to another Sim.
Sims can also die from laughing too much. If they experience the playful and happy moodlets at the same time, and their level reaches over 15 with these moodlets combined, they can trigger this death. To prevent this, players should make their Sim calm down in the mirror or go to sleep when their moodlet hits that level.
All Possible Deaths in The Sims 4 Expansion, Game, and Stuff Packs
The rest of the possible deaths in The Sims 4 can only be unlocked through DLC packs, but not all DLC packs come with a new death option. These are zanier and sometimes less realistic options.
Rocket Ship Crash (The Sims 4: Get To Work and City Living)
Technically, this is a possible death in the base game, but only for Sims in the Astronaut career. For this incident to occur, Sims have to build the rocket ship in their yard or at work in the Scientist active career or enter the one available at GeekCon in City Living. Sims with low Rocket Science skills, Sims who try to race in the rocket, and Sims who stick fruit in the exhaust before they take off have a risk of causing the rocket to explode.
Sauna (The Sims 4: Spa Day)
The Saunas available in Spa Day can cause a Sim to gain an overheated moodlet. They should leave the sauna immediately, otherwise, they have an almost 100% chance of dying from overheating.
Pufferfish (The Sims 4: City Living)
City Living brings a bit of diversity to Sims, including clothing and dishes from other cultures. One dish Sims can cook or order from vendors and restaurants is the Pufferfish Nigiri. If it is poor quality, the chance of it killing the Sim increases. This risk increases when the Sim is in a bad mood.
Wishing Well (The Sims 4: Romantic Garden Stuff)
The Romantic Garden Stuff Pack comes with the Wishing Well. Using it can have unintended consequences. If Sims wish for eternal life, the Wishing Well may grant it by killing the Sim and turning them into a fully-controllable, immortal ghost.
Sunlight (The Sims 4: Vampires)
Similar to popular lore, if a Vampire Sim goes out in the sun, there is a good chance they will die after enough time. Thankfully, it takes a little while for the sunlight to kill, so players have a chance to get a Sim back indoors. Players can also prevent this by equipping Vampire Sims with powers that make them resistant to the sunlight.
Poison (The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure)
In Jungle Adventure, Sims vacation to the jungles of Salvadorada, where dangers can await them. If a Sim is hit by a poison dart or bitten by a venomous creature, they will get a dazed moodlet for 72 hours that may get worse. If a Sim starts belching or breaks out in a green rash, it is a sign the poison will kill them. Sims can purchase an antidote on a computer to survive.
Insects (The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure)
Also in Jungle Adventure, lightning bugs and flies can swarm and bug Sims. These attacks can kill, but Sims can prevent this by learning Salvadoradan culture, which teaches them how to survive in the jungle. They can also use a fire quencher or insulation powder to counter the effects.
Extreme Heat or Cold (The Sims 4: Seasons)
Seasons brought with it temperature changes, and Sims can die of extreme heat and cold. One way to help prevent this is to avoid having Sims outside for long in extreme conditions and to ensure they dress for the weather.
Lightning Strikes (The Sims 4: Seasons)
Storms were also introduced into the game in Seasons, adding another possible death to the game. If Sims go out during a thunderstorm, there is a chance the will be struck by lightning, which will kill them. It is possible an umbrella might increase the chance of this death, so players should be careful during storms.
Scent of Death (The Sims 4: Seasons)
Seasons also introduced Flower Arranging as a skill and career, as well as enhanced Gardening. It introduced some new flowers and plants. Sims who work in Flower Arranging have the opportunity to create a vase using the Death Flower, which has a chance to kill Elder Sims when sniffed.
Rabid Rodent Fever (The Sims 4: My First Pet Stuff)
My First Pet Stuff introduced small rodents that Sims can keep as pets. However, these pets can be a little temperamental. If they aren't happy about a Sim holding them, they may bite. There is a good chance for them to give the Sim Rabid Rodent Fever. To survive, the Sim will need to purchase an antidote on the computer.
Research Machine Exhaustion (The Sims 4: Discover University)
In Discover University, Sims can contribute knowledge to the Research Machine. Doing this for too long, however, can exhaust them, and if they continue to contribute past the point of exhaustion, they will die. It is important to make sure a Sim doesn't overuse the machine.
Falling Murphy Bed (The Sims 4: Tiny Living Stuff)
The newest possible death in The Sims 4 (prior to the upcoming Eco Living Expansion Pack) comes from the Tiny Living Stuff Pack. The big game feature of this pack is the Murphy Bed. This bed can break very easily, trapping a Sim inside or falling on top of them. When the pack came out, the bed was the most lethal object in the game, and it is not clear if this has since been patched.
The Sims 4 is available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.