The Ultimate Cheat Sheet | The Sims 3

the sims 3 ultimate cheat sheet

Developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts (EA), The Sims is one of the best-selling video games of all time. With The Sims 4 being the latest series and The Sims 5 being looked forward to, The Sims 3 is still hailed as one of the best and most played series.

This is the ultimate guide to the best cheats of The Sims 3.

The Sims 3 Cheats

To be able to use a cheat, you need to first open the command box by pressing Ctrl+Shift+C. The command box allows you to type a cheat, after which press Enter to run the cheat. Go crazy with all the cheats below!

To get rid of the command box, press the Esc key.

Cheat Codes

The following The Sims 3 cheat codes will let you make your Sim’s and your life very easy!

Simoleons (Money)

The Sims 3 lets your sims have a maximum total of 9999999 simoleons. Use the cheats below to get that money quickly!

Cheat CodeDescription
rosebud+1000 simoleons
kaching +1000 simoleons
motherlode+50000 simoleons
familyfunds [last name] [amount]Type the last name of your sim and the amount needed

Gameplay Ease

These cheats for The Sims 3 will help you have more control over your game.

Cheat CodeDescription
moveobjects onLets you move around and place objects without any restrictions – this may result in some objects being unusable
disablesnappingtoslotsonalt onDisables the objects automatically snapping to locations
snapobjectstoangle trueEnable objects to snap at 45° angle.
hideheadlineeffectsHide the plumbob and thought balloons over Sims’ heads – a good option for screenshots
jokepleaseDisplay a random joke on the screen
fullscreen [on/off] Toggle full screen mode
fadeobjects onFades the objects when the camera gets close to them
playsounds [on/off]Toggles all audio features of the game
quit Quits the game

Personal

These Sims 3 cheats are more focused on your Sim as an individual.

Cheat CodeDescription
edit in casOpens the Create A Sim (CAS) window for the active sim
set age [age number]Sets the age of the active sim to the number entered
forcetwinsGive birth to twins (make your pregnant sim active)
make friends for meThe active sim gets a bunch of random sim friends … if only it was this easy in real life!?
make me know everyoneThe active sim will know all the other sims
force visitorA random neighbour will show up at your house

Career

The following cheats will affect your Sim’s career in the Sims 3.

Cheat CodeDescription
set career [career name] [level]Gives your active sim the career specified on the level specified
force opportunityCreate a career building opportunity for your Sim – click on the building after the cheat
force eventCreate a career event for your Sim – click on the building after the cheat
force all eventsDisplay all the events for the career – click on the building after the cheat

Lots, Build & Buy

You can have more control over your The Sims 3 Build/Buy mode and the lots you purchase, how fun!

Cheat CodeDescription
freerealestateThe cost of the lot you’re buying becomes 0
buydebugLets you buy all types of items, even the locked ones, in Build/Buy mode
placeFriezes on/offToggles the use of foundations on top of tiled floors

Moods and Traits

Alter your Sim’s moods as you wish!

Cheat CodeDescription
modify traitsLets you modify a Sim’s traits
make happyRemoves all negative moodlets from the household
shazaamYour active Sim receives +2500 lifetime happiness points

Outfits

You can finally have those locked outfits without even doing anything, YAY!

Cheat CodeDescription
unlockoutfits onEnable this cheat before entering CAS to view all unlocked (career and service) outfits.

Testing Cheats Enabled

Just like before, open the command box in your Sims 3 game, type testingcheatsenabled true and press Enter. This enables multiple Sims 3 cheats at a click of your button!

Now, whenever you press Shift and click on your sim, location or any object, a set of special commands will pop up. 

Clicking on Sim

When you click on your Sim while holding the Shift button, the following set of commands show up:

Cheat CommandDescription
Modify TraitsThis will let you edit the traits of your sim.
Age UpYou can age up a Sim but not age down in this option.
Force Events and OpportunitiesClick on the workplace of your Sim to force events and opportunities for your Sim’s career.
Force a Sim to Move in Shift-Click on a Sim who is not a part of your household to take control of them.

Clicking on Ground

When you click on your desired patch of a lot while holding the Shift button, the following set of commands show up:

Cheat CommandDescription
TeleportShift-Click on any patch to instantly teleport your Sim there.
Change Other LotsShift-Click on any lot that you do not own to enter build/buy mode for that lot.

Clicking on Mailbox

When you click on your Sim’s mailbox while holding the Shift button, the following set of commands show up:

Cheat CommandDescription
Make all HappyShift-Click on any patch to instantly teleport your Sim there.
Make Needs StaticThis will make your Sim’s needs fill up and remain that way.
Make Your Sim know EveryoneShift-Click on any lot that you do not own to enter build/buy mode for that lot.
Make Me FriendsThis will make your Sim become friends with some random sims.
Career PromotionThis will let you change your sim’s current job and give them a promotion.
Change Your Sim’s LooksThis will let you alter your Sim in CAS.

Non-Shift (Ctrl) Clicks

If you hold Ctrl insead of the Shift button, you can alter moodlets, needs and relationships of your Sim by simply clicking on the respective bars.

The Sims 3 Cheat Skills

With the testingcheatsenabled true cheat, you can easily increase the skill levels of your Sims in The Sims 3. Have the cheat enabled and do the following to raise the skill levels:

Athletic

Lift weights or run on a treadmill at home – not the one at the Gym.

Charisma

Read skill books at the library and use Make Me Friends by clicking at the mailbox for requirements.

Cooking

Prepare the highest level meal available over and over to work toward challenges. Skill books at the library are a good alternative.

Fishing

Fish for high level fish by getting suitable bait such as garlic for vampire fish.

Gardening

Read skill books until level 7. After that, you can plant rare plants like garlic and special plants.

Guitar

Just keep playing guitar in one spot.

Handiness

Tinker over and over to gain skills. Skill books at the library are a good alternative.

Logic

Start by playing chess on the computer. Then start participating in chess tournaments.

Martial Arts

Just keep working on block breaking.

Painting

Focus on painting small paintings so that you can simultaneously work on skill challenges as well.

Sculpting

Just keep sculpting and explore the new types!

Writing

Just keep on writing novels!

Have fun trying out all these cheats and gaining more control over your Sims and the game! If you found this guide helpful, you’ll surely find our other guides on games fun too.

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