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Life state
Life state
Game mechanic · Featured in: The Sims The Sims 2 The Sims 3 The Sims 4

Life state
Creatures eating salmon
A Ghost, a Mummy, a SimBot, a Vampire, an Imaginary Friend, and a Genie eating Salmon

Not to be confused with Life stage.

A life state, a creature, or an occult is a kind of Sim or pet with a special appearance and abilities, mostly inspired by legends or science fiction.

The Sims[]

Two alternate life states exist in The Sims and its expansions, though they are not well-defined and do not grant any changes in a Sim's behavior.

When Sims die, they become ghosts. In Livin' Large, pleading with the Grim Reaper may result in him bringing a recently deceased Sim back as a zombie. If Unleashed is installed, these zombies can also be restored by Miss Lucille, who can be found on community lots in Old Town, though she cannot restore their personalities. Also in Livin' Large, Sims using the chemistry set might make a purple potion that can temporarily turn a Sim into a monster.

It could be said that witches come with Makin' Magic, but being magical is not treated as a life state in that expansion. Sims who take up magic still look and act the same, and the term "witch" is not used.

In Makin' Magic, one of the charms that can be made is Beauty or Beast. This charm allows a Sim to temporarily change his or her appearance, and some of the available choices resemble life states from later games, such as werewolves and vampires. While players may choose to treat this as a temporary transformation or an illusion, the in-game effects are the same either way. The Sim who has been "charmed" is still normal; the charm only affects the Sim's appearance and does not affect the way the Sim behaves or the way other Sims react to him/her, and the Sim gains no extra abilities or interactions.

The Sims 2[]

Life states in The Sims 2
All creatures
All of the life states from The Sims 2 up to Apartment Life except for normal Sims, ghosts, and mannequins.

Most expansion packs for The Sims 2 added an alternate state in which Sims can exist. Some added sentient creatures that Sims cannot become but can be playable Sims. These states have unique triggering techniques, advantages, and disadvantages. These states are:

Each life state offers new opportunities for the Sim, making certain aspects of play easier to handle and others harder.

The Sims 3[]

Life states in The Sims 3
Life states
Families of The Sims 3 life states (except for normal Sims) up to Late Night.

The Sims 3 and its expansion packs feature 15 life states. The official game text recognizes certain kinds of life states as "occult", and occult Sims cannot be given makeovers by stylists. Before The Sims 3: Supernatural, Ghost was not considered an occult status according to the game files. With Supernatural, players can create some occults with a Supernatural Type selector in Create a Sim. These life states include normal Sims, ghosts, vampires, genies, werewolves, witches, and fairies.

If a celebrity WooHoos with an occult life state, they may get the Publicly Disgraced moodlet. This can occur even if the celebrity is of an occult life state themselves.

Several states in Supernatural (i.e. Toad Sims, Tragic Clowns, and Zombies) are not considered to be occult. They are merely temporary[5] states and can only affect normal Sims. These states can be cured by removing the moodlet with the Moodlet Manager or drinking the Cure Elixir.

Temporary state
Sims cannot be turned into occults properly through "Edit in CAS" with testingcheatsenabled cheat, even though the option is available for the players to do so. This is because the occult option is not intended to be used this way.

The Sims 4[]

Life states in The Sims 4
TS4 Occults up to TS4DU
Life states in The Sims 4, up to Discover University (excluding normal Sims).

Only the normal Sim life state was initially included in The Sims 4, but a patch reintroduced the ghost life state. With Get to Work, aliens were made available in Create a Sim for the first time in the series. In Cool Kitchen Stuff, Sims can obtain the appearance of a PlantSim by eating Plant Matter ice cream; however, the effects are only temporary. With Patch 49, PlantSims were properly added in with improvements, albeit still being a temporary state. With Vampires, vampires were made available in Create a Sim along with customizable vampire features and new powers. In Jungle Adventure, skeletons were introduced as a temporary life state with some special abilities. In Island Living, mermaids were made available in Create a Sim along with customizable mermaid features and new powers. In Realm of Magic, Spellcasters are introduced and are available in Create a Sim along with mystical attire and magical powers. In Discover University, Servos were added which are robots Sims can build with the robotics skill. With Werewolves, werewolves were made available in Create a Sim along with customizable werewolf features and new powers. In Horse Ranch, Unicorns can be made from Create a Pet, they have a mystical voice and sparkles all over their body.

Temporary state


  • Pack leader is considered as the life state for dogs in The Sims 2: Pets, because of their unique appearance and ability to nibble Sims and turn them into werewolves. However, it is not possible to become a pack leader.
  • Spectral cat is considered as the life state for cats in The Sims 2: Apartment Life, because of their unique appearance and abilities. They will never age, have no gender, are unable to breed, are immune to the Tempus Interruptus spell, and do not have the bladder need.
  • Unicorn is considered as a life state for a horse, because of their unique appearance and ability to bless or curse a Sim.
  • The Sims 3: Pets is the only expansion pack in the series to feature a non-humanoid occult life state, the unicorn.
  • The Sims 3: Supernatural is the first expansion pack in the series to feature more than one playable life state.
  • Mannequin is just a custom skin color that can be accessed in The Sims 2 Create a Sim debugging mode. The game however does not support babies being born with this skin tone. Doing so will cause the game to crash. The players are required to use a mod to prevent the crash and allow the baby to be born.
  • Even though ghosts have been featured in all games of The Sims series, The Sims 4 is the first game in the PC series in which ghosts can be manually directed to use ghostly abilities, rather than that being something that was only an autonomous action. In The Sims 2 for consoles, ghosts can use their special interactions while socializing with other Sims, but no other ghost abilities than those.
  • The ability to create a life state straight from Create a Sim was introduced in The Sims 3: Supernatural, but was not continued for future life states. This was later reintroduced into in The Sims 4 packs: Get to Work, Vampires, Island Living, Realm of Magic, and Werewolves.
  • In The Sims 4: Journey to Batuu, various Star Wars-inspired alien Sims are seen in the world of Batuu. However, technically these are all normal sims wearing hats designed as alien heads, hands, and feet, making them look like another species. This only gives the illusion that they are aliens - they remain normal Sims in all aspects.

Notes and references[]

  1. A Sim cannot become a Bigfoot, but a Bigfoot can become a playable Sim
  2. In The Sims 2: FreeTime, the Genie is a special case, as a Sim cannot become a Genie, and the Genie cannot become a playable Sim. Some players do not consider it a true life state.
  3. This state is not part of normal gameplay. It can only be created by using the Debug Mode of Create a Sim. Because of this, some players do not consider it a true life state.
  4. A Sim cannot become a Servo, but Servos are playable Sims
  5. 5.0 5.1 Some means of producing zombification are permanent, but the difference is that the Sim receives a "Zombified!" moodlet that does not expire rather than one that expires in 2 days. See List of Moodlets/Activities
  6. In The Sims 3: Showtime, a Genie can become a playable Sim. Unless The Sims 3: Supernatural is installed, a Sim cannot become a Genie, nor can a Genie become a normal Sim.
  7. Prior to The Sims 3: Supernatural, a ghost does not count as an occult.
  8. SimBots are playable Sims. Unless The Sims 3: Supernatural is installed, a Sim cannot become a SimBot, nor can a SimBot become a normal Sim.
  9. SimBots also appear in the The Sims 3 Pets for console
  10. A Time Traveler can not become a playable Sim without mods.
  11. Unicorns only appear in The Sims 3: Pets for PC/MAC
  12. Late Night trailer
  13. Temporary by drinking Alien Aura serum
  14. Temporary for 4 hours by drinking Ghost Goo serum.[TS4:GTW]
  15. Obtainable through the ice cream maker[TS4:CKS] or through eating the forbidden fruit; the duration of the effect will differ, the former being much shorter.
  16. Obtainable through a cursed relic.
  17. Performing a "Ghastly Ritual" at a seance table can temporarily turn Sims into Bonehilda.