Sims 4 Mood Cheats: How the work and how to use them


Would you like to have more control over your Sims’ moods? Well, if you do, then mood cheats are just what you need! Read on to learn how to trigger positive and negative emotions in your characters using cheats.

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How to Control Emotions With Mood Cheats for TS4

Master Sims Psychology with Mood Cheats in The Sims 4

Why do we need a pos on sims 4 mood cheats? One of the aspects that makes The Sims franchise stand out from others is the humanity of its protagonists. Many great games have taken people far and wide in emotional journeys alongside deeply fleshed out characters, but in just about all of them the feelings, actions and reactions are scripted parts of the story.

Some open-ended games give some power back to the players, but under the hood they still work ‘on rails’, despite giving you a choice of which path(s) to follow. With The Sims, characters act and react based on their dynamic environment, crafted by no other than you!

Moods in The Sims are constantly changing, but much like real people, there are benefits and consequences to them, and sometimes you might need them to feel a certain way to fit the desired situation.

Before diving into what mood cheats for The Sims 4 there are and which to use, let’s first take a look at how emotions and moods work in the first place.

How Do Emotions Work on The Sims 4?

There are fifteen primary emotions in The Sims, eight ‘positive’ and seven ‘negative’. While this separation exists, it’s worth noting there is no such thing as the perfect emotional state. Every situation, be it professional or personal, has its own reaction to each mood. For example, anger won’t be any good for a teenager, but it might be successfully channeled by criminal Sims in a way that boosts their work performance. Here’s a summary of which emotions they can feel:

Positive emotions:

  • Fine
  • Happy
  • Energised
  • Confident
  • Focused
  • Flirty
  • Playful
  • Inspired

Negative emotions:

  • Uncomfortable
  • Sad
  • Tense
  • Dazed
  • Embarrassed
  • Bored
  • Angry

By default, a Sim default mood is Fine. When their Needs are satisfied, this makes them Happy. The Sims rewards momentum, meaning those who went from Fine to Happy have an easy shot at making it to elevated states like VERY Confident.

Characters have their mood affected by moodlets. These can be best described as event-based effects – once a certain action or set of conditions is met, the moodlet is triggered and affects the Sim in question.

The resulting effect from a moodlet can last anywhere from minutes to days. Moodlets traditionally add to an emotion, but this is not an exclusive process. A Sim feels its primary emotion – the one most moodlets have added to – but that is only what they express. Other moodlets may have added a significant amount to different emotions, but at a smaller scale. These are called secondary emotions. While not active in this state, the likelihood of them becoming a primary emotion once new moodlets are applied or old ones wear off is high.

Besides moodlets, another way to affect a Sim’s mood is the Emotional Aura. This originates from items and works over an area of as much as nine squares within a single room. When a character is in a space with a certain number of auras active, they’ll receive a moodlet corresponding to the mood the objects are meant to inspire. These objects can be obtained through careers.

How do mood cheats work?

There are two types of mood cheats, applicable for both negative and positive emotions – 4h and 12h moods. Most moods last for 4 hours, so the first type of cheat is geared to allow you to shift the mood for four hours. This means that your Sim’s mood will last as much as it last in the game.

However, in many instances, 4h isn’t enough and you won’t av the patience to re-type mood cheats over and over again. This is when you can choose the second type of cheat and extend the durability of both positive and negative emotions by 12h. This comes in especially handy when developing skills and working when you need your Sims to stay focused or inspired. 

Moodlet effect and stacking moodlets with cheats

In Sims 4, every moodlet has a value (effect) that adds to the intensity of positive and negative emotions. Every mood can last from 1 hour up to 24 hours, and most moodlets have a value ranging from +1 to +4.

Besides the longevity of impact, you can use cheats to influence how powerful each emotion is, by choosing a high or low moodlet cheat. The value of a low moodlet cheat is +1, while the value of a high moodlet is +2.

While some cheats can be stacked, meaning you can use them a few times in a row to reach the maximum mood effect, others can’t. The best way to discover how stacking works for you s to try out mood cheats and see whether or not they can stack.

The table below includes +2 cheats and 12h cheats. If you want to try out +1 value cheats, simply replace the word ‘’high’’ with ‘’low. For instance, instead of sims.add_buff EnergizedHigh type sims.add_buff EnergizedLow.

Emotion and Mood Cheats in The Sims 4

Now that you’ve become an expert on Sims psychology, you probably know how to get them feeling the way you want. For those times when the normal way is much too hard, too slow or just plainly unappealing, we’ve put together a few cheats to get things going quicker.

To use them, open the Cheat Console (Ctrl+Shift+C) and type in ‘testingcheats true’. This activates the test mode, which enables you to use other cheats as you will. The following table contains a list of mood cheat codes on the left column, with an explanation on the right. Use them wisely!

If you are on Mac, use CMD + Shift + C. For Playstation and Xbox press and hold both bumpers/triggers to open the cheats dialogue box.

For more on sims 4 mood cheats, have a look at this clip. More cheats are listed in this post!

sims.remove_all_buffsRemoves active moodlets
sims.add_buff EnergizedHighAdds the Energized moodlet
sims.add_buff e_buff_energizedAdds the Energized moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff ConfidentHighAdds Confident moodlet
sims.add_buff e_buff_confidentAdds Confident moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff FlirtyHighAdds Flirty moodlet
sims.add_buff e_buff_flirtyAdds Flirty moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff InspiredHighAdds Inspired moodlet
sims.add_buff e_buff_inspiredAdds Inspired moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff FocusedHighAdds Focused moodlet
sims.add_buff e_buff_focusedAdds Focused moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff PlayfulHighAdds Playful moodlet
sims.add_buff e_buff_playfulAdds Playful moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff SadHighAdds Sad moodlet
sims.add_buff e_buff_sadAdds Sad moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff feelingangryAdds Angry moodlet
sims.add_buff Social_AngryAdds Angry moodlet
sims.add_buff unfaithfulAdds Angry moodlet
sims.add_buff e_buff_angryAdds Angry moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff Social_HappyAdds Happy moodlet
sims.add_buff e_buff_happyAdds Happy moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff e_buff_uncomfortableAdds Uncomfortable moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff e_buff_embarrassedAdds Embarrassed moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff social_boredAdds Bored moodlet
sims.add_buff e_buff_boredAdds Bored moodlet for 12 hours
sims.add_buff Buff_Motives_Fun_desperateAdd Tense moodlet
sims.add_buff buff_TenseAdd Tense moodlet for 20 days
sims.add_buff buff_DazedAdd Dazed moodlet

Can you turn off Moods in Sims 4 with Cheats?

The answer is no and yes. Before the Sims 4:Seasons release, there was a fully functional cheat sims.remove_all_buffs which could remove all buffs. It used to work just like all other cheats, allowing you to eliminate moods when you needed to. Unfortunately, it is no longer working.

Now here comes the yes part: technically, you can still use the cheat, but you need the help of mods for it to function. Get Your Cheats Back mod and UI Cheat Extension will be your best friends in fixing the cheat. If none of your mood cheats work, these mods are also a way to go about that issue. To learn more and discover how to make the cheat functional again, read more about it here.

How to turn off mood cheats?

You can always shift from one moodlet to another, so if you change your mind and decide 12h is a bit too much, you can shift to any other emotion using mood cheats. Alternatively, you can turn off any activated mood.

To do that, just replace the word ‘’add’’ with ‘’remove’’ in your cheat. For instance, let’s say you have activated the sims.add_buff PlayfulHigh cheat to make your Sim playful for a bit, but now you want to negate the effect of that cheat. Simply type sims.remove_buff PlayfulHigh and this will turn off the effect of the cheat. If you are having trouble removing buffs, try mods for fixing the cheats mentioned above.


Mood cheats allow you to tweak, twist, and play with your Sims moodlets and emotions, giving you more power over how they feel. Cheats are a great solution for quick emotion fixes, which can come in especially handy when building skills, or achievements. Try them out and see how they work for you!

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