Game Help:Sims 3 Aging

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In TS3, you have the ability to control your sims' aging - or, more specifically, to set the length of their life to either Short, Medium, Normal, Long, or Epic. You can change this setting at any point, and it will take immediate effect. There is also an in-game "No aging" setting - these are found in Options -> Game Options. Depending on traits, sims can live longer than the average life span (i.e. vegetarian sims).

Age Duration

The age durations for each setting:

Setting Baby Toddler Child Teenager Young Adult Adult Elder
Short 1 day 2 days 2 days 4 days 6 days 6 days 4 days
Medium 2 days 4 days 4 days 8 days 12 days 12 days 8 days
Normal 3 days 7 days 7 days 14 days 21 days 21 days 17 days
Long 6 days 15 days 15 days 30 days 45 days 45 days 34 days
Epic 30 days 75 days 75 days 150 days 225 days 225 days 180 days

Note that these are not -exact- lifespans - sims don't automatically keel over and die when they reach 180 days on Epic lifespans. There's some variance, so sims can live a significant amount longer (and possibly shorter) than the numbers above.


There are three ways to have a birthday:


If you buy a birthday cake from Buy -> By Function -> Entertainment -> Parties, then any sim can blow out the candles at any time - it doesn't have to be their birthday! If you choose to have a sim blow out the candles, then they will skip the rest of their current age, and move on to the next one instantly.


If you wait for a sim to reach their natural birthday, they will age up automatically.


If you want to age up your sim immediately, but don't want to use a cake, you can do this:

  • Hit Ctrl-Shift-C (or Ctrl-Windows key-Shift-C in Vista) to bring up the cheat box
  • Type in testingcheatsenabled true
  • Hold down shift and click the sim you want to age up, then click "Trigger Age Transition". Be warned, that once you've pressed the button you can't cancel the transition, and you can only age sims up - not back down again!


Aging up is one thing - aging down or preventing aging is quite another.

Unfortunately, TS3 includes no "setage" cheat like TS2 did, so de-aging a sim from one age group to another with a cheat is not really doable. JM Pescado's Awesomemod does allow you to take sims back to Create a Sim and technically you can change their age there, but it is not recommended or supported.

Within a particular age stage, you can use Life Fruit or Ambrosia to increase the number of days until your sim ages to the next age stage, de-aging a sim but keeping them in the same age stage.

  • Exploit/Trick: Life Fruit normally gives back one day of youth, and Ambrosia usually gives back two weeks. However, if you change the sim's lifespan in the game options, they'll still have the same percentage of time to the next age transition. You can get more time out of your Lifefruit and Ambrosia by changing the lifespan slider in the options to Short before consuming Life Fruit/Ambrosia, and then change it back to how you had it before. Obviously, this won't work if you're already playing with Short lifespans.
  • Cheating Trick: (Note, this has only been tested so far on the original Sims 3 game, not the expansions

1: Press Control+Shift+C 2: type in "TestingCheatsEnabled True" 3:Once your Sim is about to age, shift+click the Sim, go into the Create a Sim editor, change your Sim's age from it's current age, to the next one. 4: Enter Create a Sim again, and change the Sim's age back to what it was originally. The days left meter should be empty, keep in mind it might have a small bit of green, it's normal.

Things to note: Cheating is bad. The clothes sets your Sim is wearing will be changed, you may have to revert them to what they were previously, or you can keep the new look,any children your Sim has (that have moved out) will not be able to have their age reverted, You -could- revert your offspring's ages as well if you switch active households for a moment, this method is FAR more effective than the fruit or turning aging off completely.

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