Ah, love. There’s nothing in life quite like it, and there’s nothing quite like simulating a beautiful relationship for your Sim. Meet a partner, fall in love, get married, have a couple of baby Sims, and teach them the ways of the world as they grow up and go out into the world to meet sweethearts of their own. Wash, rinse, repeat– now you’ve got grandbaby Sims!
The relationship roleplaying mechanic in The Sims 4 by Electronic Arts is one of the most engaging and rewarding components of the game, whether you’ve got a special someone in real life or you’re a swingin’ single looking to fill that void in your heart. Just like in life itself, there’s a whole Sim-world out there full of potential partners with their own unique traits, looks, interests, and goals for you to meet, greet, attract, and fall head over heels for.
And just like in real life itself, building the perfect Sims 4 companionship takes time. Like, a lot of time. You’ve got to build your newfound love’s attraction to you over time, and while mashing the “WooHoo” command over and over again sounds like a lot of fun for you (and even more for your Sim), there’s just a lot more to building a healthy companionship. And, again–just like in real life–it’s all-too-easy to accidentally push them away and make things go south real fast.
Don’t get yourself dumped. Take good care of your partner, and they’ll take good care of you. They’ll bring you joy, comfort, and help your house feel more like home. They’ll even help you bring kids into your life and start a family!
Cheating Your Way to Love, Lust, and Friendship
Just like any part of The Sims 4, there are friendship cheats you can use to enhance your health and happiness without all the heartbreak. If you’re finding that your attempts at romance keep going awry, you can punch in a few tried-and-true Sims 4 cheats to make your love life a lot less stressful. For once, cheating in a partnership doesn’t have to wreck your home!
There are, too, friendship cheats to help with those not-so-romantic interactions. Making friends in The Sims 4 can sometimes feel like it’s even harder than winning over a romantic partner. Sims 4 friends can be fickle, and while it seems like your friends always want to hang out, there can be too much of a good thing! Even when you think you’re meshing really well, that pesky friendship bar can shrink back down if you’re not engaging your Sim friends in a way that’s fun and entertaining for them just as much as it is for you.
Using relationship cheats helps you achieve the love life and friendships you’re yearning for without all the experimenting and waiting. After all, The Sims 4 is a simulation game. It’s baked right into the title! If you’re more interested in designing killer homes, building a sweet career, and exploring the vast Sim-world around you, why not use a cheat code or two to skip over the waiting and woo-ing (but maybe not the WooHoo-ing) of building a romance in The Sims 4?
Even if you’re doing it the “honest” way without cheats, the process of making new Sim friends over and over and over again gets tedious, and the game only gives you so many options you can use to build these relationships. After you’ve built a close circle of Sim friends and found a spouse, you might decide it’s not worth the time or it’s not fun anymore to repeat the same process for a dozenth time. Cheats help you enhance your experience in The Sims 4 by allowing you to play the game exactly the way you want.
“Cheating” sounds like a dirty word. But this is your game, and it should be an experience you enjoy. After all, The Sims 4 isn’t a competition! Let’s check out how Sims relationship cheats work and how you can use them to enhance your Sim’s friendships and love life.
How to Enable Cheats: Sims 4
In order to use any cheat for Sims 4, you have to enable cheats through the cheat dialogue box. This discreet command console appears in the upper left-hand corner of your screen when you press ctrl+shift+c on your keyboard.
After you open the cheat command console with ctrl+shift+c, type the following command into the box:
Press the enter key to submit the cheat code, and you’ll see a dialogue that reads, “cheats are enabled.”
If you need to deactivate cheats during the course of gameplay for any reason, you can input the reverse of this command to disable cheats. Press ctrl+shift+c to open the cheat console, and instead of typing the “testingcheats true” type the following:
This will prevent any further cheats from working until “testingcheats true” is re-enabled.
How to Use The Sims 4 Relationship Cheats
When cheating, The Sims 4 gives you full control over your Sims and their stats. This means that some of the cheats in the game have several variables you need to account for, but it means that you can tweak your Sim world to be exactly the way you want it. After all, it’s a sim-ulation game!
You can build (or destroy) a romance between two sims, you can create or sever friendships between Sims, and you can even increase the affinity your Sim has with cats and dogs. There are three primary cheats, and they all fall under the ModifyRelationship command.
In order to submit your cheats, press ctrl+shift+c again to open the cheat console. Your cheat will look like the following:
The ModifyRelationship command tells The Sims 4 that you’re editing your Sims’ relationship stats. Next, in the TargetSimFirstName and TargetSimLastName fields, you’ll enter the first and last name of each Sim in the partnership. Remember, this works on cats and dogs, too!
The Amount represents how much you would like to modify the relationship. A relationship between Sims can have a value between -100 and 100. The closer to 100, the closer the Sims are to being best friends. The closer to -100, the more they can’t stand each other!
LTR_Type_Main tells The Sims 4 which of the relationships stats you’re modifying. There are three possible inputs you’ll use for this part of the command:
LTR_Friendship_Main is the cheat that represents platonic partnerships between one Sim and another Sim.
LTR_Romance_Main is the cheat that represents romance between two Sims. Remember, The Sims 4 is an inclusive experience that allows any two Sims to enjoy romance and fall for each other!
LTR_SimtoPet_Friendship_Main is the cheat that influences friendship between a Sim and their Sim-pets. You’ll need the Cats and Dogs Sims 4 expansion in order to use pet cheats.
Keep in mind that just like with skill cheats and trait cheats, you need to type the relationship testing cheats exactly as they’re described above in order for them to work properly. Each object should be capitalized the same way as everything shown here. Pay attention to where you enter each space and where you use the _ (underscore) character.
Cheats by Types of Relationships
Let’s go over a few examples of the friendship and romance cheats to make sure you have the right syntax. We’ll cover each cheat and a sample of how it would look in the game.
Sims 4 Romance Cheats
Say we have a pair of Sims, Bill Willis and Darla Snyder. Bill and Darla are neighbors who have never expressed much interest in one another, and as the god of Sim romance and friendship, you’re going to change that with relationship cheats.
To boost Bill and Darla’s relationship points, you’ll enter the following cheat:
ModifyRelationship Bill Willis Darla Snyder 100 LTR_Romance_Main
Notice that you need to use each Sim’s first name and last name. Make sure that “100 ltr romance main” includes the _ underscore characters seen in the bolded text. If there are typographical or syntax errors in your cheats, The Sims 4 won’t accept your input and nothing will happen.
Sims 4 Friendship Cheats
Don Dolworth and Sarah Summers see each other around the neighborhood, but they’ve never struck up a conversation. You need your neighbors to have a chill vibe for the upcoming block party, and you don’t have time to spare!
To get Don and Sarah’s friendship meter cranked up through the roof, use the following cheat:
Make sure you're using each Sim's first and last names and the correct LTR relationship types.
Sims 4 Pet Cheats
The Sims 4 relationship cheats aren’t just for your friends and loved ones– they’re for your pets, too! You can skip the growling and the howling by instantly boosting your furry friend’s affinity with your Sim using the same cheat we described above.
Our buddy Don Dolworth adopted a poodle from the pound named Pupsmore, and Don doesn’t have time to teach this old dog new tricks before the big pet show! Boost Pupsmore’s friendship with Don using the following cheat:
ModifyRelationship Don Dolworth Pupsmore 100 LTR_SimtoPet_Friendship_Main
Notice that you still need to use your Sim’s full first and last name in your cheat. Capitalize “LTR SimtoPet Friendship Main” as seen above and be sure to use the appropriate underscore characters, otherwise, your cheat won’t work.
Frequently Asked Questions
Don’t have time to read the whole guide? That’s OK– these are our most frequently-asked questions about The Sims 4 by Electronic Arts.
Is There a Cheat to Increase Relationships in Sims 4?
Absolutely, that’s what this whole guide is all about! In short, you can use the cheat console to increase points or decrease points in each type of The Sims 4 companionship. Adding or removing points in the “ltr friendship main” category builds platonic friendship relationships while adding or removing points in the “ltr romance main” category influences romance between Sims. The cheat that points to these categories is the “ModifyRelationship” cheat code. You can even increase your relationships with your Sim-pets if you have the right Sims 4 mods or expansion packs!
Can You Edit Relationships in Sims 4?
While you can add or remove points in each of the primary three relationship categories, you can’t change the categories or create new types of relationships on your own. For example, you can boost the friendship points between your Sim and your next-door neighbor Sim, but you can’t modify specific traits of their friendship like shared interests, competitiveness, or trust.
Instead, use the Sims 4 friendship and relationship cheat ModifyRelationship to alter the basic relationship stats between Sims and see how their interactions play out! You can play god in The Sims 4, but even god has to give his Simoleons free will.
Are There Other Cheat Codes in The Sims 4?
Of course! For other cool Sims cheat codes and tips, check out our guide to The Sims 4 skill cheats and The Sims 4 cas cheats. We cover cheats for all expansions from Discover University to Journey to Batuu. This series has so much in store for you– how will you build your ultimate Sim universe?
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