The Sims Freeplay- Life Dreams and Legacies FAQs

These are the most common questions I get asked about Life Dreams and Legacies.

Once you begin the life dreams and legacies quest your sims will start to age automatically. You can also give your sims personalities, to work towards life dreams, if your sim completes all their life dreams in each stage of their life when they die they will leave an orb behind, orbs are used to pause a sims life or build new places.


Why can’t I give my sims a personality?

You need to complete the life dreams and legacies quest before you can give personalities to your sims.

If I don’t give my sim a personality or life dream will they still age?

Yes they will regardless.

How long does a sim last in each stage before they automatically age?

  • Baby- 5 days
  • Toddler- 7 days
  • Preteen- 8 days
  • Teen- 12 days
  • Adult- 24 days
  • Senior- 9 days

A sim will only age when you are on the game and these times do not mean your sim will age after its been that many days, they need to do the amount of actions that add up to that many days first.

Why can’t I give my sim a life dream?

Complete the life dreams and legacies quest then give your sim a personality to be able to give them a life dream.

How do I give my sim a personality?

In create a sim or if you want to give an existing sim a personality by selecting the browse clothes option on a wardrobe, personality is the first tab.

giving an existing sim a personality

How do I give my sim a life dream?

Once they have a personality you need to go to the life dreams menu, find that sim and click choose a life dream:

3 options will appear, if you don’t like any of those options click not now and try again:

Where is the life dreams tab?

On the sim information panel (which shows your sims jobs, hobbies and relationships) one of the tabs now shows your sims life dreams.

Can I change my sims personality?

Yes you can, on the life dreams menu, click on the head with the arrows around it as shown in the picture below, this will take you back to the personality menu for you to pick a different one.

NOTE: all progress towards that life dream will be lost and you will need to start again from 0%

Can I change my sims life dream?

You can but only by changing the sims personality as explained above, you need to change it to a different personality then back again to be able to choose a new life dream.

NOTE: all progress towards that life dream will be lost and you will need to start again from 0%

What happens if I change the personality of my sim who I previously gave a life orb to? Do I lose that life orb or does it go to my inventory?

You won’t lose the orb, you will find it on the ground next to the sim whose personality you changed so you can place it back in your inventory.

Will life dreams take up all my sims time?

No, they shouldn’t do.

Are relationships worthwhile when trying to complete life dreams?

Honestly no, getting married just for your sims to pass on and die isn’t really worth the 10LPs it costs you for the best ring! Personally I don’t bother about relationships while I am trying to build all the places that require orbs, once I have, I can start earning platinum orbs to build my town up with sims who cannot age and then they can have relationships and families again.

What are the geeky life dreams?

You can find a list of geeky life dreams here

What are the sporty life dreams?

You can find a list of sporty life dreams here

What are the entertainer life dreams?

You can find a list of entertainer life dreams here

What are the pet fanatic life dreams?

You can find a list of pet fanatic life dreams here

Does completing tasks with lower star rated items (action takes longer) give you more life dream points to complete life dreams faster than higher star rated items?

No, you get the same amount of life dreams points regardless of the star rating the item has.

When choosing a life dream, is it better to choose longer tasks or shorter ones?

I always go for the longer ones, as I cannot play all day to put each sim on their life dream task several times but it is personal preference, I find it easier doing longer tasks but you may be able to play on the game for longer each day so you prefer shorter tasks.

Can I fulfil a sims life dreams in one life stage?

If you start life as a toddler don’t expect to have the life dream completed by the time you reach your preteen years, you can only do so much at each stage before you have to age up to complete the next section of the bar.

Unless you give a senior sim a personality then they will have to complete one life dream to fill up the whole bar in only that stage.

What is this bar they have to fill up and how much can they fill up at each stage?

On the life dreams menu underneath where you choose and see their life dream there is a bar that has lines on it, the lines each represent a life stage:

As you complete a sims life dream the bar will fill up. The bar used to fill up to the line of that life stage but now it fills up fully for each life stage when you have completed their life dream:

The bar will then go back down when you age your sim, so my sim has become a senior so he only has the last section of the bar to fill before he can earn his bronze orb:

If a sim doesn’t complete a life dream at one stage can they catch up on the next?

Yes! Don’t worry if you don’t manage to complete your toddlers life dream, there is plenty of time left to catch up.

When you start working towards a life dream as an adult sim you will have to complete each stage you missed previously (so you will have to fill up the whole bar to the fourth line, it seems like it takes longer but I find it much easier)

Does completing life dreams at the earlier stages count towards the overall amount needed to complete the orb?

Yes, as mentioned above, it definitely does!

At which life stage is it best to start earning an orb?

Everyone has a different opinion on this, I personally prefer adding new adults to empty houses and start working towards a life dream from that stage, the downside to this is they don’t have much time left to do anything other than their life dream (which is why I choose career life dreams when possible) but its cheaper than adding a new baby each time and it means they don’t have to have 5 different life dreams throughout their life, they will just have 2.

NOTE: a baby cannot have a life dream

If a sim started working towards a life dream as an adult, would it take more time to complete their life dream than a sim that had been working on earning an orb since they were a toddler?

Yes it would take more time because they are having to fill the bar right from the start.

Can I get orbs without killing off my sims?

Yes, but you can only use these orbs to build places you cannot give them to another sim to upgrade them until your sim passes on

NOTE: they have to be a senior in order to have earned an orb to use

To get an orb off a sim to build a place:

  1. All sims that have the orbs you require to build a place need to have completed their life dreams and earned an orb
  2. Find the place you want to build and click build
  3. Select the orb you want to use, if a sim has it it will say ‘[sims name] has a life orb’ click on this
  4. A pop up warning will appear, click yes to use the orb or click no to cancel
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all orbs you need
  6. Once you have all the orbs you need you can click on the green tick to build
  7. Your sim will then be able to choose a new life dream and work towards a new bronze orb if they have the time

What places can I build with orbs?

  • Arcade
    • 1 Bronze Geeky Orb
    • 1 Silver Geeky Orb

Complete geeky life dreams by giving your sim the geeky personality to earn these orbs

  • Beach
    • 2 Bronze Sporty Orbs
    • 2 Silver Sporty Orbs

Complete sporty life dreams by giving your sim the sporty personality to earn these orbs

  • Carnival
    • 5 Bronze Entertainer Orbs
    • 2 Silver Entertainer Orbs

Complete entertainer life dreams by giving your sim the entertainer personality to earn these orbs

  • Pet Park
    • 2 Bronze Animal Fanatic Orbs
    • 4 Silver Animal Fanatic Orbs

Complete animal fanatic life dreams by giving your sim the animal fanatic personality to earn these orbs

NOTE: You will also need orbs to build areas inside each place, the amount of orbs needed can be found in this post

Do I need to use simoleons or LPs to build these places as well as orbs?

No you don’t, if you don’t have enough orbs though you can use LPs instead but you will need a lot of LPs!

What is the age controller and how does it work?

The age controller is the tab that allows you to age a sim early, reverse a sim to the beginning of that stage or pause a sims life.

1-reverses or advances a sims age:

  • a- reverse
  • b-advance

2-pauses a sim at that life stage

Keep reading for an explanation on each of these

Does it cost LPs to age a sim?

Only if they haven’t completed their life dream for that stage yet or they aren’t ready to age. Once their timer turns red or they have completed their life dream at that stage you can age them for free.

How do I pause my sims life?

Pausing a sims life is explained in detail in this post so view that for more information and pictures but I will explain the basics here:

  1. You need to go to the age controller, find the sim you want to pause and click on the pause button
  2. A life orb allocation pop up will appear, select the orb you want, then click the green tick
  3. Click yes to confirm you want to pause ageing

Your sim is now paused!

NOTE: the sim you are pausing does not have to have the same personality as the orb you are using to pause them, they don’t even need a personality to pause them and they can be any age!

How long do different orbs pause a sims life for?

  • Bronze- 3 days
  • Silver- 7 days
  • Gold- 16 days
  • Platinum- paused forever (its definitely worth getting a platinum orb to pause your favourite sims)

Do I need an orb for each sim I want to pause or can I pause them all with one?

You need an orb for each sim, so if you had 20 sims and you wanted to pause them all forever you would need 20 platinum orbs (scroll down for how to earn platinum orbs)

If I pause a sim can I change my mind and make them age again?

Yes you can, go back into the age controller and select the play button (where the pause button was) then on the life orb allocation pop up select resume ageing:

NOTE: you will lose the orb you used if you make them start ageing again

Can I make a paused sim reach the next life stage without turning ageing back on?

Yes you can, just click on the advance ageing button on the age controller:

Keep reading for information on how to advance a sim to the next stage

How does reversing a sims age work?

On the age controller you can choose to reverse a sim back to the beginning of that life stage, this is useful if you want to keep your sim alive and at a certain age while you are trying to earn a platinum orb to pause them forever, it can also be used to give a sim longer to complete their life dream at that stage if they haven’t managed it yet.

It will cost you a certain amount of LPs if you choose to reverse them back to the beginning of that stage, the amount depends on how far along their timer is (the circles at the top of this picture represent how far along the timer is):


NOTE: Reversing will only reverse them back to the beginning of that life stage, you cannot go back a life stage; for example, you cannot make a preteen a toddler

UPDATE: reversing your sims age when they reach the end of that live stage is currently FREE!

How does advancing a sims age work?

On the age controller you can choose to advance a sim to their next life stage before their timer turns red:

You can age them early for free once they have completed their life dream for that stage which is useful if you want to earn orbs fairly quickly or if they are at the end of that stage. It will cost you 2LPs if you choose to age them early before they have completed their life dream for that stage or are ready to age.

If I have them plant after work, does that age them sooner?

Yes they will because they will be busier completing actions for longer.

When sims automatically age, what happens to their hobbies?

If a hobby is still available at the next stage of their life then they will keep their hobby, for example, a teen with the cooking hobby will still have the hobby when she becomes an adult and also when she becomes a senior.

If the hobby isn’t available at the next stage, for example, a toddler with the finger painting hobby would have to pick a new hobby when they become a preteen.

BUT if they reached the highest level in that hobby before ageing all the collectibles will still be unlocked so the next sim could complete the collection without having to reach the highest level. If they didn’t reach the highest level before ageing then a new sim would have to level up from level 1 to be able to complete the collection. This post explains hobbies in more details.

How long does it take to fulfil a life dream?

It depends on what the life dream is and what orb they are working towards, platinum orbs take a lot longer than bronze orbs!

How can I see how long my sim has left in that life stage?

Around their face on the simtracker there is a circle, the more actions they complete the more the green line will spread clockwise around the circle, when it reaches red you know that your sim will age soon:

Will my sims age when I’m not playing?

No, your sims will only age when you are on the game.

My sim has completed their life dream for that stage, can I age them before their timer is up?

Yes, you can advance them for free by clicking ‘advance age’ underneath their life dream on the life dream tab or by selecting ‘advance age’ on the age controller.

advancing age from the life dreams tab

Why didn’t my sim get an orb when they died?

If your sim didn’t complete their life dreams by the time they died then they will not leave behind an orb.

If I have gone from a silver life orb to a gold life orb, do I now have 2 life orbs, or do I only have one?

You only have one because you are upgrading the silver to a gold, so the silver orb becomes a gold orb.

How do I get a bronze orb?

  • To get a bronze orb you first need to give a sim a personality (the personality needs to be the same as you want the orb to be)
  • Then you can choose a life dream and work towards it
  • Once you have completed all life dreams for your sim and they pass on to the afterlife you will get the bronze orb to upgrade or use to build places

How do I get a silver orb?

  • To get a silver orb you need to upgrade a bronze orb (If you don’t have a bronze orb yet, follow the steps above)
  • Once you have your bronze orb you need to give it to a new sim (this is explained later in this post) In the wardrobe click on personalities and select the personality that is the same as the orb you need to upgrade
  • You can then select that bronze orb and choose a life dream and work towards it
  • Once you have completed all life dreams for your sim and they pass on to the afterlife you will get the silver orb to upgrade or use to build places

How do I get a gold orb?

  • To get a gold orb you need to upgrade a silver orb (If you don’t have a silver orb yet, follow the steps above)
  • Once you have your silver orb you need to give it to a new sim (this is explained later in this post) In the wardrobe click on personalities and select the personality that is the same as the orb you need to upgrade
  • You can then select that silver orb and choose a life dream and work towards it
  • Once you have completed all life dreams for your sim and they pass on to the afterlife you will get the gold orb to upgrade or use to build places

How do I get a platinum orb?

  • To get a platinum orb you need to upgrade a gold orb (If you don’t have a gold orb yet, follow the steps above)
  • Once you have your gold orb you need to give it to a new sim (this is explained later in this post) In the wardrobe click on personalities and select the personality that is the same as the orb you need to upgrade
  • You can then select that gold orb and choose a life dream and work towards it
  • Once you have completed all life dreams for your sim and they pass on to the afterlife you will get the platinum orb to pause sims or use to build places

NOTE: it takes 4 sims each completing their set of life dreams to earn a platinum orb

How do I give my sim an orb to upgrade?

You do this the same way you give a sim a personality but this time instead of just choosing the personality any stored orbs will be shown here, for example you can see from the picture below that I have 2 sporty orbs available:

If you click on the sporty personality you can then choose a bronze life orb which can be upgraded to a silver:

Or select no life orb to start earning a bronze:

How many times can you use an orb?

Orbs can only be used once.

I’ve paused my sim with a platinum orb but it wants me to pick a new life dream, would I be able to get the orb off that sim without them dying?

If you still need to build places then yes as you will be able to get the orb off the sim without them dying (how to do this is explained earlier in this post) but they will need to be paused as a senior to earn the orb and if you have built all the places there is no reason to give your paused sims a personality as you will not be able to give any orb they earn to another sim without passing on.

How do I store an orb?

You can do this two ways, once your sim passes on:

  1. Click on the orb and select add to inventory:

2.Open buy mode, select the orb and click the inventory symbol on the orb to store it:

How much can I sell orbs for?

Platinum- S300,000
Gold- S180,000
Silver- S90,000
Bronze- S40,000

How can I sell an orb?

You can do this in two ways:

1.If your sim has just died and left the orb in their place, open buy mode, select the orb, then click on the red simoleon symbol to sell


2.If you want to sell one that you have stored, again open buy mode, select the orb and it will appear like any other item you place in a house, from there you can click on the red simoleon symbol to sell it

Why is the grim reaper at a senior sims house?

The grim reaper shows up just before your senior sims timer is up, he is there to pass your sim on to the afterlife.

NOTE: he will stay there if another senior is also about to pass on

How do you send a sim to the afterlife?

Once their timer is up an exclamation mark will appear above their head, click on it, select yes when the pop up below appears:

20141119-164943.jpgThen the grim reaper will come and send them to the afterlife, leaving the orb (if they earned one) in their place.


Does the game restart when all your sims die?

No, when a sim dies your sim count will go down so you can replace them by adding a new sim.

Should I complete the life dreams and legacies quest?

I get asked this question all the time and it is incredibly difficult to answer. I can’t really tell you what to do and my opinion may be completely different to yours. All I can say is; if you don’t want your sims to die, don’t complete this quest, you can always change your mind and do it later!

Can I just not complete the life dreams and legacies quest so my sims don’t die?

Yes, you could do that but you need to stay on the previous quest (in stitches quest)

What happens if I don’t complete the quest?

Nothing happens apart from your sims won’t age and you won’t be able to build the arcade, beach, carnival or pet park.

Can I still do discovery quests if I don’t do this one?

Yes you can, the life dreams and legacies quest is the last main quest, all discovery quests can be completed whatever stage of the game you are at, even if you are on a main quest. A list of discovery quests can be found here

I have just started the quest, why are my sims already ageing?

Your sims will start ageing as soon as you start this quest so that is why you need to stay on the previous quest if you don’t want your sims to die.

Should I give all my remaining sims life dreams once I complete the quest?

If you want to start working towards life orbs straight away then yes, there is no time limit to earning them but they will automatically age anyway, with or without a life dream.

Are there any ways I can stop my sims dying?

  1. Pause a sims life using a platinum orb as explained above
  2. Reverse a sim back to the start of that life stage using LPs, again as explained above
  3. If you have special sims that you don’t want to die but you are still working on getting a platinum orb you can just leave them not completing any action because as long as they aren’t doing anything they will not age, then when you are ready to pause them they can start doing things again, such as gardening or going to work.

Is hibernating doing something?

Yes any action in the game will cause your sims to age, do not waste hours of their life hibernating if you don’t need to.

Are there any ways to age a sim quicker?

  1. Once your sim has completed their life dreams for that stage you can advance them to the next stage for free in the age controller or from the life dreams tab, as explained above
  2. You can have them do longer tasks to make them age faster
  3. You can also age them early from the age controller but this will cost you 2LPs if you haven’t completed their life dream for that stage yet, again this is explained above

Do I still need birthday cakes once I complete the quest?

No you don’t, you can if you want to bake a cake still but it is cheaper to advance a sims age using the method explained earlier in this post.

Can sims die at any other stage?

No, sims can only die once they complete their life stage as a senior.

What happens to your senior sims house if they die and no one else lives in the house? Does the house get deleted?

No, the house will remain it will just be empty, when you click on the house you can select the option to add a new adult sim, this is free or you can relocate an existing sim or family and that costs money.

What happens to pets when their owner passes on? Do they die?

Pets will remain in the house they live at, they can’t die. If you want to move a pet to another family click on the pet and select relocate.

Can I move a toddler to another house? His parents passed away and I want to use that house for a new family.

Yes you can, children can be adopted by an adult sim when both their parents have died (does not work if one parent is still alive) They need to be good friends to get the option to adopt them


Do sims grieve when one of them dies?

No, your sims will no longer grieve when another one dies.

Can you get a sim back once they pass on?

No you can’t, they will be gone forever unfortunately.

Will a new sim be added automatically when one dies?

No, but your sim count will go down so you can add a new sim.

How much do babies cost once you finish this quest?

They now cost simoleons, the amount varies depending on how many sims you already have in your town.

If you can think of anymore questions about life dreams I haven’t answered please comment below and I will add them to the post.

Thanks for reading!


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251 thoughts on “The Sims Freeplay- Life Dreams and Legacies FAQs

  1. I started the quest before realising that my sims would start ageing and eventually die. I don’t want any of my sims to die, since I don’t think I’m emotionally ready to watch them pass away. Is it too late? I’m currently up to the task “advance an adult sim’s life”. BTW, thanks for your blog! It’s very informative and helpful 🙂

      • Thanks to this blog i found out just in time i should not finish the last task (heat hands). If you finish the last task it’s too late. I think EA should make it an option to turn aging off.

      • I know this is old but I do have a question I’m finally doing this quest, but my question is I started to add the baby early since it takes 24 hours but I did not use my engaged or married sims for this and go on a pregnancy journey I just added a baby to a crib for 3LP which still takes the 24 hours will this baby count, I have tired to look at other posts but can’t find anything.

    • I have all the life orbs necessary to build several things for example inside the arcade but it does not let me and I don’t know why.

  2. I’m on the last task “have a baby”. The problem is that when I buy a crib and place it in a house, the symbol that should appear above it doesn’t appear, witch means that I can’t add a baby to my game so I can’t finish the quest. I have 23/24 sims in my town so that’s not the problem. There are not too many already living in the house and the couple who live there are married (I have tried to add a baby in different houses).

  3. If this has been addressed elsewhere on your site, I apologize in advance. I searched but couldn’t find the answers. I’ve read that the lp requirement for reversing aging was removed in the French Romance update. Is this still accurate or do you have to pay lp again? People asked about this on Facebook, but EA didn’t answer. I haven’t completed the Life Dreams quest because I don’t want my sims to die or spend weeks or months trying to earn a platinum orb just to save one sim.

    Also, construction times are getting ridiculous. The construction time for the current house I’m waiting to complete is three days. These aspects of the game are not fun at all. Have you ever built up an entire town? Is there a cap at construction times and simoleon requirements, or do buildings just keep taking longer and longer to build and get more and more impossible to purchase?

    Thanks for all your hard work on this website. It has helped me a lot in completing quests on time.

    • As of the latest update the cost to reverse a sims life is still free but I am unsure how long it will stay this way!
      3 days is the maximum it takes to construct a house but the cost depends on the house you want to build, that increases each time you build a new one.
      You’re welcome!

  4. I have not done the quest yet and am considering not doing it at all because it will cause my sims to age and eventually die… Do you think it’s worth doing it even if my sims will age? Also if I don’t do this quest then it means I can’t complete the quest before it either otherwise it would directly bring me to that quest and my sims would start aging anyway…

    • It is up to you, I cannot tell you what to decide all I can say is, if you don’t mind your sims ageing and dying then do the quest, if not then don’t do this quest.
      You can start the previous quest but you need to stay on that one and not complete it.

    • It’s easier just to do it, spend a few months getting the orbs, make as many platinum as you need, then rebuild your town and freeze them all

  5. I have two senior sims who are parents (because I wanted to see if they could have a baby). The mom has fulfilled her life goals and is in the red with how much time she has left, but she doesn’t seem to be aging since the baby got here. Will she pass away on her own or do I have to make her?

    • She will pass away on her own, if she isn’t doing many tasks right now she won’t be ageing. If you wanted her to age quicker have her do a task that takes 1 day to complete as the longer the task the quicker they age.

  6. On your newest update on this, you’ve stated that now you can press a pause button for free to stop aging. What I’d like to know is, how often can you do this per Sim? Meaning .. is it only free to pause their age ONCE or can you keep pausing it each time you’re asked to age them?? Ugh I really hate this whole death thing.. I just started playing again and spent a lot of money on my sims just to find out today that they have to die -_-

  7. I’m now at the life dreams and legacies quest but I don’t want my sims to die by now.. It has a limited time of 5 days and I still haven’t started it yet. If I complete the quest after the limited time can I still unlock the new places such as pet park and can my sims still aged after the limited time is over? Please reply thank you 🙂

    • Yes, if you complete it after the time limit you will still be able to access the new places and your sims will automatically age you just will not get the singing salmon for completing in the time limit.

  8. I had an old account that was really good but i didnt know that they would start ageing and dying so i stopped playing but didnt have the heart to delete it as i was kinda attached to my sims… (laugh if you want) but then my phone broke so i lost all my progress 😦

    I have another account now but i keep forgetting that i havent renovated stuff or bought stuff that i had on the old account.

    I’m not going to do this quest cos im not on it enough to get then to work on stuff like their life dreams and i really dont want my sims, that i watched grow up from a baby, to die. I also dont want any of them to die i just dont. Im scared that i might accidently complete something which puts me on the quest when i get to it…..

    Would you recommend me just doing it?

    • If you don’t want to do this quest then just stay on the previous main quest which is in stitches, if you stay on that one then you will not be able to start the automatic ageing process and then if you change your mind you can finish that quest and start on the life dreams quest to begin them ageing 🙂

  9. HELP. I’m trying to build the carousel but the game wouldn’t let me use the silver life orb. It says that it is in the inventory and won’t let me click on it.

  10. Hi, i have a few seniors who had completed their life dreams and have not reached the end of their cycles yet. I do not want to end their lives early so i am beginning to think of giving them another life dreams while they are still around but i have no idea how…? Thanks

    • I personally would just make them plant until their time is up but if you really wanted to do this you firstly need to remove the orb they have already and you can only do this by using it on a building, you can’t pass it onto another sim (this is in the post under how do I get an orb without killing off my sims) and then you will be able to give them a new life dream.

  11. Hi there!

    First of all, I apologize if these questions might have been asked before. I just really want to earn a platinum life orb in two weeks or less and I want to know: should I select life dreams with the longer options or should I select the life dreams with shorter options?
    Which would help me fill up the bar quicker?

    Thanks for the help and congrats on 51Million hits! 😀 Woah!!

    • I recommend you select a life dream with a longer option but it is personally preference, if you can be on the game constantly then you may find a shorter option would be quicker for you, if you can’t do a longer option.
      You’re welcome and thanks!

  12. Hi.. Thank you for your blog. I have a question, as now I haven’t complete my career in hospital as nurse and doctor, but my nephew had just “smartly” finished the previous quest. What would happen to my doctor and nurse? Is their progress will be gone? I also haven’t finished building my hospital.

    • Oh no! At the moment you should be okay because when they reach the end of their time in that life stage it asks you if you want to age them, you can now select no for free so it won’t cost you anything to keep them as adults, I would recommend you do this until you either earn platinum orbs to pause them forever or until they reach level 10 in those careers otherwise you will have to start again with a new sim levelling up to finishing building the hospital.

    • There is no longer any need for cakes, you can advance ageing when they finish their life dream for free or advance early for LPs which is cheaper than a birthday cake, please read this post for more information.

  13. How does the percentage work when you are working on a life dream? For example, my sim wants to read encyclopedias. Everytime he does, it adds 1%, is there any way to make it add more each time I read an encyclopedia? Thanks in advance and I hope this made sense!

  14. I imagine that writing FAQs – especially this one – must be arduous and time-consuming, but this page helped me immensely. Thank you so much and your blog is wonderful! I have decided that, when the time comes, I’ll stick to the level 25 (?) quest…

  15. Hi!Thanks for this blog, it’s been very usefull for me! I’ve read almost everything about Life dreams and legacies quest, just to realize I don’t like it. Firstly, I want to build my town as much as it’s possible and then I may be prepared to start a task. I think you’ve told us already but I want to be sure, when my sims die, can I remake them again with the same name and place them in the same house? And does the number of sims in town decreases by one’s death? So I’m not sure why are so many people complaining by the death if they can make Sim again. Or am I missing something and it’s not that simple? Thank you in advance for answer.

    • You’re welcome! Yes, when they die you can recreate them exactly as they are and the number of sims in the town will decrease, they are complaining because its hassle to recreate sims when they pass on and you have to get them back up to the level they were in their career or hobby.

  16. After my sims pass on to another life, the house left empty. Sims count go down but there’s no Add new sim button available at that empty house. How can I add new adult sim there? Thank you.

      • I have a married couple (havent got any babies yet) and my sim count has yet reach limit. I did put a crib in the house of that couple but I still cannot add baby sim. Please help.

      • Do you already have 4 sims living in that house? If so you will not be able to add a baby to that house, you will need to have the married couple living in a house on their own so you can add the baby.

  17. Hi! Massive fan of the blog – it’s helped me through every step of the way over the last 18 months, particularly the Life Dreams and Legacies quest, which I finished a few days ago! Now that all my Sims have life dreams, I have a question about the progress bar (I’ve looked for it in the comments, but don’t think it’s there!). In your information above, it says that they will only fill the bar up to their section, depending on what life stage they’re at (so a toddler can only fill up the first section, for example). My Sims are filling up the entire bar in blue, then it’s asking me if I want to advance their age for free (which I do). The percentage at the end stays quite low, so for example one of my toddler’s has completed the whole bar, but it still only said 11% at the end. Now I’ve advanced her to a preteen, the blue bar hasn’t reset to the beginning, it’s already blue up to the teen section, even though she’s only a preteen! Have they changed the way the bar records progress? The same thing has happened with my preteen and teen Sims, they’re going beyond their blue section. The adults haven’t yet, as they’ve had to obviously start from the beginning! Just thought I’d mention it in case it’s a new change, or just my game being really weird! Thanks 😀

    • I’m glad it helps! 🙂
      That is really strange! I haven’t noticed it as I don’t complete life dreams with any sim who isn’t an adult but it is more likely that it is a glitch than an update because I don’t think it makes any sense to change the bar to fill up beyond their age. If it really is bothering you then you might want to contact the makers and find out if it actually has been changed!

  18. My preteen sims have filled up their two bars but it won’t give me the option to age them to a teen for free? Thanks 😀

    • Have you filled the bar all the way to the end yet? They have recently changed it so you don’t fill it up to the preteen point anymore you have to fill the whole bar up to complete the life dream for that stage.

  19. I think the issue re: progress bars is they’ve changed it so when you “max” the bar at each stage it only gets to the percentage of life orb that can be achieved – i.e for an adult the bar only shows what an adult can get to, and when you max it the percentage at the end says 86%, rather than before where you could see the whole potential life span and what was left to fill when you got to the end of a stage.
    Hope this makes sense!

  20. If a person in house A earned an orb, and you give that orb to a Sim in house B, is there a difference in life dream XP or anything else? ie. would it be better to give the house A orb to a new person in house A, instead of house B?

    • When you give the orb to anther sim you can choose a life dream from that personality so if it was a bronze geeky orb then your second sim will have to choose a geeky life dream but the sim you give it to doesn’t matter. I personally just store them in my inventory and when I add a new sim I give them the orb from the personalities menu although you can do this with a sim already in your town from the wardrobe.

  21. i have a question does it take a while to age up an adult sim because i want some of my adults to age up into seniors

  22. I love your site, it’s so helpful and well laid out! I have a question about babies. I know you’ve said once you do the life dreams quest babies cost simoleons and the amount varies, but could you give some sort of baseline or range? I can’t fine anywhere on the internet anyone listing it and I’d like to know before I bother getting another couple married if it will be worth the money to buy a baby. Ideally I’d like a chart if you know how much they cost for each number of sims in town, but if you don’t have that info just a single data point would be helpful. Thanks!

    • Also, I just donated some money to you. I wanted to send a note with the money but there wasn’t any spot for it. Thanks again for doing this website, it must take a lot of time and effort.

    • I’m glad it helps! Oh that is going to be a bit tricky, I will work on a full list for the future but for now I can only give you what I know based on my game I have 29 sims and it will cost S49,500 to add a baby

    • I have a preteen I just have the life dream of diving but when I have him dive it’s not registering that it’s his life dream. The little bubbles you click on still have just the inspired icon and not the life dream icon. Any idea why this is? I have a few other sims with the same life dream and it works just fine for them.

      • Have you checked the life dreams menu to see if it is increasing at all? If not maybe try the longest option on diving and then check back there as it may be increasing but just not showing above your sims head.

  23. Hi,
    Thank you for this post. It gave me alot of information and since I just started playing the game, I have decided not to grow too close to my sims and use them just to earn the platinum orbs when the time comes.
    Just one question rings in my head: If a geek leaves a bronze orb, then can a sporty sim inherit the said orb and upgrade it to a silver orb? Or do I have to pass it on to another geek?

  24. Hi, I don’t know if you have experienced this, but after one update, I can now reset my Sims’ age for free. Do you think this will be “fixed” or I should use the platinum orbs to finish the places like the arcade?

  25. I am not sure if some one asked this, but if a Sim with a level 6 cooking hobby pass on. What happens to the progress of the sims hobby? I read several times about actions can age the sim quicker than using cake slices or not doing anything. It is because of this that I chose to start it. I sort of am getting bored with the sims I have now. Maybe change is a good thing.

    • Once they reach level 6 they have unlocked all the items in that hobby so nothing will happen to it, if they pass on and you have found 4 items the next sim will have to find the rest of the items as the items in your collection don’t disappear. It is just like changing your sim to a new hobby.

  26. Is it worth it to send my sims to work, or do any tasks like hobbies when I’m trying to figure out the who I am going to have life dreams for? I just finished the Lifedream and Legagy quest. I don’t want to rush in to giving them personality and dreams until I figure it out.

  27. I read the post about each of the places that can be built with orbs. I only want to focus on one and I initially I wanted to do the Barkshire pet park but the amount of orbs is a lot and what do you suggest for a ‘beginner’ who want to work on earning orbs to build a place on mysterious island? The hobbies in Petpark seem more difficult when I was reading it, so I sort of don’t want to go that way for the first time. The cat run prize was so expensive!

    • In my opinion the pet park one is the hardest to unlock, animal fanatic orbs seem to take a very long time compared to geeky and sporty orbs, for those I just sent adult sims to work until they completed their life dream but you can’t do that for the animal fanatic one. If you want to build a place you may want to work on more than one at a time as the pet park is going to take a long time!

  28. I had a bronze orb and gave it to a baby, it now says when I finish the life dream of the baby it will be a golden orb. I’m confused. Why did it skip the silver orb?.

  29. I didn’t assign a life quest to a toddler on accident. Now, my toddler seems like a waste because I can’t figure out how to assign a personality. What should I do?

  30. Are platinum life orbs really necessary to keep your sims immortal? Could I not just keep resetting them to the beginning of their age groups?

    • You don’t really need platinum orbs when you can reverse them for free but I think reversing them for free is really meant to be used to give you some extra time to earn the platinum orbs

  31. Hi! First off, thank you for an awesome site! Indispensable for anyone playing!

    I have a bit of a conundrum and I’m about to just give up on.
    I have a sim doing the animal fanatic life dream, working towards a gold orb. She is now a senior and I have her talking to horses as a life dream BUT she never manages to finish the bar before her time is up. I tried reseting her age to the beginning of the senior life stage and that resets the bar to 86% or whatever they get at the end of adult life. I’ve tried three times now and can’t seem to get to finish her dreams.
    If I decide to let her move on to the afterlife – will she leave a silver orb behind or will I lose it completely?
    If I want to give her a new animal life dream as a senior, I’m assuming I have to give her a new personality and then switch back to animal fanatic – but what will that do to the silver orb I already have?
    I hope you can help me out!

    • You’re welcome!
      How frustrating, I wonder why she isn’t completing it!
      If she moves on she will leave the silver orb behind
      Yes that would allow you to change her life dream, if you switched her personality she will drop the silver orb on the floor so you can store it and then give it back to her when she the animal fanatic personality again but if you do this you will have to restart the bar from 0%

  32. Hi! I love your blog so much! It helps me in inmense amounts! I have a question, which hasn’t been asked I believe. I know the sims age after a certain amount of days, so if I do not play the game for, for example, 4 hours, do those hours still count for the ageing days? If there are 3 days (this is another example) in which I’m in a hotel without wifi (idk) and I am unable to play the game, would those 3 days without playing the game still count? Or is the life of a sim is determined by the amount of time you play the game? I am worried that there are days in which I do not play the game, and my sims’ life is wasted beacuse it is time I would have been working on their hobbies, carreers, life dreams, and just life! Thanks for the help and amazing blog! I hope this makes sense!

    • Your sims will only age when you are on the game, the actions they complete are what ages them so if you put them to grow pumpkins then don’t go on the game for 3 days they will age 1 day when you get back as that is how long pumpkins take to grow.
      You’re welcome.

  33. Hello, I’ve almost built everything through life dreams and I’m wondering now what will happen when I do? I’ve only got the pet park cafe left to build. There are no other quests pending, I’m on level 52 and so I’m worried that once I’ve built everything the game will be over. Do you know what happens next? Thank you for the time, the blog is very helpful 😁

  34. I made a colossal mistake by choosing scientific breakthroughs as the life dream of my senior sim as now I have to do that task again and again but the bar hasn’t moved since. I don’t want to change the sim’s personality as it took a lot of hardwork and efforts to reach there. What do I do? I don’t have the time to play the game that frequently

    • And also I’d like to thank you so much for this blog as it’s helped me a lot many times. 🤗

    • Oh yes that one is the worst! The only thing you can really do is keep doing that option until they complete their life dream, even if you can only spend half an hour a day on the game you can do it 2-3 times. I made that mistake once too as the action used to be longer and I didn’t realise they changed it to a few minutes until after I picked it- definitely takes some time but it will eventually fill up the bar

  35. what happens to everything when everyone has died? e.g houses, shops etc

    or can you just add new sims and continue playing with everything you have? if so then will these sims age automatically too ?


  36. Can I give life dreams to my adult, teen and toddler sims I created before starting this quest? If yes, then please explain how I can do this.

  37. I know when you play sims on the computer you can woohoo to have a baby. Once you have started the life legacy quest in FreePlay is there an option for that or do I have to buy babies the whole game?

  38. Hi! I love your blog and had recommended it to some of my sim-playing friends. I really don’t know if anyone has asked this yet, but why can’t sims pets die? Since they also go threw life stages, why not age automatically along with sims? Say if I buy a puppy after I completed the life dreams and legacies quest, why don’t they age into a groun dog like a baby into a toddler? BTW, thanks for all your tips and advise with this quest and the rest!

    • Thanks! I think there was enough uproar about sims dying that pets dying too would have been a step too far, you can bake a dog biscuit if you want to age your puppies to dogs
      You’re very welcome!

  39. If I start the quest but don’t finish do my sims still die? I didn’t realize what this quest was before I started it 😦

  40. Okay. I beg to differ on the grieving thing. There may not be an interaction for it, but they do it. Three of mine did today right after my failed plan which ended up, and please don’t laugh, with a toddler as the head of the house. I didn’t want the toddler to grow up without someone living with her, so I had to kick her out of town. The father cried. Then the mother. Then the stepmother. Then maybe the aunt.

    Is there a page where we can put suggestions of what we’d like to see happen in The Sims Freeplay next?

    Sorry for commenting a lot.

  41. Hi! Has the Fish “Dream” gone away for teens? I bought an AH house and it has a fish tank, but I do not get any selection for the fish life dream for my animal fanatic teen. 😦 Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks for all your help!

  42. For some reason the watching a fish for a life dream is not coming up. I have clicked the not now button at least 50 times and that option is not popping up for pet fanatic? Please help.

  43. Hi there, I was just wondering if gardening/ going to work is still worth doing? I’m quite low on simoleons and I don’t want to waste my sims time. Do I need to buy simoleons for now on or can I still do gardening and going to work to get money?

  44. Great blog- thanks so much! What are folks doing once they have earned enough orbs to build everything (arcade, beach, carnival, dog park) and all the different activities within each location? I’ve been trying to cycle through sims on the faster side to earn the orbs. Now that I have built everything I’m curious to hear how other people play the game without chasing the life orbs….

  45. If I don’t finish my sims life dreams by the time they need to age and I refresh to the start of their age, will my progress Also be refreshed?

  46. Hi, love your blog. In a comment you said: “I give my orbs mostly to adult sims, I just find it easier as you only have 2 life dreams (one as an adult and the other as a senior) instead of 5 life dreams.” My question is why not give orbs directly to senior sims so you would fulfill only 1 life dreams. Is it possible or you have to start at least from adult stage to get the orbs?? Thanks already.

    • Mainly because it takes longer to complete the life dream if you give it to a senior so they might be ready to move on before you get it, it doesn’t really matter so much anymore as you can always reverse your senior sim back to the beginning of that life stage when they are ready to move on so they will always have time to complete it but that wasn’t the case when I wrote this post.

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