Baldur’s Gate 3: How to Rest

Make camp and take a nap. Here's how to Long Rest and Short Rest in Baldur's Gate 3.

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Knowing how to rest in Baldur’s Gate 3 is incredibly important. You’ll need to know the difference between Short Rest vs Long Rest and how each can have drastic implications on your party. Each provides its own unique benefit, and one can only be done with a certain number of items. By relaxing in your camp, you’ll keep characters in tip-top shape, all while discovering new insights.

How to Rest in Baldur’s Gate 3

Here’s how to rest in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Short Rest: Press the campfire icon in the lower-right of the action bar, then the top button that appears, which has two blue dots on it.
  • Long Rest: After pressing the campfire icon, press the bottom button that appears, which has a crescent moon.

Short Rest vs Long Rest in Baldur’s Gate 3

Now that you know how to rest, what’s the difference between Short Rest vs Long Rest? Both options provide different effects and prove useful at different times.

  • A Short Rest heals a bit of HP, refreshes Warlock spell slots, and refreshes various class actions that require a Short Rest. This can only be done twice per day.
  • A Long Rest brings you to your camp (the camp can also be accessed by opening your map with the and selecting it via the sidebar. However, there’s a lot more that a Long Rest does.
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Long Rest Detailed: Sleeping in Camp, Partial Rest, and Party Interactions

The Long Rest mechanic in Baldur’s Gate 3 is also related to supplies and camp interactions. In your camp, you might see icons showing that a character wants to talk with you. Some cutscenes will also play, leading to additional dialogue options. And, naturally, there are some romance choices, too.

Generally speaking, a Long Rest requires 40 Camp Supplies and Food. You can either use a single Camp Supplies item or multiple foodstuffs. Here’s what happens when you do a Long Rest:

  • HP is fully restored, as are all spell slots and actions that require a Long Rest.
  • The use of Illithid Wisdom in specific dialogue conversations is refreshed. I was able to use these during my playthroughs, which allowed my character to be considered a True Soul.
  • Dreamlover sequences may occur. I find that this is a neat feature, as it lets you meet the NPC you create during the “Who Do You Dream Of?” portion.
  • Certain progression events, such as the attack on the Druid Grove, can only occur after you’ve slept.
  • As noted earlier, romance scenes can happen. For instance, after the raid on the Druid Grove, you can pick a partner before sleeping.
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Sadly, if you don’t have 40 Camp Supplies, your party will only do a Partial Rest when you sleep. I don’t recommend this at all since it only restores a percentage of your HP. Moreover, you won’t get to refresh your Illithid Wisdom dialogue.

And that’s how to rest in Baldur’s Gate 3. Now you know the difference between Short Rest vs Long Rest and why they’re so important. For more tips and tactics, you can visit our BG3 guides hub.

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