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Baldur's Gate 3 resting: How to take Long and Short Rests

Resting is the key to keeping your party fresh in Baldur's Gate 3. Here's how long and short rests work.

Want to know more about resting in Baldur's Gate 3? Baldur's Gate 3 can feel overwhelming early on, and if you've run out of Health Potions and spell slots and have little HP left, then you'll need to take a rest. Short and Long Rests are incredibly important in Baldur's Gate 3, allowing you to regain Health and even replenish spell slots that you've expended while fighting enemies and exploring the world of Faerun.

In this guide, we'll break down how to Short Rest and Long Rest in Baldur's Gate 3, so that you can take a lovely night's sleep and wake up feeling fresh and ready for another day of adventuring.

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How to Short Rest in Baldur's Gate 3

To Short Rest in Baldur's Gate 3, click the icon shown in the image below (it looks like a closed eye). Short Resting is the main way to heal up your party in between battles in Baldur's Gate 3, without having to resort to potions or spells, as it'll heal all of your party members up my a small amount. The Short Rest can be triggered in most instances outside of combat.

Baldur's Gate 3 screenshot showing Short Rest mechanic

Some spells can also be refilled using Short Rest, while others require a longer resting period. Using Short Rest between battles is a great way to prepare your party for their next fight, as you'll want to have access to as many spells as possible if things get hairy.

You can only perform two Short Rests per Long Rest that you do. Once you've used this rest, you'll see the icon greyed out, and will need to perform a Long Rest to access it again. You can hover over spells and abilities to see whether they need a Short or a Long Rest to replenish them.

How to Long Rest in Baldur's Gate 3

If you're looking to replenish stronger spells and abilities you'll need to Long Rest. This requires you to head to your camp. There's an icon in the top-right of the screen that looks like a campfire. This cannot be selected during combat.

Selecting this icon will take you back to your camp, but you'll immediately teleport back to your previous location upon finishing your rest. You can also return to camp using purple waypoints found across the world.

Once at camp head on over to one of the beds located around the campfire and choose to end the day. This will bring up an inventory menu, in which you must select up to 40 points worth of camp supplies. These come from food and drink items in your inventory, and using 40 points worth will trigger a Long Rest, and your spells, abilities and HP will be replenished. I recommend using Long Rest before exploring a new area, or before a tough battle.

That wraps up everything you need to know about resting in Baldur's Gate 3. If you're considering changing class and want to know more about the various playstyles, make sure to check out our Baldur's Gate 3 classes page. To get steamy with your companions, take a look at our Baldur's Gate 3 romance guide.

Disclosure: Former RPS deputy editor Adam Smith (RPS in peace) now works at Larian and is the lead writer for Baldur's Gate 3. Former contributor Emily Gera also works on it.

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