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Baldur’s Gate 3 Long Rest | Does ending the day affect anything?

Does ending the day affect anything in Baldur’s Gate 3? Some players are wondering if there are time-sensitive quests that can be failed by taking a long rest in BG3. To clear up any confusion, here’s how the Baldur’s Gate 3 long and short rest mechanics work on PC.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Long Rest | What does it do?

Baldur's Gate 3 long rest

Adventuring with companions can be tiring work, so Baldur’s Gate 3 features a rest mechanic to help players and their parties get fighting fit. In order to take a long rest, players must be out of combat and return to the camp by clicking the campfire icon. Interacting with a bed then allows users to end the day, but what exactly does this affect?

There are no negative side effects to taking a long rest by ending the day in Baldur’s Gate 3. Taking a long rest at the camp fully replenishes the player and their party’s health, spells, and abilities while advancing the in-game time by eight hours.

This makes choosing to end the day in BG3 by taking a long rest very useful. Before traveling to a new area or engaging in a particularly challenging battle, resting for a long time is a great alternative to using up valuable potions. It can be counterproductive to return to camp in the middle of exploring an area, however, as players are then required to retread ground upon returning.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Short Rest | What does it do?

Baldur's Gate 3 long rest

Taking a short rest in Baldur’s Gate 3 slightly replenishes the player and their party’s health, along with some weaker spells and abilities. Short rests in BG3 don’t require users to return to camp and can be initiated outside of combat by clicking the icon that looks like a closed eye.

Essentially, it’s a weaker version of the long rest, though still a great way to save on using potions while actively exploring a location and avoiding a return trip to the campsite.

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