What are the RAW rules for cold weather exposure?

The rules for cold weather in the PHB (p110) indicates that someone with winter gear could basically travel in extremely cold temperatures (anything below 0 degrees Fahrenheit) for weeks, or even months without adverse effects. According to these rules, someone could even sleep right outside in the snow, and, as long as they have food and water, suffer no adverse effects.

Am I missing something?

RAW rulings only, no RAI or DM adjucations please. There are already posts with many opinions on this subject. I am looking for RAW interpretations here.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Question isn't a duplicate so I won't close as such but this should answer your question: The DMG has rules for Extreme Cold, but what about less extreme cold effects? \$\endgroup\$ – Purple Monkey Feb 12 at 1:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ This post only lists things and proposes RAI answers. I have seen it, so people playing RAW could actually stay months outside at -15F and as long as they have winter gear, food and water, they will suffer no adverse effect. If there is only that RAI post it means there are no RAW rules this could be your asnwer actually because a lot of us play RAW only. \$\endgroup\$ – KilrathiSly Feb 12 at 1:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ Your previous question asks "Are there any rules governing extended exposure to such temperatures?" How is this particularly different from "What are the rules for cold exposure?" \$\endgroup\$ – Medix2 Feb 12 at 3:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Someone Edited and removed RAW rules indications. not sure why I will edit and add it back as I am only interested in RAW ruling \$\endgroup\$ – KilrathiSly Feb 12 at 3:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ I still don't get how your previous question, which states "Are there any rules governing extended exposure to such temperatures?" is particularly different. My answer there covers the available rules on the matter and also suggests other methods. At the end of the day, dnd-5e is not a physics simulator. Though I admit I may just be missing some detail here, which is why I haven't voted to close this question \$\endgroup\$ – Medix2 Feb 12 at 4:05

I think you are missing that you are playing a game and not actually modeling human exposure to sub-zero temperatures

The DMG has rules for Extreme Cold, but what about less extreme cold effects? contains answers that actually spell out what the rules say about cold exposure.

Is it realistic? Not at all.

Is a game about elves, magic, and dragons realistic? Not at all.

  • \$\begingroup\$ if that is what RAW ruling makes in 5E about long term exposure to freezing temperatures so be it. We want to play a RAW game and will not bother with freezing temperature and only carry winter gear to cope with any type of cold whether magical or other wise unless specifics are stated in the spell (aka control weather is totally a useless spell in that effect IMHO) \$\endgroup\$ – KilrathiSly Feb 12 at 3:27

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