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Our DM keeps interrupting our long rests

In the latest campaign, we're still around the third level, but every single night we've spend in the wild so far, we were interrupted by hard combat encounters (as in DMG-worded "hard"), forcing us ...
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Is 4 hours long enough for a long rest for Elves?

The Long Rest rules read: A long rest is a period of extended downtime, at least 8 hours long, during which you sleep or perform light activity: reading, talking, eating, or standing watch for ...
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Realistically, does Leomund’s Tiny Hut allow for indefinite long rests in a dungeon?

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this, but the more I read into Leomund’s tiny hut, the more it looks like it’s a spell designed entirely around taking free long rests in dungeons, or ...
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At level one, can you really never recover hit dice?

I was reading a review of 5e game play here from our RSS Feed. And in it he makes an observation about a strange rule: Weird rule thing. You recover half your level in hit dice during a long rest,...
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Keeping the world alive whilst PCs take a rest mid-adventure?

My players and I just started up Lost Mines of Phandelver and upon discovering the Cragmaw Hideout at the start of the adventure, they decided to double back to where they left the oxen at the initial ...
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What happens if you don't sleep?

The description of a long rest says: A long rest is a period of extended downtime, at least 8 hours long, during which a character sleeps or performs light activity: reading, talking, eating, or ...
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Does a short combat or casting one spell interrupt a Long Rest?

D&D Basic Rules v0.1 says on page 67 that a long rest is interrupted by "at least 1 hour of walking, fighting, casting spells". So does that mean that 59 minutes of combat doesn't interrupt the ...
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Can you cast a spell just before the end of a long rest?

This is quite a cheesy question, but let's say I have a human wizard. And I'm the last to "stand watch" so I've already slept during that rest. This is largely to avoid the incapacitated condition: ...
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How do I prevent my players from abusing long rests?

I am a DM for a D&D 4e game. My players (especially the wizard) like to take an extended rest after every single encounter, because he resorts to using his daily powers in every single encounter (...
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Can elves trance in armor without any downsides?

The optional rule on sleeping in armor from Xanathar's Guide to Everything (p. 77-78) states Sleeping in light armor has no adverse effect on the wearer, but sleeping in medium or heavy armor makes ...
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How do I run a game when my PCs have different approaches to combat?

Following on from the question How can I make sure my players' decisions have consequences?: I'm frustrated as a DM because I feel like the different players / PCs in my (level 5) group want ...
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Can you short rest during a long rest?

Can you short rest during a long rest? The situation is that the party needs to have a long rest. The spellcasters are pretty much all out of slots, we're low on hit die (I have none left). There's ...
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Is it possible to rest underwater if you can breathe underwater?

I'm looking at the new Warlock eldritch invocations of XGTE, and the invocation Gift of the Depths gained my curiosity. The eldritch invocation Gift of the Depths states that you can breathe ...
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How does the 'five minute adventuring day' affect class balance?

In the basic rules the The Adventuring Day is described as follows: Assuming typical adventuring conditions and average luck, most adventuring parties can handle about six to eight medium or hard ...
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How long do a spellcaster's prepared spells stay prepared?

I realised today that an assumption I was making, that spellcasters who prepare a spell list must do so every day, might not be true in fifth edition. The rules are very clear about how long it takes ...
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Can you maintain concentration through a short rest?

Due to the long duration on Hex, it is clearly intended to function across multiple encounters as described in this answer. Due to the extended duration, it seems feasible that a warlock could take a ...
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How do I prevent retreating to rest and heal from being tedious?

I found an answer to this question for a custom 4e campaign, but was hoping to get some more answers specific to 5e. Background: I'm running the 5e starter set campaign and my group is in the final ...
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How are resources recovered during a long rest that was interrupted?

A DM can choose (deliberately or randomly) to interrupt the players long rests with a random encounter. See for example this question: Our DM keeps interrupting our long rests Now rules as written ...
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How do the activity limitations for a long rest work in the Gritty Realism variant?

In my current campaign (in which I am a player) we are considering switching over to the Gritty Realism rest variant in the DMG so that the party would have to expend more resources between resting. ...
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Do a druid's uses of the Wild Shape feature recharge if they take a short rest while still in Wild Shape?

Do the druid's uses of the Wild Shape feature recharge while still in Wild Shape? Say a 10th-level Circle of the Moon Druid spends two uses of Wild Shape to transform into an Air Elemental, whose ...
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What are the consequences for a Warforged that does not spend 6 hours in its inactive state?

In the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron (p. 68-69 - the version quoted here is as it appears in UA: Eberron Races), a Warforged has the two following traits: Sentry's Rest. When you take a long rest, ...
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Could a Warlock use the One with Shadows eldritch invocation to remain invisible during a long rest/sleep?

The warlock's One with Shadows eldritch invocation presents an interesting opportunity: it gives you invisibility without requiring concentration. Specifically (PHB, p. 111): One with Shadows ...
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When healing during a short rest, what happens if the total of my hit die roll plus my Constitution modifier is 0 or less?

The question's been asked before elsewhere, but for lack of an authoritative answer: If a character has a sufficiently small constitution score, it's conceivable that, when they use a hit die to heal ...
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When to allow long or short rests?

I am a new DM and I ask myself, are there restrictions to resting? Can the PCs decide to take a long rest in a goblin cave after the first group of goblins beat them to a mostly bloody pulp, because ...
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How do long rests work for small parties?

If there are three characters in a party, and each can stand watch for only two hours, how can they benefit from a long rest while also posting watch throughout the long rest? From PHB: A long ...
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What is the use of the Catnap spell?

I was looking through some questions and found this question about the catnap spell (XGtE, p. 151). In what scenario might this spell be useful, considering that the spell says willing creatures? ...
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How perceptive are trancing elves?

The description of Elves' Trance racial trait says (emphasis mine): Elves don’t need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such ...
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What happens if a vampire can't rest in his coffin?

The lore text about vampires (MM, p. 295) states (emphasis mine): Every vampire remains bound to its coffin, crypt, or grave site, where it must rest by day. How should this be interpreted? Does ...
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Long rests can be interrupted for up to 1 hour without having to restart the rest; is this limit per-rest or per-interruption?

I just read this question about long rests being regularly interrupted and this one about how resources are recovered at the end of an interrupted long rest, and another question came to me. Is the 1-...
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Is it possible to "charge up" a sorcerer/warlock by taking multiple short rests?

So according to the wonders of multiclassing, it is possible to take levels in both Sorcerer (granting us sorcery points) and Warlock (giving us Pact Magic) which creates the handy combo of turning ...
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What if I take an amount of necrotic damage from a wraith that's greater than my hit point maximum?

In this past weekend's session (near the end of Lost Mines), my fourth level Warlock took a critical hit from a Wraith. I have maximum hit points 29, and was currently at 20 HP remaining; the double ...
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Is the Gritty Realism variant incompatible with dungeon-based adventures?

The variant Gritty Realism rule presented in the DMG (see p. 267) changes short rests from 1 hour to 8 hours, and long rests from 8 hours to 7 days. Its description suggests, casually and without ...
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Typically, how many combat encounters should a low-level party have before they are expected to take a long rest?

I'm trying to improve the pacing of my encounter design. (I suspect that I've been making them too easy for my players, or that I haven't been paying close enough attention to how many resources they ...
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How can I prevent an imprisoned character from resting/healing?

Hypothetically I've managed to shackle up a potentially dangerous opponent. As the risk of them escaping can be large, I want to keep them hurt or hurt them such that they would not be a threat in ...
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Can a rest be taken in a moving cart?

This question comes from a discussion with a DM friend of mine, whose players asked him if they could take a short rest while traveling in a moving cart. His initial reaction was to think that wouldn'...
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Must 5e elves take a long rest?

If an elf uses their trance regularly, takes short rests periodically, and is willing to forego the benefits of long rests (hit points and dice restored, spell slots and abilities restored, etc), is ...
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Is it possible to cast two 9th-level spells without taking a long rest?

The 9th-level spell foresight says that the spell immediately ends if you cast it again before the duration is up. However, the spell's duration is 8 hours. I get that you could cast it a second time ...
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How effectively can a trancing Elf serve night watch?

Experienced DM, new to 5e. Dealing with a party that includes two Elves. Party did not establish a night watch. Dice dictated an overnight raid of the party's provisions. Seems fair to give the Elves ...
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Does an elf's daily trance require 4 consecutive hours?

Elves need to meditate 4 hours a day to be in shape according to the PHB. Trance: Elves do not need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such meditation ...
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Is changing prepared spells a 'benefit of a long rest'?

This problem came up during a post-game discussion in my D&D 5e campaign last night. It concerns the curse ability of the Rakshasa and how that interacts with preparing spells. In game we managed ...
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What game mechanics may be inadvertently broken by changing the time required for resting?

In this question we addressed a problem in which my players were finding combat too easy, and were not having to ration their stronger abilities. After discussion I've decided to implement Dale's ...
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How to balance one Long Rest every 24 hours

Coming from this question: Typically, how many combat encounters should a low-level party have before they are expected to take a long rest? I realized even while using published adventure modules ...
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Do monsters with a Spellcasting trait get spell slots back after a long rest?

Some monsters, like a lich, have the Spellcasting trait. This trait allows such monsters to cast spells using spell slots, much as spellcaster player characters do. However, taking the lich as an ...
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Can a character rest while under the Etherealness spell?

Etherealness lasts for 8 hours and doesn't require concentration: You step into the border regions of the Ethereal Plane, in the area where it overlaps with your current plane. You remain in the ...
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How many short rests can you take per day?

Is there a specific rule that limit the number of short rests per day like the one that say that a character can't benefit from more than one long rest in a 24-hour period? My friend is playing a ...
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What happens to a dying character during a rest?

If a combat encounter is completed, and a character in the party is dying, what happens during the following rest period? During the rest period, it's a fair given that allies may try to use whatever ...
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Is using the effect of the Comprehend Languages spell too strenuous to be done as part of a short rest?

The PHB describes a short rest as: A short rest is a period of downtime, at least 1 hour long, during which a character does nothing more strenuous than eating, drinking, reading, and tending to ...
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Giving inspiration after a nice night of sleep and good food?

With my current group we have 2 lifestyles. One is always sleeping in the muddy stables and the rest of the group are usually taking the most expensive rooms available, eating fresh meat and drinking ...
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Does any way to negate humans' need for sleep exist?

While staying human (so no altering the character into undead or constructs, or polymorphing into an elf) and keeping the ability to take Rests, is there any way to completely negate a human's need ...
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How does one calculate effects of damage over time if one is taking a long rest?

In a particular adventure, the air in the lower levels is poisoned, causing 1d6 poison damage every hour: If a party take a long rest in such an environment, how do you calculate the cumulative ...