Baldur’s Gate 3: Camps Explained

Camps in Baldur’s Gate 3 provide a variety of restorative benefits, as well as opportunities to learn more about and connect with your companions.

Baldur's Gate 3 camp basic example

Camps in Baldur’s Gate 3

In Baldur’s Gate 3 camps are an essential mechanic of gameplay, providing a number of benefits that players will want to be sure to take advantage of on a regular basis. At camp, you can:

  • Restore HP
  • Replenish Spell Slots via long rest
  • Change Party Members and Companions
  • Check Safe Storage
  • Revive Fallen Party Members
  • Respec Your Character or Companions

In Baldur’s Gate 3, camps play a crucial role in the game’s mechanics and narrative. As you journey through the Forgotten Realms, facing perilous challenges and embarking on epic quests, your party of adventurers will require moments of respite and preparation. These restful interludes are provided by camps, safe areas where your characters can take a breather, recover health and spell slots, and perform various camp-related activities.

How to Setup a Camp?

Baldur's Gate 3 Camp
Baldur’s Gate 3 Camp

To set up camp in Baldur’s Gate 3, players need to find a suitable location and select the “Set Up Camp” option from the campfire icon on the right side of the UI. Once camp is set up, players can interact with their companions, sleep, and perform other tasks.

Here’s a breakdown of how to set up camps in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Press ‘M’ on your keyboard to bring up the map
  • On the upper right-hand side of the screen, you will see a list of Waypoints
  • ‘Camp’ should be the first choice right at the top
  • Select ‘Camp’ and a loading screen will automatically take you there

You can enter the camp from any location, provided that you are not currently in combat or too close to any threat nearby. Camps are a great way for players to relax and regroup after a long journey. They also provide a safe place for players to interact with their companions and learn more about the world of Baldur’s Gate 3.

How to Leave Camps Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3 Leave Camp
Long Rest

When you’re done with everything you need to do at camp, here is how to easily leave:

How to Leave Camp Method 1:How to Leave Camp Method 2:
Click on a bedroll to instigate a long restPress ‘M’ to bring up the map
Choose camp supplies to consumeClick on ‘Leave’ Camp in the list of Waypoints on the right
Doing so can sometimes trigger cutscenes or dialogueThis will not consume any supplies, nor restore any HP or spell slots
Afterwards, you’ll be returned to where you left off on the mapAfterward, you’ll be returned to where you left off on the map

How to Change Party Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3 Dismiss Companions
Dismiss Companions

Camps are also the place where you can change out which party members travel with you. As you start to meet and recruit companions the first three to join you will automatically accompany your party and adventure with you. But there are far more companions in Baldur’s Gate 3 than just those first three, and you will eventually have any number of reasons for wanting to bring someone else along with you. That may have to do with wanting a certain class in your party make-up, wanting a specific person available for a certain quest, or just liking certain companions more than others.

Here’s a list of how to change your party in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Enter into Camp
  • Speak to whichever current party member you want to remove
  • There will be a dialogue option where you can ask (or tell) them to stay behind
  • Insist that they stay at camp
  • Speak to the companion you want to bring along
  • There will be a dialogue option where you ask them to join you

This can be repeated as many times as necessary if there is more than one party member you wish to switch out.

How to Long Rest?

When you are at camp you can choose to rest your party. There are two types of rest – Short and Long. A Short Rest will restore only some HP and replenish some spell slots. and can be done outside of combat while exploring. There is no cost associated with doing so, but you can only choose a Short Rest twice before the only option left is to take a Long Rest.

A Long rest will restore all of you and your party’s HP, remove status effects, and replenish all spell slots. Choosing a Long Rest will cost you 40 camp supplies. Camp Supplies refers to all of the various food and drink resources that you can find or pillage along your adventures. Fish, bread, apples and more can be found in barrels, buckets, crates, and as loot items off of fallen enemies throughout Faerun. They may not seem like they provide you with much individually, but collectively you’ll soon have enough for Long Rests.

How to Long Rest in BG3:

  • Press ‘M’ and enter camp
  • When ready, click on one of the available bedrolls
  • Choose to Long Rest
  • Choose from all of your available camp supplies, until you reach a total number of 40
  • You can auto-select but the computer might use value items (Dragon Egg)
  • After 40 or more supplies, hit Full Rest

How Storage Works in Baldur’s Gate 3

Keep in mind that you do not have to take a long rest every time you go back to camp. If you simply want to talk to a companion you left behind, revive a party member who died in battle, or grab some equipment from storage, you can enter camp and leave without resting if you so choose. But a Long Rest cannot be entirely avoided due in large part to its ability to completely replenish spell slots and HP. Camp supplies aren’t rare by any means, but you’ll want to be strategic about using them so you’re not running low just before a difficult combat encounter.

One element that Baldur’s Gate 3 doesn’t really go out of its way to make clear to players is how storage works in the game. With all of the looting you can do, you can sometimes find your inventory filling up fast with heavy things that encumber your character. There is the option to ‘Send’ items to other members of your party, but eventually, they’ll have too many things as well.

But Baldur’s Gate 3 is about story and combat, not inventory management, so fret not! At camp, there is a Traveller’s Chest you can use to store extra items until you want to use or sell them at a later time. And to save time, you don’t even have to enter the camp to put your items inside!

How to Send Items to Storage in Baldur’s Gate 3:

  • Press ‘I’ to open up your Inventory
  • Find the item(s) you wish to transfer to storage
  • Right-click on an item
  • From the drop-down box which appears, choose ‘Send to Camp’
  • The item will be removed from your inventory and is now available at any time in the Traveller’s Chest at camp

The Traveller’s Chest currently has an unlimited amount of space, nor do you have to worry about thieves stealing from it. All items placed either directly into the storage or sent there directly from your inventory will be perfectly safe until you have need of them again.

Who Can Join you at Camp Baldur’s Gate 3

In addition to your main companions, there will be a handful of other visitors you can find at camp. Typically, you’ll need to first meet these NPCs out in the world and interact with them, complete a quest, or fulfill certain requirements before they’ll show up. Here’s a list of who can join you in the camp that we know about so far:

  • Withers – Has the power to revive dead companions. Rumored to provide class respecs at full release
  • Scratch – Found outside of Blighted Village, be kind and he’ll follow you ‘home’
  • Volo – If you rescue him, he’ll appear in camp. You may or may not come to regret this
  • Oathbreaker Knight – Will appear only if a Paladin has broken his or her oath
  • Barcus Wroot – A gnome searching for his friend, but keeps falling prey to unscrupulous characters
  • Owlbear Cub – Harder to acquire than the friendly pup.

How Do Camps Work?

Once you have the basics down, camps are very easy to use and take advantage of.

How do Camps Work Summary:

  • Enter your camp by clicking ‘M’ and selecting ‘Camp’
  • Speak with companions, change out party members, or check storage at the Traveller’s Chest as needed
  • Interact with Withers or another NPC if needed
  • To rest, click on a bedroll and choose a Short Rest or Long Rest
  • To simply leave, pull up the map again with ‘M’ and choose ‘Leave Camp’

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