How often does your party use a potion of healing

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    How often does your party use a potion of healing

    I'm relatively new to Dming 5E. And i'm curious to know how often parties are using potions to heal.

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    On average, I'd say less than once per long rest in our games. But I've also seen multiple times per encounter when the primary healer of the party got knocked out!
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    It doesn't come up a whole lot in our games. Typically a potion is used to get a PC back up on his or her feet after they've gone down. Sometimes if there is no healing PC at the session and they don't have time to rest they might top themselves off with some potions.
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    Only in emergencies. Im not sure weve ever bought one in 50+ sessions of our current campaign. Thats money we dont want to spend. That leaves the ones we occasionally find along the way. We tend to save the few of those we come across until we know we are in or going to be in a dangerous spot and need more healing right then than we can get with spells. So if you are talking about long rests in an Adventuring Day, perhaps were in the ballpark of one per 15 to 20 long rests.

    By the poll options I think your expectations arent aligned with the way the game is assumed to be played. Sure, if you have the cash and nothing else to spend it on, you could make potions a part of your daily health regime like rations and water, but that isnt how Ive ever seen the game played. If youre coming from 4e (or a lot of computer games) thats one of many things that is completely different.
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    I'm afraid none of the poll options work. We use them, but there's no way to break it down by encounter. A PC might have one or two potions, but we don't use them unless we need to. So we can go days without, or we could use them all during the actual encounter. It all depends.

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    anybody got any suggestions about how to measure how many parties are using.
    The replies so far seem to be little to none ,but sometimes a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    I'm relatively new to Dming 5E. And i'm curious to know how often parties are using potions to heal.
    I do adventure league. Potion of healing use varies with the build of the party and the adventure.

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    We use as many as we need to get back to full health for the next encounter. So that's 0 if we're taking a short rest, but multiple if not.

    Gold isn't useful to have if we're all dead.

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    We probably average one potion per long rest. Those really tend to come out when a character is downed and making death saves. Sort of like a magical AED defibrillator.

    Adventurers League play tends to be different. Generally, long rests, and sometimes even short rests, arent a guaranteed thing. Neither is having a cleric with healing spells. Without dedicated healing or the ability to refresh those spell slots, I know Ive had plenty of characters chug potion after potion in-between encounters.

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    I put one per short rest, but that's not very accurate.

    My players are in Undermountain (old school, not DoMM) so they don't often find healing potions.
    When they use healing potions, they tend to use several because its a big fight and they are in trouble etc. But, they only use healing potions maybe once every 10 fights, but then they tend to use all the ones they have.

    As GM, you have control over how many healing potions they have access to. Yes, they are i the PHB, but if its a problem with them using too many, then you can simple say they are not available. It's very reasonable that the herbalist in town might only make 1 per week, and the party is not the only one buying them.

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