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I must be missing something obvious, but I can't figure out how to tell if I'm actually in a rest area or not. Is there some buff or tooltip I'm missing?

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Doesn't it pop up a big notice in the middle of the screen when entering and exiting rest areas? Alternatively, Cantina's are rest areas. As is your ship (I think). –  Xantec Jan 3 '12 at 4:18
    
For additionnal info, The imperial fleet and the republic fleet (on the main level) are rest areas. –  Fredy31 Jan 4 '12 at 0:36

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Anywhere in your ship is a rest area. Most parts of cantinas and in the fleet are rest areas.

You can tell when you enter and exit them by a screen message, and an ops message in your log.

But if you missed the enter message, the easiest way to check if you are currently in a reset area is to mouse over the experience bar and leave your cursor there for a bit. If you are in a rest area, it should start ticking up your accumulated rest amount fairly quickly. Earlier levels not as quick, but once you reach level 15 or so the rest should be ticking up by 1 every couple seconds or so. (That's just an estimate; the point being it doesn't take too long for it to increase, if you're in a rest area.)

As far as I know, there aren't any persistant UI indicators for being in a rest area, unlike some other MMORPGs — if that's what you were hoping.

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under those numbers he's talking about, it also says "You are in a rest area, as you stay here you build up double exp" all in the same popup tool tip. –  user4139 Jan 4 '12 at 13:39
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Another way to distinguish is trying to log out: in a rest area, you are given a yes/no choice; outside a rest area you're given an immediate/no choice. –  Sjoerd Jan 4 '12 at 22:54
    
Either by client is broken in this regard, or they've changed it: I see neither the rested xp ticking upward (I see a change when I move the mouse off the bar and back: the rested value has changed), nor do I see a "You are in a rest area". –  Jürgen A. Erhard Jun 12 '13 at 8:15
    
The free to play model has changed this. Non-subscribers do not get rest XP and therefore do not see the described UI effects. –  Mufasa Jun 12 '13 at 16:29

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