[RPG] Do Grave Domain clerics get the additional Spare the Dying benefits if they already know the spell


The Grave Domain Cleric learns the spare the dying cantrip at level 1 via the class feature Circle of Mortality, which also gives them extra benefits relating to it. Part of the description of the feature says (XGtE, pg. 20):

… In addition, you learn the spare the dying cantrip, which doesn't count against the number of cleric cantrips you know. For you, it has a range of 30 feet, and you can cast it as a bonus action.

However, what if I multiclass into cleric and I already have the spare the dying cantrip (e.g. via having taken Magic Initiate before now or, in my case, via originally being a Warlock with the Undying patron, which also grants this cantrip at level 1)?

Similar bonus cantrips usually have wording more like the Light Domain Cleric (PHB, pg. 61):

When you choose this domain at 1st level, you gain the light cantrip if you don't already know it.

The Circle of Mortality class feature doesn't say something like "if you don't already know it". Thus, if I already have the cantrip, do the extra benefits still count (i.e. increased range and option to cast it as a bonus action) since this class feature was not the one to grant me this cantrip in the first place?

Best Answer

You learn it, and it works

It is possible to have the same cantrip from multiple classes, unless a feature specifically says you "only get it if you don't know it yet". If you have the fire bolt cantrip as a wizard, you can still pick it when you become a level 1 sorcerer, meaning you have one that scales off Intelligence and one that scales off Charisma.

You effectively now have spare the dying twice, in two different spell lists. I'm not 100% certain if the RAW implication of "For you, it [...]" implies that the version you get from a different class would still be a touch-range normal action or if "it" implies all versions of the cantrip you know, but that is hardly a problem if you can simply pick not to cast that version. It has no attribute-based scaling anyway.