The Grave Domain cleric (Xanathar's Guide to Everything, p. 19-20) gets the Circle of Mortality feature at 1st level, part of which states:

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.

This wording seems to imply the option, rather than necessity, to cast it as a bonus action. Am I correct in assuming this? Can I still cast it as an action and have my bonus action available?


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The text says "you can cast it as a bonus action." Can cast, as opposed to must cast, denotes an option, not a requirement. This has no effect on the default option to cast this spell as an action.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The PHB in 5e always uses the phrase "You can do y as x type action" or "you can use your x to do y". eg. "Breath Weapon. You can use your action to exhale destructive energy. " This seems to avoid anyone misreading that you MUST use your breath weapon as your action. Or you MUST cast it as a bonus action. This doesn't mean you can use another action type. \$\endgroup\$
    – Luke
    Dec 14, 2017 at 22:14

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