The paladin class states that

at 2nd level, when you hit a creature with a melee weapon attack, you can expend one paladin spell slot to deal radiant damage to the target.

The Death Cleric Domain states that at 2nd level

when the cleric hits a creature with a melee attack, the cleric can use channel divinity to deal extra necrotic damage

Can a death cleric/ paladin multiclass expend spell slots to deal extra damage with smite and stack channel divinity to deal extra damage on the same attack?


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There are a number of ways to boost damage (or other stats). In general, if abilities don't have the same name, then they stack. Since they don't share a name, they stack. You can also add on other abilities. So, if your Cleric/Paladin picked up some levels in Rogue, you could get a Divinely Channeled Smite Sneak Attack with no problems.

If you're concerned this might be over powered, it's not. The reason is that Smite and Channel Divinity are limited resources; you can only do that combo once or twice per battle.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Let's throw in some Hunter levels for Hunter's Mark and Colossus Slayer while we are at it too! Now things are getting out of hand.... >.> \$\endgroup\$
    – Airatome
    Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 1:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Airtome recent question on disadvantages of muti classing pertains. ;) \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 3:23
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    \$\begingroup\$ Cleric2/Paladin2/Ranger2... or Wizard6 with Fireball (8d6 in a 20ft sphere) three times a day, plus a dozen other spells. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 3:28
  • \$\begingroup\$ Oh, of course! Never said it was optimal ....or even practical lol. Just amusing to think of all the stacks. \$\endgroup\$
    – Airatome
    Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 5:47

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