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A battle cleric can replace a fighter in doing the fighter's job if they desire to. And then do other jobs if those are required.
Whereas the fighter can only do his own job, and doesn't have near the defenses a cleric does. Also, the fighter can't do near the damage a cleric can using his own class features. He MUST spend money, esp on consumables, to do so.
The cleric just casts them ahead of time.
The Dragon come near, roaring and charging the party.... Then.. A scream is shouted,!
STOP Mr dragon, said the cleric. " give me 15 casting rounds and than let's see who is the man ....."
The cleric return the fight, to see 3 dead party member and a dead Dragon next to the almost dead barbarian.
" well... " said the rightous giant cleric, " good thing I learned raise dead...