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Normal Summon/Set

This page notes what normal/tribute summon is, the difference between normal summon and special summons, how to set a monster.
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Summoning

In Yu-Gi-Oh card game, players can play their monster cards by some ways, and those can be roughly divided into the following two groups:

Summons requiring the right to summon

  • Normal Summon
  • Tribute Summon
  • Set

Summons not requiring the right to summon

  • Flip Summon
  • Special Summons (Ritual/Fusion/Synchro/Xyz/Pendulum)

Right to Summon

The Right to Summon is the term that is unofficially used only in Japan and that refers to the capability of a player to conduct a normal/tribute summon or a set per turn.

Normal Summon

Normal Summon

  • Normal summon is the act that players place a monster card from the hand to the field in face-up attack position without using any card effects.
  • Players can play one normal monster card or one effect monster card in this way per term (some of effect monster card cannot be played like that since those cards requires a specific process to be summoned).
  • Players can conduct one normal summon or one set per turn.
  • Basically, players cannot play a monster card in face-up defense position or face-down attack position.

Set

  • Set is the act that players use a monster card from their hand to the field in face-down position.
  • Set is not considered as summon. That means a monster's effect which is activated due to the summon of itself cannot be used (Monster cards cannot use their effects in face-down position usually).
SummoningDescription
Normal SummonSummoning a monster in face-up attack position without any card effects
SetPlacing a monster in face-down defense position without any card effects
Not allowedSummoning a monster in face-down attack/face-up defense position without any card effects

Flip Summon

  • Flip summon is the act that players switch a monster's faced-down defense position to face-up attack position.
  • Changing from face-down defense to face-up defense is not allowed.
  • Flip summon can be conducted without the right to summon or any card effects.
  • A monster card that is set to the field in a turn is not subject to flip summon during the same turn.

Tribute Summon

  • To conduct a normal summon or a set for a monster card with level 5 or higher, players have to tribute a monster or multiple monsters on your side of the field.
LevelTribute
4 or lessNo tribute
5-61 tribute
7 o higher2 tributes

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