Normal Summon

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Normal Summon



((つう)(じょう))(しょう)(かん)[Notes 1]

Japanese (ruby)


Japanese (base text)


Japanese (romanized)

(Tsūjō) Shōkan

Japanese (translated)

(Normal) Summon


Normal Summon

Normal Summon ((しょう)(かん) Shōkan "Summon", sometimes (つう)(じょう)(しょう)(かん) Tsūjō Shōkan "Normal Summon") is the most common way to Summon monsters. It can only be performed when the game state is open during your Main Phase. You simply play a monster directly from your hand onto the Monster Card Zone in face-up Attack Position, declaring that it's "Normal Summon"

A Normal Summon can only be conducted once per turn, even if it was negated by a card like "Forced Back". A Normal Summon will take up your Normal Set for the turn, and vice-versa.

If the monster you want to Normal Summon from your hand is Level 5 or higher, you must Tribute another monster(s) you control first and then “Tribute Summon” the monster. Level 5 and 6 require one Tribute, while Level 7 and higher require two Tributes.

You cannot Normal Summon Special Summon Monsters. You also cannot Normal Summon monsters during your opponents turn, unless a card like "Ultimate Offering" is in play.


  1. The part in parentheses here is rarely seen.

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