- All rules in this article are general basis rules. They may have some exceptions because of card's text or playing format.
Normal Summon (召喚 Shōkan in OCG) 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"
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.