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A Summon (しょうかん Shōkan) is an action which places a monster onto a Monster Zone. It can be performed either manually or with a card effect.

Monsters are always Summoned face-up, unless Special Summoning with an effect like "Morphing Jar 2" which states that the monster is Special Summoned face-down.

Kinds of Summon

There are a number of different types of Summons.

Tribute Summon is a kind of Normal Summon, and Fusion, Ritual, Synchro, Xyz and Pendulum Summons are kinds of Special Summon.

Unofficial names for Summoning methods

There are also other terms referring to ways of Summoning monsters, but these are not official names in the TCG/OCG, and as such are never mentioned in functional card text. These names come from anime, manga and video games, or from vernacular used by players.

Summoning limits

Each player can only perform 1 Normal Summon/Set and 1 Pendulum Summon per turn (even if that Summon is negated), excluding card effects.

There are no restrictions on Flip Summons and Special Summon.

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