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Ritual Summon

A Ritual Summon in Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS.
A Ritual Summon in Yu-Gi-Oh VRAINS.


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Gishiki Shōkan


Ritual Summon

A Ritual Summon ( () (しき) (しょう) (かん) Gishiki Shōkan) is a method of Special Summoning a Ritual Monster from the hand with the use of Ritual Spell Card.

How to Ritual Summon[]

A player can Ritual Summon a Ritual Monster by activating a Ritual Spell Card, or other effects that performs Ritual Summon, when they have an appropriate Ritual Monster in the hand.

When that effect resolves, the player Tributes monsters from their hand and/or field, whose Levels combined equal or exceed the Ritual Monster's, except the Ritual Monster itself. After that, the player Summons the Ritual Monster from the hand to an unoccupied Main Monster Zone in face-up Attack or Defense Position.

As Ritual Summons are performed by card effects, there may be variations on the Tribute requirements, or the Zones where the Ritual Monster can be Ritual Summoned from.

Advanced Rulings[]

When a card or effect that Ritual Summons resolves, if the requirement cannot be met or the Ritual Monster cannot be Ritual Summoned, no Ritual Summon occurs, nor is any action taken for the Ritual Summon's requirement. For example, if a player cannot Special Summon when resolving a Ritual Spell Card that Tributes monsters, no monsters are Tributed.

Tributing monsters for a Ritual Summon[]

If the card or effect that Ritual Summons does not mandate an exact total Level (e.g. "You must also Tribute monsters from your hand or field whose total Levels equal 6 or more."), the player cannot Tribute additional monsters if they already met the minimum Level requirement.[1]

Monsters that do not have Levels, such as Xyz Monsters and Link Monsters, cannot be Tributed for a Ritual Summon.

A player can activate a card or effect that Ritual Summons even if all of their Main Monster Zones are used, but only if they Tribute one of their monsters on the field when that card or effect resolves (if all their Main Monster Zones are still occupied by that point).[citation needed]

Face-down monsters can be Tributed for a Ritual Summon, unless the card text specifies otherwise (such as "Forbidden Arts of the Gishki").


  • As long as the monster is not returned to the hand or Deck, it is considered to have been originally properly Special Summoned, so it can still be Special Summoned from the Graveyard or while banished.
  • Some Ritual Spells differ from conventional Ritual Summon procedure. In all such cases, follow the instruction on the card effects.


Anime & Manga[]

Before ARC-V[]

There were no common animation patterns for Ritual Summoning, and the visual effects differ between cards. Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is the only Yu-Gi-Oh! anime that does not feature any Ritual Summon.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V[]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, when a Ritual Card is activated, the altar depicted on it appears on the field, and then the Tributed monsters turn into flames (a number of flames equal to the their individual Levels) before positioning themselves on the altar. A pillar of fire rises from the altar and explodes in the sky, after which the Ritual Monster descends from the sky.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS[]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, a circle is formed and the tributed monsters turn into flames that disintegrate into the sky before entering the circle. After entering the circle, an explosion is created, therefore creating a Ritual Monster.


In the original manga, besides the needed tributes, Ritual Summon also requires a proper monster to become the vessel for the Ritual Monster. For example, when Yugi used "Black Luster Ritual" and "Black Magic Ritual", he used "Gaia The Fierce Knight" and "Dark Magician" to summon "Black Luster Soldier" and "Magician of Black Chaos", respectively. Similarly, Maximillion Pegasus used "Dark-Eyes Illusionist" to summon "Relinquished".


  1. Scott Miller (6 January 2015). "Secrets of Eternity: Netherlord of the Flies". Konami. https://yugiohblog.konami.com/articles/?p=6852. Retrieved 12 December 2015. "Remember, though, that you cannot overpay by Tributing more monsters than necessary to meet the “total Level 6 or more” requirement."