| Tribute Summon
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By default, Level 5 and 6 monsters require one Tribute, while Level 7 and higher require two Tributes. Tribute Summon counts toward the turn's Normal Summon/Set limit.
If no cards are Tributed to perform the Normal Summon of a Level 5 or higher monster (as in the case of "Mausoleum of the Emperor"), the Summon is not a Tribute Summon, unless a card specifies otherwise (such as "Tribute Burial").
Tribute SetTribute Set is to Set a Level 5 or higher monster. The tribute must still be made, but the monster is not shown to the opponent.
Alternate need of Tributes
Some cards require 3 Tributes to be Normal Summoned, such as Egyptian Gods. Other cards, such as "Moisture Creature", can be summoned this way for more effect. Only Monster that directly state "3 Tributes" can be Tribute Summoned with this method. Players cannot tribute more monster than necessary.
Substitute Spell/Trap for Tributes
On higher Monster card requiring multiple tributes, such as "Master Peace, the True Dracoslaying King", they player may use either Monster or Spell/Trap for tributes, or any combination of the three.
The use of Spell/Trap cards in substitution ease the difficulty of gathering tribute(s), but the Summon usually limits to a specified Monster(s).
Summon with less Tribute than requires
Some cards allow high-Level monsters to be Normal Summoned with fewer or no Tributes. "Fog King" can be Tribute Summoned with 1 Tribute, or Normal Summoned without a Tribute. "Mausoleum of the Emperor" allows either player to pay Life Points instead of Tributing monsters.
Cards that lessen required tribute for Summon usually hamper the strength of the summoned monster.