Tribute

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Tribute

Artwork of "Ectoplasmer", depicting a monster being Tributed
Artwork of "Ectoplasmer", depicting a monster being Tributed

Japanese

リリース (formerly にえささげる)

English

Tribute
Formerly: offer as a Tribute or offer as Tributes
Noun: Tribute (Monster)

Tributing, called releasing (Japanese: リリース Rirīsu) in Japanese media and the English dub of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, is a method of sending cards from the hand or field to the Graveyard. In the TCG, "Tribute" is used as a verb; previously, it was phrased as "offer as a Tribute", called sacrifice (にえささげる Ikenie ni Sasageru) in the OCG and the Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX anime.

Cards can be Tributed in two ways:

  1. As requirement for a Tribute Summon/Set.
  2. By card that specifically uses this term (as a cost or effect).

Unless a card specifically permits a player to Tribute monsters in their hand or under their opponent's control (such as "The Winged Dragon of Ra - Sphere Mode", "Soul Exchange", and "Black Luster Ritual"), they can only Tribute monsters they control. While normally only monsters can be Tributed, some cards (such as several "True Draco" cards and "Kiryu") allow Spell and Trap Cards to be Tributed.

While Tributed cards are normally sent to the Graveyard, some card effects can cause Tributed cards to be moved to another location instead. Even if they are not sent to the Graveyard, they are still considered to be Tributed. For example, even while "Macro Cosmos" is active, monsters can still be Tribute Summoned and the cost of cards such as "Horn of Heaven" can still be paid.