Ritual Monster

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Ritual Monster



しき(モンスター)[Notes 1]

Japanese (ruby)


Japanese (base text)


Japanese (romanized)

Gishiki (Monsutā)


Ritual (Monster)


Ritual Monsters (Japanese: しきモンスター Gishiki Monsutā), colored blue, are monsters that must normally be Special Summoned with a Ritual Spell Card.

Examples include "Magician of Black Chaos", "Demise, King of Armageddon", and "Nekroz of Trishula".


Ritual Monsters are stored in the Main Deck. They are Special Summon Monsters; they cannot be Normal Summoned or Set, cannot be Special Summoned with Pendulum Summoning, and cannot be Special Summoned from the hand or Deck by non-Ritual Summoning card effects, unless:

If a Ritual Monster is not properly Ritual Summoned before being sent to the Graveyard or banished, it cannot be Special Summoned from there by non-Ritual Summoning card effects.[1][2][3][4][5]

A properly Special Summoned Ritual Monster loses its status if it is returned to the hand or Deck.[6][7]

Ritual Summoning condition[edit]

Every Ritual Monster lists the name of one or more Ritual Spells that can Ritual Summon the Ritual Monster in the first line of its card text. However, the listed Ritual Spell is never the only card that can Ritual Summon the Ritual Monster (the text always states that the player can Ritual Summon this Ritual Monster using the specified Ritual Spell); all Ritual Monsters can be Ritual Summoned using effects of other Ritual Summoning cards, provided that the Ritual Summoning effects apply to the Ritual Monster.

Ritual Summoning[edit]

Ritual Monsters must first be Special Summoned by Ritual Summoning, using the effect of a card that performs a Ritual Summon.

Usually, Ritual Summoning is performed by a Ritual Spell Card, with an effect that involves tributing monsters from the player's hand or field whose levels equal or exceed the Ritual Monster being Ritual Summoned, then Ritual Summoning the Ritual Monster from the player's hand.

In the anime[edit]

Ritual Monsters have not featured as a major mechanic in the anime.

Yu-Gi-Oh! (anime)[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh, some prominent characters used Ritual Monsters, including Yugi Muto, Joey Wheeler, Seto Kaiba, Maximillion Pegasus, Dartz, and the Rare Hunters Umbra and Lumis.

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Ritual Monsters occasionally appeared; Fusion Monsters were more prominently associated with the series. Alexis Rhodes used the first Ritual Monster-focused archetype; "Cyber Angel". Bastion Misawa, Titan, and Kaibaman all used a Ritual Monster.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, a single Ritual Monster appeared, used by Kite Tenjo.

Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V, Ritual Monsters were used by two characters, Alexis Rhodes and Aura Sentia, neither of whom were featured significantly.

Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS[edit]

In Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS, Ritual Summoning was the first non-Link Summon Special Summon method reintroduced in the series. Yusaku Fujiki and Theodore Hamilton used one Ritual Monster each, and Ai later used one of his own.




  1. The parentheses here specify what part is not shown on the cards' Type/Ability line.


  1. "Q&A » 手札やデッキから墓地へ送られた「トリシューラの影霊衣」を、「影霊衣の反魂術」によって墓地から特殊召喚できますか?" [Q&A » If "Nekroz of Trishula" is sent from the hand or Deck to the Graveyard, can it be Special Summoned from the Graveyard by "Nekroz Cycle"?] (in Japanese). Konami. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  2. "Individual Card Rulings [D-E]". UDE. Dimension Fusion. Archived from the original on 18 February 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  3. "Individual Card Rulings [A-C]". UDE. Contract with the Abyss. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. "Individual Card Rulings [F-H]". UDE. Fulfillment of the Contract. Archived from the original on 26 February 2009. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  5. Konami. Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game - Official Rulebook Version 6.0 (PDF). p. 15.
  6. "Ritual/Fusion Monsters vs. Legal Revival Target". 18 September 2007. Archived from the original on 2 November 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  7. Konami. Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game - Official Rulebook Version 5.0 (PDF). p. 13.