Special Summon-only monster

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Dark Sage
"Dark Sage", a Special Summon-only monster.

Special Summon-only monsters, informally known as Semi-Nomi monsters, is a category of Special Summon Monsters that must first be Summoned by a Special Summon that follows a specific method, after which they can be Special Summoned with other card effects from a public knowledge location. They are indicated by the Summoning condition "Must first be Special Summoned[Notes 1] by (method)".[1]

Special Summon-only monsters are distinguished from Nomi monsters in that they can be Special Summoned with other card effects (from a public knowledge location) outside of their summoning method after they have been properly Special Summoned, whereas Nomi monsters cannot.

Mechanics[edit]

A Special Summon-only monster cannot be Special Summoned from a non-public knowledge location (the hand, Main Deck, or face-down Extra Deck), except by the specified method, unless the card effect ignores the Summoning conditions.

A Special Summon-only monster can be Special Summoned from a public knowledge location (the Graveyard, while banished, face-up Extra Deck, Spell & Trap Zone, or Pendulum Zone) by methods other than the specified one, as long as it was Special Summoned properly first.

If the Summon of a Special Summon Monster is negated (such as by "Black Horn of Heaven"), it is not considered to have been properly Special Summoned, even if the negated Summon was a Flip Summon after being properly Special Summoned. If a Special Summon Monster is in a public knowledge location and was not Special Summoned properly, it cannot be Special Summoned by any means other than the proper method, even by ignoring the Summoning conditions.[2]

After a Special Summon Monster is properly Special Summoned, as long as that Monster Card remains in a public knowledge location (on the field even if face-down, in the Graveyard, banished, or face-up in the Extra Deck), it is considered properly Special Summoned.

Example[edit]

Example 1
  1. A player Special Summons "Photon Thrasher" while they control no monsters.
  2. "Photon Thrasher" is destroyed by "Dark Hole" and sent to the GY.
  3. In this case, "Photon Thrasher" can be Special Summoned from the GY with "Monster Reborn", as it was properly Special Summoned.
Example 2
  1. "Photon Thrasher" is sent from the hand to the GY with "Card Destruction"
  2. In this case, "Photon Thrasher" cannot be Special Summoned from the GY with "Monster Reborn", as it wasn't properly Special Summoned.
Example 3
  1. A player Special Summons "Photon Thrasher" while they control no monsters.
  2. "Photon Thrasher" is returned to the hand with "Compulsory Evacuation Device", then sent from the hand to the GY with "Card Destruction"
  3. In this case, "Photon Thrasher" cannot be Special Summoned from the GY with "Monster Reborn"; while "Photon Thrasher" was properly Special Summoned before, because it was returned to the hand (a non-public knowledge location), it "loses" its properly Special Summoned status.

List[edit]

Text[edit]

Original First erratum Second erratum
This card cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. This card can only be Special Summoned [...] Cannot be Normal Summoned or Set. Must first be Special Summoned [...] Cannot be Normal Summoned/Set. Must first be Special Summoned [...]

Fusion Summon Fusion Monster[edit]

Original First erratum
This monster can only be Special Summoned by Fusion Summon (from the Extra Deck). Must first be Fusion Summoned [...]

Contact Fusion Fusion Monster[edit]

Original First erratum
This monster can only be Special Summoned [...] This card can only be Special Summoned from your Fusion Deck [...]
Second erratum Third erratum
This card can only be Special Summoned from your Extra Deck [...] Must first be Special Summoned (from your Extra Deck) [...]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Or an equivalent Special Summoning mechanic (i.e.: Ritual/Fusion/Synchro/Xyz/Link Summon).

References[edit]

  1. Taketa, Gregory (7 December 2009). "Special Summons – Spotting the Different Kinds". Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME STRATEGY SITE. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. Konami. Yu-Gi-Oh! Official Card Game - Perfect Rulebook 2015. p. 84.