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 (
Cards can be Tributed in two ways:
- As requirement for a Tribute Summon/Set.
- By cards that specifically use 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.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Rush Duel
In Rush Duel, Tributing is exclusive to Tribute Summons.
Card effects that would Tribute monsters on the field in the TCG/OCG instead send them from the field to the Graveyard in Rush Duels. For example, in the TCG/OCG, "Cannon Soldier" Tributes monsters to use its effect, whereas in Rush Duels "Cannon Soldier" sends monsters from the field to the Graveyard.