The notion of a generalized scale emerged in recent joint work with Afsar–Brownlowe–Larsen on equilibrium states on C*-algebras of right Least Common Multiple (LCM) monoids, where it features as the key datum for the dynamics under investigation. This work provides the structure theory for such monoidal homomorphisms. We establish the uniqueness of the generalized scale and characterize its existence in terms of a simplicial graph arising from a new notion of irreducibility inside right LCM monoids. In addition, the method yields an explicit construction of the generalized scale if existent. We discuss applications for graph products as well as algebraic dynamical systems and reveal a striking connection to Saito’s degree map.