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A Crate Idea (also known as Crate Outdoors, Boats, Brains & Brawn, Uprising and No Quarter) is a recurring physical/puzzle challenge that originated in Survivor: Tocantins and was later used in future seasons.


Two castaways from each tribe race out to a giant tribe-colored crate. Once they reach the crate, they must roll it back to their tribe's mat. Upon reaching the tribe mat, the next pair run out to get the next crate. Once all 6 crates have been collected, the contestants would stack the crates, solving a puzzle on the side of the crates (spelling out a key word or phrase). Once all the crates have been stacked correctly, the castaways would climb up the crates to a platform. The first tribe to get all tribe members on the platform wins.


United States[]

In the challenge's debut in Tocantins, Timbira was able to collect their crates first. However, Jalapao overtook them in the puzzle portion and won immunity, sending Timbira to their second consecutive Tribal Council.

The challenge later reappeared in Heroes vs. Villains. Although the Heroes collected all their crates first, a communications breakdown between several of their members allowed the much more organized Villains, under Rob Mariano's leadership to finish their puzzle first and win immunity.

In Caramoan, the challenge was supposed to be an Immunity Challenge in "Persona Non Grata", but Bikal decided to forfeit the challenge and go to Tribal Council, giving Gota immunity. It was used later in the following episode, with the physically stronger new Gota tribe winning immunity over the less physically adept new Bikal.

In Blood vs. Water, the challenge was a combined Reward/Immunity Challenge. Paddling out to retrieve puzzle crates, the tribes would have to dive down underwater to release the boxes. Once all crates were retrieved and brought back to shore, the tribes would stack the crates into a staircase with Blood vs. Water properly aligned along the sides. Then, two members of each tribe would solve a puzzle giving them the combination to retrieve the correct key. The first tribe to run to the top of the tower, unlock and pull a lever, releasing the tribe flag, would win the challenge. Galang won their fourth consecutive immunity, beating Tadhana in a close race.

The challenge was modified for use as the Earn the Merge challenge in Survivor 43. Teams will drag a sled to retrieve their six wooden crates, using these to build a staircase to retrieve a key. After racing up a warped wall, they will use their key to unlock puzzle pieces to solve a word puzzle. Despite lagging behind and one member sustaining a finger injury, the blue team of Dwight Moore, Jeanine Zheng, Jesse Lopez, Karla Cruz Godoy, Mike Gabler, and Ryan Medrano staged a comeback to win the challenge.


Mexico (Unofficial)[]

In La Isla 2012, it was used as the first Immunity Challenge as new tribes. In the challenge, only two contestants moved the cubes, while the rest were positioned on top of them. The Celebridades tribe quickly got in the lead, and the Desconocidos tribe was never able to catch up.

South Africa[]

In Maldives, the tribes competed for a mystery reward sponsored by Volvo. In view of the sponsorship, the tribes had to stack the crates to depict the Volvo logo. Though both tribes showed some struggle with arranging their crates, Raituhn pulled forward to complete their puzzle before Goma had gotten their game plan together. They won the challenge, and it was revealed that the prize was a set of comfort items.

In Immunity Island, the tribes competed for immunity and had to stack their crates to form the logo for Brights Hardware. Zamba suffered from poor communication, while Vuna won the challenge, extending their winning streak.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Australian Survivor (2017)
Episode 1
Tribal Immunity AUS4 ak tAUS4 adam tAUS4 aimee tAUS4 anneliese t
AUS4 jarrad tAUS4 kate tAUS4 locky tAUS4 markh t
AUS4 peter tAUS4 tara tAUS4 tessa tAUS4 ziggy t
Heroes v Villains
Episode 11
Tribal Immunity AUS10 david tAUS10 hayley tAUS10 liz t
AUS10 nina tAUS10 sam tAUS10 shaun tAUS10 simon t
Villains (Australia)

Episode Challenge Type Winners
La Isla 2012
Cycle 5, Episode 18
Tribal Immunity 2012LI celia t2012LI daniel t2012LI adolfo t
2012LI ivonne t2012LI julia t2012LI mariana t2012LI ricardo t
Celebridades (2012)

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Episode 6
Tribal Reward ZAS4 bonnie tZAS4 harry tZAS4 hykie t
ZAS4 letshego tZAS4 malusi tZAS4 tejan t
Immunity Island
"Gloat or Vote"
Tribal Immunity ZAS8 anesu tZAS8 dino tZAS8 kiran t
ZAS8 marisha tZAS8 nicole tZAS8 qiean t
ZAS8 renier tZAS8 thoriso tZAS8 tyson t

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Robinson 2023
Episode 25
Tribal Immunity SES23 amandae tSES23 camillas tSES23 christopher t
SES23 dennisj tSES23 erik tSES23 marcus tSES23 pernilla t
South Team (Robinson 2023)



  • J.T. Thomas, Coach Wade, and Tyson Apostol have competed in this challenge twice, all winning it once.
  • Every time this challenge appeared, it was used for tribal immunity.
  • This challenge is the first challenge in Survivor history to be forfeited by a tribe before it began. Bikal forfeited this challenge in Caramoan, giving Gota immunity.
  • When the challenge was subsequently reused, the switched Gota tribe won again. This makes Gota the first tribe to "win" the same challenge twice, and Eddie Fox, Reynold Toepfer, and Sherri Biethman the first contestants to "win" the same challenge twice in one season.
  • Each time this challenge was used in a "Heroes vs Villains"-themed season, the Villains and a member of the Twine family won.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Cage Against the Machine · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Dizzy Gillespie · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Drum Roll · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · EOC · Eve 6 · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Fire Starter · Flips, Flops, & Flags · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kenny Log-Ins · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Mayan Pizza · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rock the Boat · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Rung O Star · Running Down a Dream · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung a Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Star Man · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Super Ramp · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Tangled Up · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Total Recall · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me