Throughout the course of the Survivor series, advantages have been available to contestants to potentially help themselves be in a more favorable position in the game. Usually obtainable through Reward Challenges, Survivor Auctions, Exile Island, or Ghost Island, these advantages may help increase the longevity of a player, but do not guarantee it. Players may opt to use an advantage as they see fit, either by invoking its intended purpose, or use it as a bargaining tool to form alliances.
The earliest advantage to appear on Survivor, it gives a player an edge at the following Immunity Challenge.
Medallion of Power
- Main article: Medallion of Power
Hidden Immunity Idol
- Main article: Hidden Immunity Idol
The most common advantage available, the Hidden Immunity Idol nullifies any votes cast against its owner at Tribal Council, eliminating the player with the next highest number of votes instead.
- Main article: Extra Vote
Players who possess this advantage has the ability to vote twice at any Tribal Council until Day 36.
A variant of the Extra Vote, this allows a player to prevent another from voting and take that player's ballot as their own.
- Main article: Juror Removal
On Day 38 of Survivor: Kaôh Rōng, the final three castaways competed in a Reward Challenge in which the winner may eliminate one member of the jury, depriving that juror of the right to participate at the Final Tribal Council.
- Main article: Legacy Advantage
Obtained at an early point in the game, the Legacy Advantage acts as a Hidden Immunity Idol that may only be used at certain points in the game. If a player is eliminated with this advantage in their possession, they must, in their final words, will it to another player still in the game.
At some point during the game, a player who obtains the Idol Nullifier and wishes to use it must correctly guess who is going to play the Hidden Immunity Idol (or who the idol will be played for) while casting the vote during Tribal Council. An incorrect guess will not only result in the advantage being wasted, but the identity of the user of the Idol Nullifier will also remain anonymous.