Throughout the course of the Survivor series, advantages have been available for contestants to potentially help maneuver themselves into a more favorable position in the game. Usually obtainable through Reward Challenges, Survivor Auctions, Exile Island, Ghost Island, or the Edge of Extinction, 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 by using 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
Reentry Advantage and Disadvantage
In Survivor: Edge of Extinction, advantages were hidden on the Edge of Extinction to give the voted out player who finds it an edge at the reentry challenge, rather than at the next Immunity Challenge. Additionally, one such advantage allows the finder to penalize another contestant at the reentry challenge.
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 privately will it to another player still in the game in their final words.
- Main article: Idol Nullifier
At some point during the game, a player who obtains the Idol Nullifier and wishes to use it must correctly guess who a Hidden Immunity Idol will be played for while casting their vote during Tribal Council. An incorrect guess will result in the advantage being wasted, but the identity of the user of the Idol Nullifier will also remain anonymous.
- Main article: Advantage Menu
An Advantage Menu allows a player to select one of a handful of advantages to use on the list, such as an Extra Vote, Individual Immunity, or a Reward Steal. However, the timeframe to use the advantage before it expires may be limited.
- Main article: Fire Token
Fire Tokens allow a player to purchase food, comfort or other advantages from the players living on the Edge of Extinction.