Basket Brawl is a recurring challenge that originated in Survivor: Tocantins, and has since reappeared in Heroes vs. Villains, One World, and Cambodia. It is a Survivor version of basketball, albeit more physical.


Held in a partially submerged field of water, three castaways (an equal number of men and women from each tribe) would battle for control over a ball. Once a contestant has acquired the ball, they must throw it into their tribe's respective net, which would score them one point. Every time a point is scored, tribes may swap members in and out of the challenge depending on the stipulation for the upcoming round. The first tribe to score three points would win the challenge.


The Jalapao tribe won this challenge in its debut season, Survivor: Tocantins, defeating Timbira in a close match by a score of 3-2 to win fishing gear and immunity.

The Heroes tribe won this challenge in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, defeating the Villains tribe in a 3-0 blowout to win reward.

The Salani tribe, recently bolstered in strength by a favorable tribe swap, won this challenge in Survivor: One World, defeating the Manono tribe 3-1 to win immunity.

The challenge appeared in Survivor: Cambodia post-merge where the team of Abi-Maria Gomes, Ciera Eastin, Joe Anglim, Spencer Bledsoe, and Tasha Fox won with a score of 3-1 to win reward.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
"The Poison Apple Needs to Go"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S18 jt tS18 joe tS18 sandy t
S18 spencer tS18 stephen tS18 sydney tS18 taj t
Heroes vs. Villains
"I'm Not a Good Villain"
Tribal Reward S20 amanda tS20 candice t
S20 colby tS20 jt tS20 rupert t
One World
"A Bunch of Idiots"
Tribal Immunity S24 chelsea tS24 jay tS24 kat t
S24 kim tS24 michael tS24 sabrina tS24 troyzan t
"Like Selling Your Soul to the Devil"
Team Reward S31 abimaria tS31 ciera t
S31 joe tS31 spencer tS31 tasha t
Abi-Maria, Ciera, Joe, Spencer, & Tasha



  • J.T. Thomas, Stephen Fishbach, and Coach Wade are the only contestants to compete in this challenge twice. J.T. won both times, Stephen won once, while Coach did not win either time.
  • Both times the challenge was used on a season with all new players, the winning tribe had all of its season's finalists.


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