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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 t.pngS18 joe t.pngS18 sandy t.png
S18 spencer t.pngS18 stephen t.pngS18 sydney t.pngS18 taj t.png
Heroes vs. Villains
"I'm Not a Good Villain"
Tribal Reward S20 amanda t.pngS20 candice t.png
S20 colby t.pngS20 jt t.pngS20 rupert t.png
One World
"A Bunch of Idiots"
Tribal Immunity S24 chelsea t.pngS24 jay t.pngS24 kat t.png
S24 kim t.pngS24 michael t.pngS24 sabrina t.pngS24 troyzan t.png
"Like Selling Your Soul to the Devil"
Team Reward S31 abimaria t.pngS31 ciera t.png
S31 joe t.pngS31 spencer t.pngS31 tasha t.png
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.


Recurring Challenges
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 · 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 · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · 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 Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · 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 · 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 · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · 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 · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · 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 · 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