Blue Plate Special (also known as Pot Shots, Sands of Time, and Signal Fire) is a recurring challenge of Survivor.


Each person has three plates with his/her name on them hanging from a tree. Using a slingshot, each castaway must try to break everyone's plates before his or hers are entirely broken. The last person with a plate still hanging at the end wins.


In Survivor: The Australian Outback, Amber Brkich was first out, followed by Keith Famie, Tina Wesson, and Rodger Bingham, all taken out by Colby Donaldson. Colby knocked two of Elisabeth Filarski's plates out to win immunity.

In Survivor: Africa, the challenge consisted of eighteen clay pots in a line. Each player's name is printed on three of the pots. The players were given traditional East African weapons called rungus which they must throw at their opponents' pots, trying to break them and have them fall to the ground. Each player throws one rungu per round and players switch positions after each round. When a player's third pot is broken, that player is out of the challenge. The last player with at least one pot still hanging wins. In the first three rounds, Tom Buchanan managed to hit one of Teresa Cooper's pots, followed by Kim Powers and Lex van den Berghe, while the others missed each time. In the fourth round, Kim Johnson had the sole hit, but on one of her own pots. In the fifth round, Ethan Zohn hit Kim P.'s second pot. In the sixth round, Ethan and Tom hit Teresa's other two pots, eliminating her from the challenge. In the next two rounds, Lex eliminated Kim P. by hitting her third pot and hit Ethan's first pot. In the ninth round, Kim J. made the first hit on Tom, who hit Ethan's second pot in the tenth round. In the eleventh round, Kim J.'s second pot was hit by Lex, whose second pot was hit by Ethan in the twelfth round. Tom, however, stopped Ethan by hitting his third pot in the thirteenth round. Although Tom broke Kim J.'s third pot in the fourteenth round, it did not fall, keeping Kim J. in the running. Tom managed to eliminate Lex by hitting his third pot in the fifteenth round. Although Kim J. manages to hit Tom's second pot in the sixteenth round, Tom also broke Kim J.'s third pot, giving Tom individual immunity.

In Survivor: Marquesas, each player has an hourglass structure filled with sand. A tiki is placed at the base of each structure. Each player takes turns firing small rocks with a slingshot at another player's structure hoping to break one of nine tiles on it. Breaking a tile releases sand that falls over a player's tiki. Once a player's tiki is completely covered, they are out of the game. Players rotate one space over after each round. The last player left with their tiki uncovered wins. The three men—Robert DeCanio, Sean Rector, and Paschal English—are the first to have their tikis covered, followed by Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien. Neleh Dennis and Vecepia Towery continued to battle it out until Vecepia's accuracy pays off for her, winning her individual immunity.

In Survivor: Pearl Islands, the challenge was done in three heats. Each castaway would use a slingshot to fire marbles at targets. Whenever a target is hit, it will ignite a flame that would climb to the next target. The targets must be hit in the correct order, otherwise, if castaway hits the target that is not in the right order, he/she will be out of the challenge. The first person from each heat to hit their three targets in ascending order would move on to the final round. The first person in the final round to hit their three targets wins reward. After winning the last heat against Ryan Opray and Lillian Morris, Rupert Boneham won reward, but opted to give it to Burton Roberts, who shared with Lillian.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
The Australian Outback
"No Longer Just a Game"
Individual Immunity S2 colby t
Colby Donaldson
"The Big Adventure"
Individual Immunity S3 tom t
Tom Buchanan
"Marquesan Vacation"
Individual Immunity S4 vecepia t
Vecepia Towery
Pearl Islands
"Shocking! Simply Shocking!"
Individual Reward S7 rupert t
Rupert Boneham



  • Vecepia Towery is the only woman to win this challenge.
  • No one has participated in this challenge more than once.
  • Rupert Boneham is only person to win the challenge and not make it to the season finale.


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