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Blue Plate Special (also known as Pot Shots, Sands of Time, Signal Fire, and Shoot Your Way Home) is a recurring skill and accuracy 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 Vanuatu, the challenge was modified for tribal use. Taking turns, each tribe member will take a shot at a ceramic tile grid. On the ground lies twenty wooden squares on a 4-by-5 gameboard, each of which will be turned over when its corresponding ceramic tile is broken. Once all four squares in a column are turned over, the tribe member assigned that column will move to a finish mat and exit the challenge. The first tribe to break all twenty tiles wins.


In 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 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 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 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.

In Vanuatu, the challenge was modified for use as a tribal Immunity Challenge. Facing certain elimination as the last man on Yasur, Rory Freeman gave his tribe a consistent lead against the rival Lopevi tribe to success, winning immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
The Australian Outback
"No Longer Just a Game"
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Colby Donaldson
"The Big Adventure"
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Tom Buchanan
"Marquesan Vacation"
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Vecepia Towery
Pearl Islands
"Shocking! Simply Shocking!"
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Rupert Boneham
"Anger, Threats, Tears... and Coffee"
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  • Vecepia Towery is the only woman to win this challenge individually.
    • She is also the only eventual Sole Survivor to win this challenge.
    • She is also the only individual winner of this challenge to not compete in Survivor: All-Stars.
  • No one has participated in this challenge more than once.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · 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 · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · 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 · Kenny Log-Ins · 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 · Reinventing The Wheel · 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 · Star Man · 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