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A Challenge Advantage is an advantage introduced in Survivor: Guatemala. It allows the castaway who holds it to gain an advantage over other castaways in an upcoming challenge.

Overview

The challenge advantage gives the person who holds it an advantage in an upcoming challenge, most typically an individual Immunity Challenge, but can only be used in the next immediate challenge. What the advantage entails differs, usually allowing the castaway to skip a portion of a challenge, gives them a second chance in the challenge, allows them to practice the challenge ahead of time, etc. Edge of Extinction introduced a challenge disadvantage, allowing a castaway to penalize another in a challenge. These advantages are usually sold at Survivor Auctions or as a reward at the Final Reward Challenge of the season.

Survivor: Nicaragua introduced the Medallion of Power, a similar concept, however gives the option for when the tribe wishes to use it, rather than it having to be used at the next Immunity Challenge.

History

Guatemala

Danni Boatwright purchased an advantage in the next Immunity Challenge at the season's auction on Day 31. The advantage was good for Watch Your Step, allowing her to swap with one other castaway at any point in the challenge. She used the advantage to swap places with Stephenie LaGrossa, and outmaneuvered her to win the challenge.

Gabon

Corinne Kaplan would purchase a challenge advantage for $500 at the Survivor Auction on Day 28. This advantage was good for The Domino Effect, allowing her to skip directly to the final portion of the challenge, making her one of three to be eligible to win immunity. Corinne would lose the challenge to Ken Hoang.

Samoa

Jaison Robinson purchased a challenge advantage for $500 at the Survivor Auction on Day 28. This advantage was good for Drop A Log, allowing him to move up two knots at any point in the challenge, reducing tension. Jaison would go on to win this challenge.

One World

Troyzan Robertson would purchase a challenge advantage for $420 at the Survivor Auction on Day 26. This advantage was good for Return From The Dead, allowing him to skip the first round of the challenge. Troyzan barely beat out Kim Spradlin to get into the final round, and would go on to win the challenge.

Philippines

Abi-Maria Gomes would purchase the first challenge advantage available in the season for $500 at the Survivor Auction on Day 28. This advantage was good for Brains and Brawn, allowing her to skip directly to the final portion of the challenge, making her one of three to be eligible to win immunity. Abi-Maria would go on to win the challenge. She would also use the advantage to make the claim she had a clue to a Hidden Immunity Idol hidden at the Dangrayne camp.

Malcolm Freberg would win the second challenge advantage available in the season at the Day 37 Reward Challenge. This advantage was good for the Final Immunity Challenge, The Ball Drop, allowing him to start over if he dropped his ball. Malcolm would be quickly eliminated from the challenge, unable to make use of his second chance. Michael Skupin would win the challenge.

Caramoan

John Cochran would purchase the first challenge advantage available in the season for $340 at the Survivor Auction on Day 29. This advantage was good for Drop A Log, and like Jaison in Samoa, allowed him to move up two knots at any point in the challenge. Cochran would go on to win the challenge.

Cochran would go on to win the second challenge advantage available in the season at the Day 37 Reward Challenge. This advantage was good for the Final Immunity Challenge, Vertically Challenged, having all of his puzzle bag untied. Just like Drop A Log, Cochran would wins this challenge, too.

San Juan del Sur

Keith Nale would win a challenge advantage at the Day 36 Reward Challenge. This advantage was good for Spoon Man, allowing him to practice with a replica of the challenge. Keith would go on to win the challenge.

Worlds Apart

Mike Holloway would win a challenge advantage at the Day 36 Reward Challenge. This advantage was good for Going Blind, allowing him to practice the challenge beforehand with his mother's aide. Mike would go on to win the challenge.

Game Changers

The exiled Debbie Wanner was offered a advantage for her new tribe in their next Immunity Challenge, as a part of her Advantage Menu offered by Cochran on Exile Island. She elected to take the Extra Vote over the challenge advantage or the build-a-fake Hidden Immunity Idol kit.

Ghost Island

Wendell Holland would send himself to Ghost Island on Day 31 in lieu of going on reward, earning him the chance to get an advantage. This advantage was Malcolm's advantage from Philippines, and was good for the same challenge, The Ball Drop, allowing him start over if he dropped his ball. Much like Malcolm, Wendell would lose the challenge against Domenick Abbate winning.

Edge of Extinction

Chris Underwood found the first challenge advantage on the Edge of Extinction on Day 13. This allowed him to practice the Jail Break portion of the first reentry duel. Keith Sowell would find the first challenge disadvantage, allowing him to penalize a player at the first reentry duel. He would penalize, Chris, who would have to untie thirty knots before going onto the A Bridge You Must Cross portion of the reentry duel. Despite the disadvantage, the six Edge of Extinction inhabitants would be close, but ultimately Rick Devens would win and reenter the game.

Aubry Bracco would find the second challenge advantage on the Edge of Extinction on Day 21, in addition to an Extra Vote she could gift to someone in the main game. The advantage allowed her to practice the first portion of the second reentry duel. Aubry would lose the duel against Chris, and was permanently eliminated from the game.

Summary

Advantage

Season Location Episode Acquired Owner Challenge Advantage Outcome
Guatemala Survivor Auction "Price for Immunity" S11 danni t
Danni Boatwright
Watch Your Step Switch places with another castaway Yes!
Won
Gabon Survivor Auction "Nothing Tastes Better than Five Hundred Dollars" S17 corinne t
Corinne Kaplan
The Domino Effect Skip directly to the finals No!
Lost
Samoa Survivor Auction "Off with Their Heads!" S19 jaison t
Jaison Robinson
Drop A Log Move hand down two knots Yes!
Won
One World Survivor Auction "I'm No Dummy" S24 troyzan t
Troyzan Robertson
Return From The Dead Skip the first round Yes!
Won
Philippines Survivor Auction "Hell Hath Frozen Over" S25 abimaria t
Abi-Maria Gomes
Brains and Brawn Skip directly to the finals Yes!
Won
Day 37 Reward Challenge "Million Dollar Question" S25 malcolm t
Malcolm Freberg
The Ball Drop Second chance if ball drops No!
Lost
Caramoan Survivor Auction "Come Over to the Dark Side" S26 cochran t
John Cochran
Drop A Log Move hand down two knots Yes!
Won
Day 37 Reward Challenge "Last Push" S26 cochran t
John Cochran
Vertically Challenged Puzzle bags already untied Yes!
Won
San Juan del Sur Day 36 Reward Challenge "This Is My Time" S29 keith t
Keith Nale
Spoon Man Challenge practice Yes!
Won
Worlds Apart Day 36 Reward Challenge "It's a Fickle, Fickle Game" S30 mike t
Mike Holloway
Going Blind Challenge practice Yes!
Won
Game Changers Exile Island "Vote Early, Vote Often" S34 debbie t
Debbie Wanner
Plunge, Pull, Pop Unknown Not chosen
Ghost Island Ghost Island "A Giant Game of Bumper Cars" S36 wendell t
Wendell Holland
The Ball Drop Second chance if ball drops No!
Lost
Edge of Extinction Edge of Extinction "It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever" S38 chris t
Chris Underwood
Back In the Saddle Challenge practice No!
Lost
"I'm the Puppet Master" S38 aubry t
Aubry Bracco
Don't Call It a Comeback Challenge practice No!
Lost

Disadvantage

Season Location Episode Acquired Owner Used On Challenge Penalty
Edge of Extinction Edge of Extinction "It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever" S38 keith t
Keith Sowell
S38 chris t
Chris Underwood
Back In the Saddle Must untie a set of thirty knots before continuing

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