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, or allows them to practice the challenge ahead of time. 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.
Nicaragua introduced the Medallion of Power, a similar concept which gives the option for when the tribe holding the Medallion of Power wishes to use it, rather than it having to be used at the next Immunity Challenge.
Danni Boatwright purchased an advantage for the next Immunity Challenge at the Survivor 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.
Boo Bernis received a challenge advantage for coming in first place at the Reward Challenge on Day 31. The advantage was good for Twisted, allowing him to skip directly to the final portion of the challenge, making him one of three to be eligible to win immunity. Boo would go on to win the challenge.
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.
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 the challenge.
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.
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.
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 the most of his second chance. Michael Skupin would win the challenge.
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 Robinson 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 bags untied. Just like Drop A Log, Cochran would win this challenge as well.
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.
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.
After being left without a tribe during the Tribe Switch on Day 14, Debbie Wanner was sent to Exile Island, where she was offered an advantage for her new tribe in their next Immunity Challenge, as a part of an Advantage Menu offered by the visiting John Cochran. However, she elected to take the Extra Vote over the challenge advantage or a fake Hidden Immunity Idol kit.
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 Freberg'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 was unable to make the most of his second chance and lost. Domenick Abbate would go on to win the challenge.
Edge of Extinction
Chris Underwood found the first challenge advantage on the Edge of Extinction on Day 13. This allowed him to practice the first portion of the first re-entry duel, Back In the Saddle. On Day 16, Keith Sowell would find the first challenge disadvantage, allowing him to penalize a player at the first re-entry duel. He decided to penalize Chris, who would have to untie thirty knots before going onto the second portion of the challenge. Despite the disadvantage, the six Edge of Extinction inhabitants would be close, but Rick Devens would ultimately go on to win and re-enter the game.
Aubry Bracco would find the second challenge advantage on the Edge of Extinction on Day 21, in addition to an Extra Vote which she could gift to someone in the main game. The advantage allowed her to practice the first portion of the second re-entry duel, Don't Call It a Comeback. Aubry would lose the duel to Chris, and was permanently eliminated from the game.
David Wright found a third challenge advantage on the Edge of Extinction on Day 26, which had to be sent to one of the remaining players in the main game for the next Immunity Challenge. He chose to give it to Rick, who then only had to land four balls instead of five in the Paddle Out challenge. Rick would go on to win the challenge.
Winners at War
Castaways can purchase challenge advantages via Fire Tokens. Challenge advantages could be purchased for four Fire Tokens for tribal challenges or one Fire Token (prior to the first re-entry duel)/two Fire Tokens (prior to the second re-entry duel) for one advantage at the re-entry duel (with castaways being allowed to purchase a maximum of three advantages).
On Day 19, Danni Boatwright, Ethan Zohn, Natalie Anderson, Rob Mariano, and Tyson Apostol each used one Fire Token to purchase an advantage at the first re-entry duel, Back in the Saddle. All five would not have to dig for their bag of string. Tyson would go on to win the duel, re-entering the game.
On Day 32, a challenge disadvantage was hidden on the Edge of Extinction. This would be good for the next Immunity Challenge, but had to be sold by sundown for as many Fire Tokens as the finder wanted. Natalie found the disadvantage and sold it to Nick Wilson for 8 Fire Tokens. Nick would anonymously disadvantage Ben Driebergen at the High Step Back challenge: Ben would have 30% more beam and blocks than the other castaways. Michele Fitzgerald won the challenge.
On Day 35, Natalie purchased three advantages for six Fire Tokens in the second re-entry duel, while Parvati Shallow, Wendell Holland, and Yul Kwon each purchased one advantage for two Fire Tokens. The first advantage allowed them to skip the fence obstacle, while Natalie's second and third advantages allowed her to not have to dig up a rung and having 1/3 of her rope bridge already completed.
|Edge of Extinction||Edge of Extinction||"It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever"|| |
|Back In the Saddle||Must untie a set of thirty knots before continuing|| |
|Winners at War||Edge of Extinction||"The Penultimate Step of the War"|| |
|High Step Back||30% more beam and blocks|| |
- John Cochran is the first castaway to obtain two separate challenge advantages in a season.
- Chris Underwood is the first castaway to have both a challenge advantage and a disadvantage for the same challenge.