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, 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.

History

Guatemala

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.

Fiji

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.

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 the 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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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 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

Challenge advantages could be purchased by a tribe for any challenge prior to the merge for four Fire Tokens, though no tribe chose to avail of this option.

Castaways on the Edge of Extinction could 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. Natalie went on to win the duel, allowing her to re-enter the game.

Summary

Advantage

Season Location Episode Acquired Owner Given To Challenge Advantage Outcome
Guatemala Survivor Auction "Price for Immunity" S11 danni t.png
Danni Boatwright
None Watch Your Step Switch places with another castaway Yes!.png
Won
Fiji Day 31 Reward Challenge "A Smile, Velvet Gloves and a Dagger in My Pocket" S14 boo t.png
Boo Bernis
None Twisted Skip directly to the finals Yes!.png
Won
Gabon Survivor Auction "Nothing Tastes Better than Five Hundred Dollars" S17 corinne t.png
Corinne Kaplan
None The Domino Effect Skip directly to the finals No!.png
Lost
Samoa Survivor Auction "Off with Their Heads!" S19 jaison t.png
Jaison Robinson
None Drop A Log Move hand down two knots Yes!.png
Won
One World Survivor Auction "I'm No Dummy" S24 troyzan t.png
Troyzan Robertson
None Return From The Dead Skip the first round Yes!.png
Won
Philippines Survivor Auction "Hell Hath Frozen Over" S25 abimaria t.png
Abi-Maria Gomes
None Brains and Brawn Skip directly to the finals Yes!.png
Won
Day 37 Reward Challenge "Million Dollar Question" S25 malcolm t.png
Malcolm Freberg
None The Ball Drop Second chance if ball drops No!.png
Lost
Caramoan Survivor Auction "Come Over to the Dark Side" S26 cochran t.png
John Cochran
None Drop A Log Move hand down two knots Yes!.png
Won
Day 37 Reward Challenge "Last Push" S26 cochran t.png
John Cochran
None Vertically Challenged Puzzle bags already untied Yes!.png
Won
San Juan del Sur Day 36 Reward Challenge "This Is My Time" S29 keith t.png
Keith Nale
None Spoon Man Challenge practice Yes!.png
Won
Worlds Apart Day 36 Reward Challenge "It's a Fickle, Fickle Game" S30 mike t.png
Mike Holloway
None Going Blind Challenge practice Yes!.png
Won
Game Changers Exile Island "Vote Early, Vote Often" S34 debbie t.png
Debbie Wanner
None Plunge, Pull, Pop Unknown Not chosen
Ghost Island Ghost Island "A Giant Game of Bumper Cars" S36 wendell t.png
Wendell Holland
None The Ball Drop Second chance if ball drops No!.png
Lost
Edge of Extinction Edge of Extinction "It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever" S38 chris t.png
Chris Underwood
None Back In the Saddle Challenge practice No!.png
Lost
"I'm the Puppet Master" S38 aubry t.png
Aubry Bracco
None Don't Call It a Comeback Challenge practice No!.png
Lost
"Blood of a Blindside" S38 david t.png
David Wright
S38 rick t.png
Rick Devens
Paddle Out One less ball to land Yes!.png
Won
Winners at War Purchased on the Edge of Extinction "This Is Where the Battle Begins" S40 danni t.png
Danni Boatwright
None Back In the Saddle Did not have to dig for bag of string No!.png
Lost
S40 ethan t.png
Ethan Zohn
No!.png
Lost
S40 natalie t.png
Natalie Anderson
No!.png
Lost
S40 rob t.png
Rob Mariano
No!.png
Lost
S40 tyson t.png
Tyson Apostol
Yes!.png
Won
"The Penultimate Step of the War" S40 natalie t.png
Natalie Anderson
None Don't Call It a Comeback Skip the fence obstacle, rung is already dug up, and 1/3 of the rope bridge completed Yes!.png
Won
S40 parvati t.png
Parvati Shallow
Skip the fence obstacle No!.png
Lost
S40 wendell t.png
Wendell Holland
No!.png
Lost
S40 yul t.png
Yul Kwon
No!.png
Lost

Disadvantage

Season Location Episode Acquired Owner Penalized Challenge Disadvantage
Outcome
Edge of Extinction Edge of Extinction "It's Like the Worst Cocktail Party Ever" S38 keith t.png
Keith Sowell
S38 chris t.png
Chris Underwood
Back In the Saddle Must untie a set of thirty knots before continuing No!.png
Lost
Winners at War Edge of Extinction "The Penultimate Step of the War" S40 nick t.png
Nick Wilson
S40 ben t.png
Ben Driebergen
High Step Back 30% more beam and blocks No!.png
Lost

Trivia

  • 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.


Survivor Gameplay
Challenges

Challenge Advantage · Do-It-Yourself Challenge · Duel · Family Visit · Immunity Challenge (Final Immunity Challenge) · Immunity Idol · Immunity Necklace · Medallion of Power · Reward Challenge · Survivor Auction

Elimination

Edge of Extinction · Ejection · Evacuation · Final Tribal Council · Jury · Quit · Redemption Island · Snuffer · Sole Survivor · Tiebreaker · Torch · Tribal Council · Urn

Strategy

Alliance · Pagonging · Split Vote

Social Dynamics

Final Two · Final Three · Merge · Tribe

Twists
Casting

Battle of the Sexes · Blood vs. Water · Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty · Old vs. Young · Returning Players · Schoolyard Pick · Tribes Divided by Ethnicity


Tribal Council-Related

Double Elimination · Double Tribal Council · Extra Vote · Hidden Immunity Idol · Idol Nullifier · Joint Tribal Council · Juror Removal · Vote Blocker · Vote Steal


Miscellaneous

Advantage Menu · Buried Treasure · Day Zero · Exile Island · Fake Merge · Fire Token · First Impressions · Ghost Island · Haves vs. Have Nots · Island of the Idols · Kidnapping · Legacy Advantage · Looting · Mutiny · One World · Reward Steal · The Outcasts · Tribe Leader · Tribe Switch

Post-Game

Fan Favorite Award · Lawsuits and Legal Action · Ponderosa · Reunion Show

Miscellaneous

Buff · Confessional · Luxury Item · Rites of Passage · Survivor Rulebook · Ulonging

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