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Choose Your Weapon (also known as Weapons, Warrior's Choice, and Spear Me the Details) is a recurring challenge that originated in Survivor: Borneo, and later appeared in The Amazon, All-Stars, Fiji, and Samoa. The challenge sees contestants attempt to master local weapons such as blow-darts, spears, and the bow and arrow.

Rules

The challenge is played in rounds, with the winners of each round moving on to the next. Each round, every contestant will attempt to hit a target using some form of local tribal weapon. The closest contestants to the target advance to the next stage of the challenge, where the process is repeated until one contestant is left standing.

In the tribal variation of the challenge, the scoring mechanism is modified. In Borneo, the tribe to win 2 out of 3 rounds won the challenge. In All-Stars, the first two rounds were used to give an advantage in the final rounds, with the tribe closest to the center winning two arrows to be used in the last round, and the losing tribe receiving one. The closest to the target in the final round won the challenge. In Fiji, each round would give away a different number of points. The first round would give one point, the second would give two, while the final would give three. The tribe would the most number of points at the end of the challenge wins.

History

The challenge debuted in Survivor: Borneo as a tribal Reward Challenge. Three members of each tribe competed, using one weapon each. The tribe to win two out of three rounds would win the challenge. Sean Kenniff beat Jenna Lewis using a blowdart gun to knock fruit off a wall (with the heaviest amount of fruit dislodged scoring a point) in the first round, scoring a point for Tagi. Subsequently, using a slingshot to knock down fruit, Gretchen Cordy outdid Richard Hatch to score for Pagong. In the last round, throwing spears at a target, Susan Hawk fell inches short of Joel Klug's mark. This resulted in Pagong winning the challenge 2-1, and receiving the fresh fruit knocked down during the challenge, as well as three chickens.

In Survivor: The Amazon, the challenge was used for individual reward. The challenge consisted of three rounds. The four closest shots using a blowdart moved onto throwing spears. The two best shots then took aim with a bow and arrow. Alex Bell defeated Matthew von Ertfelda in the final round to win the challenge and an afternoon at a coffee bar.

Survivor: All-Stars saw the challenge return to a tribal format, but with the first two rounds (blowdarts and spears) being used to win arrows for the final round where the tribe with an arrow closest to the bullseye wins the challenge. Jerri Manthey won the first round for Mogo Mogo, while Rupert Boneham won the second for Chapera, giving both tribes three arrows for the final round. Rob Mariano outdid Jerri in the final round, winning immunity for Chapera.

In Survivor: Fiji the challenge was used for tribal immunity. Each contestant competed in three rounds (blowdarts, spear, bow and arrow), with the person who hits closest to the target scoring 1, 2, or 3 points for their tribe respectively. Led by Yau-Man Chan, Moto won the challenge, and immunity.

Survivor: Samoa saw the challenge used for individual immunity. Each castaway would throw one stone at a set of three hanging tiles. For each tile broken, they would earn one spear to be used in the next round. The castaways would use a crossbow to shoot the spears they earned at a target. The castaway that shoots their spear closest to the center of the target would win. Mick Trimming won the challenge, and immunity.

Winners

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Borneo
"Pulling Your Own Weight"
Tribal Reward S1 colleen t.pngS1 gervase t.pngS1 greg t.png
S1 gretchen t.pngS1 jenna t.pngS1 joel t.png
Pagong
The Amazon
"The Chain"
Individual Reward S6 alex t.png
Alex Bell
All-Stars
"Pick a Tribemate"
Tribal Immunity S8 alicia t.pngS8 amber t.pngS8 jennal t.png
S8 robm t.pngS8 rupert t.pngS8 tom t.png
Chapera
Fiji
"So You Think You Can Meke?"
Tribal Immunity S14 boo t.pngS14 cassandra t.pngS14 earl t.png
S14 michelle t.pngS14 stacy t.pngS14 yauman t.png
Moto
Samoa
"The Day of Reckoning"
Individual Immunity S19 mick t.png
Mick Trimming

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Trivia

  • Jenna Lewis is the only contestant to compete in this challenge twice. Both times, her tribe won the challenge.
  • Only male contestants have won this challenge individually.
  • All tribes to win this challenge consisted of six contestants: three men and three women.

References

Recurring Challenges
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 · 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 · 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 · 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 · 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
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