Day Zero is twist that debuted in Survivor: Blood vs. Water, and was used again in Survivor: San Juan del Sur.

Concept

Prior to the game officially starting, the pairs of contestants will be left overnight at individual locations around the island leading them to believe that they will be working and competing together as a duo.

When Jeff Probst meets the castaways officially on Day 1, the couples will be divided into their pre-determined tribes.

Trivia

  • With Day Zero, the game lasts 39 days and 12 hours, making seasons featuring it second-longest seasons after Survivor: The Australian Outback which ran for 42 days.
  • Publicity photos and confessionals were conducted with the pairs together, also reinforcing the idea that they would play together.
  • Day Zero has only been used in seasons to feature the Blood vs. Water twist.

Gallery


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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