Losing Face (also known as Bail Out, Box Car Blues, Ball-istic Missiles, and Heroes End) is a recurring Survivor challenge that debuted in Survivor: South Pacific. While the obstacle course section of the challenge varies between seasons, the final portion of the challenge involves hitting targets with slingshots.


The castaways must race across a series of obstacles before getting to a slingshot at the end of the course. Using the slingshot and the provided ammunition, the castaways would attempt to knock down a number of targets. The first tribe to knock down all their targets wins.


In South Pacific, three castaways from each tribe had to assemble a wheelbarrow and then push the wheelbarrow around a series of obstacles. Along the way, they would stop at two stations and collect a load of coconuts. The three other castaways would then disassemble the wheelbarrow and reassemble it into a sling shot. They would use the coconuts as ammunition for the slingshot to knock down six targets. In the end, the Savaii tribe came from behind to win reward and immunity, sending Upolu to Tribal Council.

In Millennials vs. Gen X, the castaways had to throw coconuts into a basket; once enough coconuts were in the basket, a scale would tip, releasing three two-digit numbers; one castaway would then use the numbers to solve a combination lock and unlock a slingshot. The castaways would then use the slingshot to launch sandbags at targets. The Takali tribe easily came in first, while Vanua came from behind, winning both tribes immunity and sending Ikabula to their first Tribal Council.

In Game Changers, the castaways had to go up and over a large wall before three members of each tribe would tumble a large timber cube towards a stand. One castaway would get atop the cube and retrieve a key. The two other tribemates would use the key to unlock a crate of 100 sandbags. They then had to carry these sandbags across an uneven balance beam. Finally, the tribes had to use these sandbags as ammunition for a slingshot to knock down five wooden targets. In a closely fought challenge, the Mana tribe came in first and Tavua in second to win immunity, sending Nuku to Tribal Council.

In David vs. Goliath, two members of each tribe had to use poles to knock out sandbags from an overhanging net. Once they had all their sandbags, they then had to untie a slingshot. Each tribe would have to use the slingshot to get the sandbags into two baskets, which would raise a flag. The Vuku tribe came from behind to finish first, while Jabeni narrowly defeated Tiva for second, winning both tribes reward.

In Edge of Extinction, three members of each tribe had to assemble a wheelbarrow, then navigate through the course while untying a series of knots to collect two batches of sandbags. The other four members must disassemble the wheelbarrow and reassemble it to create a slingshot and knock down four targets. Although the tribes were relatively even throughout the course, Manu took the lead when Kama had difficulty taking apart their wheelbarrow, allowing Manu to pull ahead and claim their first victory.

In Island of the Idols, six members of each tribe will had to transport a sled loaded with sandbags and ridden by their last member down a track and through a series of obstacles. On the way, the rider must retrieve a key, use it to unlock a slingshot, then use the slingshot to knock down three targets. The tribes were neck and neck going into the slingshot portion, but Vokai's Aaron Meredith was able to hit all his targets before Lairo's Jack Nichting to win reward for Vokai.

In Winners at War, the challenge was used as an unaired Reward Challenge on Day 17. Press photos indicate that the variation used was similar to Ball-istic Missiles, as previously used in David vs. Goliath. It was revealed that Yara came in first and Sele came in second to win reward.[1]


Episode Challenge Type Winner
South Pacific
"Free Agent"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S23 cochran tS23 dawn tS23 jim t
S23 keith tS23 ozzy tS23 whitney t
Millennials vs. Gen X
"I Will Destroy You"
Tribal Immunity S33 adam tS33 jessica tS33 ken tS33 taylor t
S33 chris tS33 david tS33 michelle tS33 zeke t
Game Changers
"Dirty Deed"
Tribal Immunity S34 brad tS34 debbie t
S34 hali tS34 sierra tS34 tai t
S34 andrea tS34 cirie tS34 ozzy t
S34 sarah tS34 troyzan tS34 zeke t
David vs. Goliath
"Jackets and Eggs"
Tribal Reward S37 alec tS37 carl t
S37 davie tS37 elizabeth tS37 kara t
S37 angelina tS37 lyrsa t
S37 mike tS37 natalie tS37 nick t
Edge of Extinction
"Betrayals Are Going to Get Exposed"
Tribal Reward S38 chris tS38 david tS38 kelley t
S38 lauren tS38 rick tS38 wardog tS38 wendy t
Island of the Idols
"Suck It Up Buttercup"
Tribal Reward S39 aaron tS39 dan tS39 elaine tS39 elizabeth t
S39 jason tS39 lauren tS39 missy tS39 tommy t
Winners at War
"We're in the Majors"
Tribal Reward S40 adam tS40 ben tS40 sarah tS40 sophie t
S40 michele tS40 nick tS40 wendell tS40 yul t




  1. Ross, Dalton (March 25, 2020). "Survivor: Winners at War recap: The queen abdicates her throne". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 25, 2020. 

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