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Losing Face (also known as Bail Out, Box Car Blues, Ball-istic Missiles, Heroes End, and Ramplified) 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 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]

In Survivor 41, three members of each tribe had to work together to climb over a net obstacle. Once across, one member had to unbraid three ropes to release a key they would need to unlock a machete and chop a rope, releasing sandbags. They must then use a slingshot to knock down two targets. Although Luvu was the first to reach the slingshot portion, Yase was able to catch up and finish first, with Luvu finishing second, sending Ua, which failed to knock down a single target, to their third consecutive Tribal Council.

The mechanics employed in Survivor 41 were reused in Survivor 42. Ika got out to an early lead, winning the challenge before either Taku or Vati had released their keys. Although Taku struggled in releasing their keys, Jonathan Young managed to hit both targets first, sending Vati to their second Tribal Council.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
South Pacific
"Free Agent"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S23 cochran t.pngS23 dawn t.pngS23 jim t.png
S23 keith t.pngS23 ozzy t.pngS23 whitney t.png
Millennials vs. Gen X
"I Will Destroy You"
Tribal Immunity S33 adam t.pngS33 jessica t.pngS33 ken t.pngS33 taylor t.png
S33 chris t.pngS33 david t.pngS33 michelle t.pngS33 zeke t.png
Game Changers
"Dirty Deed"
Tribal Immunity S34 brad t.pngS34 debbie t.png
S34 hali t.pngS34 sierra t.pngS34 tai t.png
S34 andrea t.pngS34 cirie t.pngS34 ozzy t.png
S34 sarah t.pngS34 troyzan t.pngS34 zeke t.png
David vs. Goliath
"Jackets and Eggs"
Tribal Reward S37 alec t.pngS37 carl t.png
S37 davie t.pngS37 elizabeth t.pngS37 kara t.png
S37 angelina t.pngS37 lyrsa t.png
S37 mike t.pngS37 natalie t.pngS37 nick t.png
Edge of Extinction
"Betrayals Are Going to Get Exposed"
Tribal Reward S38 chris t.pngS38 david t.pngS38 kelley t.png
S38 lauren t.pngS38 rick t.pngS38 wardog t.pngS38 wendy t.png
Island of the Idols
"Suck It Up Buttercup"
Tribal Reward S39 aaron t.pngS39 dan t.pngS39 elaine t.pngS39 elizabeth t.png
S39 jason t.pngS39 lauren t.pngS39 missy t.pngS39 tommy t.png
Winners at War
"We're in the Majors"
Tribal Reward S40 adam t.pngS40 ben t.pngS40 sarah t.pngS40 sophie t.png
S40 michele t.pngS40 nick t.pngS40 wendell t.pngS40 yul t.png
Survivor 41
"The Strategist or the Loyalist"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S41 evvie t.pngS41 liana t.pngS41 tiffany t.pngS41 xander t.png
S41 danny t.pngS41 deshawn t.pngS41 erika t.png
S41 heather t.pngS41 naseer t.pngS41 sydney t.png
Survivor 42
"I'm Survivor Rich"
Tribal Reward/Immunity S42 drea t.pngS42 rocksroy t.pngS42 romeo t.pngS42 tori t.png
S42 jonathan t.pngS42 lindsay t.pngS42 maryanne t.pngS42 omar t.png




  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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