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The Shot in the Dark is a twist first introduced in Survivor 41.



At the start of the game, each castaway receives a six-sided die. If at one point a player perceives certain trouble at Tribal Council, they may invoke the Shot in the Dark. Once a player is called to vote, they must wager their vote and insert their die in an urn hidden in the voting booth, after which the player will randomly select one of many rolled-up parchments from a container. The player takes their selected scroll to their seat until the host returns with the voting urn. When the host asks if someone wants to play an advantage or a Hidden Immunity Idol, player(s) who used the Shot in the Dark must present their still-unopened scroll, and if it reads "Safe", then all votes cast against them will not be counted similar to how a regular idol is played. If the scroll reads "Unsafe", all votes cast against that player(s) remain valid, and the gamble is considered unsuccessful.

According to Executive Producer Matt Van Wagenen, the odds of each player obtaining immunity, regardless of who "rolled" first or who had already selected a "Safe" scroll, will remain the same.[1]


The Shot in the Dark die is presented as a carved six-sided die. How it is used however is more of a symbolism than having a direct impact in the game as the player will still randomly select the one scroll that reads "safe".


Described by host Jeff Probst as a "Hail Mary" move, when a player is in certain danger of being voted out with no available options left, the die can be used as a last resort. With nothing to lose except their vote at Tribal Council, a player may be able to change the direction of the vote, despite the odds of having a favorable outcome being slim.[2]

Twist History

Advantage/Game History

Episode Took Gamble Result Victim



Survivor Gameplay
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
Edge of Extinction · Ejection · Evacuation · Final Tribal Council · Jury · Quit · Redemption Island · Snuffer · Sole Survivor · Tiebreaker · Torch · Tribal Council · Urn
Alliance · Pagonging · Split Vote (Strategy)
Social Dynamics
Final Two · Final Three · Merge · Tribe

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 (History) · Idol Nullifier · Joint Tribal Council · Juror Removal · Shot in the Dark · Vote Blocker · Vote Steal


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 · Summit · The Outcasts · Tribe Leader · Tribe Switch

Fan Favorite Award · Lawsuits and Legal Action · Ponderosa · Reunion Show
Buff · Confessional · Luxury Item · Rites of Passage · Survivor Rulebook · Ulonging