The Ball Drop is a recurring individual Immunity Challenge that originated in Survivor: Micronesia, and later appeared in Philippines and Ghost Island. The challenge requires endurance and balance.


Each castaway must balance a small metal ball on a wooden cylinder, while holding the center cylinder in place with two wooden handles. Every five minutes, new pieces of the wooden rod will be added, making it harder to balance the ball on the center cylinder. The castaway who balances their ball the longest will win immunity.


The challenge debuted in Micronesia as the Final Immunity Challenge. Parvati Shallow dropped out of the challenge first. The remaining two castaways managed to remain in the challenge until the final round where Amanda Kimmel won the challenge after outlasting Cirie Fields.

In Philippines, the challenge was again used as the Final Immunity Challenge. In this season, an advantage was gained by Malcolm Freberg as a reward in the preceding challenge. The advantage allowed him to re-enter the challenge the first time his ball dropped. However, he was still the first contestant out of the challenge, with Michael Skupin ultimately winning immunity.

The challenge returned in Ghost Island as an Immunity Challenge. Prior to the challenge, Wendell Holland received the same advantage Malcolm Freberg had in Philippines from Ghost Island. However, he still failed to win the challenge, which ultimately came down to Domenick Abbate and Donathan Hurley, with Domenick outlasting Donathan to win immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
"Stir the Pot!"
Individual Immunity
(Final Immunity)
S16 amanda t
Amanda Kimmel
"Million Dollar Question"
Individual Immunity
(Final Immunity)
S25 michael t
Michael Skupin
Ghost Island
"A Giant Game of Bumper Cars"
Individual Immunity S36 domenick t
Domenick Abbate




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