The urn is usually a cylindrical container (with a few exceptions) where contestants place their votes anonymously for who they would like to vote out.
After the votes have been cast, host Jeff Probst goes and tallies the votes, where he arranges the votes in a specific order, possibly to create more suspense, and comes back to the main Tribal Council area with the urn. One by one, he pulls out the votes and reads them to reveal the eliminated contestant.
List of U.S. Urns
- Survivor: Borneo - An urn made of wood and carvings.
- Survivor: The Australian Outback - A cone-shaped urn with Australian aboriginal symbols.
- Survivor: Africa - An urn decorated with African patterns, shaped like an ostrich holding an egg.
- Survivor: Marquesas - A wooden urn on legs with small Marquesas patterns.
- Survivor: Thailand - A black Thai urn made of metal with gold decorations.
- Survivor: The Amazon - An urn made of wood and weaving, with Amazonian symbols and a bone for a handle.
- Survivor: Pearl Islands - A giant brass goblet.
- Survivor: All-Stars - A Panamanian ceramic jar.
- Survivor: Vanuatu - A wooden urn with Vanuatu tiki faces and ropes.
- Survivor: Palau - An ammo box.
- Survivor: Guatemala - A stone urn with Maya figures.
- Survivor: Panama - An urn with Haitian voodoo symbols and an animal skull on top.
- Survivor: Cook Islands - A sailor's leather bag.
- Survivor: Fiji - An urn with Fijian patterns.
- Survivor: China - A red, square urn made of metal, with rounded bottom corners, featuring Chinese symbols.
- Survivor: Micronesia - A wooden urn with Micronesian figurines.
- Survivor: Gabon - A wooden urn with fur and Gabonese masks.
- Survivor: Tocantins - A ceramic pot with Brazilian patterns.
- Survivor: Samoa - A wooden urn with a grooved exterior and a horn as the handle.
- Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains - A wooden bucket adorned with Samoan patterns and shells.
- Survivor: Nicaragua - A rectangular metal urn with Spanish designs.
- Survivor: Redemption Island - A wooden urn with skulls on the bottom, featuring Aztec patterns and a double-headed serpent as the handle.
- Survivor: South Pacific - An oval-shaped Polynesian basket made of rope and wood.
- Survivor: One World - An urn made of several sticks tied together.
- Survivor: Philippines - A golden brass urn with dragon designs around it.
- Survivor: Caramoan - An Ifugao rattan basket with a rounded lid.
- Survivor: Blood vs. Water - A red, rectangular urn made of wood, with the Chinese "shòu" symbol of longevity.
- Survivor: Cagayan - A square, metal urn with Balinese designs and patterns.
- Survivor: San Juan del Sur - A stone Mesoamerican urn with three legs and three wings.
- Survivor: Worlds Apart - A wooden barrel with brass connectors, engraved with a coat of arms.
- Survivor: Cambodia - A stone Khmer urn shaped like a goblet.
- Survivor: Kaôh Rōng - A cone-shaped urn made of wood featuring tusks, strings, beads and a figurine as the handle.
- Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X - A hexagonal urn made of wood with Fijian tiki faces.
- Survivor: Game Changers - A rusted nautical lantern.
- Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers - A cylindrical metal urn with criss-crossing red stripes.
- Survivor: Ghost Island - A wooden urn adorned with skulls, and a giant shell as the lid.
- Survivor: David vs. Goliath - An urn made of leather and fabric, with triangular patterns surrounding it.
- Survivor: Edge of Extinction - A ball-shaped metal urn with Asian patterns.
- Survivor: Island of the Idols - An oval-shaped wooden urn with tribal patterns and large bones.
- Survivor: Winners at War - A gunpowder barrel with the fuse as the handle.
- Survivor 41 - A red, cuboidal metallic container displaying the Viakana symbol on its front.
- Survivor 42 - A wooden bucket of planks tied together, with a warped wooden handle.
List of Foreign Urns
- In Ghost Island, the urns from The Australian Outback, Cagayan, and Game Changers were placed on Ghost Island following the Final Immunity Challenge. The challenge winner, Domenick Abbate, was given the choice between which urn the jury would cast their votes Final Tribal Council, symbolizing an opportunity to reverse the "curse" of the mistakes of Colby Donaldson, Woo Hwang, and Brad Culpepper respectively. Domenick chose the Cagayan urn. He failed to "reverse the curse", finishing in second place.