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Vampire Bats (also known as Gang Hang and Spin Cycle) is a recurring endurance challenge in Survivor. First appearing in Survivor: Panama, it has since reappeared in Survivor: Redemption Island.

Rules[]

The castaways have to hang on a bar for as long as they can without falling. Last person left hanging wins.

In Redemption Island, the castaways are suspended over a pool of water and, after the 20-minute mark, must use only their legs for support.

History[]

United States[]

The challenge was first used in Survivor: PanamaShane Powers asked Jeff if they were going to tempted with food. Jeff said no, causing Shane to opt out. It came down to Terry Deitz and Nick Stanbury. Terry outlasted Nick for the first individual immunity.

The challenge returned in Survivor: Redemption Island. The castaways were offered to sit out for hamburgers and fries; Phillip Sheppard and Steve Wright took the offer. Rob Mariano was the first out and the only one to not make it to 20 minutes. Eventually, David Murphy dropped out and Andrea Boehlke asked if she could have the win. The other Ometepes obliged and Andrea won immunity.

Australia[]

The challenge was used as the very first individual Immunity Challenge in Australian Survivor history. The Fia Fia tribe competed and Brooke Jowett became the first person to wear the Immunity Necklace.

The challenge reappeared as the final six Immunity Challenge in Champions v Contenders (2018). The castaways would hold onto an axle, which would be rotated until they are upside-down. Brian Lake won the challenge.

The challenge was modified for use as a tribal Immunity Challenge in Heroes v Villains; the last tribe to have at least two people still on the pole wins. Hayley Leake planned to throw the challenge so, when the Heroes were down to just Hayley and Sharni Vinson, Hayley took herself off the pole and gave the Villains their first Immunity Challenge win.

France[]

New Zealand[]

Winners[]

Episode Challenge Type Winner
Panama
"An Emerging Plan"
Individual Immunity S12 terry t
Terry Deitz
Redemption Island
"The Buddy System"
Individual Immunity S22 andrea t
Andrea Boehlke

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Thailand
Episode 13
Individual Immunity
(Final Immunity)
NZS2 tess t
Tess Fahey

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Survivor Québec (2024)
Episode 15
Tribal/Individual Reward QCS2 desneiges tQCS2 dominic tQCS2 erick tQCS2 ghyslain t
QCS2 gwladys tQCS2 jeanmichel tQCS2 kassandre tQCS2 nabil t
Nawa
QCS2 florence t
Florence Vachon

Episode Challenge Type Winners
Robinson 2023
Episode 26
Individual Immunity SES23 oskar t
Oskar Hammarstedt

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • Both times the challenge was used:
    • The challenge was for individual immunity.
    • Ten castaways were present, six men and four women.
    • The winner would return for a future season.
    • The winner was on an orange tribe pre-merge that opposed a purple tribe, and the tribes merged into a black tribe.
    • The season introduced an island as a season-long twist, Exile Island and Redemption Island respectively.
  • Sam Webb and Shonee Bowtell are the only people to compete in this challenge twice.

References[]

Recurring Challenges
A Bit Dinghy · A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Cage Against the Machine · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Dizzy Gillespie · Dizzy Miss Lizzy · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Drum Roll · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · EOC · Eve 6 · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Fire Starter · Flips, Flops, & Flags · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kenny Log-Ins · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Mayan Pizza · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rock the Boat · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Rung O Star · Running Down a Dream · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung a Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Star Man · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Super Ramp · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Tangled Up · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Total Recall · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me
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