"Battle Dig"
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Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring physical challenge.
Appearances: Palau
Heroes vs. Villains
Millennials vs. Gen X

Battle Dig (also known as Water Slaughter) is a physical race challenge that originated in Survivor: Palau, and has subsequently appeared in Micronesia, Caramoan, and Millennials vs. Gen X. A land-based version of the challenge was also used in Panama and Heroes vs. Villains.


In Survivor: Palau, Survivor: Caramoan, and Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, two members of each tribe would race out in the water to retrieve a ring. The tribe members would then battle against each other to gain possession of the ring and bring it to their tribe flag/pontoon. The first tribe to score a given number of points would win.

In Survivor: Panama and Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, for each tribe, a designated number of contestants will race out to a marked location and dig up a bag. The castaways then compete to return the bag to their tribe's mat. The first person to touch the tribe mat, with a hand on the bag, scores a point for their team. The first tribe to win a given number of rounds will win the challenge.

In Survivor: Micronesia, the tribes start at opposite ends of the playing field with three canvas bags. The tribes have to battle their way to their end zone. The tribe that has their three bags and two of the other tribe's bags in their end zone at the same time wins.


The challenge debuted in Survivor: Palau as a Reward Challenge. Two contestants from each tribe would swim out to retrieve an inner tube and try to bring it back to their tribe's platform while contestants from the other tribe would try to stop them. The first tribe to three points won. Ulong won this challenge in a 3-0 sweep over Koror.

The challenge re-appeared in Survivor: Panama as a tribal Immunity Challenge. The first tribe to score three bags won the challenge. Casaya narrowly defeated La Mina 3-2 to win immunity.

In Survivor: Micronesia, playing in an area similar to a football field, the tribes started at opposite ends of the playing field with three canvas bags. The tribes have to battle their way to their end zone. The challenge ends when one tribe has their three bags and two of the other tribe's bags in their end zone at the same time. The tribes, dressed in war paint, had a very physical battle in the rain with the reward of items chosen from a catalog. Malakal won the challenge over Airai, taking home a tarp, a lighting kit, and a survival kit.

The challenge was used as the first Reward Challenge in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. The challenge occurred immediately at the start of the game. Teams of two raced for each tribe, with the first tribe to reach three points winning. The Heroes tribe won the challenge, defeating the Villains tribe 3-2, receiving flint. The challenge was notable for inflicting multiple injuries, with Stephenie LaGrossa dislocating her shoulder and Rupert Boneham breaking a toe. This challenge was also notable for Sugar Kiper letting go of her bra (which had been undone by Sandra Diaz-Twine) in order to score a point for the Heroes tribe.

In Survivor: Caramoan, a variation of this challenge was again used as the first Reward Challenge of the season. Adapted to an aquatic playing field, two members of each tribe would race to retrieve a buoy from one end of the course and return it to their tribe's pole. The Favorites tribe, Bikal, won the challenge 4-1 over the Fans tribe, Gota, receiving flint and 20 pounds of beans.

In Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, the challenge appeared as the first Reward Challenge of the season. Again, it was played on an aquatic field. The Takali men were physically stacked against males on Vanua. Despite a strong showing of effort from the Vanua tribe, which included Michaela Bradshaw losing her bra, the physically intense brawl ended with Takali victorious and winning a barbecue feast.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
"Dangerous Creatures and Horrible Setbacks"
Tribal Reward S10 angie tS10 bobbyjon tS10 ibrehem t
S10 james tS10 jeff tS10 kim tS10 stephenie t
"Crazy Fights, Snake Dinners"
Tribal Immunity S12 aras tS12 bobby tS12 bruce t
S12 cirie tS12 courtney tS12 danielle tS12 shane t
"I Should Be Carried on the Chariot-Type Thing!"
Tribal Reward S16 amanda tS16 ami tS16 cirie t
S16 eliza tS16 james tS16 jonathan t
S16 parvati tS16 ozzy tS16 yauman t
Heroes vs. Villains
"Slay Everyone, Trust No One"
Tribal Reward S20 amanda tS20 candice tS20 cirie t
S20 colby tS20 james tS20 jt tS20 rupert t
S20 stephenie tS20 sugar tS20 tom t
"She Annoys Me Greatly"
Tribal Reward S26 andrea tS26 brandon tS26 brenda t
S26 cochran tS26 corinne tS26 dawn tS26 erik t
S26 francesca tS26 malcolm tS26 phillip t
Millennials vs. Gen X
"Who's the Sucker at the Table?"
Tribal Reward S33 bret tS33 cece tS33 chris tS33 david t
S33 jessica tS33 ken tS33 lucy tS33 sunday t