The Immunity Necklace (also called the Talisman in earlier seasons) is awarded to an individual or in rare cases individuals, post-merge who has won an individual Immunity Challenge.
Similar to the Immunity Idol that grants a group of Survivors exemption, the Immunity Necklace grants one individual safety at the next Tribal Council.
When a contestant is in possession of the necklace, it is brought back to camp and typically placed on the shelter. While other castaways can "try on" the necklace, ownership lies solely with the winner and cannot be stolen by another, unless the winner decides to give up the necklace.
From Survivor: Borneo to Survivor: Africa, the necklace was non-transferable, leaving allies vulnerable. Starting from Survivor: Marquesas, the necklace became a transferable item, permitting a castaway to hand it to another. This has proven to be a dangerous (and sometimes risky) move. In recent seasons, Jeff Probst has stopped asking the castaways if they want to give up Immunity Necklace, but castaways can still give it up on their own terms if they wish to.
Typically, the Necklace will fit with the motif of the season, with some tribal design or small tiki attached. Other designs include feathers, tiki heads, skulls, and even teeth. A winning contestant will wear the necklace at Tribal Council around their neck to indicate their exemption from being voted against.
One-time only Necklaces
During Survivor: Nicaragua, both tribes competed for individual immunity. In previous seasons, two necklaces would both be similar in appearance; however, La Flor and Espada had their very own unique designs and tribal colors, with either a Fleur de Lis or a Sword.
One-time only Immunity Idol
During Survivor: Micronesia, as a part of a first challenge, a special idol is placed on the front of the raft of both Airai and Malakal tribe. The rule is almost the same as the necklace, only the possession right lasts until their tribe's first Tribal Council. The Immunity Idol was found by Yau-Man Chan and Kathy Sleckman respectively (technically, Jon Dalton found the idol first; however, he mistook the opposing tribe's idol for his, and Yau-Man reached theirs first). The two idols were removed from game after episode 2 as both tribes went to Tribal Council once each in two episodes.
In Survivor: Gabon, there were two individual Immunity Idols, one for each tribe. The Idols was placed at the top of the hill. The first person to each the idol gets it for their tribe. Marcus Lehman and G.C. Brown got to the Immunity Idols for their respective tribes. The idols were removed from the game after episode three, as both tribes went to Tribal Council in the first three episodes.
The first female contestant to possess individual immunity in the tribal phase of the game was Ami Cusack (Vanuatu), however, she was handed the immunity by John Kenney as part of his reward, and did not win it herself.
In second is Ozzy Lusth with 7 wins (5 times on Cook Islands, 2 times on South Pacific). On Cook Islands Ozzy won 5 out of 6 individual Immunity Challenges, which is the best percentage of winning in a single season (83.3%). This total does not include his individual immunity on Micronesia, which was not the result of winning a challenge.
In third is a two-way tie between Joe Anglim and Spencer Bledsoe with 6 wins each. Joe won 2 Immunity Challenges on Worlds Apart, and added 4 more wins on Cambodia. Spencer won immunity 3 times on each of his two seasons, Cagayan and Cambodia. Between the two, Joe was the first to reach six wins.
No woman has won more than four individual Immunity Challenges. The women with four wins are: Kelly Wiglesworth (Borneo), Jenna Morasca (The Amazon), Amanda Kimmel (China - 2, Micronesia - 2), Parvati Shallow (Micronesia - 1, Heroes vs. Villains - 3), Kim Spradlin (One World), Andrea Boehlke (Redemption Island - 1, Caramoan - 1, Game Changers - 2), and Chrissy Hofbeck (Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers). Andrea is also the only female contestant to win individual immunity on three different seasons.
Oldest contestant to win individual immunity: Rudy Boesch (Borneo).