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Becky wins the firemaking tiebreaker challenge in Cook Islands.
Survivor Gameplay
Description A challenge, revote, or fate that determines a person's fate after a tie at Tribal Council.
Appearance(s) Revotes Only:
Borneo (13)
Palau (5, 6)
Samoa (10)
Nicaragua (6)
Redemption Island (3)
South Pacific (8)
Caramoan (3, 7, 11)
Blood vs. Water (4)
Cagayan (3)
San Juan del Sur (2, 13)
Worlds Apart (4)
Kaôh Rōng (1, 3)
Past Votes:
The Australian Outback (4, 7)
Africa (6)
Trivia Challenge:
Africa (3)
Unanimous Decision:
Cambodia (14)
Rock Draw:
Marquesas (14)
Blood vs. Water (12)
Fire Making Challenge:
Palau (8, 14)
Panama (15)
Cook Islands (15)
Gabon (14)
Worlds Apart (14)
Kaôh Rōng (14)

A Tiebreaker is a situation where two (or more) individuals share the same amount of votes at Tribal Council with no other person receiving a higher amount. In this event, several instances may occur.


A tiebreaker is a situation that occurs when more than one castaway receive the highest number of votes. There are different ways to break a tie, usually starting with a revote. Other than that, the game had shown many ways to break a deadlocked tie.


In a case of a tie, the players in question would not vote, while the remaining players vote again and are immune from the revote. If the tie holds at the revote, the vote is deadlocked and a tiebreaker of some sort occurs depending on the season.

The Survivor Rulebook states that a vote is not deadlocked if a three-way tie becomes a two-way tie, or similar. For a deadlock to occur, the same castaways must be tied as before the revote. If a null vote (i.e. a vote where none of the votes cast count, possibly due to multiple idols negating all votes) occurs, all of those who had gained individual immunity (e.g. those with the Immunity Necklace and the ones who used a Hidden Immunity Idol at the regular vote) would be immune but won't be able to pass it to others before voting. Idols are not allowed to be played during the restart, just like in a revote. A tie at the restart won't force a deadlock, and castaways would be given a chance to revote if any of them wanted to change their votes.

If the deadlock occurs at any time before the final four Tribal Council, the rest of the tribe except those who were in the tie, won individual immunity, or used a Hidden Immunity Idol will draw rocks, and the player who gets the uniquely colored rock will be eliminated (if only one person would be eligible to draw rocks, they are eliminated by default), unless the remaining players who are not involved in the tie unanimously agree to eliminate either of the tied castaways (as happened in “Lie, Cheat and Steal”). At the final four Tribal Council, the two tied players will instead have to perform a fire making challenge, where the loser goes home.

If a tribe enters Tribal Council with only two members, as happened to the Ulong tribe in Survivor: Palau, no official vote is held and the tribe goes straight to fire making.

Jury Vote Tiebreaker

In an interview with Mark Burnett in Survivor Oz, it was revealed that a revote would commence if the jury votes for the winner are tied. This has never occurred as of the current US season.[1]

Former Rules

In Survivor: Borneo, there was no protocol for breaking deadlock ties, so the tribe would revote until the tie is broken.

In Survivor: The Australian Outback and Survivor: Africa, the castaway with more previous votes against them is eliminated. Votes cast at revotes are not counted as part of the previous votes tiebreaker. If none of those who are tied have previous votes against them, the players concerned will partake in a trivia challenge to determine the result instead.


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