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Tomb Raider
Austin Carty competes in Panama.
Recurring Survivor Challenge
Description: A recurring challenge
Appearances: Guatemala

Tomb Raider (also known as In-Cog-Neato, Try-Any-Angle and Search & Decode) is a recurring challenge of Survivor.


In Survivor: Guatemala, one at a time, three players run to grab giant puzzle pieces. After all the pieces were retrieved, two other players would solve the puzzle.

In Survivor: Panama, three players run along a path through a field (crisscrossing the other tribe's several times) to reach one of four stations, untie a giant hanging skull-shaped puzzle piece, and haul it back. Then, the two others take the pieces and place them into rotating pieces on a solving platform until they all fit.

In Survivor: China, one at a time, the tribes must enter an abandoned village, grab a color-coded plank, and return. Once all eight have been found, they must slide them into a grid to form an eleven-word phrase made famous by Confucius.

In Survivor: Tocantins, one tribe member at a time would race along a winding path to retrieve a puzzle piece. Each puzzle piece is a large wooden triangular prism with letters written on each of the three faces. Once eight puzzle pieces are retrieved, they would need to be placed in their correct spot in a frame. The pieces would then need to be rotated to display a scrambled phrase.


In Survivor: Guatemala, the tribes were head-to-head to grab the pieces, but Nakúm solved their puzzle first, winning immunity.

In Survivor: Panama, Casaya, despite falling back early, won a barbecue and a trip to a local village, as well as the right to exile someone from La Mina and immunity.

In Survivor: China, Fei Long won a teahouse visit, baths, showers and kidnapped James.

In Survivor: Tocantins, the puzzle pieces were large wooden triangular prisms with letters written on each of the three faces. Timbira won immunity.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Surprise Enemy Visit
Tribal Immunity S11 cindy tS11 jamie tS11 judd t
S11 lydia tS11 stephenie tS11 rafe t
Salvation and Desertion
Tribal Reward/Immunity S12 aras tS12 bruce tS12 cirie t
S12 courtney tS12 danielle tS12 shane t
That's Love, Baby! It Makes You Strong!
Tribal Reward S15 amanda tS15 courtney tS15 denise t
S15 frosti tS15 jeanrobert tS15 sherea tS15 todd t
Fei Long
The Strongest Man Alive
Tribal Immunity S18 brendan tS18 coach tS18 debbie t
S18 erinn tS18 sierra tS18 tyson t



  • Fei Long is the only tribe to win this challenge and not have 6 members at the time.
  • All winning tribes would go into the merge with 6 members and the losing tribe would have 4 members.
  • Timbira is the only tribe to win that did not have a finalist on that team for that season.
  • Survivor: Tocantins is the only season in which this challenge was used outside the final pre-merge episode.


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