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Tribe Dissolve
Casaya after the tribe dissolve in Panama.
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Description: The dissolution of tribe(s) not by the merge, with the absorption of tribe member(s) to the remaining tribe(s), or the shuffling of the remaining castaways to the remaining tribes.
Appearances: Pearl Islands
Cook Islands
Worlds Apart
Kaôh Rōng

A Tribe Dissolve occurs when one or two tribes are dissolved before the merge and either its members are absorbed into the other tribes, or the remaining castaways shuffled into the remaining tribes. It is a special variant of the Tribe Switch.

Types of Tribe Dissolve

There are currently three main types of tribal dissolution:

Instances of Tribe Dissolve

Survivor: Pearl Islands

The first time a dissolve happened was in Survivor: Pearl Islands, directly after The Outcasts' Tribal Council, when Burton Roberts and Lillian Morris were voted back into the game. After the Tribal Council, The Outcasts tribe was removed from play.
Type: Absorbed

Survivor: All-Stars

The second time a dissolve happened was during Day 13 of Survivor: All-Stars, where the tribes were told that the tribe that finishes last at the Reward Challenge would cease to exist and their remaining members will be absorbed by the other two tribes. The Saboga tribe finished last and was subsequently dissolved into Mogo Mogo and Chapera.
Type: Absorbed

Survivor: Palau

A special case caused Survivor: Palau to have a Tribe Absorption while only having two competing tribes. This was when one of the tribes, Ulong, was down to its last member, who simply joined the other tribe, Koror. There was no Merge that season, as Koror remained to exist until the final day of the competition.
Type: Conquered

Survivor: Panama

The first tribe disbandment occurred in Survivor: Panama, which had four tribes. The Bayoneta and Viveros tribes were disbanded, then all but one of the remaining castaways were spread into the two remaining tribes (Casaya and La Mina), arranged via a Schoolyard Pick. The castaway not chosen was sent to Exile Island, in which that castaway would be assigned to the tribe that would eliminate a castaway in the next Tribal Council.
Type: Disbanded

Survivor: Cook Islands

A tribe disbandment occurred in Survivor: Cook Islands, which had four tribes. Similar to Panama, the Manihiki and Puka Puka tribes were disbanded, and all of the remaining castaways were spread into the remaining Aitutaki and Rarotonga tribes via Schoolyard Pick. Unlike in Panama, there was an even number of castaways remaining, so no one was exiled.
Type: Disbanded

Survivor: Philippines

In Survivor: Philippines, which had three tribes, the Matsing tribe was quickly dwindled down to two members, Malcolm Freberg and Denise Stapley, and was subsequently absorbed. The last two members were absorbed by the other two tribes, with Malcolm joining Tandang and Denise joining Kalabaw. This absorption is similar to the absorption in All-Stars, where it took place at the final 14 and the dissolved tribe's members are split up into the remaining tribes.
Type: Absorbed

Survivor: Cagayan

In Survivor: Cagayan, which originally had a three-tribe theme of Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty, a tribal disbandment occurred. On Day 12, right before the Reward Challenge, the Luzon tribe was disbanded, and each of the castaways pulled a new buff out of an urn. Based on the buff, they would be put to either Aparri or Solana.
Type: Disbanded

Survivor: Worlds Apart

In Survivor: Worlds Apart, which originally had a three-tribe theme of White Collar vs. Blue Collar vs. No Collar, a tribe disbandment occurred on Day 12, with virtually the same mechanics as in Cagayan (with a tray in lieu of an urn). Masaya was disbanded, and based on the buff, they would be put to either Escameca or Nagarote.
Type: Disbanded

Survivor: Cambodia

In Survivor: Cambodia, in which the tribes were expanded from two to three tribes on Day 7, a tribe disbandment occurred on Day 14, with virtually the same mechanics as in Worlds Apart. Angkor was disbanded, and based on the buff, they would be put to either Bayon or Ta Keo.
Type: Disbanded

Survivor: Kaôh Rōng

In Survivor: Kaôh Rōng, the To Tang tribe was disbanded. After which, the remaining 13 contestants drew buffs to determine their eventual tribe designation. Julia Sokolowski drew To Tang's buff, and was exiled to their former camp. The remaining 12 contestants were split onto either Chan Loh or Gondol.
Type: Disbanded

Dissolved Tribes


  • Among all of the full-fledged tribes, those dissolved except for To Tang have been one of three colors:
    • Blue
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • In three tribe seasons, the tribe that lost the first challenge was the one that was dissolved.
    • Coincidentally, in Cambodia, the dissolve also happened with fourteen castaways left, and the tribe that was dissolved had also lost the first challenge after the expansion.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Tribe Dissolve

  • Proposal: Tribe Switch/Tribe Dissolve

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    • ALL contents as is, with the exception of Conquering (which I think is going to be absorbed to Merge),...
    • It is not merged ''as is'', because that would put duplicate information on the page. Conquering is probably going to...

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