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Tribe Switch
S1704 TRIBE SWITCH
Survivor Gameplay
Description: Contestants being transferred to other tribes
Appearances: Africa
Marquesas
The Amazon
All-Stars (twice)
Vanuatu
Palau
Guatemala
Panama
Cook Islands (twice)
Fiji
China
Micronesia
Gabon (twice)
Nicaragua
One World
Philippines
Caramoan
Blood vs. Water
Cagayan
San Juan del Sur
Worlds Apart
Cambodia (twice)
Kaôh Rōng
Millennials vs. Gen X
Game Changers (twice)
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers

A Tribe Switch was the first game-changing twist of Survivor. This twist sends members from one tribe to the rival tribe and vice versa.

About

The Tribe Switch is a twist that can happen in a specific point during a game. This reassignment of tribes is effective until the tribes merge or a new opportunity to switch tribes occurs (e.g. a mutiny or a second switch.) This is denoted by contestants wearing a newly supplied buff in the color of their new tribe. They then drop their old buff on the ground and start wearing the new one.

Normally it would send half of the members of a tribe to the other when both tribes have an equal number of members, although this has changed over the years. One such example is in Survivor: Nicaragua, where one tribe had nine members while the other tribe had seven. The switch evened the tribes out with eight members each.

If the number of remaining contestants is odd, the odd person out may be sent to Exile Island. There they will wait until a tribe votes out a member. They will then become a member of that tribe, resulting in each tribe having equal numbers. In Survivor: Kaôh Rōng, because Exile Island was not in play in a three-tribe dissolve into two tribes, the extra person was instead sent to the camp of the dissolved tribe.

Classifications

A tribe switch could be classified as one or more of several types:

  • Swap - Typically done during early seasons, it happens when the switch is done in a way ensuring that each tribe exchanges the same number of castaways.
  • Shuffle - A shuffle happens where each tribe could have a different number of new members. Many times, however, that the number of castaways coming from a particular gender is considered, making sure each new tribe has good gender balance. A shuffle could be a random draw, or be systematic, typically through a Schoolyard Pick.
  • Absorption - An absorption happens if one tribe gets dissolved, with its members being the only ones eligible to switch and are distributed to the remaining tribes.
  • Disband - Typically a variation of the shuffle, it happens when a tribe gets dissolved, then a shuffle is done to put the castaways on the remaining tribes.
  • Conquering - A conquering happens when the remaining members of a losing tribe gets absorbed by the other tribe, where the season has no merge.
  • Expansion - An expansion happens if a new tribe is added. Typically, a shuffle is then done after.
  • Mutiny - A mutiny happens when castaways from both tribes are offered an option to join a rival tribe.

Twist History

Survivor: Africa

  • Type: Swap

The first time a switch occurred was in Survivor: Africa. Both Samburu and Boran tribes were instructed via Tree Mail to send three representatives to meet host Jeff Probst for reasons still unknown at the time. Once the representatives arrived at the meeting place, Jeff informed them that they would be joining the other tribe.

 Clarence
Boran
S3 clarence t
 Ethan
Boran
S3 ethan t
 Frank
Boran
S3 frank t
 Kim J.
Boran
S3 kimj t
 Silas
Boran
S3 silas t
 Teresa
Boran
S3 teresa t
 Brandon
Samburu
S3 brandon t
 Kelly
Samburu
S3 kelly t
 Kim P.
Samburu
S3 kimp t
 Lex
Samburu
S3 lex t
 Lindsey
Samburu
S3 lindsey t
 Tom
Samburu
S3 tom t

This event caused a turning point in the game when Teresa Cooper and Frank Garrison turned on fellow Samburu-turned-Boran member Silas Gaither for mistreating them at the old Samburu for being older members of the tribe. Teresa and Frank plotted with the original Boran members to successfully oust Silas. Continuing their revenge streak, the two then revealed the identity of the only remaining person who had previous Tribal Council votes to exploit the then-rule of counting previous votes to break deadlock ties—Silas's former alliance partner Lindsey Richter. During the subsequent Reward Challenge, the original Borans secretly relayed this information to their former tribemates that were now Samburu members. Utilizing this information, the Borans at Samburu successfully eliminated Lindsey, entering the merge with a 6-4 voting advantage.

Survivor: Marquesas

  • Type: Shuffle

A severely depleted Maraamu tribe was down to its last five members, while the opposing Rotu tribe was still complete at eight. Stepping on random disks with buffs underneath, the Maraamu five were split with three on the new Rotu, while two stayed at Maraamu.

 Gina
Maraamu
S4 gina t
 Kathy
Maraamu
S4 kathy t
 Neleh
Maraamu
S4 neleh t
 Paschal
Maraamu
S4 paschal t
 Sarah
Maraamu
S4 sarah t
 Gabriel
Rotu
S4 gabriel t
 John
Rotu
S4 john t
 Rob
Rotu
S4 rob t
 Robert
Rotu
S4 robert t
 Sean
Rotu
S4 sean t
 Tammy
Rotu
S4 tammy t
 Vecepia
Rotu
S4 vecepia t
 Zoe
Rotu
S4 zoe t

Outnumbered at the new Maraamu, the two original members Sarah Jones and Gina Crews were voted off, leaving the three former Rotu members occupying the camp. At the new Rotu, the three former Maraamu members were in particular trouble, being outnumbered three to five. One original Rotu member, Gabriel Cade, revealed that he did not want to employ strategy. This made the whole tribe turn on him and vote him out.

Survivor: The Amazon

  • Type: Swap

After twelve days competing as tribes defined by gender, both tribes' youngest member, Jenna Morasca and Dave Johnson respectively, went to an overnight paradise with food, bedding, and a bath. The next morning, the host revealed that they would decide which members were staying on each tribe and which were being sent to the other tribe.

 Alex
Jaburu
S6 alex t
 Deena
Jaburu
S6 deena t
 Jenna
Jaburu
S6 jenna t
 Matthew
Jaburu
S6 matthew t
 Rob
Jaburu
S6 rob t
 Shawna
Jaburu
S6 shawna t
 Butch
Tambaqui
S6 butch t
 Christy
Tambaqui
S6 christy t
 Dave
Tambaqui
S6 dave t
 Heidi
Tambaqui
S6 heidi t
 Jeanne
Tambaqui
S6 jeanne t
 Roger
Tambaqui
S6 roger t

The switch proved to be a successful one, especially for the women. Christy Smith, who felt prejudiced at the women's tribe because she is deaf, was delighted that her new male members were considerate enough to place a lamp nearby when they spoke to allow her to read their lips and not be left out of conversations. On the other hand, Shawna Mitchell, who was visibly weak and emotional, became more jovial upon seeing male members join their tribe. This caused inter-tribal alliances to form at the merge.

Survivor: All-Stars

Switch #1

  • Type: Absorption

The season started with three tribes and was the first time a Tribe Dissolve of a starting tribe occurred. The tribe that lost the Reward Challenge on Day 13 was dissolved and its members absorbed into the remaining two tribes. Saboga lost the challenge and became the first starting tribe to cease to exist prior to the merge.

 Alicia
Chapera
S8 alicia t
 Amber
Chapera
S8 amber t
 Jenna L.
Chapera
S8 jennal t
 Rob
Chapera
S8 robm t
 Rupert
Chapera
S8 rupert t
 Susan
Chapera
S8 susan t
 Tom
Chapera
S8 tom t
 Colby
Mogo Mogo
S8 colby t
 Ethan
Mogo Mogo
S8 ethan t
 Jerri
Mogo Mogo
S8 jerri t
 Kathy
Mogo Mogo
S8 kathy t
 Lex
Mogo Mogo
S8 lex t
 Richard
Mogo Mogo
S8 richard t
 Shii Ann
Mogo Mogo
S8 shiiann t

Switch #2

  • Type: Shuffle

On Day 22, the two remaining tribes convened at a Reward Challenge after receiving a cryptic Tree Mail instructing them to paint their bodies. They learned that they would not be competing but would, instead, be paired off with the person from the opposing tribe painted with the same color to enjoy a picnic. Jeff Probst revealed a vase containing buffs. Presuming that they would merge at this point, they were surprised when the familiar red and green buffs emerged, signaling a tribe switch. In a rather odd coincidence, nine of the ten castaways switched tribes: all four members of Mogo Mogo were switched to Chapera, while five of the six Chapera members were switched to Mogo Mogo. The only contestant to not switch tribes, Amber Brkich, was left on Chapera with none of her old tribemates.

 Amber
Chapera
S8 amber t
 Jerri
Chapera
S8 jerri t
 Kathy
Chapera
S8 kathy t
 Lex
Chapera
S8 lex t
 Shii Ann
Chapera
S8 shiiann t
 Alicia
Mogo Mogo
S8 alicia t
 Jenna L.
Mogo Mogo
S8 jennal t
 Rob
Mogo Mogo
S8 robm t
 Rupert
Mogo Mogo
S8 rupert t
 Tom
Mogo Mogo
S8 tom t

Survivor: Vanuatu

  • Type: Swap

Both tribes were approached by Vanuatu tribesmen and tasked to select one person to become their "Chief" (denoted by holding a tribal staff). Lopevi chose Lea Masters whilst Yasur chose Scout Cloud Lee. At the Reward Challenge, Jeff Probst announced that the tribes would be switched with Scout selecting the tribes and Lea deciding which one to lead. The person who was not picked, Lisa Keiffer, chose which new tribe she would join. This method of choosing tribes meant that only four of the thirteen remaining castaways would be switched, two to each new tribe.

 Chad
Lopevi
S9 chad t
 Chris
Lopevi
S9 chris t
 John K.
Lopevi
S9 johnk t
 Julie
Lopevi
S9 julie t
 Lea
Lopevi
S9 lea t
 Twila
Lopevi
S9 twila t
 Ami
Yasur
S9 ami t
 Eliza
Yasur
S9 eliza t
 Leann
Yasur
S9 leann t
 Lisa
Yasur
S9 lisa t
 Rory
Yasur
S9 rory t
 Scout
Yasur
S9 scout t
 Travis
Yasur
S9 travis t

Survivor: Palau

  • Type: Conquering

When Stephenie LaGrossa became the only Ulong tribe member left, Tree Mail informed her that she would become part of Koror and instructed her to go their camp where she was given a Koror buff.

 Caryn
Koror
S10 caryn t
 Coby
Koror
S10 coby t
 Gregg
Koror
S10 gregg t
 Ian
Koror
S10 ian t
 Janu
Koror
S10 janu t
 Jenn
Koror
S10 jenn t
 Katie
Koror
S10 katie t
 Stephenie
Koror
S10 stephenie t
 Tom
Koror
S10 tom t

Stephenie was the second person voted out of the new Koror tribe, finishing in 7th place.

Survivor: Guatemala

  • Type: Shuffle

While some players were away (Amy O'Hara and Gary Hogeboom for Yaxhá, Judd Sergeant and Margaret Bobonich for Nakúm), both tribes were asked Who has the most tribe pride? The people who were selected (Brian Corridan for Yaxhá and Cindy Hall for Nakúm) would stay on their tribe. The four remaining Yaxhá members were switched to Nakúm, while the five remaining Nakúm members randomly chose a buff: Brooke Struck picked the only Nakúm buff, therefore the four others were switched to Yaxhá.

 Brooke
Nakum
S11 brooke t
 Cindy
Nakum
S11 cindy t
 Jamie
Nakum
S11 jamie t
 Judd
Nakum
S11 judd t
 Lydia
Nakum
S11 lydia t
 Margaret
Nakum
S11 margaret t
 Rafe
Nakum
S11 rafe t
 Stephenie
Nakum
S11 stephenie t
 Amy
Yaxha
S11 amy t
 Blake
Yaxha
S11 blake t
 Bobby Jon
Yaxha
S11 bobbyjon t
 Brandon
Yaxha
S11 brandon t
 Brian
Yaxha
S11 brian t
 Danni
Yaxha
S11 danni t
 Gary
Yaxha
S11 gary t

Survivor: Panama

  • Type: Disbanding

The season started with four tribes divided by age and gender. On Day 4, Bayoneta and Viveros were dissolved. The 15 remaining contestants were shuffled into the new Casaya and La Mina tribes with seven members each using a Schoolyard Pick. The contestant left out of the pick, Bruce Kanegai, was sent to Exile Island, and would replace the next eliminated player.

 Aras
Casaya
S12 aras t
 Bobby
Casaya
S12 bobby t
 Cirie
Casaya
S12 cirie t
 Courtney
Casaya
S12 courtney t
 Melinda
Casaya
S12 melinda t
 Shane
Casaya
S12 shane t
 Austin
La Mina
S12 austin t
 Dan
La Mina
S12 dan t
 Misty
La Mina
S12 misty t
 Nick
La Mina
S12 nick t
 Sally
La Mina
S12 sally t
 Terry
La Mina
S12 terry t

Survivor: Cook Islands

Switch #1

  • Type: Disbanding

On Day 7, four tribes became two. Puka Puka and Manihiki were disbanded, with the 18 remaining contestants were randomly spread by Schoolyard Pick into the new Rarotonga and Aitutaki tribes with 9 members each.

 Becky
Aitutaki
S13 becky t
 Candice
Aitutaki
S13 candice t
 Cao Boi
Aitutaki
S13 caoboi t
 Cecilia
Aitutaki
S13 cecilia t
 Jessica
Aitutaki
S13 jessica t
 Jonathan
Aitutaki
S13 jonathan t
 Ozzy
Aitutaki
S13 ozzy t
 Sundra
Aitutaki
S13 sundra t
 Yul
Aitutaki
S13 yul t
 Adam
Rarotonga
S13 adam t
 Brad
Rarotonga
S13 brad t
 Cristina
Rarotonga
S13 cristina t
 J.P.
Rarotonga
S13 jp t
 Jenny
Rarotonga
S13 jenny t
 Nate
Rarotonga
S13 nate t
 Parvati
Rarotonga
S13 parvati t
 Rebecca
Rarotonga
S13 rebecca t
 Stephannie
Rarotonga
S13 stephannie t

Switch #2

  • Type: Mutiny

On Day 20, the castaways were offered to have a mutiny, switching them to the rival tribe. Candice Woodcock and Jonathan Penner accepted the offer, switching them from Aitutaki to Rarotonga, and also leaving Aitutaki with only four tribe members.

 Becky
Aituatki
S13 becky t
 Ozzy
Aitutaki
S13 ozzy t
 Sundra
Aitutaki
S13 sundra t
 Yul
Aitutaki
S13 yul t
 Adam
Rarotonga
S13 adam t
 Brad
Rarotonga
S13 brad t
 Candice
Rarotonga
S13 candice t
 Jenny
Rarotonga
S13 jenny t
 Jonathan
Rarotonga
S13 jonathan t
 Nate
Rarotonga
S13 nate t
 Parvati
Rarotonga
S13 parvati t
 Rebecca
Rarotonga
S13 rebecca t

Survivor: Fiji

  • Type: Swap

Captains were designated, who then chose teams by a Schoolyard Pick. The captains then drew buffs to determine in which camp the teams would live. This switched several of the near-spoiled Moto members, sending them to the barest essential Ravu camp (and vice-versa) due to the Haves vs. Have Nots twist. Once again, the unpicked contestant, Lisi Linares, was sent to Exile Island and would replace the next contestant to be eliminated.

 Boo
Moto
S14 boo t
 Cassandra
Moto
S14 cassandra t
 Earl
Moto
S14 earl t
 Michelle
Moto
S14 michelle t
 Stacy
Moto
S14 stacy t
 Yau-Man
Moto
S14 yauman t
 Alex
Ravu
S14 alex t
 Anthony
Ravu
S14 anthony t
 Dreamz
Ravu
S14 dreamz t
 Edgardo
Ravu
S14 edgardo t
 Mookie
Ravu
S14 mookie t
 Rocky
Ravu
S14 rocky t
 Lisi
Exiled
S14 lisi t

Survivor: China

  • Type: Swap

In a more straightforward fashion, the two tribes received Tree Mail on Day 13 instructing them to chose two "warriors" from the rival tribe to be added to their tribe.

 Amanda
Fei Long
S15 amanda t
 Courtney
Fei Long
S15 courtney t
 Denise
Fei Long
S15 denise t
 Frosti
Fei Long
S15 frosti t
 Jean-Robert
Fei Long
S15 jeanrobert t
 Sherea
Fei Long
S15 sherea t
 Todd
Fei Long
S15 todd t
 Aaron
Zhan Hu
S15 aaron t
 Erik
Zhan Hu
S15 erik t
 Jaime
Zhan Hu
S15 jaime t
 James
Zhan Hu
S15 james t
 Peih-Gee
Zhan Hu
S15 peihgee t

Survivor: Micronesia

  • Type: Swap

Both tribes would separately draw rocks. The two castaways to draw tribe-colored rocks (Ozzy Lusth and Natalie Bolton) would be the captains in a Schoolyard Pick.

 Alexis
Airai
S16 alexis t
 Eliza
Airai
S16 eliza t
 James
Airai
S16 james t
 Jason
Airai
S16 jason t
 Jonathan
Airai
S16 jonathan t
 Kathy
Airai
S16 kathy t
 Natalie
Airai
S16 natalie t
 Parvati
Airai
S16 parvati t
 Amanda
Malakal
S16 amanda t
 Ami
Malakal
S16 ami t
 Chet
Malakal
S16 chet t
 Cirie
Malakal
S16 cirie t
 Erik
Malakal
S16 erik t
 Joel
Malakal
S16 joel t
 Ozzy
Malakal
S16 ozzy t
 Tracy
Malakal
S16 tracy t

Survivor: Gabon

Switch #1

  • Type: Swap

Both tribes ranked one person in secret as the most important within their tribe. The castaways voted most important would stay on their former tribes and become the new captains in a second Schoolyard Pick.

 Ace
Fang
S17 ace t
 Crystal
Fang
S17 crystal t
 G.C.
Fang
S17 gc t
 Jacquie
Fang
S17 jacquie t
 Kelly
Fang
S17 kelly t
 Ken
Fang
S17 ken t
 Matty
Fang
S17 matty t
 Bob
Kota
S17 bob t
 Charlie
Kota
S17 charlie t
 Corinne
Kota
S17 corinne t
 Dan
Kota
S17 dan t
 Marcus
Kota
S17 marcus t
 Randy
Kota
S17 randy t
 Susie
Kota
S17 susie t
 Sugar
Exiled
S17 sugar t

Switch #2

  • Type: Shuffle

Castaways drew a numbered stone from a bag. The castaways who drew odd numbers became the new Fang tribe, while even numbers became the new Kota tribe.

 Charlie
Fang
S17 charlie t
 Corinne
Fang
S17 corinne t
 Matty
Fang
S17 matty t
 Randy
Fang
S17 randy t
 Sugar
Fang
S17 sugar t
 Bob
Kota
S17 bob t
 Crystal
Kota
S17 crystal t
 Ken
Kota
S17 ken t
 Marcus
Kota
S17 marcus t
 Susie
Kota
S17 susie t

Survivor: Nicaragua

  • Type: Shuffle

Once again, the tribes would draw rocks. The castaways to draw their tribe's colored stone would be the captains (Brenda Lowe for La Flor, and Holly Hoffman for Espada). The captains privately chose members of the opposing tribe to join her tribe. Because La Flor had one more member, Brenda chose three while Holly chose four. As the tribes were no longer divided by age, the Medallion of Power was retired.

 Brenda
La Flor
S21 brenda t
 Fabio
La Flor
S21 fabio t
 Jane
La Flor
S21 jane t
 Jill
La Flor
S21 jill t
 Kelly B.
La Flor
S21 kellyb t
 Kelly S.
La Flor
S21 kellys t
 Marty
La Flor
S21 marty t
 Sash
La Flor
S21 sash t
 Alina
Espada
S21 alina t
 Benry
Espada
S21 benry t
 Chase
Espada
S21 chase t
 Dan
Espada
S21 dan t
 Holly
Espada
S21 holly t
 NaOnka
Espada
S21 naonka t
 Tyrone
Espada
S21 tyrone t
 Yve
Espada
S21 yve t

Survivor: One World

  • Type: Swap

At random, the castaways would pick eggs. Once they all received an egg, they smashed the egg against their bodies and whatever color paint it contained would represent their new tribe (orange for the new Manono and blue for the new Salani). The tribes both swapped three players to the opposing tribe; with Jay Byars, Michael Jefferson, and Troyzan Robertson switched to Salani, and Alicia Rosa, Christina Cha, and Monica Culpepper switched to Manono.

 Alicia
Manono
S24 alicia t
 Christina
Manono
S24 christina t
 Colton
Manono
S24 colton t
 Jonas
Manono
S24 jonas t
 Leif
Manono
S24 leif t
 Monica
Manono
S24 monica t
 Tarzan
Manono
S24 tarzan t
 Chelsea
Salani
S24 chelsea t
 Jay
Salani
S24 jay t
 Kat
Salani
S24 kat t
 Kim
Salani
S24 kim t
 Michael
Salani
S24 michael t
 Sabrina
Salani
S24 sabrina t
 Troyzan
Salani
S24 troyzan t

Survivor: Philippines

  • Type: Absorption

This season started out with three tribes. After Matsing lost four of their original six members, the remaining two were dissolved into the other two tribes, Kalabaw and Tandang.

 Carter
Kalabaw
S25 carter t
 Dana
Kalabaw
S25 dana t
 Dawson
Kalabaw
S25 dawson t
 Denise
Kalabaw
S25 denise t
 Jeff
Kalabaw
S25 jeff t
 Jonathan
Kalabaw
S25 jonathan t
 Katie
Kalabaw
S25 katie t
 Abi-Maria
tandang
S25 abimaria t
 Artis
tandang
S25 artis t
 Lisa
tandang
S25 lisa t
 Malcolm
Tandang
S25 malcolm t
 Michael
tandang
S25 michael t
 Pete
tandang
S25 pete t
 R.C.
tandang
S25 rc t

Survivor: Caramoan

  • Type: Shuffle

The season featured a tribe switch after six castaways were eliminated. This switch was similar to the One World switch, where contestants smashed eggs against themselves and the colors indicating on which tribe they would be.

The eggs were originally divided four ways by tribe and gender to ensure an even switch. As there were only two female members of the original Gota tribe, one of them would remain on Gota while the other would be switched to Bikal. A similar process was used for the three other tribe/gender combinations. As a result, both tribes had seven members after the switch: three Fans and four Favorites; three women and four men.

 Cochran
Bikal
S26 cochran t
 Corinne
Bikal
S26 corinne t
 Dawn
Bikal
S26 dawn t
 Julia
Bikal
S26 julia t
 Matt
Bikal
S26 matt t
 Michael
Bikal
S26 michael t
 Phillip
Bikal
S26 phillip t
 Andrea
Gota
S26 andrea t
 Brenda
Gota
S26 brenda t
 Eddie
Gota
S26 eddie t
 Erik
Gota
S26 erik t
 Malcolm
Gota
S26 malcolm t
 Reynold
Gota
S26 reynold t
 Sherri
Gota
S26 sherri t

Survivor: Blood vs. Water

  • Type: Shuffle

The season featured a tribe switch when there were twelve castaways still in the game (two were on Redemption Island). Each castaway was asked to take one bamboo tube from a tray which contained a buff determining to which tribe the castaway would belong.

 Kat
Galang
S27 kat t
 Katie
Galang
S27 katie t
 Laura B.
Galang
S27 laurab t
 Monica
Galang
S27 monica t
 Tina
Galang
S27 tina t
 Vytas
Galang
S27 vytas t
 Aras
Tadhana
S27 aras t
 Caleb
Tadhana
S27 caleb t
 Ciera
Tadhana
S27 ciera t
 Gervase
Tadhana
S27 gervase t
 Hayden
Tadhana
S27 hayden t
 Tyson
Tadhana
S27 tyson t

Survivor: Cagayan

  • Type: Disbanding

On Day 12, the Luzon tribe was disbanded. Each castaway then chose one buff in a bowl that contains an equal number of Aparri and Solana buffs, each wrapped and covered, which would indicate each castaway's new tribe.

 Alexis
Aparri
S28 alexis c
 Jeremiah
Aparri
S28 jeremiah c
 Kass
Aparri
S28 kass c
 Morgan
Aparri
S28 morgan c
 Sarah
Aparri
S28 sarah c
 Spencer
Aparri
S28 spencer c
 Tasha
Aparri
S28 tasha c
 Cliff
Solana
S28 cliff c
 Jefra
Solana
S28 jefra c
 Lindsey
Solana
S28 lindsey c
 LJ
Solana
S28 lj c
 Tony
Solana
S28 tony c
 Trish
Solana
S28 trish c
 Woo
Solana
S28 woo c

Survivor: San Juan del Sur

  • Type: Shuffle

Each tribe was given a bag that contains an equal number of Hunahpu and Coyopa buffs, each wrapped and covered. Each castaway then chooses one of them in the bag, and the buff inside it would indicate each castaway's new tribe.

 Baylor
Coyopa
S29 baylor t
 Dale
Coyopa
S29 dale t
 Jaclyn
Coyopa
S29 jaclyn t
 Jon
Coyopa
S29 jon t
 Keith
Coyopa
S29 keith t
 Kelley
Coyopa
S29 kelley t
 Missy
Coyopa
S29 missy t
 Alec
Hunahpu
S29 alec t
 Jeremy
Hunahpu
S29 jeremy t
 Josh
Hunahpu
S29 josh t
 Julie
Hunahpu
S29 julie t
 Natalie
Hunahpu
S29 natalie t
 Reed
Hunahpu
S29 reed t
 Wes
Hunahpu
S29 wes t

Survivor: Worlds Apart

  • Type: Disbanding

On Day 12, the Masaya tribe was disbanded. Each castaway then chose one buff on a tray that contains an equal number of Escameca and Nagarote buffs, each wrapped and covered, which would indicate each castaway's new tribe.

 Dan
Escameca
S30 dan t
 Joaquin
Escameca
S30 joaquin t
 Joe
Escameca
S30 joe t
 Mike
Escameca
S30 mike t
 Rodney
Escameca
S30 rodney t
 Sierra
Escameca
S30 sierra t
 Stephen
Escameca
S30 tyler t
 Carolyn
Nagarote
S30 carolyn t
 Hali
Nagarote
S30 hali t
 Jenn
Nagarote
S30 jenn t
 Kelly
Nagarote
S30 kelly t
 Max
Nagarote
S30 max t
 Shirin
Nagarote
S30 shirin t
 Will
Nagarote
S30 will t

Survivor: Cambodia

Switch #1

  • Type: Expansion

On Day 7, the 18 remaining castaways were informed that the switch would put them not only into two, but to three tribes instead. Each castaway chose one box on one of two trays, containing a buff indicating which new tribe they would be in. It was then revealed that the new third tribe would be called Angkor, and would have to start from scratch in a new camp, only having the same supplies they had from Day 1, and not having any of the supplies they had during the marooning.

 Abi-Maria
Angkor
S31 abimaria t
 Andrew
Angkor
S31 andrew t
 Jeff
Angkor
S31 jeff t
 Peih-Gee
Angkor
S31 peihgee t
 Tasha
Angkor
S31 tasha t
 Woo
Angkor
S31 woo t
 Jeremy
Bayon
S31 jeremy t
 Kelly
Bayon
S31 kelly t
 Kimmi
Bayon
S31 kimmi t
 Monica
Bayon
S31 monica t
 Spencer
Bayon
S31 spencer t
 Stephen
Bayon
S31 stephen t
 Ciera
Ta Keo
S31 ciera t
 Joe
Ta Keo
S31 joe t
 Kass
Ta Keo
S31 kass t
 Keith
Ta Keo
S31 keith t
 Kelley
Ta Keo
S31 kelley t
 Terry
Ta Keo
S31 terry t

Switch #2

  • Type: Disbanding

On Day 14, the remaining castaways met another switch. Angkor was disbanded, and each castaway chose one box on a tray, containing a buff which would indicate their new tribe.

 Jeremy
Bayon
S31 jeremy t
 Joe
Bayon
S31 joe t
 Keith
Bayon
S31 keith t
 Kelley
Bayon
S31 kelley t
 Kimmi
Bayon
S31 kimmi t
 Stephen
Bayon
S31 stephen t
 Tasha
Bayon
S31 tasha t
 Abi-Maria
Ta Keo
S31 abimaria t
 Andrew
Ta Keo
S31 andrew t
 Ciera
Ta Keo
S31 ciera t
 Kass
Ta Keo
S31 kass t
 Kelly
Ta Keo
S31 kelly t
 Spencer
Ta Keo
S31 spencer t
 Woo
Ta Keo
S31 woo t

Survivor: Kaôh Rōng

  • Type: Disbanding

On Day 12, To Tang was disbanded, and each castaway chose one covered buff on a tray, indicating their new tribe. After picking an odd-colored buff, Julia Sokolowski was exiled to the old To Tang camp where she would stay until the next Reward Challenge and would replace the next castaway eliminated.

 Cydney
Chan Loh
S32 cydney t
 Debbie
Chan Loh
S32 debbie t
 Jason
Chan Loh
S32 kyle t
 Michele
Chan Loh
S32 michele t
 Neal
Chan Loh
S32 neal t
 Nick
Chan Loh
S32 nick t
 Anna
Gondol
S32 anna t
 Aubry
Gondol
S32 aubry t
 Joe
Gondol
S32 joseph t
 Peter
Gondol
S32 peter t
 Scot
Gondol
S32 scot t
 Tai
Gondol
S32 tai t
 Julia
Exiled
S32 julia t

Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X

  • Type: Expansion

On Day 13, a tribe switch took place, adding a third tribe named Ikabula into the mix. Each castaway chose one covered buff on one of two trays (one for each gender), indicating which tribe they would be in. Ikabula would have to move to a new camp with the bare essentials, but they were given a numerical advantage in compensation, starting with 6 members while the new Takali and Vanua only had 5.

 Bret
Ikabula
S33 bret t
 Hannah
Ikabula
S33 hannah t
 Jay
Ikabula
S33 jay t
 Michaela
Ikabula
S33 michaela t
 Sunday
Ikabula
S33 sunday t
 Will
Ikabula
S33 will t
 Adam
Takali
S33 adam t
 Figgy
Takali
S33 figgy t
 Jessica
Takali
S33 jessica t
 Ken
Takali
S33 ken t
 Taylor
Takali
S33 taylor t
 CeCe
Vanua
S33 cece t
 Chris
Vanua
S33 chris t
 David
Vanua
S33 david t
 Michelle
Vanua
S33 michelle t
 Zeke
Vanua
S33 zeke t

Survivor: Game Changers

Switch #1

  • Type: Expansion

On Day 7, a tribe switch took place, introducing a third tribe named Tavua. Each castaway chose one covered buff on one of two trays (one for each gender), indicating which tribe they would be in. Tavua would have to move to a new camp with the same supplies as Day 1.

 Brad
Mana
S34 brad t
 Caleb
Mana
S34 caleb t
 Debbie
Mana
S34 debbie t
 Hali
Mana
S34 hali t
 Sierra
Mana
S34 sierra t
 Tai
Mana
S34 tai t
 Aubry
Nuku
S34 aubry t
 J.T.
Nuku
S34 jt t
 Jeff
Nuku
S34 jeff t
 Malcolm
Nuku
S34 malcolm t
 Michaela
Nuku
S34 michaela t
 Sandra
Nuku
S34 sandra t
 Andrea
Tavua
S34 andrea t
 Cirie
Tavua
S34 cirie t
 Ozzy
Tavua
S34 ozzy t
 Sarah
Tavua
S34 sarah t
 Troyzan
Tavua
S34 troyzan t
 Zeke
Tavua
S34 zeke t

Switch #2

  • Type: Disbanding

On Day 14 of the game, the Tavua tribe was disbanded, and each castaway chose one covered buff on a tray, indicating their new tribe. Debbie Wanner picked a package containing no buff, and she was sent to exile where she lived on a luxurious ship until the next Tribal Council, where she would replace the person voted out.

 Aubry
Mana
S34 aubry t
 Brad
Mana
S34 brad t
 Cirie
Mana
S34 cirie t
 Hali
Mana
S34 hali t
 Michaela
Mana
S34 michaela t
 Sierra
Mana
S34 sierra t
 Troyzan
Mana
S34 troyzan t
 Andrea
Nuku
S34 andrea t
 Jeff
Nuku
S34 jeff t
 Ozzy
Nuku
S34 ozzy t
 Sandra
Nuku
S34 sandra t
 Sarah
Nuku
S34 sarah t
 Tai
Nuku
S34 tai t
 Zeke
Nuku
S34 zeke t
 Debbie
Exiled
S34 debbie t

Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers

  • Type: Shuffle

On Day 9, each castaway chose one covered buff on one of two trays (one for each gender), indicating which tribe they would be in. Each tribe would have 5 members each, having a 3:2 gender ratio.

 Alan
Levu
S35 alan t
 Ashley
Levu
S35 ashley t
 Desi
Levu
S35 desi t
 Devon
Levu
S35 devon t
 Joe
Levu
S35 joe t
 Ali
Soko
S35 ali t
 Chrissy
Soko
S35 chrissy t
 JP
Soko
S35 jp t
 Roark
Soko
S35 roark t
 Ryan
Soko
S35 ryan t
 Ben
Yawa
S35 ben t
 Cole
Yawa
S35 cole t
 Jessica
Yawa
S35 jessica t
 Lauren
Yawa
S35 lauren t
 Mike
Yawa
S35 mike t

Trivia

Number of Castaways Switching Tribes

These totals exclude the absorptions of The Outcasts, Saboga, Ulong, and Matsing, as the members of the existing tribe(s) were not eligible to switch. The mutiny in Survivor: Cook Islands was also excluded.

  • Survivor: Vanuatu and Survivor: China had the fewest castaways switch tribes, with only four people switching tribes in each case.
    • Vanuatu had the lowest percentage of castaways to switch tribes, with 4 out of 13 switching tribes.
  • Survivor: All-Stars (second switch) had the highest percentage of castaways to switch tribes, with 9 out of 10 switching tribes.
  • Survivor: Game Changers (first switch) had the most castaways switch tribes, with 15 out of 18 switching tribes.

Number of Members Retained by a Tribe

Number of Members Lost by a Tribe

Number of Members Gained by a Tribe

  • Several tribes (the earliest being the two tribes of Survivor: Vanuatu) have gained only two members at a switch.

Other Trivia

  • All tribes dissolved in a season with three or fewer starting tribes have lost the first Immunity Challenge of the season.

References

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