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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
Guatemala
Cook Islands (twice)
Fiji
China
Micronesia
Gabon (twice)
Nicaragua
One World
Caramoan
Blood vs. Water
Cagayan
San Juan del Sur
Worlds Apart
Cambodia (twice)
Kaôh Rōng
Millennials vs. Gen X

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 in 9 types:

  1. Swap - Typically done during early seasons, it happens when the switch is done in a way ensuring that each tribe exchange the same number of castaways.
  2. Shuffle - A shuffle happens where each tribe could have a different number of new members. There are times, however, that the number of castaways coming from a particular gender is considered, making sure each new tribe has the same gender deficit. A shuffle could be random draw, or be systematic, typically through a Schoolyard Pick.
  3. Absorption - An absorption happens if one tribe gets dissolved, with its members distributed to the remaining tribes, while those tribes' members are ineligible to switch.
  4. 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.
  5. Conquering - A conquering happens when the remaining members of a losing tribe gets absorbed the other tribe, where the season has no merge.
  6. Expansion - An expansion happens if a new tribe is added. Typically, a shuffle is then done after.
  7. Split - A split is a type of expansion where a number of members from each tribe are placed on a new tribe, with no tribe new tribe members are placed on the old tribes. It has yet to be been seen on the U.S. franchise.
  8. Mutiny - A mutiny happens when castaways from both tribes are offered an option to join a rival tribe.
  9. Kidnapping - While typically a kidnapped castaway does not permanently stay on the tribe responsible, and return back to their tribe usually during the next Reward Challenge, a permanent kidnapping could happen, where the castaway does become a new member of that tribe until another tribe switch happens. Yet to happen in the U.S. version, it did happen in Australian Survivor (2016) in Episode 13, where Sue Clarke of Vavau was permanently kidnapped by Saanapu through Brooke Jowett, during a non-elimination Tribal Council.

Tribe Dissolve

See also: Tribe Dissolve.

A variant of the tribe switch, the tribe dissolve, is when one or more tribes are vacated and cease to exist after the switch. This requires either the entire tribe to be dismantled and its surviving members placed in the remaining tribes (absorption); or that all of the remaining players in the game (usually when there are three or four tribes) are distributed into two tribes (disband). The other tribes that are not used in the shuffle cease to exist. Another example of the tribe dissolve is conquering, wherein a tribe has only one member left and the last one is just sent to the rival tribe for the rest of the game. This has happened only once, when Ulong was dissolved in Survivor: Palau.

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 the host 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.

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

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. Cooper and Garrison plotted with the original Boran members to oust Gaither. 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 Richter, 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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

The New Casaya Tribe
S12 aras t
Aras
S12 bobby t
Bobby
S12 cirie t
Cirie
S12 courtney t
Courtney
S12 danielle t
Danielle
S12 melinda t
Melinda
S12 shane t
Shane
The New La Mina Tribe
S12 austin t
Austin
S12 dan t
Dan
S12 misty t
Misty
S12 nick t
Nick
S12 ruthmarie t
Ruth-Marie
S12 sally t
Sally
S12 terry t
Terry
Sent to Exile Island
S12 bruce t
Bruce

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Variants

Tribe Dissolve

See Tribe Dissolve

Absorption

  • Survivor: All-Stars
  • Survivor: Philippines

Disbanding

  • Survivor: Panama
  • Survivor: Cook Islands
  • Survivor: Cagayan
  • Survivor: Worlds Apart
  • Survivor: Cambodia
  • Survivor: Kaôh Rōng

Conquering

  • Survivor: Palau

Mutiny

See Mutiny (twist)

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: Cook Islands had the most castaways switch tribes, with 14 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.

References

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