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, there is a procedure to solve the issue, and determine which castaway shall leave.


In a case of a tie, the players in question do not vote, while the remaining players vote again between the tied players. Non-tied players are immune from this re-vote. If more than one contestant uses a Hidden Immunity Idol and turns out they are the only ones who received votes, the vote will be considered void altogether; and the rest of the tribe would then have to vote someone else. If the second vote still ends up tied, the vote is declared deadlocked. If the deadlock occurs at any time before the final four Tribal Council, the rest of the tribe except those that are 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. At the final four Tribal Council, the rock draw still takes place, but only between the two tied castaways, and there is no re-vote.

Rock Pull HistoryEdit

This list contains all castaways who have been eliminated by the rock draw tiebreaker, following a deadlocked vote. It first appeared in the fifth season, Survivor: Fiji, where it occurred three times after not appearing at all in the prior seasons, and has since become a recurring strategy people have taken in order to solve a tie situation.

Season Episode Type Castaway
Eliminated Eligible
Fiji "I Had A Dream" Four-Person
S5 RJ J.
S5 James G.S5 RJ J.
"Gamebots Be On That" Standard
S5 Jacob G.
Jacob G.
S5 Jacob G.S5 James G.
S5 Rodney W.S5 Will T.
"Isn't That PMS?" Four-Person
S5 Red W.
Red W.
S5 Red W.S5 Will T.
Ardennes "Ready Like SpongeBob" Four-Person
Will S.
Will S.
Bryant K.Will S.
Peru "What A Dramatic Night" Four-Person
Alan B.
Alan B.
Alan B.Crypt A.
Second Chances "Going To Decide How This Game Ends" Standard
S12 Dana M.
Dana M.
S12 Dana M.S12 Robby J.
Turkey "My Aesthetic" Four-Person
Armanti R.
Armanti R.
Armanti R.Micheal C.
Battle Royale "Cackling Like Trish Hegarty" Four-Person
S17 Lindsey H.
Lindsey H.
S17 Allie B.S17 Lindsey H.

Jury Vote TiebreakerEdit

Each season, the person last voted off pre-jury is brought in at the end as a back-up juror, whose purpose is to break the tie in case the final vote becomes deadlocked. The back-up juror's vote is rarely needed nor included, but has been required on three occasions - Survivor: Ethiopia, Survivor: Turkey, and Survivor: Eleventh Hour.

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