The competing teams in NJ's Survivor are known as Tribes. Commonly, there are two tribes in a season, but there have been instances where three or four may be active at the same time. A tribe can have anywhere from four to twelve contestants at the beginning of the game.

Dividing Into TribesEdit

Most commonly, the tribes are divided by the producers before the game begins. However, there have been exceptions. Each Survivor season typically starts with 16, 18, or 20 contestants. The castaways will be then equally divided into their "tribes". These tribes are given unique names (based on local language, culture or history) and identifying colors which are used on buffs, insignias, and in the opening sequence. Most seasons feature two pre-merge tribes, however some have also had three, while two seasons started with four.

Tribe SwitchEdit

A tribe switch is the very first Survivor twist. The host asks the contestants to drop their buffs, signaling there will be a change in the nature of the tribes. For a tribe switch, the contestants will either end up at their original tribe or they will be swapped into another. If there is a switch, it occurs before the merge, commonly catching players off-guard. The logic of the switch is that the relationships from their first tribe will be tested in their new tribe, and will create additional possibilities when the tribes finally merge. Oftentimes, players who were not successful in their original tribe use the switch as an opportunity to create new bonds, and potentially last longer in the competition.

Merged TribeEdit

The merged tribe is composed of the remaining members of the two starting tribes, and marked with a new colored buff, with challenges becoming individual. The castaways will stay in the tribe for the remainder of the game, although may be separated by the One-Day Tribes twist. The merged tribe name is typically chosen by producers, although naming was handed over to the contestants in three seasons - Second Chances (Koba Faahana), Eleventh Hour (Jedenáct), and Battle Royale (Kainai).

Tribe ColorEdit

Survivor Tribecolors Per Season
Season Name Orange Yellow Green Blue Teal Red Magenta Purple Black Brown White
Jordan Balqa Mafraq Amman
Solomon Islands Honiara Gavutu Malaita
Brazil Ticuna Iguazu Ikpeng
Burkina Faso Titao Boulsa Dédougou
Fiji Ovalau Malolo Nacula Vatoa Lautoka
Ardennes Bayard Sambre Meuse
All Stars Banaba Tarawa Vostok Rawaki
Sri Lanka Jaffna Galle Sri Pada
Peru Cuzco Quilla Inti
Generation Gap Brosses Raiatea Maiao
Ethiopia Maychew Asosa Harar Bahir Dar
Second Chances Mulaku Felidhu Noonu Koba Faahana
Puerto Rico Coamo Yunque Lajas
Greece Eurus Boreas Notus Athens
Turkey Afyon Tokat Cappadocia Izmir
Eleventh Hour Fulnek Zvotoky Jedenáct Dobev Lysice
Battle Royale Galeta Cebaco Solarte Kainai


  • Yellow is the most recurring tribe color in the history of the series with a total 10 tribes.
    • On the other hand, white is the least recurring, having appeared only once.
  • Black is the most recurring merged tribe color, with 3 merged tribes. Black is also the only recurring color to appear more times as a merged tribe than it has as a starting tribe.
    • The only non-merged black tribes are Rawaki and Izmir.
NJ's Survivor Tribes
Jordan Solomon Islands Brazil Burkina Faso Fiji
Balqa Gavutu Ikpeng Boulsa Malolo
Mafraq Malaita Ticuna Titao Nacula
Amman Honiara Iguazu Dédougou Ovalau
Ardennes All Stars Sri Lanka Peru Generation Gap
Meuse Banaba Galle Inti Maiao
Sambre Rawaki Jaffna Quilla Raiatea
Bayard Vostok Sri Pada Cuzco Brosses
Ethiopia Second Chances Puerto Rico Greece Turkey
Asosa Felidhu Coamo Boreas Afyon
Harar Mulaku Lajas Eurus Izmir
Maychew Noonu Yunque Notus Tokat
Bahir Dar Koba Faahana Athens Cappadocia
Eleventh Hour Battle Royale
Dobev Cebaco
Fulnek Galeta
Lysice Solarte
Zvotoky Kainai
Spin-Off Tribes
NJ's Survivor Trivia
Cast List Episodes Medical Evacuation Quit Records
Tiebreaker Tribes