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A Tribe Switch (also known as Tribe Shuffle or Tribe Swap) is 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 can happen in a random point during a game and this reassignment of tribes will be effective until the tribes merge or a new opportunity to switch tribes shows up (e.g. a Mutiny or a second switch.) This is denoted by contestants wearing a newly supplied Buff that is colored according to their new tribe. They would then drop their old buff on the ground and start wearing the new one.

A variant of the tribe switch, the Tribe Dissolve, where one or more tribes are vacated and don't exist after the switch. It either requires the entire tribe to be dismantled and its remaining members are spread into the remaining tribes (absorption) or requires that all remaining players, usually in four or three tribes, in the game are shuffled between two of four tribes. The other tribes that are not used in the shuffle ceases to exist. Another example of the tribe dissolve is conquering, where a tribe has only one member left and the last one is just sent to the rival tribe for the rest of the game.

Types of Tribe Dissolve

There are currently three main types of tribal dissolution:

  • Disbanded - where one or two tribes ceased to exist where all remaining players still in the game (regardless of tribal affiliation) are shuffled into the remaining tribes.
  • Absorbed - a type of dissolve where a tribe's remaining members are scattered between the other remaining tribes.
  • Conquered - a type of absorption where the remaining members of the losing tribe go directly to the other tribe, where the season has no merge.

Twist History

Season 1

  • Type: Tribe Switch
New Aitutaki Tribe
Aidan S1
Aidan
Sarah S5
Brennah
Chezo S1
Chenzo
Katie S4
Katie
Anna S3
Anna
Jack S4
Jack
Leo S1
Leo
New Rarotonga Tribe
Alana S1
Alana
Chad S3
Chad
Chris H S5
Chris H
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Chris P S1
Chris P
Keri S1
Keri
Thomas S1
Thomas


Season 3

  • Type: Tribe Switch
New Jalapao Tribe
Ina S3
Ina
Jack S3
Jack
Owen S5
Katelyn
Ryan S3
Ryan
Anna S3
Anna
Annie S3
Annie
Caleb S3
Caleb
Lacey S3
Lacey
New Timbira Tribe
Becca S5
Alexis
Alyssa S3
Alyssa
Laura S5
Katie
Kayla S3
Kayla
Sarah S3
Sarah
Jake S5
Adam
Chad S3
Chad
Chris H S5
Chris

Season 4

  • Type: Tribe Disbandment
New Casaya Tribe
Evelynn S4
Evelyn
Isolina S5
Katie
Adam S4
Adam
Benji S4
Benji
Cassidy S4
Cassidy
Jack S4
Jack
Jacob S4
Jacob
Samrah S4
Samrah
Casey S4
Casey
Elizabeth S4
Elizabeth
New La Mina Tribe
Ray S4
Raymond
Alex S4
Alex
Lauren S4
Lauren
Sarah S4
Sarah
Andrew S4
Andrew
Ryan S3
Ryan
Hanne S4
Hanne
Kayla S3Kayla Phil S4
Phil
Wes S4
Wes

Season 5

  • Tribe Switch
New Ngapuhi Tribe
Owen S5
Owen
Austin S5
Austin
Chris H S5
Chris
JaeMin S5
JaeMin
Jenn S5
Jenn
Jessica S5
Jessica
New Tainui Tribe
Jake S5
Jake
Sarah S5
Sarah
Bradley 5
Bradley
Jake B S5
Jake B
Justin S5
Justin
Nicole S5
Nicole

Season 6

  • Tribe Disbandment
New Yang Tribe
Adam S6
Adam
Jessica S6
Jessica
Lacey S6
Lacey
Caleb S6
Caleb
Jake B S6
Jake B
Wes S6
Wes
New Yin Tribe
Casey S6
Casey
Hanne S6
Hanne
JaeMin S6
JaeMin
Jasmine S6
Jasmine
Jack S6
Jack
Kellan S6
Kellan
Phil S6
Phil

Season 7

  • Tribe Disbandment
New Aidhne Tribe
Calvin S7
Calvin
Joseph S7
Joseph
Jules S7
Jules
Katy S7
Katy
Masen S7
Masen
New Eblani Tribe
David S7
David
Emma S7
Emma
Grace S7
Grace
Alexander S7
Lex
Patricia S7
Patricia
New Ulaid Tribe
Adderly S7
Adderly
Cole S7
Cole
Jessy S7
Jessy
Priscilla S7
Priscilla
Will S7
Will

Season 9

  • Tribe Swap
New Lorato
Emily S9
Emily
Kaitlyn S9
Kaitlyn
Nic S9
Nic
WesS9
Wes
New Moremi Tribe
Josh S9
Josh
Justin H S9
Justin H.
JustinT S9
Justin T.
Sam S9
Samantha
New Sarki Tribe
Katie S9
Katie
Maria S9
Maria
Matt S S9
Matt S.
Nathan S9
Nathan
Sent to Chief's Island:
Kevin S9
Kevin

Season 10

  • Type: Tribe Switch
New Morotai Tribe
Lindsey S10
Lindsey
Mary S10
Mary
MJ S10
MJ
Scott S10
Scott
Elizabeth S10
Elizabeth
Joseph S10
Joe
Katelyn S10
Katelyn
Maria S10
Maria
New Watubela Tribe
Austin S10
Austin
JaeMin S10
JaeMin
Molly S10
Molly
Phil S10
Phil
Jessie S10
Jessie
Kristie S10
Kristie
Matt S10
Matt
Trace S10
Trace

Season 20

Argos Corinth
Jeremiah S20
Jeremiah
Laura S20
Laura
Mario S20
Mario
Pat S20
Pat
Shannon S20
Shannon
Casey S20
Casey
Grace S20
Grace
Hanne S20
Hanne
Nic S20
Nic
Paige S20
Paige
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Alf S20
Alf
Jules S20
Jules
Miranda S20
Miranda
Owen S20
Owen
Will S20
Will
Branden S20
Branden
Hunter S20
Hunter
Logan S20
Logan
MJ S20
MJ
Nathan S20
Nathan

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