Hidden Immunity Idol
Survivor Gameplay
Description An item that negates Tribal Council votes
Appearance(s) Survivor: French Polynesia
Survivor: Malaysia
Survivor: New Zealand
Survivor: Cape Verde

The Hidden Immunity Idol (also known as the "Hidden Idol" or simply "The Idol") is perhaps the biggest twist to ever occur in Jokers Cove ORG history. Its purpose is to, one way or another, give the holder immunity when they choose to play it. The idol has influenced many of the contestants' strategies, whether they utilize the object, or defuse its powers. The Hidden Immunity Idol made its debut in Survivor: French Polynesia.

It is not to be confused with the Tribal Immunity Idol or Individual Immunity Necklace, as the Hidden Immunity Idol is not available at challenges. However, clues to the whereabouts of the idol are often either given to the survivors at the start of a season.


Despite its potential to make its owner survive longer in the game, it can only be used once (where the idol will be either re-hidden or discarded after its use). With this, owners should be careful about divulging information about possessing one and/or when to use it, because a player can still be eliminated with the idol, thus going home bringing his/her idol with him (dubbed as "flushing"). Another limitation is that, the idol is only valid until a given deadline (usually Until Day 36). A player may hold more than one idol (if available).


Survivor: French PolynesiaEdit

In Survivor: French Polynesia there was a regular hidden immunity idol hidden at each camp (Fatu, Temetiu, Tekao, and Uga Buluga) however as the idols pre-merge (at Fatu, Temetiu and Tekao) camps were too hard to find an additional idol was placed in the Uga Buluga camp post-merge, but functioned the same as other idols. At the Outcasts camp, a special idol called the Outcasts Idol was hidden, but never found. All idols were found by solving combinations of Survivor Seasons.

Survivor: MalaysiaEdit

In Survivor: Malaysia the Hidden Immunity Idol is hidden on Exile Island. In order to find the idol castaways are given a picture of Exile Island and must find the idol and circle the idol with a paint tool. Each time the castaway will receive a clue to help them find the Idol. You will get one chance to find the idol each time you are on Exile.

Survivor: New ZealandEdit

In Survivor: New Zealand the Hidden Immunity Idol was hidden on Exile Island. A new clue was given each time someone was sent to Exile. The idol was hidden in a picture of Exile Island, and must be circled with a paint tool. You get one guess each time you are sent to Exile.

Survivor: Cape VerdeEdit

In Survivor: Cape Verde there was four idols hidden. They were each hidden in a triangular 66 spot graphic.


These clues may be a cryptic message similar to Tree Mail, or advice as to how to find the idol.

Over the years, the clues for the Hidden Immunity Idol have varying ways of how they were given to contestants:

  • In Survivor: French Polynesia a long chain of seasons were listed and players had to guess the order. As the pre-merge idol was too hard to find, a new idol was hidden post merge.
  • In Survivor: Cape Verde the Idol was hidden at camp. The winner of the Redemption Island duel gives out clues publicly.


Several strategies were developed by contestants that has something to do with the Hidden Immunity Idol. Here is a non-exhaustive list of how the idol was used over the series:

  • Making the holder believe that they will not be voted out, but then blindsiding them
  • Splitting votes to defuse any power gained by playing the idol
  • Passing idols to another player to save them
  • Potentially removing the possibility of a tie vote
  • Feigning possession of an idol
  • A player not possessing an idol taunting another player who has one to surrender or use the object, inducing indecision at the side of the owner
  • Handing out multiple idols to shield more potential targets

There have been several instances that a person that is caught looking for the idol has become an immediate target, so it is crucial that searchers must be undetected when looking for it.

If a Hidden Immunity Idol is played, the user would be immune for the Purple Rock tiebreaker. If all players who received votes use idols, and all votes are voided, a revote would happen, but the users would be immune for that round of voting.

List of people who have owned a Hidden Immunity IdolEdit

Survivor French PolynesiaEdit

  • Stephane (Used to protect himself on the Day 34 tribal council. Caused Noah to be eliminated)
  • Perry (Used to protect himself on the Day 36 tribal council, the last time it could be played: negated minority votes)

Survivor: MalaysiaEdit

  • None. The idol was hidden but never found.

Survivor: New ZealandEdit

  • Noah (Used to protect himself at the Day 24 Tribal Council. Caused Szymon to be eliminated)

Survivor: Cape VerdeEdit


Fake IdolsEdit

Max told Anthony he was in possession of an idol. This was to make Anthony trust him more. If Max was in danger of getting voted-off he would've given the fake idol to the Anthony in exchange for safety at tribal council.

Contestants Voted Out Due to an Idol Being PlayedEdit


Other IdolsEdit

In Survivor: French Polynesia the Outcasts Idol was in play, however never found.