Tribe Swap
Survivor Gameplay
Description When the tribes are given new members.
Appearance(s) Survivor: French Polynesia
Survivor: Malaysia

A Tribe Switch (also known as Tribe Shuffle or Tribe Switch) is the very first game-changing Twists of Survivor. This twist sends members from one tribe to the rival tribe and vice versa.


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.)

Normally it would send half of the tribe to the other when both tribes have equal number of tribe members, though it has changed depending on circumstances.

A variant of the tribe switch, the Tribe Absorption, is where one or more tribes cease to 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.

Twist HistoryEdit

Survivor: French PolynesiaEdit

The first time a tribe which occurred was in Survivor: French Polynesia, where the tribes were switched at fourteen people left. A Tribe Absorption occurred with twelve people left.

Survivor: MalaysiaEdit

In Survivor: Malaysia a tribe swap occurred on Day 13. The Eridou Tribe was dissolved.


Tribe AbsorptionEdit

Happens when more than three tribes are on the island at the same time, and when one tribes numbers get too low. In Survivor: French Polynesia when Tekao was dissolved with only two members remaining.