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Hidden Immunity Idol
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Survivor Gameplay
Description An item that negates Tribal Council votes
Appearance(s) All seasons.

The Hidden Immunity Idol (also known as the "Hidden Idol" or simply "The Idol") is perhaps the biggest twist to ever occur in 703N Survivor 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: Wales.

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 or, in the case of Survivor: Africa, given to a player when they are sent to Exile Island.

Overview[]

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 the final 5). A player may hold more than one idol (if available).

Appearance[]

See Gallery


Development/Format[]

Players must use the idol after the votes have been cast, but before the host reveals them. This gesture will force castaways to become more cautious on possessing it and/or divulging information about possessing one. With this format, it is crucial for players to use his/her idol at the right time. Contestants must draw the idol at a Tribal Council where they are sure to receive votes, or else, they will either waste the idol (if they had either no votes against them or if they have votes, there may not be enough to eliminate them) or getting eliminated without even using the idol. This was dubbed by several contestants as flushing. Once the idol is used, it is usually rehidden. From this point forward, the idols are valid up until the Tribal Council where there are only five or six contestants remain.

When the castaway is voted out as a direct result of the use of the Hidden Immunity Idol, that person is said to have been "Idoled out".

Clues[]

To find Hidden Immunity Idols easier, clues are provided to castaways. As the season progresses, more clues will be provided, regardless if the idol has already been found or not. These clues can be shared to others by the finder/s' choosing. But it is also possible (however extremely unlikely) to find an idol without a clue.

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 Wales there was a clue given to both tribes at the beginning of the game in the form of a fill in the blank formula. The answer to the idol were coordinates to a location, however clues weren't given out until the merge.
  • In Africa contestants received clues by being sent to Exile Island.
  • In subsequent seasons, the castaways were given clues to the the idol after winning a reward and were instructed to guess a coordinate on a grid or a Survivor on the canon show.
  • In Minoan Empire & Siem Reap, the contestants would compete individually for reward and go to the Labyrinth (M.E) or the Temple (S.R). Both places are fairly similar to each other in the way they work.

Strategy[]

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 Idol[]

Survivor: Africa[]

Survivor: Mongolia[]

Survivor: Japan[]

Survivor: Chile[]

Survivor: Resurgence[]

Survivor: Canada[]

Survivor: Isla Del Sol[]

Survivor: Skye Islands[]

Survivor: Siem Reap[]

Survivor: Tokelau[]

  • Chris (Used to protect himself, Scott was voted out as a result) (TBA)

Fake Idols[]

Survivor: Resurgence[]

  • Tom found a fake idol hidden by the hosts of the season.

Survivor: Minoan Empire[]

  • Alex found multiple fake idols hidden by the hosts of the season.

Other Idols[]

In some seasons idols other than the Hidden Immunity Idol have been present. In Survivor: Australia several "idols" known as Artifacts were in play.

Types of different Idols/Artifacts[]

Australia[]

  • The Spear Of Despair:Cuts a contestant of your choosing challenge score in half.
  • Coat Of Arms: Works like an Express Pass (TAR). You move on automatic to the next round but you cannot vote in that tribal council.
  • Medallion Of Truth: Forces someone to reveal who they voted for at tribal council.
  • The Necklace Of Light: Gives you or someone an advantage in the immunity challenge.
  • The Necklace Of Darkness: Gives you or someone else a disadvantage in the immunity challenge.
  • Orb Of Negation: Negates two votes against you at tribal council.

Contestants Voted Out Due to an Idol Being Played[]

Castaway Season Episode
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Jessie
Survivor: Wales 7
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Sam
Survivor: Africa 8
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Pete
14
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Josh
Survivor: Mongolia 6
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Tyler F.
Survivor: Chile 11
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Eddie
Survivor: Resurgence 9
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Lukas
Survivor: Canada 12
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Blaine
Survivor: Isla Del Sol 15
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Andrew
Survivor: Siem Reap 9
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Scott
Survivor: Tokelau 9
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Julez
Survivor: Papua New Guinea 9
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Shellie
11
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JT
13
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Hieu
Survivor: Visayas 11
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Alissa
13
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Zakriah
Survivor: Sumbawa 7
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Chris
Survivor: Heroes Vs. Villains 9
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Violet
Survivor: Kerala 11
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Rhiannon
Survivor: San Marcos 8
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Malik
9
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Elmo
10
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Brandon
11
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Shea
15
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Nick
Survivor: Resurrection 4
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Julia
10
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Cali
12
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Andy
15
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Bradley
Survivor: Chaos 8
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Eve
13
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Toby
Survivor: Bora Bora 11
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Fariha
Survivor: Carthage 11
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Jessy
Survivor: Legends 15
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Claire
Survivor: Byzantium 11

Gallery[]

703 ORG Gameplay
Challenges

Challenge · Survivor Auction · Immunity Idol · Immunity Necklace

Elimination

Final Tribal Council · Jury · Medical Evacuation · Quit · Redemption Island · Sole Survivor · Tiebreaker · Tribal Council

Strategy

Alliance · Pagonging · Perfect Game · Split Vote

Social Dynamics

Tribe · Merge · Alliance · Final Two · Final Three

Game-Changing Twists

Anarchy · Artifacts · Auxiliary Tribe · Battle Of The Sexes · Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty · Crossover · Day Zero · Double Tribal Council · Exile Island · Hero Challenge · Hidden Immunity Idol · Juror Removal · Kidnapping · Labyrinth · Maze of the Minotaur · Message in a Bottle · Mutiny · Observer · One World · Outcasts · Redemption Island · Reset Idol · Return of the Champions · Right to Stay Challenge · Returning Players · Sanctuary · Schoolyard Pick · Spirits · Tokens · Tribe Dissolve · Tribe Switch · Unmerge

Post-Game

Player Of The Season · Season Fan Favorite · Reunion Show · Sole Survivor · 703 Podcast · 703scars · 703 Hall of Fame

Miscellaneous

Cheating · Confessionals · Buffs · Filming Locations

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