Survivor Oz Top 10 – Top 10 Most Successful Tribes


It’s Wednesday which means your favourite day of the week is here with our weekly TOP 10 to make you excited for the rest of hump day! Today we bring you the first of a two part Top 10 as your host Ben Waterworth and Ozlet Julian Groneberg give you the top 10 most successful tribes and top 10 least successful tribes in the history of the show! There have been 63 tribes (not including merge tribes) over the course of 28 seasons but statistically speaking which tribe is the best and which is the worst? Today Ben brings you the top 10 most successful with some results that are bound to surprise!

It’s often debated which is the best and worst tribe in the history of Survivor and our top 10 for this week and next week will finally settle the debate once and for all. To work out which tribe is the most and least successful we worked out the win percentage of a tribe based on the total challenges they took part in. Only tribes pre-merge were counted, and merge tribes were not included in the list as challenges are individual and not team based from that point. In terms of the percent, a tribe must’ve competed in a minimum of four challenges to be counted overall. That therefore excludes The Outcast tribe from Pearl Islands, Viveros from Panama and Puka Puka from Cook Islands who all had a winning percent of 100% but only took part in 1, 2 and 2 challenges respectively. When it comes to a tribe winning immunity but then giving it up (such as on Fiji and One World) we have counted the tribe that WON the challenge as getting the ‘win’ and not the tribe that had the immunity given to them. We have also only included stats from the tribe overall, and the winning stats still count towards the tribe after a switch. There is therefore no separate winning percent for a tribe after a switch. If the challenge was a combined reward/immunity then the tribe got the point for winning an immunity and not a reward. For three or four tribe seasons, each tribe that won immunity/reward was awarded a point for their win. So which 10 came out on top? Read below!

LEGEND: WP=Win Percent, TC=Total Challenges, IW=Immunity Wins, RW=Reward Wins

10. Aparri (Cagayan) – WP 66.67%


TC: 9, IW: 5, RW: 1

Looking back it seemed as though Aparri was the most dominant tribe on Cagayan but given their failure to win more reward challenges and drop a couple of immunities, they just scrape in to the top 10. Considering the final 2 of the season came from the original ‘Brawn’ tribe, there was always going to be a dominance about them. A memorable tribe from a memorable season.

9. Kota (Gabon) – WP 69.23%


TC: 13, IW: 5, RW: 4

On a season with more switches than a Rubik’s Cube, the Kota name remained strong throughout the entire pre-merge phase. 5 immunity wins were the catalyst of their success, although 4 reward challenge wins also helped their cause. It is also one of 5 tribes on this list to have the winner come from it, giving their initial success something to build towards when the game counted.

8. Rotu (Marquesas) – WP 70.00%


TC: 10, IW: 5, RW: 2

The first tribe in history to dominate it’s opposition, Rotu only lost one immunity challenge and won the opening 6 challenges of the game to completely run circles around the opposing Maraamu. The infamous ‘Rotu 4’ also came from this group, but their early game dominance wasn’t translated into a post merge win.

7. Fei Long (China) – WP 72.73%


TC: 11, IW: 4, RW: 4

Fei Long is one of my favourite tribes of all time, and it was a bit of a surprise to see them make this list as I didn’t realise just how successful they ultimately were. The tribe has produced three returning players and as well as the winner of China and is arguably one of the most memorable tribes of all time as well as the most successful. Even a tribe switch couldn’t take away their winning ways. One of the greats.

6. Koror (Palau) – WP 75.00%


TC: 16, IW: 7, RW: 5

I’m sure that when you first saw the title for this top 10  you assumed to see Koror in first place. Well amazingly despite their dominance of Palau, they did only manage to get into 6th on this list. They didn’t lose a single immunity challenge but dropping 3 reward challenges did ultimately bring down their winning percent. Still, when most people think of dominant tribes in the history of Survivor it is usually Koror who first comes to mind, and that will probably never change.

5. Chapera (All-Stars) – WP 76.92%


TC: 13, IW: 5, RW: 5

There is always one tribe on a three tribe season that dominates and case in point on this list with Chapera being the second of four tribes from three tribe seasons to appear on this list. Filled with some of the biggest names in the history of the show, they just couldn’t lose and even though a tribal switch occurred after a tribe dissolve it still didn’t stop the Chapera tribe from bringing home the results. In fact so dominant were they that only one member was voted out before the merge. Incredible.

4. Solana (Cagayan) – WP 77.78%


TC: 9, IW: 3, RW: 4

Another tribe from a three tribe season, the ‘beauty’ tribe surprisingly edges out the apparently more dominant Aparri tribe from being higher on this list based on winning one more challenge in total than their ‘brawn’ rivals. The only tribe besides Luzon (brains) to lose when in a three tribe format, Solana made up for it after the tribes were dissolved by winning an extra reward challenge compared to their orange rivals. Despite that early success, no original Solana member made the final 6 of Cagayan.

3. Galu (Samoa) – WP 80.00%


TC: 10, IW: 3, RW: 5

It’s startling to see just how dominant Galu were in Samoa and not produce the winner. Winning 8 out of the 10 challenges they competed in and going into the merge with more than double the numbers of rival Foa Foa, somehow the highest placed person only got 4th with Brett. Surely the biggest drop off of any tribe in Survivor history from such a dominant tribe early on.

2. Tandang (Philippines) – WP 87.50%


TC: 8, IW: 1, RW: 6

Tandang have the distinct honour of being the only tribe in Survivor history to compete in more than 5 challenges and never go to tribal council. In fact it took to day 19 for a Tandang member to be eliminated from the game. Amazing. Despite that dominance and winning 7 out of 8 challenges, it just misses out on a perfect record by dropping one reward challenge which you could even argue they didn’t ‘lose’ after actually striking a deal in order to give the win to Kalabaw. Produced 2 of the final 3 but still didn’t produce the winner.

1. Moto (Fiji) – WP 93.33%


TC: 15, IW: 6, RW: 8

15 challenges competed in, only 1 challenge lost. With 14 challenge wins Moto are the most dominant tribe in Survivor history based purely on wins. They are also the most successful tribe overall. And the only time they had to vote a member out was when they gave up immunity in order to keep their luxurious camp, a stat which technically puts them alongside Koror as the only tribe in Survivor history never to lose immunity. So dominant, so powerful yet no winner or returning player has every come from it. Can we please change this CBS?

Next week we bring you the other end of the spectrum, with the top 10 least successful tribes in the history of Survivor!


What do you think of the top 10? Do you agree? Disagree? Is it in the wrong order or are there ones that didn’t make the top 10 that you feel should’ve? Leave a comment below to let us know your thoughts!

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19 Comments on Survivor Oz Top 10 – Top 10 Most Successful Tribes

  1. Hadn’t a “top 10 tribes” already been done? :-/

  2. So does fei long and koror

  3. I like this list a lot more than the other Top 10 Tribes

  4. Good list!

  5. Interesting thoughts. Winning percentage however, especially through tribe switches, seems to have little effect on the final outcome of the game. As you said, only half of the tribes on the list went on to produce winners. I think this list may be better served if tribe unity and interpersonal functionality were taken into account. Perhaps a reason Korror and Chapera are so universally assessed as dominant tribes is that they were both strong tribes in challenges in addition to being unified teams (up until a point) that allowed stronger bonds and alliances to form (Tom/Ian/Katie, Rob/Amber/Rupert/Jenna)

  6. Wow that is a surprising result! Really liked this list!
    First time commenting wooo

  7. One should not forget if you only take into account the raw percentage of victories, then there is a bias with the seasons with more than 2 tribes, and you can see it as 4 entries of this top 10 are from 3 tribes seasons. Indeed, when there are 3 tribes, during the first four episodes, each tribe has not 50% but 66.7% chance to win a challenge. When there are 4 tribes, during the first / first two episode(s), each tribe doesn’t have 50% but 75% chance to win a challenge. The advantage is less significant with four tribes even if the chances to win challenges are higher, because the period with more than two tribes is way shorter.

  8. Seems a bit unfair to compare to compare tribes from 3 tribe seasons who have a 66.67% chance of winning vs tribes from two tribe seasons where they only have a 50% chance of winning.

  9. Brett Bingaman // August 21, 2014 at 5:08 am // Reply

    I think we all know Fei Long’s dominance came from the unstoppable power of Denise’s mullet.

  10. thatbeldenkid // August 21, 2014 at 5:29 am // Reply

    Moto, Rotu and Kota shouldn’t be on this list. So many switches happened in those seasons that you can’t say that the same tribes existed for the entire pre-merge. Maybe they were in name, but that doesn’t really matter. After every switch, each tribe had a very different look, so it’s silly to give credit to Kota, for example, when it had so many different people.

    Also, you shouldn’t have just gone by win percentage. Solana has a better winning percentage than Koror, but Koror’s record of 12-4 is more impressive than Solana’s 7-2. Period.

  11. Everybody knows what’s up when Ben does the top 10. 😮

  12. This is an interesting list and stats, but I definitely agree that the stats can be misleading when there’s three tribe seasons being mixed in with two tribe seasons. I’d be curious to see how different it would be if only tribes that came in first in the immunity challenge counted, not 2nd out of three.

    • There would still be a bias, but this time the bias would be in disfavour of tribes from 3 tribes seasons, as they have 33.3% chance of winning challenges compared to the 50% of the tribes from 2 tribes seasons.

      • Maybe each ‘second place win’ could be counted as a half a win? This would give Solana, for example, 6.5/9 and a win rate of 72.22% putting them in 7th instead.

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