|Description||Voted out contestants compete against each other to win a spot back in the game.|
Redemption Island is a major twist that has appeared in Japan.
Being the primary twist of Japan, this twist provides an opportunity for an eliminated player to re-enter the game and continue their pursuit to the million-dollar prize and the title of Sole Survivor. In order to do so however, eliminated contestants will compete in head-to-head challenges (known as Duels) in order to remain on the island and avoid permanent elimination.
Immediately after being voted out, contestants will not be immediately eliminated from the game. Instead, they will be sent to Redemption Island.
When the next person is voted out, that player would be sent to Redemption Island as well, meeting up with current inhabitant at the same night. They would then live together from that point, until the next morning, where they will duel to remain on the island.
In the first appearance of Redemption Island, duels occur once two people have been voted out. In "group duels" the winner moves on.
In Redemption Island, duels determined whoever would stay in the island and who would be permanently be eliminated. At the day of the duel, the castaways would receive Tree Mail about their duel, instructing them to proceed to the Redemption Island Arena. The arena will be a special challenge area where all duels will take place.
Upon reaching the arena, they will be welcomed by the host. Also in the arena are selected players from the competing tribes, who are there to watch the duel. After the duel, it is up to these observers if they will spoil the goings-on at the arena.
Unlike other times when tribes convene to meet with the hosts, players on Redemption Island line up in a particular order with the most recent eliminated on the right whilst the current champion(s) are to the left.
In this special challenge, the winner of the duel will stay in Redemption Island and continue their quest to become the Sole Survivor, while the loser(s) will be permanently eliminated from the game (this is denoted by the loser tossing his/her buff in a fire wok). Theoretically, should the first person voted off make it to the reentering stage, he/she must win all proceeding duels, meaning the castaway must defeat all subsequent castaways sent in the island.
On certain cases, there are more than two people residing on Redemption Island, with them participating in multi-person "duels." In this format, only the winner will move on and the losers will leave the arena.
- Bryce is the first player to be sent to Redemption Island.
- Bryce is the first player to win a Redemption Island duel.
- Laure is the first person to be eliminated from a duel.
- Tung is the first player to win multiple duels.
- Tung is the first player to return from Redemption Island.