Prague, Czech Republic
|Season Run||January 2 – April 17, 2018|
|Episodes||16 (including two-part reunion)|
|Winner||Cara Maria Sorbello|
|Previous||XXX: Dirty 30|
Vendettas is the 31st season of The Challenge. This season features various alumni from The Real World, Road Rules, The Challenge, Are You the One?, as well as alumni from Big Brother and MTV UK seeking revenge on their personal vendettas for a share of $500,000. This season was filmed in Spain from September to November 2017. It is the second part in the "Revenge" trilogy started by XXX: Dirty 30, and it is followed by Final Reckoning.
Twenty-eight players including stars from MTV UK’s Ex on the Beach and Geordie Shore along with contestants from Big Brother will join The Challenge fan favorites as they travel to Spain to pursue their personal vendettas against one another. And this season, for the very first time, every player is out solely for themselves not their team. Only one winner will come out on top, competing to win the final prize that has the potential to exceed $500,000.
Each player will participate in multiple challenges followed by an elimination round known as "The Ring". Elimination days will alternate between male, female, or genderless rounds. The winners of the challenge will split $25,000 among their individual bank accounts and the top three performers of the challenge will be declared "The Troika". The worst-performing player of the challenge will be sent straight to the Ring. The Troika is responsible for nominating three players to face the last place player in the Ring, named "The Inquisition". The Inquisition is responsible for pleading their case to stay in the competition, and the Troika will vote for the player to compete against the last place player at the Ring. The players will then compete in the elimination round. The winners stay in the game and earn a Grenade, while the losers are eliminated and their bank account is added into the final prize pot.
In the Final Challenge eight players, four male and four female, will compete in two stages. The last two finishers of each gender at the first stage will be eliminated and their bank accounts will be added to the final prize pot, while the remaining players will continue to the next stage.
Prize money is split as follows:
- Winner: Individual bank account + $150,000 + every eliminated player's bank account
- Runner-Up: Individual bank account + $35,000
- Third Place: Individual bank account + $10,000
- Fourth Place: Individual bank account + $5,000
- One Winner: For the first time in Challenge history, only one winner, regardless of gender, will be crowned.
- Individual Bank Accounts: Similar to The Ruins, money will be up for grabs during each challenge and will be split evenly between the winners of that challenge. However, unlike in The Ruins, once a player is eliminated, their individual bank account will be added to the final grand prize total.
- Troika and Inquisition: Following every challenge, the top three performing players will be declared The Troika. The Troika must nominate three players, known as The Inquisition, for possible elimination.
- Grenades: Grenades are punishments that can be granted to any player by the previous elimination winner at the Challenge.
- Mercenaries: During double elimination rounds, two sets of Mercenaries were brought in to face the challengers in the Ring. Aneesa Ferreira, Derrick Kosinski, Jordan Wiseley, and Tori Deal were brought in as the first set of Mercenaries while Ashley Mitchell, Darrell Taylor, Frank Sweeney, and Laurel Stucky were brought in as the second set of Mercenaries. TJ surprised the players in the Final Challenge by revealing that previously eliminated players Bananas and Melissa would act as Mercenaries during one of the checkpoints.
- Reunion Reveal: Similar to XXX: Dirty 30, the results of the Final Challenge were once again revealed at the reunion.
|Episode||Winners||The Troika||Gender||Ring contestants||Ring Game||Ring outcome|
|1||Get Off the Rock||Joss||Nicole R.|
|2/3*||Who's Got Balls?||Britni||Bananas, Kyle, Brad||Male||Nelson||Cory||Balls of Fire||Nelson||Cory|
|3/4||#Vendettas||Devin||Devin, Natalie, Bananas||Female||Melissa*||Alicia||Chain Reaction||Melissa||Alicia|
|4/5||Food Wars||Team 6||Marie, Tony, Zach||N/A||Sylvia||Melissa||Oil and Water||Sylvia||Melissa|
|6/7*||Gasping for Air||Team 4||Tony, Bananas, Kyle||Male||Brad||Victor||Troubled Water||Brad||Victor|
|7/8*||Puppet Master||Green Team||Kyle, Nicole Z., Tony||Joss||Shane||Crazy 8||Jordan||Shane|
|8/9||Car Crash||Team 1||Bananas, Natalie, Nelson||Female||Marie||Kailah||Basket Case||Kailah||Marie|
|9/10||Kickin' Ass||Blue Team||Kailah, Tony, Zach||Male||Devin||Bananas||Not So Bright||Devin||Bananas|
|11||This Land is My Land||Green Team||Natalie, Tony, Zach||Brad||Nelson||Yankin' My Chain||Brad||Frank|
|12||Spanish Treasure||Team 1||Brad, Tony, Zach||Female||Kam||Natalie||Spanish Torture||Kam||Natalie|
|12/13||Help Me, Rhonda||Zach||Devin|
|13||Outside the Box||Kailah||Tony, Kailah, Cara Maria||Nelson|
|Tony||Male||Brad vs. Leroy||Head Banger||Leroy||Brad|
|14||Final Challenge||Cara Maria||Second place: Zach, Third place: Kyle, Fourth place: Kailah|
Bottom Four: Leroy, Tony, Kam, and Nicole Z.
- Eddie withdrew from the game prior to the "Who's Got Balls?" challenge. However, his departure was not addressed onscreen, and it was not revealed why he departed from the game. During the airing of the episode, Cory revealed via Twitter that Alicia allegedly had a restraining order against him. On an Instagram Live Sylvia revealed that Eddie opted to leave the house rather than have his name dragged through the mud over the situation.
- Prior to the “#Vendettas” challenge, Melissa suffered an injury in the house that cut her foot. Because the challenge was played over water, Melissa was medically forced to forfeit and she was automatically sent to the Ring.
- Natalie and Sylvia did not participate in the "Gasping for Air" challenge as they were deemed too sick to participate.
- Prior to the "Puppet Master" challenge, it was revealed that Sylvia was too sick to continue in the game. Therefore, she was removed from the competition.
- In the "Crazy 8" elimination, four "Mercenaries" (Jordan, Derrick, Tori, and Aneesa) were brought in to compete against the Ring players, similar to the "Heavy Hitters" twist seen on Cutthroat and Battle of the Bloodlines. In order to stay in the game, they must win against the Mercenary. Joss played against Derrick, Shane played against Jordan, Veronica played against Aneesa, and Kam played against Tori.
- In the "Crazy 8" elimination, Veronica had broken her finger in her round against Aneesa, so she was disqualified due to not being able to compete.
- Kayleigh withdrew from the game following the "Not So Bright" elimination after not feeling comfortable in the house after an altercation with Kailah, Jemmye, and Britni the previous night.
- In Episode 11, another set of Mercenaries (Ashley, Darrell, Frank, and Laurel) were brought in to compete in the "Yankin’ My Chain" elimination. Ashley played against Kam, Laurel played against Britni, Frank played against Brad, and Darrell played against Nelson.
- Due to two rounds and no one scoring in the "Yankin' My Chain" elimination, Nelson’s round against Darrell was a draw and Nelson won by default. However, he did not earn a grenade.
- Nicole Z. had hurt her ankle during the Final Challenge, and was deemed unable to continue. Therefore, she was automatically in the Bottom Four.
- The contestant finished the Final Challenge and won.
- The contestant finished the Final Challenge and lost.
- The contestant was eliminated at the Final Challenge.
- The contestant won the challenge and was part of the Troika.
- The contestant placed in the Top 3 in the challenge and was part of the Troika.
- The contestant won the challenge but was not part of the Troika and was still subject for elimination.
- The contestant won the challenge and was nominated by the Troika for the Inquisition, but was not selected for the elimination round.
- The contestant was not selected for the elimination round.
- The contestant was nominated by the Troika for the Inquisition but not selected for the elimination round.
- The contestant won the Ring.
- The contestant's elimination against the Mercenary was declared a draw, but they were not eliminated.
- The contestant lost the Ring and was eliminated.
- The contestant won the challenge, but was selected for the Ring, lost and was eliminated.
- The contestant was eliminated at the challenge.
- The contestant was removed from the competition due to injury/illness.
- The contestant withdrew from the competition.
Every player is given their own individual bank account, similar to The Ruins, and may earn money by winning challenges. Instead of an eliminated player's account going to the player that eliminated them, it will go to the winner.
Total added for Winner: $220,000
|Episode||Air date||Viewers (in millions)|
|1||"When Worlds Collide"||January 2, 2018||0.89|
|2||"The Power of Three"||January 9, 2018||0.87|
|3||"#Banatalie"||January 16, 2018||1.02|
|4||"Pizzagate"||January 23, 2018||0.74|
|5||"Guilty by Association"||January 30, 2018||0.92|
|6||"Notes on a Scandal"||February 6, 2018||0.82|
|7||"Pulling the Strings"||February 13, 2018||0.83|
|8||"Mercaneries of Mayhem"||February 20, 2018||0.88|
|9||"Baskets of Deplorables"||February 27, 2018||0.84|
|10||"Rumor Has It"||March 6, 2018||0.77|
|11||"It's Britni, Bitch"||March 13, 2018||0.83|
|12||"Help Me, Rhonda"||March 20, 2018||0.75|
|13||"Czechmate"||March 27, 2018||0.83|
|14||"Vendettas Never Die"||April 3, 2018||0.90|
- Vendettas is the first season of The Challenge to feature cast members from MTV UK's Ex on the Beach and Geordie Shore, and CBS' Big Brother. It is the first season to not feature cast members debuting from The Real World.
- Vendettas is the first season of The Challenge to be broadcast on MTV UK.
- Excluding road trip seasons, Vendettas holds the record for most locations filmed in with 3.
- Corey Brooks (Big Brother 18), Derrick Kosinski, and KellyAnne Judd were flown to Spain with the initial cast to serve as alternates in case anybody was disqualified. They were eventually sent home after being unused, though Derrick returned later in Episodes 7 and 8 as a Mercenary.
|The Challenge Series|
Road Rules: All Stars • Real World/Road Rules Challenge • Challenge 2000 • Extreme Challenge • Battle of the Seasons (2002) • Battle of the Sexes • The Gauntlet • The Inferno • Battle of the Sexes 2 • The Inferno II • The Gauntlet 2 • Fresh Meat • The Duel • The Inferno 3 • The Gauntlet III • The Island • The Duel II • The Ruins • Fresh Meat II • Cutthroat • Rivals • Battle of the Exes • Battle of the Seasons (2012) • Rivals II • Free Agents • Battle of the Exes II • Battle of the Bloodlines • Rivals III • Invasion of the Champions • XXX: Dirty 30 • Vendettas • Final Reckoning • War of the Worlds • War of the Worlds 2 • Total Madness • Double Agents • Spies, Lies & Allies