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The Devil Steps (デビルステップス) is an obstacle introduced into the Third Stage in SASUKE 19, replacing the Curtain Swing as the third obstacle in the Third Stage.

This obstacle is a set of ascending and descending stairs where the competitor must climb under the steps to reach the next obstacle. There are three intervals of seven steps in total, with the first two intervals go upward, and the third interval one goes downward.

In spite the fact that it is introduced in SASUKE 19, no one reached the obstacle, as all 100 competitors failed the past stages, with the competitor who went the farthest only reached the Second Stage. However, TBS teased viewers by showing a tester fail there in SASUKE 19's opening sequence. Competitors had a good success on the obstacle, with only one failure (Miyazaki Daisuke in SASUKE 21).

The obstacle was removed in favor of the Floating Boards after Urushihara Yuuji's kanzenseiha in SASUKE 24.

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

ANW4 Devil Steps

American Ninja Warrior 4's Devil Steps in Southwest region

ANW6 Devil Steps

American Ninja Warrior 6's Devil Steps in Denver

ANW7 Devil Steps

American Ninja Warrior 7's Devil Steps in Pittsburgh

The Devil Steps appeared as the fifth obstacle on:

However, there were three differences between American Ninja Warrior version of the Devil Steps, compared from SASUKE version:

  • The first, second, and third interval contained five, four, and nine steps respectively, for a total of 18 steps, i.e. 3 steps less than in SASUKE.
  • The gap between each interval and step was higher.
  • Unlike in SASUKE (where this obstacle has a high success rate), this obstacle was considered brutal, since several competitors ran out of energy from the previous obstacles and failed.

On American Ninja Warrior 7, the obstacle was modified. At the third interval, the third step was removed, and the sixth and seventh step would tilt at 15 degrees when the competitors grabbed those two steps, which made it harder to maintain the grip.

Other Appearances

SNWI Devil Steps

SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia's Devil Steps in Final Stage

On SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia, the Devil Steps appeared as the first obstacle during Final Stage, and has a similar design to the obstacle used on American Ninja Warrior, but the intervals were switched, as the first, second, and third interval contained nine, six, and four steps respectively. It was proven to be easy compared to American Ninja Warrior, as no competitor failed on this obstacle.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
19 0 0 N/A
20 1 1 100%
21 2 3 66.67%
22 4 4 100%
23 6 6 100%
24 7 7 100%
Total 20 21 95.24%