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The Lamp Grasper (ランプグラスパー), known as the Globe Grasp in English broadcasts, is a Third Stage obstacle introduced in SASUKE 9, replacing the Arm Bike.

The function of the obstacle is that a competitor must grab onto fourteen small and glowing blue spheres, attached to the scaffolding above, to reach the landing platform.

Over the four tournaments it was in the Third Stage, the obstacle had failed four times, with Nakata Daisuke failed there three times in SASUKE 9, SASUKE 10, and SASUKE 11, and Takeda Toshihiro in SASUKE 9.

After Nagano Makoto's near miss of kanzenseiha in SASUKE 12, it was replaced by the Curtain Cling.
9globes

A close up of the individual spheres

Lampgrasper

A drawing of the original Lamp Grasper

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found
SASUKE Clears Attempts Percentage
9 1 3 33.33%
10 2 3 66.67%
11 4 5 80%
12 9 9 100%
Total 16 20 80%

Kudari Lamp Grasper


The Lamp Grasper returned in Shin-SASUKE for SASUKE 19's Third Stage, once again replacing the Arm Bike, and was renamed as the Kudari Lamp Grasper (下りランプグラスパー). On Ninja Warrior, it was called as either the Globe Grasp or Downward Globe Grasp.

While it was introduced in SASUKE 19, it wasn't attempted until SASUKE 20.

In this incarnation, the scaffolding was angled downward, and the spheres were more grouped than the original Lamp Grasper. Also, the spheres were not glowing and blue-colored.

Also, competitors are required to leap to the resting platform after the obstacle.

Competitors were allowed to skip several spheres or traverse down one side of the obstacle, as Levi Meeuwenberg did in SASUKE 23.

Unlike the original Lamp Grasper, the Kudari Lamp Grasper never eliminated any of the competitors who attempted it (likely due to the downward angle of the obstacle, making the competitors easily grabbed the spheres), and was replaced by the Rope Junction in SASUKE 24.

Lampgrasper1

Frontal view of the Kudari Lamp Grasper

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 3 3 100%
22 4 4 100%
23 6 6 100%
Total 14 14 100%

American Ninja Warrior Appearances

ANW4 Lamp Grasper

American Ninja Warrior 4's Lamp Grasper in Midwest and Midsouth region

The Lamp Grasper appeared on American Ninja Warrior 4, as the eighth obstacle during Midwest and Midsouth region finals. However, the number of lamps was increased to twenty, and the scaffolding was angled slightly upward. Also, the obstacle preceeded the Salmon Ladder with no rest, which made the obstacle harder than the SASUKE version.
ANW7 Globe Grasper

American Ninja Warrior 7's Globe Grasper in San Pedro (Military)

Later, the obstacle returned as the ninth obstacle in San Pedro (Military) finals on American Ninja Warrior 7, but it was called as the Globe Grasper. Then, the Globe Grasper was used again on Team Ninja Warrior 2, as the eighth during Relay Showdown (after Duelling Salmon Ladders).

There were also several differences of design between the Lamp Grasper and the Globe Grasper. In the Lamp Grasper, the globes were attached to the scaffolding. While in the Globe Grasper, the globes were attached to a pole which was connected to the scaffolding.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW4 (Midwest region) 8 17 47.05%
ANW4 (Midsouth region) 14 19 73.68%
ANW7 (Globe Grasper) 3 7 42.85%
Total 25 43 58.13%

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