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 cross across 5m by only grabbing onto fourteen small, glowing blue spheres attached to the scaffolding above. Over the four tournaments it was in the Third Stage, it eliminated four people. Nakata Daisuke failed there three times in SASUKE 9, SASUKE 10, and SASUKE 11. The other failure was Takeda Toshihiro in SASUKE 9. After Nagano Makoto's near miss of Kanzenseiha, it was replaced by the Curtain Cling.

A close up of the individual lamps


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 renamed the Kudari Lamp Grasper (下りランプグラスパー). On Ninja Warrior, it was called 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 downwards requiring competitors to reach downward to reach each of the thirteen spheres and these spheres were more grouped than the original Lamp Grasper. Also, competitors are required to leap to the resting platform after the obstacle. Competitors are allowed to skip globes or traverse down one side of the obstacle, as Levi Meeuwenberg did in SASUKE 23. It never retired any of the nine individuals who attempted it (likely due to the downward angle of the obstacle, make it easier to grab the speheres than the original Lamp Grasper) and was replaced with the Rope Junction in SASUKE 24. In SASUKE 19 the obstacle was angled less steeply, the globes were smaller and the jump was larger than in later versions.


A look at the Kudari Lamp Grasper from the platform

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

The Lamp Grasper returned in American Ninja Warrior 4 in Midwest and Midsouth regional finals, after the Salmon Ladder. The differences being that the number of lamps has been increased to twenty, and the scaffolding is angled slightly upwards.

It returned as the ninth obstacle in San Pedro (Military) finals on American Ninja Warrior 7, but it was called Globe Grasper. Later, this obstacle was used again on Team Ninja Warrior 2 , in the Relay Showdown (after Duelling Salmon Ladders). There is also a difference of design in the Lamp Grasper and the Globe Grasper. In the Lamp Grasper, the globes are attached to the scaffolding. While in the Globe Grasper, the globes are attached to a pole which is connected to the scaffolding.

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