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ANW5 Pole Grasper

American Ninja Warrior 5's Pole Grasper in Denver

ANW6 Pole Grasper

American Ninja Warrior 6's Pole Grasper in Dallas

The Pole Grasper is an obstacle, firstly introduced on American Ninja Warrior 5 during Denver finals as the ninth obstacle, and then appeared again on American Ninja Warrior 6 during Dallas finals as the ninth obstacle.

Competitors must get across a series of hanging poles to the landing platform. During American Ninja Warrior 5's Denver finals, there were seven poles to get across. While during American Ninja Warrior 6's Dallas finals, the number of poles was reduced to six, with the bottom part of the poles was attached to the bottom of the water area.

The Pole Grasper had a similar concept with the Hariyama, which was used as the third and final obstacle during the Third Stage in SASUKE 1, except the poles were not elastic.

Other Season Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 7

ANW7 Pole Grasper

American Ninja Warrior 7's Pole Grasper in Stage Three

The Pole Grasper returned on American Ninja Warrior 7, as the fifth obstacle in Stage Three, replacing the Propeller Bar from the previous season, which was moved to the second obstacle in Stage One on that season. However, the number of poles was reduced to five, with the fourth pole would drop down when competitors were on it (similar to the second and third poles for the Sidewinder R in SASUKE 32). Once on the fifth pole, they must make the transition to the next obstacle (the Hang Climb).

Other Appearances

Ninja Warrior UK

NWUK3 Pole Grasper

Ninja Warrior UK 3's Pole Grasper

On Ninja Warrior UK 3, the Pole Grasper appeared as the eighth obstacle during the semi-finals, which was very similar to the one used during American Ninja Warrior 5's Denver finals, except the number of poles was increased to 10. This version of the Pole Grasper was proven to be easier, as only one competitor failed on this obstacle (likely due to the placement of the poles, as most of the competitors who completed the obstacle skipped several poles altogether).

Then, on Ninja Warrior UK 4, the Pole Grasper appeared as the fifth obstacle during the finals' Stage 1. This time, the number of poles was decreased to 9. Similar to its appearance on the previous season, only one competitor failed on this obstacle.


Australian Ninja Warrior

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Australian Ninja Warrior's Pole Grasper

On Australian Ninja Warrior, the Pole Grasper appeared as the eighth obstacle during the semifinals, which was very similar to the one used during American Ninja Warrior 5's Denver finals, except the number of poles was increased to 8.

AusNW2 Pole Grasper

Australian Ninja Warrior 2's Pole Grasper

Then, on Australian Ninja Warrior 2, the Pole Grasper appeared as the first obstacle in Stage Two. This time, the number of poles was decreased to 6 and the first pole was attached to a zip-line, requiring the competitors to grab and slide the first pole to reach the other poles.


SASUKE Vietnam

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SASUKE Vietnam 3's Pole Grasper

The Pole Grasper appeared on SASUKE Vietnam 3 and SASUKE Vietnam 4 as the third and penultimate obstacle in Stage 3, which was very similar to the Pole Grasper from American Ninja Warrior 7, except there were only 4 poles instead of 5, and after reaching the fourth pole, competitors must make the transition to the Hang Climbing (called as the Hang Climb on American Ninja Warrior).

However, unlike on American Ninja Warrior 7 (where both the Pole Grasper and Hang Climb were counted as one separate obstacle each), both the Pole Grasper and Hang Climbing on that competition was combined as counted as one obstacle, called locally as Vách Nghiêng.


SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia

On SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017, the Pole Grasper appeared twice during the season.

SNWI2017 Pole Grasper (SS1)

SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017's Pole Grasper in Semifinal Stage 1

SNWI2017 Pole Grasper (FS)

SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017's Pole Grasper in Final Stage

  • Secondly, as the third obstacle during Final Stage, which was very similar to the Pole Grasper from American Ninja Warrior 6, except there were only 4 poles once again.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW5 5 9 55.56%
ANW6 7 9 77.78%
ANW7 4 4 100%
USA vs. The World 2 6 6 100%
Total 22 28 78.57%