This obstacle was a set of ascending and descending stairs where the competitors must climb under the steps to reach the landing platform. There were three intervals of seven steps in total, with the first two intervals going upward, and the third interval going downward.
In spite the fact that it was firstly introduced in SASUKE 19, no one reached the obstacle, as all 100 competitors failed in the past stages, with the competitor who went the furthest 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).
American Ninja Warrior Appearances
The Devil Steps appeared as the fifth obstacle on:
- American Ninja Warrior 4 in Southwest region qualifying course and Northwest region finals (replacing the Pipe Slider during Northwest region qualifiers),
- American Ninja Warrior 6 in Denver, and
- American Ninja Warrior 7 in Pittsburgh.
However, there were three differences between the Devil Steps used on American Ninja Warrior, compared to the one used in SASUKE:
- 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.
- The Devil Steps had eliminated much more competitors on American Ninja Warrior than in SASUKE, likely due to fatigue after completing the four previous obstacles.
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.
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