Devil Steps (デビルステップス) is an obstacle introduced in SASUKE 19's Third Stage, replacing Curtain Swing as the third obstacle from the previous tournament. In spite of the fact that it was first introduced in SASUKE 19, due to the dominance of Second Stage, this obstacle was unattempted in the tournament. However, TBS teased viewers by showing a tester fail there in SASUKE 19's Opening.
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 upwards and the third interval going downwards (however, competitors usually skip the topmost step of second and third sets).
Competitors had a good success on the obstacle, with only one failure (Miyazaki Daisuke in SASUKE 21). Probably due to that, the obstacle was replaced by Floating Boards after Urushihara Yuuji's Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 24.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
American Ninja Warrior
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 eighteen steps, three 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 fifteen degrees when the competitors grabbed those two steps, which made it harder to maintain the grip.
SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia
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.