Godantobi (五段跳び), called Quintuple Step in English broadcasts, was an obstacle introduced on SASUKE 8 as the first obstacle of First Stage, replacing Maruta Nobori which had been there for the first seven tournaments.
Competitors had to jump across four steps that were angled at forty-five degrees towards the centre of a water pit, then had to jump to the landing platform at the end. The steps were positioned right-left-right-left across the length of the pit from the starting point. Unlike Rokudantobi in the future, the steps were put close to the water, making it having smaller gap to be traversed by, but at the risk of competitors bumping their head to the steps if they slipped, as with Yusa Masami's failure on the obstacle in her first attempt at the SASUKE 13 Trials. Each step was 60 cm (2 feet) wide, making the total length of the obstacle being 6.2 metres (about 20 feet and 4 inches). This obstacle required both speed and balance.
It was proven to be brutal in its first tournament due to it being slippery by the rain that struck during the tournament, resulting in half of the attempts being a failure. However, as tournament progressed, more people start to clear, although Akiyama Kazuhiko surprisingly failed it in SASUKE 9, and it was replaced with Yamagoe in SASUKE 12.
This obstacle served as the basic concept of Quad Steps, which will be introduced in SASUKE 32, with the most notable difference being the fifth step removed to accommodate transition to Rolling Hill.
Competitors' Success Rate
- All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.
- Notes: According to a special before SASUKE 15, the obstacle was said to be cleared 292 times out of its 400 attempts. However, it was unknown (besides SASUKE 8) how well competitors did in a specific tournament.
American Ninja Warrior
A new variant of the Godantobi (called Quad Steps) was also used as the first obstacle in qualifying and semifinal on American Ninja Warrior 2 and American Ninja Warrior 3, and then on American Ninja Warrior 4 in every qualifying region, though the steps were much wider. Some competitors have even resorted to taking multiple steps on each platform.
SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia
On SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia, the Godantobi appeared as the first obstacle during both Challenge Stage and Semifinal Stage 2. However, the obstacle was called as the Quintuple Steps (referring to G4's Ninja Warrior name for the Godantobi, not the Quintuple Steps). The Quintuple Steps itself would later appear as the first obstacle during Challenge Stage on the next season.
Similar to the one used on SASUKE Vietnam 2, several competitors only used either the left or right side of the steps to complete the obstacle.
On SASUKE Vietnam 2, Nhảy Bước 4 (SASUKE Vietnam's offical name for the Godantobi) appeared as the first obstacle in Stage 1A and 1B, which was similar to one used on SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia (since several competitors only used either the left or right sides of the steps to complete the obstacle).