Lamp Grasper (ランプグラスパー), called Globe Grasp in English broadcasts, is a Third Stage obstacle introduced in SASUKE 9, replacing Arm Bike that had been placed as third obstacle in the last five tournaments.

Competitors must grab onto fourteen small and glowing blue spheres that attached to the scaffolding above to reach the landing platform. They are allowed to skip several spheres or traverse down only one side of the obstacle, though this seems impossible due to the gap of the spheres.

Lamp Grasper's blueprint

A sphere of Lamp Grasper being held by Furutachi Ichiro in SASUKE 9 as a reference

A closer view of Lamp Grasper's spheres in SASUKE 9

Nagano Makoto attempting Lamp Grasper in SASUKE 9


Like Cliffhanger Kai which introduced in the same tournament, the distance of the obstacle to the finish platform varied from one tournament to another:

  • In SASUKE 9, the platform was placed a bit after the fourteenth sphere, so competitors were forced to grab all fourteen spheres.
  • In SASUKE 10 and 12, the platform was placed slightly after the thirteenth sphere, so competitors could dismount after grabbing the twelfth sphere.
  • In SASUKE 11, the platform was placed below the fourteenth sphere, so competitors could dismount after grabbing the thirteenth sphere (in fact, if competitors build enough momentum like Iketani Naoki did, it was still possible to dismount it while grabbing at the twelfth sphere).


It was famous for its dominance over Nakata Daisuke, who failed this obstacle each time from SASUKE 9 to SASUKE 11. Takeda Toshihiro was the other victim of the obstacle, failing it in SASUKE 9. However, due to Nagano Makoto's near miss of Kanzenseiha in SASUKE 12, it was replaced by Curtain Cling.


Kudari Lamp Grasper

Kudari Lamp Grasper (下りランプグラスパー), called Downward Globe Grasp or Globe Grasp in English broadcasts, was a modification of Lamp Grasper that was originally introduced in SASUKE 19 (which again replacing Arm Bike from the previous tournament), however, due to the dominance of Second Stage in that tournament, it wasn't attempted until SASUKE 20.

Front view of Kudari Lamp Grasper in SASUKE 20

Levi Meeuwenberg attempting Kudari Lamp Grasper in SASUKE 23


In this incarnation, the scaffolding was angled downward and the spheres were more grouped than the original Lamp Grasper. There are only thirteen spheres, with a very noticeable starting point difference, with Lamp Grasper starting with right hand, while Kudari Lamp Grasper starting with left hand. Also, the spheres themselves were not glowing and blue-coloured like in Lamp Grasper.

Competitors were allowed to skip several spheres or traverse down only one side of the obstacle like in Lamp Grasper, with this being displayed by Levi Meeuwenberg in SASUKE 23.

Unlike Lamp Grasper, Kudari Lamp Grasper never eliminated any competitor who attempted it, likely due to the downward angle of the obstacle and a much closer gap between the spheres, letting the competitors easily grab the spheres, probably the reason it was replaced by Rope Junction in SASUKE 24.


Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the TBS broadcast and external information found.

Lamp Grasper

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

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%


Other Appearances

American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior 4's Lamp Grasper in Midwest and Midsouth regions

The Lamp Grasper appeared in American Ninja Warrior 4, as the eighth obstacle during Midwest and Midsouth region finals. However, the number of lamps was increased to twenty, and the scaffolding was angled slightly upward. Also, the obstacle preceded the Salmon Ladder with no rest, which made the obstacle harder than the one used in SASUKE.


Globe Grasper

American Ninja Warrior 7's Globe Grasper in San Pedro (Military)

On American Ninja Warrior 7, an upgraded version of the Lamp Grasper called Globe Grasper appeared as the ninth obstacle during San Pedro Military finals.

There were several differences of design between the Lamp Grasper and Globe Grasper. In Lamp Grasper, the globes were attached to the scaffolding, while in Globe Grasper, the globes were attached to a pole which was connected to the scaffolding. Also, in Globe Grasper, some of the globes were stable, while others would swing freely, which made it harder for the competitors to maintain the grip from the globes, and were divided into three sections; the first and third sections were angled upward, while the second section was angled downward.


SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia

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

Globe Grasper appeared as the first obstacle during Final Stage in SASUKE Ninja Warrior Indonesia 2017.


Australian Ninja Warrior

Australian Ninja Warrior's Globe Grasper

On Australian Ninja Warrior, Globe Grasper appeared as the seventh obstacle in Stage One. However, the number of globes was drastically reduced to just five, three on the first section and two on the second section, and the sections were S-shaped, similar to the ones used in Swinging Spikes.


Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found

Lamp Grasper

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW4 (Midwest region) 8 17 47.05%
ANW4 (Midsouth region) 14 19 73.68%
Total 22 36 61.11%


Globe Grasper

ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW7 3 7 42.85%
Total 3 7 42.85%


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