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American Ninja Warrior 12's The Dungeon

The Dungeon is an obstacle, firstly introduced as the ninth obstacle during the first episode of the semifinals on American Ninja Warrior 12.

Competitors have to work their way up to the first panel using the spikes placed on the panel (in a similar manner to the Iron Maiden and its variants). Once they reached the top of the panel, they must hold on to the bar and apply their weight to lock in the first panel in a horizontal position. From there, they must traverse the panel using the spikes that were now arranged vertically (in a similar manner to the Swinging Spikes). Once they reached the end of the panel, they must make a jump onto the second panel that featured two bars attached vertically. This second panel must be rotated in a 180-degree counterclockwise direction. Finally, they must make a dismount to the landing platform.

Once the competitors were on the obstacle, the mini-platform was retracted, similar to the landing platform of the obstacle before the Salmon Ladder being pulled away when competitors attempted the obstacle.

This obstacle eliminated seven notable competitors in the first episode of the semifinals: Jody Avila, Donovan Metoyer, Jon Alexis Jr., Flip Rodriguez, Chris DiGangi, Jamie Rahn, and Jesse Labreck. In the second episode of the semifinals, only two competitors (Dan Polizzi and David Wright) fell on it.

Other Season Appearances

American Ninja Warrior 13

American Ninja Warrior 13's The Dungeon

The Dungeon returned as the ninth obstacle during the third and fourth episodes of semifinals on American Ninja Warrior 13. This obstacle was paired with the Diving Boards as part of the Split Decision in both two episodes.

During the third semifinal episode, six of the nine competitors who reached the Split Decision chose The Dungeon and all of them were able to complete it, which is a complete contrast to its counterpart, the Diving Boards, which eliminated every competitor who chose the obstacle.

During the fourth semifinal episode, ten out of seventeen competitors who reached the Split Decision chose The Dungeon; however, this time it eliminated two competitors: Devan Alexander and Dan Polizzi.

Other Appearances

American Ninja Warrior: Women's Championship

The Dungeon appeared as the ninth obstacle during the Women's Championship, which was taped during American Ninja Warrior 12. The obstacle was slightly modified - rather than starting at the bottom of the panel, competitors started by grabbing a small spherical object, making it easier to reach the top of the panel. It still proved to be fairly challenging, as it eliminated Sandy Zimmerman, Mady Howard, and Tiana Webberley. Only Jesse Labreck (who failed on the obstacle during the semifinals) and Meagan Martin were able to complete it.

Australian Ninja Warrior

Australian Ninja Warrior 5's Dungeon

The Dungeon (stylized as Dungeon) appeared as the fifth obstacle in Stage Two of Australian Ninja Warrior 5, with its function being similar to the semifinals of American Ninja Warrior. Three competitors, Alex Bigg, Jake Baker, and Ashlin Herbert failed on this obstacle and all of them fell to the transition from the spikes to the vertical panel.

Competitors' Success Rate

  • All results based on the NBC broadcast and external information found
ANW Clears Attempts Percentage
ANW12 (SF EP 1) 6 13 46.15%
ANW12 (SF EP 2) 7 9 77.78%
Women's Championship 2 5 40%
Total 15 26 57.69%


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