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The 1ST Stage is designed to test a competitor's overall athletic ability. Over time repeat competitors condition themselves to pass the stage. Once that happens the Sasuke stage designers will overhaul some of the obstacles to make it more difficult.

One hundred participants are given the opportunity to attempt the First Stage, a course which primarily tests one's speed. The object is to hit the buzzer at the end of the course before the allotted time expires. If a competitor goes out of bounds or comes into contact with the water in any of the pits below the course, he is disqualified.

Typically, 85 to 90 of the 100 original entrants are eliminated in this stage. However, in the 4th competition, a record 37 of the original 100 competitors made it past the first stage. After the 4th, 17th, and 27th competition, the first stage was thoroughly redesigned to be much more difficult and prevent large numbers of people from moving on. In fact, a G4 special inside the making of the 18th Sasuke competition revealed that the redesign of the first stage for the 18th competition was done with the intention of seeing all 100 challengers fail it. This did not happen, however, and that has only spurred the production team on to make this and all stages to follow even harder.

That goal was almost met in the 19th competition, where much to everyone's surprise, only two competitors cleared the first stage (neither of the two being Sasuke All-Stars), a record in Sasuke history. (The only time something similar has happened was in the first Kunoichi, where again, only two competitors cleared the first stage.) Executive producer Ushio Higuchi said in interviews later that even he was surprised at the results, anticipating that around 10 to 12 people would survive in spite of the production team's attempts at making the first stage unbeatable.

Competition 1ST Stage Obstacles Time Limit
SASUKE 28
Quintuple Step Rolling Escargot Spinning Bridge Jump Hang Kai Double Warped Wall Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 105
SASUKE 27
Step Slider Rolling Escargot Giant Swing Jumping Spider Halfpipe Attack Warped Wall Spinning Bridge Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 125
SASUKE 26
Step Slider Hazard Swing Rolling Escargot Jumping Spider Halfpipe Attack Warped Wall Giant Swing Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 130
SASUKE 25
Dome Steps Rolling Log Jump Hang Bridge Jump Log Grip Warped Wall Circle Slider Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 115
SASUKE 24
Jyunidantobi Cross Bridge Log Grip Jumping Spider Halfpipe Attack Warped Wall Slider Jump Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 120
SASUKE 23
Jyunidantobi Curtain Slider Log Grip Jumping Spider Halfpipe Attack Warped Wall Slider Jump Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 120
SASUKE 22
Rokudantobi (Sextuple Step) Circle Hammer Log Grip Jumping Spider Halfpipe Attack Warped Wall Slider Jump Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 120
SASUKE 21
Rokudantobi (Sextuple Step) Log Grip Pole Maze Jumping Spider Halfpipe Attack Warped Wall Flying Chute Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 120
SASUKE 20
Rokudantobi (Sextuple Step) Log Grip Pole Maze Jumping Spider Halfpipe Attack Warped Wall Flying Chute Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 120
SASUKE 19
Rokudantobi (Sextuple Step) Log Grip Pole Maze Jumping Spider Halfpipe Attack Warped Wall Flying Chute Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 115
SASUKE 18
Rope Glider Log Grip Pole Maze Jumping Spider Bungee Bridge Great Wall Flying Chute Tarzan Rope + Rope Ladder 130
SASUKE 17
Rokudantobi (Sextuple Step) Log Slope Rolling Log Cross Bridge Circle Slider Jump Hang Warped Wall Rope Climb 85
SASUKE 16
Rokudantobi (Sextuple Step) Rolling Log Cross Bridge Jump Hang Rope Reverse Reverse Fly Warped Wall Rope Climb 100
SASUKE 15
Hurdle Jump Butterfly Wall Rolling Log Cross Bridge Jump Hang Crooked Wall Warped Wall Rope Climb 95
SASUKE 14
Cone Jump Butterfly Wall Rolling Log Cross Bridge Jump Hang Crooked Wall Warped Wall Rope Climb 103
SASUKE 13
Prism Tilt Rolling Log Cross Bridge Jump Hang Crooked Wall Warped Wall Rope Climb 80
SASUKE 12
Hill Climb Rolling Log Plank Bridge Jump Hang Warped Wall Tarzan Jump Rope Climb 85
SASUKE 11
Godantobi (Quintuple Step) Rolling Log Balance Bridge Jump Hang Warped Wall Tarzan Jump Rope Climb 85
SASUKE 10
Godantobi (Quintuple Step) Rolling Log Dance Bridge Jump Hang Warped Wall Tarzan Jump Rope Climb 80
SASUKE 09
Godantobi (Quintuple Step) Rolling Log Big Boulder Jump Hang Warped Wall Rope Climb 77
SASUKE 08
Godantobi (Quintuple Step) Rolling Log Big Boulder Jump Hang Warped Wall Rope Climb 77
SASUKE 07
Log Climb Rolling Log Balance Bridge Jump Hang Warped Wall Rope Climb 75
SASUKE 06
Log Climb Rolling Log Balance Bridge Jump Hang Warped Wall Rope Climb 75
SASUKE 05
Log Climb Rolling Log Balance Bridge Jump Hang Warped Wall Rope Climb 75
SASUKE 04
Log Climb Rolling Log Balance Bridge Log Descent Hill Climb Rope Climb 60
SASUKE 03
Log Climb Rolling Log Balance Bridge Log Descent Hill Climb Rope Climb 60
SASUKE 02
Log Climb Spinning Log Log Descent Hill Climb Balance Bridge + Rapid Descent Free Climbing Wall Climb 60
SASUKE 01
Waterfall Climb Spinning Log Waterfall Descent Hill Climb Balance Bridge Rapid Descent Free Climbing Wall Climb 70
 
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