NERF guns encourage beneficial cooperative play that develops social skills and physical play that’s good for health and well being. The rugged Rebel line is popular with older kids for their more streamlined and less juvenile designs. There are a lot of models available in the line, and some are pretty similar, which can make it difficult to figure out which one is right for your child. We took a look at the 11 best NERF rival guns side by side to help you make your pick.

Our Top Picks

Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K

Best Overall

Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K

Nerf Rival Phantom Corps Helios XVIII-700

Upgrade Choice

Nerf Rival Phantom Helios XVIII-700

NERF Rival Kronos Outdoor Blaster

Best Budget Buy

NERF Rival Kronos Outdoor Blaster

How to Pick the Best Nerf Rival Gun

1. Recommended Age

Whenever you’re choosing a product for your kids, knowing the recommended age range is essential. It helps to guarantee that the product will be safe, that they’ll be able to operate it without difficulty and that they’ll enjoy it, ensuring that your purchase is a success. Always take a look at the recommended age range before you make a buy.

2. Size

The NERF Rival line has models ranging from virtually pocket-sized to very large. What your child wants and what you want them to have can be a determining factor here, so take a peek at the dimensions when making your decision.

3. Color

Color can be an important feature to many kids, especially when they’re looking for a favorite shade. The Rival line generally comes in one of two options – either the gun is grey/white and is accompanied by red and blue “team” flags, or the gun is available in either red or blue, as the red and blue team concept is centric to the line. The grey guns are more versatile, but if your child has a specific love of red or blue, this may be a deciding factor.

4. Ammo

Some of the guns in the line are high capacity and hold a great deal of ammo, and therefore a large amount comes with the purchase. Others only hold – and are accompanied by – a few rounds. This may help you decide which size blaster to buy or encourage you to buy additional ammo if you feel that what comes with the item is insufficient.

5. Special Features

Whenever you’re examining a wide range of products with similar features, knowing the factors that differentiate them helps you to make an informed decision. We’ve listed the distinguishing factors of each product to help facilitate your decision making.

6. Includes

All of the items on our list come with both a gun and ammo, but some have additional items included. These may be of interest, so make sure to take a peek at what else is included.

The Winners

#1

Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K

Best Overall

Of all the models on our list, this one is the full package. A total beast, the Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K features the most ammo at 200, a huge hopper capacity that accommodates all 200, the maximum shot range for the line of 100 feet per second, a shoulder strap that makes carrying a breeze and a wall charger that makes powering up a breeze. It looks awesome when carried, and the blaster fires 8 rounds per second, which is tons of fun and undeniably impressive compared to everything else featured here. It’s also a flag model, so switching teams is easy.

  • You'll love: What won't you love? This one has everything from a huge hopper capacity to tons of ammo(200) and impressive shots

Recommended age: 14+
Size: 5.2 x 33 x 15 inches
Color: White, black and orange
Ammo: 200 rounds
Special Features: Accelerated 8 rounds per second fire, high capacity hopper
Includes: Gun, ammo, 2 flags, shoulder strap, charger cable

#2

Nerf Rival Phantom Helios XVIII-700

Upgrade Choice

This unique bolt action blaster features a fun trigger lock and tactical rail for fun custom play with additional accessories if the user wishes. The Nerf Rival Phantom Helios XVIII-700 is a grey model Rival, so the user can choose red or blue team at their leisure. The magazine on this model is very easy to load, and the bolt action makes firing shots at 100 feet per second a breeze.

  • You'll love: The bolt action blaster is easy to load and use and the 100 feet per second shot is awesome
  • Watch for: It only comes with 7 rounds, which is definitely on the low end for a gun of this type - consider buying backups

Recommended age: 14+
Size: 3 x 18 x 10 inches
Color: Grey and black
Ammo: 7 rounds
Special Features: Fires 100 feet per second
Includes: Gun, ammo, 2 flags

#3

NERF Rival Kronos Outdoor Blaster

Best Budget Buy

Petite, sturdy and cool, the NERF Rival Kronos Outdoor Blaster features a trigger lock and tactical rail as well as a controlled 90 feet per second shot. It has red and blue flags for cooperative play versatility. It’s a powerful model for one that is compact and inexpensive, although it does lack in the ammo department, coming with only 5 rounds.

  • You'll love: The size makes it easier for physically smaller users to handle, and the 90 feet per second shot is powerful and fun
  • Watch for: It only comes with 5 rounds, so having more on hand would definitely be beneficial

Recommended age: 14+
Size: 2.5 x 13 x 8 inches
Color: Grey and black
Ammo: 5 rounds
Special Features: Fires 90 feet per second, trigger lock, tactical rail
Includes: Gun, ammo, 2 flags

#4

Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K

The Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K features a fully motorized blaster and a high capacity hopper that’s easy to load. It fires an impressive 100 feet per second for exciting play combat. It’s available in red or blue, a good pick for a dedicated team player. This model comes with a generous 100 rounds, meaning you probably won’t need to buy more for a while. Seeing all the ammo in the big, clear hopper during play makes this model even cooler.

  • You'll love: It's easy to load, high capacity and comes with lots of ammo, so you won't need to buy any extra

Recommended age: 14+
Size: 4.8 x 30 x 12.2 inches
Color: Blue or red
Ammo: 100 rounds
Special Features: High capacity hopper
Includes: Gun, ammo

#5

NERF Rival Artemis XVII-3000

Available in blue or red with white distressed stripes that offer a military aesthetic, the NERF Rival Artemis XVII-3000 is a large model with a distinctive rotating barrel that’s fun to watch in action. The slam fire action of this model offers extra intensity to play, and the easy load magazine makes play frustration free. The semi high capacity barrel holds up to 30 rounds, which isn’t the best on our list, but it’s definitely not the worst, either.

  • You'll love: The stripe design is cool, the rotating barrel distinguishes it from other models and 30 rounds isn't a bad offering

Recommended age: 14+
Size: 4 x 20.5 x 10 inches
Color: Red or blue
Ammo: 30 rounds
Special Features: High capacity blaster with rotating barrel
Includes: Gun, ammo

#6

NERF Rival Apollo XV-700

Compact and sturdy, the Apollo XV-700 is a great first Rival gun for an aspiring NERF enthusiast. It’s very simple and has an easy to load magazine plus a trigger lock and tactical rail that can be grown into as other accessories are purchased. An orange ready indicator helps kids know when the gun is ready to fire, which builds confidence. It comes with 7 rounds, which isn’t many, so you may want to have more on hand.

  • You'll love: It's small and very simple to use, so it's a great pick for first timers
  • Watch for: It only comes with 7 rounds, so consider buying some extras

Recommended age: 14+
Size: 3 x 18 x 10 inches
Color: Red or blue
Ammo: 7 rounds
Special Features: Trigger lock, tactical rail, easy load magazine
Includes: Gun, ammo

#7

Nerf Rival Zeus MXV-1200 Blaster

The large, fun blaster is durable and available in both red and blue. One distinctive feature here is the ambidextrous magazine, which makes it easy for any child to load and use. The Nerf Rival Zeus MXV-1200 Blaster features two tactical rails for use of accessories sold separately, making it a great model for experienced users with big NERF collections to customize. It also features flip up sights, trigger lock and a jam clearing door for realism and run. The sights help kids practice accuracy, and they’re not super common on these models, so they’re a distinctive feature. It fires an exciting 100 feet per second, so it’s a well rounded model kids will come back to for play.

  • You'll love: The flip up sights, two tactical rails and ambidextrous magazine are all distinctive and useful features of this model
  • Watch for: 12 rounds isn't nothing, but it's still not very many - backups wouldn't hurt

Recommended age: 14+
Size: 3 x 24.5 x 10 inches
Color: Red or blue
Ammo: 12 rounds
Special Features: Motorized blast, easy load ambidextrous magazine, flip up sight, two tactical rails, trigger lock, fires 100 feet per second
Includes: Gun, ammo

#8

Nerf Rival Corps Hades XVIII-6000

The Nerf Rival Corps Hades XVIII-6000 features a large, sleek design with an impressive 100 feet per second shot and a magazine that’s simple to load. The tactical rail allows users to customize the gun with accessories, and the high capacity blaster holds the 60 accompanied rounds – it’s not the most on our list, but 60 is a lot, so you shouldn’t need to buy extras. It’s a flag model, so kids have versatility in team choice.

  • You'll love: It has a high capacity 60 round blaster, so you should be good on ammo, and the 100 feet per second shot is the max available to this product line

Recommended age: 14+
Size: 4 x 30 x 12 inches
Color: Grey and black
Ammo: 60 rounds
Special Features: High capacity blaster, trigger lock, tactical rail
Includes: Gun, ammo, 2 flags

#9

Hasbro Deadpool Kronos XVIII-500

Featuring a Deadpool theme that older kids will love, this two pack of compact and fun blasters is great for multiple kids or for a child to share and play with friends. They’re a bit on the small side, which makes them a better pick for a first time NERFer as a more experienced user might find them uninteresting. The red design of Hasbro Deadpool Kronos XVIII-500 is funny, eye catching and unique, and superhero fans are sure to love it.

  • You'll love: Two guns in one pack means built in cooperative play right out of the package, and the Deadpool design is distinctive and cool
  • Watch for: It only comes with 5 rounds per gun, which isn't many at all, so extras will probably be needed; it's also a bit low on features and small in stature compared to other models listed here

Recommended age: 14+
Size: 10.8 x 2.8 x 26.7 inches
Color: Red and black
Ammo: 10 rounds
Special Features: Deadpool theme
Includes: 2 guns, 10 rounds

#10

Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster

This big, sturdy Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster has a 12 round magazine which fires precision double shots at an impressive 80 feet per second – not the fastest shot on the list, but it’s a double shot, so it’s twice as cool. The spring action firing mechanism is easy to load and use, so it makes a great first time NERF that’s not overly tame and has some unique features. It’s available in both red and blue, so you have to pick a team, but if your kiddo has a favorite, that’s ideal.

  • You'll love: 24 rounds is a pretty decent starter pack, and it's the only model on the list that fires double shots

Recommended age: 14+
Size: 3.3 x 26 x 10 inches
Color: Red or blue
Ammo: 24 rounds
Special Features: Trigger lock, tactical rail
Includes: Gun, ammo

Quick Decision

Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K – Best Overall
It comes with the most ammo and has the highest hopper capacity(both 200) and the shoulder strap makes carrying super simple

Nerf Rival Phantom Helios XVIII-700 – Upgrade Choice
It’s a unique bolt action blaster that’s easy to use and features a tactical rail and 100 feet per second shot

NERF Rival Kronos Outdoor Blaster – Best Budget Buy
It’s compact, cool, customizable and has a strong shot for an inexpensive blaster

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Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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