NERF has dominated the toy dart gun and bow market for years, and their NERF Rebelle line designed specifically to encourage female participation is something parents love to see. Physical play is awesome for all kids, but a lot of toys that encourage it are targeted at boys. The Rebelle line strives to meet the demand for girls’ shooting and archery toys, offering a number of toy types, shapes and sizes. We’ve taken a closer look at the 11 best NERF Rebelle guns to help you make the best pick for your little action hero.

Our Top Picks

Nerf Rebelle Rapid Blaster

Best Overall

Nerf Rebelle Red Blaster

Upgrade Choice Nerf Gun

Upgrade Choice

Nerf Rebelle Spylight Blaster

Best Budget Buy Nerf Gun

Best Budget Buy

Nerf Rebelle Lumanate BlasterNice Name

How to Pick the Best NERF Rebelle Gun

1. Recommended Age

As with all toys and gear designed for kids, it’s important to know the age range these guns are designed for. Something that’s designed for a small child would disappoint an older one, while a small child wouldn’t be able to use a toy designed for big kids. You want to get it right the first time, so be aware. 

2. Safety

Keeping our kids safe is a huge priority, so it’s essential to know if there’s a safety hazard present in any toy. While most of the guns listed here are designed for ages 8 and up, some of them have choking hazards that could pose a serious issue if you have kids under 3 around. It’s imperative that you know if there’s a choking hazard so that younger kids remain safe.

3. Ease of Use 

Some of the dart guns, bows and crossbows here are more complex than others. While all are designed to be fairly simple for a child of appropriate age to load, some have additional features that may have a small learning curve. It’s important to know if those features exist before you give the toy to your child so that you can help them understand how to use it properly. 

4. Type

Nerf makes a lot of different toy projectile weapons – covered on this list, we see crossbows, regular bows, dart guns and water guns. What your child wants and what you feel is appropriate will determine which type you choose, but it’s important to know what you’re getting so that no one is surprised or disappointed. 

5. Included

NERF toys generally come with at least a few darts, but some have more accessories than others. Accessories tend to make play extra fun, so their presence might be an influencing factor on your purchasing decision. Likewise, it’s important to know if a toy only comes with a few projectiles in case you feel you might need to buy some backups. 

6. Color

Kids, especially girls, love having a favorite color. It’s an important part of their developing identity and there’s no reason not to foster it as a source of harmless joy. Choosing a toy in your girl’s favorite color is sure to delight, so this might be a factor to consider. 

The Winners

#1

If your girl likes to look good while blasting her friends and foes, then the Nerf Rebelle Rapid Red Blaster was made for her. This pink and purple weapon sends foam darts 75 feet. The 12-dart clip ensures that she has enough ammo to make a safe return from the battlefield. 

The press-and-hold acceleration button will give her foam darts prime distance and force. You’ll need four AA batteries to score extra power. The kit comes with six collectible darts, six secret message darts, and a decoder. 

Keep in mind that regular Nerf bullets will jam the chamber. Jams are particularly frustrating to young children.

Recommended Age: 8+
Safety: Choking hazard
Ease of Use: Beginner
Type: Dart gun
Includes: Blaster, 6 message darts, 6 collectible darts, requires4 AA batteries(not included)
Colors: Purple with blue accents and red accents

#2

The body of this Nerf Rebelle Spylight Blaster looks super cool, like something a cop would carry in a futuristic sci-fi movie. Your girl will dig the design as well as the 75 ft shot and unique message darts that can be decrypted using an included decoder. The message darts add an extra element of fun to the blaster, making it an enticing toy to use for cooperative play, and the red flashlight blaster tip(powered by 2 AAA batteries, not included) makes pretending extra fun.

Recommended Age: 8+
Safety: Choking hazard
Ease of Use: Beginner
Type: Dart gun
Includes: Dart gun, 3 message darts, 3 collectible darts, requires 2 AAA batteries(not included)
Colors: Purple with blue accents, red flashlight

#3

The ice blue and white design on this Nerf Rebelle blaster isn’t the only thing that shines – the glow in the dark darts, charged by an internal light powered by 3 AAA batteries(not included), have glowing tips that shine bright as the darts glide through the air. It’s extremely easy to load and fire, making it great for younger kids.

Recommended Age: 8+
Safety: Yes
Ease of Use: Beginner
Type: Dart gun
Includes: Dart gun, 3 darts with glowing tips
Colors: White with blue, black and orange accents

#4

Small, stealthy and cute, the bright purple Nerf Mini Mission soaker has a powerful shot that thrills kids in a compact size that’s easy to use. Water guns are a great and safe activity to cool down in the summer, and this is a great take along for a summer day at the pool or a backyard barbecue. It’s a major graduation from the little water squirters of early childhood while still being easy for younger kids to use.

Recommended Age: 6+
Safety: Yes
Ease of Use: Beginner
Type: Water gun
Includes: Gun
Colors: Purple with pink, orange and red accents

#5

Sleek and punky, the Nerf Guardian Crossbow features power-packed shots in a sturdy, compact package. It includes 6 darts that can be used in a rapid fire blast which can reach up to 75 feet. Crossbows are a unique shooting toy that can help to guide hand eye coordination development, and some parents prefer them as an alternative to toy guns.

Recommended Age: 8+
Safety: Yes
Ease of Use: Intermediate
Type: Crossbow
Includes: Crossbow and 6 darts
Colors: White with black, pink and purple accents

#6

Archery is an excellent sport for building coordination, strength and focus, and the Nerf Rebelle Tribute bow relies on the same basic positioning principles. It’s a fun toy for any girl who thinks she may enjoy archery – the cool blue accented design has power behind it, firing super safe soft-tipped arrows up to 85 feet. It’s a good alternative for kids in a city setting where a real bow and arrow just wouldn’t be safe. The bow is accompanied by two arrows, which store handily in the bow when not in use.

Recommended Age: 8+
Safety: Yes
Ease of Use: Intermediate
Type: Bow
Includes: Bow, 2 arrows
Colors: Blue with white and black accents

#7

The extra large Nerf Secrets and Spies bow features a beautiful, rich color scheme and a distinctive auto feed quiver that makes firing accurate, powerful shots a snap. It’s comfortable and easy to use, and the 6 included arrows are soft tipped and safe. It’s recommended for kids over 8, but because it’s so large, smaller 8 year olds may need some extra time – however, the powerful shot and pretty design are worth growing into.

Recommended Age: 8+
Safety: Yes
Ease of Use: Intermediate
Type: Bow
Includes: Bow with auto feed quiver, 6 arrows
Colors: Blue with pink and purple accents

#8

NERF’s fun message darts are fully showcased with the Nerf Messenger blaster, which comes with 5 of the fun mystery darts, a special pen to write messages(it stores easily in the handle) and a double decoder for twice the demystifying fun. It’s an ideal toy for encouraging cooperative play, roleplay and communication. It’s a lot of fun as a dart gun, too, firing up to 75 feet with a lightweight handle and trigger that’s easy for small hands to operate. The sturdy gun loads up to 3 darts at a time.

Recommended Age: 8+
Safety: Choking hazard
Ease of Use: Beginner
Type: Dart gun
Includes: Dart gun, 5 message darts, double decoder, special pen
Colors: Purple with orange, red, pink, blue and grey accents

#9

The body of the Nerf Mini Mischief blaster looks like a super sleek laser gun, and the small design makes it easy to stash for your girl’s most important stealth missions. It’s exceptionally easy to load and fire, ideal for younger users and first timers. It folds to be so compact that it could easily be stored in a pocket or purse, so it’s a great take-along toy for adventures, and the simple load and fire mechanisms are perfect for the younger set.

Recommended Age: 8+
Safety: Yes
Ease of Use: Beginner
Type: Dart gun
Includes: Gun, 2 collectible darts
Colors: Purple with orange, blue and grey accents

#10

Awesome for pink lovers, this versatile Nerf Crush blaster is a dart gun that converts to a crossbow with the use of the included crossbow arm. It’s really easy to switch between crossbow and dart gun modes, so it’s a frustration free experience for kids. The 2 in 1 toy is petite and has only a one dart capacity, but offers an impressive 75 foot blast.

Recommended Age: 8+
Safety: Choking hazard
Ease of Use: Beginner
Type: Dart gun with crossbow attachment
Includes: Gun, crossbow arm, 4 darts
Colors: White with pink, purple and black accents

#11

The smallest dart gun on our list, this super compact, no fold Nerf rebelle camo mini blaster comes with two darts, holds one and offers a powerful blast on the go. It’s extremely easy to load and fire, so younger kids won’t struggle. It fits in pocket or purse, so it’s very stealthy, and the pink and green camo design is very cute. It’s a great starter toy, travel toy or pick for younger users.

Recommended Age: 8+
Safety: Yes
Ease of Use: Beginner
Type: Dart gun
Includes: Dart gun and 2 darts
Colors: Pink, black, and green with pink and green camoflage accents

DIY, Craft and Décor: Ideas for nerf gun lovers

If your girl and her friends love NERF, Michelle Paige at Michelle Paige Blogs gives us some awesome ideas for a NERF themed birthday party. The ideas here are for a boy, but it’s not at all hard to imagine doing the same things with the Rebelle set for a more feminine look.

Need some fun party favors for that NERF birthday? Genna at Everything That I Need offers up fun ideas for Gear Bags for a cool and memorable party handout for your girl’s guests. Cheap darts bought online(it hurts way less when these get lost), bandanas and more – check it out.

nerf gun birthday ideas

Half the fun of NERF is pretending you’re in an action movie – if your girl loves NERF, she’ll really dig this epic dart belt hack from Melissa at Fireflies and Mud pies that will let her channel her inner Rambo.

Quick Decision

Nerf Rebelle Secrets and Spies 4Victory Blaster – Best Overall
It has a cool holster, a message dart and decoder and fires four blasts without reloading, so there’s lots to like here.

Nerf Rebelle Spylight Blaster – Upgrade Choice
The message darts, decoder, red light blaster and 75 foot shot means this one passes the coolness test.

Nerf Rebelle Lumanate Blaster – Best Budget Buy
Glowing tip darts make this blaster, which has the best shot range at 85 feet, unique and fun – plus, it’s one of the cheaper picks

BOW AND ARROW SETS

If you’re looking for a fun outdoor play for your kiddo to improve coordination, check out our best selections of for kids bow and arrow sets.
Gary B.

Gary B.

Gary is a father of two, self-identified RC fanboy, and part-time guitar plucker. When he's not racing his collection of remote-controlled vehicles or strumming away, we bend his arm and get him to write with precision and expertise on a range of mechanical and electrical toys.

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