If you’re looking for NERF weapons other than guns, or even blasters with melee features, you may be surprised at the range available to you. From swords to hatchets to maces and more, there are plenty of choices to gear up a medieval knight, zombie warrior, stealthy ninja or any other play combatant. If you’re looking to review your options, we checked out the 9 ultimate NERF melee weapons – let the battle commence!

How to Pick the Best NERF Melee Weapon

1. Recommended Age

Age is always an important factor to assess when making a purchase to ensure safety, ease of use and enjoyability. If you don’t make sure that a product is intended for a child that’s their age, your child may not have fun with it or be able to use it, making it a disappointment and a waste of money.

2. Size

NERF weapons vary in size pretty significantly from small to large. It’s important to check out the dimensions of a product before buying in order to make sure you’re getting the size your child wants as well assomething they can handle.

3. Weight

Some of the weapons on our list are extremely lightweight, but others have some minor heft. If they’re younger, make sure you choose a weapon your child can hold and carry easily and comfortably to ensure playtime is fun and not difficult.

4. Color

Favorite colors can be a contentious issue. Fortunately, there are a lot of choices available! We’ve noted the colors featured on every model here, so take a look at what colors are present before you make your choice if that’s a factor that’s important to you.

5. Type of Weapon

As we’ve noted, there are many types of NERF melee weapon available. If you’re concerned about the specific type, especially if it’s for an event or costume, pay careful attention to this feature.

6. What’s Included

Some of the items listed here are single units, while others contain more than just a singular weapon. Be sure to look at what else may be included, if anything, as it may influence your purchasing decision.

The Winners

#1

Zombie Strike Blade Toy

Best Overall

An impressive long sword for zombie slayers, the Zombie Strike Blade toy features cool green detailing and can be carried on the back when little adventurers are in stealthy pursuit of monsters. Silent strikes make creative cooperative play even more fun, offering ninja-like quiet to the user’s attacks. This long sword is lightweight and easy to handle with a cool and detailed theme, making it a great pick for a first NERF melee weapon.

  • You'll love: It's detailed and features silent strikes while also being lightweight and easy to handle

Recommended Age: 6+
Size: 2 x 6.3 x 33.3 inches
Weight: 12 oz
Color: Green, black, brown
Type of Weapon: Long sword
Includes: Long sword

#2

N-Force Warlock Axe

Upgrade Choice

Durable and large, the N-Force Warlock Axe features aerodynamic holes for efficient strikes. It can stand up to the fiercest melee play combat, withstanding repeated strikes without an issue. The eye catching detail features silver, gold and yellow and it’s impressively sized without being difficult to handle.

  • You'll love: It's a little cooler than the sword, and the detail of the play battle axe makes it great for a costume or creative free play

Recommended Age: 8+
Size: 2 x 10.5 x 30 inches
Weight: 12 oz
Color: Yellow, silver, gold, black
Type of Weapon: Axe
Includes: Weapon

#3

N-Force Klaw Hatchet

Best Budget Guy

This cool, compact and lightweight hatchet features an eye-catching design and a unique weapon choice. The N-Force Klaw Hatchets is inexpensive and great for practicing throwing accuracy. The highly detailed build looks rugged and ready to go, but the small size makes the weapon very easy to carry or for younger kids to use.

  • You'll love: It's a unique weapon choice that's lightweight, inexpensive, detailed and easy for younger users to grasp
  • Watch for: There's choking hazards present, so it's not safe for kids under 3

Recommended Age: 8+
Size: 2 x 7.5 x 16.4 inches
Weight: 13 oz
Color: Grey, orange, black
Type of Weapon: Hatchet
Includes: Weapon

#4

N-Force Marauder Long Sword

Best Nerf Sword

This stately, regal red and silver long sword doesn’t have to be pulled from a stone. The N-Force Marauder Long Swords’ elegant silver blade and winged handle are perfect for a king or queen defending their kingdom. It’s great for hand to hand combat play or creative free play, and the appearance is so cool and detailed it would even be a good addition to a costume.

  • You'll love: It has some heft to back its cool appearance, so kids feel like they're playing with a more realistic sword

Recommended Age: 8+
Size: 2.5 x 41.5 x 8.6 inches
Weight: 1.85 lbs
Color: Red and silver
Type of Weapon: Long sword
Includes: Weapon

#5

N-Force Battlemaster Mace Axe

Best Nerf Axe

This gothic style mace features a bright, attractive and realistically styled design with cool bright yellow accents. Large but lightweight, the N-Force Battlemaster Mace Axe is a great pick for hand to hand play combat as well as role play activities, costuming. The detailing is a real standout on this model, which is also remarkably sturdy for a lightweight toy.

  • You'll love: Despite the impressive size of this toy, it weighs little, so even younger users can enjoy it easily

Recommended Age: 8+
Size: 6.3 x 7.5 x 30 inches
Weight: 12.8 oz
Color: Grey, yellow, black, silver
Type of Weapon: Mace/ax
Includes: Weapon

#6

N-Force Vendetta Sword

The Vendetta N-Force Double Sword Toy is two pack of long swords that’s perfect for encouraging important cooperative play. Providing family fun right out of the box, this set is ideal for multi-kid households or playtime with friends. Stately and fun, little knights will love riding into battle with these realistic long swords, and you’ll love that the two pack is a great value.

  • You'll love: A two pack means one buy still nets your kiddos twice the fun

Recommended Age: 8+
Size: 2.5 x 30.5 x 6.1 inches
Weight: 1.1 lb
Color: Grey and blue
Type of Weapon: Long sword
Includes: 2 long swords

#7

Nerf Zombie Foam Bat

It’s hard not to feel like a zombie hunter with a beat up bat in your hand, looking ready for action. Kids will love this super lightweight Nerf Zombie Foam Bat, which is a good size for little combatants. Styled like it has an iron cuff on the end that’s ready to deal a finishing blow to an encroaching zombie, the detailing on this unique weapon will make kids feel like they’re ready for battle.

  • You'll love: It's lightweight, features cool zombie hunter detailing and makes kids feel ready for action
  • Watch for: There's choking hazards present, so it's not safe for kids under 3

Recommended Age: 8+
Size: 3 x 4 x 15 inches
Weight: 2.4 oz
Color: Brown and grey with green Nerf zombie logo
Type of Weapon: Bat
Includes: Weapon

#8

Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster

This unusual blaster features not only 8 darts which can be loaded and fired, but a unique melee feature in the form of a spinning sawblade at the end of the weapon. The bright neon blaster of Zombie Strike Brainsaw Blaster stands out because of its versatility, and it’s the perfect pick for kids who love melee but are ranged combatants at heart.

  • You'll love: It has both blaster and melee features, and it's the only item listed here that fits that qualification

Recommended Age: 8+
Size: 3.1 x 25 x 11 inches
Weight: 3.19 lbs
Color: Neon green and orange with silver accents
Type of Weapon: Blaster with melee feature
Includes: Blaster with spinnable sawblade, 8 darts

Quick Decision

Zombie Strike Blade Toy – Best Overall
The silent strikes are awesome and the toy is lightweight and easy for younger users to master

N-Force Warlock Axe– Upgrade Choice
It’s easy to handle with exceptional detail that makes it great in combat, play or costumes

N-Force Klaw Hatchet– Best Budget Buy
It’s inexpensive, detailed and a unique weapon choice that handles easily

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Hannah M.

Hannah M.

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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