Top 10 Best N-Strike Elite Nerf Guns

The New N-Strike Elite Line came in 2012 and rolled over N-strike. So which of these new guns are the best?
The Top Ten
1 Nerf N-Strike Elite RapidStrike CS-18

In my opinion this gun is the best to use in a Nerf war. Apart from the sound it makes as it is firing there isn't really any other negatives. The rate of fire is amazing and personally it is a really comfortable gun to use as it is not too heavy and the stock can be adjusted. However one of my favourite aspects is the railings... It has 2 on the top, 1 on the bottom and 2 at the sides which I easily put my custom torch and laser on. Overall if you are looking to buy a gun for Nerf wars I would recommend this one 100%!

This gun is one of the best ever built. There are some points of improvement that nerf could make on it though. For starters, when you put barrel attachments on it, they tend to wobble. And the longstrike barrel won't fit at all! It's also too wide to put the stampede blast shield on it. I would also have liked it better if it was stock compatible and if it didn't weigh as much. But other than that, it is a BEAST and would love to have one, but for now I'm stuck with using the one my friend has. Oh, well!

Yeah I'd totally go with the best. along with the alpha trooper. these two would be my two candidates for a nerf war: the alpha trooper being silent and having slam fire, this being full auto and extremely comfortable. I would certainly buy this thing happily for twice the price if they gave a semi auto function with it (so you have more control over you magazine and it isn't as easy to run out, but so you can still unleash swarms of darts on the enemies) and maybe made the full auto slightly faster (maybe like 6 darts per second? ) as otherwise it isn't really all that much faster than the stryfe or any other semi auto blaster. and what's the point in full auto if it's the same speed as semi auto!?

This is my most favorite gun ever. It is not as heavy as the stampede, has extremely fast fire rate, and has a great built in sight. The adjustable stock allows you to aim way better, and has a clear mag so I can see if I'm low. It has plenty of attachment rails, although I just use the iron sights, but I sometimes put on the stampede foregrip. It's great at all ranges, and only needs four C batteries while the stampede needs six D batteries. The only downsides is the price and the chance of running low on battery. Overall it is the gun that rules the battlefield.

2 Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator

This gun is my favorite nerf gun because of the mad sneak attacks. I love this gun and have used it in many nerf wars, and I have won 60%of the time. I love this gun! I am not going to lie but it does take some getting used to loading and sometimes jam but I mean what stock/clip nerf gun doesn't jam once in a while. But It works really well if you are a nerf fan or just a noob this is a great gun to buy. I highly recommend this blaster. Five stars!

The Retaliator is the fifth NERF gun I have ever purchased and by far my favorite. The reload is amazing (capable of firing two bullets in a second), and it's tactical rail and upgrades make it superior to many others. It also has amazing range. It is generally great blaster. I one went up against two people (One with the Firestrike and one with the Sharpfire) and won with this blaster. I highly recommend this great NERF weapon.

Powerful, easy to handle, nice dart capacity, also if you have a nerf bandolier or tactical best, it makes it extremely easy to reload. The only problem is that the blue retaliator jams very commonly, so if you want to get a retaliator, my advice is to get a white one. It fixes the jam problems. Nonetheless, the white one is the best nerf rifle.

Best gun I have ever had! Easy to reload, pretty darn accurate, powerful, great for nerf wars. This was the first nerf gun I had ever had! I guess I made a good decision of choosing a nerf gun! Low price too, extra space on the handle for an extra nerf bullet, one clip; 12 bullets! Can attach a scope too!

3 Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage

This is the best gun ever it should be ranked #1. It is a great primary gun. I recommend using the 18 dart clip and not the 25 because the 25 makes it feel awkward and the 18 dart can still spray someone down. You can shoot the full 18 dart clip in under 15 Seconds. Easy to mive around with and attack and also a good camping gun. I use it for every battle and I have almost every nerf gun. You can easily run in a room with a team of five when they less expect it and take all five of them down. Great gun definitely should be #1 and you should definitely buy it. Also it has never Jamed in the time I have had it and I've had it for about 2 years and it still shoots like it is brand new. Very accurate gun and can shoot at least 40 feet. If you put the most accurate nerf bullet in it it is even more incredible. But it is still increasingly with a regular nerf bullet.

This is the best gun ever. The 25 dart drum makes for easy reloading and maximum capacity. You prime it with the handle so the handle acts as a forearm grip and primer (unlike the retaliator). Unlike other fast firing guns this doesn't need any batteries. Using slam fire you can get up to about 2 darts in per second (more than enough in a nerf war).
The jam door is really cool, you just open, fix the jam, then slide it back. It very rarely jams making it great for frontline firing.
This is the best nerf gun of all time.

This is a very good blaster, for range, jam rate (Almost never :D), and ammo capacity. This gun is not, as people often will tell you, that great for accuracy. However, what can you expect? Any N-Strike elite blaster will have poor accuracy. The Rampage may be better than, say, the Retaliator, for accuracy, but is about the same as any other N-Strike elite blasters. It still would top the list over any electric blasters, simply for the noise they make. The rampage has a very good ammo capacity, and can still do slam-fire if you wish, so it would beat any auto or semi-auto blasters.

The legends are true about this tactical shotgun style nerf gun. Jam rate is extremely low. Weight is balanced. Holds more than enough ammo. Accuracy is ranked one of the highest in the elite series. Slam fire adds great option for close combat panic situations. Lastly the range is more than enough to hang as a long range primary. This is an overall beast without batteries.

4 Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm

I don't recommend this as a primary but as a secondary, this thing is the beast. You easily pull back the gray primer to prime the gun. You can also slam fire which is great if you need to use your secondary in a nerf war. It holds 6 darts at a time (great for a pistol) and there's a cool button for the barrel to fall out allowing you to reload. While reloading, if you spin the barrel it makes an awesome clicking noise which I thought was really cool. When ever I shoot it at someone up to 15 feet away, it hurts, a lot. Great secondary gun.

By far the best. It's basically a maverick on ultra insane steroids. It has slam-fire, decent capacity, good range & accuracy. It has more sling adapters than the Maverick, better Tactical Rail placement and jams less. Other guns like the Retaliator, Rampage etc. Have their cons. Whereas the Strongarm has none that are noticeable.

As with most all Nerf Guns, the accuracy is not great, due to the holes on the side of the darts, but ver powerful, and small enough to carry around without getting in your way, and slam fire! Very good gun all around, and easy to mod, which is a bonus!

This has to be like the most popular nerf gun (along with the maverick) there is. anyone who has a nerf gun has this. it's little bulky for what it is but it fires a good six darts, comes with a slam fire function and you could play Russian roulette with it (just don't look at the barrel)!

5 Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe

A fantastic gun, it's a small fly-wheel cup fed blaster, which is nice, it has an amazing rate of fire and excellent range, it has 2 tactical rails, one on top and bottom, and a barrel and stock extension thing. It's very light and is amazing in wars with its accuracy being amazing. Having a retaliator stock, muzzle break, retaliator stick grip and red dot sight, it's amazing, I think this is the best gun with its great price of about $20, I say it's the best

This flywheel blaster is a must-get if you participate in Nerf wars. I just got mine a few weeks ago and I already am in love with it. It is very maneuverable and lightweight, which is an advantage if you are playing as a scout or if you cannot handle the weight of blasters like the RapidStrike. It's a great gun, but get a bigger clip after you get it, as you would empty out a 6 round magazine in around 10 seconds.

A fantastic gun. I especially love the amazing rate of fire it gets, as it fires much faster than any other flywheel blaster except for the raven. Is excellent for moving across open spaces and is considerably more lightweight than something like the rapid strike.

If you don't bother about sound then it's best.
It is so powerful that it wears out the darts on just two days of use. So you got to add little tape on the point where rubber meets the foam and it never jams and darts stay good as well. It doesn't need any modifications. It's my favorite.

6 Nerf N-Strike Elite Alpha Trooper CS-12

The best gun in this list, maybe after the newest guns they have released, raptorstrike, as it has supreme accuracy, but that's because of the darts. But this is definitely one of the best, as it has got long range, and against the rampage, for me it jams less frequently and in the rampage it's awkward as it sticks out to the side and this isn't in the way. Best gun by nerf, and compared to other weapons, is more like a real gun in good hands.

Brilliant gun over all. I don't know why people prefer the Rampage as this has better range, looks and the mag isn't in an awkward position. With slam fire this gun rules and can fire faster than any other gun in good hands. It is easy to mod with simple internals and kits readily available. The Elite Alpha Trooper is a light weight, simple killing machine.

Easily the best for sale number of reasons. Range and accuracy first and foremost. Second, is volume of fire. With extended mags and easy magazine changes you can put out more darts, more accurately than anyone in the room. This gun is actually less likely to jam when using slam fire. Nothing fancy, simple and effective.

Easy prime, slam fire, comfortable, and overall very balanced making it easy to wield and easy to shoot, unlike the retaliator. I don't understand how some people prefer the retaliator or the rampage over this as it is a combination of the 2, the retaliator's prime to me is awkward and the rampage is just weird to wield.

7 Nerf N-Strike Elite Roughcut

I just recently got it and agree with the people that suggest it being a secondary weapon. This gun is unpredictable and often has rough jams. The range and accuracy will vary every shot itch does give you an advantage because the enemy will have to guess where the two bullets will go as they fly at them at different speeds and patterns. This gun in my opinion is worth it!

Incredible gun! especially when you run out of ammo, unlike any other gun it hold 8 darts and is ridiculously easy to reload. doesn't matter how you put the darts in, it will shoot one from each vertical barrel, and if you pull the trigger half way it will shoot one dart at a time as oppose to both barrels -- for Zombie edition that is anyway. This has exceeded all 20 other guns I've had.

This gun is more of a secondary weapon in my book. It is pretty reliable and has considerable accuracy and speed. It can fire one or two shots at a time, which is interesting since you can determine a situation where you need to save or let loose a flurry of bullets. Overall, it's a reliable and decent secondary weapon.

This is probably my favorite Nerf blaster ever! I have the one with the blue and white paint job and it looks amazing! It is kinda annoying when the darts keep popping out of the front, and not the best for dual wielding. However, the pump action is so satisfying! Also, the Roughcut is very small and light, so it's easier to use.

8 Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher Two-in-One

Got this for my nephew's bday. I wish nerf guns in my day looked this kool and was a semi automatic. All I had was ballzooka. Yeah, wow, fun. Anyways, it's a semi shooting above elite ranges with a grenade launcher when you're clipped out of darts. Battery consumption is reasonable for this big fly wheel spitting out darts from the kool banana clip. So what else can you ask for. Oh yea, that giant sized bullet can hurt if you get one really good pump. Definitely don't aim that to the face!

Pretty great blaster. semi auto functions are great. but of course since the grenade isn't actually explosive (obviously not like literally explosive with gunpowder or whatever but maybe of they had a thing that when fired, shoots a spray of three of four darts, all in different locations or something), it probably would earn a place around here on the ranking. it's like a strife with a stock but with a handy foam rocket that you can shoot at people. it isn't the best for actually hitting people but you can shoot it at your opponent as a brief distraction before you send a hail of darts at them.

This gun is amazing. I like the idea of the secondary missile. It shoots hard and accurately. I don't know why its ranked six and not first. Its amazing and truly awesome possum and definitely awesome sauce. Its cool as ice cubes, which explains why its batman's favorite nerf gun. He uses it all the time

It may be semi-auto and have 8 darts less than the rapidstrike. But it has above-elite range and it comes pre-packed with a Nerf grenade launcher, making tactical advantages constantly appear in your hands. For example, you could force a crowd to dodge your flying missle, but then pepper them in foam and rubber defeat.

9 Nerf N-Strike Rhino Fire

Very amazing gun! We had a very LARGE Nerf Gun "war" at our church and this thing didn't JAM ONCE! I loved it! Now, to the bad stuff...It is not very accurate. For instance, If you were aiming for single people like a "Nerf Sniper" would this gun would not make a pleasing experience! It is also VERY BULKY! You would need a table or something to hold it up. Now the gun having NO ACCURACY WHATSOEVER does have a SLIGHT advantage...If a large group of people came in you could just keep firing your gun! It IS an AUTOMATIC so it MAY JAM! Overall I had a GREAT experience with this gun and WOULD recommend it to a friend! I would have to tell them about the Bulkiness, No Accuracy, Etc. Overall a 8/10! Very good Gun!

I got this nerf gun for my 12th birthday and I love it! My whole family loves it my brother says it is the best nerf gun ever and I say that too. It never has jammed once. It shoots 50 darts quicker than any other nerf gun we have.

AMAZING GUN, extremely reliable, amazing range, the only con is that's it's a TINY bit heavy, but for that they give you a bipod. During a NERF War I recked the whole team (4v4). Only problem is that it might cost you around €20/30 for the batteries, you need 6 of the big ones. If you waste a little more and get rechargables it will more than pay for itself over time.

This gun is AMAZING! It jams much less than you would think. It's a tiny bit heavy for me (I'm only 12). It's better than the Vulcan with it's huge capacity, but doesn't look as good. Looks like a lame Star Wars thing

10 Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire

Effectiveness of a semi auto rifle plus the huge capacity of a machine gun equals an awesome nerf gun for nerf wars! Right out of the box, not that good, but give it 8 12/18 dart magazines and it should be 3rd place on this list. If you like to use your gun as a shield, keep that plastic disc on. If you like to be mobile just take it off it doesn't need it to work or dominate nerf wars

The highest capacity of any Nerf Blaster for now. Not only has 144 dart capacity, also it has nice rate of fire. Warning: I would not strongly recommend voltage mods as this blaster can burn out easily even with stock AA batteries.

I just went out on the battlefield a few minutes ago, and I had the hail-fire with me, suddenly 2 players came for the flag, (a recon barrel) but I got both of them with a 25 dart drum before they got it.

Awesome gun! Biggest capacity in the whole nerf age! Doesn't jam a lot, but the only thing is they only sell this baby with 24 darts out of 144 darts. Awesome gun who ever think this gun is suck is a loser! ( double loser)

The Contenders
11 Nerf N-Strike Elite Firestrike

This pistol is by far the best pistol nerf EVER made. It has a fantastic laser, shoots extremely far and has spots for two more darts. The laser only takes 2 AAA batteries which are super cheap. I would recommend this gun to absolutely everybody. I don't which is better, this or the retaliator. WARNING : this thing stings. A lot.

I vote this one simply because of power power POWER! Very powerful not the best for accuracy, but the
Laser is nice, also it's cheap. Pretty good for a sidearm. I didn't vote for the rampage because it jams sooo much. the people who say it doesn't jam very much do not know what they're talking about.

My first gun and its great when it comes to accuracy and weight but it has a very long reload time and small dart capacity I'm talking five seconds per dart. A good secondary side arm.

This gun is my favorite just because of the nostalgia it gives me when I use it, it can be great as a secondary or a main in a pistol only competition. Great gun over all!

12 Nerf N-Strike Elite Triad

This tiny pistol has a lot more power than its looks suggest. It is easily the best sidearm choice out there, since it can shoot powerfully and accurately and with a decent range. Dual wielding with a sword in one hand and this pistol in the other, I ruin the battle field! With just the pistol, as long as you're a little athletic, you can out pace even the rapid fire, due to its ability to shoot so well!

Don't judge by it's looks. This little side arm is very very misleading with it's size to power ratio. If you think this is a pee wee blaster with no kick, you'll be surprised when the person who is shot by this is left with a mark. Smart ar, compact, and can hang with or destroy some of the other elite guns in comparison. And lastly, dirt cheap.

Of all of my Nerf experience, this gun turned out to be the best. Although it's small, it has probably massive amounts of power compared to many other guns. This includes large guns, small guns, fancy guns, and many more. So in my opinion, this probably turned out to be one of the best Nerf guns of all time.

This has an INSANE rate of fire for its size! It is a great stealthy addition, however darts sometimes fall out. This can be fixed with a little tape. Overall? Better than the Maverick or Strongarm!

13 Nerf N-Strike Elite Stockade Blaster

The trigger on this is super easy to pull, and it's the most compact behind the stryfe, but it holds more in the barrel, and 10 more in the detachable stock. But it's kinda hard to put things on the tactical rail. Other than that, it's a great little gun and highly recommended as a first buy!

Awesome gun but sometimes jams. You need to pull hard on the cocking mechanism so the connetic energy will cause the spring to de-attach and will fly causing the bullet to jam in the wrong place of the gun which has its own reaction.

Good fun and easy to use against anyone in a nerf gun war. Has good fire power too. Shot my brother a few times and he had red dots on his arms for weeks.

I own a stockade it is a pretty good gun. Takes too much of battery also, bullets get jammed sometimes. Works well only when the battery is full.But,pretty good and decent gun.Recommended for people who don't like loading their guns often to shoot.

14 Nerf Elite Mega Centurion

This gun looks epic, and as soon as I saw it I bought the sonic ice version. I have to say, it can shoot insanely far, but it isn't very accurate past 15 meters. It also hits HARD. Since it is designed for long range, and my nerf war area is pretty small, I basically only use it for shooting targets. Seriously though, this thing can make a grown man cry!

This gun had a good concept but its performance was what made me prefer the hammershot over this. It shoots as far as some small pistols and requires one to pull the cocking mechanism so far back. Though it may be the best sniper so far. The longshot was worse.

This Nerf blaster is very cool, but honestly it's impractical. First of all it's overpriced, it's bulky, it's way too big, it doesn't actually fire 100 feet :/ and its capacity is limited.

This nerf blaster is awesome, my best nerf gun but the main thing is it's too big actually no nerf blaster fire how much ever high it is written on the box, but I think it's awesome.

15 Nerf N-Strike Elite Nerf Cam ECS-12 Blaster

I only did it for the camera. It shoots mainly like the Rapid-Strike but comes with 6 less bullets. I don't know but it was kinda a waste of $80 AUS dollars. like it only holds 3 hours of film and but is good because I can hold about 2000 snapshots!
Pretty cool!

Hasbro did a bad job putting this in the market. It is a longer stryfe with a camera and less range than the demolisher. Buy a stryfe or rapidstrike for better performance. Hasbro expects 80$ for this crap.

So pricy and the whole thing is about having a camera, why? We got nerf guns for fun and good performance and this gun is not the point of nerf guns.

Pretty cool. similar to the rapid strike in many ways but I would just buy a rapid strike as they are three times as cheap and then just add a go-pro to my rapid strike.

16 Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster

Glad it's on the list. Unhappy it's not in the #1 spot. This beast TRASHES all others trying to attempt to almost tie it. In fact, it's so good that some nerf wars I'm in van it!

It's the worlds fastest shooting nerf gun and you can put two together. Isn't that awesome everyone.

Great gun! Fast shooting and very accurate! I win a lot of wars with it! Lookinn for an assault gun then totally get this!

It shoots 5 darts a second. It can shoot all of its darts in 5 seconds! Its one of the fastest shooting nerf gun ever

17 Nerf N-Strike Elite CrossBolt Blaster

This nerf gun is the ultimate weapon for a nerf war! It smoothly takes the darts and has a clip system for practically UNLIMITED firepower. Shoots way farther than the advertised 90 ft! Super accurate too. A must have for any nerf collection. Also looks epicly intimidating to others

This is the best Nerf gun I ever got it's so awesome it like never jams it shoots more powerfully than some guns.

Accurate, powerful, long range, it is an overall EPIC nerf gun. I'm comes with a 12 dart clip, so it's a great clip size! I would definitely reccomend this.

It shoots far and is super accurate. It has loads of power and it is very fun to play with.

18 Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega Lightning Bow

So cool! Best primary you will ever have, and the darts pack a punch! it is super accurate, and it with the thunder bow and lightning bow sounds cool! Thunder and lightning!

19 Nerf N-Strike Elite Jolt Blaster

So the retaliator hate but but I tried to fight with it anyway (knowing it hate me) I had this as a secondary. Straight to the point the retaliator jammed use the jolt instead and somehow sniped with it. It changed to my primary. (for that battle only... using it as primary for ever is just idiotic :P)

This gun got awesome range with amazing accuracy, and it is best when you are running out of ammo and want a gun that you can fire single handed. I love this gun, but still Triad is just too awesome.

I got this gun 5 years ago when it was brand new, and after many battles this gun still works like new. I would recommend this gun to anyone for any purpose. This gun makes a mighty fine secondary.

Best backup weapon ever, very concealable and compact it may be small but it still shoots as hard as any other nerf gun. It is also quick and easy to load. Great nerf gun and one of my favorites

20 Nerf N-Strike Elite Rayven

Good gun. Jams frequently with old over-used darts casuing the spring to move slightly pushing the bullet against the gun near the back folding or wrecking the bullet which causes the jam. What that means that the spring will sometimes move pushing the bullet to the side out of the actual shooting hole decreasing accuracy.

Rayven... So nice equip with Longstrike barrel, 3 trust fire battery, nerf pin point and it will be awesome! But accuracy bad, trigger bad, and too much lock, modifications will make this gun MONSTER HUNTER, rayven elite can't beat rayven standard in mod (because rayven standard no need wiring feed 12.6 trust fire battery 4.2� - 3) elite rayven? Hehehee you want burn 2 motor feed 12.6 volt with fire 4 18 dart clip? Need to wiring for Rayven elite

This gun is epic because it fires so rapidly. You can also single fire it. All round cool and best nerf gun

I like the cool glow in the dark bullets.

21 Nerf N-Strike Elite Alpha Trooper CS-6

It is a great gun. Comes with six dart

Absolutely love it!

22 Nerf N-Strike Elite Spectre Rev-5 Stealth Blaster

This gun honestly sucks, but I think its only the one I got.

It's a good gun but I only had it for 2yrs before it broke
It shoots very far and it does not hurt at all.

I don't really like the stock much but the suppressor barrel attachment is cool. the blaster itself is alright but the strong-arm holds a dart more and is slightly more compact.

The barrel is good

23 Nerf N-Strike Elite Mega Thunderbow

A very awesome gun

Veery cool bow

24 Nerf N-Strike Elite Rough Cut 2x4

This gun in a Nerf war can do serious damage at close range. Not very accurate, and only holds 8 shots. 2 darts per second, and serious punch. I'm talking knock over Masonite and wood boxes punch. Worth it if you are in close range.

This gun is awesome! Practically a nerf shotgun gun with two barrels, however, if you pull the trigger very lightly, only one dart will shot


yes if it gets stuck you just have hit it on the upside and it might get smooth again

Definitely fun to use. Cool design is a plus

25 Nerf N-Strike Elite Vulcan

Ok blaster. It has a capacity of 25 darts and fully automatic. However, it does have problems: It's huge and heavy, very hard to move. In fact, it's tripod often gets overcome while turning the thing and collapses. Also, it uses a chain system. Now, besides a couple vintage blasters from the 90's, it is the only one to use a chain system. While it looks cool, it makes the blaster jam more often and it cannot take clips. In the end, while it does have many problems, it is very effective if used right. You should use it in a narrow hallway, this means you have total domination of that space to make parent, pet and friend alike tremble in fear. Just make sure to have a triad or jolt in case your friend sneeks up behind you.

This is the best nerf gun ever because it has really good accuracy, fires fast, and shoots far and painful. The only problem is reloading, but it's still my #1 nerf gun

Sick I want one

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