5 Best Nerf Rival Guns That Are Worth Buying

The Nerf Rival series was designed for users ages 14 and above looking for a more intense and competitive Nerf experience.

Rather than modeling their Nerf Rival blasters after the other blaster types that we’re well acquainted with, these blasters offer far more firepower and utilize high-impact foam rounds that travel at a velocity of 90 feet per second.

My favorite: Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII - 10K

Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K, Blue
  • Fully motorized
  • Hopper feed – high capacity
  • Choose red or blue to battle as Team Red or Team Blue
  • Experience ultimate precision and intense competition

Before I begin, these blasters also come in two colors: red and blue. This helps players separate into teams more efficiently and identify friend and foe on the battlefield (with the exception of Nerf Rival Phantom Corps weapons, which offer a grey body with interchangeable attachments to help you pick a team).

But which blasters meet our high expectations? Here are a few of the best Nerf Rival guns to consider if you have an older child with a desire to upgrade their Nerf experience.

5 Best Nerf Rival Guns That Are Worth Buying

1. The Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500

There are a lot of Nerf Rival handguns that provide you with an introduction to the series, but the problem with these blasters is that they often come with a low ammo capacity that leaves a lot to be desired (unless you have a powerful primary blaster at your side and are only relying on one of these secondary blasters as a side piece in the event of an emergency).

NERF N-Strike Elite Triad EX-3 Blaster

Fortunately, there are some handguns that can offer you the coverage you need without having to compromise. Our first recommendation in this guide is the Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500.

The Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500 is a compact handgun that offers five rotating chambers capable of holding up to three high-impact foam rounds in each, providing you with 15 rounds for a reasonable blasting experience.

Like many of the handguns in the Nerf universe we’ve grown to love, you’ll find a simple priming mechanism at the back of the blaster that you just have to pull back to prepare.

One unique addition to the series is a trigger lock which is located on the sides of the blaster and allows you to lock your weapon when it’s not in use. Overall, the Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500 is a great Nerf Rival blaster to start with!

NERF Rival Roundhouse XX-1500 Red Blaster -- Clear Rotating Chamber Loads Rounds into Barrel -- 5 Integrated Magazines, 15 Rival Rounds
  • NERF RIVAL ROUNDHOUSE XX-1500 BLASTER WITH CLEAR ROTATING CHAMBER TO SEE THE ROUNDS INSIDE: -The chamber rotates to line up a round into firing position and load another round into the chamber

2. The Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000

Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000 Red

The Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000 is a pump-action blaster that offers substantially more coverage than the previous option, making it an excellent primary or secondary blaster for players.

This blaster utilizes three rotating chambers containing 10 high-impact foam rounds each to help you tackle the enemy. Reloading is easy as you can load your foam rounds directly through the top of the blaster.

Additionally, this blaster comes with slam-fire action so that you can take down multiple enemies should you find yourself facing two or more opponents on the battlefield.

If your child needs a blaster that’s better suited for more serious battles, the Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000 may be a better option for them.

Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000 Red
  • High capacity blaster holds 30 high-impact rounds

3. The Nerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000

There’s a major shift between the secondary weapons and the primary weapons in this series, something that will become very evident as we cover these next few blaster recommendations.

NERF Perses Mxix-5000 Rival Motorized Blaster (Blue) -- Fastest Blasting Rival System

The first high-performance blaster that we’re going to feature in this guide is the Nerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000. Despite the Nerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000’s smaller build, this blaster packs a punch, featuring a 50-round capacity and fully motorized capabilities that help this blaster deliver 8 rounds per second.

Even better, this Nerf blaster doesn’t rely on expensive batteries to get the job done. Instead, it features a rechargeable, removable battery that you can pop in when it’s fully charged and even switch out with another battery so that you can keep the fun going even when your first battery dies.

To top everything off, this Nerf gun also offers an easy reloading process. Just pop the top of the blaster up, pour your foam rounds in, close the lid, and prep the blater for firing by holding down on the acceleration trigger.

If your child wants a high-performance blaster that can hold its ground in any situation, you should take a closer look at the Nerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000.

NERF Perses Mxix-5000 Rival Motorized Blaster (Blue) -- Fastest Blasting Rival System
  • Fastest blasting Nerf rival system: blaster features the fastest blasting Nerf rival system, firing up to 8 rounds per second* at a velocity of up 100 feet per second (30 meters per second)

4. The Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K

Were you impressed by the previous blaster? If so, you’ll be surprised to learn that this isn’t the best blaster of the series.

Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K, Blue

In fact, the Nerf Rival Perses MXIX-5000 barely begins to scrape the surface of what’s possible in the Nerf Rival series. In fact, the Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K takes this concept and upgrades it further.

Rather than offering a 50-round capacity, the Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K offers room for 100 foam rounds, all of which can easily be fed into the top of the blaster to ensure that you’re never spending precious time trying to load your foam rounds into an impossible magazine.

Additionally, this Nerf Rival gun is fully motorized, allowing you to unleash multiple rounds at a time to help you take on any opponent. Unfortunately, there is one drawback to this weapon, which is the fact that it utilizes 6 D batteries rather than a rechargeable battery.

Still, the Nerf Rival MXVII-10K is a force to be reckoned with and is on the top of every Nerf Rival fan’s list.

5. The Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K

Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K

This wouldn’t be a proper Nerf Rival blaster guide if we didn’t save the best for last: the Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K. The Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K is a fully motorized blaster with top loading that’s capable of holding up to 200 Nerf rounds at once.

Because of its sheer size, this blaster actually comes with two handles: one for operating the blaster and one for steadying your shots (it also offers a strap to make the blaster easier to carry around).

It also ups the performance this Nerf guns shoots out 8 rounds per second on a full charge at a velocity of 100 feet per second. It also comes with a rechargeable battery so that you don’t have to hassle with regular batteries all the time.

Overall, the Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K offers the monster performance that serious Nerfers need.

Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K
  • Advanced acceleration system: The Prometheus MXVIII-20k Nerf Rival blaster features an Advanced Acceleration System that fires up to 8 rounds per second*

The Nerf Rival blasters are perfect for older players who may not find the same excitement in dart blasters that they used to.

If you have an older child who’s been begging for a Nerf Rival blaster, consider one of the excellent blaster options above to help them start their collection and stand off against their friends!