Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster

Last updated date: February 20, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

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Overall Take

The Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster can shoot rounds in rapid succession up to 75 feet. It can also hold 25 darts, meaning you won't have to stop to reload as often. Though the price tag is slightly higher than other Nerf guns, it's still in the affordable range and worth it if you want to extend your gameplay by not having to reload. In our analysis of 39 expert reviews, the Nerf Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster placed 4th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.6
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
6.9
1,258 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Rapid-fire ability rivals that of other models. 75-foot range is very impressive.
- BestReviews
With its rock-solid ranges, we might be inclined to think of the Rampage as a sniper-type blaster, except for one unique point of distinction—if your forearm is up to the task, the Rampage can hit nearly a 3 dart-per-second rate-of-fire! And that’s without a reduction in range or accuracy, nor any noticeable tendency to jam. If fact, our dart groups were extremely tight (much more so than shorter-range Elite models like the Strongarm or Triad, even). So it’s a good thing this blaster has a large disc drum… we derided the Stryfe for being woefully ill-equipped in that regard, and the Rampage does carry fewer darts than the Raider did. But 25 darts is still solid, and noticeably less bulky than the drum on the Rampage.
- Blaster Hub
January 24, 2014 | Full review
25 Dart Drum. Shotgun Style Pump Action. Easy To Run During Rampage. SlamFire
- Nerf Gun RUs
What experts didn't like
Load time isn't quick. Gun may jam if not loaded properly.
- BestReviews
If we’re picking nits, we would have to mention that right-handed gunners may find their view being blocked by the drum, on occasion. And that protrusion also creates a weight imbalance that will require the user to keep both hands on the blaster while firing. We also found several of our staffers stumped for days by the clip loading system, which requires the priming handle to be pulled back for proper release (for some reason, having the handle fully forward seems to be more intuitive). But once “user error” is removed, the Rampage performed solidly in most regards.
- Blaster Hub
January 24, 2014 | Full review
Bulky
- Nerf Gun RUs

From The Manufacturer

When the mission calls for serious firepower, bring along the Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage blaster that packs a high-capacity 25-dart drum and comes with 25 Official Nerf Elite darts. Shoot a rapid-fire dart storm at targets with the toy blaster’s slam-fire action as you hold down the trigger and keep sliding the handle to unleash all 25 darts fast. The Rampage Nerf blaster is manually operated -- no batteries required -- so you’re in control as you prime and fire by hand. This blue N-Strike Elite blaster for kids, teens, and adults is designed for distance, sending darts streaking through the air up to 90 feet (27 meters). The Nerf Rampage toy blaster comes with 25 Official Nerf Elite darts that are designed for distance, tested and approved for performance and quality, and constructed of foam with flexible, hollow tips so they’re fun to blast -- and get blasted with -- indoors and outdoors. Nerf and all related properties are trademarks of Hasbro.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 6
2. Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 7
4. Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Infinus Nerf N-Strike Elite Blaster
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 3
6. Nerf N-Strike Elite AccuStrike RaptorStrike
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 2
7. Nerf Modulus Regulator
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 5
8. Nerf Vagabond Doomlands Blaster
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Nerf Rival Atlas XVI-1200 Blaster
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Nerf Guns

No matter what generation you belong to, chances are you’re familiar with the Nerf brand. The toy manufacturer has been around for decades. Today’s Nerf products combine the safe materials that made them popular in their early years with the latest innovations to make them powerful and fun.

Nerf Guns, also known as Nerf Blasters, shoot balls or darts at targets that are designed to strike humans without hurting. They’re especially popular with older children, although many versions are safe for children ages 8 and up. Since the projectiles they shoot are soft in nature, they’re generally acceptable for indoor or outdoor use.

If you’re buying a Nerf gun for a young person in your life, pay close attention to shooting power. That’s the element of the gun that will be considered the most “fun.” However, if you’re concerned about safety and indoor use, you may not necessarily go for the most powerful, especially if you have younger children. The Elite line of Nerf guns is considered impressive, with shooting power of approximately 70 feet per second, although the heavy-duty Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K can shoot at up to 100 feet per second.

Perhaps more important than shooting power is recovery. Some Nerf guns can shoot rounds in rapid succession, while others have recovery time between each shot. You’ll also find that some guns need to be reloaded after a few shots, while others will hold 25 or 100 rounds. That means more uninterrupted shooting time, which equals more fun for everyone.

Lastly, decide what projectiles you want to shoot. Some guns shoot balls, while still others shoot darts. The option you choose will probably be a matter of preference, but you may find your own children prefer one over the other. You should also look into the number of rounds that come with the gun you choose, as well as the purchase price for replacements since some of those rounds are bound to get lost during the course of gameplay.

DYWM Fun Fact

If you’re a fan of dystopian fiction, you may be interested to know that Nerf guns have been designed to tackle post-apocalyptic challenges. The more advanced models for those ages 14 and older have the power to take on the types of foes seen in books like “Hunger Games” and TV series like “The Walking Dead.” While it’s doubtful you’ll be facing off against a zombie any time in the future, it’s comforting to know the toys in your house may just protect your family if things do someday fall apart. In addition to guns, Nerf has also launched a line of crossbows, including one marketed toward fighting zombies.

The Nerf Gun Buying Guide

  • No matter the age, Nerf Gun owners want to know their gun has shooting power. The Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K can shoot rounds at speeds of up to 100 feet per second. The average for the Elite line of Nerf guns is only about 70 feet per second.
  • Distance is important, as well. The Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster can shoot as far as 75 feet, although it does best within 50-feet ranges. The Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster also can shoot up to 75 feet.
  • One thing to consider with the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster and the Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster is that they can fire all loaded rounds in rapid succession.
  • If rapid-fire shooting is important to you, though, you may find the Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K bothersome. You’ll notice a slight delay after you pull the trigger before something happens.
  • Extended playtime can make an uncomfortable grip unbearable. The Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster has a comfortable grip that will make it easy to play longer.
  • It’s important to note that the Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K is better for older players, with a recommended age of 14 and up. The Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster, Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster and Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster are all rated for ages 8 and up.
  • Stopping to reload can hold you back while you’re in the heat of battle. The Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K holds up to 100 rounds, which will keep you going for quite a while between reloads. The Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster still impresses with its ability to hold 25 darts. But compare those to the Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster, which holds 12 darts, and the Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster, which holds only six.
  • Price is a big differentiator when it comes to Nerf guns. The Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K is for the serious enthusiast, retailing for closer to $100 than others on the market, which often sell for far lower than $50. The Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster and Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster both sell for less than $20, with the Nerf Rampage N-Strike Elite Blaster often retailing for more than $10 higher than that.