When it comes to NERF guns you can’t get much more advanced than automatic, battery powered, motorized blasters. That being said, it can sometimes be a bit tricky to tell the difference from a full-automatic, rapid-fire gun from their manual fire blaster cousins.
To make life easier, we have selected the best automatic NERF guns the market and highlighted some of their killer features.
You may be asking yourself, “Why should I get a automatic blaster?” and the answer is simple – domination! Motorized blasters fire faster and often have huge dart capacities; making them some of the most impressive guns you can buy. If you want to take things to the next level we would seriously recommend picking up at least one of the blasters listed below.
Little word of warning – motorized blasters come in two flavors. Semi and Fully automatic. If you are looking for a blaster to unload darts just by holding down the trigger you are going to want to only look at Full-Autos. For Semi-Automatic blaster you’ll need to pull the trigger for each shot.
NERF N-Strike Elite Infinus N-Strike
Includes 30 Elite darts
“Speed Load” Technology
30 round dart drum
Requires 4 D cell batteries
Every once and while Hasbro comes up with some game changing Tech to turn your blasting game on it’s head. Not only is the NERF N-Strike Elite Infinus an impressive blaster (more on that later) but it features revolutionary “Speed-Load Technology” which means you can keep feeding the blaster darts without the need to remove the included 30-dart drum to reload. If you hate having to stop the game to reload then this is definitely a blaster to consider.
As a fully automatic, motorized blaster, the Infinus has an impressive fire rate and is small enough to give you excellent agility on the field. If you have often looked at the larger motorized blasters and though them too bulky (*cough* Mastodon) we would recommend picking up an Infinus.
The Infinus includes 2 tactical rails (front and back) located on top of the blaster meaning you can tweak, add and make it your own. We haven’t been so excited by a blaster in a long time, the speed load tech is truly game changing, we’ll no longer have nightmares of being caught in the middle of a firefight and realizing we have to reload!
NERF N-Strike MEGA Motostryke
10 dart, transparent clip
1x Tactical rail
Integrated shoulder stock
Includes 10 NERF Mega darts
Requires 4 “C” batteries
Well, doesn’t the NERF Mega Motostryke look awesome? We’re not sure if it’s the dabbled red textures painted across the blaster or the serious chonky size but we are in love with this gun – throw in the fact this is a motorized semi-auto with a transparent clip and you may never look at another NERF gun in the same way.
The Motostryke is a solid blaster, weighing just over 5 pounds, everything on the blaster is big – there is an oversized blaster stock to help you keep stability in your shots, a chunky fore-grip and even an hook for a sling (in case it gets too heavy). To get shooting you will need to load up your 10 dart clip, slot it into the bottom of the blaster and hold down the motor-acceleration button. The Motostryke is a semi-automatic NERF gun so you will need to pull the trigger for each shot but if you have a quick finger you won’t lose too much time on opponents touting full-autos – you’ll also be able to keep an eye on how much ammo you have left thanks to the transparent clip!
As you have probably worked out, we really like the Motostryke – it’s big, mean and has everything included. A must have for any NERF fan.
NERF Elite 2.0 Phoenix CS-6
Includes 12 Elite darts
Includes 6 dart clip
Includes removal scope
5 tactical rails
Requires 4 AA batteries
Well, well well, Hasbro has got a lot of things right with the Elite 2.0 Phoenix – perhaps it is symbolic that the best 2.0 has to offer is named after the bird of rebirth but then again, we may just trying to stretch a metaphor…
The Phoenix is a compact NERFing machine, thanks to the huge range of customization options (tactical rails), included scope and reasonable pricing.
The blaster is a small, lightweight, motorized marvel – sporting 5 tactical rails and stock attachment slots which means you can customize this blaster in pretty much every way imaginable. Pair the customization options with a lovely 6 dart clip and large targeting scope and you have found a match made in heaven.
The Phoenix may not max out ammo capacity but if you are an agile player who is after a motorized blaster, look no further!
NERF ULTRA TWO
6 dart rotating barrel
2x Tactical rails
Includes 6 ULTRA darts
Requires 6 AA batteries
Here is something a little different – introducing the NERF ULTRA TWO. A nifty one-handed revolver that is packing some serious firepower. If you’re a newcomer to the ULTRA series there are a few things you need to know 1) They fire special ULTRA darts 2) They have a range of over 125ft!
The ULTRA TWO is 6 shot revolver that abandons front-loading and instead is loaded from the back of the blaster. This may seem like a small change but it works incredibly well and shaves off the vital few seconds it takes to reload; meaning you can get back to blasting.
Not only does the ULTRA TWO get top marks for being a one-hander it’s also a motorized semi-automatic blaster which is damn impressive when you consider it’s size! People aren’t going to know what hit them when you rock up with two of these strapped to your hip.
As a semi-auto you’ll need to pull the trigger for each shot but as an eagle-eyed gunslinger, you don’t need hundreds of darts to defeat your enemies, do you?
To top (and bottom) it off the ULTRA TWO includes two tactical rails – one above and below the barrel so if you do need a bit more target practice why not slot on a red dot sight or maybe even a long-range scope!?
NERF Fortnite AR-L Blaster
10 dart clip
Includes 20 NERF Elite Fortnite darts
1x Tactical rail
2x Flip up sights
Requires 4 AA batteries
The NERF Fortnite AR-L is a semi-automatic, motorized blaster modelled on the legendary skinned Fortnite AR. If the canary yellow color style doesn’t quite do it for you there are a few choices available (our favorite being the Durrr-Burger).
Aside from our foaming excitement that we can now recreate some of our favorite Fortnite moments in real life the AR-L is a tidy NERFing machine. Hasbro hasn’t just phoned it in for a quick cash grab here, the AR-L has all of the features that you have come to love from other ranges.
The generous inclusion of 20 darts combined with a 10 dart clip means that not only can you stay on the field longer but you’ll also have enough darts to fill an entire clip for easy reloading. Trust us, you are going to need those extra darts as the inbuilt motor means you are going to be popping off shots as fast as you can pull the trigger. To make sure you aren’t firing to blind, the AR-L features two flip up sites and a long tactical rail located on top of the blaster; so even if the sights don’t help you can always pop on an additional scope for added accuracy. If in your NERFing furry one of your darts does get jammed, there is a jam door located on the barrel so you can quickly unclog and get back to firing.
The Fortnite AR-L is a great entry into the NERF universe and proves that just because it’s a collab doesn’t mean it has to suck. If you do run out of Fortnite darts, don’t worry, the AR-L fires standard Elite darts as well (phew).
NERF N-Strike Elite CS-18 Rapidstrike Blaster
Flip up sight
Includes 18 dart clip
Includes 18 Elite darts
Requires 4 C batteries (Not included)
The N-Strike Elite CS-18 Rapidstrike may not be at the top of our list but it is an impressive blaster nonetheless thanks to some neat tricks and tech.
Unlike other motorized guns, the the Rapid Strike is fully automatic. As a full auto, you won’t need to pull the trigger for each shot, simply hold it down and the gun will keep blasting. If you are looking for a seriously quick, automatic NERF gun and don’t like the bulk of the Mastodon then this may be right up your street.
Making use of an 18 dart see through clip, the Rapid Strike is incredibly easy to use. Reloading is a breeze if you have a couple of spare clips. A helpful addition to the Rapidstrike is that the clip is actually see-through, allowing you to keep an eye on your ammunition and make sure you have a reload ready for when you run out!
That full-auto goodness does come at a price though and we’re sorry to say that there is one major drawback to Rapidstrike. Although the blaster is one of the fastest on the market this has taken a serious toll on accuracy. Perfect for spray ‘n’ pray but not so good for anyone looking to snipe their enemies. The Rapidstrike does include an extendable shoulder stock but this doesn’t do much to help. In all honestly, this blaster fires so quickly it is amazing you can hit anything!
The Rapidstrike comes with an 18 dart see-through clip and 18 Elite darts so ammo won’t be an issue. Please be aware that this blaster does require 4 C batteries.
NERF Rival Charger MXX-1200
Includes 24 High Impact rounds
12 round magazine
Requires 6 “C” batteries
Ok, so we might be showing our age here but the NERF Rival Charger conjures memories of the infamous SBP90 machine guns in TimeSplitters – the resemblance is uncanny! The similarities don’t just stop with look either, the Charger is a compact semi-automatic blasting meany! Whoever cooked this motorized NERF gun up must be a fan of the classic from Free Radical.
The Charger is a neat little blaster which packs a mean punch. There aren’t two many moving parts here so if you are looking for a quick and easy semi-automatic Rival gun this isn’t a bad place to start. Though smaller (and with less capacity) than the Nemesis and not a full auto like the Perses, the Charger’s price point and compact design mean it is a no brainer for anyone looking to jump in with the Rival range.
Doing away with magazines, clips or hoppers – the Charger makes use of an integrated 12 round magazine which is loaded at the top of the blaster. Hasbro have thrown in 12 additional High Impact rounds so you even have spare for an extra reload before you need to high-tail it back to your ammo dump. You don’t need to worry about rapid movement either as there is a magazine guard which slips over the loading slot to stop any wayward rounds escaping.
As a semi-automatic blaster, you will need to hold down the acceleration button (located under the trigger) and squeeze off each shot to fire but thanks to the 100 FPS fire rate, your enemies won’t know what hit them!
We really like the NERF Rival Charger. It’s simple, compact and reminds us of fond memories of dual wielding SBP90’s in TS2 (which is very doable if you fancied picking up two Chargers). If you fancy getting the Charger into your arsenal be sure to pick up 6 “C” batteries as they don’t come in the box.
NERF Hyper Mach-100
Integrated 100 round hopper
Integrated shoulder stock
2x Tactical rails
2x sling points
Includes 80 Hyper high impact rounds
Requires 6 “D” batteries
Coming in at around 5.4 pounds the NERF Hyper Mach 100 is the largest gun in the Hyper series. This is a fully-automatic blaster with an integrated 100 round hopper (note, it only comes with 80 rounds so you may need a top up); so if you are looking to make a splash on the blasting field and absolutely dominate your enemies this is a good place to start!
Whilst the Mach is a pretty chonky blaster, the inclusion of an integrated shoulder stock and two attachment points for a sling mean that even the smallest NERF enthusiast can use the blaster with ease. In a game where agility is everything you won’t be slowed down too much by the large size. Spinning up the blaster is simple, like most automatic blasters, there is an acceleration button located below the trigger – simply hold the button down and get blasting. As a fully automatic gun, you only need to hold down the trigger to unleash a tirade of high impact mayhem.
A nice development included with the Hyper range is the “quick refill” canisters. These come in two sizes, 50 or 100, and attach to any tactical rail on your blaster. The refill canisters are extremely handy, once you start running low on ammo, simply pop open your hopper door and pour in a fresh set of rounds. The Hyper Mach 100 includes two tactical rails, one located on the underside and one on top (next to the integrated iron sight).
All in all the Hyper Mach 100 is a great blaster, it has loads of ammo capacity, an extreme rate of fire and the inclusion of 2x tactical rails for refills means you can keep battling on. Highly recommended.
NERF MEGA Mastodon Blaster
24-dart rotating drum
Includes 24 MEGA darts
Requires 6 D batteries (not included)
One of the main attractions of the MEGA Mastodon is the massive dart capacity. Thanks to the inclusion of a 24-dart rotating drum, the Mastodon is one of the highest capacity guns on the market.
Loading this beast is going to take some time as each of the 24 dart slots need to be manually loaded at the front of the blaster – one at a time.
Once are fully stocked though you can look forward to streaming darts at your enemies. All you need to do is hold down the accelerator button located under the trigger and start raining down NERF mayhem.
The Mastodon is an extremely fun blaster and the sheet size certainly makes it intimidating but all that size adds to the weight. Hasbro has included a shoulder strap to make your life a little easier but it is going to be hard sprinting around the field with this thing.
The Mastodon comes with a 24-dart drum and 24 MEGA darts, you will need to get 6 D batteries before you can start mowing down your enemies though. A great blaster but definitely built for shock-and-awe rather than agile play.