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7 Best Nerf Ultra Series Blasters in 2023

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Updated on 01/04/23

Nerf Ultra series blasters are for those who want to have foam battles in style. These blasters not only have a flashy look, but they also pack a punch!

In this buyer’s guide, we’ll look at the seven best Nerf Ultra guns out now and lay out the good and bad of each one.

What is the best Nerf Ultra gun?

The Nerf Ultra Pharaoh is our choice for the best Ultra Nerf gun. It has a bolt-action firing system, a solid gold-themed design, and great power.

TOP CHOICE
Nerf Ultra Pharaoh
  • PREMIUM GOLD ACCENTS
  • BLASTER, CLIP, 10 ULTRA DARTS, CLIP STORAGE, SCOPE
  • SHOOTS OVER 100 FEET PER SECOND
RUNNER-UP
Nerf Ultra Select
  • AUTOMATIC WITH DUAL MAG SELECT SYSTEM
  • INCLUDES 2 CLIPS, 20 DARTS (10 NERF ULTRA, 10 NERF ULTRA ACCUSTRIKE)
  • SHOOTS UP TO 90 FEET PER SECOND
BEST PISTOL
Nerf Ultra Two
  • AUTOMATIC REVOLVER-STYLE PISTOL BLASTER
  • INCLUDES 6 NERF ULTRA DARTS
  • SHOOTS AT UP TO 90 FEET PER SECOND

Our second choice is the Nerf Ultra Select featuring a dual magazine system to instantly switch between firing two different types of ammo.

Here Are the 7 Best Nerf Ultra Blasters in 2023

Click the name to take a look at the details of that blaster, or check the current prices on the right.

1. Best Overall Nerf Ultra Pharaoh CHECK PRICE
2. Most Unique Nerf Ultra Select CHECK PRICE
3. Best Pistol Nerf Ultra Two CHECK PRICE
4. Fastest Firing Nerf Ultra Speed CHECK PRICE
5. Best Shotgun Nerf Ultra Three CHECK PRICE
6. Best Design Nerf Ultra Scream Machine CHECK PRICE
7. Newest Nerf Ultra Strike CHECK PRICE

1. Nerf Ultra Pharaoh

Best Overall

ultra pharaoh nerf blaster

 

The Nerf Ultra Pharaoh is a bolt-action blaster designed with some shiny bling for those that like to fling foam in style.

 Features

The Pharaoh is also currently our choice for the best Nerf sniper because it has the best power and aesthetics of the blasters that look like snipers.

This blaster is fed by a 10-round magazine, and includes 1o Ultra darts that have a similar gold coloring.

It is not compatible with Nerf elite magazines or darts but is compatible with most Ultra mags and ammo. However, the N-strike tactical rail below the barrel does allow for compatibility to use standard attachments.

The bolt action priming system adds a lot to help you feel like you are in that sniper role, in addition to the Barrett-style muzzle brake on the barrel.

Up on top, the scope is fixed and not that great functionality-wise. It has weird patterns, is hard to look through, but looks good enough.

The rear stock is big and comfortable for many-sized shoulders, and there is nothing to complain about with the grip.

 Performance

It is one of the more powerful snipers, shooting about 102 feet per second. This is well above the Nerf elite average.

The advertised range for this gun is up to 120 feet, but that seems a little high. An average level shot will make it 50-60+ feet, and if you point it up high the max is at the most 110 feet.

Who Should Buy The Ultra Pharaoh

The main con is the ammo and accuracy, and the pros are the power and visual appeal.  This is a stylish Nerf sniper with decent power and range.

Specs:

  • Ammo Capacity: 10 darts
  • Velocity: Over 100 feet per second
  • Range: 50 feet to 110 max
  • Powered: Spring

Reasons to Buy:

  • Cool color design
  • Solid power
  • Bolt-action and muzzle brake add to the sniper feel

Reasons to Avoid:

  • The fixed scope is not useful and hard to see through
  • Ultra ammo is fragile and inaccurate

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2. Nerf Ultra Select

Most Unique

nerf ultra select blaster

Our runner-up is the Nerf Ultra Select with a unique dual mag switching system. It is a fully automatic battery-powered blaster that included two different types of darts.

I feel like this is a fun choice because a lot of the blasters are very similar in performance, but this one adds a very new element that some may really love.

 Features

The Select includes 10 of both types of Ultra ammo so you can fill one clip with each type. The idea is that you can switch to the more accurate Accustrike darts when you want a bit better aim.

Each magazine holds 10 darts, bringing the total capacity of the blaster to 20.

Switching between clips is easy with the lower front grip. This system is kind cool even though a person could just use all accurate darts and get a blaster that holds more ammo.

However, if you had some whistling darts in one mag, it would be fun to switch back and forth between those and regular ones.

On top of the carrying handle is a rail for standard Nerf attachments like a scope, otherwise, to help aim there are basic sights on the front and rear.

The grip is more comfortable than it looks, but I don’t think the orange plastic guard part is necessary at all.

 Performance

The Ultra Select averages about 90 FPS for the dart speed. The mag system is quick to switch and all-around easy to use.

While it is full auto it is not hard to fire one at a time if want more of a controlled shot.

If you are outside, you can get a max range of about 95 feet if you really angle it. Otherwise, it has a standard distance of about 50ish feet when firing straight.

Who Should Buy The Ultra Select

This blaster is fun to use even though it is kind of gimmicky. I think this would be a lot of fun for kids with the Ultra Screamer darts so they could switch between whistlers and regular ones. If more even dart types are made for Ultra, this blaster could be used in a lot of different ways.

Specs:

  • Ammo Capacity: 20 darts (dual 10 dart mags)
  • Velocity: 90 FPS
  • Range: 50 – 95 feet max
  • Powered: 6 C Type Batteries

Reasons to Buy:

  • Unique dual mag ammo system
  • Automatic Full auto

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Higher priced

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3. Nerf Ultra Two

Best Pistol

nerf ultra two blaster

The Nerf Ultra Two makes shooting like a space cowboy easy, as it is a battery-powered semi-auto revolver blaster.

 Features

This impressive pistol sports a 6-dart cyclinder in the rear so after a quick load, you can pop in 6 AA batteries and let her rip.

This blaster is featured on our list of best Nerf Revolvers because it looks sharp, is automatic, and works great.

Firing is a breeze by revving up the motor with the lower trigger and then pulling the main one to shoot.

There is a tactical rail both above and below the barrel to add some flavor with a grip or a scope. The two lanyard, or sling mounts, are both located at the rear of the blaster.

One of the coolest things about the Two is that it can be operated with one hand. However, it is a bit heavier than other one-handers like the Nerf Trailblazer or Hammershot because of the batteries.

 Performance

The Ultra Two shoots at consistently over 90 feet per second, making it one of the more powerful Nerf pistols.

It shoots harder than the standard Nerf elite pistol but isn’t more accurate.

When going for max distance you can aim a little high and get to about 90 feet max. Otherwise, the standard shot oustide will go around 50 feet.

Who Should Buy The Ultra Two

If you want better accuracy and don’t mind a single-shot capacity, I think the Nerf Ultra Four is also a great choice. You avoid dealing with batteries, it shoots great and is our choice for the best single-shot Nerf pistol.

Specs:

  • Ammo Capacity: 6 darts
  • Velocity: 91 feet per second
  • Range: 50 feet, 90 Max at an angle
  • Powered: 6 AA batteries (Not Included)

Reasons to Buy:

  • Semi-auto
  • Cool revolver design
  • Powerful pistol

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Occasional jams

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4. Nerf Ultra Speed

Fastest-Firing

nerf ultra speed blaser

The Nerf Ultra Speed is a fully-automatic flywheel blaster that shoots fast and hard! Its red-on-red design stands out and makes it a sweet sight to see.

 Features

Naturally, the Ultra Speed is easy to fire because it is battery-powered and automatic.

It is given the name Speed because it is the fastest-firing Nerf gun, shooting a lightning fast 7 darts per second.

Includes 24 Ultra Accustrike darts and two 12-shot magazines to breeze through. The magazine that is not in the gun can be placed either way in the rear ammo storage slot.

It almost needs a drum mag, because it unloads the mag so fast, it feels like you spend more time picking up darts than firing.

The blaster feels big and is somewhat heavy because of the 6 C Type batteries it requires. However, it somehow still feels compact and is pretty comfortable to hold and shoot.

It sports a basic front sight, carrying handle, N-Strike tactical rail, and two sling mounts up top. The vertical grip at the front of the blaster is fixed and very solid.

 Performance

The Ultra speed’s range is about 50 feet when fired at a normal angle. With a pretty good angle up in the air, this gun can make it 90 feet or more. When firing full auto, the range and accuracy decrease.

It launches Nerf Ultra Accustrike darts at up to 95 FPS (feet per second) with an average in the low 90s.

Who Should Buy The Ultra Speed

The Ultra Speed is honestly a blast and it would be higher on the list if it weren’t for the price. It’s a bit more expensive than average but would make a great gift as it shoots so fast and hard. If you don’t mind spending a tad more, it is a very entertaining blaster to play with.

Specs:

  • Ammo Capacity: 12 darts
  • Velocity: Up to 95 feet per second
  • Fire-Rate: Up to 7 darts per second
  • Range: 50-55 feet Straight, 90+ angled up
  • Powered: Battery-powered (6 D Type)

Reasons to Buy:

  • Fastest Firing stock Nerf blaster
  • Includes two magazines
  • Good power

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Clips currently incompatible with other Nerf Ultra blasters
  • Higher priced

Considering buying this Nerf gun? Check out our detailed Nerf Ultra Speed review for an even closer look!

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5. Nerf Ultra Three

Best Shotgun

nerf ultra three blaster

The only best, and only shotgun blaster in the series so far is the Nerf Ultra Three.

 Features

The Ultra Three’s defining feature is the shotgun design with an internal eight-round magazine. This blaster includes 8 standard ultra darts that are top-loaded into the gun.

To prime the Three, you slide the pump action priming handle back and forth. This will allow you to shoot one dart before priming again.

Due to the clear side of the internal magazine, you can check actually see how many darts you have left before you need to reload.

This blaster has front and rear “iron” sights and a tactical rail if you have an N-strike scope you want to attach.

At the top rear of the blaster, there are also five built-in storage slots to have some extra darts at the ready

 Performance

Firing darts at about 102 feet per second, this is one of the hardest-hitting shotguns.

You can shoot a solid 50-60 feet on the regular, and once in a while get to the max range of about 110 feet when you point it up outside,

This doesn’t have any apparent jamming issues bet there is an unjamming button on the left side of the gun that allows you to prime again.

Who Should Buy The Ultra Three

If you like the Ultra series design and want a shotgun-style blaster, the Three is plenty of fun. If you are looking for a different one, be sure to check out our choices for the best Nerf shotguns.

Specs:

  • Ammo Capacity: 8 darts
  • Velocity: 102 feet per second
  • Range: 50-55 feet, 110 max
  • Powered: Spring

Reasons to Buy:

  • Shotgun design
  • No batteries required

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Grip isn’t super comfortable

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6. Nerf Ultra Scream Machine

Best Design

nerf ultra scream machine blaster

The Nerf Ultra Scream Machine is basically the Nerf Ultra Two turned into a sub-machine gun. It has in my opinion the best color design and a few upgrades that make it enjoyable to fire.

 Features

The Scream Machine is a semi-automatic flywheel blaster with a revolving six-dart cylinder. This blaster is battery-powered and requires 6 AA batteries to operate.

Its unique features are the blue design, and the 12 blue-tipped Ultra Sonic Screamer whistling darts. That’s enough darts to load the gun and fill the six storage slots above the barrel.

This blaster has a carrying handle up top that also sports an N-Strike rail in case you want to add a scope. There are two “iron” sights, one in the middle and the other in the front.

To fire this blaster you use the rev trigger to start the motor and pull the trigger once to launch each dart.

 Performance

It shoots the included darts at an average of 105 feet per second, which is pretty dang hard. When firing frequently, there will be an occasional jam, but an access door on the left side will allow you to clear it easily.

Once again no Nerf gun is super accurate but the Ultra brand is below average for accuracy, even though they shoot hard.

You can expect the average range of 50-60 feet, with an occasional shot over 100 when the barrel is pointed up a bit.

Who Should Buy The Ultra Scream Machine

The scream machine is a blast for kids as it is easy to shoot and includes the Ultra Sonic screamer darts. It also looks awesome, especially for those who love blue! For something a little smaller and cheaper, the Ultra Two operates almost identically. You can also buy the Ultra Sonic Screamer darts separately to use in any other Ultra Nerf gun.

Specs:

  • Ammo Capacity: 6 darts
  • Velocity: 105 Feet per second
  • Range: 50 – 110 feet max
  • Powered: 6 AA Batteries (Not Included)

Reasons to Buy:

  • Unique Ultra blue design
  • Solid shooting power
  • Only Ultra blaster that includes whistler darts

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Jams occasionally
  • Ultra darts aren’t super accurate or durable

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7. Nerf Ultra Strike

Honorable Mention

nerf ultra strike blaster gun

The newest addition to the series is the Nerf Ultra Strike, a semi-auto flywheel blaster with a red design like the Ultra Speed.

 Features

The Ultra Strike is powered by 6 AA batteries and requires no priming or pumping to operate.

It includes 10 of the Ultra Accustrike darts to fill the 10-round mag. The magazine is compatible with every other Ultra gun except for the Ultra Speed.

There is one rear flip sight that is an open vertical rectangle that is usable but has no point of reference on the front of the gun. This blaster also includes four sling mount points, and three short tactical rails compatible with N-Strike.

The long barrel comes detached for shipping purchases but is fixed once it’s clicked into place.

Overall, the feel, ergonomics, and balance of this gun make it nice and easy to use. The grip is comfortable to hold and the rear stock is sturdy.

 Performance

The performance of the Strike is typical for Ultra. The darts launch at about 95 FPS on average, and up to over 100. However the range and accuracy decrease drastically the faster you try and fire.

These included darts are the better Ultra Accustrike darts which help improve the accuracy.

You can expect the average Ultra ranges of 50-55 feet when firing straight, and around 90 max when firing outside.

Who Should Buy The Ultra Strike

If are in the market for an easy-to-fire blaster that looks good and is comfortable to use, the Ultra Strike isn’t a bad choice.

Specs:

  • Ammo Capacity: 10 darts
  • Velocity: 95 feet per second
  • Range: Average 50-55 feet, Max 100 feet
  • Powered: 6 AA Batteries (Not Included)

Reasons to Buy:

  • Comfortable and balanced ergonomics
  • Cool rifle design

Reasons to Avoid:

  • Reduced performance when firing fast
  • Premium price

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Nerf Ultra Series Overview

The Nerf Ultra series launched in 2019 and currently consists of 14 blasters.

  • Ultra One
  • Ultra Two
  • Ultra Three
  • Ultra Four
  • Ultra Five
  • Ultra Dorado
  • Ultra Pharaoh
  • Ultra Amp
  • Ultra Focus
  • Ultra Scream Machine
  • Ultra Select
  • Ultra One Screamer
  • Ultra Speed
  • Ultra Strike

Here are the have some common features that help define a Nerf Ultra gun.

  1. Design: Guns from the Nerf Ultra series have stylish designs with metallic paint jobs that give them that premium blaster look.
  2. Power: These blasters all fire darts at more than 90 feet per second, and some over 100 FPS, which is well above the speed of an average Nerf gun.
  3. Ammo: Ultra blasters shoot Ultra darts and Ultra AccuStrike darts which are made from a different material than regular elite darts.

Design

The Ultra series was branded as a premium line which is evident in the looks and price tag. Unfortunately, many people feel the higher price tags aren’t warranted because the accuracy is equal to or below that of Nerf Elite.

Another complaint is that only one side of the blaster is painted up nicely. However, to be fair the left side is bound to look a bit worse because that is where the battery tray is generally located.

Nevertheless, this line does feature some impressive blasters that do look sweet, are a lot of fun to use and have some unique styles not seen in other lines of Nerf.

Power

Ultra is as of now the hardest dart shooting line. Standard Nerf elite guns shoot at an average 65-70 FPS, and the Ultra average is above 90 FPS. To put it in comparison, the Hyper and Rival series, shooting small ball ammo, are the only ones that shoot faster at around 100-110 FPS.

The power makes the need for a new dart as the elite darts aren’t really made for that speed. This is where the Ultra dart comes in but unfortunately, their design still needs some work.

Ammo

There are three main darts that are compatible with all Ultra blasters but not any other Nerf gun line. All blasters with magazines are compatible with each other with the exception of the Ultra Speed. It has a unique clip system that was likely designed differently to help it fire super fast.

Nerf Ultra Darts

The original Nerf Ultra darts are black with a orange rounded rubber tip. These darts are less pliable and are made from more of a hard styrofoam compared to the standard elite darts.

To be honest, these are not the best darts Nerf has made, they aren’t great for accuracy and are not super durable.

Nerf Ultra Accustrike Darts

Ultra Accustrike darts were released later and are definitely the better of the two types. They have silver coloring with a flat red rubbery tip. These do fly better and seem to be a bit more durable.

Nerf Ultra Sonic Screamer Darts

The Sonic screamers are basically the same as Ultra darts but they have blue tips and whistles when they are fired.

Final Thoughts

The Nerf Ultra series isn’t the most beloved because the initial retail prices are a bit higher than normal. Lack of accuracy is also an issue that is mostly caused by the design of the darts.

However, I feel the overall looks, style, and power still make these blasters plenty of fun to use.

If there is one that looks right for you that doesn’t include them I recommend getting the newer Nerf Ultra Accustrike darts. They are not only better for accuracy but are a bit more durable as well.

Happy Nerfing!