Different Types of Nerf Darts Explained (Comparison)

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Last updated: November 30, 2020

Hasbro has produced a ton of Nerf guns and blasters over the years, in various shapes, sizes, and price categories.

There have also been lots of different types of Nerf ammunition produced ever since the very first Nerf gun came out, from simple darts to powerful ball-sized rounds.

In this Nerf darts comparison article, I am going to walk you through the various types of Nerf darts and explain their characteristics. This article will be continuously updated as new darts are being released.

Nerf Darts Comparison Table:
DartYearDimensions
1Sharpshooter Dart19923.6″ x 0.6″
2Mega Dart19933.6″ x 0.6″
3Micro Dart19933.25″ x 0.5″
4Whistler Dart20033.1″ x 0.5″
5Sonic Micro Dart20033.1″ x 0.5″
6N-Strike Micro Dart20033.25″ x 0.5″
7Tagger Micro Dart20043.25″ x 0.5″
8Streamline Dart20062.8″ x 0.4″
9Tagger Micro Whistler Dart20113.25″ x 0.5″
10Elite Dart20122.75″ x 0.5″
11Collectible Dart20132.75″ x 0.5″
12Zombie Strike Dart20132.75″ x 0.5″
13N-Strike Mega Dart20133.65″ x 0.75″
14Suction Dart20142.8″ x 0.4″
15Doomlands Dart20152.75″ x 0.5″
16GlowStrike Dart20162.75″ x 0.5″
17AccuStrike Dart20172.75″ x 0.5″
18AccuStrike Mega Dart20183.65″ x 0.75″
19Ultra Dart20192.45″ x 0.6″
20Fortnite Dart20192.75″ x 0.5″
21Fortnite Mega Dart20193.65″ x 0.75″
22Elite 2.0 Dart20202.75″ x 0.5″

What Is the Best Nerf Dart?

Let’s just get the million dollar question answered first:

What is the best Nerf dart?

The best Nerf dart ever made is the Nerf Accustrike dart. Further below I am going to explain why, so please keep reading.

Do keep in mind though that the below list of darts only contains the real Nerf darts, the ones produced and sold by Hasbro.

There are other dart manufacturers out there, such as Adventure Force, and they sell pretty decent darts that are often cheaper, but for this list I am sticking with Nerf darts.

With that in mind, let’s go through that list of Nerf darts in more detail.

List of Nerf Darts

The different types of darts are listed in chronological order, starting with the very first one ever made, the Sharpshooter Dart.

Note that this list only contains darts, not other types of Nerf ammunition, such as rounds and arrows.

1. Sharpshooter Dart

Introduced in 1992, the Nerf Sharpshooter was the very first Nerf blaster that could fire darts rather than balls. Unsurprisingly, that first dart was called the Sharpshooter dart. The darts came packaged with the blaster and weren’t sold separately. This meant that you had to look after your darts, or otherwise you had to buy a new Sharpshooter blaster.

Sharpshooter Dart
Year:1992
Length:3.6 inches / 9 cm
Diameter:0.6 inches / 1.6 cm

2. Mega Dart

The dart proved to be a successful type of Nerf ammunition, which meant that Nerf continued producing new dart types. The next Nerf dart, released in 1993, was the Mega dart. Also known as Sucker dart, the Mega dart had a suction cup making it stick to windows and walls. The first generation Mega darts had a bright red and black color scheme.

Mega Dart
Year:1993
Length:3.6 inches / 9 cm
Diameter:0.6 inches / 1.6 cm

3. Micro Dart

Micro Dart

The Micro dart was a bit shorter than the Mega dart, and also had a suction cup. It turned out to be one of the most popular darts, and had a longer shelf life than the Mega dart. In 2003, ten years after its first release, the Micro dart was succeeded by the N-Strike Micro dart (see further below).

Micro Dart
Year:1993
Length:3.25 inches / 8.3 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

4. Whistler Dart

Whistler Dart

Released in 2003, the Whistler dart was essentially a Micro dart, but it had a small opening at the front creating a whistle when being fired.

Whistler Dart
Year:2003
Length:3.1 inches / 8 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

5. Sonic Micro Dart

Sonic Micro Dart

Released in the same year as the Whistler dart, the Sonic Micro dart was another version of the Micro dart that also had a small opening in the head creating a whistle. The Sonic Micro was known to be a bit more robust that the Whistler but also less accurate.

Sonic Micro Dart
Year:2003
Length:3.1 inches / 8 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

6. N-Strike Micro Dart

N-Strike Micro Dart

As mentioned, the N-Strike Micro dart was the successor to the popular Micro dart, and was part of the N-Strike series of blasters which was released in the same year. The N-Strike Micro dart still had the suction cup.

N-Strike Micro Dart
Year:2003
Length:3.25 inches / 8.3 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

7. Tagger Micro Dart

Tagger Micro Dart

The Tagger Micro dart, or simply Tagger dart, was released in 2004 as part of the Dart Tag series. They were named Tagger darts because they had a velcro head type, which meant that they would stick to vests and other types of clothing.

Tagger Micro Dart
Year:2004
Length:3.25 inches / 8.3 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

8. Streamline Dart

Streamline Dart

Also known as Clip System darts, Streamline darts were introduced in 2006 under the popular N-Strike series of Nerf blasters. More precisely, the Streamline dart was introduced as the ammunition type for the brand new Longshot CS-6, which was the first Nerf blaster to use a clip.

Streamline Dart
Year:2006
Length:2.8 inches / 7.2 cm
Diameter:0.4 inches / 1.2 cm

9. Tagger Micro Whistler Dart

Tagger Micro Whistler Dart

Released in 2011, the Tagger Micro Whistler dart was a new version of the Tagger Micro dart. This one also had a velcro head type, but was modified such that it made a whistle when fired.

Tagger Micro Whistler Dart
Year:2011
Length:3.25 inches / 8.3 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

10. Elite Dart

Elite Dart

Perhaps the most revolutionary and most influential Nerf dart in history is the well-known Elite dart. Released in 2012 under the brand new N-Strike Elite series, the Elite dart essentially made the Micro dart redundant. The Elite dart was a big step forward in regards to firing range and accuracy.

Check out my review of the N-Strike Elite Disruptor.

Elite Dart
Year:2012
Length:2.75 inches / 7 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

11. Collectible Dart

Collectible Dart

Also known as Rebelle darts, Collectible darts were a type of Elite darts but with their own identifiable color schemes. They were released as part of the Rebelle series of blasters that had a more feminine design.

Collectible Dart
Year:2013
Length:2.75 inches / 7 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

12. Zombie Strike Dart

Zombie Strike Dart

Another type of Elite dart is the Zombie Strike dart, which was first released in 2013 as part of the Zonbie Strike series of Nerf blasters. Zombie Strike darts have a green color, matching the theme of the Zombie Strike series.

Zombie Strike Dart
Year:2013
Length:2.75 inches / 7 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

13. N-Strike Mega Dart

N-Strike Mega Dart

The N-Strike Maga dart, or most commonly referred to as Mega dart, was released in 2013 as part of the brand new N-Strike Mega series. This was a noticeably bigger dart than what we were used to, designed to result in much improved firing ranges. The Mega series proved to be quite a successful series, with quite a few popular blasters.

Check out my review of the N-Strike Mega Megalodon.

N-Strike Mega Dart
Year:2013
Length:3.65 inches / 9.3 cm
Diameter:0.75 inches / 1.9 cm

14. Suction Dart

Suction Dart

The suction cup made a comeback in 2014 with the release of the Suction dart under the N-Strike Elite series. The Suction dart is essentially an Elite dart, but with a suction cup head type. A big improvement compared to the older suction cup dart is that with the Suction dart the head is the same width as the body of the dart.

Suction Dart
Year:2014
Length:2.8 inches / 7.2 cm
Diameter:0.4 inches / 1.2 cm

15. Doomlands Dart

Doomlands Dart

The Doomlands dart was another type of Elite dart, released in 2015 under the Doomlands 2169 series. Blasters in that series are themed after a post-apoctalyptic future set in the year 2169.

Doomlands Dart
Year:2015
Length:2.75 inches / 7 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

16. GlowStrike Dart

GlowStrike Dart

As the name suggests, the GlowStrike dart can actually glow in the dark. Released in 2016 as part of the GlowStrike series, a Star Wars themed range of blasters. The dart itself is similar to the Elite dart and has a white and green color scheme.

GlowStrike Dart
Year:2016
Length:2.75 inches / 7 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

17. AccuStrike Dart

AccuStrike Dart

We’ve arrived at the best Nerf dart ever made! That’s right, the AccuStrike is, in my opinion at least, Nerf’s finest dart. It was released in 2017 under the revolutionary AccuStrike series, a range of blasters with improved accuracy. AccuStrike darts have a unique spiraled tip that causes them to fly in a more horizontal direction. In addition, they also have a differect weight distributin than Elite darts. What’s great is that AccuStrike darts are backwards compatible, which means that blasters using Elite darts can alo fire AccuStrike darts. The negative? They are rather expensive.

AccuStrike Dart
Year:2017
Length:2.75 inches / 7 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

18. AccuStrike Mega Dart

AccuStrike Mega Dart

Unsurprisingly, Nerf also produced a Mega version of the AccuStrike dart, the year after its first release. What is surprising though is that the AccuStrike Mega dart doesn’t actually have that spriralled tip. Instead, it has a completely flat head. Tests have proven that the AccuStrike Mega dart is indeed a lot more accurate than the Mega dart. The drawback is though that the firing range and velocity aren’t as good, probably because of that flat head type design.

AccuStrike Mega Dart
Year:2018
Length:3.65 inches / 9.3 cm
Diameter:0.75 inches / 1.9 cm

19. Ultra Dart

Ultra Dart

The Ultra dart was another attempt by Hasbro to improve the performance of its blasters. This new dart type was released in 2019 under the new Ultra series, a range of blasters that hasn’t yet seen the success that was initially anticipated. Ultra darts have a more streamlined dart head with two tiny holes, and two small fins at the bottom. They have a black and orange color scheme.

Check out my reviews of the Ultra Pharaoh, the Ultra Five, and the Ultra One.

Ultra Dart
Year:2019
Length:2.45 inches / 6.2 cm
Diameter:0.6 inches / 1.5 cm

20. Fortnite Dart

Fortnite Dart

The Fortnite series was created in collaboration with Epic Games to help promote the online game Fortnite. Fortnite darts are basically Elite darts but with a recognizable blue and purple color scheme.

Check out my reviews of the Fortnite BASR-L and the Fortnite SP-L.

Fortnite Dart
Year:2019
Length:2.75 inches / 7 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm

21. Fortnite Mega Dart

Fortnite Mega Dart

As the name suggests, the Fortnite Mega dart is a Mega version of the Fortnite dart, and it has an orange and purple color scheme. Blasters that use Mega darts can also use Fortnite Mega darts, and vice versa.

Fortnite Mega Dart
Year:2019
Length:3.65 inches / 9.3 cm
Diameter:0.75 inches / 1.9 cm

22. Elite 2.0 Dart

Elite 2.0 Dart

The Elite 2.0 dart is the successor to the Elite dart, and was released in 2020 as part of the Elite 2.0 series of blasters. They are available in two color schemes, one with a blue/teal body and orange head, and the other with an orange body and a blue/teal head.

Check out my review of the Elite 2.0 Commander RD-6.

Elite 2.0 Dart
Year:2020
Length:2.75 inches / 7 cm
Diameter:0.5 inches / 1.3 cm
 
Thomas Dunnett

I'm a huge fan of Nerf blasters, home laser tag, and other real-life action games that keep us active, social and young at heart.

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