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Last updated: November 1, 2023
Reviews of the five best Nerf Elite 2.0 blasters, based on performance, overall design, build quality, firing capacity, and price.
The Elite 2.0 series of Nerf guns is the successor to the successful N-Strike Elite series that Nerf started releasing in 2012.
Blasters in the Elite 2.0 series are characterized by a new color scheme, a higher firing capacity, and more tactical rails and attachment points.
In this article, I will explain in more detail what this series is all about, and I will share what I believe are the five best Elite 2.0 guns.
Top 5 Nerf Elite 2.0 Blasters:
|1||Nerf Elite 2.0 Motoblitz CS-10||Price|
|2||Nerf Elite 2.0 Turbine CS-18||Price|
|3||Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-32||Price|
|4||Nerf Elite 2.0 Commander RD-6||Price|
|5||Nerf Elite 2.0 Eaglepoint RD-8||Price|
About Nerf 2.0
First released in 2020, Nerf Elite 2.0 is the successor to the N-Strike Elite series. However, many consider Elite 2.0 a step down from Elite for various reasons, which I will get into.
Almost all blasters in the Elite 2.0 series have a new teal and orange color scheme. Another thing that characterizes Elite 2.0 is that they typically come with extra tactical rails and attachment points, and they also have a higher dart capacity.
These are all promising developments, but in general, Elite 2.0 has so far been a little disappointing.
One of the most notable drawbacks of Elite 2.0 is how the blasters are assembled. Instead of using screws, Elite 2.0 guns are essentially glued together, negatively impacting the overall quality and making repairs and modifications much more challenging.
Another criticism is that the plastic used for the blasters looks and feels more vulnerable, resulting in more defects, such as jam doors and springs breaking off.
That said, some of the later models in the Nerf Elite 2.0 series have proven to be of better quality. Also, while the build quality may have been disappointing, Elite 2.0 blasters are generally quite affordable and may appeal more to a younger generation of Nerf fans.
Elite 2.0 Dart
A new series comes with a new dart!
Well, not really, because the Elite 2.0 Dart is basically the same as the traditional Elite Dart. The only key difference is the primary color scheme, teal and orange.
This also means that all Elite 2.0 Darts are compatible with Elite blasters, and vice versa. That also includes all the sub-series.
So far, two Elite 2.0 sub-series have been released:
Released in 2021, Flipshots blasters offer a flip feature where barrels can be rotated, further increasing the firing capacity.
- Wild Edition:
Released in 2022, Wild Edition blasters feature a very different blue color scheme.
Top 5 Nerf Elite 2.0 Blasters
And now, the fun part! Here is my top five best Nerf Elite 2.0 guns.
1. Nerf Elite 2.0 Motoblitz CS-10
The Elite 2.0 Motoblitz CS-10 is a flywheel-powered, semi-automatic blaster with a 10-dart clip. In addition, it can hold six darts at the front and can all be fired at once.
The Motoblitz is essentially a 2-in-1 blaster with two different ways to fire darts: an air-powered shotgun that fires max 6 darts at once, and a semi-automatic gun that can fire 10 darts via an acceleration trigger.
The air-powered shotgun is quite old-school in that you’ll need to pump up the internal tank with air before you can fire. All darts in the barrel at the front will fire at once, no matter how many are loaded. It’s a bit gimmicky perhaps, but it’s also fun. It also works well, so it gets my tick of approval.
This is my favorite blaster in the Elite 2.0 range, mainly because of those two firing modes, but also because it performs quite well. Another plus is that almost all magazines from the N-Strike range will fit onto the Motoblitz, allowing you to upgrade the firing capacity.
Note that the Motoblitz requires four AA batteries to operate, which are not included in the packaging.
|Nerf Elite 2.0 Motoblitz CS-10|
|Firing capacity:||10 + 6 (22 darts included)|
|Type:||Semi-automatic + shotgun|
2. Nerf Elite 2.0 Turbine CS-18
The Nerf Elite 2.0 Turbine CS-18 is a flywheel-powered, fully automatic blaster with an 18-dart clip. Like with the Motoblitz, you can use other, bigger magazines from the N-Strike range, as most are compatible.
The 18-dart magazine that comes with the Turbine CS-18 does have random dart feeding issues, so it may be wise to use a different magazine if you have one or more in your collection.
Also note that the magazine release is anything but ergonomic and kind of ruins the experience. On a positive note, the blaster as a whole, including the firing mechanism, feels quite smooth and ergonomic.
Despite its drawbacks, I quite like the Turnbine CS-18. It does the job as a fully automatic gun, performs surprisingly well, and looks pretty cool. Note that the Turbine requires four C batteries to operate, which are not included in the packaging.
|Nerf Elite 2.0 Turbine CS-18|
|Firing capacity:||18 (36 darts included)|
3. Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-32
The Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-32 is a spring-powered, lever-action blaster with a 32-round magazine. That magazine is divided into two compartments that can be flipped.
That’s right, the Flip-32 has a unique flip feature, like all blasters in the Flipshots sub-series of Elite 2.0. It’s a pretty cool feature that works surprisingly well and is actually quite functional.
The darts are loaded into the (rotating) barrel system at the front of the blaster. The rotation is activated by pressing a safety release button, allowing you to pull the vertical grip, which rotates the barrel.
This rotating barrel system works incredibly well and doesn’t seem to cause any issues when being put to a stress test. Performance-wise, the Flip-32 falls a bit short compared to other N-Strike and Elite 2.0 guns.
Firing works with a lever-action priming system, and the trigger allows you to fire 1 or 2 darts at once. Overall, the Flip-32 is a super fun and unique blaster to have in your arsenal, but it won’t win you any battles.
|Nerf Elite 2.0 Flipshots Flip-32|
|Firing capacity:||32 (32 darts included)|
4. Nerf Elite 2.0 Commander RD-6
The Nerf Elite 2.0 Commander RD-6 is a compact, revolver-style blaster with a 6-dart magazine, and is included in my list of best Nerf pistols.
The RD-6 can do both single and slam fire with a spring-powered priming handle at the top of the blaster. The drum is fixed into the blaster and can hold 6 darts (with 12 darts included in the packaging).
Overall, the Commander RD-6 is a robust pistol that offers decent performance and ergonomics. Loading, priming, and firing is a smooth process, and the firing velocity of around 70-80 feet per second is pretty decent.
|Nerf Elite 2.0 Commander RD-6|
|Firing capacity:||6 (12 darts included)|
|More info:||Nerf Elite 2.0 Commander RD-6 review|
5. Nerf Elite 2.0 Eaglepoint RD-8
The Nerf Elite 2.0 Eaglepoint RD-8 is a spring-powered, bolt-action blaster with a cylinder that can hold eight darts. The stock at the back can hold an additional eight darts.
The priming handle is screwed onto both sides of the blasters and is very easy and light to pull back. Like the Commander RD-6, the Eaglepoint RD-8 can do single and slam fire.
The Eaglepoint RD-8 is a good purchase for what it is. A good-looking blaster that performs on par with others in the range, it does the job, but it’s also nothing out of the ordinary.
|Nerf Elite 2.0 Eaglepoint RD-8|
|Firing capacity:||8 (16 darts included)|