Nerf Rival Kronos XVIII-500 Review

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Last updated: October 25, 2020

The Nerf Rival Kronos is a compact but effective little blaster to add to your collection of Nerf guns. Named after the Greek God of Time, the Kronos will stop the clock with its sweet design.

So let me speed through and give you my top 3 features of this blaster, and why I think this may be the pistol that you have been holding out for from the RIVAL series.

What Is the Nerf Rival Kronos?

The Nerf Rival Kronos XVIII-500 was released in 2018 by Hasbro, and is a spring action blaster. As I mentioned before it’s quite a small and compact pistol within the Rival series which Nerf started releasing back in 2015.

Nerf Rival Kronos in the box

As expected, the Kronos fires only in single-fire mode, with a firing capacity of 5 High-Impact Nerf rounds that are held in a spring-loaded internal magazine.

In the packaging, you will find the blaster and 5 rounds. There are a few color variations available including Red and Blue, as well as special edition Deadpool and Phantom Corps Sets, if you’re looking for a special version.

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3 Top Features of the Nerf Kronos

Here’s my take on the small yet fun Nerf Kronos.

1. Flip and Slide Reloading

The Kronos has a spring-loaded internal magazine with a 5 round capacity. To reload, there are a couple of steps required.

First, locate the little orange access door on the top of the blaster and flip that open. Then you need to slide back the top section of the blaster (which is also how you will prime the blaster, more on that later). This will reveal a little hole to feed the rounds into. Slide it forward back into its original position after loading and then you will be ready to start blasting.

Reloading the Kronos is easy

The dual functionality of this sliding section is pretty clever. At first glance, this is a pretty sleek pistol without much bulk. But when this section slides back it’s a nice surprise to find a decent-sized hole to fill in the rounds without too much mucking around. I know this makes a big difference to people with fat fingers like me.

This also adds another layer of security on top of the flip access door to stop any potential issues with rounds falling out (in case the access door accidentally opens during play). But that satisfying click that the door makes when it closes means that this is also pretty unlikely, and a sign of what a solid design the Kronos is.

2. Smooth Slide to Prime

As mentioned, you need to slide the top section back for reloading but also for priming. This sliding action is very smooth and not too heavy to slide back.

There also are these two cool black fins on either side of the blaster that make it super easy to grip and slide back with your fingers. This is a really clever feature to minimize bulk.

Nerf Rival Kronos with 5 high-impact rounds

A lot of other slide-action blasters have a very chunky sliding section, to make it obvious where you are meant to put your hand to grab and slide. But the downside of this design is that all that extra plastic can make the blaster heavier, harder to holster, and awkward to hold if you have smaller hands.

There is a little priming indicator at the back of the blaster, so when you see the little orange dot you know this baby is primed and ready.

3. Single Fire Is All You Need

The Kronos offers single fire at a whopping 90 feet per second, which I got comfortably close to during my test sessions. For a pistol style blaster, this is quite an impressive speed, even though it is lower than the 100 feet per second standard for a lot of the larger Rival blasters.

Single fire is the only mode available, but the smooth sliding action of the priming handle makes this blaster a dream to prime and pump out those rounds one at a time without fuss. There is also a nifty safety lock on the right-hand side just above the trigger to stop you from misfiring.

NERF Rival Kronos Xviii-500 (Red)
  • Experience the intensity of Nerf rival battles with this spring-action blaster
  • Fires rounds at a velocity of 90 feet per second (27 meters per second)
  • This breech-load blaster holds up to 5 rounds

Final Thoughts

Don’t be fooled by its size, you’re looking at a pocket rocket. The Kronos is a compact and very well designed pistol blaster for the Rival range.

That sliding priming handle is a slick design, and being able to fold your opponents at 90 ft per second with a little pistol is no mean feat. If you are a holster guy, I would even consider getting two, as they are so light and sleek to carry around.

If you’re a fan of the Rival series (like me), be sure to check out my list of best Nerf Rival blasters to see which ones you should consider buying.

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ReviewNerf Rival Kronos XVIII-500
SummaryThe sharp looking Nerf Rival Kronos XVIII-500 is a compact and well designed pistol style blaster with a smooth priming mechanism that offers excellent performance.
AuthorThomas Dunnett
Rating4.6 (out of 5)
 
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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