Review of the Nerf Ultra One Blaster

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Last updated: August 24, 2023

Launched in October 2019 as part of the unique Ultra series, the Nerf Ultra One is a semi-automatic flywheel-powered blaster with a generous 25-dart drum.

The Ultra One fires Ultra Darts, designed and promoted as the farthest-flying Nerf darts ever made. So, with a brand new range of blasters and a new dart type, the expectations for the Ultra One were high.

In this review, I am going to walk through some of the top features of the Ultra One, and I will share with you whether this modern blaster has lived up to these high expectations.

You can purchase the Nerf Ultra One blaster on Amazon.

What Is the Nerf Ultra One Blaster?

The idea behind the new Ultra series was to bring to market a range of blasters with superior performance and advanced features. All blasters in the Ultra series fire with Ultra Darts, a newly designed type of dart that is meant to improve performance.

The blasters in the Ultra series aren’t so much different from blasters in the Elite, Rival, or Mega series. It’s the new Ultra Dart that defines this new Ultra series. An Ultra Dart is thicker than an Elite dart and thinner than a Mega dart, and it’s also noticeably shorter than the other two dart types.

The Ultra One is the first blaster released in the Ultra Series. And with Nerf claiming that the Ultra Dart is the farthest flying Nerf dart ever, and claiming that the Ultra One can fire as far as 120 feet, the expectations for this blaster were super high.

But is it really that good? Read on, as we’re going through the features of this blaster in a bit more detail.

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More Nerf Ultra reviews:
Check out my review of the Nerf Ultra Five, a spring-powered pistol style blaster, and my review of the Nerf Ultra Pharaoh, a sniper rifle style blaster.
Also check out my Nerf Ultra series guide, with a deeper explanation of the Ultra series, including a list of the best blasters in that series.

Top Features of the Ultra One

Here’s my take on the Nerf Ultra One blaster.

1. Great Design

Let’s start with the overall design of the Ultra One. Some may not care, but I do find the looks of a Nerf blaster important. It needs to look cool, or intimidating even.

The Ultra One fits that bill. I think most of us can agree that the gun looks fantastic. And not only that, it’s quite an ergonomic blaster as well. It sits nicely in the hands, and executing the firing mechanism is quite a breeze as well.

The Nerf Ultra One has a great design

The comfortable fixed stock at the back holds eight Ultra Darts (4 on each side), which is useful when battling it out in a Nerf war. There are also two sling attachment points at the back and one sling mount at the front of the blaster.

Also worth pointing out is that the 4x C-type batteries sit in the middle of the blaster, creating a good weight balance when using this blaster in action.

In short, there are certainly no complaints on the design front at all.

2. High-Capacity 25-Dart Drum

The first thing you’ll notice when looking at this blaster is the relatively large, integrated 25-dart drum located towards the front. You’ll need to front-load the Ultra Darts, which is a pretty straightforward process.

The Nerf Ultra One is not compatible with any other dart type. You MUST put Ultra Darts in there, or it won’t work. In fact, the drum has an inbuilt safety mechanism that blocks other dart types.

The Nerf Ultra One is a semi-automatic blaster

Also note that you won’t easily (or ever) find alternative darts from third-party manufacturers that you can use in the Ultra One.

Unlike Elite darts, for example, Ultra Darts have a rather complicated design, and replicating them is going to be challenging.

3. Flywheel Firing Mechanism

The Nerf Ultra One is a semi-automatic flywheel powered blaster and provides a pretty smooth firing mechanism. It’s quite similar to flywheel blasters in other series, so no surprises there.

The claimed firing distance of 120 feet is a bit generous, or should I say, unrealistic. It does shoot far, but to get to 120 feet, you’d need to shoot at an angle under perfect circumstances with a reasonable amount of tailwind.

What’s worse though is the accuracy, which is seriously lacking. So, whilst it’s great to be able to shoot reasonably far, if you can’t shoot somewhat accurately, then the extra distance doesn’t add much value.

Note that this is the Ultra Darts to blame, not so much the actual blaster. But since Ultra Blasters only accept Ultra Darts, we may as well put the blame on the blasters. Weird sentence, but I hope you get my point.

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Final Thoughts

As you may have guessed, the Nerf Ultra One is somewhat disappointing, mainly because it doesn’t perform as well as it perhaps should. The main issue is that Nerf has hyped up this series too much, setting the wrong expectations.

Blasters in the Rival and AccuStrike series, for example, typically perform better. It’s pretty obvious that the new Ultra Dart simply isn’t as good as it was meant to be. And that’s tragic because the Ultra One blaster itself is actually pretty decent.

In short, the Ultra One is a good blaster, but it lacks in performance. And for that reason, if you were planning to buy one, I would recommend the following alternatives:

Review: Nerf Ultra One
Summary: Launched in 2019 as part of the unique Ultra series, the Nerf Ultra One is a semi-automatic flywheel-powered blaster with a 25-dart drum. It’s a comfortable blaster with great looks, but it lacks in performance.
Author: Thomas Dunnett
Rating: 3.8 (out of 5)
 
 

Nerf Ultra One review

 

Thomas Dunnett

I am a big fan of Nerf blasters, home laser tag, and other real-life action games that keep us active, social, and young at heart. With Blaster Central, I am hoping to share that passion with you.

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