Review of the Nerf Ultra Pharaoh Blaster

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Last updated: August 24, 2023

The Nerf Ultra Pharaoh is a magazine-fed, bolt-action, single-fire sniper rifle-style blaster in the Ultra line of blasters.

The well-designed Pharaoh comes with an integrated scope, one tactical rail, a 10-dart clip magazine, and ten Ultra darts.

In this review, I am going to run you through some of the better features of the Pharaoh, and I will share my honest opinion with you.

You can purchase the Nerf Ultra Pharaoh blaster on Amazon.

What Is the Nerf Ultra Pharaoh?

The Nerf Ultra line of blasters certainly hasn’t been the most popular series in Nerf history, but it’s not all bad news. The Pharaoh is one of the latest releases in this range and looks very promising.

To recap, the Ultra series was introduced in 2019 to offer blasters with superior performance and advanced features. One way to achieve that ambitious goal was by using a new dart type, Ultra darts, specifically designed to improve performance. However, the first few blasters in this series, like the Ultra One, were disappointing.

Officially released in October 2020, the Ultra Pharaoh is a sniper rifle blaster. It makes sense that Nerf has now come out with a brand new sniper rifle in the Ultra series, because the Ultra series is all about performance and accuracy.

And that is precisely what one would expect from a sniper rifle blaster. So, can the Pharaoh live up to these high expectations? Let’s find out!

If you’d like to know more about Ultra, read my list of best Ultra Series blasters.

Nerf Ultra Pharaoh Blaster

Top Features of the Pharaoh

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

1. True Sniper Experience

Not everyone likes Nerf sniper rifles, but I do. They’re a niche blaster, not one you would use in a Nerf war, because you simply wouldn’t get very far. But as we all know, that’s not why you would purchase a sniper rifle.

The Nerf Ultra Pharaoh does a really good job creating that true sniper rifle experience. The main reason for this is the solid bolt action you need to execute before firing. This involves pulling the bolt handle up and back, followed by a forward motion, and then lowering it back into position.

The Nerf Ultra Pharaoh is a sniper rifle blaster

That whole process feels super robust and adds to the sniper rifle experience. It’s also a very smooth and intuitive mechanism and doesn’t require much force at all.

Overall, I really do like the Pharaoh as a sniper rifle, so much that it currently holds a prime position in my list of best Nerf sniper rifle blasters.

2. Great Design and Ergonomics

This is, of course, another subjective factor, but I do like how the Nerf Ultra blasters are designed with their recognizable color scheme.

The Nerf Ultra Pharaoh is no different. It has the typical Ultra gold, orange and white colors that work nicely together. But I do know that some might consider that color scheme a bit over-the-top.

What I particularly like about the Pharaoh is the ergonomics and the overall handling of the blaster. As I mentioned above, the Pharaoh is able to create that typical sniper rifle feel, and the priming and firing mechanism is a very smooth affair.

The Pharaoh also sits nicely in the arms and shoulder, although it must be said that due to its relatively large size, this blaster is not the best choice for small children.

3. Excellent Firing Performance

The Pharaoh is not going to shoot as far as 120 feet (or 36 meters) like it is marketed, but you should be able to reach 100 feet if all the stars are aligned.

The firing velocity is perhaps even better, and a velocity of over 100 feet per second is definitely achievable. This is what you would expect from a solid Nerf sniper rifle, and the Pharaoh doesn’t disappoint in that regard.

The Nerf Ultra Pharaoh offers good performance

Note that the large scope on the top of the blaster is kind of pointless. Of course, you can use it to try and aim better, but it doesn’t actually magnify your target or anything like that.

Add to that the fact that this scope is a bit bulky (and you can’t adjust or remove it), and I would argue that the integrated scope isn’t exactly the best part of the Nerf Ultra Pharaoh.

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Final Thoughts

Will Nerf ever be able to turn the Ultra series of blasters into a success? The problem with Ultra is that the blasters have never met the advertised expectations in regards to performance.

The Nerf Ultra Pharaoh is definitely a big step in the right direction. It’s a blaster that feels very robust, performs well as a sniper rifle, and has fantastic looks (although that’s highly subjective).

The advertised firing range of 120 feet (36 meters) isn’t very realistic. And that’s the issue with the Ultra series; the blasters are a bit overhyped. And if they hadn’t been so overhyped, they would have perhaps been received better.

All that said, I really do like the Ultra Pharaoh, and if you’re in the market for a new Nerf sniper rifle, the Pharaoh is certainly a good choice.

Check out my other Nerf Ultra blaster reviews:

Review: Nerf Ultra Pharaoh
Summary: The Nerf Ultra Pharaoh is a well-designed sniper rifle style blaster with a 10-dart magazine. The Pharaoh is a bolt-action blaster and is able to create a true sniper rifle experience with a more than decent firing performance.
Author: Thomas Dunnett
Rating: 4.4 (out of 5)

Nerf Ultra Pharaoh 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.

  1. I loved this review, it was very honest and unbiased, and it touched all the main points and specs I wanted to know about. I’ve seen other reviews that constantly disregard this blaster because the series hasn’t been super great. It was nice to read about the blaster itself, rather than the series as a whole.

    • Thanks Bucky. It’s a pity that the Pharaoh is a bit tainted by the series it is part of, because it’s a pretty awesome blaster. Glad you liked the review!

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