Review of the Nerf Ultra Pharaoh Blaster

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Last updated: October 25, 2020

The Nerf Utra 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 with you my honest opinion.

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 actually looks very promising.

To recap, the Ultra series was introduced in 2019, with the goal 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.

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

3 Reasons to Buy the Nerf Ultra Pharaoh

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

1. True Sniper Experience

Not everyone likes Nerf sniper rifles, but I personally 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 does add to the whole 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 to 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 another subjective factor of course, but I personally 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 well in the arms and shoulder, although it must be said that due to its rather large size, this blaster is not the best choice for smaller 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, rather large, scope on the top of the blaster is kind of pointless. Yes you can of course use it to aim, but it doesn’t magnify your target or anything like that.

Add to that the fact that it’s a bit bulky and you can’t adjust or remove it, 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) just isn’t very realistic. And that’s the issue with the Ultra series, the blasters are a bit over-hyped. And if they hadn’t been so over-hyped, they would have actually been received a lot better.

All that said, I really do like the Ultra Pharaoh a lot, and if you’re on the market for a new Nerf sniper rifle, the Pharaoh is definitely 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)
 
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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