Experience the Intensity
— RIVAL's tagline, as seen on product packaging

RIVAL is a series of Nerf ball blasters that was released in fall of 2015.

It is not available in stores in Australia due to toy safety requirements.[1]


The series is designed for Nerfers ages fourteen and up in mind. The RIVAL series features high performance blasters for "competitive team-based play."[2] Most RIVAL blasters are magazine-fed, however, the Artemis XVII-3000 uses an internal magazine, while the Nemesis MXVII-10K is fed with a hopper. RIVAL blasters also feature a tactical rail very different from the standard tactical rail. Each blaster features a mechanical safety that must be engaged before the blaster's acceleration trigger or firing trigger can be pulled.

All products released under the series are released under two color schemes: red and blue.


The RIVAL series was first announced at the 2015 New York Toy Fair.



Name Year
Apollo-red Apollo XV-700 2015
Zeus Zeus MXV-1200 2015
Atlas red Atlas XVI-1200 2016
KhaosMXVI4000 Khaos MXVI-4000 2016
Artemis-red Artemis XVII-3000 2017
NemesisMXVII10K Nemesis MXVII-10K 2017
RivalHeliosRedBlue Helios XVIII-700 2018
Unknown Hypnos XIX-1200 2019
RivalKronosBlue Kronos XVIII-500 ?


Name Year
Facemask-red Face Mask 2015
NERF-Black-Rival-Tactical-Vest--pTRU1-22879845dt Tactical Vest 2015
Foamround-25 High-Impact Round Refill Pack 2015
Twelveroundmag Twelve round magazine 2015
Battlecase Battle Case 2016
NERF RIVAL Flashlight Grip Accessory Flashlight Grip 2017
Rival walkie talkie FRS Walkie Talkie 2017
Nerf battery pack Rechargeable Battery Pack 2017
NERF RIVAL Red Dot Sight Accessory Red Dot Sight 2017
Tactical blaster strap Tactical Blaster Strap 2017
52205804 Tactical Pouch 2017
52206016 (1) Tactical Vest 2017
Team Red bandana Team Bandana 2017
Blueround box Team Blue Round Refill Pack 2017
Redround box Team Red Round Refill Pack 2017


Phantom Corps

Main article: Phantom Corps

Phantom Corps features non-team based re-released, and some exclusive blasters, that all feature a black and white coloring with the Phantom Corps logo.

To account for having no specific team color, each Phantom Corps blaster comes packaged with two colored attachable lanyards (referred to as "flags"), one colored red and one colored blue. Flags can be attached to any of the blaster's sling mounts, but some users prefer to wear their team flag on their body so it is more visible to their target.


  • Each of the blasters in this series are named after a figure from ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
  • The series of letters that follow each blaster name is Roman numerals that translate to what year the blaster was released (e.g. Apollo XV-700. XV is Roman numerals for "15", and the Apollo was released in 2015). However, "M" seems to be an exception, as it would instead designate the "Motorized" feature.
    • The number in each name also holds a meaning. Every "100" in a blaster's name means one round of ammunition in the magazine capacity. For example: the Khaos MXVI-4000 has a capacity of forty rounds.
  • Surprisingly, certain RIVAL blasters, such as the Zeus and the Nemesis, can shoot Mega Darts.[3][4] The Atlas and the Artemis have the potential to do so but have not been confirmed to be able to fire them.
  • RIVAL blasters are the first series of blasters since Vortex that uses blasters that use torsion springs.[5] However, unlike Vortex blasters, these torsion springs are instead meant for performance.

Official videos


  1. Campbell Simpson (2015-11-10). Australia Won't Get Nerf's Awesome New Rival Blasters
  2. Paul Mindemann (2015-02-14). 2015 Nerf RIVAL Details and New Photo Released | Blaster Labs.
  3. LordDraconical (2017-08-1). "Hack"-ing the Nemesis To Shoot Mega Darts!
  4. LordDraconical (2015-08-23). Can the Nerf Rival Zeus fire Mega Darts? Yes It Can!
  5. The Dart Zone (2015-08-30). Nerf Rival Zeus - Lightning Link, RS390-4735 Swap, Stock Motor Info

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