A dart with a suction cup head.

A suction cup is a type of dart head. They are found on numerous dart types, including Nerf darts, Buzz Bee darts, Air Zone darts, and more.


When darts with a suction cup head hits a flat surface, such as a window or wall, it may stick for a few seconds. In some cases, well-kept darts can stay up on a surface for minutes on end.

Some blasters, such as the Backlash, have built-in suction cups on them, which help them mount for use.


Suction cups were first used on Nerf dart ammunition in 1992, with the release of the Sharpshooter Dart. A smaller suction cup was introduced with the Micro Dart in 1993.

The Mega Dart and Micro Dart's suction cup became smaller and modified with the release of the AirJet Power series, starting with the 1998 Lightnin' Blitz. Starting around this time, the size of the suction cup would very greatly. The peak length of a Micro Dart suction cup head identified thus far is seen packaged with the Iron Strike Blaster.

The suction cup reverted to its larger form shortly after, and continued to be used until 2012, when the newer Micro Dart variant was discontinued. The suction cup was revived shortly after with the release of the N-Strike Elite Suction Dart and Rebelle Collectible Suction Dart, both of which featuring a smaller type of suction cup, as well as being clip system-compatible.

Various types of arrows also had suction cups on them depending on what blaster they were packaged with, including the Sonic Stinger Bow 'n' Arrow. Some were sold in refill packs.

Many non-Nerf dart brands would see use of their own version of the Micro Dart for many, many years, and would go through various evolutions of their own (such as from Buzz Bee's Micro Dart to the Extreme Dart and XL Distance Dart).

List of ammunition with suction cup heads


Air Zone

Buzz Bee



  • If the user licks the suction cup, the dart may stick on surfaces longer.
  • In the Nerf N-Strike Elite video game, some missiles have suction cup heads.
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