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Bend the Rules of Battle
— Vortex's tagline, as seen on updated packaging

Vortex is a series of Nerf disc blasters that was released on September 10, 2011.


The Vortex series advertises itself as having "never-before-seen XLR Disc technology", giving these blasters "progressive styles, enhanced performance, and unparalleled Nerf power".

Overall, these blasters have a huge sixty foot stock range compared to N-Strike's advertised thirty-five foot stock range. However, the extreme range is countered by the discs' decreased flight speed after fifteen to twenty feet, making them much easier to evade. In addition, the entire line of blasters makes the assumption that the blaster is completely and steadily upright otherwise the discs curve left or right and have much less range.

Despite accuracy problems with the discs, Vortex blasters remain potentially efficient. The key to hitting targets consists mostly of ricocheting off walls and other obstacles, a feature which may be useful for those who use the maximum potential of their environments.


The Vortex series was first released in Australia.[citation needed]

Some stores accidentally released Vortex blasters before the official 9/10/11 release date. Hasbro, instead of trying to cover up the leak, embraced it, and simply dropped the release date idea from most advertisements.

The entire line of disc blasters and the XLR Discs themselves ceased production in late 2015.[citation needed] Multiple attempts to petition to bring back the series were made by fans; the series was announced to make a return in fall of 2018 on May 2 of the same year.[1]

Vortex products


Name Year
Nitronnew.jpg Nitron 2011
Praxisnew.jpg Praxis 2011
Protonnew.png Proton 2011
Vigilonnew.jpg Vigilon 2011
Pyragon.jpg Pyragon 2012
Revonix360edit.jpg Revonix360 2013


Name Year
Vortextechkit.jpg Vortex Tech Kit 2011
XLR10.jpg XLR Disc Refill Pack 2011
Vortex Ammo belt kit.jpg Ammo Belt Kit 2012
XLRDisc Glowbox.jpg Glow-In-The-Dark Disc Refill Pack 2012
Fireflytechkit.jpg Firefly Tech Kit 2013

Blaster sets

Name Year
Proton2Pack.jpg Proton 2-Pack ?
PraxisVigilonTwinPack.jpg Vigilon & Praxis Set ?


Light It Up

Main article: Light It Up

The Light It Up sub-series is part of both the Vortex series and the N-Strike series. The Lumitron was released under this series and featured the use of glow-in-the-dark discs.

Multishot Madness

Main article: Multishot Madness

The Multishot Madness sub-series is part of both the Vortex series and the N-Strike Elite series. The Diatron was released under this series and featured the ability to fire two discs at once.

Sonic Series

Main article: Sonic Series

The Sonic Series sub-series features blasters made with translucent green plastic that allows users to see the internals of the blaster. Originally an N-Strike only series, three Vortex blasters were re-released as Sonic blasters in 2012.

Vortex VTX

Main article: Vortex VTX

The Vortex VTX sub-series features re-released blasters with a new blue and green color scheme. This sub-series marks the return of the Vortex series after three years of being discontinued.


  • The series, with its green and orange "cyber camo" color scheme, has the appearance of alien technology; this is believed to be in contrast to N-Strike's modern look.
  • The blasters are drastically thicker than N-Strike blasters due to the nature of disc launching. This bulkiness makes them less effective for stealth and casual carrying.
  • The Pyragon seems to be the most powerful blaster in the line, likely because it has a stronger torsion spring. Discs fired from this blaster travel faster and further.
  • It is believed that the Fusefire, Ripshot and Ricochet were intended to be 2014 Vortex blasters, but were rebranded under the Zombie Strike series due to declining Vortex sales. Evidence suggesting this is the fact that all three blaster molds resemble the Vortex line aesthetically, and bear nothing in common with Zombie Strike. In addition, the names imprinted on the blasters have faint rectangular outlines indicating the molds were likely modified.


Official videos


  1. BlasterHub logo.png BuffdaddyNerf (2018-05-02). Nerf News – Official VORTEX VTX Press Release! (Article). Blaster Hub. Archived from the original on 2018-08-14. Retrieved on 2018-05-02.