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It features one tactical rail on the priming slide. However, when the supplied barrel extension is attached to the blaster, there are two additional tactical rails; one on top and one below the barrel. It also has a clip point on the handle of the blaster for use with a strap or another carrying accessories, as well as room for a spare dart in the handle. At the end of the blaster and on the stock attachment area, there is a priming indicator. On the end of the barrel there is also a flip up sight.
The Retaliator is a direct successor to the 2008 N-Strike Recon CS-6. The barrel extension is the exact same as the N-Strike Recon CS-6 and is just recolored in blue, white, and orange for the N-Strike Elite version.
The Retaliator has been released with the following color schemes:
- N-Strike Elite standard (blue, white, and orange)
- N-Strike Elite running change "economy" variant (same plastic colors as the standard version, but sporting considerably fewer paint operations)
- Sonic ICE (clear blue, white, and orange)
- Elite XD version (white, blue, grey, and orange)
The Retaliator, without its accessories, is included in the Rapid Strike Mission Kit, along with two eighteen dart clips and thirty-six darts. The European release of the Rapid Strike Mission Kit features a Retaliator with considerably fewer paint operations than all other releases.
Reloading and firing
To reload the Retaliator, move the priming slide back and press the clip release button to remove any empty clips from the blaster. Load up to twelve Elite Darts into the packaged clip, then load the filled clip into the blaster. Move the priming slide forward to prime the blaster.
Pull the trigger to fire a dart.
- When assembling and disassembling the Retaliator the barrel extension can be extremely hard to remove from the Retaliator's main section in some models. To remove the barrel extension from the body, twist it clockwise until you hear a loud click. After twisting clockwise and hearing the click simply pull the barrel extension away from the body of the Retaliator. To reattach the barrel extension, line up the dips in the Retaliator's barrel and the protrusions in the rear opening of the barrel extender. Once they line up, slide the barrel extension back. Then twist counterclockwise until you hear a loud click and the barrel extension is firmly attached to the Retaliator's main body.
- The Retaliator, Stryfe, the N-Strike Elite Spectre REV-5, the RapidStrike CS-18, the N-Strike Elite Rayven CS-18, and the Demolisher 2-In-1 are currently the only blasters in the N-Strike Elite series to be able to use barrel extensions.
- The standard and "economy" Retaliator variants can be easily told apart from the packaging. The original version depicts an older Nerf model, while the newer version a younger Nerf model. The blaster depicted on the original version's packaging sports prototype colors, whereas later shipments of the "economy" version's packaging depicts a blaster sporting a deco with varying degrees of accuracy to the actual product. However, there is also an interim version depicting a younger Nerf model and prototype colors for the blaster. In addition, the "economy" version is also included in the European release of the Rapid Strike Mission kit.
- The shoulder stock included with the Demolisher 2-In-1 will not fit on the blaster. This is due to the fact that the Demolisher stock does not have space to accommodate the plunger tube, which sticks out, as the plunger mechanism is located at the back of the blaster. The stock attachment point on the Demolisher does not extend to allow room for a plunger, as it is a flywheel blaster. This is a problem for other blasters as well, most likely all blasters with an extended stock attachment point to accommodate the plunger would logically have the same problem.
- For older Nerfers, it should be known that the Retaliator stock will be a little uncomfortable due to short length.
- Some avid Nerfers find that the overhand priming slide negates the intended comfort of the assault grip, since moving one's weak hand back and forth between shots, repeatedly from one location to the other, is highly unergonomic and distracting during intense warplay. To counteract this, several third-party vendors since 2016 have devised underhand pump grip kits which mimic shotgun mechanisms. These allow the weak hand to both support the front of the blaster and prime the blaster for subsequent shots, without having to change position.
|The full image gallery for Retaliator may be viewed at Retaliator/Gallery.|
|N-Strike Elite blasters|
|2012||Hail-Fire • Rampage (Elite XD) • Retaliator (Elite XD) • Stockade (Elite XD)|
|2013||Alpha Trooper CS-12 • Firestrike (Elite XD) • RapidStrike CS-18 (Elite XD) • Rayven CS-18 • Rayven Stinger • Rough Cut 2x4 • Spectre REV-5 • Strongarm (Elite XD) • Stryfe (Elite XD) • Triad EX-3 (Elite XD)|
|2014||Cam ECS-12 • Demolisher 2-In-1 • Rhino-Fire|
|2016||Dual-Strike • HyperFire • PocketStrike • Stratobow|
|Clip system blasters|
|N-Strike||Alpha Trooper CS-18 • Deploy CS-6 • Longshot CS-6 • Longstrike CS-6 • Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 • Rayven CS-18 • Recon CS-6 • Stampede ECS|
|N-Strike Elite||Alpha Trooper CS-6 • Alpha Trooper CS-12 • Cam ECS-12 • CrossBolt • Demolisher 2-In-1 • Hail-Fire • HyperFire • Rampage • Rayven CS-18 • Rayven Stinger • Retaliator • Rhino-Fire • Stryfe|
|N-Strike Modulus||Modulus ECS-10 • Recon MKII • Tri-Strike|
|Other Nerf blasters||Allegiant Blaster • Double-Dealer • Desolator • First Order Stormtrooper Deluxe Blaster • Rapid Red • Slingfire|
|Non-Nerf blasters||Brute • Champion • Sentinel • Snipe|