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Performance information
Blaster typeSingle fire dart blaster (direct plunger)
Stock ammunition typeElite Darts
Stock capacity12 (clip)
Size26" (66.04cm) long fully assembled
13" (33.02cm) long without accessories
Weight1.5 lb (0.6kg) fully assembled
0.85 lb (0.39kg) (blaster alone)
Release information
SeriesN-Strike Elite
Year released2012
Average retail price24.99 USD
29.99 CAD
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The Retaliator is a Nerf blaster that was released on August 1, 2012 under the N-Strike Elite series.

It comes packaged with a barrel extension, shoulder stock, assault grip, twelve Elite Darts, and a twelve dart clip.


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.

It was re-released in 2014 with improved Elite XD internals and a white, blue, grey, and orange color scheme; this re-release was shown off at the 2014 New York Toy Fair.

Color schemes

The Retaliator has been released with the following color schemes:

Value packs

The Retaliator (sans 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. While holding down the clip release button, load the packaged clip into the blaster. Move the priming slide forward to prime the blaster.

Pull the trigger to fire a dart.

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Nerf N-Strike Elite RETALIATOR

The official Retaliator teaser video.



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The full image gallery for Retaliator may be viewed at Retaliator/Gallery.

N-Strike Elite blasters
2012Hail-FireRampageRetaliator (Elite XD)Stockade
2013Alpha Trooper CS-12FirestrikeRapidStrike CS-18 (Elite XD)
Rayven CS-18Rayven StingerRough Cut 2x4Spectre REV-5
StrongarmStryfeTriad EX-3
2014Cam ECS-12Demolisher 2-In-1Rhino-Fire

Clip system blasters
N-StrikeAlpha Trooper CS-18Deploy CS-6Longshot CS-6Longstrike CS-6
Raider Rapid Fire CS-35Rayven CS-18Recon CS-6Stampede ECS
N-Strike EliteAlpha Trooper CS-12Cam ECS-12CrossBoltDemolisher 2-In-1
Hail-FireRampageRayven CS-18Rayven StingerRetaliator
OtherRapid RedSlingfire

Start a Discussion Discussions about Retaliator

  • Retaliator Priming issue

    5 messages
    • Even if it is the exterior it affects the internals and they could be out of place.
    • It sounds like there could be some molding issues with the slide, or maybe even a minor design flaw. I haven't had this issue yet, but here's...

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