Nerf Rayven CS-18 Review | Dart Strike

Nerf Rayven CS-18

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  • Series: Nerf N Strike
  • Capacity: 18 Darts
  • Range: 30-35 Feet
  • Year Released: 2012

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Nerf Rayven CS-18 Review

The Nerf Rayven CS-18 is a semi automatic clip system blaster, and it’s the first gun to be released in the Light it Up N-Strike line.

In terms of pure fun, the Rayven is one of the best blasters that Nerf has ever made, thanks to the new glow in the dark darts (they’re WAY better than the old glow in the dark darts that came with the Firefly). The glow in the dark system works amazingly well, thanks to the brand new Firefly Tech Clip.

The Firefly Tech Clip uses a built in LED light to charge the darts so they glow in the dark when fired, and the effect is awesome. In pure darkness, the darts look like little green lasers. I love it. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen from a Nerf gun.

How to Load the Nerf Rayven

The Rayven uses an 18-dart clip system, so loading the blaster will be instantly familiar to you if you own other Nerf clip system guns like the Stampede, Deploy, or Recon.

If you haven’t used a clip system Nerf blaster before, it’s very simple. Just release the clip by pushing a small release switch on the side of the blaster, load it up with 18 darts, and pop it back in.

This Nerf gun is compatible with all N-Strike clips and drums.

How to Shoot the Nerf Rayven

Like the Barricade and Nitron, the Rayven makes use of a flywheel system for shooting the darts. This is how it works:

To activate the flywheel, you have to pull the acceleration trigger near the trigger handle. While keeping the activation trigger pressed, pull the trigger to fire a dart. This is a semi-automatic blaster, so it will shoot a dart as quickly as you can pull the trigger.


The Rayven requires seven AA batteries to be used to its full potential. Four batteries are required to shoot the blaster, and three batteries are required to activate the LED lights in the clip.

How Far Does the Rayven Shoot?

In my testing, the Rayven consistently fired darts between 30-35 feet.

Is the Rayven Good For Kids?

It depends on how old they are. Kids under 8 years old may not have the coordination or hand strength to hold down the  acceleration trigger with one finger while they fire with the other, but for older kids this shouldn’t be a problem at all.


The Rayven has two tactical rails, one on the top and one on the right side. These rails are compatible with all N-Strike accessories. There is also space for a barrel adjustment on the front of the barrel.


nerf rayven packaging

Where to Buy the Nerf Rayven

You can buy the Raven online at Amazon, Target, and Walmart.


The Nerf Ravyen CS-18 is one of the most fun blasters on the market. With semi-automatic firing and an awesome glow in the dark dart system, it would make a great addition to anyone’s Nerf collection.

Disclosure: Nerf provided me with a complimentary Rayven, but it did not influence my review in any way.

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