If you’re headed to your first Nerf War, members of your team are going to ask what position you play. Not unlike any other sport, there are assigned roles that each player takes on in order to execute a winning strategy. How do you decide?
First, check out our other posts on how to win a Nerf war and an overview of the official rules of a Nerf war to get you up-to-speed on the details of the game. Once you’ve covered the basics, consider the following:
- What positions are available on the team?
- What’s my playing style?
- What equipment do I need for each position?
Each team is composed of at least ten members, but larger organized Nerf wars consist of over twenty players in some instances. Positions are also referred to as soldier types. Each soldier type has their own weapons class and specialization.
The most successful teams have a diverse arrangement of soldiers and specializations. This is why it’s important to ask your team’s leader what positions are available before you select your own specialty, particularly if you would like to participate in regular games with the same team.
Know Your Soldier Types
General Offense. Also known as ‘Run and Guns,’ these players are sprinting into the action, often with high-capacity automatic Nerf blasters and plenty of extra magazines. You need to have an abundance of energy and quick reflexes to play offense in a Nerf war.
Commando. Responsible for heavy assault operations in both defense and offense. They are the leaders of combat operations and have unlimited weapons capabilities. Commandos play with any Nerf blaster, but typically opt for high Nerf dart capacity above all else. Stamina is critical as these players will run and move the most.
Recon/Scout. If slow and steady is more your game, consider a role in recon. Recon is responsible for scouting the other team’s movements and positions. This role will not typically engage the other team alone, but will watch and report back to command. In combat as part of a unit, recon will typically engage the other team in long distance combat as a sniper from a high or hidden vantage point.
Sniper. Snipers lie and wait to take out the other team and often act as recon or a scout. Snipers select Nerf blasters with the longest range, but often with a lower firing rate (not automatic). These blasters tend to have a lower Nerf dart capacity, so coming equipped with a shoulder strap or tactical vest for dart storage is key.
General Defense. Defensive players don’t need to be the fastest, but they do need to bring it with artillery. Apart from a sniper, these positions have the most limited movement because their key objective is to stand their ground. Players in these positions sometimes opt for mounted Nerf blasters and heavy artillery with large magazines for more selective shots.
Medic/Rescuer. The medic is responsible for general team support by reviving fellow soldiers and providing combat support. Medics will typically be part of a unit in defense or offense and need to move quickly to the front and back of the playing field as needed.
How to Choose Your Position
Offensive positions are high-energy, agile, and athletic with high stamina. They also carry high capacity or automatic Nerf blasters with loads of spare Nerf darts and magazines. They need to be able to take aim and hit their target while on the move.
Defensive positions involve less movement and less multitasking. It’s not as chaotic in the back of the playing field as it is in the front. You’ll be dealing with the other team’s offense who snuck through your front lines. While you won’t be running as much, you will have to keep an ear out for the other team’s snipers and recon. That said, quieter (spring-style versus flywheel-style) Nerf blasters work best with a high capacity for stealth attacks.
Strategic support positions (recon, scout, snipers, medics) involve a “big picture” playing style. You need to be able to think about your team’s strategy and apply it as you decide where to move and when. You always need to be on high alert and aware of not just where the other team is, but also where your own is.Once you’ve determined which skillset best fits your playing style, you’ll be able to discuss which role would be best for you with your team leader. For more Nerf war strategies and Nerf gear, check out Ray Squad. Remember to have fun out there and check out our VIP Club for amazing perks for Nerf lovers.