The shotgun is the basic weapon for support specialists. Due to the pellet spread, it is most effective at short to medium range. It is less powerful than the Hunting Shotgun, and has a lower rate of fire and capacity than the AA12, but it has more ammo capacity and reload speed than the hunting shotgun, and damage per shot than the AA12. It is also the only weapon other than the 9mm to have a flashlight, making it invaluable on darker maps. The Shotgun, along with other primary weapons, may randomly spawn on the ground at the beginning of each wave.
The Shotgun has 1.65x headshot multiplier.
The support specialist perk gives various bonuses and discounts for the Shotgun, and spawns with one at level 5.
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Price and ammunition
The base price of the shotgun is £500. This can be reduced at intervals of £50 with the Support Specialist perk, down to £150 at level 6. The cost of ammunition per shell is £2.50, although the 50 pence will not be shown on the price. The total amount of shells held, providing a player is using the Support Specialist perk, is determined by their level; between 48 and 62 total shells, with the number of loaded shells remaining constant at 8. This leaves with ammo costs at £20 per 'mag' and between £120 and £155 for full refill. It is also notable that the Shotgun is one of the few weapons that can be partially reloaded before it can be fired, allowing the player to fire as soon as a shell is loaded.
- If the first shell does not kill the specimen, it's safer to back up and fire once the Shotgun has been cocked again.
- Use the flashlight as a makeshift iron sight. The light gives a good indication of where the center of your screen is and doesn't reduce your movement speed. The flashlight will run out of battery power though, so you should turn it off when it is not needed.
- Using the 9mm tactical pistol is stronger and far more accurate for targets at long and even medium range, when aiming for the head.
- The Shotgun is ineffective against Fleshpounds and Scrakes, so it is usually better to let your team handle these specimens, and not risk enraging them.
- Reloading the Shotgun whenever you have the time is important, since the reload time to completely fill it is fairly long. On later waves, you won't have much time to reload between attacking specimens, so timing your reloads with your teammates is essential.
- To take advantage of penetration and spread, crouch before firing into a large group of weaker specimens. Your shots are more likely to pass through more enemies than while standing.
- Firing at a large group of specimens from a moderate distance is a good way to soften up or kill many of them before they close in.
- Especially on higher difficulty levels, waiting for enemies to close in and line up is a much more efficient use of ammo than picking them off one by one. With practice, you should be able to judge the risk and reward of this technique appropriately.
The shotgun was one of the earliest additions to the Killing Floor mod. The actual shotgun it is based on is the Benelli M3 Super 90, which is a combination pump action and semi-automatic shotgun, with a Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight attachment.
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