The Shotgun is the basic weapon for Support Specialists. Due to the pellet spread, it is most effective at short to medium range. It has mediocre damage per pellet, tightest spread and overall slow fire rate while sharing standard 50% pierce efficiency of cartridge loaded shotguns and pistols. It is also one of four weapons to have a flashlight, making it invaluable on darker maps and useful to see behind the smoke emitting from explosions in a hold environment. The Shotgun, along with other primary weapons, may randomly spawn on the ground at the beginning of each wave.
It is less powerful than the Hunting Shotgun, and has a lower rate of fire than Combat shotgun and capacity than AA12, but it has better reload speed than the Hunting shotgun, capacity than Combat shotgun and damage per shot than the AA12. Compared to all shotguns, it has the tightest pellet spread radius, fast reloads and mediocre pierce efficiency.
The Support Specialist perk gives various bonuses and discounts for the Shotgun, and spawns with one at level 5.
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Shotgun uses buckshot type cartridges that spread 7 pellets with each shot with a base damage of 35 per pellet and damage multiplier of 1.5x on headshots. Fire rate is 62 repeats per minute, putting a lengthy 0.97 second delay between shots. Shotgun has the standard pierce efficiency of 50% which can be improved by Support Specialist's per bonuses. At level 6, a Support Specialist only will lose 4% damage per target pierced by shotguns, increasing the efficiency to 96%.
Reloading the shotgun is rather quick with taking only 0.667 second to shove a single cartridge. While this gives a grand advantage of interrupting reload whenever you want, a full stock from empty reached in about a lengthy 5.33 seconds reload sequence. When emptied, you can't to fire shotgun from the hip as you load the first cartridge in as a precaution, either; reload animation should be canceled by going down on iron sights or wait for second shell to be slid in. Commando perk gains bonus for reload time allowing him to shove a single buckshot in the tube as fast as half second.
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. It still takes full price of 20£ to fill an entire tube of standard shotgun.
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.
- The 9mm tactical pistol is stronger and far more accurate for targets at long and even medium range, when aiming for the head. Any heavier pistol such as MK23 and Handcannon or a reliable rifle such as Lever-action rifle can give enough effective distance where shotguns falter.
- 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. Pay attention to the teammates announcing their reloading and receed to reload your shotguns yourself.
- If the first shell does not kill the specimen, it's safer to back up and fire once the Shotgun has been cocked again. 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.
- Shotgun having the tightest spread radius will ensure to wipe clear any weak specimen from medium distance when used on perk. 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. To take advantage of penetration and spread, crouch before firing into a large group of weaker specimens. Withe wide spray, outlier pellets are more likely to pass through more enemies than while standing. More accurate headshots and being on the move required for tougher specimen.
- 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. When shun upon the smoke screen after a grenade barrage or Demolition volleying explosives, flashlight will mitigate the smoke screen and will make figures behind the smoke distinguishable. The flashlight will run out of battery power though, so you should turn it off when it is not needed.
- The Shotgun is ineffective against Fleshpounds and Scrakes at low perk levels, so it is usually better to let your team handle these specimens, and not risk enraging them. On low perk levels, and off perk use for any reason, Shotgun only should be kept for sweeping trash and dropping meat shielding specimen with its tight spread.
- Scrakes can be killed if their head is previously damaged by onperk shotgun by the hands of a level 5-6 Support Specialist to tenderize and follow up with a flinch combo to uppercut them. As long as perk level is high enough and Support possess a flinching tool, they can pull the combo, but given Shotgun's weak trash sweeping capabilities and requiring pre-damage to head, it has a pretty low priority to do so. An uppercut combo against a Scrake with Shotgun tend to get interrupted in a dynamic environment at front lines and cause you to lose ground due to requirement of pre-damage at the head to kill Scrake with clean shots once flinched.
- For Fleshpound, shotgun similarly utilized like any other weaker pellet damage shotgun; after a single shot, a grenade toss follows and another shot required to pin Fleshpound on enrage animation for two more grenade throws at its feet. The resulting chain blast will not instantly kill Fleshpound at high difficulties or at insufficient perk level, so Support player better ready for finishing it after grenades go off and focus on moving away from the explosion.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Powerful, capable of killing multiple weak specimens with one shot;
- Comes with a flashlight;
- Tightest spread among all shotguns;
- Cheap for Support Specialists, and affordable as an off-perk weapon;
- Often found lying around the map;
- Generous ammo reserve;
- Interruptible reload;
- Pierces targets with support specialist perk.
- Inaccurate, especially at longer ranges;
- Pump-action limits rate of fire;
- Weak against big targets;
- Low magazine capacity of only 8;
- Iron sights can obscure vision;
- Relatively long reload;
- Heavy at 8 blocks.
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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