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Shotguns are a type of weapon in Fortnite: Battle Royale. The purpose of these weapons is for short range combat. All Shotguns use Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells.

Functionality

Shotguns fill the role of a short range weapon and are often used for up close engagements, due to their high damage per shot. Shotguns uniquely fire a spread of pellets rather than a single shot. Swapping between two shotguns after firing results in a small cooldown to prevent the player dealing too much damage per second. Shotguns are very weak at longer ranges and oftentimes cannot even hit a player at medium range.

List of Weaponry

Name Image Rarities Ammo Type Description
Pump Shotgun
Common Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells High Damage, Pump Action Shotgun.
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Tactical Shotgun
Common Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells Slow Firing, Full Auto Shotgun.
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Charge Shotgun
Common Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells Shotgun which must be charged to deal full damage.
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Kit's Charge Shotgun
Mythic Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells Charge Shotgun used by the Kit AI.
Combat Shotgun
Rare Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells Longer Ranged Semi Auto Shotgun.
Epic
Legendary
Heavy Shotgun
Epic Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells High Damage Semi Auto Shotgun.
Legendary
Drum Shotgun
Common Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells Fast Firing, Full Auto Shotgun.
Uncommon
Rare
Lever Action Shotgun
Common Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells High Damage, Lever Action Shotgun.
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Dragon's Breath Shotgun
Epic Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells Single Shot Shotgun which can ignite structures.
Legendary
Double Barrel Shotgun
Epic Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells High Damage Shotgun which only holds two rounds.
Legendary
The Dub
Exotic Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells Exotic version of the Double Barrel Shotgun. Knocks player back.
Makeshift Shotgun
Common Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells High Damage, Low Magazine Size Shotgun.
Uncommon
Rare
Primal Shotgun
Uncommon Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells Fast Firing, Full Auto Shotgun.
Rare
Epic
Legendary
Spire Assassin's Primal Shotgun
Mythic Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.png Shells Primal Shotgun used by the Spire Assassin AI.

Strategy Guide

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The risk was calculated... but I'm bad at math.
This section outlines a strategy. Feel free to add tips, tricks and general advice about the topic.


  • Many Shotguns load one shell at a time. This means that if you are careful, you can interrupt your reload in order to shoot at an opponent if you are unable to complete a full reload. Some shotguns load multiple shells at once, such as the Combat Shotgun, meaning the same is applicable but with two shots.
  • The Combat Shotgun is more of a medium ranged weapon than a close ranged one, meaning it should be handled differently to the other shotguns.
  • Though cross-hairs show where the spread will hit, players should still rely on the center of the reticle when aiming, otherwise they risk only getting a partial shot in, thus dealing out sometimes much lower damage.
  • Some shotguns are inaccurate in general, so (this works with all guns) crouch, stay still, and aim down sights to get your maximum accuracy and minimum spread.

Trivia

  • In season prior to Season 5, shotguns, especially the Pump Shotgun, could be swapped quickly without needing to 'pump' the weapon. This allowed for much higher than intended damage per second outputs, and so a delay was added between swapping guns and firing.
    • However, The Dub can still be swapped with another shotgun without having delay, this could be because it is Exotic.