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Shotgun: Semi-Automatic. Fast-firing shotgun with a large magazine. Good for dealing with multiple targets at short range.
— In-Game Description

The Tactical Shotgun is a Shotgun in Fortnite: Battle Royale. It was introduced in Season 0.


The Tactical Shotgun is a fully automatic, short ranged weapon. It fires a string of pellets when shot, which tighten on aiming down sights. The weapon can be fired continuously with no effect on accuracy. At medium range, it suffers due to the spread of pellets failing to connect with a target, and at long ranges it is almost completely ineffective.


Tactical Shotguns fire a spread of pellets. Assuming all pellets land, the weapon will range from dealing 72 Damage per shot to 88 Damage per shot (108-132 damage per second). All Tactical Shotguns use Ammo Shells - Icon - Fortnite.pngShells. The Tactical Shotgun has a headshot multiplier of 1.5x.

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Common Uncommon Rare
DPS: 108 DPS: 114 DPS: 120
Damage: 72 Damage: 76 Damage: 80
Magazine Size: 8 Magazine Size: 8 Magazine Size: 8
Fire Rate: 1.5 Fire Rate: 1.5 Fire Rate: 1.5
Reload Time: 6.3s Reload Time: 6s Reload Time: 5.7s
Structure Damage: 50 Structure Damage: 52 Structure Damage: 55
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Epic Legendary
DPS: 126 DPS: 132
Damage: 84 Damage: 88
Fire Rate: 1.5 Fire Rate: 1.5
Magazine Size: 8 Magazine Size: 8
Reload Time: 5.4s Reload Time: 5.1s
Structure Damage: 75 Structure Damage: 79

The Tactical Shotgun is a hitscan weapon, but fires a spread of 10 pellets when both aiming down sights and hipfiring. Aiming down sights tightens the spread of pellets.


Sound Type Rarity Audio
Pullout Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Shooting Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Reload Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Pickup Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary
Drop Common, Uncommon and Rare
Epic and Legendary


From when the weapon was last available in Chapter 2: Season 5

Rarity Chest Rare













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.

  • The Tactical Shotgun is a great weapon for beginners, as its high firerate compared to other shotguns, and its good damage allows newer players to effectively attack opponents at close ranges.
  • The Epic and Legendary variants of the Tactical Shotgun can deal 84-88 damage to structures(depending on the rarity), and has a high firerate, so it can deal a large amount of damage to structures. It can be used to get inside an opponent's builds without taking time to pull out the harvesting tool, and pulling out the gun again.



Season 3

  • Update v3.30: Tactical Shotgun demoted in rarity. Now Common to Rare. Statistics remain the same.

Season 4

  • Update v4.50: Weapon Adjustments:
    • Tactical Shotgun damage to structures has been reduced by 25%.
    • Headshot Multiplier reduced from 2.5x to 2.25x.

Season 5

  • Update v5.00: Shotgun Pellet Spread patterns will now be more consistent.
    • All Shotguns now have a cooldown between swapping to them.

Season 9

  • Update v9.00: Damage increased from 67/70/74 to 71/75/79.
  • Update v9.40: Added the Epic and Legendary variants of the Tactical Shotgun.

Chapter 2: Season 1

  • Update v11.20: Reduced headshot multiplier from 2.25x to 2x.
    • Low-tier icon received an update, but the same model and design.
    • High-tier icon slightly rotated.

Chapter 2: Season 3

  • Update v13.00: Weapon adjustments:
    • Reduced damage from 71/75/79/83/87 to 68/71/75/79/83.
    • Reduced Headshot Multiplier from x2 to x1.5

Chapter 2: Season 4

Chapter 2: Season 5

  • Update v15.00: Unvaulted the Tactical Shotgun in all rarities.
    • Increased damage from 68/71/75/79/83 to 72/76/80/84/88.

Chapter 2: Season 6

Old Textures


  • When it originally got added, all the variants of the Tactical Shotgun used the same texture, despite two of them being Uncommon and Rare, and one being Epic.
  • The Common, Uncommon and Rare variants appear to be a heavily modded variant of the American Mossberg Maverick 88.
  • The Epic and Legendary variants seems to be based on a modified Italian Benelli M4.
  • The High-Level Tactical Shotgun is one of the few weapons included in Chapter 2: Season 1, to not get a model change although its render was updated.
  • There's a screen on the Low-Level Tactical Shotgun that appears to be playing Snake.
  • It was formerly called the Semi-Auto Shotgun, despite never being Semi-Automatic.
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