|| £750 (£562)
|| 10 blocks
|| 2 44 (46)
|| £15 – £345
“A double barreled shotgun used by big game hunters. It fires two slugs simultaneously and can bring down even the largest targets, quickly.” —Trader description
The Hunting shotgun is the tier 2 weapon available for the Support specialist. It is a double-barreled shotgun that fires its two shells at an extremely fast rate and can deal a large spike of damage to any specimen. The alt-fire shoots both barrels at once for one powerful shot by using the alt-fire (mouse 3 default). With one shot, it can kill multiple Clots (which earns the achievement, Careful Spender) and in two shots (or one, on higher ranks) it can explode a Bloat. Its major downfall is that only two shells can be loaded at once, and both shells must be fired before it can be reloaded. Compared to the Shotgun, the Hunting shotgun has a huge spread, so a close-range attack is required for maximum damage.
The Hunting shotgun, like all special weapons, is never randomly spawned on the map by the game. Hunting shotgun has 1.65x of headshot multiplier.
The Support specialist perk gets a discount on the Hunting shotgun from the Trader, and spawns with the Hunting shotgun at level 6.
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|| Damage per shell
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- Alt-fire shoots 20 pellets (both barrels are fired at once), while primary-fire shoots 10 pellets (one barrel is fired). Before the major balance patch, primary-fire shot 6 pellets, and as a result, alt-fire was the "primary" fire.
- It's best to get close to a strong specimen (Scrake or Fleshpound preferably) and hit the alt-fire. Be ready to backpedal for a second shot. If done correctly, they will usually die in 2-3 blasts. To kill them much quicker it's advised to combine the double shotgun blast with hand grenades or Machete. See extermination tactics of the specified specimen.
- Move in a strategic way to bunch up a group of specimens and once you have clumped enough specimens together, attack the group with the alt-fire. Its wide spread can be a great advantage for killing a large group at point-blank range.
- Avoid using it as your primary weapon. The Hunting shotgun has an extremely slow reload and is most useful for large spikes of damage against powerful specimens. In addition, ammo for it is £15 for 2 shells, costly to refill, and can be fairly expensive for constant use.
- With the major balance patch, the cost for two shells has been reduced to £15, and the starting ammo has been reduced. As a result, the tactic for selling then buying hunting shotgun is now ineffective.
- The lever-action rifle (or others, though the rifle is arguably one of the better choices) can complement the hunting shotgun: the rifle allows the Support Specialist to remain productive at mid-ranges (precision is necessary, however) and eliminate weak single specimens quickly, while the hunting shotgun will effectively repel closer, more dangerous threats. Use your normal shotgun to pierce multiple trash specimens to manage ammo. As an added plus, the rifle and its ammo are some of the cheapest in the game. It is a good idea to obtain the shotgun first, then the rifle, as the basic pistol can suffice in the first few waves.
Advantages and disadvantages
- Extremely powerful for burst damage;
- Fast single fire-rate;
- High penetration;
- Can be used for speedkills, crouch uppercut or jumpshots deals damage spikes to big specimens, since its pellets pierce multiple hitboxes (head hitbox and body hitbox);
- Large spread, can wipe multiple small specimens per shot;
- High pellet count per shot;
- Has the ability to fire both shells simultaneously;
- Ammo boxes give 10 shells, saves £75;
- Won't usually run out of ammo if used for its spike damage only.
- Long reload, in-case you fail to finish a big specimen you'll take its retaliation if there's no one to tank it;
- Both shells must be spent before reloading;
- Ineffective at medium/long range;
- Somewhat expensive ammo at £15 for two shots.
- Very Heavy
Bugs and exploits
- As of the 1035th update, the alternative firing mode could continue shooting and dealing damage even if the user had no ammo left. Using primary fire made the gun unusable as it should be. Dropping it and picking it up again would make it functional as it was before. This was fixed in a mandatory update to version 1037.
- The hunting shotgun's reload animation could be "cut" to make animation finish, by tapping the bound reload button ("r" by default) quickly. This does not increase actual reload speed, only the animation will cut, allowing player only to aim during reload time. (Works for the alternate fire)