|X20 Vortex Shotgun|
|TRes||20 to research/ 20 to drop|
|PRes||20 to buy|
|Research Time||30 seconds|
|Damage reduction|| 5m to 15m base damage reduction
At 15m 50% lower damage
|Damage||17 * 10 (11.6/12.4/12.4) per round|
|Fire Rate||1 round per 0.88 seconds|
|Reload Speed||2.35 - 5.5 seconds|
|Requires||Armory, Shotgun Research|
The Shotgun or SG is the specialist close range weapon for all Marines and occupies the Primary Weapon slot. It holds 6 cartridges at any one time and a Marine can carry a maximum of 24 extra cartridges, making for a total ammo pool of 30 rounds. The Shotgun has a weight of 0.14, which is more than the Assault Rifle and same as the Flamethrower. The Shotgun slows down movement speed for Marines just slightly more than the Assault Rifle.
This weapon is extremely lethal at close range and when upgraded, can kill most Aliens in 2-3 shots. Because of the nature of its cartridge ammunition and spread, Marines should attempt to hit the centre-mass of Alien lifeforms (a meat-shot).
Main Article: Damage Types
The Shotgun deals Normal damage meaning that Alien armor will absorb 2 damage for every 1 point of armor.
This image shows on the left side the current shotgun spread, since the spread model has since been reverted. The damage output of both examples is the same.
There are currently 5 variations of the shotgun skin available for use by TSF Marines.
|Info: • Not all variants are available for purchase.
• Skins are purely cosmetic and offer no augmented or additional stats in-game.
|Camouflage variants & availability|
|Normal||Default Armor.||Provided with game.||Comes with the base game.|
|Forge||Black and red with orange highlights.||Can be bought in the Customization Screen in-game.||Released with the Forge Pack DLC as part of the NS2 5 year anniversary update (Build 319), and completed with the Merry Gorgemas! update (Build 336).|
|Kodiak||Green jungle camouflage.||Can be bought in the Customization Screen in-game.||Released with the Kodiak update, and completed with the Merry Gorgemas! update (Build 336).|
|Sandstorm||Black and gold with red highlights||Can be bought in the Customization Screen in-game.||Released with the Catalyst update (Build 324).|
|Tundra||White and blue design.||Can be bought in the Customization Screen in-game.||Released with the Tundra update (Build 285), and completed with the Merry Gorgemas! update (Build 336).|
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