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Category:Starfield - Shotguns



Shotguns in Starfield are one of the best weapons to use early game since they deal high damage at close range with very little Combat Skills investment. To get the most damage out of a shotgun you must ensure that all the pellets fired hit the target. The better the accuracy of a shotgun the tighter the spread of pellets will be.

There are a number of Unique Shotguns to collect. Unique Weapons range from; rare, epic, legendary and come with pre-defined Weapon Effects that increase your damage output.

Using the science skill weapon engineering you can modify your Shotguns with the best mods for your playstyle. This will affect the damage, fire rate, magazine capacity, range, mass and accuracy of the weapon. Each gun has a limited number of mod slots to utilise.

Below you will find a list of all the common and unique Shotgun locations in Starfield along with the weapon ID which can be used to add the weapon to your inventory using console commands.

Ballistic Shotguns



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Ballistic Shotguns deal physical damage and ammunition while rarer than other weapons is relatively easy to acquire for most shotguns.

You can increase the damage that Shotguns do by investing skill points into the following Combat Skills: Ballistics, Shotgun Certification, Marksmanship, Rapid Reloading, Armor Penetration, Crippling and Sharpshooting.


Name Image Damage Fire Rate DPS Ammo Mag Capacity Accuracy Range Mass Mod Slots Value Item ID Unique
Boom Boom Shotguns Boom Boom.webp Physical Damage50 60 50 Caseless Shotgun Shell 20 44.1% 24 3.75 3/8 18113 001AC6BB Yes
Breach Shotguns Breach.webp Physical Damage99 10 16.5 15x25 CLL Shotgun Shell 7 55.3% 20 7.3 8 6780 000547A3 -
Brute Force Shotguns Brute Force.webp Physical Damage68 20 22.6 15x25 CLL Shotgun Shell 7 57.1% 20 4.4 5/6 15146 001AC6E0 Yes
Coachman Shotguns Coachman.webp Physical Damage52 47 40.7 Caseless Shotgun Shell 2 38.4% 20 3 7 1650 0026D96B -
Experiment A-7 Shotguns Experiment A-7.webp Physical Damage119 10 19.83 15x25 CLL Shotgun Shell 6 50.6% 20 6.9 3/8 19662 0031F257 Yes
Old Earth Shotgun Shotguns Old Earth Shotgun.webp Physical Damage73 6 7.3 12G Shotgun Shell 6 56.3% 20 3.6 5 2870 00278F74 -
Pacifier Shotguns Pacifier.webp Physical Damage59 20 19.7 15x25 CLL Shotgun Shell 9 45% 20 2.8 6 4590 002953F8 -
Rapidshot Shotguns Breach.webp Physical Damage99 18 29.7 15x25 CLL Shotgun Shell 6 56.9% 24 7.45 6/8 23730 0016CFA Yes
Shotty Shotguns Shotty.webp Physical Damage50 60 50 Caseless Shotgun Shell 12 35.2% 20 3 8 7368 0026D960 -
The Cursed Shotgun Shotguns The Cursed Shotgun.webp Physical Damage73 6 7.3 12G Shotgun Shell 6 67.9% 24 4.8 4/5 10391 001AC6E7 Yes


Particle Beam Shotguns



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Particle Beam Shotguns deal both energy damage and physical damage combined. The advantages of dealing two damage types are that one of them will still be effective against even the most heavily armoured enemies. The disadvantage is that you will need to spread your character build over multiple Combat Skills to deal the maximum amount of damage with Particle Beam Shotguns.

You can increase the damage that Particle Beam, do by investing skill points into the following Combat Skills: Particle Beams, Lasers, Ballistics, Shotgun Certification, Marksmanship, Rapid Reloading, Armor Penetration, Crippling and Sharpshooting.


Name Image Damage Fire Rate DPS Ammo Mag Capacity Accuracy Range Mass Mod Slots Value Item ID Unique
Big Bang Shotguns Big Bang.webp Physical Damage 32 + Energy Damage94 14 29.4 Heavy Particle Fuse 8 54.7% 20 7 7 12870 0026D963 -
Jake's Hangover Cure Shotguns Jake's Hangover Cure.webp Physical Damage 32 + Energy Damage94 14 29.4 Heavy Fuse 8 54.6% 20 7.0 0/7 12870 002BD871 Yes

Particle Electromagnetic



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EM Weapons also known as Electromagnetic weapons deal electromagnetic damage. EM Damage is considered non-lethal and will only knock out targets making it perfect for a pacifist playthrough. EM weapons use standard ammunition.

However, it should be noted that there are very few combat skills that increase EM damage compared to the other damage types in Starfield. Strangely at rank 4 of the Incapacitation Skill its possible to deal 300% additional damage.

You can increase the damage that EM Weapons, do by investing skill points into the following Combat Skills: Incapacitation Skill, Shotgun Certification, Marksmanship, Rapid Reloading, Armor Penetration, Crippling and Sharpshooting.


Name Image Damage Fire Rate DPS Ammo Mag Capacity Accuracy Range Mass Mod Slots Value Item ID Unique
Riot Shotgun Shotguns Riot Shotgun.webp Electromagnetic Damage25 10 19.83 15x25 CLL Shotgun Shell 6 50.6% 20 6.9 7/8 14965 0031F257 Yes

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