The shotgun is a powerful weapon for close encounters. Head shots are lethal against Twitchers in most cases when well aimed. It fires 8 shot in a tight, random spread pattern, but the effectiveness of the shotgun decreases when used in longer distances because the shot spreads out more. The reload is also slow and loads individual shells one at a time, but it can be interrupted at any time.
The Shotgun is placed in weapon slot 3, but the player must swap and drop any existing weapon that shares the same weapon slot like the H&K MP5k in order to pick it up.