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This article is about the stock primary or secondary weapon shared by the Soldier, Pyro, Heavy, and Engineer. For other shotguns, see Shotgun (disambiguation).

The Shotgun is the default secondary weapon for the Soldier, Pyro, and Heavy, and the default primary weapon for the Engineer. It is a pump-action, sawed-off shotgun.

The Shotgun deals high damage at close range. However, its damage falloff at range and low accuracy makes it weak in long-ranged firefights.

The Shotgun's first shell fires at least one pellet straight down the crosshair before "bullet spread" takes effect. When random bullet spread is disabled, the pellets instead spread in a fixed three-by-three grid pattern, with two pellets overlapping in the center of the grid.

Taunting as Pyro with the Shotgun equipped results in the Hadouken kill taunt.

Damage and function times

See also: Damage
Damage and function times
Shot type Hitscan
Damage type Bullet
Ranged or Melee damage? Ranged
Maximum ramp-up 150% 9 / pellet
Base damage 100% 6 / pellet
Maximum fall-off 52.8% 3.168 / pellet
Pellet count 10
Point blank 9-90
Medium range 6-60
Long range 3-32
Pellet spread 30:1
Critical 18 / pellet
Mini-crit 8.1 - 12.2 / pellet
Function times
Attack interval 0.625 s
Reload (first) 1.005 s
1.035 s
0.87 s
0.87 s
Reload (consecutive) 0.51 s
Values are approximate and determined by community testing.


Strange variant

Related achievements

Leaderboard class soldier.png Soldier

Bomb Squaddie
Bomb Squaddie
Destroy 10 sticky bombs with the shotgun in a single life.

For Whom the Shell Trolls
For Whom the Shell Trolls
Bounce an opponent into the air with a rocket and then kill them with the shotgun before they land.
Worth a Thousand Words
Worth a Thousand Words
Provide the enemy with a freezecam of your 21 gun salute.

Leaderboard class pyro.png Pyro

Combined Fire
Combined Fire
Use your shotgun to finish off 20 players you've ignited.
Kill an enemy with a taunt.

Leaderboard class heavy.png Heavy

Kill an enemy with your shotgun while you're out of minigun ammo.

Leaderboard class engineer.png Engineer

Texas Two-Step
Texas Two-Step
Use your shotgun to finish off an enemy recently damaged by your sentry gun.

Update history

June 19, 2008 Patch (Pyro Update)
  • Pyro's Hadouken taunt now kills people it hits.

December 11, 2008 Patch

August 31, 2009 Patch

  • Fixed Pyro's Hadouken killing Scouts that have used Bonk! and are phasing.

December 17, 2009 Patch (WAR! Update)

  • Soldier's Shotgun taunt changed to 3 Volley Salute (previously was the Buff Banner's juggling taunt).

July 8, 2010 Patch (Engineer Update)

  • [Undocumented] The Engineer's Shotgun is now a c_model and shares its animations with the Frontier Justice. Additionally, an alternative Frontier Justice firing animation has been added.

July 9, 2010 Patch

  • Fixed Engineer Shotgun and Pistol not using team skins for the Engineer's arms.

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

  • Every class's Shotgun now reloads at the same speed.

October 6, 2010 Patch

  • Fixed being unable to equip customized shotguns on some classes.

November 19, 2010 Patch

  • Fixed the Shotgun reload animations for the Soldier/Pyro/Heavy looping endlessly.

January 7, 2011 Patch

February 14, 2011 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Nametagged Shotguns now properly use c_model technology.
  • [Undocumented] Fixed Engineer's first-person arms using the wrong bodygroup when having a renamed Shotgun equipped with the Gunslinger.

June 23, 2011 Patch (Über Update)

June 18, 2014 Patch (Love & War Update)

  • Converted the Shotgun models to use the c_models system.

December 22, 2014 Patch (Smissmas 2014)


  • Sometimes the player gets stuck in the reloading animation in world view while playing as a Soldier. This can be fixed by switching weapons.
  • The stock variant of the Shotgun has a different viewmodel position compared to non-stock variants of the weapon.


  • As with most shotguns in the game, the Shotgun is a left-handed model (as shown by the ejection port being visible on the left hand side of the gun), despite all classes holding it right-handed. A right-handed Shotgun has the ejection port on its right side to prevent ejected shells from striking the user.


  • Soldier
  • Pyro
  • Heavy
  • Engineer
  • Other

See also