The Shotgun is a close-range weapon in XCOM: Enemy Unknown.


As with all conventional weapons, the Shotgun is available at the beginning of the game. Supply is unlimited.

Tactical Info[]

▪  The shotgun has a high base critical chance, but extremely limited range
– Tactical Info, XCOM: Enemy Unknown


  • The Shotgun's Critical Damage is incorrectly listed as 6-8 in XCOM: Enemy Within.
  • Due to its reduced accuracy as range increases, it is often preferable to switch to a pistol for pot shots against long distance enemies, or before placing an Assault on Overwatch (unless the Assault is locking down a corridor).
    • By contrast, the shotgun has a higher aim bonus than any other weapon at close ranges, so they may still be preferable for operatives with low aim but high mobility.