Riot Shotgun

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Riot Shotgun

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A shotgun designed for crowd control.
Quality Bonuses +10% Affliction Strength
Attack Speed 1
Ammunition Shotgun Shell
Explosive Slug
Shotgun Rubber Shell
Ammo Capacity 6
Ammo Max Stack 12
Skill Requirements
Skill Requirements
Weapons: 50
Handicap Spread +2.9 (0.1 → 3)
Talent: Weaponsmith
Skill: Weapons: 55
Deconstructor Yield
Minimum Difficulty 30%
Base Price 500 mk
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Identifier shotgun
Categories Weapon
Tags mediumitem, weapon, gun, gunsmith, mountableweapon

The Riot Shotgun is a Handheld Ranged Weapon in Barotrauma.


The Riot Shotgun is a two-handed short-range medium-size firearm. It fires Shotgun Shells and Shotgun Rubber Shells, firing eight pellets spread randomly in a 15° arc; or, alternatively, it fires a single explosive projectile from a Explosive Slug. Shotgun Shells deal larger amounts of damage at close range, where more pellets may hit, but individual pellets deal the same damage at any range.

It can be crafted by a Security Officer with the Weaponsmith talent, or alternatively can be bought on Outposts with a difficulty of at least 30%.


The Riot Shotgun is held with both hands and must be loaded with Shotgun Shells or Explosive Slugs or Shotgun Rubber Shells to be used. As with all weapons and tools, using it is done by holding the Right Mouse Right-click to take aim, then by Left Mouse Left-clicking to shoot/use.

  • It has a single slot for ammunition that can contain up to 6 rounds.
  • Like most two-handed weapons, the Riot Shotgun has a Flashlight slot. The inserted Flashlight automatically turns on whenever the weapon is drawn.
  • It should be noted that the Riot Shotgun has a wide spread even for skilled users. Therefore, in the hands of the unskilled, the spread greatly reduces the weapon's utility outside of point-blank range.
  • It can be stored in the inventory, but not in Storage Containers.

Damage Values

ItemShots Afflictions Armor PenetrationStructure Damage Explosion Range

Explosive Slug
 Bleeding (20)*
 Stun (0.8)*
Explosion (0.7m):
 Burn (60)*
Impact: 20
Explosion (0.7m): 8
0.7 meters

Shotgun Rubber Shell
 Blunt Force Trauma (24)*
 (8 projectiles x 3)
 Stun (2.4)*
 (8 projectiles x 0.3)
Impact: 0

Shotgun Shell
 Gunshot Wound (64)*
 (8 projectiles x 8)
 Bleeding (48)*
 (8 projectiles x 6)
 Stun (0.8)*
 (8 projectiles x 0.1)
Impact: 8

Related Talents

Talent Tree Description

Don't Push It
ID: dontpushit
Security Officer
Tier 2
Unlock recipe: Bandolier, Explosive Slug.

ID: weaponsmith
Security Officer
Tier 2
Weapons you fabricate are of 1 higher quality. Unlock recipe: Riot Shotgun, SMG.


  • The Riot Shotgun used to not be craftable, however in the 0.20 update it was made craftable by a Security Officer as a part of the talent rework.


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