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Best Shotgun in Warzone: a guide to Shotguns in Call Of Duty: Warzone

Learn which are the best Shotguns in the current Warzone meta

Want to know which is the best Shotgun in Warzone Season 5? After recent nerfs, it’s a particularly interesting question. There was a period in the Modern Warfare era when Shotguns utterly dominated building fights in Verdansk. In the Cold War era though, their periods of meta prominence have been shorter-lived. Now in Season 5, however, many of the best close-range SMGs have been repeatedly nerfed. The time for Shotguns may once again be upon us.

The best Shotgun in Warzone

Let’s dive straight in - the Gallo 12 is the best Shotgun in Warzone Season 5. The Gallo has the best effective range among automatic and semi-automatic Shotguns right now. With the high effective-health of armored players in Warzone, you aren’t going to be one-shotting anyone under practical circumstances. So, sustained fire is the key, and the Gallo will have no trouble with that.

Here is the best Shotgun in Warzone:

  • Gallo 12
  • Streetsweeper
  • R9-0
  • Jak-12
  • Origin
  • VLK
  • Hauer
  • Model 680
  • 725

A Gallo 12 in Warzone

Gallo 12 -The best Shotgun in Warzone Season 5

The Gallo’s big advantage is range. Obviously, range is a key limiting factor on Shotguns in general. Shotgun damage falls off hard and fast, so the further out you can deal peak damage the better. The Gallo 12’s damage holds up better at range than the Streetsweeper, Origin, or Jak-12. Plus, it has a tighter hipfire spread, so you’ll hit more pellets per shot.

Of course, the Streetsweeper has a larger magazine, and the Jak-12 and Origin have much faster reloads. Still, you’re going to get more reliable kills with the Gallo, and that outweighs the downsides. That’s why the Gallo 12 is the best Shotgun in Warzone Season 5. Check out our guide to the best Gallo 12 loadout in Warzone for more info.


R9-0

The R9-0’s unique, double-barrel pump design makes it about the closest thing you can get to a one-shot kill with a Shotgun in Warzone. If you catch an enemy off-guard, you can fire two shots extremely quickly, much faster than they can react. There was a time when that made the R9-0 a terror in Warzone, but that time is long gone.

Still, you can near-instantly kill enemies with the R9-0 if you get close enough. If you’re looking for that one-shot playstyle you know from traditional multiplayer modes, this is as close as you will get in Warzone. Just make sure you get close enough to your enemies before you pull the trigger.


A Streetsweeper in Warzone

Streetsweeper

The Streetsweeper is the most spammable shotgun in Warzone. It may lack the range and accuracy of the Gallo, but there’s something to be said for just shooting a whole lot of shells. No other shotgun puts pellets downrange like the Streetsweeper, which will unleash its 18-round magazine about as fast as you can pull the trigger.

The Streetsweeper is arguably the best shotgun for squads purely because of that magazine. It’s highly unlikely that you will wipe a team with the Gallo before running out of ammo, but the Streetsweeper can manage it. If you’re looking to really lay on the trigger, the Streetsweeper is the shotgun for you. Visit our Streetsweeper loadout guide to get the best build.


JAK-12

The Jak-12 is slow and unwieldy, but it really just rips through enemies. Its place as the only full-auto shotgun in Warzone makes it appealing, but unfortunately, the Streetsweeper mostly does the Jak-12’s job better. The Streetsweeper actually fires faster if you have the trigger finger for it, and has a bigger magazine.

Still, there’s something to be said for just holding down the trigger and focusing on movement and aim. If you just want to click and hold, you can still clear rooms with a Jak-12. Plus, that detachable magazine reload is a godsend next to the painful, single-shell speed of the Streetsweeper. If you want to give it a shot, visit our Jak-12 guide for the full loadout.


Origin 12

The Origin unfortunately just doesn’t have much of a role next to the other automatic shotguns. Sure, the detachable magazine is nice next to the glacial reload speeds of the Gallo and Streetsweeper, but the hipfire spread and damage range just lag too far behind. If you do want a quicker reload, you might as well just use a Jak-12. There really just isn’t much of a place for the Origin in Warzone right now.


A VLK in

VLK Rogue

The VLK is sort of stuck in between the Origin and the bottom-tier shotguns. It doesn’t quite have the damage of the Model 680 or the hipfire spread of the Hauer, but it will fire faster than both. You aren’t going to be one-shotting anyone anyways, so you definitely want that faster rate of fire.

Add in the significantly faster reload, and this speedy shotgun is just the better option than the pump-actions. However, it fires slightly slower than the Gallo and Origin, and much slower than the Jak-12 and Streetsweeper. It’s hard to justify the VLK over those alternatives.


Hauer

The Hauer’s advantage over the Model 680 is Black Ops attachments. It can achieve a tighter pellet spread and better mobility than the Modern Warfare pump-action. Its damage profile matches the automatic offerings though, which makes the Hauer a hard sell. Is a tight hipfire spread really an upgrade over a faster rate of fire when you’ll always need two shots to kill anyways? The numbers just don’t add up in favor of pump-action shotguns right now.


A Gold Model 680 in Warzone

Model 680

It pains me to place the Model 680 down here (see the Gold Camo screenshot above) but this gun is just bad for Warzone. Technically you could one-shot an enemy if you hit them in the head with every single pellet, but that’s just never going to happen under practical game conditions. Without one-shot potential, pump shotguns struggle, and the Model 680 is the slowest firing, least forgiving of the bunch. There’s just no stat that can help you justify a Model 680 in Warzone.


725

The 725 brings up some unpleasant memories for those who experienced the early days of Modern Warfare multiplayer. Thankfully, it has never been quite so dominant in Warzone. Really, it has the opposite problem. The 725 just isn’t very good. Mechanically, it’s not a fit for Warzone at all, outside of Solos. You won’t be one-shotting anyone, so you will have to expend both barrels to drop an enemy. Reloading between every kill is going to lose you games. Unless you plan to camp buildings in Solos (and please, please don’t do that), you should avoid the 725.


Warzone Shotgun stats

Below is a full stat table for every Shotgun in Warzone to provide context for our list. These damage numbers assume that every pellet hits, so you’ll often deal less damage per shot than this. That’s why tightening your hipfire spread is so important on Shotguns. You need to hit as many pellets as possible while staying mobile.

NameDamageShots To KillRPMMagReloadADS
Model 680300 | 208 | 208 | 2081-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-37087.09s310ms
R9-0206 | 166 | 166 | 1661-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 2-4280148.81s290ms
725206 | 166 | 166 | 1661-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 2-415422.59s300ms
Origin 12206 | 166| 166 | 1661-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 2-423083.15s300ms
VLK Rogue300 | 208 | 208 | 2081-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 1-313183.20s241ms
JAK-12122 | 122 | 122 | 1221-2 | 2-2 | 2-4 | 3-529582.31s300ms
Haur 77206 | 166 | 166 | 1661-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 2-46654.50s300ms
Gallo SA12206 | 166 | 166 | 1661-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 2-421276.00s300ms
Streetsweeper206 | 166 | 166 | 1661-2 | 1-2 | 1-3 | 2-4300714.1s250ms

That’s all for Shotguns in Warzone! This is certainly a niche weapon class, but they’re fun and powerful when used correctly. If you’re looking for some more conventional weaponry, visit our best loadouts in Warzone guide for a full meta rundown. Or if you need a long-range AR to pair with your Shotgun of choice, check out our guide to the best Assault Rifles in Warzone.

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