The shotgun is a ranged weapon that fires the 'Shells 'n' Slugs' ammunition type. It is best used for dealing high burst damage at close range. The shots are now uniform in their spread; additionally, shotguns cannot be swapped on the fly to avoid the shot timer between shots.
Shotguns have high power, but a very low rate of fire. Intended to be used in close-quarters combat, players should attempt to land headshots in order to end fights as quickly as possible.
Though crosshairs show where the spread will hit, players should still rely on the center of the reticule when aiming, otherwise they risk only getting a partial shot in, thus dealing out sometimes much lower damage.
Though most weapons benefit from aiming down sights, the shotgun is meant for more quick, haphazard play.