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The Gauss shotgun is a ranged weapon in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wastelanders update.

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

The Gauss shotgun is a powerful shotgun with damage superior to other firearms in its class. Like the Gauss rifle, the Gauss shotgun can be charged to increase the damage of fired rounds. When crafted, Gauss shotguns use legendary modules, becoming legendary weapons with randomly determined effects. Although the Gauss shotgun is listed under "energy guns" when crafted, Gauss shotguns do not count as energy weapons like other Gauss weapons.

Shotgun is a misnomer for the Gauss shotgun, as it has multiple barrels (50 total) that all fire simultaneously, the Gauss shotgun is actually closer to a volley gun than a shotgun.

As with other Wastelanders weapons only available with gold bullion, Gauss shotguns cannot be traded or dropped.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Gauss shotguns are always crafted at the maximum level available to the player character. The weapon will be a one-star, two-star, or three-star legendary weapon with randomly determined effects.

Materials:Requirements:Produces:
Screw (15)
Silver (4)
Spring (4)
Steel (7)
Wood (8)
Range
Weapons workbench
Energy weapons
Level
Gauss shotgun (1)

Weapon modifications[edit | edit source]

Weapon mods can only be crafted if the corresponding plan is known. Mod plans for the Gauss shotgun are bought from Samuel for gold bullion and cannot be learned from scrapping Gauss shotguns.

Receiver
ModDescriptionPrefixDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changePerk(s) requiredComponentsForm ID
Standard receiverStandard.Adhesive x2
Gear x3
Oil x4
Screw x5
Steel x6
0057373B
Hardened receiverReduced durability. Superior damage.Hardened+?Plan: Gauss shotgun hardened receiverAdhesive x6
Aluminum x4
Gear x5
Oil x8
Screw x10
Steel x15
0057373E
Prime receiverSuperior damage. Bonus damage to Scorchbeasts and Scorched.Prime+57Uses ultracite ammoGunsmith 5
Plan: Prime Gauss shotgun receiver
Adhesive x4
Aluminum x2
Gear x6
Oil x5
Pure crimson flux x2
Pure violet flux x2
Screw x6
Steel x17
Ultracite x5
0057373A
Refined receiverInferior durability. Improved accuracy, damage and hip-fire accuracy.Refined+?+?
+Hip-fire
Plan: Gauss shotgun refined receiverAdhesive x8
Aluminum x6
Gear x10
Oil x8
Screw x10
Steel x12
00573740
Vicious receiverReduced durability. Better accuracy. Improved hip-fire accuracy and critical shot damage.Vicious+Crit DMG+?
+Hip-fire
Plan: Gauss shotgun vicious receiverAdhesive x8
Aluminum x4
Gear x3
Oil x3
Screw x8
Steel x10
0057373D

Barrel
ModDescriptionPrefixDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changePerk(s) requiredComponentsForm ID
Standard barrelStandard.Adhesive x1
Screw x3
Steel x3
00589363
Extended barrelBetter accuracy. Superior range.+36+2+0.35Plan: Gauss shotgun extended barrelAdhesive x2
Aluminum x6
Screw x4
Spring x6
00589364
Shielded barrelImproved range.+?Plan: Gauss shotgun shielded barrelAdhesive x9
Aluminum x15
Lead x10
Screw x8
00589369

Stock
ModDescriptionPrefixDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changePerk(s) requiredComponentsForm ID
Standard stockStandard.Adhesive x3
Aluminum x4
Rubber x1
Screw x4
Spring x2
00573732
Aligned stockReduced durability. Better accuracy. Improved recoil and hip-fire accuracy.+6+0.7Science Master 1
Plan: Gauss shotgun aligned stock
Adhesive x4
Aluminum x5
Rubber x7
Screw x6
Spring x6
00573736
Forceful stockSuperior durability. Improved bash damage and recoil.+Bash+RecoilScience Master 1
Plan: Gauss shotgun forceful stock
Adhesive x8
Aluminum x9
Gear x10
Rubber x2
Screw x8
Spring x10
00573738
Precise stockBetter accuracy and durability. Improved bash damage and hip-fire accuracy.+6+1.2Science Master 1
Plan: Gauss shotgun precise stock
Adhesive x4
Aluminum x5
Gear x6
Rubber x7
Screw x6
Spring x4
00573734

Magazine
ModDescriptionPrefixDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changePerk(s) requiredComponentsForm ID
Standard magazineStandard.?00589366
Extended magazineReduced durability. Superior ammo capacity.++?Plan: Gauss shotgun extended magazine?00589365
Perforating magazineInferior durability. Superior armor penetration.+Armor pen.+1.05Plan: Gauss shotgun perforating magazineAdhesive x2
Aluminum x1
Black titanium x4
Circuitry x2
Nuclear material x2
Screw x3
Silver x1
Spring x2
0059561A

Sights
ModDescriptionPrefixDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changePerk(s) requiredComponentsForm ID
Reflex sightStandard.?00589367
Short scopeBetter magnification and accuracy.+?Plan: Gauss shotgun short scope?00589368

Paintjob
ModDescriptionPrefixDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changePerk(s) requiredComponentsForm ID
No paintStandard.?0000000?
Clandestine Service paint?0000000?
Camouflage paint?0000000?

Locations[edit | edit source]

  • The Gauss shotgun can be crafted at a weapons workbench if the corresponding plan is known. The plan can be bought from Samuel for 500 gold bullion with a Settlers reputation of Ally.
  • Once the plan is known, Gauss shotguns may be found as legendary weapons, earned either as quest rewards or from the Purveyor Murmrgh, like other items that require plans to be learned to add them the legendary loot pool. They can never drop from enemies as the game is checking if the enemy that died knows the plan, which is a condition that can never be met.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox OneIcon xboxone.png Playstation 4Icon ps4.png Firing the Gauss shotgun without charging will reduce the on-hit damage by more than 50%.[verified]
    • PCIcon pc.png Xbox OneIcon xboxone.png Playstation 4Icon ps4.png The explosions created by the Gauss shotgun will deal 15% damage regardless of charge.[verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox OneIcon xboxone.png Playstation 4Icon ps4.png If the pellets do not hit the target (e.g. shoot floor or feet), the explosion damage will be 120% instead of 15%. Gauss shotgun is using an effect based on the Gauss rifle, rather than the "shotgun" Explosive legendary effect.[verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox OneIcon xboxone.png Playstation 4Icon ps4.png Charging the Gauss shotgun in VATS and firing may always miss. Charging the Gauss shotgun before entering VATS will never trigger the bug.[patched]
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox OneIcon xboxone.png Playstation 4Icon ps4.png Toggling FOV perspective or ADS while charging the Gauss shotgun may lock the player in ADS. Press the ADS button again or weapon bash to free yourself.[verified]
  • PCIcon pc.png Xbox OneIcon xboxone.png Playstation 4Icon ps4.png CAMP allies can reward the player with an Explosive Gauss shotgun for certain daily quests. The passive explosive effect is overridden by the "shotgun" Explosive legendary effect, and will deal 3% damage. Gauss shotgun lacks the energy weapon keyword.[verified]

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