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

Characteristics

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

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)
Build at:
Learn Method:
Learned from plan/recipe
Plan: Gauss shotgun
Perks:
Gauss shotgun (1)

Weapon modifications

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
ModDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changeRequiredComponents
Standard receiverAdhesive x2
Gear x3
Oil x4
Screw x5
Steel x6
Hardened receiver+?Plan: Gauss shotgun hardened receiverAdhesive x6
Aluminum x4
Gear x5
Oil x8
Screw x10
Steel x15
Prime receiver+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
Refined receiver+?+?
+Hip-fire
Plan: Gauss shotgun refined receiverAdhesive x8
Aluminum x6
Gear x10
Oil x8
Screw x10
Steel x12
Vicious receiver+Crit DMG+?
+Hip-fire
Plan: Gauss shotgun vicious receiverAdhesive x8
Aluminum x4
Gear x3
Oil x3
Screw x8
Steel x10

Barrel
ModDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changeRequiredComponents
Standard barrelAdhesive x1
Screw x3
Steel x3
Extended barrel+36+2+0.35Plan: Gauss shotgun extended barrelAdhesive x2
Aluminum x6
Screw x4
Spring x6
Shielded barrel+?Plan: Gauss shotgun shielded barrelAdhesive x9
Aluminum x15
Lead x10
Screw x8

Stock
ModDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changeRequiredComponents
Standard stockAdhesive x3
Aluminum x4
Rubber x1
Screw x4
Spring x2
Aligned stock+6+0.7Science Master 1
Plan: Gauss shotgun aligned stock
Adhesive x4
Aluminum x5
Rubber x7
Screw x6
Spring x6
Forceful stock+Bash+RecoilScience Master 1
Plan: Gauss shotgun forceful stock
Adhesive x8
Aluminum x9
Gear x10
Rubber x2
Screw x8
Spring x10
Precise stock+6+1.2Science Master 1
Plan: Gauss shotgun precise stock
Adhesive x4
Aluminum x5
Gear x6
Rubber x7
Screw x6
Spring x4

Magazine
ModDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changeRequiredComponents
Standard magazine?
Extended magazine++?Plan: Gauss shotgun extended magazine?
Perforating magazine+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

Sights
ModDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changeRequiredComponents
Reflex sight?
Short scope+?Plan: Gauss shotgun short scope?

Paintjob
ModDamage changeFire rate changeRange changeAccuracy changeAmmo capacity changeAP cost changeWeight changeValue changeRequiredComponents
No paint?
Clandestine Service paint?
Camouflage paint?

Locations

  • 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

  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png Firing the Gauss shotgun without charging will reduce the on-hit damage by more than 50%.[verified]
    • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon ps4.png The explosions created by the Gauss shotgun will deal 15% damage regardless of charge.[verified]
  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon 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]
  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon 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]
  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon 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]
  • Icon pc.png Icon xboxone.png Icon 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]

Behind the scenes

Joon Choi concepted the Gauss shotgun, conceptualizing the extended, blunderbuss, and shielded barrels, as well as extended and extra power magazine modifications.

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