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Best Warzone 2 shotgun

The best Warzone 2 shotgun makes a worthwhile addition to your loadout despite the map’s large size, as you’ll still no doubt find yourself in close combat.

Warzone 2 best shotguns: Equipped operators get ready to drop out of a plane

Looking for the best Warzone 2 shotgun? The short-range weapons might not immediately spring to mind when you think about the sprawling Al Mazrah and its high, long-distance vantage points. Still, you may be surprised about just how well it might serve you. After all, the map is dense with buildings, and you’re likely to run into an opponent tucked into the corner of a room eventually. You will also certainly get more up close and personal once the storm circles close in.

The best shotgun in Warzone 2 is the KV Broadside. With an exceptional rate of fire, this shotgun can decimate foes at close range in the battle royale game. However, we’d certainly recommend running Overkill so you can accompany your shotgun with one of the best Warzone 2 guns – ideally one with a bit more range.

The best Warzone 2 shotguns are:

  • KV Broadside
  • Expedite 12
  • Bryson 800
  • Bryson 890
  • Lockwood 300

KV Broadside

A hip-fire monster, the KV Broadside has exceptional damage output at close range, and with its impressive rate of fire, and tight pellet spread can easily go head-to-head with the best SMGs. Add incendiary rounds to really put it to your opponents. Unlocked via the battle pass.

Best Warzone 2 Expedite 12 loadout: a side view of this semi-auto shotgun in the Gunsmith menu

Expedite 12

Take opponents out with one swift shot with the best Warzone 2 Expedite 12 loadout by closing up the spread of pellets and getting more of them to hit their mark. The Expedite is able to cycle shots much faster than its pump-action brethren and is able to hold more ammunition than the Lockwood. Its consistent, extreme damage up close makes the Expedite the most reliable choice for Warzone 2.

Best Warzone 2 Bryson 800 loadout: a side view of this pump-action shotgun in the Gunsmith menu

Bryson 800

Easily one of the best Warzone 2 shotguns, the Bryson 800 can deal significant damage on close-range contact, and adding the right attachments with the best Warzone 2 Bryson 800 loadout makes the pump-action shotgun even more hard-hitting, concentrating on building a light-weight, high-speed killing machine.

Best Warzone 2 Bryson 890 loadout: side view of the mag-fed pump-action shotgun with no attachments in the Gunsmith menu

Bryson 890

Smaller and more mobile than the Bryson 800, you can still deal significant damage with the 890 while being stealthy and nimble around the Warzone 2 map. The best Warzone 2 Bryson 890 loadout focuses on improving its damage range, as its mobility is already superb.

Best Warzone 2 Lockwood 300 loadout: a lockwood 300 shotgun sits on display

Lockwood 300

The Lockwood 30 can still contend with the other shotguns in this list with the right attachments. Our best Warzone 2 Lockwood 300 loadout focuses on the shotgun’s damage range, so you can more effectively deal damage at a slightly longer range than other shotguns, and making it easier to down opponents on instinct, rather than carefully lining up your shot in the free PC game.

If you still aren’t sold on taking one of the best shotguns into the multiplayer game, then perhaps you should take a look at our best Warzone 2 SMG or best Warzone 2 LMG guides to have alongside your long range weapons. Or, if you’re not planning on running a perk package with Overkill, then go for a classic Warzone 2 assault rifle as your only primary weapon.