The Sons of the Forest shotgun location is one of the first you can find in the game, but that doesn’t mean you can retrieve the powerful weapon early. Found buried with your teammate in his modest Sons of the Forest grave, the shotgun is indicated by a purple marker on your GPS locator in the very first moments of the game, as you are sent on a search for ‘Team B.’
The Sons of the Forest purple marker in question appears on the north-west corner of the map, on land (the next nearest marker is in the ocean). Head there, and your GPS tracker – which operates as your Sons of the Forest map – will start to beep. In fact, it gets quite distracting, so once you know where you’re going you may want to put your map down using the ‘M’ button. Since you’re heading to a grave though, it’s worth mentioning that you’ll need to have found the Sons of the Forest shovel first, making uncovering the Sons of the Forest shotgun location trickier than it first appears.
How to get the Sons of the Forest shotgun from the purple marker grave
To get the Sons of the Forest shotgun, you will need to collect the shovel and dig up the gravesite at the north-west corner of the map.
As mentioned above, finding the gravesite isn’t too difficult, as it’s marked on your tracker from the moment you pick it up. Unlike some of the other GPS locators, your destination is immediately obvious, marked by a modest wooden cross and a dig site – but therein lies your problem. If you reach this marker before having found the shovel, you won’t be able to retrieve the Sons of the Forest shotgun – or the other items within the grave.
If you do have the shovel, however, simply dig into the ground in front of the wooden cross to uncover the body of your fallen teammate, and acquire not only the GPS locator needed to complete the task, but the new Sons of the Forest shotgun, one of the powerful new Sons of the Forest weapons which will help in your fight against those feral mutants.
Two birds with one stone, then. Well, one shovel. Now, you can continue your story through the cannibal-ridden wilds of Sons of the Forest, but don’t waste too much ammo – as you can imagine, it’s a pretty limited resource out there. There will be some cannibals in the grave’s vicinity, too, so you could always craft up some Sons of the Forest armor before you go, and equip yourself for success in potentially one of the best PC games of the year.