10 Best Shotguns In Cyberpunk 2077 [Expert’s Guide]

Get the 10 best shotguns in Cyberpunk 2077 including the guns from patch 1.5, and 1.6 & blow enemies head with these top CQC weapons.

Among the many instruments of chaos, shotguns show exceptional qualities while fighting enemies in close to mid to close ranges combats. This weapon type becomes an invaluable source of destruction to the players in crowd control situations and escaping intense encounters. Most shotguns in the game have formidable characteristics which can be unlocked on completion of quests, however, the question of which is the best Shotgun in Cyberpunk 2077, including patches 1.5 & 1.6, still goes unanswered. That is why I have listed here 10 shotguns here you should equip & blow the enemies to smithereens.  

Key Takeaways
  • Shotguns in Cyberpunk 2077 are excellent for close-quarters combat.
  • They offer high damage output that can quickly eliminate enemies who are within a short range.
  • If you’re up against groups of enemies, shotguns can be your best friend.
  • The wide spread of their shots can hit multiple targets at once, making them great for crowd control.
  • Shotguns in Cyberpunk 2077 are good for dealing with heavily armored enemies.
  • Using shotguns promotes a more tactical style of gameplay, since shotguns work best at close range, you need to use the environment to your advantage, utilize cover, and close the distance between you and your enemies.

Best Shotguns To Have In Cyberpunk 2077

Here is a brief information about the 10 best CQC shotguns you must get in Cyberpunk 2077:

Serial No.Weapon NameAttacks Per SecondClip Size
1Ba Xing Chong0.874x8 rounds
2The Headsman1.214 rounds
3Guts0.708 rounds
4Bloody Maria1.018 rounds
5The Carnage0.655 rounds
6Mox0.665 rounds
7The Sovereign0.952 rounds
8Techtronika VST-37 Pozhar2.2412 rounds
9DB-4 Igla0.832 rounds
10Crusher1.512 rounds

1. Ba Xing Chong

Ba Xing Chong Smart Shotgun – Unique Missable Iconic Weapon [Image Credit: eXputer]
Shotgun AttributeValue
Attacks Per Second0.87
Clip Size4×8 round(s)
Headshot Damage Multiplier100%
Damage Range27-33
Physical Damage Bonus+19-23
Critical Chance Bonus+19.46%
Critical Damage Bonus+83.40%
Bleeding Chance Bonus+10%
Headshot Damage Multiplier2.11
SMART TypeHomes in on targets with self-guided micro-projectiles

The Ba Xing Chong shotgun is a phenomenal weapon that acquires features like explosive rounds that sets it apart from the rest of the shotguns. Ba Xing Chong has great potential for wreaking havoc among groups of enemies by unleashing powerful explosives. This makes the weapon particularly effective in areas with tight groups of foes and heavy crowds.

Along with this, Ba Xing Chong proves highly useful for exposing enemies hiding behind barricades. It has an unrivaled attribute that allowed the player to lock targets at multiple enemies at the same time this enhances the accuracy of the shots. Ba Xing Chong is a great choice for inflicting immense damage in a single blow.

All these exceptionally destructible qualities make the weapon an invaluable weapon in the arsenal of any cyberpunk warrior. However, Ba Xing Chong does not have any attachment slots and can only be obtained if The Edgerunner Artisan perk is unlocked.

2. The Headsman

The Headsman [Image Credit: eXputer]
Attacks Per Second1.21
Clip Size4 round(s)
Headshot Damage Multiplier1.87%
Damage Range25-30
Chemical Damage Bonus+18-22
Ricochet AbilityBullets can ricochet off surfaces
Weapon TypePOWER Type

The Headsman Shotgun in Cyberpunk 2077 is designed to perform best in close-quarter combats. The weapon stands out due to its remarkable capability to decimate multiple enemies simultaneously. The Headsman has a high pellet count and widespread range with a modifier that increases the range of projectiles from 6 to 16.

It has the ability to disjoint enemies and additionally torments unarmoured opposition which makes The Headsman worthwhile when it comes to defenseless foes. The Headsman Shotgun has a unique feature which is the ricochet mod, this mod makes the pellets bounce off surfaces and strike the enemy from unexpected angles. This feature allows the player to be creative in inflicting damage. For some, The Headsman is unarguably the best shotgun in Cyberpunk 2077. Indeed, one must get their hands on this empowering weapon for domination in night city streets.

3. Guts

GUTS Iconic Shotgun Location [Image Credit: eXputer]
Attacks Per Second0.70
Clip Size8 round(s)
DPS (Max Stats and Level)1,449.9
Damage Range90-110
Ricochet AbilityBullets can ricochet off surfaces
Weapon TypePOWER

In the world of Cyberpunk 2077, Guts shotgun is known for its unique characteristics which include its remarkable resisting power, and capacity to neutralize heavily armed opponents. Guts is an ideal choice for crowd control due to its wide range which guarantees targeting multiple enemies at once. Along with this, the weapon has a high armor-penetrating capacity similar to The Cranage.

This unique feature leaves the opponents defenseless as the weapon is able to attack them even when they are hiding behind walls or barriers, hence, empowering the owner. The Guts is indeed the best choice for those who prefer aggressive play and close-up combat. Perhaps it’s optimum power and piercing capabilities make The Guts one of the best shotguns. According to many players at eXputer, The Guts is ranked the number one choice for V in the night city.

4. Bloody Maria

BLOODY MARIA SHOTGUN [Image Credit: eXputer]
Attacks Per Second1.01
Clip Size8 round(s)
DPS (Max Stats and Level)1521
Damage Range217-266×6
Headshot Damage Multiplier100%
Ricochet AbilityBullets can ricochet off surfaces
Weapon TypePOWER Type

The Bloody Maria shotgun is a new addition & by far the best shotgun in Cyberpunk 2077 1.5 patch. It is a versatile shotgun with highly destructive qualities which has the potential for taking down enemies, inflicting injuries, and putting their strength for a follow-up attack in jeopardy. The Bloody Maria is known to have a high pellet count which guarantees that the enemies within its range are met with a devastating rain of projectiles.

Previously owned by Muamar Reyes, Bloody Maria can be the most formidable shotgun but only if all its qualities are unlocked. The weapon has various options for customization however the shotgun is not easy to get The Bloody Maria but definitely worth it. Despite all the weapon’s exceptional qualities Bloody Maria cannot prove to be useful in a stealth quest because of its noise which will attract unwanted attention. Also, the weapon only allows to add a scope attachment.

5. The Carnage

Carnage Shotgun [Image Credit: eXputer]
Attacks Per Second0.65
Clip Size5 round(s)
DPS VariabilityLow
Headshot Damage Multiplier3.15
Crit Chance Bonus+36.73%
Crit Damage Bonus+157.42%
Physical Damage Bonus+35-43
Bleeding Chance Bonus+10%
Electrical Damage Bonus+35-43
Shock Chance Bonus+10%
Thermal Damage Bonus+35-43
Burn Chance Bonus+10%
Chemical Damage Bonus+35-43
Poison Chance Bonus+10%
Bonus Ricochet Damage+36.73%

The Carnage shotgun has a clear-cut design that imbues a sense of raw power and brutality. It has the exceptional capability to firepower slugs that penetrate through the enemy’s Armor and other barriers leaving the enemy defenseless and vulnerable to attack. The prevalence of The Carnage can be seen among many of the Night City’s gangs which is due to its affordability and low cost.

Perhaps The Carnage’s low cost makes the weapon quite attractive to get but this comes along with some minor setbacks including a slow fire rate and reload speed, along with this it doesn’t provide the option to install a muzzle and scope attachment, however, mods can be installed. The Carnage does not offer a widespread range of fire like some other shotguns but the weapon’s ability to reckon devastating damage in single shots makes it a formidable weapon in The Cyberpunk 2077 world.

6. Mox

The MOX Legendary Shotgun [Image Credit: eXputer]
Attacks Per Second0.66
Clip Size5 round(s)
Damage Range11-14×20
Headshot Damage Multiplier1.02
Thermal Damage Bonus+10-13
Burn Damage Bonus+3%
Ricochet AbilityBullets can ricochet off surfaces
Weapon TypePOWER Type

The Mox shotgun is a variant of Budget Arms carnage in Cyberpunk 2077. The surface of Mox is embedded with many Mox decals. This shotgun has the capacity to be loaded with 5 shotgun shells however each shell has been programmed to have 20 projectiles.

The Mox shotgun can be upgraded with various mods and attachments which enhances its credibility to inflict maximum damage. The weapon has the capability of quickly destroying enemies because of its rapid-fire rate. Mox is indeed a reliable shotgun & best for offensive playstyle players in Cyberpunk 2077.

7. The Sovereign

Sovereign Cyberpunk 2077 Best Iconic Shotgun [Image Credit: eXputer]
Attacks Per Second0.95
Clip Size2 round(s)
Damage Range35-43
Headshot Damage Multiplier0.98
Physical Damage Bonus+25-30
Bonus Ricochet Damage+17.18%
Bleeding Damage Bonus+6%
Weapon TypePOWER Type
Ricochet AbilityBullets can ricochet off surfaces

The sovereign is one of the most desirable shotguns for Cyber Punk mercenaries. The weapon is a variant of the Rostovic DB4 Igla shotgun. The sovereign has a very well-crafted design with a wooden stock which imbues a sense of splendor and dignity. The design contains highly detailed features including carvings and decorative symbols which add to its status.

When it comes to the battlefield, the sovereign does justice to the weapon’s design and name by delivering phenomenal firepower. Each shot unleashed by this shotgun is highly impactful and capable of impairing multiple opponents with downright force.

Players in the Cyberpunk 2077 have versatile playing styles, this shotgun has the option to be customized and upgraded according to befit each player’s playstyle and perform to optimize their performance. This shotgun proves to be highly adaptable on the battlefield with The Sovereign’s enhanced accuracy, rapid rate of fire, and high magazine capacity.

The Sovereign Shotgun similar to the Ba Xing Chong acquires the feature of locking the target on the opponents which enhances accuracy, and each shot strikes exactly where it’s required to. Along with this The Sovereign’s projectiles also have a chance to bounce off surfaces which makes the weapon effective for crowd control. The Sovereign has one extra mod slot available. However, the weapon is made of expensive materials and it’s not easy to get your hands on this shotgun.

8. Techtronika VST-37 Pozhar

Attacks Per Second2.24
Clip Size12 round(s)
Damage Range99-121×5
Headshot Damage Multiplier+100%
Thermal Damage Bonus+70-85
Weapon TypePOWER Type

The Techtronika VST-37 Pozhar has a range of impressive attributes. Its design unleashes a burst of flames with each shot upon the enemy. Techtronika VST-37 Pozhar is renowned for wreaking havoc on the battlefield. The shotgun also has a target-locking system which increases precision and accuracy. Along with this, Techtronika VST-37 Pozhar has different firing modes ranging from semi-automatic to single-shot firing.

Techtronika VST-37 Pozhar is one of the best shotguns in Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.6. Techtronika VST-37 Pozhar also has some variants which include the Pimp, Neon, Military, and Legendary shotguns. Pozhar is a Slavic word that translates to ‘’fire’’. Perhaps this weapon does justice to the weapon’s name and is an invaluable weapon in the arsenal of a cyber warrior.

Cyberpunk 2077 has a wide range of iconic weapons that prove to be most effective in different situations and different combat styles. Thus, each warrior chooses their own number one weapon which greatly depends on their style of playing.

9. DB-4 Igla

DB-4 IGLA Legendary Power Double-Barel Shotgun [Image Credit: eXputer]
TypeDouble-Barrel Shotgun
DPS VariabilityMedium
Attacks Per Second0.83
Headshot Dmg Multiplier1.97
Crit Chance+35%
Crit Damage+150%
Physical Damage+45-55
Bleeding Chance+6%
Electrical Damage+37-46
Shock Chance+10%
Thermal Damage+45-55
Burn Chance+6%
Chemical Damage+45-55
Poison Chance+6%
Clip Size2 round(s)

The DB-4 Igla in Cyberpunk 2077 is a legendary double-barrel shotgun, highly sought by players for its fearsome power and versatile damage capabilities. This devastating weapon can be acquired in a couple of ways. For those who enjoy in-game quests, you can find the Igla in “Gig: Hacking the Hacker”. During this mission, in the office where you’re tasked with uploading malware, keep an eye out for a safe – the DB-4 Igla resides within.

If quests aren’t your thing, you might opt to buy them from in-game shops. Each shop features a unique inventory, and legendary clothes and items like the DB-4 Igla can show up randomly. If it’s not available on your first visit, don’t lose hope. Just exit the shop, use the “Skip Time” function to fast-forward 24 hours, and check the shop again. Repeat this process until the Igla finally graces the shop’s display.

10. Crusher

Crusher – Legendary Rapid Fire Shotgun [Image Credit: eXputer]
TypeDouble-Barrel Shotgun
DPS VariabilityLow
Attacks Per Second1.5
Headshot Dmg Multiplier3.15
Crit Chance+36.75%
Crit Damage+157.5%
Physical Damage+51-62
Bleeding Chance+10%
Electrical Damage+51-62
Shock Chance+10%
Thermal Damage+51-62
Burn Chance+10%
Chemical Damage+51-62
Poison Chance+10%
Bonus Ricochet Dmg+36.73%
Clip Size12 round(s)

The Crusher in Cyberpunk 2077 is an exceptional shotgun from yesteryears, specifically the early 2020s. Its semi-automatic firing mechanism and robust single-handed operation make it an asset in any conflict. Holding a 12-round magazine filled with eight-gauge shells, this classic weapon is a force to be reckoned with. While you can mount a small scope, muzzle attachments are out of the question. Yet, for an additional edge, mods can be installed at the rare rarity level.

Obtaining the Crusher is an adventure in itself. It can be found during the quest “Only Pain,” dropped by a cop. If you’re up for some detective work, the NCPD Scanner Hustles, particularly Hidden Gem #22 and #1 in Badlands East offer the Crusher as a reward. For crafting enthusiasts, the blueprint for this shotgun can be procured during the “Gig: Greed Never Pays,” but be warned, a body check of 10 is required.

Lastly, while fighting in Night City, keep an eye out for enemies like Keegan Kelly from the NCPD or the Spec Ops Soldier from Militech, as they occasionally drop this prized weapon. Remember, the drop is randomized, so persistence is key.

This brings me to the end of the Best Shotgun Cyberpunk 2077 guide where I have listed top-tier weapons that are from patch 1.5 and patch 1.6 as well. For interesting articles, I’d recommend you look at these helpful guides: How To Solve The Breach Hacking Code Matrix In Cyberpunk 2077, How To Access Flying Cars, and Lizzie’s Bar Location & Hidden Weapons.


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