Warzone 2: Best Shotguns With Loadouts

Blast away your opponents with these versatile powerhouses.

Story Highlights
  • Shotguns are the ideal weapons to use in close-range combat as these powerhouses can inflict some heavy damage.
  • As for right now, there are only four shotguns in Warzone 2.0.
  • The Expedite 12 and Lockwood 300 are considered the best shotguns by most players, but it mainly depends on the loadout and the attachments being used by the player.
  • Some tweaks can give a certain shotgun an upper hand over the other.

The highly anticipated COD Warzone 2.0 has finally released and it’s is no secret that players who like to destroy their opponents with Shotguns in close-range combat will be wondering about which is the best shotgun in COD Warzone 2.0 and what is the best loadout for that shotgun in the game. In this guide, we will be covering just that, so be sure to read it till the end.

Shotguns Overview In Warzone 2

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Expedite 12 and Lockwood 300 [Image credit: eXputer]
Shotguns are versatile powerhouses that can also become man’s best friend in certain scenarios, you are bound to experience these scenarios somewhat repeatedly in COD Warzone 2.0 thus it is best to know which shotguns should you look out for while playing the game and what their best loadout is.

As of right now, there are only 4 Shotguns in the game.

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

When we talk about which is the best shotgun in the game, both Lockwood 300 and Expedite 12 can very easily be labeled “the best” as both are deserving of it depending on the loadout and their attachments. 

However, since there are only four shotguns, it is not easy to draw a proper comparison thus here we will be listing the loadout of all shotguns in the game so you can focus on whichever one strikes your fancy, whether it is Lockwood 300, Expedite 2, or any other.

Best Expedite 12 Loadout

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Expedite 12 [Image Captured by Us]
One of the reasons why we originally wrote the Expedite 12 as one of the best shotguns in the game alongside the Lockwood 300 is because of its overall stats. It has good handling and a high ammo magazine capacity. This weapon should be perfect for players who normally struggle with shotguns.

Now let us list all the attachments that we consider perfect for the Expedite 12.

  • Muzzle: Bryson Choke
  • Stock: Resonance Stock Collapsed
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56
  • Bolt: Expedite L-Bolt
  • Laser: Schlager ULO-66 Laser

Bryson Choke

Unlocking the Bryson Choke can be a tedious task for many players but we’d say is well worth it. Since the shotgun already has good handling and magazine size, the only thing it is lacking in was damage. This attachment will help with just that. 

The Bryson Choke will reduce the spread of the shotgun thus more pellets will be able to hit your enemies at a moderate range if you aim correctly, and it goes without saying that more pellets hitting your enemy will result in more damage.

Resonance Stock Collapsed

The Resonance Stock Collapsed increases your mobility while you have the shotgun equipped, and since shotguns are already a powerhouse. Mobility and massive damage can be a deadly combo.

FTAC Ripper 56

FTAC Ripper 56 increases your hip fire accuracy so you won’t have to aim all the time before firing your shotgun. It is almost as if this attachment and Resonance Stock Collapsed are made for each other because, combining massive damage, increased mobility, and enhanced hip-fire accuracy results in a force to be reckoned with.

Expedite L-Bolt

After reading the name, the first thing you mostly thought was this attachment should be perfect with the Expedite 12 shotgun, and you thought right. The Expedite L-Bolt increases the weapon’s rate of fire and seeing how the weapon already has high mobility and hip-fire accuracy, pairing it with an attachment that enhances fire rate will be the final nail in the coffin of any player unlucky enough to get close to you while you are using this loadout.

Schlager ULO-66 Laser

This attachment will increase your hip-fire accuracy and we personally don’t think there is a more suitable laser attachment for the Expedite 12 rather than the Schlager ULO-66 Laser.

Best Bryson 800 Loadout

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Bryson 800 [Image Captured by eXputer]
As we stated previously, there are only four shotguns in the game right now and with the right attachments, each of these shotguns can gain the upper hand over the other. The loadout we are about to list here can make the Bryson 800 one of the best guns overall for a close-range shootout.

Let us list all the attachments you will need for this weapon.

  • Muzzle: SA Schweigen DX
  • Barrel: 29.5” Rifled Barrel
  • Optic: XTEN Angel-40
  • Guard: Demo X50 Tactical Pump
  • Ammunition: 12 Gouge Explosive

SA Schweigen DX

The SA Schweigen DX slightly increases the damage, range, recoil control, and accuracy of the shotgun, it does decrease the handling and mobility as well but we will be compensating for that with other attachments. Overall, the pros outweigh the cons thus we consider it the best muzzle for the Bryson 800.

29.5” Rifled Barrel

The 29.5” Rifled Barrel is the longest barrel available for the Bryson 800. It enhanced the range and accuracy of the shotgun, making it a viable weapon to use if there is some distance between you and the enemy. It also slightly increases the damage while noticeably decreasing the handling of the weapon but the trade-off is well worth it.

XTEN Angel-40

The XTEN Angel-40 optic fits perfectly with the type of loadout we are going for with the Bryson 800. That is a holographic scope that enhanced precision sight pictures and a target range indicator. It also increases the range and slightly increases the accuracy of the weapon. However, it also slightly decreases the handling of the weapon.

Demo X50 Tactical Pump

The Demo X50 Tactical Pump increases the player’s movement speed while crouched, improves the weapon aiming time, and increases the aim down sight speed. It also slightly increases the fire rate and handling of the weapon while the downsides of this attachment are not noticeable much thus we consider it the best guard to use for the Bryson 800.

Best Bryson 890 Loadout

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Bryson 890 [Image Credit: eXputer]
The Bryson 890 is another shotgun very similar to the Bryson 800 but it still counts as a separate weapon. Here is a list of all the attachments which we would consider perfect for the Bryson 890.

  • Muzzle: SA Schweigen DX
  • Barrel: 21.5” Bryson Shredder
  • Laser: FJX Ultrabeam XR
  • Guard: Lockwood Series II
  • Ammunition: 12 Gauge Explosive

SA Schweigen DX

It is the same muzzle from the Bryson 800 loadout but if you skipped the loadout section for that weapon then let us explain it again here.

This attachment slightly increases the damage, range, recoil control, and accuracy of the shotgun. It also slightly decreases mobility and handling as well but the pros outweigh the cons in the end.

21.5” Bryson Shredder

The 21.5” Bryson Shredder increases the recoil control of the gun thanks to its longer and heavier barrel. It also increases the range and accuracy of the weapon. The only downside is that you would have to sacrifice a bit of mobility and handling but the trade-off is worth it.

FJX Ultrabeam XR

The FJC Ultrabeam XR slightly increases your weapon’s accuracy and handling without a catch. This attachment offers nothing but slight power-ups for your gun and it also lights up the dark with its 1000-lumen flashlight.

Lockwood Series II

This wooden pump improves the weapon’s recoil control and rechambering stability. Players will also experience a noticeable improvement in the gun’s accuracy. The Lockwood Series II will slightly decrease the fire rate and handling however but it is not noticeable.

Best Lockwood 300 Loadout

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Lockwood 300 {Image Captured by Us}

It is time for the final shotgun on this list, the Lockwood 300 is considered the best shotgun by many players but as we said previously, it would mainly depend on your loadout and attachments thus here we will be listing all the attachments which we believe are best for this weapon.

  • Muzzle: XTEN V2.0 Choke
  • Barrel: Matuzek 812 Barrel
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Guard: Buck Pro
  • Mod:  Heist Stock Mod

XTEN V2.0 Choke

The XTEN V2.0 Choke reduces the shotgun’s pellet spread, meaning more concentrated fire on a specific area, it also slightly increases the accuracy, range, and fire rate of the weapon. However, these minor improvements are followed by a slight decrease in handling and recoil control.

Matuzek 812 Barrel

The Matuzek 812 Barrel increases the accuracy and the range of the shotgun, thanks to its long barrel. It does, however, decrease the handling of the weapon but the trade-off is, again, worth it.

VLK LZR 7MW

The VLK LZR 7MW laser improves your aiming speed, it also increases the weapon’s accuracy and handling without any catch thus making it perfect to be used with the Lockwood 300.

Buck Pro

The Buck-Pro Guard reduces the rechamber speed and aiming speed while increasing your crouched movement speed. It also slightly increases the handling while slightly decreasing accuracy and recoil control, however, we have compensated enough of those two stats with other attachments.

Heist Stock Mod

The Heist Stock Mod increases a considerable amount of handling and mobility but it also decreases a considerable amount of accuracy and recoil control. At first glance, you may think that it is not worth the trade-off but if you have been following along with our Lockwood 300 loadout then you will be able to end your enemies in only one shot most of the time.

And you need to be able to move efficiently and quickly close the gap between you and your enemy so you can go in for the killing shot thus we would recommend using the Heist Stock Mod even if it means that you will lose a considerable amount of accuracy and recoil control in the process.

Wrap Up

That concludes our guide on the Best Shotguns in COD Warzone 2.0 and their loadouts. We hope our guide helped you out and the credit for some of these best loadouts goes to Call Of Duty content creators “Hero” and “ItzEpic” from YouTube.

The game is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, and PC through Steam and Battle net. Do let us know what you think about the game in the comment section below.

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Hammad Ijaz


A gamer who does not have a preference and is a fan of pretty much any game genre, whether it's RPG, Turn-Based JRPG, or souls-like. Hammad is writing articles at Exputer now to share his experiences. When he is not doing that, he can be found either playing video games with his friends or looking for Bloodborne PC rumors to rekindle a lost hope.

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