Chain shotgun

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Chain shotgun

Chain shotgun

"A magazine-fed fully automatic shotgun. It is even shorter-ranged than a typical shotgun, but is extraordinarily dangerous due to burst fire."

Base Stats

Type
EquipmentWeapons
Tech Level
Industrial
Class
Industrial
Market Value
405 Silver
Mass
4.5 kg

Ranged Combat

Mode
Burst
Damage
18 dmg (Bullet)
Armor penetration
14%
Warm-Up
72 ticks (1.2 secs)
Cooldown
81 ticks (1.35 secs)
Range
12.9 tile(s)
Accuracy
57% - 64% - 55% - 45%
Avg. accuracy
59.7%
Velocity
55 (m/s)
Burst Count
3 (per burst)
Burst Ticks
10 ticks (0.17 secs)
(360 RPM )
DPS
18.73 (11.18)
Stopping power
3.0

Melee Combat

Melee Attack 1
Stock
9 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 2 
Barrel
9 dmg (Blunt)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Attack 3 
Barrel
9 dmg (Poke)
2.0 seconds cooldown
13% armor penetration
Melee Average DPS
4.5
Melee Average AP
13%

Creation

Crafted At
Machining table
Required Research
Gas operation
Skill Required
Crafting 6
Work To Make
31,000 ticks (8.61 mins)
Resources to make
Steel 70 + Component 5
Technical
weaponTags
Gun, IndustrialGunAdvanced
thingSetMakerTags
RewardStandardQualitySuper


The chain shotgun is a very short range, multi-shot weapon which fires 3-shot bursts which deal fairly high damage individually (X3); a slightly shorter delay between each shot; a moderate time between bursts; slightly lower overall accuracy and slightly heavier weight.

Acquisition

Chain shotguns can also be crafted at a machining table once the Gas Operation research has been completed; from Steel 70 Steel, Component 5 Componentss and 31,000 ticks (8.61 mins) of work. A crafting skill of at least 6 is required.

Chain shotguns can be purchased from outlander and orbital combat suppliers, outlaner settlements, or obtained from the following raider kinds:

Raider Kind Chance Average Quality Health
Mercenary Gunner 12.36% Normal 70-320%
Ancient Soldier 11.05% Normal 100%

Analysis

The chain shotgun is the strongest firearm in the game, barring the minigun, but is limited by range.

It fires a 3-shot burst, with each bullet as strong as a pump shotgun, but with significantly higher firerate. Raw damage output is amazing, only being surpassed by the minigun (before accuracy) and the single-use triple rocket launcher. In addition, the chain shotgun can stagger pawns as large as a centipede. While each burst is inaccurate, stray shots can occasionally hit surrounding targets, making it a good crowd-control weapon.

The obvious drawback compared to other weapons at its price level, like the assault rifle, is its range. It is the shortest of industrial ranged weapons, equal to the grenades. The minigun has clear superiority for crowd control, but is much more expensive and has unique downsides (terrible accuracy, massive warmup/cooldown cycle, slowed movement).

The chain shotgun is best suited as a close-quarters offensive weapon, though is an excellent supporting weapon due to its stopping power. It can be used behind melee fighters, and specialized killboxes take advantage of the shotgun's strength. It is especially good against infestations and drop pods due to its stopping power, damage output, and crowd control, combined with the lack of range constraint. Note that even a shotgun won't be fired in melee combat, so keep your shotgun-wielding pawns away from melee range, and engage shotgun-wielding enemies in melee.

Stats

Against an unarmored human, a chain shotgun can kill with 3 hits to the torso, 2 hits to the head or neck, or 1 hit to the brain; cripple or destroy limbs in 2 hits; and destroy eyes and digits with a single hit. It'll generally take around 4 hits (~6.4 seconds average) to incapacitate that human from pain shock.

Overall, the chain shotgun is best paired with a careful shooter up to level 6, then with a trigger-happy shooter beyond that point.

Quality table

Ranged

  • Quality Dam. AP Accuracy
    (Touch)
    Accuracy
    (Short)
    Accuracy
    (Medium)
    Accuracy
    (Long)
    DPS
    (Optimal)
    DPS
    (Touch)
    DPS
    (Short)
    DPS
    (Medium)
    DPS
    (Long)
    Market
    Value
    Awful Chain shotgun 16.2 12.6% 46% 51% 44% 36% 16.86 7.75 8.6 7.42 6.07 200 Silver
    Poor Chain shotgun 18 14% 51% 58% 50% 41% 18.73 9.55 10.86 9.37 7.68 305 Silver
    Normal Chain shotgun 18 14% 57% 64% 55% 45% 18.73 10.68 11.99 10.3 8.43 405 Silver
    Good Chain shotgun 18 14% 63% 70% 61% 50% 18.73 11.8 13.11 11.43 9.37 505 Silver
    Excellent Chain shotgun 18 14% 68% 77% 66% 54% 18.73 12.74 14.42 12.36 10.11 605 Silver
    Masterwork Chain shotgun 22.5 17.5% 77% 86% 74% 61% 23.41 18.03 20.13 17.33 14.28 1010 Silver
    Legendary Chain shotgun 27 21% 86% 96% 83% 68% 28.1 24.16 26.97 23.32 19.1 2025 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

  • Melee

  • Feature Toggle
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    Chain shotgun Chain shotgun Stock (Blunt)Barrel (Blunt)Barrel (Poke) HP Value
    Quality
    DPS[1] AP[1] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2] Dam. Cool. AP DPS Chance[2]
    Awful 3.6 10.4% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33% 7.2 2s 10.4% 3.6 33% 100 200 Silver
    Poor 4.05 11.7% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33% 8.1 2s 11.7% 4.05 33% 100 305 Silver
    Normal 4.5 13% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 9 2s 13% 4.5 33% 100 405 Silver
    Good 4.95 14.3% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33% 9.9 2s 14.3% 4.95 33% 100 505 Silver
    Excellent 5.4 15.6% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33% 10.8 2s 15.6% 5.4 33% 100 605 Silver
    Masterwork 6.53 18.85% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33% 13.05 2s 18.85% 6.53 33% 100 1010 Silver
    Legendary 7.43 21.45% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33% 14.85 2s 21.45% 7.43 33% 100 2025 Silver

    For the full effects of qualities, see Quality.

    1. 1.0 1.1 Note: This is the actual base average derived from the melee verb system updated in 1.1.2610, it may sometimes disagree with the listed value in the in-game infobox.
      It may also change depending on the stats and the melee verbs available to the wielder
    2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chance for attack to be selected, assuming only the weapon's attack verbs are considered. It may change depending on the melee verbs available to the wielder

    Chain shotgun vs. comparable weapons

    This section goes over how well the chain shotgun fares against comparable weapons (similar value, tech level or similar characteristics) in 1 vs. 1 combat.

    Methodology

    • All testing is semi-automated which allows for large sample sizes to be gathered per set of results with ease
    • All pawns have skill levels of 14 in ranged and melee
    • No pawns have any traits that affect combat performance
    • All pawns are of at least 18 years of age and completely healthy
    • Pawns are divided by walls to prevent stray shots from skewing results in any way
    • Weather is always kept clear
    • No cover is used for either team

    Results in the tables below are the percentages of battles that chain shotguns either won or tied against the weapon listed in the first column of said tables, with a sample size of 2,000 battles per result. Higher percentages are better.

    Unarmored

    For the unarmored testing, all pawns wore normal quality plainleather pants, plainleather button-down shirts, plainleather dusters and plainleather cowboy hats.

    Other Weapon 3 7 12 18 25 32 40
    Pump Shotgun 73.75% 72.94% 71.80% - - - -
    Heavy SMG 40.30% 52.64% 64.30% - - - -
    LMG 70.41% 67.51% 67.06% - - - -
    Charge Rifle 70.27% 66.55% 64.00% - - - -
    Minigun 76.82% 66.55% 58.93% - - - -


    Armored

    For the armored testing, all pawns wore normal quality flak pants, flak vests, plainleather button-down shirts, flak jackets and steel simple helmets.

    Other Weapon 3 7 12 18 25 32 40
    Pump Shotgun 74.11% 73.86% 76.84% - - - -
    Heavy SMG 40.13% 50.64% 61.06% - - - -
    LMG 72.44% 71.78% 67.40% - - - -
    Charge Rifle 52.81% 52.22% 49.98% - - - -
    Minigun 80.61% 69.19% 62.05% - - - -

    Version history

    • 0.17.1546 - Added.
    • Beta 19 - Received a buff to accuracy, range and ticks between burst shots. It also got a new sprite.
    • Beta 19/1.0 - Barrel melee attack damage reduced 10 -> 9, cooldown increased from 1.9s -> 2s. Stock cooldown increased from 1.8 -> 2.