The Shotgun is one of the many BLADE modes that the ARS can use. It appears with a blue outline and has a blue tint when used in game. It is available right from the start, and is one of the easier weapons to upgrade.
When full upgraded, it gets a stock and a scope as well as a drum magazine. The shotgun is one of (if not) the most preferable weapon againts Romanov units or heavier enemy types, capable of staggering them while dishing out decent to insane damage from medium to close range.
It is highly advised to keep the shotgun on a constant upgrade spree as to gain its final potential. It is possible to fully upgrade it within the first 2 or 3 chapters and it is a boss killer for the most part. Many non-boss enemies such as Bea, Romanov units, Unknown and even Crystal Vipers fall short againts a fully upgraded shotgun on hard difficulty. Using EMP grenade and the shotgun yields one of the most destructive approach in the entire game.
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