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

Market Value
405 Silver.png
4.5 kg

Ranged Combat

18 dmg (Bullet)
Armor penetration
72 ticks (1.2 secs)
81 ticks (1.35 secs)
12.9 tile(s)
57% - 64% - 55% - 45%
Avg. accuracy
55 (m/s)
Burst Count
3 (per burst)
Burst Ticks
10 ticks (0.17 secs)
(360 RPM)
18.73 (11.18)
Stopping power

Melee Combat

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


Crafted At
Required Research
Gas Operation
Skill Required
Crafting 6
Work To Make
31,000 ticks (8.61 mins)
Resources to make
Steel.png 70 + Component.png 5
Gun, IndustrialGunAdvanced

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.


Chain shotguns can also be crafted at a machining table once the Gas Operation research has been completed; from Steel.png 70 Steel, Component.png 5 Components 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%


Compared to the pump shotgun, the chain shotgun trades range and accuracy for the ability to fire in 3-shot bursts rather than being single-shot.

Similarly to the pump shotgun, the chain shotgun has a respectable per-shot damage as well as exceptionally high stopping power, being able to stagger all pawn kinds in the game except for elephants, thrumbos and megasloths. However, the chain shotgun also combines the aforementioned traits with a deadly 3-shot burst which results in a significantly higher overall rate of fire than the pump shotgun; a single burst can occasionally deal enough damage to incapacitate a perfectly healthy human from pain shock if internals are also struck.

Raw damage output is exceptional as a result, only being surpassed by the minigun and the single-use triple rocket launcher. Although accuracy is rather poor, this actually allows the chain shotgun to do some crowd controlling due to its rate of fire. Despite the aforementioned accuracy, the chain shotgun's single-target damage output is also the highest out of all ranged weapons in the game (excluding the single-use rocket launchers); only the heavy SMG, charge rifle and minigun come somewhat close in this area.

However, the chain shotgun's range is the shortest in its class, being tied with grenades and molotovs. Additionally, the chain shotgun is heavier than most other ranged weapons, being high enough to have a slight impact on a colonist's overall carrying capacity.

Regarding use-cases, the chain shotgun is best suited as a close-quarters offensive weapon, but is also an excellent supporting weapon against infestations due to its stopping power, damage output (especially against megaspiders) and ability to crowd control. This weapon's also unsurprisingly a poor choice for field combat due to its range, and is definitely not advisable to use as a hunting weapon since quarry will be significantly more likely to turn manhunter within the chain shotgun's range.

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

  • Quality Damage AP Accuracy
    Market Value
    Awful Chain shotgun 16.2 12.6% 46% 51% 44% 36% 16.86 8.62 9.55 8.24 6.74 200 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 Combat

  • Tool Attack Damage Type Power AP Cooldown Likelihood Base DPS
    Overall - - 9 13% 2.00s - 4.50
    Stock Blunt Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 50.00% 4.50
    Barrel Blunt Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 25.00% 4.50
    Barrel Poke Blunt 9 13% 2.00s 25.00% 4.50
  • 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.


    • 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.


    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% - - - -


    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% - - - -


    The graphs assume a normal quality chain shotgun against an adult human that's out in the open in clear weather. For DPS, projectile speed has also been factored into the equation, with the weighting based on the base amount of attacks that it'll take to put the aforementioned target into pain shock.

    Chain Shotgun's accuracy with various shooters without any trait. Chain Shotgun's DPS with various shooters without any trait.

    Chain Shotgun's accuracy with various shooters with careful shooter. Chain Shotgun's DPS with various shooters with careful shooter.

    Chain Shotgun's accuracy with various shooters with trigger-happy. Chain Shotgun's DPS with various shooters with trigger-happy.

    Version history

    • Beta 19 - received a buff to accuracy, range and ticks between burst shots. It also got a new sprite.