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Uses ammoBullets
Damage24 (Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) / 23 (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) (Ranged)
Knockback6.5 (Strong)
Critical chance4%
Use time45 (Very slow)
TooltipFires a spread of bullets
RarityRarity level: 4
Buy25 GC
Sell5 GC
Research1 required
The Shotgun shooting Musket Balls.

The Shotgun is a Hardmode gun that fires a spread of three to five bullets, but consumes only one item of ammo. It can be purchased from the Arms Dealer for 25 GC once the Wall of Flesh has been defeated.

It is an upgrade of the pre-Hardmode Boomstick. The Onyx Blaster(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions) and the Tactical Shotgun are upgrades of the Shotgun.

Its best modifier is Unreal.


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Onyx BlasterOnyx Blaster(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Mythril AnvilMythril Anvil
Orichalcum AnvilOrichalcum Anvil


  • (Old-gen console and 3DS versions) Due to the mechanics of piercing damage, piercing bullets (such as Meteor Shot) will only hit enemies one time, even if all bullets connect. The remaining rounds can still rebound on objects behind the target (having not caused damage) and hit the target a second time.


  • Using the Shotgun with Crystal Bullets is effective against large groups.
    • Exploding Bullets can be an alternative for their area damage, although care should be taken not to hurt oneself. The combined knockback of the ammunition and weapon can be effective for holding off enemies in early Hardmode.
    • In PvP, Crystal Bullets are not as effective, because players become momentarily invulnerable when damaged, so the shards will not have any effect. Instead, Cursed Bullets are more useful in this context, as they have a higher damage and inflict the Cursed Inferno debuff.
  • The Shotgun is effective at short ranges, but rapidly loses effectiveness at longer ranges since the shots spread out the farther they travel. This inaccuracy can be negated by using Chlorophyte Bullets, however.
  • It is useful for defeating segmented enemies, such as Wyverns, as well as flying enemies with large hitboxes, such as Corruptors.



  • Desktop 1.2: Buy/sell price reduced from 70 GC / 14 GC to 25 GC / 5 GC.