Top 5 Shotguns In Warzone Pacific

If you get into a close-range firefight, there's nothing like having a shotgun to swap to. But which are the best shotguns in Warzone? And are they even worth using?
Best Shotgun In Warzone
Hands up! | © Activision Blizzard

Shotguns will always be divisive in Warzone. They're famously difficult to balance for the devs; either they're so bad they're pointless, or they're broken and everybody hates them. Shotguns also require a specific playstyle, and are far more situational than any other class of weapon, so a lot of players neglect them. But with the right shotgun, the right attachment setup, and clever play, these can be some of the most effective and powerful weapons in Warzone. There's a reason they see such popularity among pros and streamers, and not just on Rebirth Reinforced. So for those of you who are willing to give shotguns a go, here are the 5 best shotguns in Warzone.

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1. Einhorn Revolving (VG)

We're going to start out the gate with the best shotgun in Warzone, which is undoubtedly the Einhorn Revolving right now. The Einhorn has the kind of range that only very few shotguns are capable of, but at the same time, it has great ammo capacity, controllable recoil, and strong handling. You do need to level the weapon quite far to get the attachment setup you want, but if you bought and completed the Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass, then you'll already have a blueprint that comes with 80% of the attachments you need. For the full weapon setup, check out our loadout guide.

Einhorn Revolving
This is a fantastic weapon, and with the range you need for Warzone. | © Activision Blizzard

2. JAK-12 (MW)

The JAK-12 has remained popular among the top-tier of the player base since launch. The unique ability of the JAK-12 to be fully automatic allows it to have unparalleled lethality against multiple enemies. But this weapon is very difficult to use. You need to adjust your playstyle and out-finesse the enemy with great movement. You also need to be able to handle the terrible recoil and pitiful range. That's why we don't recommend the JAK-12 to the majority of players, this is a high-skill meta, like the MG82 or the LAPA. But if you're up to the challenge, here's the best attachment setup for the JAK-12.

Jak 12
This is a difficult weapon to use, but in the right hands it slaps. | © Activision Blizzard

3. Gallo SA12 (BOCW)

The Gallo was the bane of Warzone for a long while, it just had too much range for a shotgun. And honestly, we were entirely on the same side as the devs when they nerfed it. But despite the nerfs, the Gallo has been able to maintain enough range to remain one of the strongest and easiest to use shotguns in Warzone. You need to get an instinctive sense for the range of the Gallo to use it effectively in combat, but after you've got some practice with it in Rebirth, you'll find it to be a great secondary to have by your side. Here's the current meta loadout for the Gallo SA12.

Gallo SA12
The Gallo isn't what it once was, but it's still one of the best shotguns in Warzone. | © Activision Blizzard

4. Origin 12 (MW)

Remember this demon? The Origin 12 is one of the oldest Shotguns in Warzone, but it's been able to keep its status as one of the best. Like the Gallo, it stands out as one of the easier shotguns to use, which is even more useful in a weapon class like shotguns. The Origin is so good because it has fantastic ammo capacity, a great range of attachments, and surprisingly, controllable recoil. Sadly, it's only getting 4th on the list, because it's basically a worse version of the Einhorn Revolving. Here is our best Origin 12 setup guide.

Origin 12
25-round mags can keep you in the fight for a very long time. | © Activision Blizzard

5. Double Barrel (VG)

Our final shotgun to make the top 5 is the Double Barrel. This was absolutely disgusting in the first few weeks of Vanguard's integration into Warzone. There was an Akimbo build that allowed players to down fully plated enemies almost instantly, provided they were close enough, and it made Rebirth in particular hell to play. Thankfully, the weapon has been nerfed, but even with reduced akimbo damage, the build is still super strong for extreme close range. Sure, it is situational, and less viable than the other shotguns on the list, but it's so lethal within 5 m that it had to make the list. Here's the akimbo build for the Double Barrel shotgun.

Double Barrel
The Akimbo build doesn't work like it once did, but in certain circumstance it still has a wild TTK. | © Activision Blizzard

Are Shotguns Worth Using In Warzone?

Shotguns are worth using in Warzone, but they are probably the most difficult weapons to use effectively, and so we only recommend them to at least moderately skilled players. With shotguns, you need to get close enough without dying, and you need to time your shots. Unlike the enemy, you won't have 59 other rounds left in the mag, and you can't just back up to kill with range. Instead, you need excellent positioning, and you need to develop a great sense of exactly when to push, and when to switch to your longer-range weapon.

Another big problem that a lot of players will run into if they try to adopt shotguns is the recoil. None of the shotguns can ever hope to fire like lasers, but they all require multiple shots to fully down a plated enemy. So you need to learn the recoil patterns and recoil strength of these weapons, and only then can you expect to reliably hit your follow-up shots. And what makes this even more difficult, is that you need to use every attachment slot to increase range and mobility for shotguns to be viable. You can't use slots to help with recoil. But if you still think you've got what it takes, then go forth, and enjoy the best shotguns in Warzone.

If shotguns do prove too difficult or too limiting for your own taste, then an SMG is the next best substitute. Here are the ten best submachine guns in Warzone.