Shotgun (Half-Life 2)
Pump-action / Semiautomatic shotgun
6 rounds internal tube magazine, shells reloaded individually
12-gauge buckshot shells
|Rate of fire||
Short to medium, effectiveness decreases with distance
- The shotgun is first given to Freeman by Father Grigori in the sixth Half-Life 2 chapter "We Don't Go To Ravenholm...".
- The shotgun fires one shot if the main fire key is pressed, and will fire two shots at once when the alternate fire key is pressed. The alternate fire uses two shotgun shells at once.
- This weapon is used by both Rebels and Overwatch Soldiers, who have a different uniform than regular soldiers.
- When the gun is reloaded, Freeman inserts one shell at a time. The reloading process can be interrupted at anytime by hitting any of the fire keys.
- After the Nova Prospekt chapter, Kleiner greets Alyx and Gordon with a shotgun, mirroring a scene from Half-Life.
- In the Episode One Hospital, Alyx picks up a shotgun that she effectively uses against opponents. Just like with her gun, it appears to have unlimited ammo.
- In Episode Two, it is found in the chapter To The White Forest, while trekking through the Victory Mine.
- The shotgun is very effective at close range against most targets. However, its effectiveness decreases significantly with range because its pellets spread more the farther they go.
- The shotgun is one of the most effective weapons in the game, as the single shot's spread is tight enough to hit enemies at up to medium range, and it does a lot of damage per pellet. Its ammunition can be found very often as well.
- The double-shot is very powerful, but its large spread means that it should only be used at short range.
- The shotgun should not be used against weak enemies such as Headcrabs, but against stronger ones such as Overwatch Soldiers and Zombies.
- It may be desirable to enter a firefight with the shotgun and, once the supply of shells has been exhausted, switch to a backup weapon instead of reloading.
- A common tactic when using the shotgun is to reload every one or two shots if possible to avoid the long reload time. However this is generally not recommended if multiple enemies are at close range.
- Compared to its Half-Life counterpart, this weapon has less ammo that can be carried, making it less useful in firefights.
- The shotgun is the most effective weapon against Antlions.
 Behind the scenes
The shotgun in the Half-Life 2 leak has a completely different model and completely different firing sounds. The sounds can still be found in retail sound files. The model appears in the E3 2004 trailer and in the retail game files as a "DirectX 7" model, although its textures are missing.
- Other NPCs seem to use the shotgun in semi-automatic mode, as there is no pumping sound between shots. The firing speed is also a bit faster than the player's.
- The Nova Prospekt Prison Guards seem to use the shotgun more frequently than normal Overwatch Soldiers, perhaps due to the shorter combat ranges and therefore enhanced shotgun effectiveness.
- As with the original shotgun, artwork often depicts Gordon Freeman with it, making it the only weapon besides the crowbar and the Bugbait he is depicted with in concept art.
- In real life, the shotgun cannot fire two shots simultaneously, as it only has one barrel. In the case of Half Life 2, the ammunition tube on the bottom is used as the second barrel. It can also hold up to 8 rounds, similar to its Half-Life counterpart (instead of 6 in-game), plus one in the chamber.
Leak shotgun aimed at an early Zombie model in the first Half-Life 2 trailer.
Nova Prospekt Prison Guard with shotgun.
Kleiner greeting Alyx and Gordon with a shotgun, mirroring a scene from Half-Life.
Alyx aiming at Zombies with her shotgun in the Hospital.
Alyx firing at a Fast Zombie in the Hospital, while a Hopper triggers.
 List of appearances
- Half-Life 2 - E3 2002 Trailer (First appearance) (Non-canonical appearance)
- Half-Life 2
- Half-Life 2: Deathmatch (Non-canonical appearance)
- Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar
- Half-Life 2: Lost Coast (Non-canonical appearance)
- Half-Life 2: Episode One
- Source Particle Benchmark (Game files only) (Non-canonical appearance)
- Half-Life 2: Episode Two