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Shotgun (Half-Life: Alyx)

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Production information





Semi-automatic break action shotgun

Technical specifications


Ammo type

12-gauge buckshot shells

Rate of fire

Slow/Fast, depends on shooter




Short to medium, effectiveness decreases with distance

Used by

Alyx Vance

Game information


"Oh! That zombie has a shotgun!"
Alyx Vance[src]

The Shotgun is one of three weapons wielded by Alyx Vance in Half-Life: Alyx.


The shotgun appears to be a modified Heavy Shotgun turned into a compact weapon. Alyx first acquires it from the corpse of a zombified Combine Worker. It is operated in a unique fashion, instead of sliding shells into the magazine tube from underneath and racking a pump slide like most shotguns, it incorporates a break action and charging handle to load and charge the weapon. Due to its compact size, it can be easily wielded and fired from one hand. It deals heavy damage and is semi automatic. It features a foldable wire stock however this cannot be used by the player. The logo for "RATEL" is printed on one side of the gun's slider.


The shotgun can be modified to include various attachments using a Combine Fabricator. Below is a list of upgrades along with their Resin cost and description.[1]

Upgrade Description Resin Cost
Laser Sight Adds a laser sight to help with aiming 10
Double Shot Allows 2 shots to be fired, one after the other 25
Autoloader Adds a shell rack and automatic loader to the side of the weapon 30
Grenade Launcher Allows a Combine grenade to be attached to the front of the gun, and also launching from the gun to instantly detonate on impact 40

Related Achievements[edit]

Half-Life: Alyx
Achievement Zombie with a Shotgun.jpg Zombie with a Shotgun
Collect the shotgun.

Behind the scenes[edit]

Players who ordered the Valve Index in 2019 were given a set of bonus pre-order exclusive weapon skins in Half-Life: Alyx. The alternate skin for the Shotgun depicts it with silver metal and a black grip.


  • The alternative skin for the Shotgun features a combine logo on the side along with the words "Civil Protection Annex" on the top. According to an interview with Valve employee Tristan Reidford, the Combine gathered up all human weapons after the Seven-Hour War and laser-etched them for redistribution, which explains the Combine logos on the Shotgun and the Pistol.[source?]


List of appearances[edit]