**shotgun damage is not dealt based on how many pellets hit your target.**Rather, the animation is an approximation for a HUGE hitbox which is a large sphere in front of the weapon. I only measured the hitbox of the Hawkeye Axis shotgun, but found it somewhat typical of the shotguns as a family. Its hitbox is a sphere of approximately a 9-block diameter. Damage drops off slightly as you move away from the center of that sphere. Large blocks seem to always take the maximum damage of any point within their volume. But importantly,

**every block in the hitbox volume will take damage from a shotgun blast, regardless of depth**(unlike explosives). This means a couple things; first that the real dps is actually based on the total damage of however many blocks get hit. That means very real dps numbers well over 1000, but just not that much damage to any one particular block. Secondly,

**armor does not protect deeper blocks from shotguns.**I have not investigated how shields interact with shotgun hitboxes.

This dps information attempts to get the peak values from the center of the hitbox. Validating that would take more effort than I care to spend, so as always, treat these numbers as approximation. For most of these weapons I used the GeoCorp standard block, rather than the big one.

Lastly, I put the Venture flamethrower in with the shotgun test group because I didn't know what else to do with it. It most closely operates the same way the geocorp plasma cutters do. Shotgun mechanics do not apply to it.

GSO Combat Shotgun

Average Time (Standard Deviation): 18.63 (0.271)

Projectiles to Destruction: 25

**DPS: 94**

Damage per shot: 70

Venture Contact Shotgun

Average Time (Standard Deviation): 77.50 (0.009) 132

Projectiles to Destruction: 132

**DPS: 90**

Damage per shot: 53

Venture 360 Shotgun

Average Time (Standard Deviation): 22.58

Projectiles to Destruction: 30

**DPS: 77**

Damage per shot: 58

Venture Reaper X1 Flamethrower

Average Time (Standard Deviation): 35.57 (0.063)

**DPS: 196**

Hawkeye Bayonet Shotgun

Average Time (Standard Deviation): 15.33 (0.392)

Projectiles to Destruction: 18

**DPS: 114**

Damage per shot: 97

Hawkeye Axis Shotgun

Average Time (Standard Deviation): 20.65 (0.255)

Projectiles to Destruction: 24

**DPS: 84**

Damage per shot: 73