Best Warzone 2 shotgun: Which is best to use?

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November 23, 2022: Warzone 2 Season One is underway. Scroll down to find the very best shotgun to use.

The best Warzone 2 shotgun is bound to catch the attention of players preparing to drop into the battle royale. Call of Duty's next instalment in the series contains a brand-new arsenal of weapons to master and a new map with plenty of areas to explore.

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Shotguns return as a primary weapon category and just like the previous version of Warzone, they pack a deadly punch when up close and personal with the opposition. With a selection of four to choose from, finding the best one is surprisingly straightforward.

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Before we share more intel on the best Warzone 2 shotgun, check out our guides containing information on Warzone 2 season 1 and the new Warzone 2 map.

What is the best Warzone 2 shotgun?

At the time of writing, it's tricky to determine the strongest Warzone 2 shotgun as there are all very closely matched. After some extensive testing, the Bryson 890 and the Lockwood 300 are the early frontrunners at the top of the category.

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There's a high chance Infinity Ward applies a dose of weapon balancing that could change the pecking order. If there are better options, we'll update the guide with all there is to know about the Warzone 2 shotguns.

Warzone 2 shotgun tier list

S Tier Bryson 890 Lockwood 300
A TierExpedite 12 Bryson 800

With the Bryson 890 and Lockwood 300 leading the shotgun category, there's very little separating the two remaining weapons. Closely following the S tier are the Expedite 12 and Bryson 800.

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Both pack a deadly punch but lack the versatility needed to make a consistent impact in close-quarters combat. As the seasons progress, we'll update the list to reflect their performance.

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How many shotguns are in Warzone 2?

Warzone 2 currently contains a total of four shotguns to use as part of a loadout. It's much less than the previous iteration of the battle royale but we expect plenty of new arrivals to appear as part of seasonal content updates.

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Although there are only four to use, each comes with a unique set of characteristics ranging from a powerful double-barrel action to a steady stream of semi-automatic firepower.

Warzone 2 Season Two start date

With Season One in full swing, attention is slowly turning towards the launch of Season Two. Thanks to the end of the battle pass, we know the new season begins on February 1, 2023. Although it's still a while away, there's still plenty of content to look forward to in Season One.

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That's all there is to know about the best Warzone 2 shotgun. For more, take a look at our early thoughts on the best Warzone 2 SMG and the latest intel on the first Warzone 2 double XP event.