Best Warzone shotguns and loadouts to use for them

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CoD Warzone’s Shotgun loadouts are some of the most brutal to use in the game, they’re game-winners, and they’re guaranteed to help you get more kills.

With the Warzone meta continuously evolving, we’ve seen several weapons become “must-haves” in the Call of Duty battle royale.

Shotguns have had their time in the spotlight, dominating various seasons throughout the game’s duration and even today the close-range weapons are still a force to be reckoned with if you’ve got the right loadout.

Whether you’re still uninitiated to the Shotgun club, or looking to see what your other options are, they’re all pretty solid.

Let’s take a look at which Shotgun loadouts are best and how they pair with the strongest Assault Rifles as this combination will make you lethal across all ranges and gunfights.

6. Streetsweeper

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The Streetsweeper might not be the strongest shotgun in Warzone today, but it’s still a reliable choice for any situation.

Best Streetsweeper loadout in Warzone

  • Muzzle: Agency Choke
  • Barrel: 14.4” Task Force
  • Laser: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Stock: Marathon Stock
  • Ammunition: STANAG 18 RND

At one time in Warzone, the Streetsweeper was an absolute howitzer of a weapon that would simply destroy an opponent if they got too close.

The key feature of the Streetsweeper is that it’s a full-auto Shotgun. This means you can just hold down the trigger and pump shell after shell in no time at all. Obviously, this comes at a cost, as you’ll definitely want to add a bigger magazine attachment to reduce the gun’s pretty severe reload speeds.

That’s not to say it’s not a viable option as with the right setup this Shotgun is still a worthy addition to any good loadout.

5. Origin 12

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The Origin 12 was the weapon that really kicked off the Shotgun meta in Warzone.

Best Origin 12 loadout in Warzone

  • Muzzle: Choke
  • Barrel: FORCE Tac Impaler
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Stock: No Stock
  • Ammunition: 12 Round Mags

If you’re looking for a non-Dragon’s Breath ammo shotgun, this Origin loadout is still a pretty good one to go for. It’s got a great amount of damage behind it and can easily take enemies out in 3-4 shots, just simply aim straight and spam the trigger.

It was nerfed as time went on but that shouldn’t deter you if you’re looking for something different to try. If you’re looking for a standard Shotgun without a fiery flair, you can’t look past the Origin on your way to some huge Warzone victories.

4. Best R9-0 loadout in Warzone

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The R9-0 has long been one of the strongest weapons in Warzone.

Best R9-0 loadout in Warzone

  • Muzzle: Choke
  • Barrel: FORGE TAC Sentry
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition: Dragon’s Breath Rounds

The R9-0 was arguably the most effective shotgun in Warzone for a long time and it packs one hell of a punch and comes with an extremely fast fire rate. However, one of its strongest features comes through as an ammo attachment.

Dragon’s Breath Rounds deal more damage than the usual ammunition, lighting enemies on fire and causing a burn effect over time. Despite heavy nerfs, it’s still a great go-to option when it comes to Shotgun loadouts.

3. JAK-12

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The JAK-12 offers great damage and a fast rate of fire.

Best JAK-12 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: FORGE TAC Marauder 
  • Barrel: ZLR J-3600 TORRENT
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip 
  • Ammunition: 8-R Dragon’s Breath 

The infamous AA-12 dominated players back in Modern Warfare 2, so it makes sense that this iconic Shotgun is a decent pick in Warzone. After all, having a shotgun with decent range is always going to be a bonus for any player looking to increase their kill potential. 

This punchy loadout is all about maxing out the Shotgun’s range, allowing you to take out squads outside of traditional close-quarter fights. The fully-automatic shots will also enable you to quickly shred through even the tankiest foes.

2. Gallo SA12

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The Gallo SA12 is a great shotgun in Warzone.

Best Gallo SA12 loadout for Warzone

  • Barrel: 21.4” Reinforced Heavy
  • Muzzle: Duckbill Choke
  • Body: SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
  • Magazine: STANAG 12 Round Tube
  • Stock: Wire Stock

If played much of Black Ops Cold War at all, you’ll know that its Shotgun options weren’t quite as powerful or varied as the original Modern Warfare selections.

However, it is still worth your time to level up the Gallo SA12 in Cold War because of the Warzone integration. It’s undeniably one of the stronger options in the battle royale today, the clear frontrunner, for now, providing one of the most well-rounded options in the Shotgun category.

1. Model 680

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Best Model 680 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: FORGE TAC Marauder
  • Barrel: XRK 30.0″ Sport
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Stock: No Stock
  • Ammunition: Dragon’s Breath Rounds

The pump-action nature of the Model 680 and its avoidance of nerfs over the last few years have secretly made it the best Shotgun option to use and one of the best weapons in CoD Warzone.

If you do wish to give this Shotgun a go, then you’ll absolutely want to utilize this loadout as it’ll turn it into an undisputed beast. Not only does it bolster your movement speed, but it also increases the gun’s damage range and overall effectiveness – making it the best Shotgun in Warzone.


So there you have it, our top recommendations for Shotguns in Warzone. With these extremely powerful setups, you’ll be dropping foes in the blink of an eye at close range.

Also, check out the most popular ones that you can currently equip in the game.

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