When it comes to using a Shotgun Build in Fallout 76, the key thing to remember is HOW POWERFUL yet HOW FAST you can burn through using V.A.T.S.. In order to maintain maximum damage at all times, especially in areas with many enemies pouring in, this Shotgun Build will help you use an underdog weapon to it’s full potential.

S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Points

Fallout 76 OP Shotgun Weapons Build
StrengthPerceptionEnduranceCharismaIntelligenceAgilityLuck
13917899
+70% Melee Damage+3.6% V.A.T.S. Accuracy+250Max Health+35% XP from Group Quests+40% Crafted Item Condition+185 Max Action Points+107.5 Looted item max condition
+110Carry Weight+181Compass Distance in feet+5% Reduced Spring AP+35% Caps from Group Quests+56% Scrapping Yield+45Sneak Rating Bonus+18.5 V.A.T.S. Crit gain per attack

Perk Cards of Choice

Fallout 76 OP Shotgun Weapons Build

Of course, you can swap these around if you deem worthy, or seem to find some aren’t fitting how you play, but for me, this gave me the best plan of attack.

StrengthPerception Endurance CharismaIntelligenceAgilityLuck
ScattershotConcentrated FireRadicoolLone WandererGunsmithAction Boy/GirlBloody Mess
ShotggunerGlow SightTenderizerDemolition Expert (3)EnforcerBetter Criticals
Expert ShotggunerSkeet ShooterAdrenaline (3)Four Leaf Clover
Master Shotgunner
Strong Back

Weapons:

Using a Shotgun Build requires you to get VERY important weapons perks to actually make use of the weapon. A shotgun build with the right legendary effects can one shot nearly any enemy, and deal absolutely insane damage to the scorchbeast queen

Here are the perks I would HIGHLY recommend looking out for in Shotgun Weapons:

Quad Ammo Capacity

Being Mutated Gives a boost to Damage

Furious Damage (Each hit increases damage consecutively on same target)

Berserker’s Deals more damage the lower your resistances

Anti-Armor

+50% Limb Damage

Bloodied (Deals greater damage when you’re health is low)

Two Shot Fires a second projectile equal to 25% max damage every shot

Armor

When it comes to sporting Armor with your Shotgun Build, it’s important to maintain a good amount of resistance OR health, depending on if you’re going a bloodied or berserker’s route. You can NEVER go wrong with using Unyielding Armor, which basically boosts all of your S.P.C.I.A.L. stats (that’s right, it excludes Endurance) by +3, or use Bolstering Armor, which helps you maintain a VERY high amount of resistance when at lower health, almost mandatory for Bloodied builds.

Food and Buffs

On a Shotgun Build, using certain buffs to compliment your V.A.T.S. critical strikes, your overall damage, and your movement speed is very important. You want to be very quick BUT accurate a powerful, so I’ve thrown together a couple of items to help create this kind of build.

Mutations:

Adrenal Reaction: Increased Damage Output at low health. This is GREAT for players with Bloodied Melee weapons that already boost low health damage. Without Class Freak, this comes at a cost of 50 Health.

Marsupial: +20 Carry Weight, and you can jump much higher. The carry weight is a HUGE bonus in this game, and the fact that you literally get to hop around swinging massive two handed melee weapons is too good to pass up. Without Class Freak, this comes at the cost of 4 Intelligence

Speed Demon: +20% run and sprint speed, +30% faster reload speed. Now, the reload speed here is kind of a loss, but as a melee build, it seems like you’re never close enough to your enemy’s, so speed demon gives you that edge. Without Class Freak, this comes at a cost of 50% more hunger and thirst while moving.

Food

These are just a few options to go with that I personally recommend that won’t take you five million years to farm and craft. These are quick, easy, and incredibly effective to boost your build to the max

Grilled Radstag: +20% Food & +20 Carry Weight

Cotton Candy Bites: 6% Food & +60 AP

Cranberry Relish: 20%: 20% Food & +10 Bonus XP, +200 AP

Drink

Once again, really easy to find and make, these are the drinks you want to spam create in order to pop them as often as possible, plus the ingredients don’t weigh you down.

Tarberry Juice: 15% Water & +120 AP

Steeped Thistle Tea & Sweet Mutfruit Teat: +25% Water & +20% Crit Damage

Melon Juice: 15% Water & +0.08% Health Regen

Drugs

Everyone’s favorite Fallout meal of the day. Here are the drugs you want to bulk up on, just to always boost your build to the most powerful it can possibly be.

Psychobuff: +3 Strength, +3 Endurance, & +65 Max Health at the cost of -3% Food, -3%. This is just MORE power to you and your Melee weapons build, and is highly encouraged to hop up on these before MASS killing sprees. These are easier to come by, and definitely boost your build.

Overdrive: +15% Damage, +25% Critical Chance. This is the ultimate chem to use at a Shotgun Build, as it hits all the core damage areas you need to hit those high numbers. Of course, it doesn’t last for very long, so it’s good to use it sparingly.

Addictol: With the heavy consumption of drugs and alcohol with this build, you’ll really want to stock up on Addictol, just to cure yourself of the nasty negative effects that being addicted can bring.

Alcohol

Strange this isn’t under the drugs section, but I suppose this is a totally different system. Alcohol is very important to strength builds, as it directly buffs that attribute specifically. Here are the best drinks to look out for. These two beverages are useful for keeping up your strength (in case of carry weigh purposes) and endurance, to maintain a higher health level.

Bourbon: +1 Endurance & +1 Strength at the cost of -1 Intelligence

Whiskey: +2 Strength at the cost of -1 Intelligence

The Rundown

In Fallout 76, The Shotgun build can easily be used to absolutely obliterate enemy nerds, both NPC Characters AND Real players. If you acquire a legendary Combat Shotgun with really good perks, even without using any perk cards you can STILL hit ludicrously high damage numbers.

If you want to check out the build for yourself, or maybe even customize it to your own liking, I would highly recommend checking out NukesDragons “You are SPECIAL” Character Builder, it’s super quick and easy to use.

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