Fallout 76 Gauss Shotgun Build

With the addition of Wastelanders to Fallout 76, a bunch of new (and incredibly strong) weaponry has been added to the game, including the insanely powerful Gauss Shotgun. This Shotgun is no ordinary weapon, as it automatically shoots explosives rounds from the moment you craft it. It is incredibly powerful, cheap to use, and is probably one of the most DIFFICULT weapons in the game to currently acquire… as it’s locked behind a literal time wall of content as to which it could take you months to get.

That definitely needs to be changed…

BUT REGARDLESS, there’s a bunch of you who are either looking for a build that can compliment this absolute LAD of a shotgun, so here’s a build to help you get started with your Gauss Shotgun adventure.

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

Fallout 76 Gauss Shotgun Build

Perk Cards of Choice (SOLO)

Fallout 76 Gauss Shotgun Build

Perk Cards of Choice (TEAM)

Fallout 76 Gauss Shotgun Build

If you play solo or in a team, you can deal pretty close to the same amount of damage, but if you DO play in a team, the bigger the team the better. 


When it comes to Gauss Shotgun’s, it’s actually impossible to NOT get a Legendary, as the ONLY way to getting a Gauss Shotgun in Fallout 76 is to craft one. That being said, the upside to only getting Legendary’s is that you always have the chance to get an absolutely insane Gauss Shotgun that will destroy everything in your path.

With that being said, here are the BEST Legendary Perks you can hope for on your Gauss Shotgun:

Legendary Main Effects:

  • Anti-Armor: Ignores 50% of an Enemies armor
  • Junkie’s: Deals greater damage the more negative effects you have

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

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

Legendary Major Effects:

  • Faster Fire Rate
  • +50 Limb Damage

Legendary Major Effects:

Remember that these are just the LEGENDARY effects, you’ll also want to MODIFY your weapons at the Weapons Workbench. There are a couple different plans you can acquire from the Gold Bullion vendor at the Settler’s outpost of Foundation (Guy is located near the entrance of the elevator to the underground)

You can mix and match modifications until it meets your liking, but I would highly recommend using the Prime Receiver for maximum damage.


While using a Gauss Shotgun build in Fallout 76, there’s a couple of factors to take into consideration, one of which are the specific Legendary effects placed on your Gauss Shotgun. If you are using a Bloodied Gauss Shotgun, you’ll want to focus on using 3 Unyielding Pieces of armor with 2 Bolstering pieces to help keep up your survivability. Another great option for low health Bloodied builds are the new Secret Service Armor pieces. DO NOT BUY THE HELMET! It might look cool, but it’s incredibly expensive and offers absolutely no benefits to your resistance.

If you’re running anything else, you should heavily look into Vanguard’s. Vanguard’s is a great set that helps you stay alive the higher your health is, on top of giving you benefits to your Strength, Perception, Charisma, Intelligence, Agility, and Lucky.

The Chinese Stealth Armor is another viable option. Although it’s not the peak of resistance, and if you get caught you’ll get hit pretty hard, it’s great for anything that involves sneaking around and stealth kills (you could swap out Action Boy under Agility for Covert Operative to heighten your stealth damage).

While using a Shotgun, I don’t typically recommend wearing Power Armor. Although it can be convenient to keep you alive for longer, it doesn’t offer a whole lot of benefits, so you’re better off wearing regular armor.

Food and Buffs

Using a Gauss Shotgun Build typically means you want to stay alive to deal the most amount of damage possible, so boosting your character through buffs is very important. Here are some Mutations and Food buffs to consider helping you out.


Remember, you have BOTH Class Freak AND Starched Genes on to fully utilize the benefits of mutations and take away their negative effects.

Adrenal Reaction: Increased Damage Output at low health. 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. Without Class Freak, this comes at the cost of 4 Intelligence

Speed Demon: +20% run and sprint speed, +30% faster reload speed. The reload speed with a Heavy Gunner build is a MUST HAVE, as they can take a LONG time to fully reload, and the Gauss Minigun is no exception. Without Class Freak, this comes at a cost of 50% more hunger and thirst while moving.

Eagle Eyes: Here you find yourself at a BIT of a dilemma, as your strength is now completely wiped off the face of the planet BUT your critical damage is boosted greatly. Even though you won’t be too strong anymore, you’ll be dealing better crit damage than ever before.

Healing Factor: With Healing factor on, you have quite a bit less to worry about with having a lower health build for Bloodied or Berserker’s. This is just an added bonus to help you stay alive.


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 Tea: +25% Water & +20% Crit Damage

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


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.

Overdrive: +15% Damage, +25% Critical Chance. Of course, it doesn’t last for very long, so it’s good to use it sparingly.

The Rundown

The Gauss Shotgun can be one of the most powerful guns in the game IF USED CORRECTLY. If you just spam shot enemies, or focus too hard to ADS (aim down sights), you’ll end up missing shots or just dealing incredibly bad damage. V.A.T.S. hits are incredibly important, especially with the Shotgun glitch that causes enemies to heal up when you hit them outside of V.A.T.S. with a shotgun blast. Be quick, have lots of AP to V.A.T.S. your enemies, and make sure you never get too close to get caught in the explosive bullets.

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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Fallout 76 Gauss Shotgun Build