4 shotgun shells

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4 shotgun shells rest in a corner of the zigzag room in Doom E1M1: Hangar.
Two sets of 4 shotgun shells in Doom 64 MAP30: The Lair.

The basic unit of ammo for both the shotgun and the super shotgun is 4 shotgun shells. At the I'm Too Young To Die and Nightmare! skill levels, the item gives 8 shells; however the pickup message still says "4".

For gameplay considerations, the two shotguns use shells to unequal effect, and the shotgun operates differently for the player and the shotgun guy. When wielded by the monster, the shotgun produces only three pellets when fired, while in the hands of the player the weapon fires seven pellets per shell. Furthermore, the super shotgun fires a hefty twenty pellets, potentially causing nearly three times the damage the shotgun inflicts, while using only twice the ammunition.

Each pellet does between 5 and 15 hit points of damage (determined using Doom's pseudorandom number generator); the same as a bullet fired by the pistol or chaingun.


4 shotgun shells data
Thing type 2008 (decimal), 7D8 (hex)
Enum MT_MISC22 (69) - Doom
MT_AMMO_SHELL (76) - Doom 64
Appears in Shareware Doom
Doom/Ultimate Doom
Doom II/Final Doom
Doom 64/Lost Levels
Radius 20
Height 16
Sprite SHEL
Frames 1 [A]
Class Ammo
Flags 1 (decimal)
00000001 (hex)
Flags list 0: Can be picked up

Appearance statistics[edit]

In the IWADs a set of 4 shotgun shells is first encountered on these maps per skill level:

The IWADs contain the following numbers of sets of 4 shotgun shells per skill level:

Doom RPG[edit]

The shotgun shell pickup appears in Doom RPG. It gives the player either 4 or 10 shells.