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* When a [[player]] has both the shotgun and the super shotgun, the 3 key will toggle between the two weapons. However, the number "3" in the ARMS section of the [[status bar]] responds only to the original shotgun, and will not light if the player has only the super shotgun. This behavior is exclusive to Doom II. If the super shotgun is somehow introduced in a level for the first Doom, the weapon may be picked up, appearing on the [[Doomguy|marine]]'s hands, but cannot be selected afterward once the user chooses another available weapon, or the player runs out of [[shells]].
 
* When a [[player]] has both the shotgun and the super shotgun, the 3 key will toggle between the two weapons. However, the number "3" in the ARMS section of the [[status bar]] responds only to the original shotgun, and will not light if the player has only the super shotgun. This behavior is exclusive to Doom II. If the super shotgun is somehow introduced in a level for the first Doom, the weapon may be picked up, appearing on the [[Doomguy|marine]]'s hands, but cannot be selected afterward once the user chooses another available weapon, or the player runs out of [[shells]].
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* In Doom RPG, It is found in a secret room in Ore Processing, supposedly a gift from one staffmember to another because the said gifter could not get a gaming console. He describes the the shotgun as "something less 'virtual'."
  
 
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Revision as of 20:32, 2 April 2010

A super shotgun in the first room of 1SQUARES.WAD.
The super shotgun firing.

The super shotgun, also called combat shotgun in the manuals or otherwise simply double-barreled shotgun, is often abbreviated to SSG, and is a sawn-off, break-open, double-barreled shotgun, in contrast to the original shotgun which is pump-action and single-barreled.

Not featured in Doom, the super shotgun was the only new weapon introduced in Doom II, appearing first on Level 2: Underhalls in single player mode, and in two locations on Level 1: Entryway during multiplayer games. A super shotgun contains 8 shells when picked up (or 16 on the "I'm Too Young To Die" and "Nightmare!" skill levels).

Combat characteristics

The super shotgun takes the same ammunition as the shotgun, but uses two shells per shot. However, whereas the shotgun fires 7 pellets in each shot, a super shotgun blast has 20 pellets. Each pellet still does 5-15 points of damage (for a total of 100-300 points of damage per shot), provided that all pellets hit the target. The super shotgun is thus nearly three times as damaging as the standard shotgun per shot, a good bargain since it only uses twice as much ammo each time.

Tactical analysis

One well-aimed blast almost always kills two imps, one demon, or one spectre, and often inflicts additional damage to nearby monsters, whereas a shotgun burst is less reliable at dispatching an imp in one shot or a demon in two. The devastating firepower afforded by the super shotgun can enable the player to hold his own against crowds of humanoids or tough monsters (hell knights, arachnotrons, mancubi). It is often sensible to prefer the super shotgun over the rocket launcher in such situations; the super shotgun is similarly powerful, shells are more plentiful than rockets, and a short-range rocket blast can harm the player.

The SSG is even slower to reload than the shotgun (approximately twice the time), meaning that any enemy not killed by the first shot will have plenty of time to retaliate. Some speedrunners, however, take advantage of the reload time by quickly circlestrafing to line up multiple monsters within the "damage cone". The blast-and-dodge and circle strafing tactics described for the shotgun are even more useful for the super shotgun.

The wide spread of the pellets makes the super shotgun ineffective and wasteful at longer ranges. If shells are the only plentiful ammo, or if sniping at a distance is required, it is advisable to switch back to the shotgun. The super shotgun also becomes overkill and wasteful for dealing with lone humanoids scattered in mazes. This is usually a problem when starting a level and the super shotgun is picked up before the regular shotgun.

Regardless, the SSG is a very potent and powerful weapon in the right hands, and it serves as a great alternative for the bigger weapons when facing lone enemies smaller than a baron of hell.

Notes

  • Unlike the other weapon firing/loading animations which were created from digitizing models, the super shotgun's sequences appear to be drawn instead since they lack the light reflections.
  • When a player has both the shotgun and the super shotgun, the 3 key will toggle between the two weapons. However, the number "3" in the ARMS section of the status bar responds only to the original shotgun, and will not light if the player has only the super shotgun. This behavior is exclusive to Doom II. If the super shotgun is somehow introduced in a level for the first Doom, the weapon may be picked up, appearing on the marine's hands, but cannot be selected afterward once the user chooses another available weapon, or the player runs out of shells.
  • In Doom RPG, It is found in a secret room in Ore Processing, supposedly a gift from one staffmember to another because the said gifter could not get a gaming console. He describes the the shotgun as "something less 'virtual'."

Data

Super shotgun data
Weapon number 3
Damage 5-15 (per pellet)
100-300 (total)
Included ammo 8 (16 on skill 1 & 5)
Max ammo 50 (100 with backpack)
Ammo type 4 shotgun shells
Shot type Hitscan
Shots per minute 36.8
Sound DSDSHTGN (firing)
DSDBOPN (opening)
DSDBLOAD (reloading)
DSDBCLS (closing)
Appears in Doom II/Final Doom
Thing type 82 (decimal), 52 (hex)
Radius 20
Sprite SGN2 (before pickup)
SHT2 (wielded/firing)
PUFF (impact, miss)
BLUD (impact, hit)
Class Weapon
Pickup
Damage done by an SSG attack
Shots needed to kill1,2 Mean Standard
deviation
Min Max
Barrel 1.00 0.00 1 1
Zombieman 1.00 0.00 1 1
Shotgun guy 1.00 0.00 1 1
Wolfenstein SS 1.00 0.00 1 1
Imp 1.00 0.00 1 1
Heavy weapon dude 1.00 0.00 1 1
Lost soul 1.00 0.00 1 1
Commander Keen 1.00 0.00 1 1
Demon 1.00 0.00 1 1
Spectre 1.00 0.00 1 1
Romero's head3 2.00 0.00 2 2
Revenant 2.00 0.00 2 2
Cacodemon 2.22 0.41 2 3
Pain elemental 2.22 0.41 2 3
Hell knight 3.00 0.00 3 3
Arachnotron 3.00 0.00 3 3
Mancubus 3.19 0.39 3 4
Arch-vile 4.00 0.00 4 4
Baron of hell 5.18 0.38 5 6
Spiderdemon 14.96 0.39 14 16
Cyberdemon 19.55 0.59 19 21

  1. This table assumes that all calls to P_Random for damage, pain chance, blood splats, and pellet dispersal are consecutive. In real play, this is never the case: counterattacks and AI pathfinding must be handled, and of course the map may contain additional moving monsters and other randomized phenomena (such as flickering lights). Any resulting errors are probably toward the single-shot average, as they introduce noise into the correlation between the indices of "consecutive" calls.
  2. Assumes that target is close enough to be hit by every pellet. (This is extremely rare in real play, however, especially during speedruns.)
  3. Assumes that direct hits are possible, which does not occur in any stock map.

Appearance statistics

The IWADs contain the following numbers of super shotguns:

Game ITYTD and HNTR HMP UV and NM
Doom II 19 20 20
TNT: Evilution 33 34 34
Plutonia 39 39 39

Other games

Doom 64

In Doom 64, the super shotgun reloads much quicker, nearly as fast as the regular shotgun. It does not have the reloading animation that is present in the PC versions of Doom either.

See also

Weapons from Doom and Doom II
Slot: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Fist Pistol Shotgun Chaingun Rocket launcher Plasma gun BFG9000
Chainsaw Super shotgun