MonsterDface, a popular Fortnite Battle Royale content creator, has shared his top five tips for winning Shotgun battles in Epic Games' massively popular title.

When it comes to Fortnite Battle Royale, not everyone is created equal. Fortunately, there are numerous tutorials, guides, and tips available that should allow even the most inexperienced player to achieve their first victory royale.

MonsterDface is a YouTuber who has made a name for himself through his informative videos and various tips and tricks series. On May 20th, he released yet another video in which he shared five crucial tips to help less experienced players succeed when using Fortnite's various shotguns.

Shotgun battles can be extremely nerve-racking for newer players, and even experienced players frequently make the mistakes that MonsterDface discusses, so watching the tutorial is well worth the time.

His first tip is one that he frequently mentions in his content: use the correct camera angle as much as possible.

Basically, because Fortnite is a third-person shooter with the camera positioned slightly over the right shoulder, engaging in gunfights and peeking at things on your character's right hand side should make things easier for you because you can see more and hip fire more effectively.

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Guide to Fortnite Shotguns (Season 9)

Shotguns are constantly competing with SMGs for the title of most effective close-range Fortnite weapons. Both have their uses, and it's always a good idea to have both on hand. Shotguns, on the other hand, are unrivaled in terms of dealing the most damage to players in the shortest amount of time.

Each shotgun blast contains several pellets, and the amount of damage you deal is determined by how many of these pellets hit your target. Because each pellet's damage is calculated independently, some pellets may be able to headshot and deal double damage while others may not.

When you look at your crosshair after firing a shotgun, red dots will appear in the center of your screen. These red dots represent the number of pellets that hit your target. For example, in the image above, I land 9 pellets in a single shot, for a total damage output of 161. The spread of these pellets and the gun's effective range vary depending on the type of shotgun you're using, so keep an eye out for these red markers to see if your shots are doing as much damage as they could.

Shotguns have the disadvantage of being slow to fire, ineffective against buildings, and with such a short range that they should only be used in close quarters combat. However, their damage makes them a must-have addition to your weapon loadout. Check out Fortnite guide for more information on the best loadouts and weapon combinations.

The best shotgun in Fortnite

With the unexpected removal of the Pump Shotgun (once the undisputed best Shotgun in Fortnite) with the V9.00 Patch Notes, we're left with the tried-and-true Tactical Shotgun and the new Combat Shotgun, each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Let's take them one at a time.

Combat Shotgun

The new Combat Shotgun appears to be more like the Tactical and Heavy Shotguns than the Pump Shotgun. Surprisingly, it has surpassed the Tactical as the fastest-firing shotgun, with a phenomenal fire rate of 1.85 compared to the Tactical's 1.5 (and the Pump's sluggish 0.7). It's more difficult to obtain than the Tactical because it's superior in nearly every way. It's available in Rare, Epic, and Legendary varieties, and it's more difficult to obtain than the Tactical.

Higher DPS, more shots, the ability to reload two shells at the same time, and - most importantly - a tighter spread and greater effective range, giving us a taste of what we've been missing since the demise of the good old Heavy Shotgun. Its damage is slightly less than that of its competitors, coming in at roughly 3/4 of what an equivalent Pump blast could produce. However, the faster fire rate compensates for this, and the longer range means we'll see slightly more ranged fights than the melee-ranged Pump one-shots we've all grown accustomed to.

Tactical Shotgun

The Tactical is still a very powerful shotgun in skilled hands, despite being the second most popular (and thus least popular) shotgun in the Fortnite meta. Available in Common, Uncommon, and Rare variants, it has unfortunately lost its greatest strength with Season 9, as its once unrivaled fire rate has now been decisively surpassed by the Combat Shotgun.

In terms of damage, thanks to the Tactical's damage buff in v9.00, the Rare Tactical briefly outperforms the Rare and even the Epic Combat Shotgun in terms of pure damage dealt per shot; however, the Combat Shotgun's fire rate and accuracy ensure that it will almost always come out on top. The one saving grace of the Tactical is that headshots deal the full 2x damage, whereas Combat Shotguns only deal 1.7x damage. So, if you can land a full-damage headshot, even a Grey Tactical will do more damage than a Gold Combat Shotgun.

So there's still room for the Tactical, in the sense that if you're good with headshots, it might be a better extra-close-quarters weapon. In every other way, however, the Combat Shotgun is unrivaled.