In Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2, four shotguns are available to choose from in the loot pool: Havoc Pump Shotgun, Maven Auto Shotgun, Combat Shotgun, and Thunder Shotgun. While the former three can be obtained easily, the latter is only obtainable via eliminating an NPC known as Sunflower.
Nevertheless, not all shotguns are created equally. While they're all excellent close-range weapons, some are better than others. This varies depending on the individual choices of each player and the metrics and popularity of each shotgun.
Best shotguns in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2
3) Combat Shotgun
The 'OG' Combat Shotgun is highly reliable in combat. With a magazine size of eight rounds and a tight spread, it can also shoot targets at mid-range. While damage falloff and potency is reduced, it can be lethal nonetheless.
On the flip side, with the spread being so tight, the reticle feels much smaller than in regular shotguns. One can argue that due to this tight spread and small reticle, beginners will have a tough time using it in combat. If an opponent jumps or slides out of the way, the shot will go wide or inflict minimal damage.
That said, while the Combat Shotgun is still very popular in-game, most players tend to avoid it. Based on statistics, only 19.5/100 players use the weapon in a match. While it was in-demand last season due to being only obtainable via a Reality Augment called Tactical Armory in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2, it's just 'another shotgun' at the moment.
2) Maven Auto Shotgun
Next up on the list is the Maven Auto Shotgun. This weapon went head-to-head with the Thunder Shotgun in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 and, on many occasions, allowed players to come out on top in certain situations. What the Maven Auto Shotgun lacks in power, it makes up for with a fast fire-rate.
With six slugs in the magazine and the ability to shoot them every 1.4 seconds, it is deadly at close range. What's more, the weapon can be reloaded while being aimed-down-sight. This allows the player to keep track of the target while reloading. While each shot doesn't do much damage, it can deliver some real 'shock-and-awe' at close range when compounded.
It can be argued that a skilled Fortnite player with a Maven Auto Shotgun could potentially take out a duos-team without having to reload once. As long as they can wait until a head-shot is lined up, the weapon will not disappoint. According to in-game statistics, 28/100 players use this weapon in a match.
1) Havoc Pump Shotgun
The Havoc Pump Shotgun is the newest kid on the block. It's unclear which faction introduced this weapon to Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2, but all guesses point towards the Peace Syndicate. That said, the weapon is an absolute beast in close-range combat.
Although the fire rate is slow and it has a long reload time, one good shot is all that's needed to damage opponents. However, there is a downside to the high damage it can cause. Since the fire-rate is low, if players miss a shot, they become vulnerable to counter attacks.
Nevertheless, given that 36.4/100 players in every Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 match use this weapon, it must mean that the tradeoffs are worth it. Considering that the Mythic variant of the Havoc Pump Shotgun inflicts 250 damage, it's a brute force to be reckoned with.
Note: The percentage of players that use each individual shotgun is subject to change over the course of Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2.