Are you looking for the perfect shotgun loadout in Ready or Not? Look no further. In this post, we’re going to discuss the best possible build using shotguns in the game, from weapons and attachments to gear and more. We’ll also provide some tips to help you make the most of your shotgun experience. If you want to build up a formidable arsenal ready for all scenarios, then read on!
Shotguns in Ready or Not
Ready or Not has snatched the full attention of the gaming industry in the past year. It rocketed into the FPS scene as a viable successor to the SWAT franchise.
In Ready or Not, you can use a wide variety of weapons. Yet, given the tight confines of many levels, the most important ones are usually close-quarter weapons. For that reason, you’re going to need a good shotgun loadout that will cover you well in most missions.
Shotguns dominate close-quarter combat. Moreover, there are going to be a lot of scenarios and missions that force you to fight in enclosed and tight spaces. Although shotguns do fire slower, there is one shotgun loadout that will prove useful in nearly every scenario.
The game itself was built on a concept that other companies tried hard to replicate but few succeeded. All of this can be seen through its gameplay and the steps that Void Interactive takes to stay true to their vision for Ready or Not. This passion of theirs impacts weapon diversity, and although the shotgun weapon category is a bit lackluster at the moment, it’s still an important part of the game.
Shotguns will definitely receive more love in the future. But as of right now, there aren’t many lethal shotguns in Ready or Not that you can use. However, the few that are there make for very great weapons. Furthermore, you can also apply weapon attachments to shotgun loadouts in Ready or Not. This makes them even more useful than they already are.
Even if you’re not that big of a shotgun fan, you can’t deny their unmatched lethality up close. You should avoid taking shotguns into Ready or Not maps where hostiles may hide behind potential civilians. This is why we don’t recommend bringing them for hostage rescue missions. Whether or not you’re rescuing civilians, the following shotgun build will meet your needs for almost any close-quarters scenario in Ready or Not.
Top Shotgun Loadout in Ready or Not
Naturally, there’s a chance that another shotgun might work better for you, and the performance of a specific gun will depend on the role that you’ve taken in a raid or mission. Nevertheless, we’re confident that this shotgun and loadout will work well for most people. Now let’s get started.
Primary Weapon for this Shotgun Loadout in Ready or Not
The primary shotgun that we’ve gone with is the M4 Super 90. As its description states, the M4 Super is among the best and most reliable shotguns currently on the market. Not only is it reliable, but it also fires fairly quickly for a shotgun. Its only major downside would also be its fast fire rate. A trait like this is a double-edged sword, as you can quickly expend all of your ammo.
An Alternative Shotgun
The M4 Super 90 is as good as it gets, but we wanted to mention another similar shotgun that you could use as an alternative option for your shotgun loadout in Ready or Not. The weapon we’re talking about is the B1301, and its selling point is that it has significantly reduced muzzle climb when compared to other shotguns. This makes it much more accurate in intense fights.
Its fire rate is decent, and the muzzle climb trait mitigates a lot of the recoil and muzzle flash that comes with faster-firing shotguns in general. The B1301 is definitely something to consider if you’re getting bored with the M4 Super 90.
Secondary Weapon Choice
Our secondary weapon of choice in this shotgun loadout is the 57 USG pistol. The 57 USG pistol is modeled after the popular Five-Seven pistol. And It’s just as good, if not better, in Ready or Not. Similar to the M4 Super, this pistol has a fast fire rate and high magazine size, making it one of the best pistols in Ready or Not across the board. In fact, we based our best Ready or Not pistol build on this great sidearm.
Considering that you can put attachments on both of these weapons, let’s go over the attachments that we’ve picked for each weapon. These can be changed to fit specific combat roles and styles.
Best Attachments for this Ready or Not Shotgun Loadout
Here’s a list of recommended attachments for the M4 Super 90 or B1301:
- Optic: SRO Dot
- Muzzle: Spread Choke
- Overbarrel: Laser Pointer
The optic may not seem necessary at first, but it will grant you a lot of visibility in corridors and hallways. The spread choke increases accuracy and reduces muzzle flash, but this comes at the cost of increased horizontal recoil. If you’re confused about the pros and cons of attachments, our guide on attachments in Ready or Not will help. Lastly, the laser point attachment is much more useful when you’re handling a shotgun.
Moving on to the 57 USG and its attachments:
- Optic: SRO Dot
- Muzzle: Tundra Suppressor (Optional)
- Underbarrel: Flashlight
Once again, the SRO Dot is going to help with overall visibility. As for the Tundra Suppressor – that one is going to be optional, as you never know which mission might require a silenced weapon. Underbarrel flashlights make for perfect blinding devices, and it is there so that we can approach suspects with something other than a laser pointer. There aren’t many choices here, but you can’t go wrong with whatever you pick.
The Best Tactical Equipment to Use in a Ready or Not Shotgun Loadout
Tactical equipment makes a big difference in Ready or Not. Roles in missions are determined by what piece of tactical equipment you’re going to bring, which is why this part of the loadout should work well with a shotgun. That is why we chose the battering ram.
A battering ram is the best tool for breaching a room in Ready or Not with ease, and you’re going to need one if you want to sweep rooms quickly.
Pairing a battering ram with a shotgun simply works. You’re always going to be in the frontlines opening doors with the battering ram, which is really why you’re going to need something like the M4 Super 90 to accompany you.
Alternatively, you can bring the breaching shotgun in your kit if that speaks to you more. The breaching shotgun will decimate most doors in sight, but it won’t really be ideal for combat. It also won’t fully open doors like the battering ram will, so there’s yet another thing to keep in mind when bringing a breaching shotgun. However, the good thing about it is that you can blow open doors from cover; something that the battering ram doesn’t really allow for.
Armor will Keep You Alive in Your Front-Line Role
Armor is a crucial part of any loadout. It is the only thing that will keep you alive if a bullet does manage to hit you, and you’d be advised to pick at least some form of armor when playing a mission or scenario. We’d recommend heavy armor for this build mainly because of the role that you’re assigned as a shotgunner.
Armor material will also make a big difference in how you play the game, and given that there are only three, we’re going to go with the safest choice: ceramic. Ceramic armor material is quite literally the best of both worlds.
Although kevlar seems like the best and lightest option, you’re going to need something that absorbs higher caliber rifle rounds better. Steel, on the other hand, is too heavy for an all-around shotgun loadout in Ready or Not.
Munitions & Deployables
Munitions are another variable that you can’t live without, and you’re going to need to thoroughly plan out how much you bring. How much ammo you bring will depend on the scenario or mission, but we have a general idea of how you should split your ammo and deployable items.
The easiest way to present how your ammo setup should look would be through a simple list:
- Primary Ammunition: x3 Buckshot & x1 Slug
- Secondary Ammunition: x3 AP Magazines
- Grenades: x2 Flashbang
If this ammo and grenade setup doesn’t work for you, then feel free to modify it how you see fit. We decided to fit in at least one set of slug ammunition. Slugs will help if you’re stuck in a long-range encounter. The 3 pistol magazines will also aid in tackling suspects that are firing at you from longer ranges.
In typical shotgunner fashion, we’re going to advocate for x2 C2 Explosives as your deployable items. C2 Explosives will complement your battering ram, and they will introduce a level of destructiveness that every team needs. We’re only bringing two because of the munition slots, but you can remove a magazine or two in favor of more C2 explosives.
There are a lot of headwear choices in Ready or Not, and mostly all of them are very subjective and won’t really see much use outside of specific situations.
The NVGS headwear is an exception to this rule, though, and that’s what we’re going with in terms of headwear. You could argue that it goes to waste if you’re playing on a day mission, but there are going to be enclosed spaces with no proper lighting on nearly every map.
Turning on the NVGS when in a well-lit room or area will blind you. Therefore, make sure to turn it on at appropriate times. An alternative headwear option that you could go for on missions with good lighting is the Anti-flash Goggles. These are great for operatives that like to take care of general perimeter entry.
Final Thoughts on What Makes the Best Complete Shotgun Loadout in Ready or Not
A shotgun build like this will serve you well in both solo and multiplayer sessions of Ready or Not. It might not show its full potential when you’re playing alone, but it still offers a very diverse playstyle that not many players tend to utilize in this game.
Playing with multiple people is always a pleasant experience; many will appreciate you for bringing a shotgun build as good as this. There’s a lot of untapped potential with shotguns, which is why we’ll definitely see more of them.
As it currently stands, the future of Ready or Not is bright. We’re sure we’ll be seeing a lot of content throughout the coming months. The more missions and maps we get, the more loadout diversity we need. Therefore, we hope that future content updates introduce more ways for us to diversify our loadouts.
With all of that being said, there’s so much more to learn about Ready or Not. That’s why we’d recommend checking out our guide on the best gun in Ready or Not (Both Lethal & Non-Lethal).