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Black Ops 2 In-Depth: Best Shotguns

I have a love-hate relationship with shotguns in BO2. In campaign and zombies modes they are perfectly fine. But in multiplayer, some of them really seem incredibly over-powered and have far too much range. Despite the fact that I hate being killed with one, I’ll still run a class with a shotgun on it myself from time to time. Today’s in-depth is going to cover these bad-ass weapons to help you determine which one is the best.

KSG 12

Black Ops 2 KSG-12

This bad boy is not exclusive to Black Ops 2 as it actually appeared in Modern Warfare 3 as well. But honestly who really cares? Using this shotgun is a whole bunch of fun. I actually think I would go as far to say this is my favorite shotgun to use in multiplayer. The main reason is for the great mag size. When you use the extended mag attachment this thing can hold 18 shells at once.

The KSG fires a single slug rather than the typical buckshot spray. This makes your firing field very narrow but very, very effective. The best thing to do is use the Reflex sights plus the Quickdraw Handle attachments and try to “quickscope” enemies. It takes a little practice to get used to but it works very well.

Damage – High

Mag Size – 12 (18 with extended clip attachment)

Rate of Fire – 60 RPM (pretty slow)

Range – High

Recommended Attachments – Quickdraw Handle, Reflex Sights

Overall, I would rate the KSG 12 as the single best shotgun in BO2. It’s extremely powerful, has a ton of ammo in its clip, and it has an incredible amount of range for this type of weapon. If you can learn how to aim it properly it can be a seriously deadly class for you.

M1216

Black Ops 2 M1216

The M1216 is the very last shotgun that you can unlock in the game. It is a fully automatic weapon which means you can use this to do some rapid fire action. But I found that this is a gun that really is not all that powerful if I am honest. Do not get me wrong the mag size and speed of fire is cool, but for me personally I never scored many one hit kills with this. This is one of the worst shotguns in the game.

Damage – Low

Mag Size – 16 (20 with extended clip attachment)

Rate of Fire – 468 RPM

Range – Low

Recommended Attachments – Long Barrel (to increase range), Laser Sight (to help focus hip-fire)

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Remington 870 MCS

Black Ops 2 Remington 870 MCS

This shotgun is my 2nd favorite. It does have a decent range and does some serious damage, but to me to really get the best out of this you simply MUST have the long barrel attachment on it. This makes the Remington 870 MCS turn into somewhat of a more long range weapon like the KSG but not nearly as strong. It’s faster than the KSG, though. Many people like this shotgun best but for an overall winner, I’d still suggest using the KSG-12 over it.

Damage – Moderate

Mag Size – 8 (11 with the extended clip attachment)

Rate of Fire – 80 RPM

Range – Medium (better with Long Barrel attachment)

Recommended Attachments – Long Barrel, Laser Sight

S12

Black Ops 2 S12

Ugh I have such a bad relationship with this gun. Now to be fair it really is a pretty darn solid weapon. It is pretty much decent in every category and at close range this really is a deadly weapon. But this is one weapon that you do not want to have to use in Zombies. It pretty much sucks in the Zombies mode. It sometimes took me over 10 shots to put one of them down, but hey that could be because I am just a bad shot. It’s semi-automatic, slightly better than the M1216, but worse than the other 2 shottys.

Damage – Low

Mag Size – 10 (14 when using the extended clip attachment)

Rate of Fire – 468 RPM

Range – Low-Medium

Recommended Attachments – Reflex Sight, Long Barrel

SPAS 12

Black Ops 2 Spas 12

I was not going to put the good ol SPAS 12 in here. Well lets face it this is a gun we have seen a great deal of in the Call of Duty franchise so it is hardly specific to Black Ops 2. And as well the gun is only in the single player mode. Still this is one bad ass looking gun and if you actually enjoy the Call of Duty single player campaigns it is a gun you better get used to.

Olympia

Black Ops 2 Olympia

This is another shotgun that can only be used in the campaign, but to me the real fun to have with this is in the Zombies mode. I do not know what it is, but there is just something so cool about taking down a un-dead punk with one shot while using this gun. I think it is mainly down to how it has that classic shotgun look to it.

Learn the class setups of PRO Black Ops 2 players, plus their essential map strategies and playing techniques that will help YOU master the game and DESTROY any opponent in matchmaking, read their best kept secrets in theĀ BO2 Guru Strategy Guide!

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