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New Vegas Weapon Guide 3 – Shotguns

Within the game Fallout New Vegas there are
an incredible number of guns, and they can be categorized in a variety of ways. However,
the most common method of dividing the guns up is by type. Hand guns, rifles, machine
guns, the list goes on; but in this guide the category of interest are good old fashioned
shotguns. A common weapon type to carry, and even more memorable for their kick, scatter
guns are the bread and butter in a zombie apocalypse, so naturally they shouldn’t be
overlooked after the Apocalypse. Whenever talking about shotguns there’s no
rival for fire rate when it comes to the the Riot Shotgun. Even though it’s damage per
shot is rather derisive it compensates by shooting at an insane speed. The unfortunate
thing about this gun is how it has no unique counterpart, and the base model is a rather
rare find. Like most guns without a superior version the the Riot Shotgun can be purchased
from the Gun Runner’s just outside of Freeside. In the case of this gun you have to be at
least level 16 before they have it in stock. However, if you don’t have the caps to drop
for this little rapid fire gem, there’s one located in the armoury of Vault 34. Getting
into the vault armoury however is a very lengthy and complex process. In addition you won’t
have an easy time dealing with the ghouls that infest it’s halls, until your roughly
level 15. Normally I would cover how to navigate such
a labyrinth, but because getting to the bottom of the Vault is such an intricate process
I’ve chosen to omit a condensed walk through. Instead if you turn on video annotations,
or check the description below, you’ll find a link to a far more detailed walk through
of getting to the armoury of Vault 34. That’s all there really is to say here, but I do
have one final caveat. Be certain to stock up on Rad-X and Rad-Away before venturing
into the vault. The entire facility is heavily irradiated, and the multiple glowing ghouls
down there will likely compound the problem. One thing that’s true about shotguns in general
is how they typically have a large spread because of the ammo they use. This can cause
trouble if an enemy should run away, because you won’t do as much damage if all the shrapnel
you fire doesn’t hit your target. Now if you’re looking for a powerful shotgun with better
accuracy, Dinner Bell is the gun you should be looking for. Dinner Bell is an enhanced
version of the Hunting Shotgun. It’s damage per shot is increased and the fire rate is
higher, but most noteworthy is how it has the smallest spread of any shotgun in the
base game of New Vegas. Getting this firearm however will take the most work of any gun
that can be found in the Mojave wasteland. You first have to travel to the Thorn, which
is just outside of Westside, and west of the New Vegas strip. Down in the Thorn arena is
a woman named Red Lucy, and if you ask her how you can help the thorn, she’ll send you
off multiple time to collect the eggs of various wasteland creatures. This is what makes getting
Dinner Bell so difficult, you can either collect a dozen of the specific type of egg for her,
or delve into a dangerous place in the wastes to retrieve a quest specific pile of eggs.
In all you have to collect eggs of giant mantes, radscorpions, fire geckos, night stalkers,
cazadors, and worst of all Death Claws. Each creature type has a den you can fight through,
and each ascending egg type is more difficult to acquire. Since you can rely on compass
markers while doing these quests there’s no real advice that can be given for how to complete
the tasks required. The only things that can be said should be self explanatory like have
good armour, a quality gun, lots of ammo, plenty of healing items, use anti venom when
poisoned, and if you’re so inclined bring some backup. Outside of that I can’t really
give you any advice, since there’s not single superior way to tackle combat.
Regardless of how you go about acquiring the eggs you have to collect, when you return
to Red Lucy with deathclaw eggs, which are the last ones you have to collect, you will
have completed all her tasks. In turn she will not only give you the Dinner Bell shotgun,
but as an added bonus she’ll want you to.. uh… help warm her bed… no matter if you’re
a man or a woman. Of all the bullet firing guns in Fallout New
Vegas there’s one single weapon that can’t be beat for damage per shot, and that gun
is the Big Boomer. Big Boomer is the enhanced version of the sawed off shotgun, and if you
overlook explosive weapons no other gun in the base game can deal more damage per shot.
The con to this weapon however is it’s enormous spread. If the muzzle of this gun isn’t literally
pressed against your target the damage it deals is reduced exponentially. That being
said acquiring this gun is very easy. Just north of Novac is a location called the Gibson
Scrap Yard. Old Lady Gibson, the woman who lives there, is the one who holds the Big
Boomer. There are two ways to acquire this weapon, the first way requires that you just
kill her in cold blood. But if you want to keep her alive you can strike her so she’ll
pull her gun, then shoot the it out of her hands. If you do this quickly and holster
your weapon fast enough, she’ll stop trying to fight you. Weather or not you leave her
alive is up to you. Now if you’re asking yourself weather or not to kill her, you should first
ask yourself if acquiring the big boomer is worth your time, since it’s only effective
at point blank range. Though it may not seem like a shotgun at first
the Tri-beam Laser Rifle is indeed a sort of energy shotgun. Firing three beams instead
of one makes this weapon resembles a scatter gun, albeit a much more accurate one.
The tri beam laser rifle can be found in several ways. Members of the brotherhood of steel,
who are found in the hidden valley bunker, carry them, so you can pickpocket or kill
a member for it. Another can be found inside of a safe house
belonging to the followers of the apocalypse. In order to gain access to the follower’s
safe house you must be idolized by them. The easiest way to achieve this status with them
is to simply donate either Med-X, RadAway, or Fixer to Julie Farkas at the old Mormon
fort in freeside. After you fork over enough medical supplies You will be given the opportunity
to join the followers, and receive a key to their safe house. When you travel there you
can find a rifle on one of the beds inside. However, it will only appear if you have patched
your game, so make sure to keep your game up to date.
Now the last way is by far the easiest, but may very well be patched at a later date,
so don’t be surprised if this technique doesn’t work. If you go to the silver rush in Freeside
a tri-beam laser rifle can be found on one of the main weapon tables. If you walk up
and “grab” the weapon you can carry it to a location where you can steal it without
being seen. Now some of you may be asking what is “grab”. Grabbing means you pick up
an item without adding it to your inventory, and manipulate it in the world space. You
can do this by hovering your cursor over the item, and pressing the Z key on the computer
or pushing down the right analog stick on the PS3 or 360. By doing this you “pick up”
the item but don’t “take” it, so you can drag whatever you want to a location where you
can steal it without being seen. Similar to the Tri-Beam Laser Rifle is the
Multiplas rifle, which is a shotgun like plasma weapon that fires three green bolts of energy.
It has a tighter spread than most normal shotguns, and packs a heavy punch should all three bolts
hit their target. It fires slow though, so be advised accuracy is important with this
weapon. Finding a model of the Multiplas Rifle is
roughly the same affair as finding a Tri-Beam Laser Rifle. It is possible to easily steal
the one sitting on a table in the silver rush in freeside by using the meas described earlier.
However, if that quick and simple method should not work for one reason or another, there
are additional instances of this gun. Just like the the tri-beam laser rifle a multiplas
rifle can be found in the safe house belonging to the followers of the apocalypse. As explained
earlier, you need to be idolized with the followers to gain access to their safe house.
The next copy of the gun can be found in the Ruby Hill Mine which is north east of Jacobs
Town, Northwest of the New Vegas strip, and not that far from the Follower’s safe house.
Besides finding some lake-lurkes in the caves the multiplas rifle can be found on a drowned
super mutant near a table underwater. The final guaranteed instance to mention is
in the Central sewers which run under the general area of New Vegas. The fastest way
to the rifle is by accessing the sewers from the manhole just in front of camp McCarran,
which is south of the New Vegas strip. The sewers are filled with rather non-lethal rodents,
and more dangerous feral ghouls. The rifle can be found on the floor in front of a terminal
in the east most room, not that far north from where you enter the sewers. While there are more shotguns in Fallout New
Vegas those three traditional, and two pseudo shotguns are the truly noteworthy ones of
mention. Excelling at things from accuracy, to fire speed, to blast power. Each one is
special in it’s own way, and therefore worth the time to find. However the gun variety
in New Vegas consists of more than just shotguns, and their pseudo counterparts. If you’re searching
for one or two handed guns, energy or oversized weapons, unarmed or melee armaments then check
out the rest of the Fallout New Vegas Weapon Suite from Visage Guides and Kerosene Dreams.

100 thoughts on “New Vegas Weapon Guide 3 – Shotguns

  1. while i hate most overdramatic deep voiced commentators such as markiplier, this one is an exception. Infact, i love it because the fact he is being completely natural as opposed to be forced and cringey. props

  2. I killed every one in the silver rush to aquire the weapons mentioned in this video I wish I would have watched this sooner

  3. Funny note- the fully modded normal Hunting Shotgun has better stats than the Dinner Bell shotgun with equal stats, perks and ammunition.

  4. I got the riot shotgun from a knocked out legioner at the end of birds of a feather quest for the van graffs. When you come to do the deal with the legion shoot and kill the knocked out people on the floor and I got 2 riot shotguns

  5. I like to get my riot shotgun from doing birds of a feather, when doing the deal one of the legion that gets gassed is holding the riot shotgun, just kill him and pick it up before the deal ends

  6. Hmm I do not know if its relevant or not by I found a Multiplas rifle after defeating the Deathclaws in the secluded canyon on the far east side of the map, where Remnants armor can be found.

  7. once youve learn how to reload you will find pump action shotgun to be a great weapon. Slugs make it as accurate as hunting rifle, buckshot for regular enemies and coinshot for legionnaires 😉

  8. this is so well made for 2011. i mean all other vids from 2011 look like shit but this one looks great!!

  9. At the Silver Rush, I just use a stealth boy and steal all their shit right in front of them! Then I just use one of the guns I just picked up for the buyback glitch, and get all their special shit basically for free.

  10. The riot gun is one of the more expensive guns at the gun runners and if you don't have point in unarmed or melee weapon the big boomer could have some used.

  11. Just a quick note for anyone curious about the "Grab 'n hide" thing, it still works. the "Grab 'n hide" is where you grab the item without removing it from your inventory, then go to an area where you can't be seen. Then you proceed to crouch and press the X, A or Spacebar, respectively. I believe it is kind of intentional, as storekeepers shouldn't be hostile to something they never saw.

  12. So just not gonna bring up that fully modded the regular Hunting shotgun has less spread and holds more rounds than dinner bell???

  13. one time I was doing the black mountain quest I just realized I had a shotgun named "Dinner Bell" looked it up and it turns out its one of the best shotguns and I did the quest not for that shotgun but because I wanted to so yeah.

  14. >Dinner Bell
    >Most Accurate shotgun
    No, that's the Hunting Shotgun with the choke mod. Of course, that's only if you don't use "True Iron Sights" because in that gun they're misaligned (I assume they're also in the DB, never used it) like in some of the rifles yet there doesn't seem to be a fix around for some reason.

  15. negate this guide and just use the lever action shotgun with slug shells.
    you can 1 shot baby deathclaws with the right skills

  16. Old Lady Gibson is one of the best merchants in the game, right nearby the best home-base in the game (NOVAC) so uh…no, it's not worth it to kill her.
    She holds 7000 caps at a time. Has great Caravan cards, and consistently sells raw materials for building Weapon Repair Kits.

  17. The Grabbing glitch still has not been officially patched. If you're playing Fallout: New Vegas through backwards compatibility on Xbox One, you can still use the glitch to acquire a number of weapons from the Silver Rush in Freeside. Moreover, if you have any Weapon Repair Kits, you can use them to repair any weapons you manage to steal, and sell them back to the vendor if you'd like to purchase something that isn't on the weapon tables (including anything added in the Gun Runner's Arsenal DLC).

  18. On the riot shotgun location, there's a garunteed drop inside gomorrah. Find the guard in front of the chip cashier's door, he's always carrying one (not in great condition, but it's better than diving into vault 34 before lvl16). Also, the bos vendor usually has one in peak condition, only problem would be expense early game.

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