Charon's shotgun (Fallout 3)

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For an overview of combat shotgun models in the Fallout series of games, see combat shotgun.
For the weapon appearing in Fallout Shelter, see Charon's shotgun (Fallout Shelter).

Charon's shotgun is a unique, non-playable small gun in Fallout 3.


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A shotgun, also called a "scattergun," is a firearm designed to shoot a multitude of lead or steel balls of varying sizes, greatly increasing the weapon's hit potential. This makes it very effective at hunting game. However, the accuracy and power found at close range starts to diminish as the target gets farther away. Shotguns designed for the military's use are often called "combat shotguns."

This model of combat shotgun was deployed as a close assault fire team's primary weapon (supplemented with explosives, an N99 pistol, and a power fist) during the Anchorage Reclamation, and many working units have been scavenged by raiders, slavers, and Talon Company mercs in the Capital Wasteland.


Compared to the normal shotgun, it has a lower damage per second due to the lower attack speed, lower critical damage, and less ammunition per reload. It also has minor changes to health, projectiles per shot, weight, value and lacks any action points. It can not be used by the Lone Wanderer.


  • Combat shotgun - the regular version
  • The Terrible Shotgun - Carried by the raider merchant Smiling Jack, The Terrible Shotgun deals an obscene amount of damage to targets, in exchange for a much wider spread. It's also slightly heavier.
  • Sim version Operation: Anchorage (add-on)Gametitle-FO3 OA - A sim-only version of the regular weapon with far more durability but otherwise identical stats.


It is used and carried by Charon and can not be dropped by him.


  • Charon's combat shotgun has to be cocked exactly like a BB gun or lever-action rifle, and even has the same reload animation, although combat shotguns are semi-automatic and magazine fed.



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